CHOOSING A THERAPIST

MAKING AN INFORMED CHOICE

THE THERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIP. A productive client-clinician relationship is a finely-tuned working relationship. It's a relationship based on trust that has the potential to enhance all levels of energy and activity - physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. For that relationship to serve you effectively, you must feel comfortable to communicate your treatment needs and expectations as well as thoughts and feelings about your problem.

WHERE TO START LOOKING. When you look for an energy psychotherapist or counselor, I suggest you look first for a trained, experienced practitioner who has excellent credentials and a credible reputation. Friends or colleagues may mention names of therapists who are highly respected and who do "tapping therapies" or "energy work." You might asking your family doctor to recommend local therapists whose work they know and who might be appropriate for your problem. Your local Mental Health clinic probably has a list of local counselors and psychotherapists, and the staff will know which of those use energy-based methods. You might also look in your Yellow Pages under Counsellors, Therapists, and/or Psychologists to see which ones mention both traditional and holistic approaches. As well, the originators of clinically proven Energy Psychology modalities such as the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), Tapas Acupressure Techniques (TAT), Be Set Free Fast (BSFF), and Seemorg Matrix Work all have websites with directories of therapists trained in their methods.

INTERVIEWING YOUR THERAPIST CANDIDATES. Practitioners are usually happy to respond to brief telephone interviews with people shopping for a therapist. In your case, not only do you want a good therapist, but you want also to identify those who are trained and experienced in a range of Energy Psychology methods and techniques. Briefly tell the practitioner what your problem is and what you're looking for. Then, the answers to your questions will help you decide who qualifies to help you with your problem. NEXT is a list of basic questions which prospective clients have asked me in telephone interviews.

 

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