One of the most important things when managing anxiety and depression is finding a good treatment therapist. Coping with mental health stressors or issues can be traumatic enough without feeling unsafe and unsupported in your fight by the people who are supposed to be giving you the tools to win the battle. A “good” treatment team can have many components. Proficient providers who have experience successfully treating the problem in question is obviously a major part. In addition to the concrete treatment you receive, you may also want to consider whether your therapist has what is sometimes known as bedside manner. If your therapist doesn’t have this skill, you will likely not feel as safe and secure in your treatment and will be less motivated towards successful outcomes. One of the best indicators of bedside manner is the way your therapy is explained to you. When your eyes have clearly glossed over at the medical terminology being thrown at you and no one offers an English translation, your provider may have poor bedside manner. If your doctor seems annoyed at or uninterested in questions you have, your provider may have poor bedside manner. The most important thing at the end of the day is that you feel supported in the care that is being provided to you. Reaching out for help can be difficult enough without having to also cope with a provider whom you don’t feel comfortable with. Be your own best advocate, learn about your situation, and seek out treatment from providers who make you feel safe.