Deciding it is time to seek out a counselor is a great step. Often people ask the questions, “Who or how do I find a counselor to address the concerns I have? Can I afford therapy? Will I be judged? What do all the letters after their name mean?” This can be overwhelming, scary, and confusing.
Research has shown finding a counselor that you can establish a professional relationship is a strong indicator of counseling success.
When looking for a counselor you may want to ask a few questions to get a better feel for the counselor. Some questions could be:
- What is your approach?
- What is expected of me?
- How long will I be in therapy?
- Do you specialize in an area?
- What forms of payment do you accept?
- What do all the letters beyond your name mean?
After the first session with a counselor you may want to think about the following questions to decide if the counselor is a good fit for you.
- Do you feel heard?
- Is the counselor hopeful?
- Did the counselor seem like a real person?
- Did you feel safe to express your feelings, thoughts and concerns?
- Did the counselor seem non judgmental?
If you are still undecided on if now is the right time to seek professional help you may want to consider the following questions.
- Is daily functioning impaired from a mental health concern, substance abuse or life transition? In other words, is work, relationships, sleep, eating, or hobbies suffering?
- Does your loved one experience a mental health, substance abuse, or life transition that has impacted you?
- Have you or your spouse considered ending the relationship or marriage? Are you looking to improve your relationship?
- Has there been a life changing event or trauma in your life that may have been difficult for you to recover from?
Are there unresolved childhood issues that are impacting you today?