6 Tips on How to Find a Great Mental Health Counselor
Many people have a difficult time in finding an effective mental health counselor. The key is to find someone that will help you solve your current mental health problems.
Finding a Great Mental Health Counselor
Here are six suggestions on how to find a good mental health counselor that works for you.
- Talk to your primary care physician: Your medical or family doctor is a great source in finding a good counselor. Explain to your doctor your problems, and he or she can put you in the right direction in seeking the proper help.
- Go to the nearest hospital: Your local hospital is another source you can use to find a good counselor. A hospital is also a good source of finding many different mental health programs in your area. Hospitals know a lot of good counselors and programs in your area and they can lead you in the right direction.
- Ask your friends: Use your network of friends and relatives to see if any of them know of any good mental health counselors in your area. This can be effective if it does not bother you that other people know that you are seeking a counselor. Many churches and nonprofit mental health agencies have a variety of mental health programs and asking the people who run these programs could also lead you in the right direction.
- Do your homework: When asking for a counselor or finding a mental health program, always ask for someone who has a good reputation. Remember that finding a counselor to help you depends on how you interact with the counselor and how they interact with you. Finding a good counselor will pay off for you in the long run, so be persistent in finding the right person for you.
- Do what works for you: Remember that the key components of having an effective mental health counselor is affordability, the ability to effectively talk to your counselor, and is your counselor able to find the answers to your current problems. Choose a mental health counselor that you feel comfortable talking to and then go from there. You can always change counselors down the road.
- Give it a month: If you do not see any improvement in your mental health condition after a couple of months of working with your current counselor, you may want to find someone else. The main point of talking to a counselor is so that you learn the skills of dealing with your mental health issues and to get better.
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Author, G. (2015, March 4). 6 Tips on How to Find a Great Mental Health Counselor, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, September 17 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/yourmentalhealth/2015/03/6-tips-on-how-to-find-a-great-mental-health-counselor