a health care professional skilled in the corrective treatment of disease or other disorders. In several allied health fields, therapist is the highest professional rank, usually requiring a minimum of a baccalaureate degree. The therapist generally has both a theoretical and practical knowledge of the profession and is able to plan and implement a program of therapy appropriate for each patient. For names of specific professions, see under the name.
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Patient discussion about therapist
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?
A. You 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.
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.
A. Some 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.
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...
A. so 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. More discussions about therapist
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