In the area of counselling and psychotherapy, there are around a hundred different codes of practice and complaints procedures in the UK. In recent years, there have been many attempts at working towards a central process for handling complaints but this was derailed last year, effectively ending the final goal of a national register for therapists. The vast majority of psychotherapists are genuine, however, the one or two bad eggs receive much publicity in the media and naturally give cause for concern to many clients who need counselling or psychotherapy services. So it is important to make sure that you feel comfortable with your psychotherapist and know what to look for. Here are a few pointers to watch out for:

  • your psychotherapist or counsellor should welcome any questions and answer them openly and honestly.
  • you should feel safe and secure at all times.
  • everything in your session should be absolutely private and confidential.
  • a good therapist should never judge you. At no point should a psychotherapist or counsellor ever react negatively to you, only therapeutically.
  • take into account the psychotherapist’s qualifications and feel free to check them with the examining body.

There are actually few psychotherapists or counsellors who abuse the system, but by following these pointers you should be able to feel confident about your choice of therapist.