Different therapists approach the therapeutic relationship in different ways. Some therapists are very active in session, while others take a more passive or non-directive role. So it’s important to ASK yourself whether the therapist’s approach fits you and your needs.
At Middleton Counseling we have several therapists. READ about our counselors on their “about me” page to see if their values, goals, and motivations in life are similar to yours.
At its core, therapy is a RELATIONSHIP. It’s important that the therapist be someone whom you trust, respect, and even like. By necessity, therapy isn’t always easy or enjoyable—it often requires facing UP to painful difficulties and life patterns. So it’s essential that the person companioning you on your therapy journey be someone you respect who you feel truly “gets” you. It’s a professional alliance with the express goal of helping you change your life for the BETTER, so the important thing is for you to find a therapist who fits your needs at this point in your life.
All therapists are legally licensed and trained to treat a wide variety of clients and issues. Most therapists have strong skills in working with issues that are experienced by a large number of people, like depression, anxiety, and stress. But many problems, including trauma, grief, marital conflict, and work-related issues, don’t fall neatly into any of these categories. If in doubt, it’s always appropriate to ask whether they have training and experience in working with clients who have issues similar to your own.