Finding a Therapist in Plano
Therapists and counselors can play a key role in managing mental health issues. Everything from addiction, anxiety, abuse, and mental illnesses can be better managed using therapy. However, finding a therapist to fit your specific needs can be a challenge. The choices can be overwhelming, even if you just narrow your search to Plano, Texas. Below are some tips on finding a great therapist and my personal recommendation for counselors in Plano.
Identify Your Needs
You might not know exactly what is wrong, how to express it, or how to fix it, but odds are you can lump it into a broad category. Identifying what it is that you’re struggling with will make it easier to find a therapist that can meet your needs. For example, if you are suffering from substance abuse, it wouldn’t do much help to go to a grief or divorce counselor.
To help better identify your needs, there are several questions you can ask yourself. What symptoms are you experiencing? If identifiable, what brought about these symptoms. For example, you may be extremely overwhelmed and anxious if you are in the middle of a big move, lose your job, or have an unexpected medical problem. How is it affecting your quality of life?
Research Therapists Specializing in Your Needs
Once you have identified what type of therapist you’re seeking, research a couple in your area that specialize in your needs. Many times a therapist will specialize in more than one thing, such as substance abuse, grief counselling, and depression. But sometimes a therapist will specialize in only one area, so it is important to always do your research.
Glean as much information as you can by looking as at reviews online and at the therapist’s website. Some therapists offer a free, short, in person or over the phone consultation so that you can get a feel for them. One of the most important things when you are considering a therapist is how comfortable you are with them. Some people just do not click, and others click right away. When it comes to therapists it is much easier to talk and listen to someone you click with and you’re comfortable with, if you aren’t comfortable with your therapist, it will be hard to really fix your problems.
If you are needing help with any of the following:
- Stress management
- Substance abuse
- Alcohol/chemical addiction
- Grief issues
- Bipolar disorder
- Spiritual issues
then I highly recommend Brittany Bridges, LPC at Kairo’s Counseling, based out of Plano. She is a great all all round counselor and she is extremely supportive. In my time working with her, I have never felt judged or ignored. She has worked with me and helped me set goals for myself and then accomplish those goals. I love that she always makes me feel like I’m making progress. Sometimes it is hard to see progress when you are in a hole, but I pretty much always leave her office feeling a little better, or like I had at least a little progress.