Mental Health Therapy
Mental health therapy, also sometimes referred to as psychotherapy, can take the form of individual, group, couples, or family counseling sessions at a mental health clinic, doctor’s office, private therapy office, a child’s home, and/or some of Chittenden County’s schools. Mental health therapy frequently occurs once weekly for about an hour, though scheduling may vary based on individual needs.
Understanding what psychotherapy is and is not can be a useful first step in the process of seeking mental health care. Good therapy is not something that is, nor should it feel like it is, “done to you”. It is a collaborative process — you working with a mental health professional to identify and move toward goals that are important to you. The therapist and the therapeutic relationship is a tool to help you.
With a process that can be uncomfortable at times, finding the right therapist is important. When searching for a therapist, take the time to try to find one who you feel hears, understands, and respects what you are seeking from therapy and one with whom you feel comfortable. You may need to try a few therapists before you find one that is a good fit. Don’t be afraid to do this, as having a sense of safety and trust with your therapist can make a big difference in the successful outcome of the therapy itself.
Additionally, therapists come with different strengths and areas of expertise. For example, your child may be struggling with depression. Not all therapists are experts at working with children, nor are all child therapists knowledgeable about the most effective techniques for addressing depression in children. You have the right to ask potential therapists questions about who they are professionally and how they approach their work to help you determine if they have the expertise to work effectively with your child. Click here for Questions You May Ask a Potential Therapist either in an initial phone contact or in a first meeting to help you decide if they are a good match for your needs.
In some instances, the process of finding and getting an appointment with a therapist may be fairly straightforward, however, this is not always the case. Long waiting lists, insurance barriers, inconvenient hours, and confusion about the different types of mental health providers are some of the challenges cited by parents seeking mental healthcare for their children in Vermont.
To make an appointment with a therapist, you may call a mental health provider or organization directly. Click here for a listing of Chittenden County’s therapy resources.