Check who you are paying for
Nobody wants to be cheated. You earn your money fairly, so you don’t want someone take your money without providing you correct service. You want to get what you are paying for. In order to be sure that you don’t waste precious dollars put effort into checking if your therapist is legit or not.
Spend as much time as you need because this is the most important thing about hiring online therapist. If wrong person communicates with you, it can just cause more problems, so don’t be lazy.
Check credentials and references from other people
Smart man learns from his or her faults, but wise man learns from others people faults. Experience means a lot in process of finding right therapist. Look for comments of people that already used their services.
Ask your doctor for opinion; doctors are often very well connected, so they know a lot about other doctors. Ask your friend and family if they can to recommend you someone skilled enough. Credentials matters a lot so check them seriously, don’t listen opinion of only one man, look for more opinions, people can be biased, and they often experience things in different ways, so gather as much information as possible and chose your online therapist.
Make difference between life coach and therapist
You may think that life coach and therapist are same thing, but is far away from it. First of all, you need to define what do you need, maybe you really need life coach to insert some positive energy in your life. Some life coaches represent themselves as therapist, so check what they really do.
Difference between life coach and therapist is that life coach more or less has his or her own story, so no matter what you will say to him or her, life coach is going to speak what they already planned to speak. It can give you some boost of positive energy and confidence, but it is not the real deal. If you have some more serious problems, you need therapist. Therapists know how to approach every situation, and they will tell you things that will help you and that will provide you a support.
Look for their certificates
As I already said, don’t be lazy do some research. We live in era where any information is just few clicks far away, so asked them for their license, if they are real therapists, they don’t have anything to be afraid of. It could be a bit unpleasant to ask them, but remember that you need to give them your money, so make it sure that you are not wasting money. Ask them for the full name from the license, license ID number; state, city, country and zip code; date on which the license was issued and expiration date of the license. After you get all these pieces of information, you can check on the Internet in country databases if the license is valid.
It is very important to check the state where license was issued, because it is possible that law of that state and law of your state is not the same, so that license would not be valid in your state. Also check the personal information of your therapist. It is not impossible that they stole someone’s identity, or that they represent themselves as someone else. Be sure that you don’t have business with a fraud.
Ask them for history of their work
If you don’t know anyone who already worked with your potential therapist, ask him or her to provide you history of their clients. It can be problematic because it is kind of private matter, and it is very uncomfortable subject for therapists, because they obliged to keep all possible information in privacy.
But give a shot, in the end of day, if they tell you couple of names, they will not kill anyone. Justify this request by saying that you need to be sure that you give money to the right person, and that there are lot of frauds out there. If they don’t agree to this, it doesn’t mean that they are frauds, maybe they just think that is not right to give you names of people who may that want to be secret.
If something goes wrong you are not protected
Keep this on your mind; this is not so regulated branch so in most cases the law does not protect you. You won’t have country behind you, so you are on your own. Take care of yourself and be preparing for any kind of tricks. Nowadays everything is possible. Don’t make decisions so fast; be sure that you have chosen right man. Here we talk about your mental state, about your emotions and thought, and that is what a man is made of, so you don’t want anyone can plays with your mind.