Let’s be honest.
Most counselors suck.
I remember going to a counselor who sat there for an hour and charged me a crazy amount. Then he went on to betray my trust publicly.
I’ve met with hundreds of clients who have complained their previous counselor didn’t help them at all, didn’t seem interested, and were clock watchers.
I’ve also met with many people who have gone to a psychiatrist and walked out twenty minutes later with a prescription and a feeling of hopelessness?
Are we supposed to self medicate for the rest of our lives?
I am not a passive listener. I have opinions. I have experience and education and I didn’t get my certification from a three month course. Good counselors know about things like cbt, trauma, ptsd, STOPP therapies, DBT, psychoanalysis, cognitive distortions etc. They have at least a passing understanding of current medications and have worked with clinical and medical professionals. Chances are they work in a real clinic or government sponsored agency.
A good counselor will assure you that you will see real change in a short period of time. If I don’t help you within two or three months – I mean really help you – then fire me. I would.
Quit reading self-help books and talking to people with credentials but no real life experience or understanding.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me help you help yourself. Your issue is not a terminal illness.