How can I be sure to address myself to a qualified person?I
t is an essential question that's deserving of study. Several keys make it possible to find the right door. I present them to you:
Training: You ensure that the therapist that you consult, has studied in a university or a school which set records in the field of psychotherapy. It takes several years of basic studies to start to understand this profession. In the Internet Age, it is possible to verify easily.
Supervision: A professional therapist will always be supervised. Ask the question, the answer must be clear and without hesitation. A supervisor is a peer, in general the senior in the profession of therapy and who has followed additional training to accompany a therapist. He helps the therapist to see more clearly delicate situations that the therapist has with his patient, and that he alludes to by maintaining the secrecy of the identity of the latter. The supervision is a warranty both for the therapist and patient.
Ongoing Training: Any occupational field evolves and any professional also. It is of first importance to continue training beyond the initial studies. It is moreover a professional obligation for some according to the code of conduct that they are committed to observing. I for my part signed the code of conduct of the EPG (Parisian School of Gestalt) and of the EAP (European Association of Psychotherapy).
Professionalism: You will see it be expressed through the elements quoted above but, also detailed ethical aspects on the One on One Therapy page. A therapist must obviously declare his work; he must give you a receipt or an invoice for each one of your meetings.
Trust yourself: What do you feel vis-a-vis the therapist whom you will see for the first time? Do you feel that he listens to you, that he is interested, that he is respectful and benevolent, that he is relevant, that he readily informs you and answers your questions? And then before you to decide, and if you still hesitate after the first therapist you can absolutely meet others, no exaggeration. Even two or three professionals will allow you to have a more precise idea.