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The OpenCounseling Therapy Guide

Please feel free to skip around this guide depending on where you are in your therapy journey. It is designed with this in mind. We recommend you bookmark this page so that you can return to it as needed.

At OpenCounseling, we want to help you get the most out of your investment in therapy. The steps for success are not secret, but they are usually only known by members of the mental health profession. We want to change that by sharing them with you. Follow these steps to get more out of therapy:


Learn How Therapy Works

We understand therapy more now in our culture than we used to, but many myths persist. Read these articles to dispel those myths and learn more about how therapy works.



Decide If You Need Therapy

While good therapy is almost always helpful, it's not always necessary. These articles can help you figure out whether it's the right time to start therapy.



Fit Therapy into Your Budget

Unfortunately, one of the biggest obstacles to starting therapy can be figuring out how to pay for it. You can get further in therapy by starting with the right budget. These articles will help you learn how.



There are number of places where you can get therapy. Each person will qualify for one or several. These articles describe all the places you could reach out for therapy so that you can weight he pros and cons of each.


OpenCounseling has the most comprehensive list of community and affordable counseling centers. To find local community counseling in your area, click here.



Choose the Right Therapist

One of the most important things you can do to get more out of therapy is choose the right therapist. These articles explain how to find a good therapist who is also a good fit for you:



Get the Most Out of Your Sessions

To get the most out of therapy, you have to do more than just show up for your sessions. But don't worry—the steps you have to take are actually pretty simple.



Maintain Your Mental Wellness

One of the most important things you can do to enhance and retain the benefits of therapy is to actively take care of your mental health as part of your everyday routine. Read these articles for tips on how to maintain your mental wellness: