Accessing help to resolve a personal, family or relationship problem can be a difficult decision and finding a therapist in London can feel daunting. There are many practitioners to choose from and many factors to consider in making a decision about who to see. More and more people are using the internet to find a psychotherapist in London and this can be a helpful way to narrow down any factors that may influence the choice of therapist, such as the location of their practice, the client group they see and so on.
One of the most important initial criteria in selecting a psychotherapist should be that the practitioner is registered with a relevant regulatory body. A Clinical Psychologist can offer a range of psychotherapies and should always be registered with the Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC). The HCPC are a regulator of the health and care professions. Other important regulatory bodies for psychotherapy include The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC), The Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP), The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). To check if a therapist is registered with a regulatory body, all you need to do is to go to the relevant website where you can look for their name and details on the register. If the therapist appears on the register you can be assured that they meet certain standards. Such regulatory bodies are set up to protect the public by keeping a register of professionals who meet their standards for professional skills and training.
Once you have narrowed down your search for a suitable therapist then actually meeting with a therapist for the first time can feel daunting. However, an assessment can often be helpful in its own right. An initial meeting with a therapist will help you to clarify what is going on for you and think about what form of psychotherapy may be right for you. The assessment is an opportunity to think through your difficulties and provides you with the chance to meet with a potential therapist. Finding a psychotherapist that you feel you can work with is a crucial step in making the decision to embark on any form of psychotherapy and should always be a critical criterion.