Therapy is sometimes a delicate process, and you should always have a therapist that you completely trust. You must try to gauge your connections with your therapist based on the first consultation. If you feel uncomfortable with anything, it is alright to bring it up in therapy or even to switch therapists.
You should take note if there is any point in the therapy when you feel tense. Even seemingly small things such as feeling like you are being heard are highly important during a therapy session. You should never feel invalidated during a therapy session.
So, if you are already feeling a bit uncomfortable during the first session, it might be better to check out the next therapist on your list and see if you have a better experience with them. You can repeat the process as much as you need to until you find the right therapist for you.
If you are having trouble finding a therapist using more conventional methods like asking friends and going through your insurance, you may also want to consider finding one through an organization.
There are a lot of organizations that want to help people with mental health needs. These include the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the American Psychological Association (APA), among other groups. You can reach out to them via their websites or social media pages if you need to find a therapist for you. They can recommend a local therapist for you to visit conveniently. Simply saying “I need a therapist” to them can allow them to help you find the best therapist for you.
If you are not familiar with the different counseling services offered or do not know which one is best suited for you, contacting an organization that is aware of these differences can help you find the right counselor.