I understand there are different styles of therapy. How will I know which one will be right for me?

May 16, 2009

One factor in deciding on a specific style of therapy is effectiveness. You will want your therapist to recommend a style of therapy that has been shown to be effective for your specific problem. In the evaluation session, ask your therapist why he/she is recommending a specific model of therapy.

If interested, ask if there is research or reading that the therapist can recommend to help you understand the specific therapy process.

A second factor in deciding on a specific type of therapy involves what seems to fit your personality and personal needs. Some therapies are more directive, in which you would get specific assignments and strategies to use, sort of like homework, from the therapist.

Other therapies are more open-ended, allowing you to direct the focus of therapy. Consider whether the therapy style and the personality of the therapist is a good fit for your personal style and discuss that at any time with your therapist.

Hoover & Associates’ team of licensed psychologists, counselors, and social workers is here to offer you help and guidance. We’ve been providing mental health services in the southwest suburbs of Chicago since 1985. We’re conveniently located at 16325 S. Harlem Ave., Suite 200 (2nd floor), Tinley Park, IL, 60477. Our offices are conveniently located near Orland Park, Orland Hills, Homer Glen, Mokena, Frankfort, Matteson, Country Club Hills, Flossmoor, Homewood, Hazel Crest, Markham, Oak Forest, Midlothian, Crestwood, Palos Heights, Palos Park, and Palos Hills. Call to make an appointment: 708-429-6999.