One of the most compelling reasons for seeking a psychotherapist or a prescribing psychiatrist, is because you are ready to make some clear changes in your life and want help staying committed and staying focused. But let’s face it, the primary motive for most of us is that we’re hurting and the pain, confusion or fallout in our everyday lives is getting worse not better.

It’s difficult to choose a professional with care when we are in the throes of pain or crisis. The temptation is to schedule an appointment with someone who can see us the soonest. If you’re reading this, you’re already looking more deeply into the matter than most. Here’s how to take your search a step further.