Finding a counselor is easy. Licensed counselors of every sort exist everywhere, and they can be found in the phone book or via an online search. Finding the right counselor is harder, but critically important to your success in counseling. Like lawyers, plumbers or doctors, the quality of counselors and Phone Therapy for Anxiety and Depression can vary. You need a referral or recommendation of an effective, suitable and experienced counselor in your area. There are several sources that are good, depending on what’s available to you.
This is the least dependable source for the right counselor, because you usually can not tell from an ad whether the counselor has had the proper training for your issues, or whether you’ll feel good about him or her. If you don’t have a referral from someone you know, you can interview therapists by phone as the guidelines below show you, and choose the best one.
Associations of counselors and psychologists for anxiety Rockland County can refer you to therapist in your area that has met the organizations qualifications. This is especially important if you live in an area where counselors are not licensed. Try The Association for Humanistic Psychology (www.ahp.org) The American Association for Marriage Family Therapists, (www.camft.org) or The American Psychotherapy Association. Such non-profit organizations are also listed in the phone book and directory assistance, with branches in major cities.
Referrals from friends.
The best source for a good counselor is probably referrals from friends who have seen a counselor and can tell you first hand that he or she is competent, friendly and effective. Any counselor who is recommended by someone you know will most likely be your best bet.
Find a counselor who is supportive and understanding and with whom you are comfortable. If you don’t, you will be less open and forthcoming about your problems, and your counselor can not be helpful. To see a counselor and withhold information is the equivalent of taking your car to a mechanic and giving him false information about what’s wrong. The counselor, like the mechanic, is liable to focus on fixing the wrong thing.
A good, knowledgeable counselor will be informative and helpful when you call to ask for information, and will gladly explain the counseling process to you. He or she will also be willing to answer any questions you have about the counseling process at any time, and will lead you step-by-step through the procedure.