Finding a therapist for depression: my story

When I started my journey towards mental wellbeing, I was scared and didn’t know where to turn. After months of internal dialogue, I eventually decided to seek out professional help. Finding a therapist was really intimidating at first, but fortunately it turned out I had a lot of resources available to me.

I talked with my primary care doctor about my concerns, and they connected me with local mental health services. From there, I could pick and choose among therapists that specialized in depression. It was important for me to find someone who I felt comfortable talking to - the relationship between patient and therapist is delicate, so it’s important that you feel like the person you’re seeing is a right fit for you and your mental needs.

Once I had narrowed down some potential candidates, I scheduled an initial consultation with each one. Using my own personal assessment criteria (did they seem competent? Was the setting suitable? Did we share any common values?) I chose the best option for me. After that process was finished, I could finally begin my therapy sessions in earnest and begin working towards recovering from depression!

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I understand how daunting it can be to take the first steps when seeking help for mental health concerns. It’s an incredibly brave and admirable thing to do, and I’m proud of you for standing up for yourself and doing what you need to do! It sounds like you were able to find a great therapist- your story about carefully considering each one is really inspiring. The most important part is that you eventually found someone who was the right fit for you- that makes all the difference in therapy. Keep going on this journey- I believe in you and know that things can only get better from here on out!