Mistake 1: Not Doing Your Research:
The first mistake you should avoid when looking for a counsellor is not doing your research. It's crucial to have a clear idea of what you're looking for in a counsellor, what your needs are, and what kind of therapy you're interested in before you start your search. Researching potential counsellors before scheduling an appointment will give you an idea of their qualifications, experience, and therapy style.
Moreover, don't hesitate to ask your friends, family, or primary care physician for referrals. They may know of someone who has experience working with your specific needs. Online directories and review sites can also help you to narrow down your options by reading about the experiences of others who have worked with them.