How to choose the best therapist for you

At Chroma Counselling, we understand that choosing the right therapist can be challenging but it is an important first step toward improving your mental health. The right therapist will understand your unique and individual needs and support you in a space that feels safe and welcoming. Here are some things to consider when selecting the best therapist for you.

Finding a therapist that is located near you can make it easier for you to attend appointments and stay committed to therapy. This will make it easier to attend appointments, plus will add to a feeling of community connection.

Online Therapy is also a great solution for anyone that would prefer to attend counselling from the comfort of their home.

“A good therapist will be non-judgmental and accepting of your worldview. They will be willing to work with you to find solutions that align with your values.”

Different therapists specialize in different areas of mental health, and it is important to find a therapist who has experience treating the specific issue you're facing. At Chroma Counselling, we approach healing from an inclusive and multicultural perspective.

A therapist should respect your values, beliefs, and culture. We chose the name Chroma because it comes from the Greek word for colour and to us represents the full spectrum of sexual, gender, ethnic, and cultural diversity. We support a broad range of clients, all of whom we strive to make feel welcome and safe.

A good therapist will be non-judgmental and accepting of your worldview, and they will be willing to work with you to find solutions that align with your values and preferences. It is important that more broad cultural and historical influences be acknowledged in any therapy treatment. For example, in British Columbia, counsellors can be trained to provide culturally safe and trauma-informed emotional and mental health services to Indigenous people for the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA).

“It's important to find a therapist who communicates in a way that resonates with you.”

Make sure the therapist you choose has the appropriate training and certifications to provide therapy. This can include specialized training in the area of mental health you're struggling with. Multiple certified counsellors from a variety of backgrounds offer their support at Chroma Counselling.

Find out if the therapist you're considering has a flexible schedule that can accommodate your needs. Chroma offers in person counselling appointments at our Downtown Vancouver office seven days a week. We also, for convenience, provide online therapy sessions as well. Flexible appointment times are important because a diverse patient population will have a diverse work schedule.

Another consideration when choosing a therapist is communication style. It is important to find a therapist who communicates in a way that resonates with you. At Chroma, we have a number of different counsellors and each has their own unique style. We are happy to work with you to find the best fit. Free consultation sessions offer a great opportunity to get a feel for a counsellor’s style.

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Reading reviews from other patients can help you get a sense of the therapist's style and approach. You can also ask friends, family members, or your primary care physician for referrals to therapists they recommend.

Don't be afraid to ask your therapist questions. Before you commit to a therapist, ask them any questions you may have. This can include questions about their approach to therapy, their experience treating your specific issue, their availability, and their fees.

Empathy and warmth are essential characteristics for a therapist. You want to find a therapist who is kind and compassionate, who can listen without judgment. Transparency is another important quality. A good therapist will be upfront with you about their approach and  qualifications.

Lastly, a good therapist will be willing to challenge you when necessary. They will help you confront your fears, explore your emotions, and question your negative beliefs.

Remember that finding the right therapist is a personal journey, and it may take some time to find someone who meets all of your needs. With patience, persistence, and a willingness to ask questions and trust your instincts, you can find a therapist who can help you improve your mental health and overall well-being. Contact Chroma Counselling today to find the right therapist for you.

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