Dr Tom Bichard - Counselling Psychologist | Harrow & Kings Cross
Whilst there is no one-size-fits-all approach to therapy and everyone's experience of it is different, there are particular aspects to consider when choosing a therapist. Primarily, it is worth ensuring that any practitioner is qualified and experienced. Perhaps as importantly, it is also worth considering whether a therapist feels like they may be a 'good fit'.
You may be looking for something focused and goal-oriented, or exploratory and related to your past experiences, or both. Whatever reasons you are seeking therapy, it is important to choose the right person who will be respectful, transparent, honest and professional. My training was in the field of Counselling Psychology. A field with a humanistic value base at its core, it does not assume a superiority of any one way of thinking, feeling or knowing. It does not actively seek to convince or categorise. This means that I adopt an open-minded stance - I do not wish to put you in a box.
Whilst therapy is a step to take, it should also be a welcoming space where you can go at your own pace. Ultimately, the sessions aim to encourage your self-esteem, autonomy and choices, making your experiences less restricted by feelings; empowering you to think openly about what is happening and to work out how to move forward.