For couples who constantly have issues with their partners, arguments, or feel distanced, bothered, angered towards their partner, are regularly misunderstood, etc. A good couple therapist is the next person to turn to when all odds are not working. And, I am going to guide you on how to find a good couples therapist in this post.
If you have a low sex life, you are tired of your relationship and no longer find your partner attractive, or you are not in any of these categories, but you are here, Then this is a must-read you.
How do you do that if you would like to find a solution to all of the above problems? Finding a good therapist, a difficult task, will be easy in this post. Read on to know how to find a good couple therapist.
Who is A Couple Therapist?
A couples therapist is a human that helps partners gives their relationship a second chance by helping them find a balance to solve their problems instead of fighting or divorcing. They allow you to learn, support, and heal. However, it is only possible if you are both ready.
How to Find a Good Couples Therapists.
There are many couple therapists out there, many of which are not well trained or certified. They only go about with the titles. Finding one is like trying to source a fish in a vast ocean. It is possible when you have the right fishing net. So also, it is possible to find a good couple therapist if you know the steps to follow. Below are the steps:
1. Identify what you want to work on and wang
This is the first step. You can’t look for a couples therapist without knowing the problem you would like to get resolved and what you are looking for in a couples therapist.
2. Look for Therapists with Specialized Training in Couples Therapy
Different couple therapists range from psychologists, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, social workers, pastoral counselors, etc. Irrespective of the type, ensure they are licensed and trained in couples therapy, not parenting, or career and possess a suitable therapy method which could be;
- The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy,
- Relational Life Therapy,
- Discernment Counseling,
- Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy,
- The Gottman Method Couples Therapy,
- The Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy,
- The Psychobiological Approach of Couples Therapy, etc.
You can ask trusted friends, colleagues, or mentors; they might have a good idea of where you can get one.
4. Use Directories
This could be using your social media handles, google, etc.
5. Know the type of couples therapy right for you
Ways of therapy are due to what you want and your type of therapist. So know if you want an open-ended treatment (skilled base) or structure-oriented.
The open-ended majorly focuses on discussions and emotions using skills such as Role-playing, assignment, Communication training, Mindfulness exercises, Conflict resolution strategies, etc. In contrast, Structure-oriented therapy focuses on emotions through observations of couples interactions.
Other ways to find a good couples therapist include:
- Making a visit to the psychology department of any university around you for inquiries,
- The mental health community clinic near you,
- Inquiries from divorce lawyers, etc.
What Next After Finding A Couple Therapist?
You might get different therapists during your search; however, the next step is to set up a meeting with potential clients who could be on call to get to know them and see if you are a good fit for one another. Below are the questions to ask;
Opinion about divorce, background, qualifications or training in couples therapy, past success with couples that have a similar case as you, length and sessions structure, therapy method, payment option, fee, devotion to you, etc
Finding a good therapist is not much of a difficulty as you are ready to follow the necessary steps. Nevertheless, it is essential to know what you want and never be close-mouthed.
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