When you are struggling with depression, anxiety, low mood or other various mental health issues; it can be hard to know who to get help from. You could start by looking at the types of qualifications they have and what they are able to do in practice. Most mental health professionals do very similar things, and to you it won’t feel much different. Professional Counselors, psychotherapists, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Psychologists pretty much do the same thing. They will see you in their office for 50 minutes to 1 hour , listen to you and offer some helpful tools and techniques. The most important thing to remember when picking a mental health professional is that you like them, feel they hear you and understand you, and you know you are working together to help you reach your goals . I would say that qualifications matter but more importantly is that you like them. I also think it’s important to know what their specialties are so that you know you are getting the help you need most. Sometimes a person may find that they aren’t achieving there goals or being given helpful tools and this can be can be really frustrating! Finding someone who specializes in what you are struggling with can help lessen the likelihood of that happening.
A good place to start looking for a counsellor would be the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy , they have a search engine on their site which will enable you to narrow down the type of counsellor that you are looking for.