Patient discussion about therapist

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Q. How should I choose a therapist?

Hi, My 5 months-old baby was born with a very rare metabolic disease, that we currently treat with injections of drugs. So far she’s doing OK, but since the doctors doesn’t really offer any cure for this disease, and I don’t want her receiving injections all her life, we’re looking for a natural therapy. I tried to contact healers I found in several listings, but I’m afraid I’ll end with a quack. How can I know what treatment will be the best for my baby?
A1You can also ask for recommendations from others in your situation (if there are such). Just remember that different individuals respond differently to the same therapy, so the success or failure in one case mayn’t Implicate the chances of your baby to respond. Therefore, you should take into account the safety of the treatment – and consulting your child’s doctors before trying any other therapy may be wise.
A2First you should ask them about their experience, specifically with this disease. You should also pay attention to the general approach of the therapist – do you feel comfortable with it? If you feel uncomfortable with the treatment or the therapist, it may affect the therapy.
A3I would recommend not to mess with the child's health and well-being, and consult several pediatricians, whether there is an optional treatment in the conventional medicine, rather than to turn to a healer, that not only might not know anything about the child's disease, being very rare, but can also postpone the treatment which the child deserves and cause him further damage.

Q. Is there a good way to find a good therapist?

My girlfriend has been depressed for approximately 1 year. It began when she was forced to closed her mortgage business a year ago. The resulting financial hardship has exacerbated it. And 2 weeks ago, her grandmother went into the hospital and then passed away last week. I have seen 2 therapists in my life. One was decent and helped. The other was a pompous jackass. Is there any good resource online or otherwise that can help someone find a good therapist? BTW, she is in the Southern California area. Thanks,
A1Some find comfort and help talking to a pastor in a church or synagogue, mosque, or whatever it is called for the person, if they have one. The therapist I went to see recommended I keep going to mine. That really did make me feel better to learn I was not so bad off as to have to keep going back to that therapist. This is only a suggestion.

In my case, it was my doctor who recommended a therapist to go see. They usually know one another and have a good idea on which one would be of good help.

You could also try contacting the local mental health agency. But I think that your doctor will get you where you need to be quicker.
A2check out this site- it might help:
http://www.goodtherapy.org/

A3I found a good doctor and counselor at our state health department. Kind of makes sense that they would need half way descent people to work for them. That is where I am going -- for what it's worth...

Q. How can I know that my doctor is good?

You must check and test your doctor. How do i check or test my doctor? I will tell you here...
A1so doctor, what do you recommend me to do. which choices do i have? hm, what i know is, that if you continue straight away we will crash in this ice-berg. you as captian, you will have to sink with your boat, because this is a question of your honour. me as your doctor i will look that i can take an emergency boat to save my life and help somebody else. so doctor, what can we do. your doctor can then say: you have to make a maneuvre. you can't for sure go on like this on you way (life/habit). so he/she should be able to explain you how to deal with the engines, the sails, whatever to avoid the crash. if he/she has no idea, change your doctor, if he/she tells you to need more help about it, find out together, he/she is at least honest - so give her/him a chance to grow with you. i have the hope that i could reach you with these explanations.
A2first you must know and understand who you are dear lady, dear gentleman. you are your own chief, your own captain on board and your body is your ship. what kind of ship do you like? to have a Titanic, a cruiser, a yacht, or are you more the easy going person preffering to sail with a sailing ship? make your choice and feel your boat and be proud of your boat. it is your body! now you need someone on your boat because you want a lot of fun, but you know, that on sea there are some dangers. for this, you need someone who looks out on your boat to see the possible dangers and so you put this person on the top or at the front of your boat. this is your doctor. you tell him/her, hey doc, if you see something, please let me know! ok, captain, i will tell you as soon as i can. so the doctor will look ahead to prevent any accident. perhaps he will see an ice-berg and tell you instantly (a disease). if he/she does so, keep him on board. hey captain, we've got a problem - there is an ice-berg.
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