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Tips for Finding the Best Therapist for You

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The search for a therapist that fits your needs and clicks with your personality can be a daunting task. It is often difficult to know where to look, to navigate titles and specialties, and to consider how payment will work. Here are some steps to make the task a bit more manageable:

Look for a connection.

Finding someone that you feel like you can trust and are comfortable opening up to is a critical element of therapy. Don’t try to force it, however. Find someone who you are naturally compatible with and have an aptitude for your relationship to grow.

Model how you think about your connection to a therapist to how you think about your connection with a new friend: can you see yourself being comfortable opening up to them? Listen to your gut a bit on this one.

Ask for referrals.

It is exceptionally useful to crowdsource when looking for a new therapist, of course, if you are comfortable. This can come in a variety of ways–asking friends, family, or even browsing the internet. Just because someone you know and trust, however, has a good connection with their therapist does not mean that they are right for you as well. Remember: everyone’s needs and style varies.

Do your research.

Your options are plentiful, but of course rest contingent on numerous factors. Doing research prior to booking will help save you time and spare you some energy. You will be less likely to find any surprises when you get there, and more likely to feel comfortable and prepared going into the first appointment or evaluation.

This also involves determining what kind of professional you would like. The options range from psychologist to social worker to licensed counselor to marriage council to many other variations, each bringing a different skill set to the table.

Look for affordable and/or in network options.

This is for sure an important logistic consideration. It should not run your wallet dry to go to a therapist. Check to make sure that the therapists you are scoping out are either within your insurance network or offer a rate that you find reasonable. Frequently, therapists will offer a sliding scale style of pay where they are willing to adjust their rate based on what the individual client can afford to pay at that time in their life, which is a tremendously helpful option to ask about.

Five Characteristics of a Successful Entrepreneur

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Entrepreneurship requires a very dynamic character and gamete of skills in order to achieve success. Here are some skills that successful entrepreneurs possess and have undoubtedly contributed to their prosperity.

Resourceful

A good entrepreneur is resourceful in many ways. They are able to think of and implement creative solutions to problems that arise within their company. They are able to handle issues on their toes with the bare minimum.

This applies not only to problem-solving but to the creation and running of their business. The job of an entrepreneur is entirely unconventional in that there is not one set role or way to do things. This requires resourcefulness and craftiness to figure out the best way of running your business and executing your idea of what the company looks like.

Disciplined

A successful entrepreneur is able to self-discipline and holds himself or herself accountable. They are able to learn from their own mistakes and stick to a self-created and self-fueled schedule. This will help push them to function at maximum capacity, but, of course, don’t forget to schedule in some leisure time.

Remaining disciplined will help you drive yourself to your highest potential and capacity. Aim high and strive to reach those goals.
Eloquent

The ability to both speak and write eloquently is crucial to the field of entrepreneurship. This skill is critical to the ability to form business connections, benefit as much as possible from conferences and social events, and interaction with clients. Writing eloquently is also tremendously helpful when working up the mission statement of your business and email and other sorts of correspondence.

Flexible

An entrepreneur must be willing to be flexible. This goes hand in hand with being resourceful. They must be willing and enthusiastic to fill whatever role their company needs as a leader, as well as adjust and think with versatility. They need to step into and fill many shoes, including the motivator, the friend, the boss, and more.

Visionary

A huge part of starting your own business is having a vision, and being able to manifest that vision. You will need to be able to eloquently articulate that vision, as aforementioned, and get those around you to share and develop a passion for that vision along with you. This will help ensure that they are invested in your work and are doing their best to bring your vision into reality.