What to look for in a therapist
The most important thing is that you feel comfortable speaking to the therapist but note also the following important details
- What are the therapist’s qualifications?
- Are they a member of a professional organisation, such as the CHPA?
- Are their qualifications recognised by an independent regulatory body such as the European Association for Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy? Many so called regulatory organisations are in fact the same people who provide training. Where training and regulation are carried out by the same organisation there is a potential conflict of interest in upholding the highest standards.
- How many years has the therapist been in practice? There is no substitute for experience.
- How many hours of therapy did the therapist complete to become a full member of their professional organisation? Most serious organisations within the field of therapy will require 500 hours before training members are registered as full members and this is a good indicator of the quality of the therapists training.
- Have they undergone their own therapy as part of their training?
- Are they working to a code of ethics?
- Are they happy to speak to you without obligation before you make any decision on therapy?
- Do they carry professional and public liability insurance?
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