When I first moved to Lancaster, I had friends ask me if I became Amish. Often times I hear people talk about horse and buggies, the Amish, and rolling farm lands. These images are part of Lancaster County, PA. However, as locals will tell you, the City of Lancaster is a bustling town growing in arts and culture. In fact, Lancaster City has become more than a tourist spot but a home that offers both the feel of urban living and a deep connection to history and the past. However, finding a progressive coach, therapist, or counselor who has availability is not always easy. If you’re looking for a mental health professional, I’d like to help you find someone that can help you.
I want to help you find the right therapist or life coach in Lancaster, PA.
Here are a few tips to help you.
Do you want a therapist or a life coach?
A therapist is a professional that works with you to recognize and heal places of hurt or injury. Often therapy involves intentional time and focus to explore your past and present circumstances. Therapy is a dynamic process that integrates body, mind, and spirit to assist you in developing healthy connections to self and other. Although the future can be an element of therapy, it is often not the focus of the therapeutic work.
A life coach is a professional that works with you to help you to articulate your goals and dreams for your life and to set realistic actionable plans to help you achieve these goals. Although a life coach may help you explore how the past creates obstacles that block your path forward, the focus of the work is not on healing or remediating the past.
What are you hoping for from a therapist, counselor, or life coach?
Having an idea of what you’re seeking before you make the first phone call can really help increase your likelihood of finding a good fit. Ask yourself what specific challenges you’d like to explore with a therapist, counselor, or coach. Take a few minutes and create a list of topics or areas you most want to examine.
What kind of approaches work best for you?
In addition to knowing what you’d like to explore and change in therapy, it can be helpful to consider how you work best. Do you need a therapist who engages your mind, explains the process, and helps you create and enact concrete strategies and changes? If so, you may want to work with a therapist who practices Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Are you someone who has explored blogs on Google and Pinterest about your challenge and tried to follow the strategies but found yourself struggling? You may benefit from a therapist that engages more experiential practices like Internal Family Systems or Emotionally Focused Therapy or who incorporates art or sand into therapy. If you’re a parent seeking support for your child, you may want to consider seeking a therapist who engages both play therapy and behavioral therapy.
What financial resources can you commit to therapy?
Take a few moments to consider how much you want to invest in therapy, counseling, or coaching. If you have health insurance, you may be able to utilize your benefits to assist you in this process. To learn about providers covered by your insurance plan, you can call the phone number on your medical insurance card to learn more. However, if therapy is not covered by your insurance company or you are struggling to find a provider that is both covered by your plan and feels like a good fit, you have other options. First, if you have a Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA), you may be able to utilize these accounts to compensate your therapy or coaching. Second, you may become a member of the Open Path, which seeks to connect you with affordable counseling.
How do I find someone in my Lancaster, PA?
Now that you have an idea of the specific parts of your life that you want to focus on in therapy or coaching, you have a way to narrow your search. You can type your problem + counselor +Lancaster, PA into Google and see what appears. You can also go to Psychology Today, Good Therapy, or Open Path and apply your more specific search criteria.
Here are a few questions to assist you in finding the right therapist for you in Lancaster, PA. If you are still feeling confused, overwhelmed, or burdened, please feel free to call be at 717-966-1210 for a free 15 minute phone consultation. I’d be happy to hear what you’re struggling with or against and help direct you to the right person.