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How to Choose a Counselor

There are a number of variables to consider when selecting an Individual or Couples Counselor.  Practitioners use the terms counselor, psychotherapist, and therapist interchangeably to mean the same thing--working with individuals and couples to provide counseling or psychotherapy.

Therapist Credentials and State License:
  • Ask how long a therapist has been in practice
  • If you are seeking couples or marriage counseling, ask how many couples a potential therapist sees on average per week
  • Verify a potential therapist's professional identified by visiting a national website  for their area of specialization (e.g. Search for a therapist that is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists)
  • Verify that a potential therapist is licensed in the State of FloridaInsurance companies only reimburse for services by licensed therapists.

Specialized Training:
Make sure that the therapist has specialized training working with individuals or couples seeking help with the same issues that you face.  For instance, working with couples effectively requires specialized training and supervision beyond graduate programs.  You can generally verify a therapist's specialized training by visiting the website for the institute that provided the training.
For example:
  • Specialized training and supervision is required to become a  Certified Gottman Couples Therapist.   After indicating that you have read this disclaimer, you can verify my certification.
  • Verfiy my training in EMDR.

Trust Your Instincts:
Pay close attention to you instincts when interacting with a potential counselor.  Let your intuition guide you to decide whether or not a therapist is a good fit for you and your spouse.  If it doesn't feel right, try someone else.

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We provide marriage counseling, relationship therapy, couples counseling, premarital counseling, couples workshops, individual counseling, and help with divorce and single parenting.