You’ve made the decision that you want to take action. You want to take control of your symptoms and get your mind working with you rather than against you… But how do you then choose a therapist?
There are so many different types of therapist out there offering different services and specialities, with different qualifications and experiences.
There is no simple answer on who is the right person because we are all different and all unique. It’s about finding the right person for you. Someone you connect with and feel comfortable to open up to. So, to try and help you through the minefield of finding someone to work with, here are my recommendations on how to choose a therapist.
Check they’re registered
Some therapies don’t have a mandatory requirement to be registered with an official professional body. Hypnotherapy is one. However, most qualified and practising hypnotherapists will register to give their clients some confidence and peace of mind that they’ve been checked out by a third party body.
Some of the professional bodies for hypnotherapy in the UK include the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), the National Council of Hypnotherapists (NCH), the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR), but there are many more. They all have different requirements for minimum registration, but they do tend to have minimum requirements to be an accredited member. An accredited member will have demonstrated a certain level of experience and standards. Things an accredited member may have to provide include evidence of training, professional liability insurance, the number of professional development hours completed and an endorsement from an experienced supervisor who has verified the quality of their work.
Ask for recommendations
The chances are you probably know someone who has either visited a therapist or knows someone who practices. Asking for recommendations can be a good way to find someone within your circle of friends that either comes recommended or likely to be trustworthy so always reach out to people you know.
Check them out
It’s highly likely the person you’ve found or been recommended to, will have some sort of digital presence. Take some time to check them out on their website, on the social media channels, read their blogs, any articles they’ve featured in, any leaflets you’ve found. But also remember to check their testimonials. These are typically published on their website, but also check out their social media channels and Google Reviews.
A lot of companies will advertise their fees on their website. However, if they don’t, have the confidence to ask them for their price list to check out their charges. I would always be cautious of anyone that tries to get you to sign up to a block of sessions straight away or make a large financial investment.
Do your research and see what a few other therapists are charging for the same services. Price can often be a big driver in choosing a service. However, always be cautious if someone is charging substantially lower or higher than the average. A low price doesn’t always mean value for money. The same can be said that a higher price doesn’t mean a better service. Find a price bracket you are happy with and always check out their other information and credentials!
Do they offer a consultation?
Consultation sessions are a great way to try out a session before committing to your chosen method of therapy, as well as the therapist. Some will offer a free consultation and others will charge. It’s just different ways of working but always ask for a consultation assessment first to give you the opportunity to see whether they are right for you. If they try to push you straight into a course of treatment, don’t be afraid to say no.
Where are they based?
In this digital age, we have the luxury of video and telephone conference facilities. We’re no longer restricted to using people and services local to us. Having said that, you need to make a decision on whether you would prefer to meet with someone face to face, taking into account the travel time involved, or whether you’re happy to use video or telephone services.
If you opt for a local service, what’s the parking like? Can you access by public transport if you need to? What facilities do they have on site? Is the room easily accessible and private?
If you decide to go with the video or telephone appointment, do they have a secure line for you to use? Where will they be for the call? Will it be private and quiet?
Feel comfortable to ask questions
The more you speak to and learn about your therapist, the better you get to know them. You can then make a judgement as to whether you feel they can offer the services you require. But also allows you to get to know their personality and whether you feel they are a good fit for you.
Go with your gut feeling
As with anything in life, you should always trust your gut instinct! If something doesn’t feel right, say so or walk away. If you would like to know more about how to find the right therapist for you, or maybe you’re considering using my services and want to find out more about me, get in touch here or book in for your consultation assessment with me here.