Psychotherapy is the source of support where a professional carefully and skillfully assists you to explore yourself, identify core issues, understand them, process emotions related to experiences, develop insight and judgment, improve skills to enable your coping, communication, self-care, functioning, and relationships.
In therapy, we are supposed to feel comfortable, understood, safe and supported enough to the point of allowing high vulnerability and openness, for therapeutic processed/benefits to happen.
You should look for the professional to truly carefully pay attention and listen to you, confirm correct understanding, show empathy and insight about your situation, and offer some initial guidance on how to approach it.
They should clearly inform what their credentials are, as well as their level of training and experience treating people with the conditions affecting you.
They should explain their psychological and therapeutic approach. This means the types of theories and treatments they know about and use when supporting people. Some professionals work mostly with behavioral therapy, others have a person-centered approach, some work with somatic psychology focusing on the integration of body/mind, some could use psychoanalysis or neo-psychoanalysis. many would use cognitive therapies, or a combination of traditional approaches like it's the case with integral/integrative psychotherapy, which is, in my opinion, the most complete and coherent therapeutic approach.
They should inform and explain basic ethical standards, including discussion about confidentiality, its limits, and exceptions, and answer all the questions and concerns you may have around therapy, its process, scheduling of sessions, the therapist's availability and what is acceptable or not during therapy., setting boundaries and limits around the therapeutic relationship you'd initiate.
When you get an excellent therapist, they can help you work on yourself and make real improvements with the right tools.