Not Every Therapist is Qualified to Treat Your Mental Health Condition

HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter

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Not Every Therapist is Qualified to Treat Your Mental Health Condition

Finding the Right Therapist

There should be a mandatory warning label: "Not all psychologists or therapists are the same."

On this week's HealthyPlace Mental Health Radio Show, our guest, Maggie, brings to light the fact that just because one has a degree doesn't mean they're an expert in all facets of the field. Maggie went to several therapists over many years before she found one that introduced her to the therapy of choice for treatment of OCD: Exposure Therapy. And while the earlier therapists helped Maggie discover herself, some actually made her OCD worse.

So how do you find the "right" psychologist or therapist to handle your mental health issue?

  • A referral from your personal doctor
  • A referral from someone with a similar mental health concern
  • A referral from a local psychiatric hospital
  • A referral from a local support group
  • Your county psychological association or other professional counseling organization

And once you locate one, here's how to interview a potential therapist.

Mental Health Experiences

Have you been involved with the "wrong" type of therapist? Share your thoughts/experiences on that or any mental health subject, or respond to other people's audio posts, by calling our toll-free number (1-888-883-8045).

You can listen to what other people are saying by clicking on the gray title bars inside the widgets located on the "Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences" homepage, the HealthyPlace homepage, and the HealthyPlace Support Network homepage.

If you have any questions, write us at: info AT

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"De-romanticizing Anorexia" On HealthyPlace TV

At 42, Angela developed anorexia. Not long after, she began embracing it and was seduced into the world of proanorexia websites. Angela talks about that and her recovery efforts on this week's HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show. (TV Show blog)

Coming in November on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show

  • My Life with Schizophrenia
  • OMG! Please Help. My Son is Addicted to Video Games

If you would like to be a guest on the show or share your personal story in writing or via video, please write us at: producer AT

For all previous HealthyPlace Mental Health TV archived shows.

Exposure Therapy and OCD

It took our guest, Maggie, 17 years to find out she had OCD and even longer to actually find someone who knew how to treat it. Maggie shares her struggle to find the right doctor and how exposure therapy works and is working for her on the HealthyPlace Mental Health Radio Show. (Radio Show Blog on OCD)

From HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2010, November 4). Not Every Therapist is Qualified to Treat Your Mental Health Condition, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 22 from

Last Updated: September 4, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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