I can do much at my office to help you feel better, but I also know and understand that there are others who might be able to help YOU exactly according to God’s plan for your healing.
If, after careful assessment (which may take one or more sessions), I believe that you need to be referred to a specialist in your particular area of concern, you will receive a list of providers from me that can meet your need specifically. I will not accept clients who I believe need more specialized care than I am equipped to provide, but I will help you find someone who will be a better fit.
This is how I want professionals to treat me when I go in for help and believe you deserve that kind of service!
~From ACA Code of Ethics
Sometimes even the best-laid counseling plans do not yield the results that counselors or clients desired. This can happen for a variety of reasons: a mismatch in personalities, the uncovering of a different need in treatment, a client not being actively engaged in counseling and so on. In such cases, counselors have an obligation to terminate counseling services rather than continue along an ineffective course. Counselors should make referrals to alternative treatment if clients’ goals have not been met or if clients might benefit from another modality or a higher level of care. When counselors encounter issues that they do not have training to treat, they need to assess their competence and determine the best course of action to benefit their clients. The ACA Code of Ethics states that counselors do not practice in areas in which they are not competent. All counselors should have basic competence to treat most presenting issues.