1 – You may want to choose a therapist who works in a way that you’re drawn to. Each therapist is likely to state how they work on their website or when asked.
2 – Gather information. Take a look at their website or do they advertise in a directory that provides information about them.
3 – What are your thoughts about how they present themselves.
4 – You may want to call and talk to them. This can give valuable insight into how you may feel when you’re with them. If you do not feel they are right for you, then move onto the next therapist.
5 – You may want to email them, as again, this may give more insight into whether you feel you’ll be able to work together.
6 – Ensure they are qualified to a minimum diploma level and ask for evidence of additional training.
7 – Ensure they are members of a reputable organisation such as the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy or the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). These organisations ensure that therapists work within a strong and comprehensive framework for ethical practice.
8 – Ask all the questions you want via telephone or email. Remember your therapy is for you and it’s important you have all the information you require to make the choice that’s right for you.
9 – Do they offer a free consultation, if so you may want to book one as this will allow you to meet them and gain a feel for them. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions and look at any necessary documentation to help you to come to an informed decision of whether the counsellor is right for you,
10 – Never feel obligated or feel pressured to book an appointment. Book when you feel the time is right for you.
11 – Have a try you’ve nothing to lose by trying a few different therapists to see which one is right for you.
12 – Do not give up. If you’ve been to counselling and found it to be of little help, it may mean that the therapist wasn’t right for you or their approach didn’t fit. Don’t give up though and try to find another.