When choosing a Counsellor for the first time there may be uncertainty regarding the counselling process and what to expect from counselling.
To get you started Julie has provided ten questions you may wish to ask:
- Does the Counsellor have a current DBS Check (formally CRB Check)?
- What counselling approach does the Counsellor use?
- What qualifications and experience does the Counsellor have?
- Does the Counsellor receive regular counselling supervision?
- Is the Counsellor a member of a regulating body?
- Where the Counselling sessions will take place?
- Does the Counsellor offer a face to face consultation?
- What are the terms of confidentiality?
- Does the Counsellor keep records?
- How much are the fees for each session?
Generally speaking, a Counsellor will be happy to answer any questions you may have and provide as much information about the counselling process as possible.
Choose a Counsellor belonging to a Counselling Register approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care . Counsellors are required to meet high standards before being accepted on the register.
Finally, research has shown the Client and Counsellor relationship is significant for successful therapeutic change to occur. Therefore, it is important for you to choose a Counsellor you feel is right for you.
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