A Therapist That's Right for You!
Over the course
of this column, Ive often encouraged people to seek help when they feel stuck in
their lives. I realize though, that this is a foreign experience for most people. We are
culturally conditioned to believe that it is weak to seek help for personal matters.
This is a myth. In reality, it can take a lot of courage to take the risk of seeing
past our conditioned ego and see what lurks beneath.
We are also conditioned to believe it is weak to show our vulnerable side. Another
myth! In reality it takes strength to show the vulnerable parts of ourselves we have
But even when we have decided our life is out of control and we need a neutral
perspective, most people are unfamiliar with the helping network. Most clients find their
therapist through word of mouth. But I have always been amazed at the number of clients
who say that they just picked a name in the yellow pages. I realize that many people
seeking help do not know their options. Here are some guidelines to follow when looking
for someone with which to do personal growth work.
You must feel comfortable with your
therapist. If you dont feel comfortable you are with the wrong person. You do
yourself a great disservice by staying with a therapist you dont like. Nothing will
about the therapists formal training. Personally, if a client takes the time to ask
such questions, I know that theyre serious about finding a good match. Training for
therapists crosses several formal educational disciplines. Relevant degrees can be earned
in Social Work, Child and Youth Care, Nursing, Counselling, or Psychology.
have found that often people are confused about the difference between a Psychologist and
a Psychiatrist. A Psychologist is a licensed professional with a Ph.D in psychology.
Psychiatrists are physicians who has completed a residency in psychiatry and are
the only mental health professionals licensed to prescribe medications.
can also ask questions about your counsellors theoretical approach. Even if you are
not knowledgeable about such theory, you will still be picking up clues as to whether or
not this therapist is for you. Some of the approaches to therapy might be; behavioral,
cognitive, humanistic, experiential, psychoanalytic, family systems, bodywork therapies,
energy psychology and many more.
5) The field of energy
psychology is relatively new and includes a large number of differing techniques. These
techniques move beyond "talking therapies' and will incorporate both the body and
mind to facilitate deeper and lasting change.
are both public and private counsellors. Public counsellors work for community or
government agencies where there is usually little or no fee for service. Private
counsellors do charge a fee for service. Their fee usually depends on their level of
experience and education. Some have a sliding scale. Its like shopping for anything
else; dont forget to ask how much!
extended health plans include coverage for counselling.
finally, throughout your counselling experience, you need to be the judge as to whether or
not this experience is helping you meet your change goals. Keep control of your own growth