How do I choose my psychotherapist?

May 2021

The therapist platforms

In recent years, most psychologists, psychotherapists and counselors offer their services through specialized therapist platforms.

The number of psychotherapists is however so great that the choice becomes difficult and for this reason I list some of the criteria you can use to choose.

The evaluation

The effectiveness of a therapist, like any other professional, is evaluated by his patients. A therapist with experience has better and more reviews. On the other hand, platforms often have a significant financial cost for the therapist and that is why many good therapists maintain their independence and promote themselves exclusively through their own means.

The exploratory (non-binding) session

A therapist who believes in his work will not hesitate to offer you a first (perhaps free) trial session because they knows that the therapeutic relationship is more effective if it is warm and honest. If you are already in some emotional trouble the last thing you need is another dysfunctional human relationship.

Adherence to the code of ethics

A simple search on social media can give you valuable information about your therapist. The limited exposure of the therapist on social media and of course the absolute confidentiality regarding their work, is not only imposed by the rules of ethics and conduct of psychotherapists, but also constitutes a solid basis for your trust in the future.

At your first meeting, make sure your therapist explains the terms of the therapeutic framework and asks for your consent for any principle.

The physical presence

Even if they work via video calls, your therapist should have a physical presence in an office or clinic and allow you to meet in person if you wish. Look for their name among the associates of a clinic or a professional body before contacting them.

Studies and experience

Your psychotherapist must be informed about the latest on the profession. For example, the emergence since 2012 of new disorders related to the use of electronic devices by teenagers is one of dozens of developments discussed at meetings and conferences internationally. Degrees and experience are of course a safe start. If you are looking for distance therapy, don't hesitate to ask your therapist for more information about their work permit and the professional organizations they belong to.

Finally, seek to learn about your therapist's methods and discuss goals for your treatment with them.

Contact me for a free, no-obligation introductory session.

Vicky Tsiaousi is a special education teacher who, after years of experience in special schools in Great Britain, followed a two-year postgraduate qualification and clinical experience in art psychotherapy in Edinburgh, Scotland. She practiced as an art psychotherapist in Scotland, England and Sweden. In Switzerland he practices with the title of art therapist with the certification of ASCA (Fondation Suisse pour le Médecines Complémentaires).