Thank you to guest blogger, Holly Clark, Freelance Health Writer.
health is essential. No matter what age you may be, staying mentally healthy is
extremely important, not just for your mood or happiness, but for the health of
your body as well. Poor mental health may cause poor overall health, which is
never a good thing. It’s not shameful to need help sometimes, and seeing a
therapist is the best way to get the help you need. However, seeing a therapist
as a senior may seem a bit daunting. This is especially true when it comes to
finding one. Fret not, because it is possible to find the right therapist for
you. Some tips to find the right therapist as a senior are:
Ask Your Doctor
you’re comfortable asking your doctor, they’re the best place to begin. Your
doctor may be able to refer you to a therapist that matches you. Many people
will ask their doctors for a referral, so it’s not something that they’re
unfamiliar with. Explain to your doctor some of your issues, and then ask if
they have any recommendations, you just may be surprised at how helpful asking
your doctor may be.
Use Internet Resources
internet is a powerful tool, and it comes with a lot of sources for help. Do a
few internet searches for therapists in your area, there are many online
resources that list therapists and their locations, as well as specialties.
Doing some shopping around also allows you to look at all of your options
before choosing which therapist you’d like to try first. Remember, you may not
like the first or even the second therapist you see. It’s okay to end the
relationship and move on to another choice. Sometimes you’ll need to try a few
different therapists before finding the one you feel most comfortable with.
Look For Your Insurance
important to remember to look for a therapist that accepts your insurance. To
do this, you can look through directories online, or even call your insurance
company for a list of therapists in your area. Some will even let you filter
your results by age and gender, allowing you to specify what sort of person
you’d feel more comfortable seeing. If you have Medicare, this insurance does cover therapy, as well as
many other insurance companies do.
not shameful or even odd to ask your friends and family if they have any
recommendations. You may be surprised at how many people you know that have a
therapist. Asking those you trust and like most allows you to get
recommendations that match your personality better, it may also ease some
tension and fear when trying to choose someone who works best for you.
you can’t drive, or you don’t have dependable transportation, it may be
worthwhile to consider a form of teletherapy until you could figure something
else out. Services such as TalkSpace cost, but they may ease one into the
process of therapy, and they also provide an option for those who are unable to
travel to a local therapist’s office. However, you may be able to have your
insurance company transport you to your appointments at no extra cost, so it is
definitely worth calling and inquiring about those services.
Byrne, project coordinator at a nursing home in Kildare, notes that, “Seeing a therapist may seem
scary, especially as a senior citizen, however, it’s not as terrible as you’d
believe. Many people see a therapist and are much better off for it. Remember
that it’s okay to need to talk about your problems, and doing so is a great way
to become happier and healthier.”