Finding a therapist to help manage your anxiety can make a significant difference in your daily life and overall well-being. However, with so many therapists to choose from, finding the right one can feel overwhelming. That’s why we’ve put together a list of 6 important things to consider when choosing an Anxiety Therapist near me in Simi Valley.
By taking these factors into account, you can ensure that you find a therapist who is qualified, understanding, and the right fit for you. Whether you are seeking therapy for yourself or a loved one, this guide will help you make an informed decision in your search for anxiety treatment.
So let’s dive in! Here are six essential things to keep in mind as you begin your journey toward finding the best possible therapist for your unique needs.
Here are 6 things to consider when looking for a Simi Valley anxiety therapist:
- When you read about the therapist does your intuition say it’ll be a good fit?
- On their profile do they talk about anxiety therapy in such a way that you find to be informative and helpful for your therapeutic journey?
- Are you in the spot to make the financial commitment to anxiety treatment? Do you need to decide on an insurance provider or are you able to go with an out of network provider that feels like the right fit?
- Is this therapist able to dive deep into the root of your struggles so that you are not just peeling the top layers of your anxiety?
- Are you able to get on board with the consistency that is required for true healing for anxiety?
- Have you considered all of your options including online anxiety therapy or an in person group therapy option?
#1: When you read about the therapist does your intuition say it’ll be a good fit?
You may be wondering “how can I get confidence when looking at a profile online?” The truth is that our intuition and self guidance matters so much more than we give credit. So let’s acknowledge out loud that there is a difference between judgment and intuition. However, when we have a high level of anxiety it is sometimes hard to decipher the two. Why does it matter? It may or may not matter when looking for an anxiety therapist near Simi Valley however it matters in the long term. Your therapist will be able to support you in a deeper dive in separating out what is what since we oftentimes don’t even realize why we make the decisions we make.
Let’s go into some follow up questions about your intuition when looking for a therapist and in particular looking at a profile online.
First and foremost, what is intuition? Intuition is that voice inside of you that speaks to you. It is not your mind thinking. It’s actually most noticeable when we are able to quiet our minds. However, sometimes it can speak up or it can be just a rush of a sensory feeling that shows that your intuition is calling. The more you get into the practice of recognizing intuition the easier it will be to bring that into the decisions you make. Sooo… when searching for a “anxiety therapy near me in Simi Valley ” you will likely have options of therapists that will pop up. Simi Psychological Group does have a biography page for each of our therapists that breaks down some key points on how they work, how they show up in the therapy room, their therapy specialties and education.
You may also get a sense of the fit through the profile based on factors such as gender, culture, and therapeutic style. I often say that many times it can also surprise you that a good fit is different than what you originally would be. Some women think the best fit is a woman therapist and end up feeling better with men and vice versa. However, if your intuition says that a particular gender is the right fit it’s best to listen to yourself (you know best).
#2: On their profile do they talk about anxiety therapy in such a way that you find to be informative and helpful for your therapeutic journey?
There are many different modalities when it comes to anxiety therapy. We each gravitate towards a different style when it comes to therapeutic approaches. Some therapists tend to focus more on behaviors, thoughts, and actions in accordance with cognitive behavioral therapy approaches. Other therapists utilize more process oriented exploratory modalities or narrative where they understand how you think of your own life story. The truth is with anxiety therapy it tends to be best to have within their wheelhouse all the styles and most importantly above all able to connect at a deep level with you the client.
When the therapist describes how they work in therapy on their bio (or possibly video) are you able to picture yourself in a therapy session with them? That may be a good question to answer although you wouldn’t want to overthink it either. Sometimes having a feeling and reading something that feels right and then just making a move is warranted. Our minds can take us for a loop and we don’t want to allow that to happen in this case- as it may actually halt you from moving forward.
It may also be helpful to get an understanding of what are some of the things to expect when starting anxiety therapy. If you are someone that can get in your head either about stigma with therapy, fear or uncomfort with unknowns or whether you are just unsure if it’s time to start or not and need some “I’m ready for therapy” signs- reading about it can help guide you.
#3: Are you able to make the investment and financial commitment to anxiety treatment? Do you need to decide on an insurance provider or are you able to go with an out of network provider that feels like the right fit?
This is a question that many people face when looking for a psychotherapy provider in Simi Valley and our neighboring communities. They question whether it is best to go with someone that takes their insurance or stick with an out of network provider. There are a few things that we recommend that you keep in mind when considering your options.
