Where wild minds come to rest
I can't speak to the different types or whatever, but I went to a therapist. I ended up with a therapist as it was covered after a referral from my family doctor so I didn't have to pay out of pocket. I also believe a therapist usually cannot prescribe meds but a psychiatrist can if that's important to you.
I tried 2 or 3 (had one session with each) until I found one I felt comfortable with. I'm not a very open person so this was the big thing I looked for - someone I felt comfortable with so I could be honest about my MD. I also don't have a lot of money or insurance through work so it was a plus that the therapist was covered.
It took me a few sessions before I opened up about my MD and when I did, she was honest in telling me that she'd never heard of it. She asked me to give her time to do some research on it, which I did. By my next session she was well-versed on the subject and was in fact so fascinated with it, that she was going to continue studying it. I felt the therapist was a great help and in the end, I was glad I went (I had a few months of regular sessions).
Choosing a therapist is a very individualized process that is based upon your needs. There are different types of therapists that practice different modalities of therapy, each with their own unique approach in sessions. Finances/insurance coverage often dictate which providers can be chosen. Ultimately, you’ll know fairly quickly whether or not you’ll be comfortable enough with the therapist to truly open up and make progress in treatment. The therapeutic relationship between therapist and patient has been proven to be more important than any other aspect of treatment. Empathetic, non-judgmental, shows a genuine interest, and knowledge base are vital traits. Psychiatrists/psychiatric nurse practitioners are the providers that prescribe medications. When prescribing medications, it’s important to be honest about your symptoms so an accurate regimen can be chosen. However, if you feel like you’re not quite ready to explore medications just yet, say that. Try talk therapy first and see if just that helps. Over time your therapist may recommend an initial assessment with a prescriber and you can go from there.