You’ve decided to seek help for your anxiety. That’s great! Now you find yourself wondering where to start. You’re not alone. There are so many options to choose from. And what in the world do all those letters behind names mean? Our Atlanta therapists hear this often enough.

The fact is, finding the right therapist is like finding the right pair of shoes. You have to search and you might even try on a few before finding just the right one. If you’re trying to find the best therapist for anxiety, check out these tips from an Atlanta therapist.

Training Matters

An anxiety therapist is a licensed therapist who has specific training and expertise in treating anxiety. You’ll find that there are several types of licensure for therapists, each one reflective of a different discipline such as clinical social work, counseling, or psychology, and depending on your state. Not all therapists treat all the things though. Ask about training/expertise in treating anxiety.

Where to Find A Therapist

There are a number of online “Find A Therapist” directories where you can view online profiles. If you’re planning to use insurance, ask your plan for a list of providers who specialize in treating anxiety. Ask your family doctor for a referral. You can also Google, and search for someone who discusses training and experience working with the specific thingy you’re wanting to address in counseling.

Try Them On

Once you’ve narrowed down your choice, make a first appointment. Then keep it. A first appointment is an opportunity for you to get a feel for the “fit” with the therapist, and they with you. This is a time to ask questions and learn about the therapist. Expect to be asked a lot of questions too. A little nervousness is normal, especially if it’s your first time in counseling. However, if you have trouble opening up or you don’t feel you’re being heard, or if it just feels off, it might not be the best fit for you. It doesn’t mean either of you is wrong. All people don’t vibe all the time. It’s ok to try someone else.

Once you find your “fit”, you will know it. And when you do, you will be on your way to finding solutions that can help you improve your anxiety.