Considerations To Make When Choosing a Therapist or Psychiatrist

Before you can choose a specific therapy or psychiatry provider, you must identify what type of mental health care you need and which type of licensed behavioral health care provider offers that service. When deciding the type of care you need it’s important to consider your symptoms/signs and how badly they are impacting your life. Once you do this, you will have a better idea about what you hope to get out of treatment and which provider type you should seek care from.

Now that you have determined which type of provider you need, what are some of the things you should consider?


Behavioral health providers offer treatment for a range of conditions, but finding someone with a specialty that aligns with your particular issue may be more suited to your needs. Here are just a handful of examples of specializations:

  • Expertise with an age demographic
    • Children and adolescents
    • Adults
    • Geriatrics
  • Eating disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • ADHD
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety disorders

Philosophy of Care

As you’re searching, it’s important to take note of the provider’s treatment approaches and care philosophy. You can find this information through some online profiles as well as providers’ personal websites. If you can’t find the information online, contact the provider through email or phone and ask.

Provider Ideologies

It’s important to find a provider with whose ideologies you feel comfortable. They may or may not align with your own, but finding someone who you feel can understand you is an important step to feeling satisfied with your behavioral health services.

Provider Reviews and Locators

There are many resources to locate and identify a potential provider. Online resources  can identify doctors in your area, show the kinds of insurance they take and allow you to set up appointments through the website. Here are some online resources for you to use:


Your insurance may also play a part in the provider you choose. Your insurance policy may only cover certain types of behavioral health, or may have limits for how many sessions they’ll cover with a specific type of provider. Check with your insurance agent if you are unsure of your coverage.