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Before you hire a counselor, Read this!

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?