Choosing a Counsellor
Counselling provides hope, insight, information and consistent love and support as you journey on your healing process.
Counsellors often look at issues from a different perspective which can assist people and be a powerful catalyst for healing or change.
When you are looking for a Counsellor, it is helpful to take the attitude that you are a consumer making an informed choice about the person you're hiring to work. Even though you're seeking counselling to fill an emotional need, you are still paying for the service.
Being a consumer gives you certain rights:
- the right to determine the qualities you want in your Counsellor
- the right to be heard, believed and treated with respect
- the right to be satisfied by the services you're receiving
- the right to freely discuss any problems that arise in counselling with your Counsellor
- the right to end a counselling relationship that isn't working for you
It is good to think about the characteristics you are looking for in a Counsellor prior to making enquiries so you have an idea of who you can work with.
There are certain basic things that are necessary in a Counsellor.
You should make sure your prospective Counsellor:
- Never minimises your experience or the pain it's caused you
- Explains the boundaries of confidentiality
- Is willing to hear your experiences/stories
- Keeps the focus on you, not the other person you are talking about
- Doesn't push reconciliation or forgiveness
- Doesn't talk about his or her personal problems
- Fully respects your feeling (grief, anger, rage, etc.)
- Manages your therapy in a professional manner
- Encourages you to build a support system outside of counselling
Along with this, it is important to ask any questions that would help you with you your counselling sessions.
Adelpha Care Counsellors are affiliated to a professional body e.g NZ Association of Counsellors, NZ Christian Counsellors Association and Drug and Alcohol Practitioners Association of NZ and regular supervision with a professional supervisor.
Should you have a concern or a complaint about your Counsellor or your counselling here at Adelpha Care, please contact the Practice Manager who will point you in the right direction.