What things should I consider when choosing a Therapist?

How do I choose a Counsellor or Psychotherapist?

Starting any form of counselling or psychotherapy involves a meaningful commitment from you in time, effort and not least money. It is therefore important that you make an informed choice. It is also important to recognise that not all therapist or types of therapy are equal! Counselling and psychotherapy is further complicated by the seemingly endless types available: Cognitive Behavioural (CBT), Solution Focussed, Gestalt, Person-Centred, Analytic- to name but a handful. However, what current research shows to be important in all types of successful therapy is the quality of the relationship between the therapist and the client. You need to feel that the therapist understands you, your issues and where you are coming from. And also that you are comfortable in working with them on what can at times be difficult issues. Indeed, if they were not difficult issues you would have fixed them yourself!

Our Standards and Quality

At Reflexions Counselling and Psychotherapy therapists members of the main counselling and therapy regulating bodies: the UKCP (The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) and/or the BACP (The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). The best therapists have generally spent time refining their skills and often this is represented in a Post Graduate qualification. The requirement to undergo therapy is part of the best training courses making this a considerable commitment as the training can last over 5 years – for some therapists it is even longer.

Four Top Tips

We have created “4 Top Tips” on choosing a counsellor or psychotherapist here:Top Tips to Choose a Counsellor