We receive a lot of inquiries on how to select a counselor. When selecting a counselor, make sure to consider the type of license, qualifications, and specialties of that person. While there are a specific set of criteria for licensing, some counselors will choose to specialize in a particular area, such as marriage or family counseling, or academic counseling, and may be able to help provide you with alternative ideas that a general counselor may not be as familiar with. Make sure you understand their approach to counseling and how a typical session will run.
It is perfectly fine to interview several different counselors. It is important to establish trust and a comfort level with your counselor, so if you decide that this is not possible, it is best to look for a new counselor, as both you and the counselor will be wasting time, energy, and money. When interviewing a counselor, it is important to know if communication will be easy or forced and if you think that you will be able to build the foundation for a successful counselor-client relationship.
Selecting a counselor can be a difficult, time-consuming task, but it is important to put forth the effort to find someone that will be able to provide you with proper, supportive help. While following up on recommendations is a good way to start the process, a face-to-face interview will be the best way to tell if you will be able to have a successful relationship with the counselor. Do not be afraid to speak your mind, especially if there are certain traits that you are looking for in a counselor. Finding what you want, and need is the foundation for a successful, mutually beneficial relationship. So how do you select a counselor that is right for you?
Generations Behavioral Healthcare P.C. offers affordable counseling and coaching services and only contracts with fully licensed, accredited counselors so you can have confidence in our expertise to help you on your healing journey. Please call us at (630) 259-1515 for a free consultation or set up an appointment.