How to get the best from your counselling sessions

Claire McCluskey
M.Sc. B.A. Relate Cert C.C.
Registered Counsellor BACP & UKRC

Coast Road, Rhyl, LL18 3PL
07551 529 386

How to get the Best from Counselling

The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy is my Professional Counselling body and I work within their Ethical Framework for Good Practice (which can be found on the website).

The BACP also describe how what to do if you are dissatisfied with counselling.

To summarise they "recommend you:

They go on to explain how uncomfortable feelings are normal and that therapy is not always a comfortable process and with any process things can go wrong."

The BACP advise that "you:

A counsellor normally does regular reviews to give you the opportunity to give regular feedback during sessions about what aspects of the therapy have been helpful and what have not. This can help issues to be dealt with when they arise.

You have the right to look for another therapist. If you are working with a therapist in private practice then you can simply approach another therapist."

"What can you do if you are dissatisfied?

(Taken from How to Get the Best form your Therapist T Roxburgh, BACP C1 Information sheet)

  1. Try to talk to the therapist and the response has been unhelpful, or you have serious issues about your therapist's competence, you need to decide what to do.
  2. Ask yourself what you want.
    • It may be that you want an apology, an acknowledgement of what happened and an undertaking that it won't happen again.
    • You may simply want an explanation about why something happened.
  3. Put your concern in writing, explaining the outcome that you would like, and allow the therapist time to respond.

You may receive an explanation or an apology, either of which may satisfy you and enable therapy to continue.

If you are not satisfied by the response, you can contact the Professional Conduct Department of BACP which deals with complaints against its members.

Clients who have been on the receiving end of malpractice or misconduct by therapists, or conduct that brings the profession into disrepute, are encouraged to use the Professional Conduct Procedure which can be found at the end of the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy (2007:9)."

Taken from BACP Information Sheet. C1 How to get the best out of Your Therapist, Tessa Roxburgh, (2008)