Considering starting therapy?
It takes courage to make the decision to start therapy. Often, we make this choice at a time when we are finding life unmanageable, a big change has come our way, or we’ve experienced loss. It’s understandable that you might be nervous about making contact with potential therapists.
A good place to start is the UKCP website. They retain a list of accredited therapists who you can read a bit about and send an email to through the website. The site enables you to search by modality and read about each practitioner’s experience, which should help you create a shortlist of people who might be a good fit for you.
It’s a good idea to ‘interview’ therapists. Remember, it has to feel right for you. Sometimes personalities just don’t work well together and that’s fine. You may need to meet a few before you find someone you can work with. Most will offer an introductory session for free or at a reduced rate, just so you can have a chat and find out more about each other.
Keep in mind that this first session doesn’t mean you’re obliged to go back for more. If it doesn’t feel right, or you don’t feel OK with the therapist, it’s fine to try out a few more. It’s not unusual to interview several therapists before finding one that suits you. And this is important, because your relationship with this person will be crucial to the work you do together.
Places to search for therapists:
If you suffer from dissociation
Contact PODS (Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors). They hold a list of ‘dissociation friendly’ counsellors and therapists and will be able to recommend people in your area who have the necessary training to work with someone who dissociates.
If you’ve got questions about starting therapy, you can also email them to me via the contact form on this site. I’ve done various forms of therapy, including EMDR, CBT, group and individual psychotherapy. I’d be happy to try and answer any questions you might have.