What is a Counsellor?

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What Should I be Looking for in a Counsellor?This is a trickier question than you might expect. In Canada (except for Quebec), the term “counsellor” has no legal regulation around it – no required education, registration or licensing. There is no professional governing body that determines whether individuals claiming to be counsellors meet a specific set of criteria that makes them “qualified” for the job. In addition, don’t be fooled by other terms like “psychotherapist” “therapist” and “life coach” as these essentially all fall into the same undefined category. This means that just about anyone can advertise themselves as a counsellor and it is the responsibility of the client to figure out whether the counsellor is the real deal or some nut job. While this is a big problem (and one that professional counsellors have been trying to have changed for over a decade), do not lose hope as there are a few ways to help yourself determine if a counsellor meets some of the criteria you have. Keep reading to find out how.

About the Author
Lindsay Faas

Lindsay Faas

Counsellor & Owner/Director of ThriveLife Counselling & Wellness. Find out more about her counselling work here.