Written By: Albert Kwok, MEd, Registered Clinical Counsellor
Recently, I’ve had some new potential clients wanting to chat and see if we’d be a good fit for counselling.
These conversations typically offer a chance for you to ask any questions about your potential counsellor’s experience, qualifications, and more importantly, to see if you feel safe with them.
The most common question I get is, “What kind of counsellor are you?”. I resist my sarcasm, as I save that for when we get to know each other.
The question often comes from clients who are looking for a specific type of therapy such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), or other modalities that they’ve heard about. I’d like to answer their question this way:
Psychotherapy researcher, Dr. Michael Lambert identified the common factors for effective counselling are:
As you can see, the main points of effective counselling are the client’s willingness to change and the therapeutic relationship. A counsellor can help you find the strength and courage needed to make improvements in the things that brought you to find a counsellor in the first place.
In short, finding a good counsellor means finding someone that you can trust and talk to easily. The rest is up to you.
Contact Brentwood Counselling Centre today to see if we are a good fit for you.
For over 20 years, Brentwood Counselling Centre has been offering counselling and therapy services for individuals, couples, relationships, marriages, families, and groups, serving clients from Burnaby, Vancouver, North Vancouver, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Surrey, and beyond.
All therapists at Brentwood Counselling Centre have extensive education and training in their areas of practice. Furthermore, they are all registered for clinical practice in BC and adhere to the strictest ethical guidelines as set out by their corresponding governing body.
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