Often when the question arises as to how to choose a therapist, most people might look up the Yellow Pages or see an advertisement somewhere.  However, there are a number of important things we suggest that might be important to consider when choosing a Counsellor or any therapist.  For most people, the decision to make an appointment with a Counsellor is not a small one, and can often be confusing, with questions such as ‘Would I prefer a male or female, someone older or younger?’ and ‘Should I see a specialist?’ all adding to the confusion.

At The Change Room you have the advantage of making an appointment over the phone with the counsellor you will be working with. This can help you get a feel for the mood and the way in which a session will feel. You can talk directly to Glenn and discuss any concerns or ideas and negotiate therapy options before your first visit. Another advantage of this is the level of privacy you will receive. Sometimes the things that need to be talked about are extremely sensitive and privacy is essential. At The Change Room, privacy is made easy as there are no reception staff or busy public waiting rooms. You deal directly with Glenn from the first contact to the completion of any sessions and beyond.

Here are some things that might be useful for consideration

1. Qualifications and Professional Association Memberships.
Qualifications provide some measure of the level and type of training that a therapist brings. Professional Association Membership status can provide further indication as to the standard and type of assistance the therapist can offer. Also getting a feel for the guidelines can help to understand the minimum amount of continuing professional development and legal requirements needed for membership.

2. Experience and specialisations / interests.
It may be important to consider the level of experience of the counsellor you are considering and their particular specializations and interests. If the therapist offers treatments and has some interest and expertise for the difficulties you are experiencing, this can be a good starting point.

3. The “mood” or “attitude” of the clinic / service
It may also be important for you the client to assess the mood or the “attitude” of the service you are enquiring about. Often the way your enquiries are handled can be a fair reflection of the standard of service you might expect to receive. Counsellors are generally in the business of effective interactions and Glenn believes the service needs to reflect this, from your first phone or e-mail enquiry until the final contact and beyond and as written before, a trend from the most recent research strongly suggests that effective therapy has more to do with the effectiveness of the relationship between client and therapist, than expertise, training and experience.