It can be quite daunting, once you have made the decision to have counselling or psychotherapy, wondering how to choose the right therapist for you.
The best way to start, is to take a look at the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, http://www.itsgoodtotalk.org.uk/therapists/ or United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy http://members.psychotherapy.org.uk/ findATherapist websites, both of which are extremely helpful, when making your decision.
You will probably see several available therapists in your area – so how do you choose the ‘right’ one?
As well as the practical details, like cost and distance to travel, you may want to consider the qualifications, training, experience and any special interests of your potential therapist.
For example you may wish to find someone experienced in working with couples, or a relationship counsellor, someone who fits with your own cultural background or group, or you may need to consider the gender of the therapist.
Of course, any counselling or psychotherapy is an important commitment to both parties, so time spent at this point is invaluable.
A telephone call and usually an assessment visit, would be the next step – you can make as many of these as you wish, to ensure you feel confident and comfortable with your choice.
It is always a good idea to make a list of questions such as;
How long do you think we may work together? or What is your cancellation policy?
This will take the form of a contract, either in writing or verbally, if you decide to go ahead, so it is important both of you are happy with what you agree.
You can also discuss at the assessment or first appointment, issues around confidentiality, note taking, reviews of your contract etc.
The most important point of all, is do you feel you will have confidence in your therapist or counsellor, especially if working through difficult and painful issues.
Once you have made your choice, you can feel free to change therapists at any point, and it is good to bring this into the sessions and discuss it.
Whatever you decide I hope therapy and counselling is a very positive experience for you, and you use it productively to make desired changes to your life.
Feel free to contact me for further information; http://www.therapyworks4u.co.uk/contact-me/