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Other therapists have not been able to help me. How do I know that you can?

Therapists can help clients create great, positive change in their lives if there is a good connection between them. Because effective counselling involves a strong working alliance and this relationship doesn’t always form, you might not have had success with other therapists.

A working alliance means the client and the therapist have developed a relationship of trust and collaboration; a kind of ‘chemistry’ with each other. If this chemistry doesn’t develop by the second session, or third at the very latest, and we have tried our best to nurture a better connection, it’s my belief that our working alliance might not happen, but this doesn’t reflect badly on the client or the therapist.

A good connection can set the stage for long-lasting, positive change. I encourage you to keep looking to find a therapist with whom you have this connection. Knowing what to look for in a therapist and accessing directories can help in this search.

There are national and provincial designations that indicate a therapist has earned certain levels of education and experience. One national designation is ‘Canadian Certified Counsellor,’ or ‘CCC,’ placed after the therapist’s name. It indicates the therapist belongs to the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. A Nova Scotian designation is ‘Registered Counselling Therapist’ (RCT) or ‘Registered Counselling Therapist-Candidate’ (RCT-C), indicating the therapist belongs to the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists.

Searchable directories are available: Canadian Certified Counsellors and Registered Counselling Therapists.