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Dr. Marty Talks About How To Find A Good Counselor

Dr. Marty Talks About How To Find

A Good Counselor

Find out about the three main issues to consider for a good marriage and couples counselor:

1. What are the criteria for a good therapist? How can you judge who is good?

  • Are you comfortable with them? Are they easy to talk to in the first phone call? Do you feel understood and accepted?
  • What percentage of their practice is dedicated to working with couples? What percentage of their website is dedicated to couples issues and couples therapy? If they don’t have a site, you can ask them. What percentage of their work is couples related?
  • Are they easy to reach? Quick to call back if they are not immediately available – within 2 to 3 hours?
  • Consider how many years they’ve been in practice.

2. What do those letters and credentials mean?

  • PhD – Doctorate in Psychology, Marriage & Family Counseling.
  • LPC – Licensed Professional Counselor.
  • LCSW – Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
  • LMFT – Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist.
  • 3. What should happen in counseling? What should be covered in therapy?

    • Communication, both listening and speaking.
    • How to deal with conflict and anger; how to not be overwhelmed; how to stay in control.
    • Reconnecting with your partner – how to develop those warm and positive feelings that make all the difference in a lifetime relationship.