You may be wondering how to choose the right therapist or counselor, to help you cope with Acoustic Neuroma. You may have asked your doctor, or friends, to recommend a therapist who is knowledgeable about acoustic neuroma.
Perhaps you have some phone numbers in hand, or have looked at a bunch of websites, found during a google search for a counselor or therapist in your local area.
You may now be wondering how to choose one, out of perhaps many options. If you are in the Los Angeles area, I would love to talk with you, so we can see if we sense a good working fit with each other. I would also be happy to refer you to one of my colleagues.
Here are a few things to consider as you talk with potential therapists, or as you review their websites or other promotional material. (I use the words "therapist" and "counselor" interchangeably).
1. Does the therapist "get it?" Look for some indication that the therapist really hears and understands the struggles of coping with acoustic neuroma.
Perhaps she herself, or a family member, has also had acoustic neuroma. Or maybe she has overcome some other health crisis, and has a passion for helping others get through something similar.
2. What if he is not on my insurance panel? Many therapists today are choosing not to work with insurance panels. Sometimes it is because they do not agree ethically with how they work, and do not want to be a part of it.
Do not let that stop you from calling to discuss options. They may be willing to lower their fee significantly, if you are stuggling with something they feel passionate about helping with. Or, they may be willing to provide an invoice as an "out of network" provider.
Study your "mental health" benefits, to see what your insurance covers. You may be surprised to learn that paying out of pocket, or going to someone out of network, may be more affordable than you thought.
3. What about her credentials? The "alphabet soup" of various credentials can be very confusing, to say the least. There are several types of qualified mental health providers, with several different types of licenses.
There are Psychologists, who have a Phd. There are LCSW, MFT, and LPC, all who have completed Masters Degrees, long internships, and passed a rigorous state licensing exam.
All of these professionals are licensed to provide mental health services, and to diagnose and treat mental health conditions such as Anxiety and Depression. What matters is not so much the type of license, as their passion for helping people with your particular struggle.
4. What about the techniques they use? Many will advertise as having an expertise in some special method, such as CBT, TFT, EMDR, etc, etc, ad infinitum. Studies have shown that the single most important helpful factor is the relationship between the therapist and client.
Instead of trying to compare all the different techniques being touted, try to get a sense of compatability. Again, does the therapist "get it?"
Does she seem to have empathy and compassion? Does she listen well? Does she follow your lead toward your goals, or try to impose some idea on you that doesn't seem to fit?
I hope these ideas are helpful to you if you are seeking a therapist for support in coping with acoustic neuroma. Feel free to contact me with any questions. You can email me at email@example.com or call me at 310-658-3158.
Kate Boswell is a Los Angeles based psychotherapist. She is conveniently located in Marina del Rey, near LAX, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Venice, Culver City, Santa Monica, Inglewood, Westchester, West Los Angeles, and the South Bay Cities.
Kate Boswell (310) 658-3158 Los Angeles, CA. firstname.lastname@example.org