In this day and age, there are thousands of therapists in hundreds of different modalities all claiming they can help you. It can become so overwhelming trying to figure out who is right for each issue that clients often comment they take years off of getting treatment because they don't even know where to start! Below are some points to think of when selecting what therapist you are going to see.
- Credentials: It's easy to fall into the trap of seeing lots of abbreviations behind somebody's name and thinking that it must all mean something. Be curiously skeptical; if you are unsure of what they stand for ask the therapist for further clarification, or how long each program was. Some credentials take years to achieve while others take weekends!
- Goals: Setting goals for your treatment sessions helps increase efficiency by streamlining your treatment focus. Be realistic but set tangible goals; if you've had a chronic issue for a decade chances are it won't get sorted out in one hour. However if you are working properly with your therapist you should see improvements within the first few sessions which will show you whether it's the right modality or therapist for you.
- Modalities: Who you see is important, but what they do is just as important. Think of each therapy modality as a stressor on the body; some may be more invasive for you body than others and require more homecare or recovery time allotted after the treatment. Think about what area you think is in need; if it's physical start with a physical treatment, if it's emotional look for a treatment modality that may compliment it better such as Reiki or Yoga nidra.
- Personality: Your confidence and comfort with your therapist are critical to the efficiency of the treatment. If you are nervous about being in a room with somebody it's going to be hard to relax the areas being worked on! Think about what traits you would like to find in a therapist so you can identify whether you may be the right client/therapist pair.
By thinking about a few of these topics before you book an appointment, it can help streamline and improve your treatment goals. Never be afraid to ask questions of your therapist; the more you work together the greater the results!