The vast array of training, credentials, and professional designations is confusing in the counselling field. Each title represents different backgrounds including training and credentials. There are many more designations not listed. A comprehensive list of Canadian provincial and national counselling associations can be found on the the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association website.
Counselling is an unregulated profession, which means that a person can call themselves a counsellor without having had comprehensive training. There are many possible designations within the counselling field. It is important to check the credentials of a counsellor, such as education level and that they belong to a professional association.
Fully trained counsellors should have a Masters Degree and belong to a professional association. Because the profession is not regulated in British Columbia, when selecting a counsellor it is important to check the counsellor’s credentials to see that they are fully trained with post-secondary education at a Masters level.