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What points should I consider to make sure that my counsellor is well-qualified and fit for practice?

I respect that it may seem daunting to find the right person to help you, at a time when you may be feeling vulnerable, uncertain or upset. It is important that you feel comfortable with your counsellor, so that you can make a good start on building a working alliance, and working on your concerns.

To make sure that you find the right counsellor, you could consider the following points:

  • Membership of professional association
  • Registration and accreditation
  • Qualifications and experience
  • Theoretical model used

You can find out more about what these terms mean by reading on through this page and the other pages on this website.

In addition, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) has created a website to give you further information about how to choose a therapist. You can visit this website at www.itsgoodtotalk.org.uk (this will open in a new tab or new window on your internet browser).

The BACP has also produced a useful information sheet which can be downloaded free from their “It’s Good to Talk” website: How do I choose a therapist? (which will open in a new tab or new window on your browser).

How do I choose the right counsellor for me?

To ensure that you receive the highest standards of care, I recommend that you seek a counsellor who is a member of a recognised professional association, such as the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) or British Psychological Society (BPS).

The BACP has set up a register of approved counsellors, so you should check that the counsellor has signed up to that register. You can check that a counsellor is on the register by visiting www.bacpregister.org.uk (this will open in a new tab or new window on your browser).

In addition, if the counsellor has BACP-accredited status, then that shows that the counsellor has been assessed by the BACP as having a high level of professional knowledge and ability.

When you first speak to the counsellor, you can also ask about the counsellor’s qualifications and experience, and check that their qualifications are from recognised training organisations.

You can also check what theoretical model is used by the therapist, in order to ensure that this model is suited to the counselling work that you wish to do.

You can find further information about theoretical models on the BACP’s “It’s Good to Talk” website www.itsgoodtotalk.org.uk/what-is-therapy/types-of-therapy (this will open in a new tab or new window on your browser).

You will find me listed on directories of counsellors, such as Damien’s page on BACP Find a Therapist, and Damien’s page on Counselling-Directory (these links will open in a new tab or new window on your browser). These sites check the qualifications, membership and registration of their therapists so as to ensure that you select from qualified, registered therapists.

Where can I get independent advice on how to pick the right counsellor for me?

The BACP has created a website to give you further information about how to choose a therapist. You can visit this website at www.itsgoodtotalk.org.uk

The BACP has also created a number of helpful information sheets which can be downloaded free from their websites.

The information sheet What do counsellors and psychotherapists do? (which will open in a new tab or new window on your browser) will give you further information about how therapists should behave and what they should avoid doing, in order to provide the best care for you.

The information sheet How to get the best out of your therapist (which will open in a new tab or new window on your browser) will give you further information about to maximise your potential to benefit from counselling.


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Posted: 27 September 2016.

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