Did you know that mental illness affects at least one in five American adults? That’s over 40 million people, more than the population of California.

Yet no one wants to talk about it. Many people don’t understand that it’s a problem at all. They confuse depression with sadness, and anxiety with stress, not realizing that many of their friends and family are struggling with an illness. Maybe they’re suffering from an illness but are unaware that it’s not their fault.

This is just one of the reasons that access to mental healthcare in America is reaching less than half the people who need it. Unfortunately, Texas is one of the worst performers when it comes to access to mental health treatment.

In Houston, people are nothing if not resourceful, which is why more and more people are turning to online therapy. This is ThriveTalk.

If you’re searching for a psychologist in Houston, online therapy is your answer. Here is how it works.

Start Your Search for a Therapist On ThriveTalk

Finding a therapist in Houston and the Woodlands TX is a tricky process. It’s important that you find a therapist you connect with, but there are only so many therapists within driving distance.

Start your search for a therapist on ThriveTalk and you’ll be speaking to a skilled professional in no time. The process is simple, with a range of excellent psychologists to choose from.

Here are some tips for finding the best therapist for you.

Finding the Best Therapist for You

Good therapy is founded on a strong connection between you and your therapist. That’s why it is so important to find not just a good therapist, but the best one for you.

1. A Good Psychologist is Not Always the Closest

In Houston, while you’ll definitely connect with a therapist on shared pride for our great city, there’s no guarantee you’ll connect with them on a deeper level. The fact is that just because they’re convenient does not mean they’re going to suit your personality and needs.

But many people don’t have a choice. No one has the time to travel an hour or more away for a 50 minute session. They end up with no choice but to see whoever happens to be closest.

Online therapy with ThriveTalk gives you the opportunity to connect with psychologists in Houston, the Woodlands, or anywhere else. You don’t have to worry about proximity. All you need is an internet connection and a private space. There’s no need to worry about traffic or any travel time at all. Which means that you can fit a session into your lunch break. If you only have an hour, that’s still plenty of time for a 50 minute session. If you have less time, you can still fit in a 30 minute session.

You can choose the right therapist, rather than the most convenient one, without compromising practicality.

 2. Are They Selling Themselves or Talking About Their Work?

While consulting with a therapist before setting up a session, there are a few things you need to look out for.

The best therapists understand that their approach may not be for everyone, and will therefore not try to convince you to choose them in particular. When you’re asking about how they go about therapy, take note of whether they’re trying to sell themselves.

They should absolutely be confident and enthusiastic about their work, but should leave the choice up to you. You’ll know if they fully believe in what they’re doing. If you click with them and their approach resonates with you, then go for it. They should acknowledge that therapy is a very personal process, and your candid appreciation of what they offer is what matters.

3. Talk to Them

It’s important that you believe their approach is right for you, but it’s even more important to build a rapport. By spending some time talking to them during a consultation, you can get an idea of whether that’s likely.

Sometimes you’ll click with a therapist immediately, but even if you don’t, you may be able to acknowledge that you can with a bit of time. Many people take a while to warm up to a therapist, even if they’re the perfect fit, because they’re not yet used to sharing so openly.

Always keep in mind that if you’ve never tried therapy before, learning to share will take a bit of time. They are bound by confidentiality laws, which helps most people open up at a level they have been too afraid to in the past.

4. Notice How You Feel Talking to Them

What they say is not always as important as how you feel talking to them. Do you feel comfortable sharing with them? Or do you feel intimidated by them? Do you understand them or are they overcomplicating things?

Be open to reassessing your first impressions. After all, snap judgments are often inaccurate. Spend a bit of time talking to them before fully assessing what you feel.

5. Don’t Be Afraid to Change Your Mind

Finally, it’s important to remember that, even if you connect with a therapist, you can change your mind if you find someone who suits you better. Often, after speaking to someone and forming a bit of a rapport, we feel like we’re letting them down by choosing someone else. This should not be your concern.

Therapists will understand that you might find someone more suited to you. They won’t take it personally. They want what’s best for you, after all, even if that means you choose someone else.

ThriveTalk Brings You The Help You Deserve

You deserve help in carrying your burdens. Everyone does. This world is a complicated place, and life can feel overwhelming sometimes, no matter what your circumstances. People often feel they are being weak by asking for help, but the truth is the opposite. Asking for help is a strong first step.

No one is given a guide to life when they’re born. Most of the time, we’re figuring it out by watching others and trial and error. But there are better ways to get where you want to go. A therapist can give you the tools you deserve to succeed in outlining and achieving your goals.

Therapy Is For Everyone

Therapy is not just for those of us suffering from a mental illness. No matter what your problems, a therapist can help you find a way through. They can guide you in improving your work-life balance, your relationships, and more.

They can also help you in your search for meaning. Everyone has existential questions, but there is no space for them to explore these questions. Therapy is the perfect space to do so. Many people in Houston, the Woodlands, and throughout Texas, are grappling with the search for meaning. A psychologist is the ideal person to accompany you on this quest.

Much of life is about maintenance. A good relationship can have issues if you don’t nurture it. So can your career, as well as your perception of yourself. Take the time to work on yourself now and you’ll be better prepared for whatever comes up in the future.

Helpful Questions to Ask Our Therapists

When consulting our therapists, you might consider asking some of these questions:

  • What approach do you take to therapy? All of our therapists use evidence-based approaches that have been proven to work. You might connect more with one approach than another. Ask our therapists to explain which approach they take.
  • Which fields do you specialize in? Our therapists are all fully qualified and highly skilled. Some specialize in particular areas of psychology, such as family therapy, individual therapy, or social work.
  • Tell me about your experience. Each therapist has done thousands of hours of therapy work. Asking them to elaborate on the type of therapy they’ve done, how long they’ve been doing it, and some of the things they’ve learned, will give you a better idea of their high caliber.
  • Can I contact you after-hours? Our therapists will give you their full attention during sessions, but understand that you may need them in emergencies. It is up to each therapist to determine how available they will be outside of sessions in non-urgent scenarios.
  • Are you the right therapist for me? They’ll be happy discuss why they may or may not be the right person to help you. Also, by asking this, you can get an idea of whether they’re selling themselves.

Get Started Today

ThriveTalk offers a modern way to find a psychologist in Houston, the Woodlands TX, and anywhere else. Our therapists are highly-skilled and ready to set up a consultation. Get started today and you’ll find the right therapist in no time.

Finding a therapist has never been easier. Choose from one of our experts to get started on your journey to a happier self today.

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Angel Rivera
I am a Bilingual (Spanish) Psychiatrist with a mixture of strong clinical skills including Emergency Psychiatry, Consultation Liaison, Forensic Psychiatry, Telepsychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry training in treatment of the elderly. I have training in EMR records thus very comfortable in working with computers. I served the difficult to treat patients in challenging environments in outpatient and inpatient settings
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