Shopping for Therapists

There are many good therapists out there in the wide world, the tricky thing is how to identify them.


First, let’s get you into the right mind frame. If you take your car to a mechanic and you don’t like the way they treat you or your car, you don’t go back to that mechanic, you find a new one. If you don’t like the way the shop feels, the language of the mechanic, the attitude, you don’t even leave your car there, you leave. Finding a therapist is a similar process. If you don’t like what they do to your mind and body, find a new one. If you don’t like the feel of their shop, find a new one.


There are circumstances where you have little choice, such as locked ward, community treatment order and other government sanctioned loss of freedom. Even still, you can go through the following questions to help you determine if the person you are working with is receptive to your benefit.


These questions have mostly been developed by Thomas Proud, a Peer worker.


1) What are your qualifications for helping me?


2) What experience have you got for helping me?


3) How many of your patients/clients have recovered their lives back?


4) Do you believe I can thrive?


5) What methods are you likely to employ in supporting my recovery?


6) Are you happy? If not, what are you doing about it? If nothing, what makes you qualified to help me?


If you like the sound of the answers you get, then this therapist may be able to help you. If you don’t, it is time to move on. If you can’t, perhaps you may have triggered the therapist to think about what they can and will do more so than usual.


If everyone begins to ask their therapists these questions, perhaps therapy will return to the old ways – that of a midwife of health.