Seeking a counselor?
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Thank you for visiting my web site. If you’re seeking a mental health counselor in Salt Lake City (or any city), there are several things to take into consideration.
The counseling relationship
Finding the right health care provider can be a daunting task. Unless you have a recommendation from a family member, friend or other healthcare provider, where do you start? You can scroll through the Yellow Pages (old school), conduct an Internet search or check with your insurance carrier. That you are reading this demonstrates your willingness to put some effort into finding the right counselor for you or someone you care about.
Research has demonstrated that the most important predictor of mental health counseling effectiveness is the quality of the therapeutic relationship created by counselor and client. As you seek a mental health therapist, don’t be afraid to ask questions, the answers to which might help you determine if you and the counselor are a good match. It is important that the client has a sense that s/he and the counselor can relate to each other. As you will be spending some time and sharing personal information with this person, it is important that you feel comfortable talking to them.
Questions you might ask a prospective therapist
You might start with some practical questions such as: Do you take my insurance? What are your office hours? How soon will you be able to see me? From there, you can ask about the counselor’s professional orientation, i.e. what is your approach to therapy? Have you had experience working with (your issue here)?
You are making an important investment in your mental health and general well-being. It is important that you be able to build a relationship of trust within which to do the work you are taking on. Perusing a prospective therapist’s web site and following that up with a conversation on the phone can provide you with a sense of the person. It may take a face-to-face meeting before you can be feel more confident of a good match. Feel free to email or call me with any questions to see if you and I might be a good match. If not, I’ll do what I can to help you in your search for a counselor.
I wish you the best,
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Salt Lake City, Utah