Chosing a therapist

Counsellors and psychotherapist may be trained in very different ways.  This means that the tools they use in counselling may vary from one type of theory to another. Nearly all the different theoretical frameworks have powerful and useful elements, that allow the therapist to engage and work successfully with the client on the issues they bring.  Most  clients are unaware of the intricacies of the counselling theories.....and that is fine, as they all have their unique benefits.
Some counsellors like myself work within a selections of theoretical frameworks and therefore tend to use whatever is appropriate for the client.
It is very important ...that you trust the therapist you chose so that the work you do together feels as safe and as comfortable as possible. Very often a client will experience deep and meaningful insight and be exploring painful topics which could bring about some difficult feelings.
The therapy is much more successful if client experiences the therapist as a safe, genuine and absolutely confidential facilitator for the work they will do together.
The qualities of the therapist you chose should allow you to find real genuine support for the changes that may need to be made in your life. One way of ensuring you make the best choice possible is to work with someone who is recommended to you. If you are not able to come in to counselling or coaching via this route then testimonials will be able to give you some idea of the benefit of choosing this particular therapist as the client demonstrates  the way in which the therapy has impacted on their life...this is a good place to start!
All the testimonial on this site are genuine and you are welcome to review them in person with the identity of the client withheld.
Another way of finding a well qualified and experienced therapist is to search on the BACP website. The British Association of Counselling  and Psychotherapy only register therapist that have been fully trained and fulfill their accreditation criteria.
Once you have established the therapist meets suitable then need to meet them to see if you feel you can work with them.  As humans we tend to get a feel for someone within the first five minutes.
  • Go for someone who comes highly recommended
  • Check for valid testimonials
  • Ensure they are registered with BACP or similar ( check out the organisation online)
  • Try out your chosen therapist
  • Do not contract for further session unless you are sure you have found the right person
I then recommend you consider a therapist that is happy to discuss with you any question you may have before embarking on your first appointment.
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