Starting therapy can feel daunting, and it might be hard to know where to start. I hope this can help answer some questions. Where to look for therapists? What to look for? How do you know if your therapist is right for you?
Starting the search
It may sound like a cliché, but the first step is the hardest. Once you've decided that you need therapy the information is fairly easy to come by, googling therapists in you area will take you to directories, websites and maps. Then you get to choose your therapist or counsellor. A lot of people use these titles interchangeably, neither of them is a protected title. Therapist directories often require that you have a minimum level of training to join, so if qualifications are important to you that might be a good place to start. Here is my page on one directory.
Therapists are also usually part of an ethical body, like the NCPS or the BACP, to make sure that they are operating ethically. This is a lot of information so far but most therapists will adhere to these standards (I have my professional membership at the bottom of my website).
Making your choice.
After you've chosen.
This blog is only a guideline, it may not apply to all people in their search for therapy.