Important Considerations When Seeking Counseling Or
February 21, 2007
seeking counseling or psychotherapy, there are a number
of very important factors to consider. The American
Mental Health Alliance believes there are certain
principles that protect consumers and insure that the
best possible outcome is obtained. The following
irreducible principles affect your chances to benefit
The individual should choose
his or her own therapist.
should decide the
course of therapy.
maintain and preserve client
The reimbursement method should
support ethical practice.
- Mental health
professionals should practice in an
interdisciplinary community which promotes competent
and ethical practice
In addition to these irreducible
principles, there are several additional considerations
- The quality
of the relationship between a client and a
therapist is crucial for change to take
- It is
important to find a counselor or psychotherapist
who is has experience and training dealing
with the problems at hand.
- There are significant risks or harmful consequences with
little or no recourse if you work with an
unsupervised unlicensed counselor or
- Insight and
understanding does not automatically produce
positive change. Some action or change in
behavior is necessary.
- Clients with
similar problems may require a different amount,
frequency and intensity of therapy or counseling
to be successful.