Looking for a counsellor, counselling agency or counselling supervisor in Suffolk?

The Directory published by the Suffolk Association for Counselling provides detailed information about individuals and organisations that provide counselling, or use counselling skills, in Suffolk. It also contains the names of people who offer counselling supervision.

Choosing a counsellor can be a confusing process and we have provided information on terms and phrases used and guidelines for prospective clients on what to look for when selecting a counsellor.

There is also a list of abbreviations giving details of all abbreviations used in the Directory

The SAC is conscious of the need to make every effort to provide accurate information about the practice of both organisations and individuals to allow clients and professionals to make informed choices when seeking a counsellor or agency. To this end evidence of public liability insurance and membership of a recognised professional body are required.

Membership of a recognised professional body means that the counsellor or organisation can be held to account for their practice and are covered by a complaints procedure. We have listed the recognised national associations and given details of their published aims.

We make every effort to ensure that entries in the Directory are accurate, however it would be very useful to be informed of any information that you find is misrepresented, inaccurate or unhelpful. This will give us an opportunity to improve quality and be confident that the information we provide is as useful as possible.

Please note that the Suffolk Association for Counselling is not, in itself, a professional body.  If you have cause to complain about any of the counsellors who belong to the Association, please take up that complaint through the professional body with whom they are registered.

Counselling Training Courses
All counsellors in the Directory have completed a recognised training. Some may have completed many different types of training, others may have completed one training course.  BACP has a list of current recognised courses, and has developed guidelines and criteria for in-depth courses (one year full-time, two or three years part-time).
There are many other training courses in the UK that offer a variety of models and skills training.  Counsellors make a commitment to Continued Professional Development. This is referred to as ‘CPD’ in the Directory’s listing information for counsellors.
Accreditation of Counsellors
Several organisations have an accreditation scheme.  Not all counsellors are accredited and, at present, there is no requirement to be accredited in order to practice.  Professional standards are maintained through supervision, good quality training, carefully building experience and observing a code of ethics.
The main purpose of supervision is to ensure that the counsellor is addressing the needs of the client.  Supervision can be with individual supervisors or in groups and is a fundamental requirement of most codes of ethics.  Material taken to a supervisor about a client is anonymous and confidential.