FIND A THERAPIST

The key to successful therapy is finding the right therapist for you. However good, knowledgeable or experienced a therapist is, it is the relationship between the two of you that determines whether you trust them enough, and they come to understand you enough, to help you explore and find solutions for your problem.

It is understandable that you need reassurance that you are choosing the therapist who feels right for you, that she is robust, experienced, has integrity and that none of the personal circumstances that you would like to bring to therapy will be considered too severe or insignificant.

The therapist's life is not relevant to your therapy. You are making a great investment in terms of time and commitment and you are paying a fee in order to get to grips with your own specific issues. However, sometimes when thinking about starting therapy we can feel uncertain or curious about whether the person we might choose is both knowledgeable and experienced enough to be able to understand and help with our issues.

You can meet your first choice of therapist for a single session, to discuss what you are looking for from therapy and their training and experience, to help you decide whether they are the right therapist for you. Only you can decide, do not be afraid to ask questions or request further information before making your mind up.

Before agreeing to see a particular therapist, ask yourself:

  •        would you feel comfortable telling them intimate details of your life?

  •        do you feel safe with them?

  •        do you like their manner towards you?

  •        could you be completely open with them?

Having confidence in your therapist is essential. Many people do not find the right therapist at their first attempt. If this happens to you, it is not your fault. You have already decided you would benefit from therapy, so it is worth trying again.



FIND A THERAPIST

1The key to successful therapy is finding the right therapist for you. However good, knowledgeable or experienced a therapist is, it is the relationship between the two of you that determines whether you trust them enough, and they come to understand you enough, to help you explore and find solutions for your problem.

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MY TRAINING AND ACCREDITATION

2I have trained as a Dramatherapist, a Dialectical Behaviour Therapist and I am an accredited Cognitive Analytic Practitioner. I am registered with the Health Professions Council, a full member of the British Association of Dramatherapists and of the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy.

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MY CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

3As well as working in private practice, I work as a therapist with a NHS specialist service for people with personality disorders.

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THERAPY CONTRACT

4I commit to engage with the challenge of striving for ethical practice and conduct. I take responsibility for respecting my patient's best interests when providing therapy and to treat my patient with respect.

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