You’ve decided to finally seek help and talk to someone about what’s been bothering you. You might be hurting, confused and feeling vulnerable. You desperately want to offload to someone – but it can’t be just anyone. It needs to be the right person.
Choosing the right counsellor can put you in a bit of a pickle. How do you choose?
Finding the right counsellor is important, otherwise, you risk having to find someone else and then you need to tell your story all over again, which isn’t a great situation to be in.
It’s such a personal choice and as a client, you are so much more likely to have better outcomes if the therapeutic relationship you have with your counsellor is built on mutual trust and respect.
Did you know you have rights as a client that the counsellor must abide by. It’s important to know you have:
I welcome a phone call or email from all potential client’s because this can give a good indication as to whether or not we’re a good fit for each other. Your time is precious and I don’t want to waste it! You can contact me here.
As suggested by the Australian Counsellors Association (ACA) here is a list of eight questions that you could ask your counsellor to make sure they’re right for you. I’ve put my answers for you underneath each question.
If you choose a counsellor who is a member of a National Professional Body then you are assured that the counsellor meets the minimum industry standards. These standards include relevant education, experience, professional supervision and ongoing professional development.
If you would like to learn more about me, you can head on over to my website here.
Australian Counselling Association (2020) Code of Ethics and Practice of the association for counsellors in Australia. Retrieved from: https://www.theaca.net.au/documents/ACA%20Code%20of%20Ethics%20and%20Practice%20Ver15.pdf