Find a Therapist

It can be a difficult task to take the step to find a therapist, let alone to undertake sessions. One thing many couples fail to understand is that if they are not happy with their therapist, then they can find someone else. There are not only a few therapists out there that can help you but a whole selection to choose from. It may take a little more time, but finding the right therapist for you can be worthwhile if you truly want to release your inner worries and anxieties. You may also find that money is an issue, as is proximity.

How to find a therapist?

There are a few different ways you can go about finding a therapist. They include:

  • You can go to your local GP and ask for the assistance of a therapist. However, you will need to give details about your problems in order for the GP to recommend a therapist or clinic of justifiable merit.
  • In the UK, the best known therapy organisation is Relate, and there are often openings. The prices are relatively cheap and sometimes negotiable, typically ranging from £5 to £40, dependent on time needed and the type of therapist. Relate not only offer face-to-face therapy, but also give you the chance to get help through email, online and over-the-phone.
  • Private therapy is another option, but is more costly than organisations such as Relate. However, you will have more discretion as to which counsellor you see and when. Ensure you are specific about what type of therapist you would like to see, otherwise, you may get placed with a general therapist, who has no special knowledge of your problems. Sessions are typically priced at £40. If you would like to find a private therapist, see the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) website.

Things to think about

When you are choosing a therapist there are a few things you should think about:

  • Ensure you check your therapist’s qualifications.
  • Give information about your troubles in order for the correct therapist to be assigned.
  • It is possible to get a therapist of the same gender or ethnicity in some cases.
  • You do not have to stay with a therapist if you are unhappy with them. There is usually someone else who can cater for your needs.
  • Find out what professional agency your therapist belongs to.
  • Try to attain feedback of the experience your therapist has had with the issues you are discussing.
  • Find out if there is a waiting list.
  • Find out the frequency of sessions that will be on offer.
  • Discuss the prices for sessions.
  • Is it possible to have a translator, or a therapist who speaks your first language?
  • Will you be charged for missing a session?

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