Forbes ranks Omaha, NE as one of the best cities where you get the “best bang for your money.” Depending on your fave, you have the best beef, College World Series, the amazing Henry Doorly Zoo, Lauritzen Gardens (my fave) and University of Nebraska system. I could go on. So, life is good in Omaha. Does this mean life doesn’t throw rocks and curveballs at people in Omaha and its surrounding areas? Of course not!
If you are looking for a therapist I would love to help. You might look online and find many therapists, counselors, psychologists. How confusing. If you are wondering how to make a choice that meets your need. Here are 3 things to consider.
1. One Size Does Not Fit All
Word of mouth happens often. Friends, coworker, family member or provider can refer you to a therapist they know or have worked with. Check out their websites. You will get some idea about the therapists and their approach. Sometimes you might narrow your choices. Remember that while the approach is important, the collaborative relationship between you and your therapist is very important so it is necessary to find a good fit.
2. Make That Free Call
Most therapists offer free phone consultation (usually therapists offer free 15 minutes). You can also connect via email. You will likely share a little about you, reasons you are seeking therapy and your expectations or goals for therapy. If you are not sure about the therapist after the phone call, remember that you can move on and try other therapists. You should not feel pressured to set up an appointment. If you do set up an appointment, it’s not set in stone, please honor the appointment or call to reschedule if something comes up.
3. The First Appointment
The first session can be awkward but often you will have some idea about whether this is a good fit. Therapy is about you so you should feel heard. You will likely learn about the policies on confidentiality, consent to treat, fees, and office policies. You will likely discuss your goals for coming to therapy. The session should end with an agreed upon treatment plan and objectives. A therapist will refer you to another professional if what brought you to therapy is beyond their training and ability.
Do you feel heard? Are your questions answered to your satisfaction? Is the therapist paying attention and not checking the phone or texting or just plain distracted? Is the therapist behavior professional? Remember this is your call. Move on if you need to.
Do You Have More Questions?
Hopefully you will find this helpful in your search for the right therapist in Omaha and its surrounding areas. If you have questions feel free to call me at 402-981-6624 for a free 15-min phone consultation. I would love to hear about I could help you or direct you to someone who can help.
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