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The Counsellor’s Personality and Ideology

Posted by: Maritza Rodriguez on June 20, 2011 3:20 pm

An important matter to consider when choosing a counsellor or psychotherapist is how the professional relates to his or her client(s). Every person’s personality is different and how they manage situations, challenges and blocks that come up in therapy can range significantly. Since the foundation of counselling is based on the therapeutic relationship, this is a major factor to consider.

First, take into account your needs as a client. Here are some questions to consider. Do you need mainly a listening ear with some gentle guidance? Or are you in a place in your life where you are looking for direct feedback? What is your philosophy regarding life, spirituality and relationships? Are you open-minded regarding relationships? Is pre-marital sex and living together acceptable or not? Are you conservatively religious or into new age philosophy?

Each counsellor should ideally be non-judgmental but reality dictates that the professional is still a human being and can at times be biased toward their own beliefs and outlook of life. Most of these issues should be addressed either during an interview before choosing your counsellor or during the first session. It is important as a client to ask questions regarding their style of treatment and their directness and to judge if that approach is suitable for your personality. It should be noted that it is not appropriate for the psychotherapist to delve deeply into their own personal life but a general sharing of beliefs that are significant to them and can influence their interaction with you as a client should be duly noted.

Once these matters have been investigated and you have chosen a compatible counsellor or psychotherapist, a solid therapeutic relationship based on trust and mutual respect can be been established. What follows is a connection with another to assist you to maneuver through life’s challenges and learning opportunities. The outcome can result in changes and insights that can be mind blowing and positively life altering.

*The views expressed by our authors are personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCPA

Where To Start When Looking For A Counsellor

Posted by: Maritza Rodriguez on April 15, 2011 9:52 am

Finding the right counsellor or psychotherapist can be a daunting chore. What criteria are important when choosing through the extensive list of professionals that call themselves counsellors? First, a counsellor’s level of education is the first standard to investigate. A professional counsellor should have a minimum of a Master’s Degree. It can be a Master in Arts or a Master in Education, depending on the focus of their curriculum when they were at university. Why is a graduate degree important when looking for a qualified counsellor? The graduate program prepares the psychotherapist with a foundation of knowledge and skills that enables him or her to provide appropriate treatment and to establish a therapeutic relationship that is the catalyst for change. Additionally, each counseling student goes through a practicum in which they learn and actually counsel under the supervision of a qualified mentor. This internship is essential in implementing the skills and knowledge acquired and actually learning the art and science behind counseling. Valuable feedback and critique that is received during this practical experience is the cornerstone toward preparing a qualified psychotherapist.

Another helpful factor in choosing a counsellor is to find out if they are a Canadian Certified Counsellor and have the credentials CCC after their name. The certification ensures that the professional organization, Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, has thoroughly screened the education and background of the professional and they meet the minimum standards as a qualified counsellor. It also means that the counsellor must follow an established code of ethics, continue their education to stay current with new research findings and scholarly practices and adhere to a professional standard of conduct. These standards of professionalism in the field are a good starting point.

*The views expressed by our authors are personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCPA