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The relationship between a patient and the therapist matters tremendously in the evolution of their treatment, which means you need to find a counsellor you resonate with and makes you comfortable with sharing personal details about your life. Asking around for referrals will leave you with a long list of therapist names, but who do you choose? 

At UK Therapy Guide, our counsellors offer a free counselling session for new clients, which usually happens over the phone, so that you can discuss and decide if you want to schedule an appointment. This is not your normal therapy session, but rather an opportunity for you and the therapist to get to know each other and see if there is room for collaboration. 

Scheduling a phone consultation does not make you obligated to pursue therapy with the same counsellor, so feel encouraged to reach out and discuss with your potential therapist, free of obligations and charge.

What is the purpose of an initial phone consultation?

An initial phone consultation can last anywhere between 15 to 50 minutes, depending on the counsellor. The purpose of this consultation is so that you can decide if the therapist matches your needs and if an in-person meeting should happen. 

Get prepared with questions, expect the therapist to ask you some questions as well, and listen to what your body is communicating. Do you feel comfortable talking to them? Do they help you relax and open up? If you feel emotionally safe, then chances are you found the right professional. 

What should I expect from a free therapy consultation?

The counsellors we collaborate with at UK Therapy Session value the well-being of their clients above all and know how important it is for a patient to find the right therapist. In your free therapy consultation, they will try to get to know you better, to ensure they are qualified to meet your needs, by asking questions such as:

  • What made you consider therapy?
  • Have you been to therapy before?
  • What is it that you look for in a therapist?
  • What worked in your past therapy experiences, and what didn’t?

All of these questions will allow the therapist to assess your situation and determine if they are suited to begin therapy with you. If your issue is not of their expertise, then they can refer you to someone more suitable. 

What can I ask a counsellor during a free initial consultation?

You can go ahead and ask your therapist a few questions as well, to determine if they are a good fit or not. These questions will allow you to get a better sense of the approaches they are using and whether or not those approaches work for you. 

  • Things to ask your counsellor on an initial consultation:
  • Can you tell me a bit about your practice?
  • Do you have experience working with clients in a similar situation to mine?
  • What therapy approaches do you use?
  • What are your fees? Do you accept my health insurance?

How can I determine if a therapist is a good fit for me?

The relationship between a patient and his therapist is known as a therapeutic alliance and is, as you know, very important for the success of the therapy experience. During and after your initial consultation, you need to evaluate if the person you are speaking to is suited to become your therapist.

It may sound like a difficult task to complete over the phone, but here’s what you want to ask yourself before you decide:

  • Would I feel comfortable sharing important and personal stuff with this therapist?
  • Do I feel my voice is heard, and my opinions are respected?
  • Is this therapist knowledgeable enough to help with my condition?
  • Does this therapist use language that is easy to understand for me?

Is the answer to these questions is mostly yes, then you have found a suited counsellor.

Scheduling your free initial appointment

To get in touch with our therapists and schedule a free initial consultation, all you need to do is fill in the form below and let us do the rest. We will show you the most accurate results fitting your criteria, and you can schedule an appointment with a professional you consider most suited for your needs.

You can choose between online and local therapy, as many of the counsellors we collaborate with provide both options. Don’t hesitate to contact the dedicated support team at UK Therapy Guide for advice on how to find a suitable therapist. 

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