The terms counselor and therapist cover a variety of trained
professionals. The differences between therapists, psychologists,
psychiatrists, and counselors may not be as important to you as finding someone
with whom you are comfortable.
Professionals who might provide counseling services include:
Some insurance plans do not cover all types of therapists. Check
with your insurance company for details.
When calling to make an appointment
If possible (or if you have questions), ask to
speak with the therapist or counselor directly, not with a receptionist or
Be clear about the problem for which you want
Ask the therapist or counselor about his or her background
with your problem (how many people he or she has worked with on this type of
problem). Ask the therapist to explain his or her views about the problem.
Ask how long the counseling might take, so that you can picture
how it will fit into your life.
Ask any other questions that would
make you more comfortable with the idea of attending a session.
If you go to a therapist and don't like what happens, don't give up
on the idea of counseling. Sometimes a different counselor will fit your
personality better. Try again with someone new.
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.