How To Find A Good Mental Health Counselor

Many people have a difficult time in finding an effective mental health counselor. Just like everything in life, you have your good counselors and you have your not so great counselors. The key is to find one that will help you solve your current mental health problems.  If you do not know what you are looking for or where to start, then here are a few ideas in how to find a good mental health counselor.

  1. Talk To Your Doctor Or Primary Care Physician

    Your medical or family doctor is a great source in finding a good counselor. Explain to your doctor your problems and he or she can put you in the right direction in seeking the proper help.

  2. Ask Your Friends And Relatives

    Use your network of friends and relatives to see if any of them know of any good counselors in your area. This can be effective if it does not bother you that other people know that you are seeking a counselor.

  3. Go To Your Faith/Spiritual Community

    Many faith communities in your area know of many qualified counselors nearby. Talk to your spiritual leader and have him/her give you some ideas on where you can go to find someone that can help you. They can also lead you to the right mental health programs in your area.

    When asking for a counselor or finding a mental health program, always ask for someone who has a good reputation. Remember that finding a counselor to help you depends on how you interact with the counselor and how they interact with you. It may take a couple of times to find the right person, but do not give up. Finding a good counselor will pay off for you in the long run so be persistent in finding the right person for you.

    Remember that the key components of having an effective mental health counselor is affordability, the ability to effectively talk to your counselor, and most importantly, finding the answers to your current problems.  If you do not see any improvement in your mental health condition after a couple of months of working with your current counselor, you may think about trying to find someone else. The main point of talking to a counselor is to help you get better and to help manage your mental health issues.


Stan Popovich is the author of “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods” – an easy to read book that presents a general overview of techniques that are effective in managing persistent fears and anxieties. For additional information go to:

CMHA Mental Health Resources for Winnipeg

Mental Health Resource Guide for Winnipeg