LeBon's top 7 tips on finding the right psychotherapy or counselling
choice of counselling or psychotherapy course is crucial - it could be
the difference between making the satisfying career change or want and
being disillusioned and frusrated. I now teach some courses and also
offer advice to trainee counsellors seeking the right course.
you want to book a consultation on this topic, e-mail me. Here for free
are my top 7 tips on finding the right course for you.
Think carefully about before comming to a particular type of therapy
training. There is such a confusing range on show. It's crucial to
think not only about the type of counselling - humanistic, cognitive,
psychodynamic or existential - and whether it convinces you. You also
need to think about whether you have the right type of personality and
skills to practice that type of therapy. For example, to be a good CBT
therapist you need to be able to work in a structured way. Working in
an existential way you need to be more comfortable working in a less
structured way. It's usually a good idea to do tasters in a variety of
therapies before commiting to a longer training.
Don't be afraid to ask lots of questions before signing up for a
diploma. Counselling training centres sometimes put a lot of barriers
in your way, which may make you glad to be accepted anywhere.Don't! You
are buying their course, it's an expenssive purchase, so be as fussy as
you would be if you were buying something else.
3.Ask "who will be
teaching me?". Some centres have very famous people on
the staff - but that won't help you much if they aren't
you! Make sure you get to see at least the main tutor on your course ,
and that you like their style and approach.
Ask to speak to people who have graduated from the course, or at least
have e-mail access to them. Have they been satisfied or not?
Make sure that the course leads to the sort of qualifications that you
need. Will you be able to practice after doing this course or need
further training. Of course, if it is a weekend workshop, it would be
unrealistic to expect it to lead to practice, but if it is a 2 year
diploma then its very important that you will gain the right
the course requires you do a placement, make sure that you have the
time to do such a placement and also that the institution provides the
right support in helping you find it. I've known courses which have
included addresses of placements where it turns out the placements have
no interest whatseover in taking on trainees. This can be very
Think of your counselling and psychotherapy training as a great
opportunity for your own personal development. Look upon it
the first step on a journey to the next phase of your life. You can't
be quite sure where it will lead, but you are determined to make the
most of it.