Finding a counselor, therapist, or life coach can be difficult. You may be new to a Nashville and do not know where to start. You may have suspicion about these professionals and are not sure you want to open up to a stranger. Or you may be struggling to find the courage to schedule an appointment for the first time. Making the decision to sharing the hard parts of your life is a vulnerable act.
Whatever your reason, it’s okay if you have struggled to make this call. But when you are ready to do the brave work of self-reflection and move towards health, then you want to make sure you have the right clinician to walk alongside you in that courageous journey.
1. Ask A Helping Professional for a Referral: Check in with your doctor, chiropractor, nurse practitioner, or pastor for who they would recommend. You can give them as much or as little information you are comfortable sharing about what you want or need.
2. PsychologyToday.com: This website has an abundance of therapist, counselors, life coaches, and psychiatrists that practice in Nashville. This site is helpful because you can sort professionals by insurance, age, language, and various counseling issues. These filters can help you find a good fit and this website allows you to read about each person or counseling center.
3. Google it: Google is one quick way to check out most of the Nashville counseling offerings by reading websites, FAQ's, and blogs. Hopefully, their websites will be able to give you a good sense of what kind of work they do and if he or she would be a good fit for you.
4. University Counseling Centers: Nashville is full of university counseling centers. If you are an alumni or are new to Nashville each of these university counseling centers can help you find names of clinicians to help you reach your goals. Here are a few options: Trevecca Counseling Center, Lipscomb Family Therapy Center, and Vanderbilt Psychological and Counseling Center.
Bonus Tip: Once you narrow down to a few possible candidates, ask for a short 15-minute phone consultation before you schedule your first appointment. This call will allow you to ask questions and find the counselor that seems to be the best fit for you.
In next week's blog I will discuss how to know you have found the best fit for a Nashville therapist. Stay tuned!
In the meantime, if you have checked out my website and think that I might be a good fit for your journey towards health, then feel free to contact me at Jessica@JessicaMcCoyCounseling.com.