Finding a therapist and therapy
Finding the right “fit” in terms of therapist and therapy can be a challenging experience as there are many important ingredients to get right. Firstly, it is important to develop a strong relationship with someone you can trust and develop collaboration, which helps you challenge the difficulties you bring to the sessions in comfort and confidence. Without trust and rapport it is almost impossible to tackle the challenges that therapy throws up.
It is also essential that the therapist has sufficient training and experience in the area that you require help in. Trying to understand the varied and complex qualifications and accreditations therapists list is a tricky task and there is the possibility that therapists overstate their abilities.
It is important that clients select psychologists who are accredited members of regulatory bodies since these guarantee a specific level of training, proficiency and supervised practice. Accreditation by such bodies requires that psychologists follow specific guidelines in their work with clients which aims to protect them as best possible from poor clinical care or exploitation.
Be aware that services advertising “member” status of associations or therapists “in process” of accreditation may not guarantee accredited therapists who have undergone supervised training in clinical settings.
My aim is to provide a safe, welcoming but professional service with therapists who have real knowledge and experience working with the problems presented.
In the case that you feel my knowledge, experience, therapeutic methods or style of interacting are not a good fit for your difficulties, I will do my best to suggest other options and services which benefit you most.