Many people have a difficult time finding an effective mental health counselor. The key is to find one that will help you solve your current mental health problems. If you do not know what you are looking for or where to start, then here are a few ideas:
1. Talk to your primary care physician. Your medical doctor is a great source for finding a good counselor. Explain your problems, and he or she can point you in the right direction.
2. Go to your local hospital. A hospital is a good source for finding many different mental health programs in your area. Hospital personnel usually are familiar with a lot of good counselors and programs in your area.
3. Ask your friends and relatives. Use your network of friends and relatives to see if any of them know of any good counselors in your area. This can be effective if it does not bother you that other people know that you are seeking a counselor. Many churches and nonprofit mental health agencies have a variety of mental health programs.
When asking for a counselor or mental health program, always ask for someone who has a good reputation. Look for someone with whom you have good interaction. It may take a couple of times to find the right person, but do not give up. Finding a good counselor will pay off for you in the long run, so be persistent in finding the right person for you.
Remember the key components of finding an effective mental health counselor: affordability; the ability to effectively talk to your counselor; and whether the counselor can help you find answers to your current problems. If you do not see any improvement after a couple of months, you may want to find someone else. The main point of talking to a counselor is to help manage your mental health issues and to get better.
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Popovich, S. (2014). How to Find a Good Mental Health Counselor. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 26, 2015, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2014/08/08/how-to-find-a-good-mental-health-counselor/