When looking for counselling or psychotherapy, there is no shortage of adverts and websites on the internet nowadays.
Why not shop around and put together a shortlist of counsellors who meet your criteria? There are a few practical considerations in choosing a counsellor such as how far away from you do they live? You might need to choose someone close by within walking or a short bus ride, or if you live in a small close community and have access to a car you may want to see a counsellor who lives some distance away.
How might you feel about bumping into them if they live in your community might be another issue to think about?
Research has shown, time and time again, that successful outcomes to therapy depend on the relationship between therapist and client and feeling there is a connection between you. So phone a few before you make a decision, arrange to meet for a no obligation initial appointment with the therapists you feel you connect with on the phone.
There is also the financial cost of therapy to be weighed up against other commitments you might have. Therapy/ counselling can be a sound financial investment as improvements in your mental health and emotional well being impact on your home life, close relationships and work/career prospects. Good therapists will be open to explore initial short term contracts over a 6 to 8 week period to evaluate your progress and for you to decide whether to leave things there or go on.
To get the best from therapy you should ask yourself "What do I want from therapy"? Being clear about your expectations and how will you know when you get what you want from therapy?
There are of course the other issues to think about:
1. Are they a member of a reputable professional body, have insurance and have regular robust clinical supervision?
2. Do they have knowledge and experience in working with your issues?
3. Do you feel you will be listened to, heard and understood?
4. Do you feel confident that the therapist is open and non-judgemental?
5. Are they bold, confident, have integrity, empathy, genuine warmth and humanity?
6. What can they offer you in the way that they work, ask them to explain this to you and how this would be helpful for your issues?
I hope you have found this short guide on "What to look for in a counsellor or therapist" useful?
If you would like to know more or have a no obligation telephone conversation then give me a ring on 0782 4700980