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How Do you Know What Therapy/Therapist Is Right For You?

Are you confused by all the different types of therapy?

How do you know you are choosing the right one?

Now, more than ever there is an extremely extensive list of therapies to choose from. You may have heard one friend say "I've had CBT and it was brilliant, it's changed my life". Another friend may have said, "I've been going to psychotherapy and it's really helped me". You might have tried both and wondered what on earth they were getting that you weren't!!

You may have heard terms like;

  • EDMR

  • Psychodynamic

  • Mindfulness

  • Mindfulness-based cognitive

  • DBT

  • Behaviour therapy

  • Integrative

  • Somatic

Or you may have heard CBT is best for anxiety, EDMR is best for trauma. The list will go on and on.

Choosing a therapy or therapist today can feel a little overwhelming. It's not only a financial commitment, but you have to commit your time and is most certainly an emotional commitment. That's a lot to commit, so how can you be sure you've made the right choice???

You can't be 100% but, you can give yourself the best chance if you do a little research, ask a few questions and trust your gut!

There is no one therapy that is ultimately the best. I'm sure many therapists will disagree with me but it all comes down to you and the therapist. You have to buy in to it, believe what that therapy has to offer. For me the overriding important factor is your connection with the therapist. If you don't have this you will not invest the way you need to.

Are you someone who likes direction? Are you someone who struggles to talk? Are you ok with being challenged? What are you going to therapy for?

Steps to finding what (and who) is good for you:

  1. Researching the different therapies, what interests you?

  2. Google therapists directories or that therapy in your area.

  3. Read the therapist "about me" blurb - what do you think/feel about it? Do they mention what you're looking for?

  4. Contact a few and ask questions - ask for a short consultation to get a better feel if this is something you could commit to, are they?

  5. Listen to your gut - you'll feel this in your body NOT in your head!!

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