Seeking Counselling

Jo Hughes - Registered and Accredited BACP Counsellor

Feeling Nervous about Finding a Counsellor?

You may be wondering:

You are not Alone

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.

What to do next if you would like to talk to Jo

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.

Please see About Me and About Counselling for more information on my core values and the way I work.

Finding a Qualified Counsellor

Buyer Beware!

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.

Check Your Counsellor Out

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.