Everything You Need to Know to Find a Family or Marriage
To those living in... McHenry, Cary, Algonquin, Schaumburg, Barrington, Woodstock and
Crystal Lake, Illinois…
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Shery, clinical psychology
2615 Three Oaks Rd, Ste. 2A, Cary, IL 60013
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To those living in McHenry, Cary,
Algonquin, Schaumburg, Barrington, Woodstock and Crystal Lake, Illinois…
Everything You Need to Know to Find a Family or Marriage Counselor
It is your life we are talking about…and your spouses…and your
Take every necessary step to find the right counselor for your
It can be very hard to do this, though, because of all the ads overwhelming
you and the multiple types of professionals soliciting you…psychologists…social workers,,,mental health counselors
But, the fact of the matter is that you can find the right
marriage counselor and many of them are very good. Believe it or not, most of them, as their primary motivation,
actually want to help you. Here are some of the things to look for in your psychologist, therapist or marriage
counselor. Just take these steps to find the perfect counselor for you.
Find a therapist that does mostly marriage or family counseling. This is
important. You will want someone who not only knows expert counseling methods, but also one who will have
experience in dealing with problems similar to yours. This simple principle can really make a large
Many counselors have one or two particular areas of expertise and
do other things as well. If you find one who works mainly in marriage or family counseling, you are likely to be
able to count on him/her to know more about how to solve your problems than someone who works mainly with
adolescents, for example.
To find a counselor that you can trust, look towards the American Psychological Association, the Illinois
Psychological Association or the Illinois chapters of the Mental Health Counselors Association or the National
Association of Social Workers for recommendations. It helps to know that someone knowledgeable is recommending the
one that you are choosing. If you feel that you can, ask friends and family about their
recommendations as well.
Once you find a few names to consider, make sure that you research them. Ask about their relevant experience for
cases like yours. While this will not tell you whether your marriage counselor will be successful with you and your
spouse, it is safe to say that it will give you some idea of his or her skill level.
Consider how well the counselor will be dedicated to you and your spouses problems.
You can judge this by what he or she tells you and by how well he or she works with you. Does s/he accept your
health insurance? Are your calls returned promptly? Can you trust that your sessions will start on time? Ask them
how many other cases similar to yours they are handling. Get to know the degree of their dedication and expertise
regarding your personal needs.
Perform an interview with the counselor. Ask the questions discussed previously. If at all possible make it an
in-person interview. This will help you to get a feeling for the counselor.
Ask about his/her therapeutic techniques. An experienced marriage counselor should be
able to tell you what methods are used and what distinct stages occur in the marriage counseling process.
Is it important to compare fees? Maybe…maybe not. If your therapist does psychological counseling in the service of
your marital issues… and if s/he accepts your insurance youll only have to make the co-pay at each visit (it often
ranges between $0 to $70 out-of-pocket each visit depending on your policy); your insurance will cover the rest.
However, if your marriage counselor doesn't do psychological counseling during your visit, your insurance won't
cover any of it. Out-of-pocket fees can then range from $80 to $150 a visit. Whether the therapist does
psychological counseling and not only marriage counseling is a technical question, so be sure to ask.
Lastly, it is important to choose a therapist that you trust. If
you do not feel comfortable with a therapist, you shouldnt work with him/her. It makes sense that you and your
spouse should be able to talk with him/her easily and discuss all the intimate details of your problems. You
should feel comfortable discussing everything that is needed. Trusting your counselor will go a long way to
helping you relax and relieve some of your stress.
The perfect marriage counselor? Is there really one out there? Who knows, but there is definitely one therapist
with whom you can feel comfortable and at ease. When you take the time to make sure that the counselor that you
have chosen is a good one, you can be sure that the future of your marriage or family is in capable
Dr. Mike Shery is a
licensed clinical psychologist and is affiliated
with almost all health plans, including: ValueOptions, Medicare, Cigna, Cigna Behavioral
Health, United Health Care, Aetna, First Health, Healthstar, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois,
ComPsych, Magellan Health, HFN, Tricare, Humana, most union local plans, most school district
plans, Unicare, ChoiceCare, CAPP, Multiplan, Mental Health Network, Managed Health Network,
United Behavioral Health, PPONext, Private Health Care Systems, Humana-Military and Beech Street
He has practiced
clinical psychology for approximately 24 years and is board certified as a specialist in professional counseling by the International Academy of Behavioral
Medicine, Counseling and Psychotherapy. He is the director of Affiliated Counseling and
Referral Services and is a member of the American
The office is located
in Cary, IL and in select cases phone consultations are available for those who don’t live
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