Why work with a therapist in private practice? Why not go to an agency? Why not just talk to a friend or family member?
You should choose a licensed therapist in private practice because of the many special qualities which can only be achieved outside of the agency setting.
Therapists in private practice have State licensure. This means oversight.
Education is a must, therapists are required to have a Master’s degree, typically in Social Work, and practice with continuing education trainings every year as a condition of licensure with the State(s) they practice in. Health Insurance Companies have additional requirements of private practitioners that exceed those who may not be credentialed with them.
Experience is a must. Many people feel intimidated to ask their therapist at the first meeting if they have ever “treated” or worked with a person who has the particular issue, problem or diagnosis that they are seeking help with. Feel free to interview your therapist and ask as many questions about their experiences in therapy as they ask you. A therapeutic relationship is a professional alliance.
Agencies suit their purpose as a community service and should be respected as such. If you need specialized care, personal commitment, a higher level of attention and privacy, the consideration of a therapist in private practice is the best option. Care takes time, letters need to be written at times, coordination of care may be necessary. The devotion and time can be given by a therapist in private practice far greater than those who work for an agency because they see fewer people and can personalize care more effectively.
Therapists in private practice will be with you and your family throughout the journey and will not let you slip through the cracks. The relationship is highly respected and that makes all the difference.