How to Find a Therapist for Anxiety Disorders

Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 11:57 AM

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Those suffering from anxiety disorders face challenges both mentally and physically. That's why it's so very important that those who face anxiety disorders find a quality therapist to help them deal with the symptoms they encounter. Anxiety disorder is a chronic disorder that will require long-term care, making the choice of a qualified counselor or therapist ever so important. While it's certainly a treatable condition, by both therapy, counseling, and medication, it's important that you pick a therapist who can monitor your condition closely.

When choosing a therapist to help with an anxiety disorders, it's often tempting to simply go with someone who is located close to home and is on your insurance plan. However, there are many other things to consider before you decide on a therapist. While the person you're interviewing may be acceptable to your insurance company, you want to be equally convinced they're qualified to treat patients like yourself who've suffered from anxiety disorders in the past. Ask about their training and the number of previous patients they've worked with with your sort of issues. Ask about their approach to your type of disorder and how their therapy normally commences.

If you're looking for a therapist for yourself, ask what roles the family plays and if they will be involved in your therapy. Additionally, if you're looking for a therapist to help with a child, ask about the role the parents, teachers, and school play and if they will work with all three entities to fulfill treatments. It's important that you also discuss the therapist's ability to write medication prescriptions if necessary or if they instead refer you to someone else for medication. Know ahead of time how long their sessions normally last, their procedures, and frequency. Ask if you can call them with emergencies or if you'll normally get an answering service.

No one can look after you better than you can. Don't take your insurance company's word that because the therapist is listed in the provider handbook, they are a good choice for you. Call several different anxiety disorder therapists and talk with them first before making the all important decision.

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