Counselling Designations

In B.C., the profession of counselling is not government regulated. Counsellors do not need a license to practice.

Counsellors are not accountable under a code of ethics unless they voluntarily belong to a professional association like the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors.

Our counsellors are recognized by the designation Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC)

When you see the RCC designation, you will know that the counsellor: 

1. is accountable for ethical practices under our standards of practice and code of ethics.

2. holds a minimum of a master’s degree or equivalent education.

3. has satisfied the clinical experience and supervision requirements that are part of our criteria for membership.

4. has submitted a clear criminal record check.

Choosing a Counsellor

When choosing a counsellor consider:

  • What counsellor designations are covered under your extended health plan.
  • The counsellor’s level of education and training
  • How long have they been practicing as a counsellor.
  • If there is a complaints process through their professional associations
  • If they practice under a code of ethics that is available for you to read.
  • If they have had formal complaints filed against them.
  • Their hourly fee
  • Their availability and if it works with your schedule.
  • Those recommended by a friend or colleague.
  • If they offer phone support or crisis intervention between sessions.

Finally, listen to your intuition when you conduct your interview and trust your first impressions.

If you would like to find a Registered Clinical Counsellor in your area, please proceed to our search tool: