It can be quite the process to find the right professional that 'clicks'. I wonder if maybe the goal here shouldn't be finding someone who is a replica of your friend but conducive to providing support and assistance in other ways?
In the past when I've been looking for professional support, I've made a list of questions to suss out if we could be a good match prior to actually having a "real" session. Depending on the health care system you're within, this might not be an option if your resources are more limited but if you're choosing from X+ different possibilities, it might help you choose one over another (at least for starters).
For me, these questions have helped clarify their therapy 'style'/method, whether or not they are a feminist, attitudes towards various treatment options, their preferred form of communication (phone/email), etc. For those who aren't willing to take the time to answer them, we're clearly not a good match from the get-go .
It will still take time + energy to find that 'click' but this cuts out a bit of the extra fluff, I've found.