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Parameters to Use in Choosing a Good Therapist

Parameters to Use in Choosing a Good Therapist


Parameters to Use in Choosing a Good Therapist


Therapy is proven to be an effective treatment for any type of psychological, emotional, and behavioral problem. But, in order to reap its benefits, it’s vital to choose the right therapist. However, a therapist is not always good because someone says so. Every therapist-client is unique and there are many factors that go with every therapeutic relationship

Obviously, some elements need to be present for a therapist to be truly effective. When you’re deciding to seek therapy, here are the things to look for in a therapist.


Training and Experience

Ideally, a therapist must have excellent training, whether both on the graduate school program and on clinical experiences. Often, there is a resume or CV on the website to boost the professional practice. Look for a therapist that specializes on the problems that you have to be sure you’re provided with the right type of help you need.

A good counselor has lots of counseling and life experiences to be able to offer new perspectives and dynamics, and not just those theories learned from the books. For example, a counselor who has children will probably be more empathetic to provide a different viewpoint than one who has never been a parent (this is not to say others aren’t proficient, their perspective however will be different). Similarly, if you need help for EMDR, an area of practice with specialized training, you may have to look for a therapist with the expertise on it.


Therapeutic Techniques

Many therapists have a wide variety of techniques for different problems. If you’re distressing condition involves PTSD, you’re on the right track if you choose a therapist highly qualified in treating your case using the right therapy approach.

On your part, it’s important to learn about the treatment type you require. You can use this knowledge in relating with your therapist and also in providing recommendations pertinent to your treatment.



There is more to credentials to support the credibility of a therapist. A good therapist must hold a current license issued by the state or jurisdiction where the counseling services are practiced. The licensure laws vary by state and are generally intended to protect clients. In most states, only therapists in good standing with the regulatory board and who consistently demonstrate competence is allowed to renew a license. The fact that your therapist has obtained and maintained licensure helps you to be sure that you’re choosing a practitioner who adheres to a strict code of professional ethics.


Personal Qualities

The outcome of counseling is determined by a host of factors, but certainly the personal qualities of the therapist matters a lot. The personal qualities of a counselor can inspire the trust and confidence of the client. This in turn encourages the patient to be truthful about matters surrounding the emotional condition or concern, believing that the therapist is genuinely involved in their plight. A good therapist is concerned with how the client is responding to the treatments and will always opt for what’s best for them.



Someone may be able to give you the name of a good therapist or find it in a credible listing only to discover the practitioner no longer accepts new patients or does not participate in your insurance network. Look for a therapist who will always be ready to offer his or her experience and skills for you in a safe environment.  

More than all these factors, you have to trust your gut. You can’t go wrong with the counselors independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services – Sanford, NC. You know you have found your match when you feel comfortable, knowing the therapist you chose truly understands, cares about you, and is providing the right kind of help for you. Call now to request an appointment.


Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services – Sanford, NC

Counties: Chatham, Harnett, Lee and Moore County, NC

Areas: Sanford NC, Tramway, NC, Olivia, NC, Broadway, NC, Cumnock, NC, Gulf, NC, Goldston, NC, Carbonton NC, Glendon, NC, Carthage, NC, Cameron, NC, Lillington, NC, Moncure, NC

Zip Codes: 27330, 27332, 28327, 27505, 27546



Rose Thomas, MA, LPC, LCAS, NCC

Specializes in: (Ages 5+) Children, Teens, Individuals, Couples and Families. Anxiety, Depression, ODD (Oppositional Defiance Disorder, ADHD, Relationship Issues, Marriage Counseling, Parenting, PTSD/Trauma Recovery, Acute Stress Disorder, Adult Sexual Abuse Survivors, Adjustment Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Persistent Depressive Disorder, Bipolar and Related Disorders, Self-injurious/Self-Harm, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Separation Anxiety, Disruptive Disorders, Conduct Disorder, Marital Conflict and Discord, LGBT, Substance Use Disorders
 Insurance: BCBS, Tricare,/Tricare Prime, Select, Extra, Retired, Cash, HSA and FSA accepted (credit cards accepted)
 Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

Fetima Wellington, MS, LPC, LCAS-A

Specializes in: (Ages 6+) Children, Adolescents/Teens, Individuals, Couples, Family Therapy and Marriage Counseling. Anxiety, Depression, Bi-Polar Disorder, Addiction and Recovery, Relationship Issues, Post Partum Depression, Family Conflict, Crisis Intervention, ODD, Conduct Disorder, LGBTQ
 Insurance: BCBS,  Cash, HSA and FSA (credit cards accepted)
 Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

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