Updated: Jul 24, 2020
Occasionally a prospective client challenges me with the question “so why should I see you for counselling and not someone else listed on the x or y directory?”
Instead of being offended, I seize the opportunity to explain that to be fair, not all counsellors are equal.
I emphasise that I have a long track record of working in this community as a counsellor. I have worked from the same address for over 14 years. A lot of my clients come from word of mouth referrals from happy ex-clients. Some of my clients are referred to me by medical doctors (including specialists) and allied health professionals.
Not all counsellors have postgraduate academic degrees and are committed to ongoing learning. I have a masters degree in social work. I’m committed to being a lifelong learner: all things being equal, I’m going to be doing another advanced training course later this year.
Some counsellors see all clients as being all the same. I believe each client is unique and has their own personal resources and experiences that need to be honoured and expanded upon for healing and personal transformation.
Not all counsellors are equal.