Finding the right therapist is a personal choice. In fact, much research shows that the best predictor of therapy success is the quality of the therapist-patient relationship. Only you can pick your ideal therapist - but we make this choice easier for you here.
Here's a simple step-by-step guide you can follow.
First, we recommend doing a bit of research about therapy. Try to identifiy your challenge (e.g. depression, anxiety, trauma etc.) and see what's recommended as treatment methods. This can make it easier to choose a therapists as you can then look for someone who treats this and rule out all other therapists. Also, it helps knowing a bit about the therapy process itself before you dive straight into it. However, this is by no means necessary if you're in urgent need of help. If you just connect with a therapist, they can personally give you the ins and outs of it all.
When you're ready to find your therapist, go through our short guided search to find therapists who fit your needs. At the end of the questionnaire, you will be shown a therapist specifically chosen for you. If you don't like the choice, you can click to see the next one. When you're ready, you can request a free first session via the red 'Book free session' button to begin connecting with them.
On our Browse Therapists page, you have more options to customise your choice via the 'More search options' link beneath the main search drop-down at the top.
It’s completely free to book a first 15-minute session with our therapists and perfectly acceptable to ‘shop around', so you may want to try a few to see who feels right for you before committing to a session. It might be helpful for you to jot down some notes when considering each of your preferences so that the first communication you have with your therapist(s) is as clear as possible. Unfortunately, a ‘hello, can you help me?’ doesn’t give the therapist much to go on, so try to be as honest, direct and clear as possible about what you’re currently going through, how it’s making you feel, how it impacts your life and what changes you’d like to see in your future. Don’t be afraid to ask them about their expertise and experience in the area you’d like to work on, or any other questions you have about the counselling process.
We wish you the best of luck finding a good therapist fit for you. It's not easy to dive into, but we know therapy changes lives for the better so it's more than worth your effort.