Top 5 Tips for Choosing the Right Therapist

How do you chose the right Therapist? These 5 top tips will help you in your search.

Use these 5 top tips to help you choose the right therapist and avoid common pitfalls

With the COVID Pandemic impacting on people’s mental health there has been a huge increase in the demand for therapy. New online therapy platforms have emerged making therapy more accessible than ever. But it’s a minefield! How do you know what you need or who to pick?

Here’s our top 5 tips to choosing your therapist

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1) Check their credentials

Any Bonafede therapist in the UK will be registered with a reputable association or regulatory body. This gives you someone to complain to if you need to but also means that the therapist will have met certain training criteria. Look for Psychologist who are registered with HCPC. Psychotherapists and counsellors with the BACP, and CBT therapists are registered with the BABCP.

It’s important for you to know that most therapists’ titles are not protected. This means that anyone can use them, and they do not have to have ANY training. It is entirely possible for a Psychology graduate to call themselves a ‘psychologist’ or for someone with no qualifications at all to call themselves a behavioural therapist, a counsellor, or a psychotherapist. 

All these titles can be legitimately used by great therapists, you just must check their qualifications, training and who they are registered with. And if they won’t tell you…..RUN!

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2) Can you have a free consult

Any legitimate therapist should have no problem offering you a free initial telephone or video consult. This is usually 15 to 30 minutes and allows you to get a feel for your therapist and if you want to arrange an initial meeting or assessment. This next initial meeting will cost you but should not tie you into any more sessions and you should be free to look for other therapists if the fit isn’t right.

3) Cheaper isn’t always better!

It might be tempting to go for cheaper therapy, but a word of caution. Cheaper is likely to mean less qualified, and less qualified might mean it takes longer for you to see any results or positive changes. If it takes longer for you get results it may not end up being cheaper in the long run. Don’t be afraid to ask a therapist if they can offer payment plans, bi-weekly sessions, cost reductions or cheaper sessions through block booking.

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Also just take a minute to think about what you spend on your physical health each week? Gym, bicycle, yoga classes, spa, beauty treatments etc, your nutrition? Food shop, supplements, meal boxes etc? Isn’t your mental health worth it? I think so…

Its also important to note that being expensive also doesn’t mean its better – shop around and see what the average cost is for the type of qualified therapist you’re looking for. Therapy shouldn’t be extortionate – but you will find that more highly qualified or specialist therapists will cost you more.

Average costs in UK per hour:

  • Counsellor – £40 – 60
  • Psychotherapist – £40 – 80
  • CBT Therapist – £40 – 90
  • Clinical Psychologist £90 – 175
  • Counselling Psychologist £60 – 150
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4. Do you feel safe with them? 

Therapy can be hard and leave you feeling vulnerable. You may be exploring issues you’ve never spoken about before. It is important that you feel safe with your therapist, that you can trust them and that you do not feel judged by them. You should be able to have open conversations about difficult things and not feel shut down.

5. Do they have experience in your area of need?

All therapists are very different and often specialize in different areas of therapy or mental health. Some therapist work with only adults and some with only children. Others specialize in addiction or a certain type of therapy such as CBT. Make sure that whoever you choose, they can offer you what you need and have experience with your area of difficulty.

So there you have our top 5 tips for choosing a therapist, good luck in your search!