Many people choose their therapist based on a first impressions of the therapists' profile: for example, their photo and whether they look friendly, the words they use on their profile to describe their work and whether they appear approachable.
Next, many move on to looking at the therapist's qualifications and experience. This can help with the decision making process, as some therapists offer specialisms in specific areas, such as trauma, whereas others are trained to work more generally. This part of seeking the right therapists is unique to each individual and you will know best what is drawing you to therapy right now.
This is a great place to start.
If you are currently seeking therapy with a Brightstone practitioner, we would recommend taking a look at our therapist's page with this in mind and seeing who you feel drawn to. An initial telephone consultation with a potential therapist is an excellent opportunity for you to ask questions and get a sense of whether you feel you can open up to the person.
Some people referred to our clinic by their GP or even a friend or family member have often been told they would benefit from a specific type of therapy, such as CBT. While this can be helpful, there are often other types of suitable treatment, and it can help to have an open mind to the possibilities.
Many of our therapists use an integrative approach, drawing on several therapeutic approaches in their work with clients, depending on the most helpful and appropriate methods.
People who come to Brightstone for therapy can sometimes have a preference as to whether they see a male or a female therapist, and you may instinctually know the answer to this. There is no right or wrong here and so do whatever you feel most comfortable with.
Because of the number of therapists available to choose from, this can often be the part where people seeking therapy begin to feel like it would be better to talk through their options. Usually, when we are in an anxious or emotional state, the choice can feel overwhelming.
If you are looking at our therapist's page and the options available and feeling like you are not such what type of therapy is right for you, please do get in touch. One of our team can talk you through your options and recommend one or two best-qualified practitioners and experience to support you right now.
Our overall goal is to help you to feel safe and comfortable with your choice. We will never recommend an approach or a therapist you are not comfortable with, and the choice is always yours as to whether you go ahead.