How to find a Therapist in Denver
Why is it so hard to find a therapist? Is it hard to find a therapist? How do I know if the therapist is good? What do all these letters after their name mean? How do I know difference between their credentials? Can I see a therapist who is younger than me? What if I’m looking for a couples counselor and they’ve never been married? Can I ask? Does a therapist need to be in recovery to understand addiction?
As the creator of this directory and a local psychotherapist, I can say I have been asked all of these questions several times over. The list goes on. You are not alone. How would you know these answers if you’re not a therapist yourself? Do you ask your friends? Family? Doctor?
There’s a ridiculous amount of talented and professional therapists in Denver Metro area. “Okay great” you’re thinking, but do I find what I’m looking for? What am I looking for?! Denver Therapy Match is set up in a way that helps making the process of finding a therapist easier. We do this through our specific search criteria. Here’s one way of going about it. This is my favorite because, in my opinion, you will have better luck finding a therapist who specializes in what you’re needing help with as opposed to where they’re located. This doesn’t mean that location isn’t important, but I guarantee you it’s worth a short drive if you find the right fit.
1.Type in what you’re needing help with. Scroll through the nifty list of specialities. Something should grab your eye. You may have more than one. Don’t fret, this is common. Very common. You may find therapists that specialize in EVERYTHING you’re looking for. I tell you, we have a solid bunch.
2. Look though all the therapist bio’s. Does a snippet sound appealing? Does it feel like they’re talking to you? Are they in your head? If this has happened, you may have found a fit! Too soon? See something that doesn’t quite match? No worries, keep looking. You’re bound to find more.
3. Where are they located? This is an easy one. It says right on their profile. You can also search by zip code.
4. Contact them and see about setting up a consultation or a session. Done!
For the more therapy savvy “I’ve done this before” bunch, you can search for all of the above and specific modalities. You know you're looking for a therapist who does EMDR, somatic work or CBT. We have a search box for this too. You can even read about why therapists love to work with each technique. Therapists listed on this directory are able to highlight three techniques they use and why they use them. Cool stuff!
For those of you that have no idea what the differences are between each technique, this is normal. It might be helpful to peruse our dictionary of mental health terminology. If you search under “specialties” you can get a good idea of what a practice specializes in. Under “techniques” learn about all the various types of treatment therapists employ to help clients feel better, live better, heal, solve problems etc. so on and so forth. You get the picture!
Now back to the first paragraph where I hypothetically asked all of those questions. There’s no one right answer. Both therapists and non-therapists can tell you what they think, but ultimately these decisions are up to you.
For example, I do not believe it is necessary to see a couples counselor who has had marital struggles or conversely, a therapist who has a had an ideal marriage in order to be able to empathize and get to where you want to be. Some people prefer to see a therapist who has struggled and recovered from an addiction to feel understood, others do not. One is not inherently better or worse than the other.
Does a type of credential matter? Not so much. Some professionals will disagree. In very simplified terms, a licensed therapist has at a minimum, received a master’s degree, post graduate supervision (so, approximately 2-3 years of work with a trained supervisor) and passed a national exam. A psychologist has a PHD, about 3-5 more years of training and most likely a lot more time spent on research. A PsyD takes around the same amount of time as a PHD but the focus is spent more on clinical hours. The most common question around credentialing is “who can prescribe?”. A psychiatrist (MD), a nurse practitioner (NP) and in some areas a physician’s assistant (PA). You can find these providers under “psychiatry”.
How do you know if a therapist is good? There is no right answer. Therapy is relational. Finding the right fit is important. There’s absolutely no pressure to stick with the first therapist you see. However, don’t be scared. Many people have luck finding what they’re looking for pretty quick. This is what we’re here to help make happen. I want the process to be as easy as possible. If you’re struggling to find a match, let us know. I’d be happy to help you out. Feel free to send a message in the contact us box.
Good luck on your search!