How to Find the Right Counselor for You

Whether you are trying out counseling for the first time or are looking for a new counselor, it can be a difficult decision to find the right counselor for you. It can be hard to know where to start searching when looking for one that will be the best fit for you and your needs. Read on to learn how to find the best counselor for you while making the search a little easier.


Write Down What you are Looking for

Before you begin your search, write down what you are looking for in a counselor. These can help guide your search and help prevent you from ending up with a counselor who is missing something you were looking for. Are you more comfortable with having appointments online or in person? If you prefer going into an office, this limits your search to who is within driving distance to you. Are you looking for them to specialize in something? If you are searching for a counselor to help treat something specifically, write these down as well. Make sure you include any other traits that you are looking for them to have before starting your search.


Ask Around


A good place to start, when looking for a counselor, is to ask friends, family, or coworkers for recommendations. By asking people within your circle, you can get an in-depth review of a counselor by someone who has had experience with them first-hand. This way, you will also be likely to learn about counselors in your local area who have experience working with people with similar concerns as you. Generally, your friends would have an idea if you would be a good fit with the counselor as well.


Online Research


After asking around to friends in your area, the Internet can be the next place to continue your search. If you are insured, you may want to start with your insurance provider’s website to find out what providers are covered. If you don’t want to start your search on your insurance provider’s website, you can start by searching your location and what you are looking for. For example, if you are in Colorado, you can start by searching “Central Park Counseling” or “Colorado Springs Counseling” or fill in a location closest to you.


If you are looking for a counselor that has experience with a certain specialty, such as treating anxiety, you can put this in your online search to narrow it down further. Even if you don’t personally know someone with first hand experience of the counselors you’re looking at, you’ll have access to online reviews. Make sure to thoroughly read these reviews before setting up an initial appointment. You can save time by avoiding offices with negative reviews and patient feedback.


Initial Visit


An initial visit, or initial consultation, can also be a great place to start when looking for counselors. On this initial visit, you’ll have a chance to ask any questions you may have, as well as get a good feel for how the counselor handles their sessions.


Keep in mind, it is normal for the first meeting to feel slightly uncomfortable. Typically, this will go away with more visits. If you feel that this isn’t a good fit after your initial session and don’t want to return, you can always continue your search. Your counselor should be someone you can trust and feel comfortable with during sessions.


Finding a counselor can be a trial and error process. Make sure to keep an open mind throughout the whole process, and don’t get discouraged if finding a counselor takes longer than you expected. This can be a long, difficult process, but will be worth it once you find a counselor that is a good fit. Luckily, today there are many resources available to help you find the best counselor for you.


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