When you need a couple's counselor, you need "help." That means you need to find someone skilled enough in this area that you can put your trust in them.Many people find counselors through the phone book, internet, bulletin boards or ads, without any specific knowledge about that counselor.To increase the chances of receiving the help you need, interview the counselor you are considering.Critical questions to ask:1. How old are you? (You might want someone with some life experience.)2. Are you married? How long? First marriage? Happy?3. How do you feel about divorce? Neutral? Many couple's counselors are neutral about whether you divorce or not. Find a counselor who thinks that divorce is not as good an option as working things out (exceptions to this might be abuse, addictions, adultery, compulsive lying or partner's unhealthy emotional closeness to a parent.)4. What percent of the counselor's practice is just working with couples? To earn enough money, many counselors accept clients with various issues--sometimes widely varying issues. Couple's counseling is very different from other types of counseling and you need an expert in couple's counseling. Make sure whoever you hire does only or primarily couple's counseling. Ask the question in terms of "What percentage of your practice is couple's counseling?" Also ask: "How many couples have you worked with? And did you work with all of those couples by meeting with both partners simultaneously?"
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