Out of roughly 1,000 Deaf people polled, 85% prefer a Deaf counselor or therapist over a hearing counselor or therapist.
Deaf people overwhelmingly prefer to work with a Deaf counselor. The McCullough and Duchesneau (2014) finding is similar to that of the Steinberg, A.G., Sullivan, V.J., & Loew, R.C. (1998) study, which found that out of 54 Deaf participants, 72% preferred a Deaf counselor and 15% preferred a hearing counselor.McCullough, C.A., & Duchesneau. S.M. (2014, October 20). Counselor preference [Web survey]. Retrieved from http://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-TPSMZVXL/