So - you decide to see a counselor. You answer an ad, check the Yellow Pages,
or get a referral.  You contact the counselor. That first contact is important.
Tell the counselor (briefly) what the problem is.
Ask the counselor -
- what type of therapy they offer;
- the length of sessions;
- the cost;
- the method of payment.
- If you need testing (for example, a custody dispute), ask if the counselor does that.
If you make an appointment -
- give the counselor your correct phone number so you can be notified if a conflict arises.
- tell the counselor if you need special accommodations due to a physical disability.