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Choosing the right therapist for you

Posted by on Apr 24, 2015 in April

Choosing the right therapist for you

 

Choosing the right therapist can be a daunting task. How do you know if someone is a good fit or will share your values or vision? I have put together some points for you to consider in choosing the right therapist for you.

  • Check Qualifications. These days it is considered a minimum to have a Masters in Counselling Psychology, Psychology or Social Work to offer psychotherapy.  You wouldn’t go to a doctor who didn’t have the minimum qualifications so please be mindful of trusting your mental health with someone who doesn’t either.
  • Registration with the College of Psychotherapists. This is a new college brought in to help regulate the profession.  If a counsellor is not willing or able to register with the college, you might want to ask why and choose someone who is registered.
  • Match of Values. Ensure you are inline with your counsellor’s values.  For example, there are some very good counsellors out there who hold a Masters of Divinity and offer more pastoral counselling if that is important to you.
  • What kind of psychotherapy does the therapist engage in?  There are all sorts of different types of therapy available these days and it can be difficult to know which one is best for your particular issue.  For example

…..Cognitive Behaviour Therapy deals with changing behaviour through changing thought patterns
…..Psychodynamic Theory looks at unconscious motivation for behaviour
…..Solution Focussed Therapies deal with the here and now in short term goals
…..Emotionally Focussed Therapy looks at emotional reactions to events and emotional connections between individuals
…..Attachment Therapy looks at childhood wounds and how they affect current relationships
…..Narrative Therapy deals with changing the way you see your life and learning to create a different story  for yourself
…..Family Systems therapy looks at how individuals react in families
…..Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy deals with changing your relationship to the mind

The most important thing to remember is to choose something that has some research behind it to  say it works. There are a lot of therapies out there that have absolutely no evidence to back them up.  All of the above therapies have evidence to back up their efficacy.

  • Does your therapist have some sort of direction or treatment plan for you? If you are just going and chatting each week, how much will you get out of your therapy?  Setting goals together and  working toward them will usually achieve a lot more than talk therapy alone.
  • Feeling Comfortable. This is perhaps the most important thingIt is essential that you feel as comfortable and relaxed with a person as you can in order for you to get the most out of your counselling sessions.  Ask if you can meet your counsellor first or at least speak to them over the phone so you can get a feel of whether you click.

 

So don’t be afraid to ask questions.  Finding the right therapist is a very personal choice and the only way to make an informed decision is to ask!