By Terry J. Robertson, R.N., B.G.S., CPMHN
Terry J. Robertson Counseling, Consulting & Support Services
Finding a professional to help you when you are feeling vulnerable and stressed is not an easy task. Sometimes people rush into a counseling relationship without exploring who might be in the community to help them and what the person's qualifications and style of treatment are.
There are several different professionals providing mental health counseling. They may be registered nurses, doctors, social workers, psychologists or addictions counselors.
Where to find them
These tips could help you to find someone you trust and who is qualified to help you. There are a variety of sources that can provide you with information about counselors: You can:
What to ask
Once you have the names of some counselors, make a phone call and ask these important questions:
What to expect
During the counseling relationship, there are certain things you can expect. These are:
Keeping things open
There are certain things you can do to help promote an open, honest and helpful relationship between yourself and your Counselor. They are:
(Terry J. Robertson is a registered nurse who has mental health counseling, consulting and support service in Calgary. She can be reached at (403) 547-4649.)