It will always be difficult to accept and acknowledge the fact that a problem you’re facing should be brought to the attention of the professionals. It’s fair to say that largely every person lives their life believing that the services of counsellors exist for others, rather than themselves. Nevertheless, it’s impossible to predict what is around the corner and you therefore never know when and where you yourself may need to speak to a qualified professional.
Given the fact that it can be a daunting prospect to say the least, the very last thing anyone wants is to make the wrong decision by way of their chosen counsellor. There may be literally thousands of professionals available, but this does not for one minute mean that all are practicing at the same high level. Not only this, but your own attitude and approach to the selection process and the sessions that follow can and will have a huge influence on exactly how successful the counselling provided is.
So should you find yourself in a position where the services of a counsellor are needed, be sure to avoid the following five mistakes which have the very real potential to compromise quality and value:
1 – Not Considering Their Specialism
First and foremost, it’s a good idea to bear in mind the fact that largely every single counsellor currently in business will have their own very specific area of expertise. Some may focus on substance abuse, others may be leaders in the field of sex addiction and there are those who focus on gambling addiction and so on. It’s perfectly possible to come across a service provider with experience in multiple fields, but it is nonetheless essential to ensure that they have experience in your required field. You cannot simply make the assumption that they will be a leading expert in the subjects you require – you have to make the necessary checks and evaluations for yourself.
2 – Overlooking Feedback
These days, getting a good idea as to how any given counsellor performs when put into action really couldn’t be easier. All you need to do is look for evidence online by way of feedback, which you will you find on their own website or by way of a quick web search. Regardless of who they are and what it is they do, it is absolutely guaranteed that you will be able to find out what their prior clients have to say about them. It is inevitable that there will be the occasional negative entry from a client not entirely satisfied with the service they received. However, if what you find is predominantly positive, this almost certainly represents a step in the right direction.
3 – Expecting Too Much
When it comes to your own approach and attitude, it is imperative to remember that overnight results are 100% impossible when it comes to every form of counselling. Not only this, but it is also fundamentally impossible for any given counsellor to tell you exactly how long they expect the treatment process to take or what kinds of results you can expect and when. The reason being that it isn’t until the sessions have been started that these kinds of projections can be made. Which in turn means that if you ask the wrong questions and have unrealistic expectations from the get go, chances are this will only stand to harm the overall outcome. If you set yourself up for disappointment, that is exactly what you will receive.
4 – Ignoring General Compatibility
In order for your counselling program to stand any chance whatsoever of succeeding, you need to think carefully about your general compatibility with the service provider. It sounds rudimentary, but the simple fact of the matter is that if you cannot get on with them and do not ‘click’ for any reason whatsoever, it will be almost impossible for you to respect, trust, acknowledge and act upon their advice. Even if they have all the experience and credentials in the world, this really doesn’t make any difference if they turn out to be the kind of person you simply cannot get on with. If your gut tells you this isn’t the counsellor for you, then this isn’t the counsellor for you.
5 – Prioritising Price
And finally, affordability will always play a role in determining which counselling services are realistically available to you. But at the same time, price does not necessarily have any reflection whatsoever on the quality of service you can expect. Generally speaking, you cannot and will not be provided with the most extraordinary counselling available if you only pay pennies. But at the same time, paying a small fortune in no way guarantees outstanding counselling services. What you should be focusing on instead is value for money – the quality of the service provided in conjunction with its costs.