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Some Therapy related questions; specifically getting one
I kind of don't feel like, at the moment, getting into why I need a therapist other than to say it is anxiety and depression related, but I've started searching for one the last couple of days and have some questions I'm hoping people might have some insight on:
1. How long does it normally take to be able to have your first visit with a therapist (United States, Mid-West if this is needed)? One of my closest friends recommended the place she goes to, but I called them to set an initial assessment (they apparently, unless you know for sure who you want to see in their specialty group, do an assessment with you to help you identify the issues and people that could work for you) and was told that July was the earliest they could see me (and August could be a possibility as well). Partially this was apparently insurance related, but it was also apparently they have a waiting list for people to be accepted. They seem to be very well reviewed from what I've seen so I get it. But is this common? They are the only one I've actually reached out to so far.
2. Related to that; and I've read shit tons of articles about it, but seriously, how do you pick out a therapist? Besides the one I got recommended by my friend, my wife kind of recommended her old therapist in the city. Except I remember her, and my wife complained about both the cost and the quality of therapy she got from her, so I'm not really jonesing for that one. Other than that, I've lately just been looking at listings, feeling like I'm doing the weirdest dating app dance.
I'm past the stage of "I need this immediately" so urgent call/chat websites haven't really looked appealing, but maybe I'm missing something with online therapy options?