Did you know that right now in BC anyone can call themselves a counsellor? It is currently an unregulated profession, which may put the client at risk. 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 RCC's 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. For more information please visit: https://bc-counsellors.org/find-a-counsellor/how-to-choose/
Finding a counsellor can be hard. So how do you choose the right one? You might want to start by doing some research about the counsellor's areas of practice, experience, and approach, to see if they align with your own counselling needs and goals. Look for a counsellor that you think you might like and can see yourself building a therapeutic relationship with. Maybe have a brief chat before booking your first session to get a better sense of the counsellor. Some counsellors offer a complimentary phone consult or meet and greet. It is important that the counsellor feels like a good fit for you, because it is within the therapeutic relationship that healing takes place.
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