||Before You Choose a Therapist
There are a broad range of approaches to psychotherapy, as well as differences
in experience, training and skill level between therapists. The Start
Therapy website lists therapists from a variety of approaches, and we do not
particular approach or individual. It is up to you to choose a therapist
who is suitable for you, and we would like to offer some general suggestions
for you to think about as you search for a therapist.
At Start Therapy, we encourage consumer awareness, including understanding
your rights as a client in psychotherapy.
You have the right to ask a potential therapist questions about their
training, credentials and experience. Some of this information may be
available on the therapist's website. In person, you can ask to see relevant
documents of certification, such as a diploma or license to practice.
Whatever the therapist's background or approach, they should have completed
a training program which includes a theoretical perspectives and supervised
When you meet with a potential therapist, you can ask about their approach,
and how it will apply to you. You can ask the therapist to suggest reading
materials to learn more about their approach. You can ask about their
knowledge regarding your specific issues, and the extent of their previous
experience with those issues. Look for a therapist that respects your
right to ask questions relevant to your therapy.
As you talk to the therapist about yourself, notice how well the therapist
listens to what you have to say, and pay attention to how you feel about
the person you are talking with. Whatever type of therapy you choose,
it is usually most successful if there is a good connection between you
and the therapist. You might feel that this person has a good understanding
of what you are feeling, and that they are respectful and genuine.
If something the therapist is saying or doing makes you feel uncomfortable,
pay attention to your response. Therapy is sometimes a painful and difficult
process. However, if you have any doubt about whether the therapists'
actions are in your best interests, you can question the therapist, and/or
consult someone else for another perspective.
There are several books available that you might find useful if you
want more general information on choosing a therapist. Client
Rights in Psychotherapy and Counselling, an excellent handbook,
can be ordered from http://www.advocateweb.org/hope/crhandbook.asp
If you are new to therapy, The Consumer's Guide to Psychotherapy by
Jack Engler and Daniel Goleman, might be helpful.
Start Therapy is a listing service, and we are not
responsible for the practice of any therapist-member. However, if you
believe that a therapist
in our listing is misrepresenting their credentials, violating the requirements
to practice of their state or province, or practicing unethically, please
inform us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org.