If you have made the proactive decision to seek drug addiction counselling on Harley street, chances are it is a process you would prefer to be as quick and simple as possible. Suffice to say, the very last thing you would want is to find yourself in a position where the counsellor you are working with isn’t suitable for you. The simple fact of the matter is that in such instances, you have every right to be every bit as selective and particular as you wish. After all, the support and assistance the counsellor provides will play a direct role in both your recovery process and the rest of your life in general.
Finding yourself back at square one having worked with the wrong counsellor is a scenario to avoid at all costs.
Which is precisely why it is a good idea to ask yourself a number of important questions in the earliest possible stages, in order to avoid such outcomes entirely. It’s difficult to know where to start when faced with a concept and process you are entirely unfamiliar with, but just as long as you consider the following questions, chances are you’ll make a positive decision:
How comfortable do you feel with this particular counsellor?
It is of the utmost importance for there to be a clear sense of trust between the client and the counsellor, in order for their help and advice to be effective. The simple fact is that if you do not feel 100% comfortable with the counsellor you work with, you’ll find it almost impossible to have any real faith or confidence in what they say. There are no specific measures when it comes to things like trust and the way you ‘click’ with your chosen counsellor. It all comes down to you and the way you feel during counselling sessions. If for any reason you feel uncomfortable and therefore cannot open up, it may be advisable to seek a new counsellor.
Do they display consummate professionalism at all times?
Flawless professionalism really is the only acceptable standard you should expect when working with any kind of counsellor for any reason. Nevertheless, there will always be those for whom everything seems to be that little bit too casual and perhaps even inconsequential. In addition, it is equally important for the counsellor to display genuine confidence and conviction in what they do at all times, as a means by which to demonstrate that they genuinely believe in what they are talking about. Once again, it all comes back to trust and exactly how much confidence you can have in the counsellor you choose to work with.
Does the specialism match your needs?
Just as is the case with all professionals working in healthcare capacities, specialisms between different counsellors differ enormously. Just as some will have earned extraordinary reputations for helping those with gambling addictions, others may focus on sex addiction or drug addiction. There will always be those who are extremely competent in multiple areas, but is nonetheless important to ensure that the counsellor you choose has an appropriate background and track record, in accordance with your needs.
Have you assessed their experience and qualifications?
While it’s true to say that qualifications and experience don’t necessarily confirm the competence of any given counsellor, it is still a good idea to carry out a few background checks. Generally speaking, if you were to approach a highly qualified and competent therapist with this particular question, they would not hesitate to put your mind at rest with examples of their accomplishments. You may find the information you require on their website, but it’s also a good idea to ask them in person before getting started. In terms of experience in particular, the longer they have been successfully doing what they do, the better.
Do you genuinely feel like the counsellor’s number one priority?
Last up, it is the duty and responsibility of every professional counsellor to ensure that each and every one of their clients is given their full and undivided attention during every meeting. While it is comparatively rare to come across a counsellor that seems entirely distracted or uninterested during meetings, it certainly does happen. And when it does, you immediately get the sense that they have more important things on their minds than you and the problems you are looking to address, meaning it is unlikely you will have any real confidence or faith in them. If you do not feel as if you are the only priority of the counsellor during your meetings, you might want to think about looking elsewhere.