So you have decided to focus on yourself and have started exploring the idea of counseling. Congratulations, you have taken the biggest step of all towards a healthier, stronger you. The counseling world can feel overwhelming and confusing if you are not familiar with it. Here is some information for you when you are looking for the right counselor and what to consider.
- The most important factor is making sure that you feel like the counselor you choose is the right fit for you. So how do you know? Things to consider:
- Gender: would you feel more comfortable with a man or woman?
- Age: do you prefer to work with someone older or younger?
- Religion: Does it matter to you if the counselor has a certain religious affiliation?
- There are many types of mental health professionals all with different levels of education, licensing, and certifications. Having professional credentials means that the therapist has completed years of specific training to help people with mental health concerns. This communicates a level of understanding and competence required to not only help people but also to avoid harming them. Here in Texas you will find LPCs, LMFTs, LCDCs, RPTS, PH.Ds and MDs. Do a google search to find out what license(s) works best for you.
- When trying to find the right therapist, it is okay to ask their fees and if they take insurance. If they do not take insurance and your insurance company reimburses for out of network providers, ask if they would provide you with a superbill after your sessions. This is the receipt you will submit to the insurance company.
- You want to make sure you are taking into consideration what your scheduling limitations are, as well as the location of the counselor you are looking into. Sometimes it is worth a little extra drive time or adjusting your schedule if you find the right counselor.