Anxiety disorders can be treated by a wide range of mental health professionals, including, psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers and psychiatric nurses. Primary care physicians are increasingly aware of the problems of anxiety disorders and depression, making these diagnoses more frequently. A primary care physician may prescribe medication or refer a patient to a mental health provider.
Finding the right therapist can be tricky, because satisfactory credentials are not the only factors to take into consideration. It is important to feel comfortable, so speak to the therapist, either on the phone or in the office, and don't be embarrassed if you feel uncomfortable and would rather see someone else.
A therapist should be willing to answer any questions you may have about methods, training, and fees. Here are some questions you may want to ask a therapist during a consultation:
What training and experience do you have in treating anxiety disorders?
What is your basic approach to treatment?
Can you prescribe medication or refer me to someone who can, if that proves necessary?
How long is the course of treatment?
How frequent are treatment sessions and how long do they last?
Do you include family members in therapy?
Will you or a staff member go to the home of a phobic person, if necessary?
What is your fee schedule, and do you have a sliding scale for varying financial circumstances?
What kinds of health insurance do you accept?
If a therapist is reluctant to answer your questions, or if you do not feel comfortable, see someone else.
I have been to 3 different therapist and one I liked but not as well as the other 2.
I hope you find one that is a good fit for you.
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