Therapy has so many benefits and can help people to overcome any number of issues, yet there are still those for whom the idea of finding and seeking help from a Manhattan psychologistor psychotherapist is a new process. The first step in moving forward with your decision to pursue therapy and/or biofeedback treatment is to find the right therapist for you.
How do you know if a psychologist is a good fit for you? There is no specific checklist as to what you should look for in a psychologist, but there are some generally acknowledged traits you should look for. The most important thing is that it feels right to you, and it may take a more than one visit with a psychologist to find that right fit and feel comfortable.
First and foremost a psychologist should have the right credentials in terms of training and education. Don’t take it for granted that this is always the case. Perhaps your psychologist or therapist has the education but not the specialized training you are looking for, or is pursuing a clinical approach that you don’t feel comfortable with instead of molding their approach to fit your needs. The most important part of therapy is the fit. Within the first few sessions of therapy, the psychologist and client determine whether to pursue working together based upon this fit. At the end of the day only you can know if a therapist is the right fit for you. Remember that you’ll get the most from counseling when you are comfortable and at ease, and that has everything to do with who is sitting across from you.
Further, any psychologist who offers biofeedback as part of therapy should be credentialed by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) – www.bcia.org. BCIA is recognized as the certification body for the clinical practice of biofeedback by the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe, and the International Society of Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR). BCIA certifies individuals who meet education and training standards in biofeedback and progressively recertifies those who advance their knowledge through continued education.
In choosing a psychologist, almost all people, have an instinctive desire about which gender they would prefer to work with. There is no right or wrong answer, when it comes to choosing which gender you prefer to work with but to follow through with this preference.
Good psychologists also set healthy boundaries, and are clear on their office policies including confidentiality and client rights. The process for appointment settings, cancellations, and policies for billing should be established in the initial session and carried through during the course of therapy.