Finding a therapist
Being aware of what you want will help in choosing a therapist. It is common practice for therapists to offer an initial session, so a possible client can make an informed choice. If, after meeting or speaking with a therapist, you do not feel that therapist suits you and/or your needs, remember there are many other therapists to choose from.
It may be helpful to ask about some aspects of the therapist's practice:
- Training: what qualification, or at what stage of training are they at? (Some therapists may be completing a postgraduate or Masters degree)
- Experience: what kind of experience does this therapist have?
- Supervision: do they work with someone who makes sure the therapist is working well with you?
- Code of Ethics: this is a framework, aimed towards working with integrity, as well as offering clients the protocol for complaints.
- Fees: it Is good to remember the process can sometimes take many months
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A therapist usually belongs to a professional body. In the UK, there are two large organisations, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Both offer therapist directories on their website.
The BACP also offer some guidance on what to expect from therapy.