Looking for a mental health professional? Part Three
Updated: Apr 16, 2022
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 questions you can ask potential counsellors in order to see if you might be a good fit.
Some Questions to Ask Potential Counsellors Note: this list is not exhaustive but it'll get you started. See which of these resonate with you.
What is your professional training?
How long have you been practicing?
Do you have experience with ________? (i.e., EFT, CBT, guided meditation, etc.)
Can you describe your approach? (i.e., Humanistic, Client-centred, Cognitive, Behavioural, etc.)
Do you have a specialty?
What are your fees and do you offer a sliding scale (if needed)?
What happens if I feel like this is not working for me and I want to end our work together?
Do you have an understanding of my perspective as a _______? (This could be based on gender, sexual orientation, culture, race, ethnicity, etc)
How do you measure success?
What is a typical session like? What can I expect?
Are you available outside of office hours for texting or emailing?
Do you assign homework? What would that look like?
What types of things would you expect me to do between sessions, if anything?
Do you offer phone/video sessions?
Anything else you need to know as regards your values.
Find out if we're a good fit for counselling. Book a free 30-minute consultation.