Many people have told me that they have had a difficult time in finding the right counselor for their mental health needs. Here are some suggestions I came up with in finding the right counselor for you.
The first thing I recommend a person should do is to talk to their Doctor or Primary Care Physician. Your medical or family doctor is a great source in finding a good counselor. I recommend that you talk to your doctor and he or she can point you in the right direction in getting the proper help.
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I also found that going to the local hospital is a great source of information. Whenever I needed some information I would go my local hospital and get all kinds of advice and assistance.
I also went to my local churches in the area if I wanted to find christian mental health programs. I learned that many hospitals work with the local churches and nonprofit organizations that offer various mental health programs.
Another source I tend to use is to use my network of friends and relatives to see if any of them know of any good counselors in the area.
I contacted my local government agencies, which offer all kinds of programs for the public. I also got on the internet and did some research in finding other mental health programs in my area.
I found from personal experience that the key components of having an effective mental health counselor is affordability, the ability to effectively talk to your counselor, and most importantly, your counselor being able to find the answers to your current problems.
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I also suggest that if you do not see any improvement in your mental health condition after a couple of months of working with your current counselor, you should think about finding someone else.
Stan Popovich is the author of "A Layman's Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods" - an easy to read book that presents a general overview of techniques that are effective in managing persistent fears and anxieties. For additional information go to: http://www.managingfear.com/