How Counselling Directory has worked for me

Written by Mary Stack MBACP Senior Accredited Counsellor
25th January 2010

I first heard of Counselling Directory in October 2005 and I signed up the following month. I’m not someone who spends hours on internet searches but I remember being very impressed by the information given about various types of distress and different approaches to counselling. I thought ‘These people know what they're talking about’ as there are so many different ways of ‘doing counselling’ and it can be a minefield for an enquirer trying to find out what is right for them.

People might ask, ‘How easy is the service to use?’ For me, as a counsellor, I would say that the website does the work for me. The fact that I can write a personal profile and upgrade it instantly is a huge bonus because I think I can give quite an immediate impression of what it might be like to meet me in my consulting room.

Clients who come to me through Counselling Directory usually begin by saying something like ‘I liked what you said about yourself’. One client with whom I have been working for 18 months said she knew she wanted to work on trauma and eating disorders in the past but had difficulty finding someone who worked with both until she read my profile.

I have found it useful. Since May 2008 (when you added average visitor numbers to the statistics section of the Members Area), nearly every month I have received more than the average number of visitors, so I can monitor the efficiency of my profile. I find I have a steady flow of enquiries and have had an average of seven clients a year over the last three years who I know have come through the directory.

For me, as a counsellor, it is very helpful to have regular updates and suggestions from the team as to how to present oneself to maximum advantage. For me, this has meant adding that I have an interest in those who have had a boarding school education and also adding a photograph of myself. Without the reminders, I may not have thought to do this. I have also had the opportunity to publish an article and have been pleased with the prompt and helpful service.

I would certainly recommend the Counselling Directory to a friend – in fact, this has prompted me to do this today!

Thanks to the team for their drive and enthusiasm for this important function!

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