Episode 57 – How To Pick A Therapist Pt. 1

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Have you ever thought about starting therapy? Overwhelmed with all of the options these days? How can you find a good fit?

In this episode of The Shrink Think podcast, Nathan and Aaron answer all these questions and more as they share their observations and experiences with choosing a therapist.

In This Episode


  • When should you start therapy?
  • Where do you go to find a therapist?
  • How do you find a therapist that’s a good fit for you?

When should you start therapy?

  • When you first have the thought of counseling, at that point you’re going to end up seeking further help
  • It takes around 6 months to enter counseling after the initial thought – Don’t be hesitant! Get help.
  • The snowball rolling down the hill is very real…

Where do you go to find a therapist?

  • Through people that you know – we’re in the relationship business!
  • Psychologytoday.com is the biggest directory – and they do a great job!
  • The Internet and Social Media

How do you find a therapist that’s a good fit for you?

  • If you’re sensitive, you want to avoid direct therapists
  • Different personality styles lead to different connections
  • Keep in mind that therapists don’t really know how to advertise themselves – so forgive the clunky lingo!

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Meet Nathan & Aaron

Nathan Hawkins and Aaron Potratz are both licensed therapists and clinical supervisors in the state of Oregon. They each own their own private group counseling practices and co-own a third group practice together. Nathan and Aaron have been in the field since 2004 and 2007, respectively, and have over 100,000 hours of therapy experience each. On their show, they discuss facing fears and common challenges from a therapist’s point of view, imparting wisdom and humanity to their viewers. Along the way, they hope to not only share their insights but bring some light-hearted entertainment to make the journey easier.

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