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How to find a counsellor that suits you

“I think I would like to start counselling, but I am not sure if I need it? What are the important things I need to consider? How do I know I am making the right choice? Who would be a good counsellor for me? I will be opening my heart to this person and I need to know I can trust him/her. I need to find the best counsellor for me to help me move forward with my life.”

There are some points that you may wish to consider when thinking about starting counselling:

  • Evaluate the services offered by a number of different counsellors so you can make the best decision to suit you: what are their methods of working with their clients? What are their fees? Will the counselling service be covered by your insurance? How long does the estimated process last for?
  • Ensure you ask about the counsellor’s credentials, qualifications and experience. Check if they are affiliated to a professional body. For example, I am a member of the NIP (Dutch Association of Psychologists) and I make it clear on my website. It is important to know which ethical guidelines each counsellor follows.
  • Browse every single page of a counsellor’s website in order to get a clear picture of who they are, what their philosophy is and how you can benefit from the services they offer.
  • A good counsellor listens carefully to you, with empathy, and without making any judgement.  He/She should exercise  self-control, patience and acceptance. The counsellor’s primary responsibility is to make you feel comfortable so that you feel free to express yourself, in a safe place and by building a rapport with you. This will eventually help you to move forward.
  • If you are at a point in your life where you don’t know where to go, what to do or what is important to you anymore, then working with a counsellor will help you. If you are unsure of what you would like to work on, then this can be the starting point for discussion. You can talk about your strengths and areas you would like to improve, helping you to identify a meaningful path for you to follow – once you identify, you can rectify.
  • You can ask the counsellor if they offer a get acquainted chat so you can speak to them  under no obligation. You can then make a decision about whether to go ahead with them or not.  Expat Nest offers a 15-minute get acquainted chat: simply click here and leave your message and we will get straight back to you.
  • How you feel about your counsellor is of primary importance. After the first session, ask yourself: “Do I feel comfortable telling him/her about my life? Do I like and  trust  my counsellor?”

If you are at a point in your life where you would like to give counselling a try then Expat Nest offers online counselling services. You can choose from a 30-minute or a 60-minute session, in the comfort of your own home or environment. Remember, Expat Nest’s online counselling is just a click away. Are you ready to give it a try?

Now, I would love to hear from you. What do you think are important qualities in a counsellor? What would you look for? Please leave a comment below.

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© Vivian Chiona

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