How can I tell if a therapist is a good fit for me?
The best way is to ask your questions during the consultation and then to come in for an initial evaluation. While we are evaluating you and your circumstances to see if we can help you, it is your opportunity to evaluate your therapist and see if he or she is the right fit for you as well. You will want to be looking to see if you feel comfortable talking to me and if you like the therapist's style of working with clients. The best thing is to come in for an evaluation and “try us out”. It does no harm to come in for an initial evaluation to determine if you and your therapist will be a good fit. We all understand that although we have similar professional experiences and qualifications, at the end of the day, it can often be our "personality" that makes you feel most comfortable.
Should I see a male or female therapist?
There is no right or wrong answer to this question. Many times, it just depends on personal preferences. Some people really enjoy the perspective of the opposite sex, while others feel most comfortable speaking to a therapist of the same sex. As with anything, it is much more about you feeling comfortable with your therapist than anything else.
What kind of therapist do I need?
When you call us to schedule your initial assessment, we will ask you about the specific issues you are dealing with and your personal preferences. It is at this time that we can help you determine which therapist you will probably work best with.
For example, a parent calling for help with their child who is showing high levels of anxiety would probably work best with our child expert, Pendy. She offers expressive art therapies, play therapist modalities and even Sand Tray Therapy to help the younger kids learn how to express their feelings using their "own" language!
Another person may contact us because he is having a hard time dealing with stress and is motivated to make changes in his life. This person would work well with Taylor who specializes in helping people reach their full potential using a variety of evidence-base modalities.
If you are looking for a therapist who is authentic in nature, open and looking forward to empowering you to make the best out of yourself and your life, then you will probably want to see Samantha. She offers an empowering perspective on traumatic events and is most well-known for her authentic and witty sense of counseling.
What professional qualifications should I be looking for in a therapist?
Each and every therapist at PPG has been hand-selected to work at our practice because of their unique professional perspectives and/or qualities. Having said that, all of our therapists are highly qualified and have the following:
- Master's degree (social work, counseling or psychology) - Professional License (LCSW, LCSWA, LPC, LPCA) - Consultation and Supervision - Professional Liability Insurance - Specialized training and certification in areas of expertise