"Using humor and compassion, the authors combine their extensive expertise to simplify and demystify the process of getting help. Each chapter illuminates the counseling process while challenging stereotypes and biases that too often prevent people from getting the assistance they need. In a world of unrest and daunting challenges, this is a guide to finding the right help at the right time."
—Bret Hendricks, EdD
"Gladding and Alderson answer any questions, doubts, fears, and concerns that clients may have about counseling services. Their comprehensive information about the counseling profession is essential for anyone considering counseling."
Texas Tech University
—Rita Chi-Ying Chung, PhD
"Choosing the Right Counselor for You takes prospective counseling clients right into the midst of the core questions they want to ask but, until this resource, never had a place to find the answers. By addressing these critical questions and more, this resource empowers consumers to make informed choices about the counseling experience. This essential guide is recommended reading for all counselors and clients. Kudos to the authors for addressing this critical gap in our literature!"
George Mason University
—Spencer Niles, EdD
This concise guide is for individuals seeking a counselor for themselves or others. It contains a treasure trove of information for the public on the nuts and bolts of counseling in an easy-to-read, question and answer format. Chapter topics include how to know when to seek help and what kinds of issues counselors assist with; the differences between individual, group, couples, family, and online counseling; the various theoretical approaches to counseling and how to choose; how to find a competent counselor; what questions you should ask before scheduling your first appointment; and how to determine if counseling is working.
William & Mary