Change, growth and personal development are necessary to life. For fulfillment to happen, need for change must move beyond easy wish. The act of looking for help to enhance yourself implies both a willingness to change and the power to do so.
Most people seek counselling at that time of need. Invariably when you search the counselling section of any directory you find a long list of names. Folk frequently ask the right way to choose a consultant that closely fits their situation.
To help in this endeavour we have provided guiding principles so you feel more confident about choosing a counsellor. When you ultimately make the call, you have to know what to look for and the kinds of questions to ask.
Qualifications: It would seem obvious but they must know what they are doing. You want them to be qualified for the issues you want to work on. Few people ask the qualifications of their counsellor or perhaps know whether the qualifications they have are applicable. Your counsellor must have completed an applicable university undergraduate degree. Many courses need up to four years training such as the Social Work Degree and Psychology Degree or a Masters in Counselling.
Experience: The amount of years of experience counts in counselling just like it does in a number of other professions. The length of training and experience reflects the age group of counsellors that may have life experience of their own to draw on. Ask the age of your counselor.
Gender: Unless you have an especially strong view on this, the gender doesn’t always matter. The most significant issue is the rapport that develops with both the counsellor and you. This can occur over the initial few sessions making the gender of the counsellor a non-issue.
Organisation or Independent: Are they an sole practitioner, or are they supported within an organisation? The independent consultant is just that, determining their own measure of liability. A benefit of an organisation is the formal process of professional supervision and accountability for the specialist.
Services: Look at the counsellor or organisation’s Website and read thru the data on offer. The Site will give you an impression of the service ideals and principles. Look at their Vision and Core Value statements. Is it something that you feel okay with? The service you contact should be well placed to offer appointments during the day, in the evening and possibly on Weekends to offer you flexibility.
Where: Find a location that suits, but don’t be put off by travel. Distance can too quickly be used to stop making an appointment. Remember it is not a daily event.
Cost: Here your financial affairs may place a natural restriction on price. Weighing out your investment in counselling against other expenses can make it seem less expensive.
Taking time to make the correct choice is essential knowing you can entrust your future to a caring and competent professional is critical.