Selecting a Counsellor - a few questions to
What is their training and where did they receive it?
The counsellor you select should be certified or registered with a
professional association. Certified/registered counsellors have a minimum
of 6 years university education including a Bachelor and Master degree.
Some have even more. Certified counsellors are also required to
pursue ongoing training and education in order to maintain their
certification. Don't hesitate to ask the counsellor what their training is, where they received it
and what their certification is. In British Columbia, counsellors may be
certified with the
Canadian Counselling Association
or registered with the
BC Association of Clinical Counsellors.
Psychologists will be registered with the
College of Psychologist of BC.
What is their approach?
Not all counsellors use the same approach or have received the same
training. Don't hesitate to ask your prospective counsellor what their
approach is and how they plan to help you. If you don't feel
comfortable with their answer, or they
are unable to tell you what their approach
is, you might want to look for someone different.
Do I feel comfortable enough with this person that I'll be able to
confide in them?
Despite a counsellors' training and experience, if you don't feel
comfortable confiding your honest thoughts and feelings with them,
counselling is unlikely to be effective for you. Look for a
person who you feel is easy to talk with and tries to understand your point
of view. Many counsellors will offer an initial free
consultation to help you determine if will feel comfortable working with