First thing: Can you afford to make this investment for an out of network provider? The reality is that many therapists choose to go out of network because insurance does not reimburse well. Therefore network providers are often fuller and more overwhelmed because of high caseloads than their out of network colleagues. This is a general concept and is not true for every provider.
Second thing: Are you able to get some reimbursement back from an out of network provider? This is an important question since it will help guide you. When you call the back of your insurance card you can inquire about out of network benefits. They will be able to provide you with helpful information that can guide you in understanding what may be able to return to you with submission of superbills.
Third thing: It is important to keep in mind that therapy is a process and truly is best with consistent weekly sessions at least for the first 12 sessions. With that being said, if you truly can’t afford to be out of network, it is best to see someone in your network so that you can be consistent in the work you are doing together. This is a question to ask yourself.
#4 Is this therapist able to dive deep into the root of your struggles so that you are not just peeling the top layers of your anxiety?
Here is our favorite thing that we want you to truly ponder. Many therapists can stay on the surface of the content that you bring into the room and won’t get at the true root of your struggles. Why is this such a problem you may ask? The reality is that we tend to get caught up in the symptoms of what we are going through or the “he said/she said” stuff rather than where it all came from and what needs to happen to change at a subconscious level. This is the true root of your struggles and will help you create real lasting change in your life.
At Simi Psychological Group our mission is to reach the true root of your struggles so you can create real lasting change in you and your family’s lives. We know you have full control to live the life you want and deserve, which will then ripple into our community and the world.
During supervisions and consultations at our Simi Valley Therapy practice we make sure to dive deep and get at the root of the struggles of our clients. We truly want to ensure that we are offering the most value we can to our clients which will then ripple out their families, the community and the world. We also believe in the work that is needed within our therapists as well.
We teach our therapists that we can only take our clients as deep as we go. This is the truth. Therapists must be willing to work on themselves consistently by evaluating their own blocks, inner child, unhelpful narratives and habits among others. Our team is provided with a warm therapeutic supervision and consultation so they can do the work needed to be able to provide the best possible care to our clients.
#5 Are you able to get on board with the consistency that is required for true healing for anxiety? We need it.
Okay— here is the truth— therapy requires consistency and willingness to do the work. Your therapist is here to provide you support and guidance every step of the way however you are the one that needs to go in “it.” When you make the decision to dive in- the momentum you will feel is really special.
Even the painful times are special. That is the truth. It is really special to be able to trust yourself in the journey of deep therapeutic work. Your therapist will be a huge support in helping you see the value of the process but it’s important you know from the beginning that consistency is key (just like anything in life).
“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” – Dwayne Johnson
Looking for a therapist can be a fun and enjoyable experience if you are open to trusting yourself and allowing the process to unfold as it needs to. Our team of therapists in Simi Valley serve the communities of Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills and others and are here to help you in your path towards healing and growth.
#6: Have you considered all of your options including online anxiety therapy or an in person group therapy option?
Okay, so many people are a bit sick of the online world since the pandemic moved us all into an online only space for a bit. Others however really really like online therapy and find it to be a really good fit. The beauty of online therapy in SImi Valley is that you can stay in the comfort of your home while working with a wonderful qualified psychotherapist. If you are interested in learning more about important points to consider with online therapy consider reading our articles→ What you need to know before choosing online therapy, online vs. in person therapy, and ways to make your online therapy sessions more enjoyable.
Group therapy is such a powerful option to support your anxiety reduction goals by allowing yourself to be vulnerable and supported with others. Group therapy provides an opportunity to work toward your goals in a setting that allows you to experience dynamics that are more similar to real-life. In group therapy, you are able to truly see that you are not alone and that many others experience the same struggles and are here to support your growth as you are also supporting theirs. Our group therapy in Simi Valley has been such a great add on to our services. Our clients are really growing in the process and valuing the connection, support, growth, and collaboration of inner work.
We are so grateful to have three groups running currently including our Women’s Anxiety Group, Men’s support group and our teens support group. Our womens’ group in Simi Valley is truly a unique space for women to connect and dive into the truths of their lives in a supported and uplifting environment. Our Men’s Group in Simi Valley has been a great spot for men to allow themselves to feel, be themselves, and truly release some of the learned masculinity ideas that hold them back from living their authentic lives. Lastly, our teens girls group in Simi Valley provides a unique and connected place for teen girls to develop increased self love and confidence while navigating the difficult teenage years. Reach out today at (805) 842-1994 to get started.