How to Find the Best Mental Health Provider for You

A female mental health professional taking notes during a session with a young female patient

When it comes to mental health treatment, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Everyone has unique genetics, life experiences, and family history that impact their well-being and determine the care they receive.

However, finding a trustworthy and qualified professional to treat mental health is just as important as the treatment itself. With so many options out there, it can take time to find the right fit. How do you know where to start?

Here are four factors to consider when searching for a mental health professional to help you on your healing journey:

1. Insurance Coverage

Before scheduling an appointment with any provider, check which mental health services are covered under your insurance. This will help narrow down your options. Keep in mind that even if a particular therapist or psychiatrist isn’t covered by your insurance, they may offer payment plans. Ask your potential provider what insurance they accept and about their financing options.

2. Specialization

The next important factor to consider when researching a mental health provider is specialization. Some mental health professionals focus on adult or geriatric mental health care, while others work solely with children and adolescents. You’ll also want to determine whether to see a psychiatrist or therapist. While these professionals collaborate to help their patients, they diagnose and treat disorders in different ways based on their qualifications.

Researching a mental health provider’s professional background and knowing what mental health diagnoses they are specialized in treating will help ensure you’re getting the best care for your specific needs.

A young female mental health professional works with a girl in a play room

3. Personal Qualities

Qualifications of a mental health provider are important. However, research shows the connection between a therapist and client is a crucial factor in therapeutic progress and success. This is a person you’ll share personal information with, so you’ll want to find a trustworthy provider who has qualities you admire.

Are they an active listener? Do they communicate clearly? Are they supportive of your therapeutic goals? Do they work with you on establishing a treatment plan to reach those goals? Do they make you feel safe and respected? These are all positive qualities to look for in a mental health professional. You may see a few different providers before you find one you “mesh” with, and that’s okay. Your well-being will be better off for it.

4. Location

Where a provider is located is another important factor to consider. If you live in a rural area, you may need to commute many miles to your nearest provider. Because travel costs time and money, you may want to choose a provider who offers telepsychiatry sessions. Living in a city also has barriers, like traffic and higher populations that drive demand for mental health providers. If you prefer in-person sessions, researching providers close to your home or office is a good start.

A senior woman chatting with her female therapist on her tablet via telehealth

Although it can take time and persistence, finding a mental health professional who is the right fit for you is well worth the effort. Our team of psychiatrists and therapists at Rural Psychiatry Associates is here to help. We offer both in-office and telehealth appointments to individuals of all ages. Contact us to learn more about our services and request an appointment today!

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