How to Find a Therapist

How To Find A Therapist

Finding a therapist is often a confusing and daunting process.  There are some general guidelines that you may find useful in your search.


First take some to formulate your thoughts on the issues/problems you'd like to address in therapy as well as your goals for the outcome of your therapy.  Most therapists treat a general range of issues but may also have specific areas of expertise that may better fit your needs.  The clearer your goals, the easier it will be to find a therapist who meets your specific wishes.  Your goals should also help you to decide whether individual, group, couples or family therapy is best for you.


To find a therapist affiliated with NJAWT, go to our Therapist Directory page.


Types of Therapy

There are many different styles of therapy.  Many therapists define themselves as eclectic, denoting that they incorporate aspects of various therapies in their practice to meet the needs of each individual client.  Some of the many types of therapy include:

  • Psychodynamic
  • Cognitive - Behavioral
  • Psychoanalytic
  • Interpersonal
  • Relational
  • Gestalt
  • Object Relations
  • Ego Psychology
  • Family Systems
  • Rational-Emotive
  • EMDR
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Mind-body
  • Rubenfeld
  • Psychopharmacology


Types of Therapists

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Licensed Clinical Social Workers
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists/Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors
  • Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselors.