Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Finding Help - Either a Therapist or a Rabbi

I heard Vicki Polin speaking at a conference some time ago on the topic of "how to find a good therapist." I remember her saying finding a therapist is like trying to buy a pair of shoes.

"You go to the store and see so many different pairs, it can seem overwhelming at times. Some shoes are absolutely beautiful, but when you put them on your feet they hurt, or they are too high that you will end up falling flat on your face. There are other shoes that may not be that pleasing to the eye, but you put them on and they feel like slippers so you never want to take them off. You need to find a therapist that feels comfortable and safe, yet will help you grow. You don't want to fall on your face, but you also don't want to feel so comfortable that you will end up being in therapy the rest of your life."

So my question to you is, how did you find your therapist? What suggestions do you have for others in finding someone? I guess the same questions should be asked when you are trying to find a rabbi for spiritual advice/counseling.


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