Somerset and Basingstoke Human Givens

Use this client checklist to ensure that you access safe, and effective psychotherapy and counselling

An Effective counsellor or psychotherapist:

· understands depression and how to lift it
· helps immediately with anxiety & trauma problems
· is prepared to give information and advice as needed
· will not use jargon or psychobabble
· will not tell you that counselling or psychotherapy has to be 'painful'
· will not unduly dwell on the past
· will be supportive when difficult feelings emerge
· will not encourage people to get emotional
· may assist you to develop your social skills
· will help you draw on your own resources
· will be considerate of the effects of counselling on the people close to you
· may teach you to relax deeply
· will help you think about your problems in new and more empowering ways
· uses a wide range of techniques as appropriate
· may ask you to do things between sessions
· will take as few sessions as possible
· will increase your self confidence and ensure you feel better after each session

* this list was prepared by the ethical committee of ETSI (The European Ethical Studies Institute)

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