A big part of successful therapy is feeling comfortable with your counselor, which may come over time. However, if after a few meetings, you’re just not clicking, you do have the choice to seek out another counselor.

To determine if you’re receiving the best care from your counselor, the National Alliance on Mental Illnesses recommends asking yourself the following questions. Answering no can help you make the decide to find a new counselor.

  • Do they challenge you?
  • Do they check-in with you?
  • Do they guide you to your goals?
  • Do they help you learn?
  • Do they show acceptance and compassion?
  • Do they treat you as an equal?