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Choosing a Therapist

There are so many therapists to choose from, how will I know who's right for me?

Several things are worth considering in choosing a therapist. First of all, it's important that you feel safe with your therapist. Since this is someone you will be sharing your troubles and problems with, you should feel that they are on your side and that they want to help you. You need to feel that they are approachable.

Another important concern is credentials and licensing. In order to practice independently in Texas, a therapist must be licensed by their professional board as either an LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker), LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) or licensed psychologist (Ph.D.) (Note: If someone has a Ph.D., that does not necessarily mean he or she is licensed. You need to ask.) Having a current license means that, in addition to having obtained an advanced degree in social work or psychology, the clinician has completed a certain number of supervised internship hours, has passed a licensing exam, and agrees to abide by a professional code of ethics. A licensed therapist is also bound by the terms of their license to complete continuing education credits each year.

Another factor to consider is what kinds of training the therapist has had or is continuing to receive. For instance, if you want help with sexuality concerns or eating disorders, find out what the therapist's training or experience has been in working with those issues.

Finally, in choosing a therapist who's right for you, nothing beats a face-to-face meeting. This way you can ask your questions and see for yourself how you feel in this person's presence.

For an appointment call (512) 636-3629

Jane L. Cobb, LCSW, BCD    3724 Jefferson Street, Suite 212    Austin, Texas 78731    (512) 636-3629

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