Back to homepage

A Good Therapist: How to Find One



A Good Therapist:  How to Find One


Placing you or your child’s personal concerns in the hands of a therapist is not an easy decision. Once you do decide to move forward, you want the best possible experience.   It can be difficult to open up and confide in a professional, so you want your time and effort to be well spent. You may want to successfully resolve your emotional issues or reduce associated symptoms that can affect how you function.

To ensure you get the best therapy for you, it would be wise to – find a good therapist. How do you know if a professional is a good match for you?  What qualities should you look for? What parameters can you use to decide which one to choose?


Trust Comes When the Fit Is Right

Trust is an important part of counseling.   Most likely, you want to share your family history and medical secrets with someone you trust. You will only adhere to your therapy and come back as often as necessary when you believe in your therapist. This is why you need to find a therapist with whom you have good chemistry. Trust is a sign of the right fit, and it is a good sign that your issues can be resolved with counseling.

Finding a therapist isn’t difficult; the real challenge is finding a good one that you can trust. Check their professional background before making an appointment. When you meet your therapist, you can personally assess their personal qualities and get a feel for your “chemistry”. Does the therapist evoke trust and confidence, or is there something that’s preventing you from opening up?


Finding a Professional with Impeccable Credentials

It is easier to trust someone whom you believe is a credible practitioner in his/her field of expertise. This is why your search has to start with their professional background—academic degrees, training, experience, and memberships in professional organizations. You are about to entrust the therapist with everything you are, so they have to be extremely proficient and trustworthy.


Verifying Their Claims

Professionals don’t lie about their credentials. They are bound by ethics to speak the truth, and should tell you exactly what you need to know. However, you can verify their credentials by checking their diplomas, certifications, IDs, licenses, and other attestations of their lawful practice.

These days, with most universities, training institutions, and hospitals having databases, it will only take a few clicks to get the answers you need. This verification is an important step to make you feel confident that the therapist can truly help you. The verified credentials can support your decision. This is how the seed of trust can be nurtured to make it grow.


Encouraging Your Active Interest and Participation

Therapists use varied approaches to help their clients. The one who is the right fit for you will explain their approach and everything will fall into place. This is because good therapists want to educate their clients. They will also let you exercise your right to choose and make an informed decision by presenting varied treatment options.

They want you to be an informed and be an active participant in your treatment. Thus, they will show appreciation when you ask questions, when you show interest in the techniques they use, and when you learn to make decisions for yourself. When a therapist welcomes your interest by responding to your concerns, it is a good sign that they could be your right match.


Their Caring Nature and Personal Attributes

Once you have narrowed down your choices, you can now decide to begin treatment with a therapist you seem to connect with.  It is likely you want to work with someone with whom you sense is genuinely interested in helping you; someone who can listen to your questions and concerns.  And someone with whom you feel comfortable with providing honest answers. They should be patient and offer the best treatment for your specific situation.

The right-fit therapist can be helpful in so many ways. Their goal is to help you resolve your issues which result in you feeling better overall.  


Where to Start the Search

You can benefit from therapy with the right therapist.  Start your search for an experienced therapist by contacting Carolina Counseling Services, an established company with over two decades of experience in helping people; and we just opened an office nearby.  Call Carolina Counseling Services — Cameron, NC, on Hwy 87, near Linden Oaks today and be matched with a right-fit independently contracted counselor.


Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services – Cameron, NC

Counties: Harnett County

Areas: Cameron NC, Linden Oaks NC, Sprout Springs NC, Anderson Creek NC, Olivia NC, Pineview NC, Johnsonville NC, Spring Lake NC

Zip Codes: 28326, 28327, 27332, 28394

Rose Thomas, MA, LPC, LCAS, NCC

Specializes in: (Ages 5+) Children, Teens, Individuals, Couples and Families. Anxiety, Depression, ODD (Oppositional Defiance Disorder, ADHD, Relationship Issues, Marriage Counseling, Parenting, PTSD/Trauma Recovery, Acute Stress Disorder, Adult Sexual Abuse Survivors, Adjustment Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Persistent Depressive Disorder, Bipolar and Related Disorders, Self-injurious/Self-Harm, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Separation Anxiety, Disruptive Disorders, Conduct Disorder, Marital Conflict and Discord, LGBT, Substance Use Disorders
 Insurance: BCBS, Tricare, Tricare Prime, Tricare Select, Extra, Retired, Cash, HSA and FSA accepted (credit cards accepted)
 Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express


Specializes in: (Ages 4+) Children, Individuals, families, PTSD, Trauma, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Adjustment Disorder, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, communication skills, and Parenting Skills, Behavior Management, Life transitions, Family Conflict, Difficulty Coping, Relationship Problems, Depression, Anxiety

InsuranceBCBSTricare, Cash, HSA and FSA accepted and Apple Pay

Credit cards:  


Shirlisa Daniels, MS, LPC, NCC

Specializes in: (Ages 4+) Children, Teens, Adults and Individuals, Families, Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Panic Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, ODD, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Conflict Resolution and Life Transitions
Insurance: BCBS, Tricare, Cash (credit cards accepted)
 Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

Holly Ring, LMFT

Specializes in: (Ages 7+) Adolescents, College Students, Individuals, Couples, and Families, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma (child and adult, TFCBT certified), Relationship Issues, Coping Skills, Adjustment Disorders, Life Transitions, Suicidal Ideation, Self-esteem, OCD, ADHD, Behavioral Issues, Parenting Skills, LGBTQ
Insurance: BCBS, Tricare, Cash (credit cards accepted)
 Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

How Do I Set Up my FIRST Appointment?

  • Call: (910) 716-8006 (Fastest way to schedule)
  • Text: (910) 308-3291 (Reply will be via phone)
  • Click here and use our Contact Form (You must include your phone number, because replies will only be made by telephone to ensure security/privacy)
  • Call or Text for your New Patient Appointment Anytime!
  • Appointment scheduling for NEW clients: Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:15pm
  • New client appts may be scheduled when therapists have openings, which may include daytime, evenings and weekends.
  • Established/Standing Appointments are made directly with your therapist!
  • Referrals: MOST beneficiaries do NOT need a Referral!
Carolina Counseling Services - Cameron, NC
35 Plantation Drive, Suite 100B and 100C
Cameron, NC 28326

Our Mailing Address:

PO BOX 9909
Fayetteville, NC 28311

Other Contact Info

If you have a compliment, concern or comments please contact:

Contact Management:
click here

If you need to speak specifically to the owner
Click here and use our Contact Form