how to find a therapist
I've noticed a common theme in there though, pretty much every advice asking post has a number of people suggesting they get therapy. I'm not sure if this is because therapy is actually effective or just because they cant think of what else to say. My guess would be the latter.
I've actually seen a shrink a few times in my life. I'm in my 30s now, I saw on at 14, one in university around 22, and once in my late 20s. I've always found them quite useless. With the second one at least she was pleasant enough despite my not getting any value out of it, but the other 2 were just irritating.
Now I understand there's different types as well. I've heard of psychiatrist, psychologist, psychotherapist, therapists who do CBT, etc. How does one possibly choose out of these? Well at the moment I dont have health insurance, just OHIP, so if I was to goto one I'd only go to one that's covered, which I believe is psychiatrists. But is that correct or am I misinformed? Either way I think its important to know for future which ones are the most effective. I've heard, though I dont know for sure, that psychiatrists are allowed to prescribe medicine and so that's their specialty; I believe that implied that they're not as skilled at actually solving these issues in your life.
I'd be grateful for your thoughts. If there are any doctor recommendations that'd be great as well. Ideally someone on the subway and available outside of the typical M-F 9-5 when everyone who has a job cant make it!