Starting Therapy

The First Step

The National Institute of Mental Health states that more than 30 million Americans need help dealing with issues that feel beyond their control including relationship problems, family tensions, job loss, grief, depression, stress, burnout, and substance abuse, among others. It’s OK to seek support.

Determine your preferences for therapy.

We’ve outlined some questions you can ask yourself to begin narrowing down your options.

This resource was created to help explain some possible strategies for beginning therapy. This resource is for general information only and not provide medical, legal, or financial advice. Seek assistance from your personal physician for any health conditions or concerns. Licensing terms and definitions vary by state. This guide is specific to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

What kind of person would you feel most comfortable speaking with?

These criteria can help you clarify on your preferences as you try to find a therapist who will best meet your needs.

Do you prefer a counselor who:

  • offers sliding scale pricing
  • takes your insurance
  • speaks your native language
  • is within a specific age-range
  • is a specific gender identity
  • is LGBTQ+
  • is LGBTQ+ affirming
  • is faith-based/serves your faith
  • has specific credentials
  • specializes in a specific topic or style of therapy
  • conducts tele-health appointments
  • conducts in-person appointments
  • is close to your home or work

It is completely normal if you need to try a few different therapists before you find the best fit.