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Things to Consider When Choosing a Helping Professional

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When you’re going to spend your time and money on counseling and hypnotherapy, you expect to work with a competent, experienced professional, someone who can truly help you, and not hurt you, or waste your valuable time and resources. But do you know how to find one? Do you know how to tell a good therapist from a not so good therapist? Sometimes people put up with unsound and disrespectful behavior from their therapists and counselors, simply because they do not realize that they do not have to.

Choosing a therapist, whether in the phone book, or from an insurance provider list, can be a daunting task, but by asking a few key questions you can reduce the risk of having a poor experience. Give some consideration about how you would feel working on your issues with a man or a with a woman. Feel free to interview a prospective therapist, asking questions about their training, how long they have been in practice, and if they are experienced working with the kinds of issues you wish to work on in therapy.

Some Questions to ask:

What are your credentials and training?
How long have you been in private practice?
Which professional associations do you belong to?
What are your areas of expertise and specialization?
What specific training do you have in your areas of specialization?
How many clients have you worked with that have had similar issues to mine?
Has anyone ever made a complaint against you?
If so, how was it resolved?
What are your beliefs about how therapy should work?
What do you do during sessions and what do you expect from a client during and between sessions?
Can I contact you in an emergency?

Because you deserve a competent professional, it is important to get as much information about a therapist as possible before entering into a therapeutic relationship with him or her. Remember, you will be sharing very personal information with your therapist. So, you will want an individual you have confidence in and can connect with. It's acceptable to interview a therapist, either in a phone conversation or in a first session, so that you can obtain the necessary information to make a well-informed decision.

How Will I Know If This Person Is The Right Therapist For Me? After getting all the information and talking with several professionals, you will need to make a decision. At this point the best advice is to trust your feelings. It is important that you work with a therapist who is qualified to help you in your particular area of need and that it be an individual with whom you feel safe, can talk with easily, and a person you feel you can trust.

Remember that counseling and hypnotherapy, in the hands of a skilled clinician, are powerful and life-changing experiences, and they have been shown to be effective for a variety of conditions and problems. If you need a change in your life and work as an active participant in your own treatment, you can expect the results will be well worth the time and money you invest.

What Type Of Helping Professional Do You Need?

There are many types of mental health professionals, differing in educational backgrounds, training, licensing, philosophy, and technique. Titles and educational requirements may vary by state.

Psychiatrists are medical doctors and can prescribe medication. Very few psychiatrists also provide psychotherapy but usually refer to and work in conjunction with other psychotherapists.

Psychologists usually have a Doctorate in Psychology and have completed a substantial internship under supervision.

Certified Social Workers typically have a Master's degree in Social Work and have completed a supervised internship.

Counselors usually have a Master's degree in Counseling and have completed an internship under supervision.

What type of approach do you want your helper to take?

Some of the differences between therapists show up in their area of theoretical orientation, which describes their basic philosophy and beliefs about what promotes mental health, what circumstances causes distress, and how to work with clients.

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