I am a Client and These Are My Rights

In most developed countries, counsellors are bound by very strict ethical and professional guidelines for their practice of counselling. Every counsellor, upon completing the necessary training requirements, is given a license which can be terminated if the counsellor is found to be violating any of the codes of conduct, depending upon the severity of the misconduct.

In the Indian context, the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) is the statutory body that supervises the work of Clinical Psychologists, but Counselling Psychologists are not yet under the purview of the RCI. In the coming few years, licensing for counsellors in India will take shape, but until then, most of the training courses in the country refer to the American Counselling Association’s ethical guidelines when it comes to practicing counselling.

As a client, especially if it is the first visit to the counsellor, it can get very confusing when it comes to what to expect in the session. We would like to identify 3 rights that every client has in the counselling room.

1. Right to Privacy and Confidentiality

If you accept to work with a counsellor, the counsellor is obligated to keep every conversation that takes place between you and your counsellor, confidential. This is one of the most important aspects of the Counselling profession; it gives you the trust and confidence to share your innermost thoughts with your counsellor. Regardless of the kind of counsellor that you decide to work with or the fees that you are paying, your information is confidential to the greatest extent that is permitted by law. You also have the right to be explicitly informed the circumstances under which the confidentiality can be breached. Make sure that you discuss this with your counsellor on your first meeting. All our counsellors at RISE are chosen carefully to ensure your privacy and confidentiality.

2. Right to Know your Counsellor

As a client, it is your right to know your counsellor’s education and experiential background. Additionally, you also have the right to know whether the counsellor is under supervision. Counsellors who are serious about their clients’ as well as their own wellbeing (at least) have a peer-supervisor. Contrary to common belief, supervision in counselling is an added advantage for the client as well as the counsellor. At RISE, our screening process ensures that we only collaborate with counsellors who are under supervision.

3. Right to Request Termination of Counselling

As a client, if you are not completely satisfied with the work that you are doing with your counsellor, you have the right to give your honest feedback to your counsellor; you also have the right to request that you end the counselling relationship with your counsellor. As a client, it is sometimes difficult to be open about the feedback, but an effective counsellor will not only welcome it but also encourage it. RISE is always available in case you are unhappy with your counsellor.

So, now that you know the rights that you are entitled to, we hope you are able to find more meaning in the relationship that you share with your counsellor. If you are looking for a counsellor, visit our site today and explore from a range of some of the best counsellors.

Together, let us RISE.

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