How to Choose a Therapist or Counselor?

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It’s an important yet difficult question to answer. I have my own thoughts and will continue to update this post. In the mean time, I refer to a couple helpful articles below:

I use the words “therapist” or “counselor” as a shorthand for psychotherapist. In the state of California, a psychotherapist must be either licensed or supervised by a licensed psychotherapist. There are several licenses that qualify. To maintain licensure, psychotherapists are bound by legal and ethical standards. The reason for licensing is to protect you, the consumer. For example, consumers can file complaints with the appropriate licensing board. You can check a person’s license status using the California Breeze system.