09 May 2019 Atlanta, GA, USA

How To Find The Right Counselor

*This post has sponsored content by Ray of Hope Counseling Services. I received compensation for my review, but all opinions are my own.
To feel fully confident with yourself each and everyday, you need to make sure that your mental health is in order. Sometimes this can be hard to see yourself, though. I am sure you’ve heard of the phrase, “Love is blind.” Well, sometimes, we can be blind when we need to do something for ourselves, as well. Counseling is one of those things - it can be hard to admit that we need it and take the plunge by diving in the deep end and actually admitting that 1) We need counseling and 2) It’s time to start the process. Your first step is admitting that you need help and after that, your next step is to find that help. So, let’s talk about how to know if you need counseling and how to find the right counselor for yourself.

How To Find The Right Counselor, The Low Country Socialite, Plus Size Blogger, Savannah Georgia, Hinesville Georgia, Kirsten Jackson, Ray of Hope Counseling, Atlanta Georgia


Do You Need Counseling?
These days, it seems that counseling can be associated with negative connotations; however, this is a very flawed mindset that can be harmful if believed. Just like it helps some people to talk to friends in difficult times, a counselor provides the same thing, only with an objective point of view. While people who know you well might give you advice based on their opinion of the situation or person, a counselor is a great person who can listen to any difficulties you might be having and give you advice in an unbiased manner. So, if you feel that you are going through a difficult time, or struggling with any area of your life, you might benefit from having someone to talk to who will listen and give you advice. There is absolutely no shame in receiving counseling - in fact, recognizing that you could benefit from a counselor is a wonderful sign that you are aware of the struggles you might be facing and are actively trying to overcome them to live a healthier and happier life.

How To Find The Right Counselor

How To Find The Right Counselor, The Low Country Socialite, Plus Size Blogger, Savannah Georgia, Hinesville Georgia, Kirsten Jackson, Ray of Hope Counseling, Atlanta Georgia

Location
Location is a huge aspect when it comes to finding a counselor that is right for you! No one wants to drive a super long distance for a therapy session. Ray of Hope Counseling Services has seven convenient locations in Kennesaw, Alpharetta, Conyers, Athens, Canton, Peachtree City, and East Cobb/Marietta. They also offer online therapy, in case you’re a homebody and don’t want to leave your house! Finding a convenient location can make or break your satisfaction with a counseling service, so make sure you know where the service is located ahead of time.

Cost
While counseling services can be expensive, they don’t have to be! There are some ways that you can minimize the cost of counseling services and still receive the benefits. The first way: make use of your health insurance. Some counseling services might not accept insurance, and some insurance plans might not cover mental health services, so look into your insurance plan and choose your counseling service carefully. Ray of Hope Counseling Service accepts all forms of insurance and Medicaid, so they are a great option to look into. Some other ways to minimize costs are to limit the number of times you get counseling to once a week or month, or consider group therapy, which tends to be slightly less expensive.

Expertise
Each therapist at Ray of Hope Counseling Services is licensed and educated to provide an excellent level of care. In addition to their licenses, the therapists at Ray of Hope Counseling Services also have additional training and/or hold certifications in their specialty area(s). The staff has diversified professional work background and experiences that help them treat a wide variety of issues and they always strive to help their clients meet their life changes and challenges in a comfortable and supporting environment. The reason why using a therapist that has a professional and personal understanding of your problems or issues is important is because they not only fully understand what you are going through, but they add a great deal of empathy when counseling their clients through the hard times. For example, Lynn Thompson Umstead is the Clinical Director at Ray of Hope Counseling Services and due to her own personal struggles with infertility, she can help you navigate through the same experiences with more understanding compared to a counselor that has never had any experience when it comes to infertility issues. On the Ray of Hope Counseling Services website, it is very easy to view all of the therapists and see where they are located and what their areas of expertise are. Just from viewing Lynn’s page, I can see that her areas of expertise are blended families, adoption, relationship issues, infertility issues, men’s issues, adolescent issues, life transition, trauma/EMDR, divorce issues, anxiety, and more.

There are many other aspects that you have to consider when finding the right counselor for you, but no matter where you in your journey to admitting that you need counseling and finding a counselor, the best time to jump in is now. Call Ray of Hope Counseling Services today if you think that they might be able to help you feel relieved and healed through their counseling services in Georgia.

Until Next Time... 
How To Find The Right Counselor, The Low Country Socialite, Plus Size Blogger, Savannah Georgia, Hinesville Georgia, Kirsten Jackson, Ray of Hope Counseling, Atlanta Georgia




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