How to Find the Right Therapist: Navigating Stigma, Blocks, and Treatment Modalities

Aug. 24, 2023 -- Finding the right therapist can be challenging. Before we ever attend our first session, we must navigate health insurance, research available therapists who can meet our needs, and address our blocks to seeking therapy in the first place. So when should we seek help? How do we start looking for a therapist? What happens if we find a therapist and are unsure if they are the right fit? How can we practice self-care while waiting for an appointment? We spoke with Sue Varma, MD, a board-certified psychiatrist and author of a forthcoming book, Practical Optimism: The Art, Science and Practice of Exceptional Well-Being, about the four M's of mental health, the benefits of different therapeutic modalities, and key tips for creating an impactful therapeutic experience.