There are many reasons why people seek counselling or therapy. Perhaps you are anxious or depressed? Dealing with a phobia which is impacting your life? Feeling isolated or lonely? Suffering from traumatic events, or bereavement? Experiencing relationship or family problems? Feeling unhappy at work or in your career? Having difficulty coping or settling into university life? Suffering from low confidence or self esteem? Or perhaps you are struggling with life changes and simply want to talk things through.
Talking therapies such as counselling, psychotherapy, have been proven to be able to help with these types of problems and many more. In fact, a recent survey found that more than half of all people in the UK have either seen or know somebody who has seen a therapist and this number is growing as people realise the benefits that it can have.
But if you are considering counselling or therapy, how do you know what kind you need? And how do you know if a therapist has the necessary training and experience to deal with your particular issues, or if they are going to be the right fit for you? It can be daunting trying to figure this out or to even know where to start.
Here are some points to consider:
- What training and experience does the counsellor have?
- Does their experience and training match what you are looking for?
- Will you have an opportunity to discuss your needs before making a financial commitment?
- Are they registered and preferably accredited with a professional body
- Do they offer appointments times convenient for you
- Are costs involved if you cancel an appointment
- Where is the counsellor located? Is parking available or public transport?
With some of these questions answered you can focus on building a relationship with the counsellor you choose and getting started. Research shows that feeling comfortable with the counsellor you choose is really important; being able to ask questions about the counselling process, being able to talk freely about your feelings and situation knowing that the counsellor is not going to judge or criticise you.