Finding a counsellor can be hard. So how do you choose the right one?
You can start by finding out about the counsellor's areas of practice, experience, and approach to make sure they align with your counselling needs and goals.
You may be able to book a complimentary phone consult before the first session, so that you can get a better sense of the counsellor and be sure that they feel like a good fit for you.
You should also check the counsellor's credentials, to make sure they belong to a regulatory body (like the BCACC), and are accepted by your health insurance.
Did you know that in BC Counselling/Psychotherapy is currently not regulated under the Health Professions Act (HPA) nor the soon to be legislated Health Professions and Occupations Act (HPOA)?
That's why it's important to make sure the counsellor you choose has the right credentials. Being a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) means the counsellor is voluntarily registered with, and held accountable by, the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). All practicing RCCs have successfully fulfilled requirements of education, supervision and clinical experience to the satisfaction of the BCACC, must be fully insured, and practice according to an ethical code of conduct and standards of practice. The BCACC will continue to regulate its RCCs until such time as they are regulated under the new Health Professions and Occupations Act (HPOA).
For more information please visit: https://bcacc.ca/regulation/
Dr. Steven Porges
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