How do I Choose a Counsellor? 

Ask the prospective counsellor the following questions:

What are your Credentials?
Professionals who provide counselling should have a minimum of a Masters degree earned at reputable or established university. Most counsellors are graduates of Social Work, Psychology, Education or Theology. Social Workers deliver more Counselling services - family, couple, group and individual counselling than any other group of professionals.

Are you a Registered Professional?
Professional counsellors are regulated by their College to provide counselling. Like lawyers, physicians and other professionals, a counsellor's registration guarantees you that he/she has sufficient education and training. If you should have a complaint about the counsellor's service, you have their professional college to which you can lodge a complaint. Serious complaints may lead to barring a counsellor from practicing.

How long have you been in practice?
Like all types of work, the length of professional experience gives you an idea about whether the counsellor has helped others with a problem like yours. Sometimes it may be useful to ask the counsellor whether they have a family if you are asking for help with yours. Life experience is often as good a teacher as professional experience.

What is your approach to helping couples, parents, people with……….extra-marital affairs, teen drug use, anger problems?
A professional counsellor should be able to explain what they do in a way that is free from jargon. He or she should help you understand whether their type of counselling is a good fit for what you are looking for.