Our expert says:
Highly commendable caution ! While not every properly registered and/or trained shrink might be listed in the Yellow Pages, those who are listed, as Psychiatrists or Psychologists, would be duly registered practtioners --- it is an offense for someone unqualified to pretend to be a psychologis or psychiatrist. So far as I can see, if they choose to describe themselves as a Counsellor, though, anything goes. Some are indeed trained and qualified, others have no qualifications beyond their own opinions.
Generally, it's a good idea to ask one's own GP ( or, also, to rely on the experiences of sensible friends, if they have such experience ) as the GP is likely to have referred people to several shrinks, and to know how well it worked out.
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