How To Choose A Therapist


At some point during this cosmic hazing you may want to seek some professional help.  It’s crucial that you are discerning and informed, even though you may feel emotionally depleted and raw.  


Let’s first see what kinds of help are available:

Psychiatrists are MDs who typically suggest and prescribe medication, that’s psychotropic, or mind-altering meds.  They may do some psychotherapy, but that’s not typical

Psychologists are PhDs who counsel and provide psychological testing.  They do not prescribe medication, but they often refer to Psychiatrists. 

Psychotherapists, Counselors, and Clinical Social Workers essentially do the same thing, they counsel you. They do not prescribe medication.  Some may refer you to a Psychiatrist, while others may not.

Holistic Psychotherapists are usually trained in another discipline in addition to their psychology or counseling degree.  It may be nutrition, homeopathy, herbal medicine, acupuncture, or something else. They aim to help you without the use of allopathic (traditional) pharmaceuticals because they know the side effects often outweigh whatever benefits there might be.   They typically suggest herbs, homeopathy, Bach flower remedies, breath work, and other modalities to help you help yourself.  They believe the body-mind-spirit is self-healing, though a gentle nudge in the right direction can be effective.


It is imperative that you remember your therapist works for you.  You are paying him or her for a service.  If you don’t feel comfortable, even if you can’t articulate the reason, don’t go back.  The minimum requirement is that you feel heard, respected, and supported.  Naturally, you want someone experienced and well trained.  Good chemistry and an easy, comfortable rapport are also vital.


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Nicole S. Urdang, M.S., NCC, DHM is a Holistic Psychotherapist in Buffalo, NY. She holds a New York state license in mental health counseling and a doctorate in homeopathic medicine from the British Institute of Homeopathy.