• Dana Webster

Looking for a mental health professional? Part Two

Updated: Oct 14


More and more, people are reaching out for support and guidance, often for the first time. When it comes to finding the right mental health professional for you, know that one size does not fit all. Some clients are looking for very specific credentials, modalities, and expertise. Others just need someone to talk to, to bounce thoughts and feelings off of, and need other ways of approaching their problems. Some have deep-seated trauma issues and others are looking for practical parenting support. For every need there is a helping professional. I promise the right person for you is out there.

It's important to shop around for the right fit.

Studies show that the therapeutic relationship between counsellor and client is the number one determiner of success. Yes, training and professionalism are important but if you and your counsellor don't jibe, it's not likely to work.


This week, let's look at some counsellor attributes that can contribute to a successful partnership.


My Ideal Counsellor ... Note: this list is not exhaustive but it'll get you started. See which of these resonates with you.

  • Gets my vibe

  • Has a sense of humour

  • Is open to my questions about our work together

  • Sets and holds professional boundaries

  • Teaches me to rely on my own wisdom borne of experience

  • Treats me with respect and honesty

  • Openly demonstrates her trust in my abilities

  • Prioritizes confidentiality and privacy

  • Is flexible enough to pivot direction to meet my needs

  • Helps me to feel safe

  • Is not afraid to challenge me

  • Role models healthy conflict resolution

  • Knows her own limitations and is honest about her abilities to help me


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