Finding a well-qualified online marriage counselor must be approached with the same consideration you would give when searching for a regular counselor. You can get information on a good counselor (or a qualified therapist) from a variety of people sources, including your primary care doctor, health insurer, local or state mental health agencies, an employee assistant program, trusted friends or even loved ones who have dealt with similar relational issues.
A well-qualified marriage counselor will have a number of ideal credentials, such as a reputation for high-quality service to clients and an attitude for excellent results. Other credentials to look for includes the counselor’s background and experience.
Is he or she fully licensed by the state and certified by the AAMFT? Because there are many scams involving fake and bad counselors these professional background questions are worth getting answers to.
Is the Therapist Right for You?
Second, you must determine if the counselor is the right fit for you. Are you prepared to participate in all of the treatment plans if necessary? Are his or her counseling hours suited for you and your spouse? And how available will this counselor be if an emergency arises? And last but not least, will you be able to afford the cost? An online counseling session can cost as much as $120 an hour.
Choose an online counseling session can cost as much as $120 an hour.
Asking these questions before choosing the services of an online marriage counselor is crucial in getting the most out of the experience. From the first session, you and you spouse should have a good idea of what to expect.
Via Phone or Video Conference
Depending on the type of online counseling you choose, you will interact with your therapist via telephone or video confidence or both. In the process of counseling, you and your partner are expected to be as honest and truthful as possible, especially in answering the therapist questions and performing behavior tasks.
Discourage all Distractions
Make sure that you and your spouse isn’t distracted during counseling sessions. Turn off TVs, radios, and all appliances such as stoves and microwaves. Also, if you have children, make an agreement with relatives or friends to accept the children at this particular time. A marriage counselor needs all your attention in order to evaluate the situation and offer a resolution for marriage issues.
Willing Partners: A Necessity for Hope
The goal of the therapist is to offer profession guidance and recommendations that may get your marriage back on track. Ordinarily, if two people are willing to save their marriage, the counseling will work. Unfortunately, at other times, when there is great unwillingness to resolve issues, or the relationship is plagued by violence and abuse, the therapist will most likely encourage permanent disconnection.
When the Therapist isn’t Working Out
However, if at any time in your counseling sessions, you perceive that you have made a mistake in choosing the right therapist, you must end it right away. A counselor must be competent in his profession; he must have organizational and interpersonal skills in order to effectively conduct an online counseling and treatment program.
If you sense the wrong issues occurring, end the relationship with the service right away. Why keep paying hundreds or thousands of dollars for a service that hasn’t produced meaningful direction and change.
Finding the right online marriage counselor is crucial. You must do it with thoughtfulness and perhaps, help from other professionals or friends. This may be the last opportunity you and your spouse have left to salvage your marriage. Making the right moves in selecting the right person will go a long way in given your marriage the best shot at resurrection.