Information sheet for finding a counsellor
What is it that you have to pay attention to if you are looking for a specialist?
You find a counsellor by recommendations from people you know or on the lists of members of professional organizations. Please, pay attention to the special areas of specialization and the qualifications of the counsellors.
- have completed a certified counselling training course: at least 600 hours of training, recognized by e.g. the SGfB
- are members of a counselling association that requires continuous further training, supervision and the observation of professional ethical principles
- have great life experience
Arrange a first non-binding appointment for a counselling session. That will allow you to explain your situation and your concerns. It also allows you to get to know each other.
Find out if you feel free to talk about what is important to you during this first session. Do you feel taken seriously and understood? Then take some time to think it over.
The counselling process should give you relief and support you in finding your own solutions for your concerns and your situation. Do you feel that this is possible with this counsellor?
Beware of unrealistic success promises. As a rule, counselling implies a jointly agreed number of hours. At any time you can feel free to end the counselling process.
Persons looking for advice can find a list of SGfB counsellors here .