"We know what we are but not what we may be"
~Ophelia, in Shakespeare's Hamlet
Counselling provides the space for you to decide who you want to be, and how you'll make it happen.
Registered Clinical Counsellors (RCC)
The RCC designation is only granted to mental health professionals who have at least a masters level of education, have undergone rigorous training and supervision requirements, and who are personally recommended by both supervisors and colleagues.
In British Columbia, the RCC designation has the most stringent registration standards for mental health counsellors. Please see the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors website for specific details on criteria for membership.
How to Choose a Counsellor
When you look for a counsellor, you are seeking someone to provide mental health services to you-- therefore, it is important that you interview potential counselors and investigate their credentials just as you would any other professional that you were considering hiring to provide a service.
A "good fit" is a person who you find both competent and professional, but also feel a personal connection to. You will be spending many long, and sometimes difficult hours together, so it is important that you feel comfortable and at ease with your therapist.
Canadian Mental Health Association
Kids & Teens