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People are vulnerable when under duress. They seek counseling to reduce stress and resolve issues associated with troublesome events, conditions or problems. Their turmoil may have emotional, psychological and social consequences.
People generally trust that the counselor they will be seeing is reputable and appropriately trained. However, this is not always the case and some persons do not receive the counseling they require or worse yet, are harmed by the counseling experience.
People are advised to check out several counselors or therapists before choosing one. Like any service, the quality and integrity of the service provider can vary.
Persons seeking counseling are advised to ask at
least these 6 questions:
1. What are your credentials?
2. What is you training?
3. How long do you see people?
4. What is the fee?
5. Are you registered within your profession?
6. Has there ever been any complaints, charges or convictions against you?
A reasonable counselor should not only be able to answer these questions directly, but should actually appreciate them being asked.
Counseling is a good and reasonable approach to
dealing with or managing personal, marital, relationship or family
problems. Persons seeking counseling should remember though that they can
make choices with whom they choose to work and trust.
If you are at all uncomfortable or feel something is
odd, wrong or bad you are well advised to discontinue and discuss your
experience with at least your physician or whoever referred you.
Outright abusive, violent or sexual behaviour should be reported to the police and the licensing body that oversees the counselor.
Considering counseling? Choose wisely and use the
service to better your situation. While most people tend to keep the fact
that they have attended counseling private, many have benefited from the
experience having resolved troublesome issues that were interrupting their
Good and appropriate counseling can help.
Direnfeld, MSW, RSW
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