for those of you looking for counseling this is a good article to read to become a informed consumer.

Characteristics of Effective Counseling

By Lynn Ponton, Ph.D.

February 17, 2006

Effective counseling is a two way street. It takes a cooperative effort by both the person receiving counseling and the counselor. And it takes a commitment to make sometimes difficult changes in behavior or thinking patterns.

What you expect to achieve with your counselor should be clearly defined as you begin your counseling. You and your counselor should discuss realistic time frames for reaching your goals and agree on how you will measure your progress.