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6 tips to help you find the right therapist

In today's fast-paced and demanding world, taking care of our mental health is more important than ever. Seeking therapy is a brave and proactive step towards self-improvement and personal growth. However, with so much choice out there, finding the right therapist who understands your unique needs and who you feel comfortable around can be a crucial factor in your therapeutic journey. In this blog, I'll outline some essential considerations and practical tips to help you find the perfect therapist for you.



Finding the right therapist


  1. Think about what you'd like to get out of the therapy: Before starting your search for a therapist, take some time to reflect on your goals and needs. Are there any specific challenges or issues you'd like to address? Are you looking for short-term solutions or long-term personal growth? By gaining clarity on your objectives, you can better discuss your needs with a potential therapist, helping them to understand how they can assist you effectively.

  2. Research different therapeutic approaches: Therapy encompasses a wide range of approaches and techniques. Take the time to educate yourself on different therapy types such as cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), person-centred or psychodynamic therapy. Each approach has its own focus and philosophy, so understanding the various options will allow you to make a more informed decision about which one resonates with you. Some therapists will be trained in more than one type.

  3. Seek recommendations: Reach out to your trusted friends, family, or healthcare professionals for therapist recommendations. Personal recommendations can be valuable, as they come from individuals who have experienced the therapist's work first-hand. However, keep in mind that what works for someone else may not necessarily be the best fit for you, so consider recommendations as a starting point rather than a definitive choice.

  4. Check therapist credentials and specialisations: When looking for a therapist, it's important to ensure they have the necessary qualifications. Look for registered therapists near you on websites such as the BACP. Additionally, you may want to consider their experience in dealing with the challenges or issues you're facing. For instance, if you're seeking help for trauma, you may want to find a therapist who specialises in trauma-focused therapy.

  5. Consider therapist compatibility: Finding a therapist who you feel comfortable and connected with is crucial for the therapeutic process. During initial consultations pay attention to how you feel when interacting with the therapist. Do you feel heard and understood? Are they empathetic and non-judgmental? Trust your intuition and choose someone who you can establish a strong therapeutic alliance, as this will significantly impact the effectiveness of your therapy.

  6. Think about practical factors: Location, availability and affordability are important considerations when choosing a therapist. Determine whether you prefer in-person sessions or if you're open to online platforms such as telephone or video call. Check if the therapist's schedule aligns with yours and remember you can ask them questions about their fees, therapy type etc.

By considering your needs, looking into different types of therapy and thinking about your availability and preferences, you can better prepare yourself to find the right therapist for you. Once you've found a therapist who feels like a good fit, take the leap and begin your therapeutic journey! It may take some time to build trust and establish a working relationship, so don't be discouraged if progress feels slow initially, this is normal.


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