Jo Hughes - Registered and Accredited BACP Counsellor
You may be wondering:
I had counselling during my training and so I identify with a feeling of hesitancy about approaching a counsellor. I hope that you will find me understanding if you do decide to contact me. I have found that many clients feel anxiety about counselling:
Feelings such as these are probably more common than you imagine and are issues in themselves that we can work on. We can explore them together in our opening session and you can then decide whether or not you wish to continue to work with me.
If you think you would like to try counselling with me, please contact me for more information. If you would like to meet me we will arrange a mutually convenient first session. We will explore how to work together and you will have a chance to share your concerns.
Through this process you will begin to know whether you feel comfortable with me. You then may like to make another appointment or have time to think about it and perhaps meet other counsellors. I want you to feel that you are choosing the best person for you and respect your right to make your own decision.
Counselling is not a regulated industry. This means anyone can call themselves a counsellor and open a practice even if they are untrained. To protect yourself check out your counsellor's qualifications - an ethical counsellor will not object to you asking.
At the very minimum they should have an Advanced Diploma in Counselling. See About Me for my qualifications.
A further way to ensure that you are obtaining a qualified counsellor is to check that they are members of a professional organisation:
These organisations require their members to be:
There will be a complaints procedure for clients with grievances (e.g. BACP complaints).
Jo is a member of BACP.