“This the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way”
Choosing a Therapist
The huge number of ‘models’ of therapy available can be very confusing and misleading for the lay person, and even for those in the profession! What is probably more important to a successful therapeutic outcome is…
- the relationship between therapist and client, a factor often influenced by the particular “chemistry” between the individuals concerned.
- Additionally, a reputable therapist will have undergone extensive training (which should be at least 3 years in duration and include lengthy personal therapy); be registered or accredited with one of the main UK governing bodies (see below), and will have acquired clinical and life experience.
- For the client, it is important to have a motivation for change, a willingness to trust the process and to be open to self-exploration. Use the first session to work out if you can be open and honest with this particular therapist, and whether you feel understood and supported.
It’s always good to get a personal recommendation to a therapist if you can, or visit British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy or UKCP, to find qualified therapists in your area.