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How to Choose a Therapist

Dr. Jan Mark Burte - How to Choose a Therapist

Important Issues to Consider Before Selecting Your Therapist


The choice of a therapist should never be undertaken lightly. Dr. Burte believes that the training, experience and knowledge of your therapist relative to your specific needs are critical to the outcome of your treatment. You should take the time, do the research, and check the credentials and on-going training of your potential therapist.


Finding a therpaist can be a challenging task. Asking other healthcare professions whom they recommend, a referral from a friend of colleague and referrals from professional associations that address your specific condition (e.g., American Academy of Pain Management, The Fibromyalgia Foundation, the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists) are good sources of referrals. Once you have a referral, you can check the person's credentials with the state licensing board.


Ask questions in order to determine if the therapist that you are considering will be appropriate for your condition. Often, therapists select specific areas of concentration for their clinical practices. The therapist you select should then have pursued on-going accredited continuing professional education in those areas in order to remain current and to continue honing their abilities in order to better assist you as their patient.