On Friday, I was the guest of podcast host, @Shruti Alladi, and our discussion spanned career development, risk-taking, innovation, and yes, mental health.

In a world where mental health concerns are increasingly prevalent, seeking therapy has offered hope for many. Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) are designed to provide confidential support and resources to employees facing personal or work-related challenges that may impact their mental health. By providing confidential counseling services, access to resources and referrals, work-life balance support, crisis intervention, and education programs, #EAPs help organizations foster a supportive and healthy work environment for their staff.

Many of us do not have access to an EAP; we may be self-employed, under-employed, or seeking work. The journey toward optimum mental health isn’t always straightforward. The trust we place in therapists can be pivotal in our recovery, yet not all therapists are created equal. When reaching out for support, it’s essential to vet the credentials of those we entrust with our well-being.

Therapists come in various forms – psychologists, counselors, social workers, and more. Depending on their degree, some of these professionals have received more years of training, specialize in certain areas, or center their practices around different therapeutic approaches. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), a mental health practitioner will have either a master’s degree or a doctorate degree, or some combination of both. In order to practice (meaning, have direct client contact), clinicians also need to become licensed through their state’s licensing board. Some states have different requirements, but they all involve the completion of a degree, a certain amount of internship and/or post-degree supervised clinical experience, and passage of a state-recognized exam. 

A rose is not a rose! However, the title of “therapist” alone doesn’t guarantee expertise or suitability for every individual’s needs. When in a vulnerable state, desperate for support, the person on the other side of the screen or chair may not always be the right fit.

Vetting a therapist’s credentials is more than just a formality; it’s an act of self-care. It involves researching their qualifications, verifying their licensing, and assessing their approach to therapy. This diligence ensures we receive the quality care we deserve, tailored to our specific challenges and preferences.

Remember, therapy is a collaborative journey. By prioritizing the verification of credentials, we empower ourselves to make informed decisions about our mental health and well-being. You can navigate the therapy world knowing the proper support is within reach. Mind Matters: what resources are available to you?