Looking for a therapist near you, but not sure how to choose from all the listings or what to look for?
This article will give you some guidance so you can find a local therapist with the right experience, range of services and qualifications for you.
First, let’s define what a therapist or counsellor does.
What does a therapist do?
Therapists are qualified professionals who specialise in helping people overcome a range of emotional obstacles, including mental illness, to help individuals cope with a range of life challenges. A therapist should offer you a safe space that gives you the opportunity to express your perspective freely without judgement. As professionals they will support you, and work with you to find the best possible solution for the problems you are experiencing.
What qualifications should a therapist have?
You want your therapist or counsellor to have the appropriate training and qualification. In Australia the standard qualification is the Diploma of Counselling, which is an introduction to the field. To be registered as a fully qualified counsellor they will need to hold a Bachelor of Counselling or equivalent.
For your interest my qualifications include a Bachelor Degree in Psychotherapy, Counselling and Human Change, and I am a Member of the PACFA – Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.
How will I know if a therapist is right for me?
Choosing a therapist is not only about qualifications, you actually need to be on the same wavelength. You need to be able to relate to them and feel comfortable sharing personal elements of your life with them. Questions to ask a new therapist include:
What are your qualifications and experience?
What are your areas of interest or specialisation?
What approach do you take to your counselling?
What can I expect in a session?
How many sessions do you recommend?
What professional associations are you a member of?
What are your fees?
Types of counselling offered by a therapist
A therapist could offer a range of counselling services, including:
Grief and loss counselling
Want to explore counselling and therapy? Call me, Ginny, on 0412 88 2345 or message me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested, I am always ready to listen and answer any questions you may have.