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How the heck do I find a therapist? (or any medical professional that could help in general)

I'm planning on seeing a therapist for my problems (social anxiety, not diagnosed, so that's a problem). I don't know what to look for and what's right for me, do I need a counselor, do I need a psychologist, psychiatrist? Which one is right for me? What do I look for and note when looking for one (medical professional)? And what if I was never checked and diagnosed? Am I qualified to get help from a psychologist? How do I even start omg I have so many questions I can't even write right now. What do I look for in therapists? What do i need to look for when looking at therapists profile online. Please help. Excuse this messy question. I have many symptoms of social anxiety and desperately need help of some sort. Feel free to add additional information on how you found your therapist if you got one. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Also I wanna add, I'm looking at Psychology Today therapist finder and what do I look at in there that's important? Thank you.
Category: Therapy 6 years ago
Asked 6 years ago

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if you go see your doctor for it they will be able to give you a list of ones in your area that accept your insurance well at least that is how i got mine also an internet search should be helpful
Answered 6 years ago

Asking your doctor is good and so is psychology today. Your insurance will most likely be the biggest factor. For social anxiety you could see a counselor/social worker (masters level) or a psychologist (PhD/PsyD). Any can do therapy. I think it's more important to find someone you connect with and feel comfortable talking to right away. The relationship is far more important than the level of education. Go to a psychiatrist if you need meds. They're just a regular M.D. with a specialization in psych drugs. Good luck
Answered 6 years ago

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