April 27, 2020

How To Choose A Therapist

Unsurprisingly, there are a lot of people out there struggling with their mental health who are looking for a therapist to help them through these times.

I speak to prospective clients most days and this is the advice I give them when I can’t see them myself.

1. Word of mouth is good, but just remember that therapy is a uniquely individual experience and what your best friend might find helpful in a therapist might not be right for you.

2. Go for an evidence-based interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT has a very strong evidence base for most mental health problems. It’s a fantastic approach that focuses on solving problems in the here and now.

3. If you want a CBT therapist, then find one via the British Association of Behavioural and CognitivePsychotherapists (BABCP - www.babcp.com). Only CBT qualified therapists can join it so you will be getting the best.

4. CBT therapy is very collaborative and requires you to play a very active role. The more you put in the more you will get out.

5. Finally, and most importantly, speak to at least 2-3 therapists on the phone/online and go for the person you feel most comfortable with. Good therapists will always give you some time over the phone to see if you can work together. Your relationship with your therapist is crucial to success so choose someone you feel you can build a good relationship with.

I hope that helps you to get started if you need some help right now. And forward this to a friend if you think it will help!

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