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 Florida. Insurance companies only reimburse for services by licensed therapists.
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.
- 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.