Choosing a therapist

Choosing a therapist who is right for you

If you have never benefited from working with a professional Hypno-psychotherapist before, you might be unsure as to how you go about finding the right person to help you.

Here are a few tips:

Are they properly qualified?

It might sound obvious, but it is important to make sure that any prospective therapist is qualified to provide the help that you need. In that regard, it should be borne in mind that many Hypnotherapists are not qualified to undertake psychotherapy. So, if you wish to benefit from the combination of hypnotherapy and psychotherapy, you should first check that the prospective hypnotherapist is certified to provide both of these therapeutic approaches.

Have they trained with a recognised institution?

The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a national registering body that aims to promote high professional standards for psychotherapy in the UK. It is worthwhile checking that the therapist you are considering has trained with a reputable institution that is recognised to meet the necessary standards of professional training by the UKCP.

Do they conform to codes of practice?

Another factor to consider when choosing a therapist is whether they are a member of one or more regulatory bodies, and adhere to professional codes of ethics and practice.

Will you be able to work with them?

This is an extremely important point. It is vital that you feel comfortable when working with the therapist you choose. Although you will really only determine this by working with a therapist, there are a couple of things you can do which may give you some indication is to whether a given professional is the right person for you.

Firstly, before choosing a therapist, it is worthwhile speaking to the professional you are considering on the phone before you book an appointment. This will allow you to assess how easy it is for you to talk with them, as well as giving you the opportunity to ask any questions you might have about their approach to therapy. Secondly, you might wish to find out a little about the therapist’s background and life experience, to see whether it will add something useful to your working relationship. Such information is often available on their practice website, and can make choosing a therapist much easier.