Finding and Choosing a Colorado Psychotherapist and Counselor
Is your therapist or counselor licensed?
Each therapist is licensed by the state where he or she practices. A License is not a guarantee
of a good therapist. It does indicate that the therapist has undergone training and supervision
according to state standards. Inquire as to the potential therapist’s education, training, licensure
status, and membership in a professional organization. Check online with the Colorado
Department of Regulatory Agencies to see if the therapist is licensed and if there has been any
disciplinary action taken against him or her.
Do you have good chemistry with the therapist or counselor?
Look for someone that you respect, get along with and someone who shares your values in
important areas. Tell the therapist what you want from therapy. Did the therapist hear you and
respond appropriately? Regardless of a therapist’s training or philosophy, the therapist-client
relationship is largely what determines whether you will think the therapy will be effective or not.
Does the therapist or counselor have experience, knowledge and interest?
Find a therapist who relates to your situation and who specializes in the area of your interest or
issues. Find out what type of therapy is utilized by the therapist. Are you looking for couples or
marriage counseling? Sex therapy? Is the therapist sensitive to your cultural background? Your