Any stigma that has been associated with seeking therapy is declining – which is a good thing.
Overall health, whether mental or physical is key to happiness and well-being.
With the world having moved more online in terms of video calls, ‘zooming has become the normal. It is easier now to reach out to a therapist more so than ever.
How do I find the right therapist?
There are many ‘styles’ of therapy and it can be difficult to understand what is the ideal one for you.
There is also the difficulty of terminology used and words that are commonly used by therapists and specialist organisations can be difficult to understand.
What does Cognitive Behavioural Therapy mean? Or Psychodynamic Therapy or Integrative Therapy.
This can be confusing and also how to tell which therapy is the ideal one.
Do I seek the right therapist or the right therapy?
Arguably, a key factor is the relationship that you ultimately build with your therapist. Some key considerations would include their age, gender, sexuality, race, culture and experience.
When viewing a therapist – either on their website or on our website – the number of ‘issues’ listed can seem overwhelming and their can be a tendency to try and label yourself as one of them. Most therapists will consider you ‘holistically’ and not simple try and label you. Getting to know your therapist is a key component of seeking help.
Location of your therapist – is this important?
Location used to be important, and if you prefer to meet your therapist then it is a key consideration.
Many therapist now work online and so you may never physically meet your therapist. This may help and you can have sessions with your therapist in your own home – which may make things easier.
How do I know if my therapist is qualified?
Reputable therapist will be members of professional therapy associations e.g. BACP, BPS, UKCP, NCS and BABCP.
On our website you can see therapist which belong to these organisations. You can also view the websites of each organisation.
How much will therapy cost me?
You will find the cost of therapy can vary a lot. This can depend on the expertise of the therapist, their specialisms and also their location. London therapists may charge more (e.g. £100.00 and more for 50 minutes) whilst other areas can be as low as £30.00.
Many training centres also provide access to students who can provide therapy as this is part of their training and this can be at a reduced rate.
Many therapists offer a free initial consultation (e.g. 15 min call) and this can be ideal to help you frame what type of therapy many be appropriate for you.
Many therapist offer concessions (e.g. low-income)
Where do I start if I think I need therapy?
Often the best place to start is with your GP.