I'm starting to look into this seriously, but I'm something of a babe in the woods in this regard: I know nothing of the ins and outs of counseling, therapy or what-have-you aside from the broadest strokes, and it appears to be a complicated topic. I know that some of my friends have been down this road (or variants thereof), and I'm looking to tap a little of that collective experience. I asked about this vaguely some months back; now it's time to get a little more concrete.
So here's are a few relevant questions: what are the questions I should be asking as I look for a therapist and get this started? Are there particularly good starting points? What are the things I should be looking for or avoiding? What has or hasn't worked for you? Do you have any specific people you would recommend or avoid? I'm going to be doing my own research as well, but I am definitely naive to the topic at this point, and would like to know if there are pitfalls I should be watching for.
(The objective, if it's relevant, is broad. In the short term, to help work past the depression and get me back on an even keel. In the longer term, to develop some appropriate coping strategies to keep this from happening again. I'm introspective enough to have a pretty good idea of what is going on in my head, and even to a large degree why, but that doesn't seem to be enough for me to address it properly myself.)
If anyone has advice, but isn't comfortable talking about it publically, feel free to drop me email -- my LJ address should work fine. Thanks in advance for any pointers here...