I am often asked how do I pick a counsellor and what do I need to know? So hopefully I can answer some of the most commonly asked questions here.
Firstly you need to identify if this person qualified and is their qualification recognized?
Best advice is to ask when they qualified and where did they get their qualifications? How long are they practicing?
Another helpful question is what their approaches is, and are their specific areas they specialise in?
In Ireland, one of the bodies that govern this industry is the IACP. The IACP develops and “maintain professional standards of excellence in counselling and psychotherapy” Once a therapist is accredited you know they have been vetted, trained and are fully qualified to the IACP standards. Therapists who are pre accredited members are working on their hours for accreditation.
I believe it is important for your therapist to be a member of the I.A.C.P. or one of the other governing bodies and
adhere to their code of ethics this ensures that your therapist has received recognised training and is experienced.
What I prioritize and offer in core therapy is to assist, support and journey with you, in a professional, confidential and safe environment.
It is essential that you find a therapist who you are comfortable with, and whom you feel you can develop a good working
relationship with, I believe the relationship is key to the counselling process.
Most of all trust your gut instincts. Most therapists are used to answering these questions and will have no problem answering them.
You will have to also give it a bit of time, this is a new relationship for both.
Finally if the relationship is working, you’ll know it. If your therapist is helping you’ll know that too. Don’t stay with a therapist who is just helping you tread water. Find one who will help you swim!