The effectiveness of a counselor depends more on the bond they develop with their
clients than the depth and breadth of their academic knowledge. -Bryan Truelove
At this point in the series you have learned which type of mental health professional is best equipped to help with your situation. You have also learned the pros and cons of private pay versus insurance. Following the list of qualifying questions given you have probably narrowed your search to a very small number of potential counselors you might like to work with.
Once you have gotten to this point there is no right or wrong counselor per se, but as each counselor is an individual there will be differences in their personalities, counseling styles, schedules, and other things that may make one a better fit for you than another. It is quite possible that the first counselor you book a session with won’t be the one you ultimately decide to stay with. This is OK and to be expected as part of the process. In essence you are dating (metaphorically, of course) these counselors to find the one you feel most comfortable developing a therapeutic relationship with. The strength of the bond you develop with your counselor will directly effect your results.
If you’re first choice doesn’t work out don’t get discouraged. It does not mean that there is something inherently wrong with you, or that your situation is beyond help. It simply means that you haven’t found the right fit.
Self improvement requires a tremendous investment of time and effort. Doing a bit of research in the beginning to find the best possible counseling fit will serve to save you time, money, and headache in the long run. It will also make the counseling you receive more effective and efficient. I hope the information provided in this series helps to demystify the mental health field and arm you with the knowledge to throw out the insurance companies list and select the counselor that fits you and your situation.
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