So, what exactly should you look for when trying to find a new therapist?
Finding the right therapist is largely an intuitive process. In other words, listen to your gut.
Someone may look great on paper, but if when in their presence (via video chat or physically) you don't feel at ease, not even the longest list of credentials will change that.
You should feel comfortable.
Your therapist needs to be someone that you want to talk to, and someone that (despite the pain of what you are going through) you feel at ease around. And even though psychotherapy can, at times, be painful simply because we are often engaging and facing difficult emotions, memories, etc., going to appointments, for the most part, should feel positive.
You should leave feeling supported and less alone than when you got there.
Sounds pretty simple, right? And it is, except we are often discouraged from listening to our intuition.
And because we live in a culture where we are taught to trust the "professionals" more than ourselves, it can be difficult to tap into that inner compass.
Trust yourself in this process. And if at any time you decide to change course, trust that too.