Choosing a therapist
As you will see from a Google search, there are many counsellors and psychotherapists in the Camden / Chalk Farm / Kentish Town (NW1/NW5) area. The difficulty is selecting a therapist to meet for a first session, based on the information in their profile or on their website which can, in the end, all seem very similar, and at times jargony. This can leave you feeling overwhelming and confused, so you end up doing nothing.
Ultimately, the only way of knowing for certain whether a counsellor is right for you is to meet them, and sit with them. However, as you can see, therapists tend to charge at least £60 per session, so I can imagine this makes you feel like you can’t afford to make too many wrong choices.
Taking this into account, I do not charge for a first session; I see this session as a chance for you to get a sense of whether you feel comfortable working with me, and for me to get a sense of whether I am the right person to help you.
In the process of choosing a therapist online, the first thing to check is that she or he is registered with a professional body. This ensures they abide by a strict code of ethics. Then comes the job of reading the profiles. If you know what therapeutic approach you prefer this can be a way of narrowing the field. Some people, however, quite understandably, don’t know which therapeutic approach is the best fit to help them with their problem. In this case I would suggest either doing some research or choosing to see an integrative counsellor or psychotherapist who, once they have a measure of a person and their presenting problem, is trained to be able to draw on a ‘toolbox’ of approaches, techniques and ideas that fit with your needs. Also, make sure your therapist lists your issues among those the she or he has worked with before.
As well as the above, you are naturally likely to be drawn to faces that you like, as well as other visual cues that include ethnicity, age, gender and style. Further considerations may of course be price, location and experience or specialism.
I would welcome a meeting with you, which is free of charge, to discuss your situation. However, if you don’t feel I look or read like the right therapist to help you, I wish you the best of luck in finding that person. I have every confidence that you will.
If you would like to arrange an initial assessment appointment, please contact me by either mobile phone, email or contact form.