You may need a marriage and family counselor if you or your family has experienced difficulties such as:
You may also want to see a family and couples counselor to enhance your family relationships by learning such skills as effective communication, conflict resolution, assertiveness, and time management.
Marriage and Family Counselors practice in a variety of settings, including independent practice, community mental health agencies, managed care organizations, hospitals, employee assistance programs, and houses of worship. They may provide the following services:
If you need a marriage and family counselor:
During the first visit counselor should discuss the following:
Most importantly, you should feel as though the counselor is someone you can trust, someone who respects you. You should feel safe and be able to talk about what bothers you most. Feeling respected and safe may include receiving a prompt return phone call when you first contact the counselor. You should also feel that the counselor has time for you, is able to schedule appointments when you feel the need for them, and is on time for sessions. Sexual intimacy between counselor and client is never appropriate.
Your counselor should respond to your concerns in a caring and helpful way. This includes careful listening and working together to set reasonable goals. You should feel hopeful about the counselor's ideas about how to help you and your family.
Payment options include direct payment, reimbursement by an insurance company, or participation in a managed care plan. Ask your counselor about the advantages and disadvantages of each payment plan.
Additional information regarding how to find a counselor and ethical practices of counselors can be found on the American Counseling Association's web site: http://www.counseling.org/consumers_media/ .
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