We have been mulling over a problem for some time and finally decided to ask for help. But once we take the step of going to the therapist, we find ourselves faced with another dilemma.
If you are thinking of starting therapy, you must take into account the tips that we propose below to be able to choose the right therapist. Just as you do not go to the dentist when you have injured your foot, in the field of therapy there are specialties to take into account when we are going to start therapeutic treatment.
How to choose a Good Therapist?
There are many directories of therapists offering various services and many different approaches but before making the decision there are several aspects that we should assess:
1. You are dealing with a qualified and trained professional:
- Make sure that the professionals you consult have the appropriate training :
- A Therapist must have a degree in his field and later have been trained and specialized in some type of therapy. Search the profile professional therapist and values your CV and experience. It is important to make sure that the person is registered: this gives us a guarantee. It is also interesting to verify the years of experience and that it is a professional who keeps abreast of the advances of the sector.
2. Type of therapy:
- It is important to find out about the focus and duration of therapy: Find out about the type of therapy they perform. There are different types of approaches in therapy or currents: Interpersonal therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral therapy, Constructivist, Humanist, Systemic, Contextual, etc.
- There is no better or worse school, and there are excellent professionals in each one. Also today many therapists have a multidisciplinary approach. However, it is important to be informed about the methodology and work approach to get a clearer idea of what the process will be like.
- When choosing a therapist, you can also assess whether one current is more attractive than another, or if you think that one approach may be better for you than another for your reason for consultation. You have to bear in mind that the duration of the therapy will depend not only on the therapeutic approach. But fundamentally on the problem to be treated and how long it has been, in addition to your personal characteristics. The therapist when evaluating your case will be able to guide you on how you are going to work it.
3. How does the therapeutic relationship go?
Clinical therapists work to help find solutions, not to befriend their patients or become romantically involved with them. Establishing personal relationships with patients goes against the deontological code of therapists.
If you notice that the person offering you treatment behaves like a friend or makes you know that he or she seeks the continuity of your relationship during the hours when they are not treating you as a professional, you should leave therapy immediately.
4. The professional has experience in problems like yours:
- Look for therapists with experience in similar problems.
- Normally, when making the first contact and commenting on the reason for the consultation, the professional will inform you about how your case could be approached, the work methodology, and the dynamics of the sessions. If they are not familiar with problems like yours or consider that for some reason he is not the right person. He should tell you and recommend another more suitable professional therapist.
5. Do you find it useful to go to your consultation?
Thus, therapists cannot pressure you to continue treatment nor should they tell you that you do not realize how helpful your services are being. The progress you may be making is useless if in the final stages of therapy it is not you who notices it.
With these keys in mind, you should already be able to make a well-informed decision when choosing a good therapist.
Remember that the therapist is there to help you find solutions, to work on various aspects, but the “hard work” will be done by you.
The process of therapeutic change is a personal path, in which the therapist can serve as a guide or give you tools … But he will not “solve your problems”, nor will he tell you what to do: he will give you resources so that you can solve them and find the way.
If a therapist offers “magic” solutions to your problems … distrust.