Jennifer Staat, Ph.D.
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What to Look for in a Psychologist

"If we weren't all crazy, we'd all go insane," croons Jimmy Buffet in a famous beach tune.

As the song implies, we all have idiosyncracies that enable us to cope. A good therapist is someone who is comfortable with their own unique nature and who makes you feel comfortable with yours.

An effective therapist will see the many parts of your personality and help you combine them in new ways that are empowering. In the course of treatment, you should begin to form a new life narrative in which you are the hero of your own story. You learn to face "the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune" yet overcome and transform them.

Just taking the time to reconfigure your life story with an empathic other helps you change your life. You realize more about who you really are and the creative ways you have survived stress and difficulties. Your self-esteem begins to expand as your faith in yourself grows.

Therapy is an exciting journey, and the right therapist can be an invaluable guide.