What Kind of Therapist Should I Look For? (Pt. 1)

It depends.

Find a therapist that you are comfortable talking with. You want to have a sense that this is a person with whom you can develop a trusting, respectful relationship. It needs to be a good fit. A recommendation from a good friend can be helpful.

Therapists have many different ways of working. Some focus on behavior. Some focus on thoughts. Many focus on emotional experience. Still others focus on relationships, conflicts, identity issues. Most therapists probably focus on all of these areas, but to differing degrees. It’s a matter of emphasis.

A variety of professionals do psychotherapy. Should you see a Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Social Worker, Psychiatrist, Drug and Alcohol Counselor, Psychologist?

More on this later.


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As someone who has psychoanalytic training I see disturbing trends of entitlement in our consumer culture. People confuse self esteem with narcissism. Credit card companies and marketeers of many stripes exploit these weaknesses in our culture and collective psyche. As a result the so-called freedom we enjoy, is actually more akin to a kind of credit serfdom, slavery, where we live in a kind of blissful, but very expensive, ignorance. I hope to get my wife to contribute to the site. She writes plainly. I choose to remain anonymous both for personal and professional reasons.

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