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  • Writer's pictureIsabella Maire

5 things to Remember as you search for a Utah Therapist

There are so many options for therapists in Utah. It can be very tricky to know how to pick a good therapist that can be a good fit for you and your needs. One Google search can show dozens of therapists and practices near you and it can be very overwhelming to know which one is right for you. But keeping in mind a few simple tricks can make your search much easier. These are the five things you need to remember as you search for a therapist in Utah.

1. Your first therapist may not be right for you

Often people will try going to one therapist and feel like it didn’t really help them so they give up. But therapists are just people and sometimes you click with a person and sometimes you don’t and that’s OK. One important thing in therapy is remembering to keep your mind open to the possibility of switching to a new therapist if your current therapist doesn’t exactly meet your needs. It is very common for people to switch after a session or two and your therapist will understand if you aren’t feeling like they are the right fit for you. Here at Xenia Counseling our therapists are always understanding and willing to work with you for a session or two to see how you like it.

2. Check their website for specifics

Looking at the website of the therapist you want to see is a crucial step in picking the right therapist. Here in Utah there are a variety of political and religious beliefs held by therapists and you may want to be sure you find a Utah therapist that can listen and understand your beliefs. If you are going through a faith transition or are hoping to find a therapist who is LGBTQ+ affirming then you want to check their website to see what they have to say about those topics. This also applies to people who are looking for a therapist to treat them for specific things like PTSD or trauma. Looking for a therapist who is more experienced in those areas can be very beneficial because you will know going in that they will have more expertise on the challenges which you face.

You also want to check their website for important details like whether or not they accept insurance, or even if they are officially licensed. Not everyone who works in mental health is actually licensed and trained correctly in how to help you, and finding someone who is will be much more helpful to you.

3. Ask friends and family for good therapists they’ve seen

You can also use your family and friends as a resource for finding a good therapist. Asking them for recommendations can get you started with a list of potential therapists. Your needs may not be exactly the same as the people around you so make sure you ask them questions about their therapists to see why they like them and determine if they might be a good fit for you.

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4. Tell your therapist exactly what you need

A lot of people go into therapy and beat around the bush or even hide important details about what has gone on in their life. While it may be difficult to open up completely to your therapist in the first session, you want to find a therapist who you can feel comfortable with quickly and open up completely about your problems. Going to therapy and talking about things that aren’t as big of a deal will do you no good. You need to talk about all of the big stuff so look for someone who you can be very comfortable with. Many people feel more comfortable opening up to women than men or vice versa so keep in mind how you feel when you are looking for a therapist.

Therapists are not mind readers. Opening up is the only way for your therapist to know what is going on in your life and help you through it. If you leave out important details and refuse to talk about the most important things then you’ll miss out on progress you could have made if you had been more open.

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5. Telehealth vs in-person

A lot of people have an easier time opening up in-person rather than over a telehealth call, while others prefer to not be face to face. When considering which Utah therapist is right for you you will need to think about whether you want to find someone who is open to telehealth calls or if you want to go in-person. Health issues can also play a significant role in this decision. If you are frequently ill then you may want to find someone open to telehealth simply so that you do not miss therapy frequently with health concerns. Therapy is most useful when it is consistent so taking the time to find the right therapist for you is vital.

Finding the right Utah therapist is tricky, take the time to consider these points and find the right therapist for you. Therapy can be life changing, but you need to find the right therapist for you to make it work. If you would like to learn more about the therapists here at Xenia Counseling you can visit our website at

To learn more about finding the right therapist you can also listen to this episode of our podcast IYKYK

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