Compassionate Psychologists in Austin

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Austin Anxiety and OCD Specialists
205 Wild Basin Rd S #3 Suite 202
Austin, TX, 78746
(512) 246-7225

Everyone goes through times when one feels troubled and may not know where to turn to for making changes. Therapy can offer a safe place to talk through your problems and concerns.

If you decide to seek help, take the time to choose who you work with carefully. But, where do I start?

A good first step is to talk with people you know and can trust for recommendations. If you have no personal contacts with people who might be familiar with therapists in your area, ask your primary care physician or your health insurance company. Try to get at least three names.

Once you have the names of at least three therapists, try calling them and interviewing them briefly over the phone before setting up an appointment. This way you can begin to get a sense for how good of a match you will make.

When you interview a prospective therapist, begin by giving them a short summary of your problem or concern and ask them if they have worked successfully with other people who have had this problem. You may want to ask also about their basic approach in therapy, about their fees and how long therapy usually takes, as well as their available hours.

At the end of this brief conversation you will have a better sense for how this therapist works. Once you have interviewed all three, choose one to make an appointment with.

How can I evaluate my therapist once I've started? Good question. After two or three sessions, take some time to de
cide if the therapist you have chosen has what it takes to help you. Ask yourself:
Am I comfortable with my therapist?
Can I speak freely with my therapist?
Does what the therapist sys make sense and seem relevant to my problems?
Does the therapist take time to explain things I don't understand?
Do I feel comfortable disagreeing with the therapist?

To change deeply ingrained behaviors and thoughts can take from weeks to months, even longer in some cases. Sometimes therapy doesn't have to be every week. Many people take periodic breaks from formal therapy to practice and master the skills they've learned. But if you feel that you have made no progress and things are not much clearer after, say, six sessions, you may consider trying a different therapist.

But do let your current therapist know that you are considering changing to someone else, and share your reasons. That is the most considerate and professional thing to do.