Top 5 Tips for Finding a Counsellor

top-5-tips-img-1At various times in our lives, many of us may feel overwhelmed and may need help coping with our problems. We may need help dealing with feelings and problems that seem beyond our control — marriage problems, relationship problems, a family situation or dealing with losing a job. Sometimes we need outside help from a trained, licensed professional in order to work through these problems. Below are top 5 tips for finding a counsellor.

1) Recommendation from a friend
Recommendation from a friend who has attended a counsellor for a similar problem.

2) Recommendation from health professional
Recommendation of a doctor, public health nurse or other profession.

3) Accrediting body
Contact an accrediting body e.g. the National Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (NAPCP) or look at their website for a list of counsellors in your area.

4) Advertisement
An advertisement in a journal, newspaper, website.

5) Ask key questions
When you contact a counsellor ask him/her about:

  • Qualifications
  • Accreditation/supervision
  • Location
  • Their experience of dealing with similar issues e.g addiction, relationships etc.
  • Cost

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