Jill Holm-Denoma, Ph.D.   
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

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Getting "good" therapy

I care a lot about helping clients get the right type of therapy. Even if you choose not to work with me, I hope that you find a very warm and very competent therapist. Finding a therapist who is warm and likable is not too difficult, as most people who are drawn to this field care very genuinely about helping others. Finding a therapist who is very competent, however, is a bit trickier. Only recently has the field of psychology started to define what "good" therapy is, and for the average person seeking therapy, it can be hard to sort through all of the options to determine what might really work to decrease their suffering. Not all therapists offer "good" therapy ~ that is, many do not use evidence-based assessments or treatments, and as a result, client care suffers. I encourage all clients to inform themselves about what to look for when seeking competent mental health care. The links below can serve as useful references for clients who are looking for therapies that have been shown to work, and for therapists who provide them:

Here is a link to the Science of Clinical Psychology's website that outlines which treatments are empirically-supported for disorders commonly experienced by adults:  http://www.psychologicaltreatments.org/

Here is a link to the Science of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology's website that outlines which treatments are empirically-supported for disorders commonly experiences by youthhttp://effectivechildtherapy.com/

Here is a link to an article that I wrote that outlines some specific things you can keep in mind when looking for a "good" therapist: http://www.psychotherapybrownbag.com/psychotherapy_brown_bag_a/2010/08/how-do-i-find-a-good-therapist-guest-article-by-drjill-holm-denoma.html 

Here is a link to an article on finding the right therapist for your child or adolescent: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-modern-teen/201405/is-your-child-s-therapy-waste-time