When A Fear Becomes A Phobia, Where Do You Run?
Often defined as an extreme or irrational fear of something, a phobia can take almost any shape or form. Common phobias include fear of flying, heights and snakes, but people can develop phobias about nearly anything and some of these can be life limiting or even debilitating.
If you have a fear you would like to conquer, take heart. Phobias can be treated through counseling with a qualified therapist. It is important, however, that you choose a mental health provider who not only has the appropriate professional credentials, but who is also a good fit for you.
Here are some suggestions for choosing a mental health specialist.
Ask someone you trust for a recommendation.
Whether from your medical doctor, a friend or a family member, a personal connection is often helpful. You might also get a referral from a local medical center, university or referral hotline.
Check qualifications and specializations.
A licensed clinical psychologist has spent many years in professional training, in addition to earning a doctoral degree. Also, be sure your choice has experience treating phobias in people your age.
Consider cost and insurance coverage.
If you have a policy that covers mental health, check their list of preferred providers and learn what is covered and what is not. If you are uninsured or underinsured, you may qualify for a low-cost or sliding scale program.
Interview potential therapists for the job.
Choosing a therapist is sometimes compared to dating. It’s important to establish some chemistry, as counseling requires trust, honesty and sharing very personal feelings and information. It’s also a good idea to look into their online presence to determine your comfort level before you make an initial appointment.
Establish a timeline.
Speak with your therapist about setting goals for progress. A good psychologist will be interested in helping you see results as quickly as is possible and reasonable.
Wilmington Psychotherapy specializes in a range of mental health services, including treatment for all types of phobias and in clients of all ages. To learn more about Jim Doxey, including his experience and credentials, visit wilmingtonpsychotherapy.com or call (910) 344-0481.