Choosing a therapist


How do I choose a complementary therapist?

Complementary therapies such as reflexology are growing in popularity. Many people with a variety of individual needs find therapies enjoyable and beneficial to their well-being. Choosing a therapist, however, can be a daunting prospect. The guide below is designed to highlight some issues to consider and make your path to your perfect therapist clearer.

The first step in the process is finding a therapist. Asking friends for a referral is a great way to find a good complementary therapist. The next best route is via a professional body such as the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) in the UK This ensures the therapist is qualified and adheres to their code of professional ethics designed to protect the public.

After you have found a choice of therapists to contact there are some key questions to ask. All good practitioners will be happy to answer questions about their qualifications and experience. You should consider asking how long their training course was and how long they have been practising.

Once you are satisfied that the therapist is trained and experienced it’s important to find out some practical details about the treatment.

How much does the treatment cost?

Are there charges if I’m unable to attend?

Will I have to buy any additional items, e.g. at home remedies?

How often should I have treatments?

How long does the appointment last?

Are there any after effects I need to be aware of?

Can I drive after the treatment?

Is there anything I should do to prepare for the treatment?

Can I bring someone with me?

Choosing a therapist is a very personal process. Call the therapist and have a chat about what you want. Discuss any specific needs you may have such as wheelchair use. Find out how and where they practise. Is it an environment that you would feel comfortable and safe in? Most therapies can be adapted to suit individual needs but it’s worth checking first.

If you are unsure about the therapist for any reason then I’d advise you move on to look for someone else. Our instinct is not to be ignored, it doesn’t mean there is necessarily anything wrong with the therapist but the therapist may not be a good match for your needs.

All treatments should begin with a detailed health and lifestyle consultation. If your therapist wants to start treatment without this I would recommend you do not proceed. Remember, you are allowing somebody to treat your body… never be afraid to ask more questions and never be afraid to decline or stop the treatment if you are not happy with any aspect of it.

Complementary therapy such as is enjoyable and can really improve your sense of well-being. I hope this guide will give you extra confidence to choose a therapist for you.

About the author: Joanne Marie is a nurse and reflexology practitioner working at Breathe Holistic Therapy Kidderminster A passionate advocate of complementary therapies Joanne works with a wide variety of clients. Joanne has a ten-year old son who loves reflexology almost as much as his mother!

26 Apr, 2013

6 thoughts on “Choosing a therapist

    1. I absolutely agree with you. A good blog for those of us who have no idea about how to choose a therapist.

      A good starting point.

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