How to Choose a Counselor or Therapist

When choosing a therapist, it’s important to take your time, as this person will become a trusted confidante in your life.  Here are some tips to keep in mind when meeting with a potential counselor or therapist:  

  • Do I feel emotionally safe with this person?
  • Does this person really listen to what matters to me and do I feel heard?
  • Am I comfortable in the presence of this person?
  • Do I feel I could open up to this person with my deepest concerns?
  • Do I feel my process will be held in confidentiality?
  • Does this counselor have empathy and understanding as well as the ability to challenge me when needed? 
  • Does this person conduct him or herself professionally and maintain clear boundaries?

These are important considerations to reflect on when choosing a therapist and I invite you to take advantage of my free 25-minute consultation.

Sarah Hoagland, M.A.

  • Life moves in a spiral, and "the true law of nature is always reached after the labyrinth has been traveled."

    ~ C.G. Jung

  • We may worry about death
    But what worries the soul the most
    Is to have never fully tasted
    The waters of its own essence

    ~ Rumi

  • Your pain is the breaking of the shell
    that encloses your understanding.

    ~ Kahlil Gibran

  • Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.

    ~ Rumi

  • Ay, you are like an ocean,
    And though heavy-grounded ships await
    the tide upon your shores, yet, even like an
    ocean, you cannot hasten your tides.

    ~ Kahlil Gibran

  • Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart.
    Who looks outside, dreams...
    Who looks inside, awakens

    ~ C.G. Jung

  • You shall be free indeed when your days
    are not without a care nor your nights
    without a want and a grief,
    But rather when these things girdle your life
    and yet you rise above them naked and unbound.

    ~ Kahlil Gibran

  • Every individual needs revolution, inner division
    Overthrow of an existing order
    And renewal

    ~C.G. Jung