Choosing a Therapist

Contrary to popular myth, therapists are not omniscient, neutral beings - they are people with value systems, beliefs and viewpoints. Ideally, a therapist will be an ally in your healing and growth. When choosing an ally - as with choosing a friend - it is important to evaluate whether or not there are enough shared values around the issues that are important to you.

A good starting point for assessing a therapist’s values is to take a look at their writing, on their website or elsewhere. Another step is to ask questions about their approach to issues that are important to you.

Bottom line: Go with your gut. Trust what feels right and what doesn’t. By doing so, you are already engaging in a process of healing and growth.


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Interested in working together? Have questions? I'd love to hear from you at anna@annaholtzman.com or (646) 439-0432.

I offer in-person therapy sessions in Downtown Brooklyn. Career coaching is also available by phone or video chat.