Professional and Accessible Counselling Services for Huntsville, Muskoka & surrounding communities

69 West Rd, Huntsville, ON., P1H 1L4.           louise@huntsvillecounselling.com.         (705) 380 1202

Choosing a Therapist

Choosing a Therapist

 

How do you know if your therapist is right for you? 

Choosing the right therapist can be a daunting task. How do you know if someone is a good fit or will share your values or vision? I have put together some points for you to consider in choosing the right therapist for you.

    • Check Qualifications. These days it is considered a minimum to have a Masters in Counselling Psychology, Psychology or Social Work to offer psychotherapy.  You wouldn’t go to a doctor who didn’t have the minimum qualifications so please be mindful of trusting your mental health with someone who doesn’t either.
    • Registration with the College of Psychotherapists. This is a new college brought in to help regulate the profession.  If a counsellor is not willing or able to register with the college, you might want to ask why and choose someone who is registered.
    • Match of Values. Ensure you are inline with your counsellor’s values.  For example, there are some very good counsellors out there who hold a Masters of Divinity and offer more pastoral counselling if that is important to you.
    • Feeling Comfortable. It is essential that you feel as comfortable and relaxed with a person as you can in order for you to get the most out of your counselling sessions.  Ask if you can meet your counsellor first or at least speak to them over the phone so you can get a feel of whether you click.

    • Does your therapist have some sort of direction or treatment plan for you? If you are just going and chatting each week, how much will you get out of your therapy?  Setting goals together and  working toward them will usually achieve a lot more than talk therapy alone.

So don’t be afraid to ask questions.  Finding the right therapist is a very personal choice and the only way to make an informed decision is to ask!