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What To look For If You Want To Find A Counsellor
By Health Coach ⋅ September 25, 2012 ⋅ Post a comment
If you want to engage the services of a counsellor or therapist (and it is your choice, no one can press this decision on you) then there are several questions you should ask to determine whether they are appropriate for your circumstances. First, what should you expect from a counsellor? The role of a counsellor is to help you with the life choices you have to make using psychotherapeutic techniques, but not to make those choices for you. For this reason, you want to be certain that the approach the counsellor uses is sympathetic to your aims and this is not necessarily the same thing as their being sympathetic to yourself.
A common feeling amongst those seeking counselling is that they are being carried along by events and that their experience of life is reactive, not pro-active. They feel that they lack influence or purpose. A counsellor will aim to restore a sense of purpose to the counselee and ameliorate their decision-making faculties, but they are not there to make decisions for you – evidently, as this would defeat their purpose.
So what sort of questions should you ask a counsellor? Every counsellor should be able to discuss their methods and approach and you should certainly be able to discuss this over the phone with them before deciding whether to continue.
First you should find out their qualifications and accreditations to ensure they have the necessary academic qualities and recognised standards behind their approach. You would expect to see some form of qualification such as a degree or certificate, and registration with a professional body is usual.
Next you should find out what their specific experience is with your particular situation. Is the outcome you want something that they have helped others with? Do they have any specialisation such as working with families, or alcohol dependency, or bereavement? Ask the counsellor the types of problems they usually cater for, and how they usually work (face to face sessions, phone calls, long term treatments?).
Don’t be afraid to ask more about the counsellor’s personal interest in these matters – as important as anything else is the trust you place in this person, as you will be expected to share a great deal of personal information with them and above all else you must be comfortable with that for therapy to work. A counsellor should be happy to discuss their own views, approaches, ethics and motivations in the same spirit. If a counsellor can answer these questions to your satisfaction and you feel you could put your confidence in them then it may be time for you to take the next step.
John Majewski has benefitted from therapy treatment which enabled him to awaken the creativity he thought he had lost. He wrote this article on how to find a counsellor after a suggestion by www.findmeatherapist.org .
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