Remember in 2010, when Forbes ranked Ogden, UT, the 6th best place to raise a family and in 2013, 3rd? And then again, in 2016, Ogden ranked 6th for the fastest-growing city? Let’s just say Ogden, UT has shown up in Forbes magazine a few different times and for great reason. The historic downtown, the bustling economy, the beautiful Wasatch Mountains, and all the outdoor activities you can dream of. However, just because Ogden isn’t terrible doesn’t mean life doesn’t come up, and you sometimes need support. If you are looking for a life coach, counselor, therapist, or psychologist- I’d like to help you find someone who can help.

I want to help you find a therapist in Ogden, UT

Life feels difficult and challenging. You feel stuck and aren’t sure what the next steps are or should be. Finding a therapist and the right therapist can be one more struggle that feels like a daunting task. Let me help you. Here is what I would recommend to a family member, friend, colleague, or client about finding a new therapist.

1 – Decide on a budget.

Therapy, counseling, or a life coach can make a huge difference in your quality of life. It can provide motivation and transformation in many different areas. However, it is an expense. I’d recommend going through your costs, making a budget, and determine what is sustainable for you and your budget. It is essential to make sure you have what you need while also getting the help you need.

2 – Decide on the type of help you are needing.

Now let me explain what I mean by this. Are you looking for a life coach, a therapist, or a psychologist? Let me break down each of these, so you can be better prepared for who can best help you when you begin looking.

Life coach: Life coaches focus on setting and achieving goals. They identify current behavior and help break things down to achieve the desired outcome. Life coaches are great when you require action—some therapists transition to being a life coach to work with people worldwide. Most life coaches do not need an advanced degree.

Therapist: Therapists analyze a client’s past as a tool for understanding. This helps to understand current behaviors and mental health. Overall, therapists focus on the client’s mental health,  emotional healing, and help clients work through issues keeping them stuck. Therapists need at least a Master’s Degree.

Psychologists: Psychologists can also be called therapists, but they do receive their Doctorate degrees. Clinical work between a psychologist and a therapist tends to look similar in the room. Psychologists also do assessments, work in academia, and tend to be heavier on the research.

Assessing your current need and asking yourself what you are looking for will help narrow down your search.

3 – Ask trusted family and friends for referrals.

Finding a therapist that works for you is a personal decision. However, loved ones can provide help because they know you well. A friend or family member might have had a great experience with a therapist or life coach and can provide their contact. They also might be aware of someone who provides what you are looking for and have heard good things. Leaning on loved ones can also let them know you need support and are going through something. Use your network to help find some good candidates.

4 – Research different therapists online.

It’s essential to read up on a therapist and find out how they might approach therapy. Psychology Today, Therapy Den, and Good Therapy are great resources and an excellent place to start. From there, make sure you look through therapists’ websites, which give you more information and details about who they are and what they do. Ask yourself these questions: Do they have experience working with the kinds of problems I face?  Are there any gender, cultural, or identity factors that I want to consider when choosing a therapist?  This person should be someone you feel can understand your life experience and help guide you.

5 – Schedule a few initial phone consultations with therapists in Ogden who appear to be a good fit.

Most therapists offer a free 15-minute consultation. It is an opportunity for potential clients and therapists to get to know one another and ask questions to see if the match is right. Look for an understanding of the issue you are facing. Ask yourself if you felt validated, heard, and if the therapist understood and could help with where you are stuck. By doing a few consultation calls, you will find someone you feel most comfortable with, which can go a long way in the healing process.

Free 15-minute consultation in Ogden, UT

I hope these tips help you find the right therapist in Ogden, UT. If you are still feeling stuck, please call me at (385) 240-0689 for a free 15-minute phone consultation or email kristi@illuminetherapy.com. I’d be happy to hear about what is happening and help direct you to the right person. If you are looking to work with me, you can read more about how I can help here.