It can be difficult and confusing trying to find the right therapist, especially if it's at a time when you're experiencing pain - whether physical or emotional.
This page is designed to give you some ideas on what to look for in a therapist and how to be sure you make the right choice for you.
When you're struggling, either physically or mentally, it can seem daunting and confusing trying to find someone who can help. Personal recommendations are of course ideal, but that's not always possible and you can end up scouring the internet and going round in circles trying to make a decision.
This page is designed to give you some pointers about things you can look for to help this process. These ideas work for most kinds of therapy, but are especially useful for the talking therapies, such as counselling or psychotherapy, where the therapeutic relationship between therapist and client is crucial to the process.
Some questions worth asking
It can sometimes be useful to look at a therapist's qualifications. However, not all qualifications are the same. Despite appearing at first glance to be reassuring, some can be achieved within a short time frame and even with distance learning. That may be suitable for some therapies, but if you're sharing something as important for example as your mental health with someone else, you might want to be sure it's someone who has taken the time to invest in their learning.
The best way to ensure that your therapist is well qualified is to check whether they're a member of a respected professional or regulatory body. A good association will require that their members are qualified to an acceptable level. You can check what they require of their members on their websites.
It's important when looking for a therapist to know the difference between a professional body and a regulatory body. Generally a professional body acts in the interests of its members, whereas a regulatory body acts in the interests of the public.
There are some associations though that do both, such as the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) for example. If your practitioner is a member of an association that regulates the profession as well as represents it, that's a good sign.
Some professions are regulated by statute, such as chiropractic, osteopathy and medicine. This means that it's illegal for anyone who is not registered with their regulatory body to call themselves by the professional title (e.g. Chiropractor, Osteopath).
It is possible though, for anyone to call themselves a counsellor, psychotherapist or massage therapist. So the moral of the story is to make sure that you do your homework! Check the professional qualifications and memberships of any therapist before you put yourself in their hands.
The therapists on our website have their professional memberships displayed at the top of their page.
It's important in any kind of therapy, whether it's a talking therapy or a hands-on therapy, that you feel you can trust your practitioner. Having confidence and trust in them will ensure that you get the best from the therapeutic process.
A good practitioner will be happy to talk to you before you commit to booking a paid appointment with them, so that you can ask a few short questions. Even this brief exchange will give you a feel for whether you might be able to work well together. Trust your instincts and if you're not comfortable, try someone else. This initial contact is the start of the therapeutic relationship, so it's an important part of the process.
Similarly, if you've had a few sessions with someone but you don't feel it's working for you, don't give up on the idea of the therapy you've chosen. Sometimes people need to try a few therapists before they find one who they can feel is really on their wavelength and with whom they can work well.
Hopefully you now have some idea about what to look for in a therapist. You're welcome to have a look at our page Treatments & Therapies to see if the right therapist is waiting for you here at Tillow Barn.
All our therapists are self-employed, so manage their own diaries etc. To book, please contact them direct.
Tillow Barn Health
Tillow Barn Health & Wellbeing is a converted barn set in peaceful, private surroundings just outside picturesque Brockham village. With ground floor treatment rooms and private parking it is easily accessible from the A25, which runs between Dorking and Reigate. Tillow Barn is also within within easy reach of Leatherhead, Horsham, Horley and Crawley.