How to Choose The Right Adult Counselling Services in Newcastle for You
Finding the right counsellor can be a long and sometimes confusing process. Maybe you have asked friends and family, and searched online, but still aren’t sure whether the ones you find would be a good fit for you or your specific problem? You may also be unsure whether they can deliver the results or help that you want.
Our own adult counselling services in Newcastle specialise in providing counselling and talking therapies (including cognitive-behavioural therapy or CBT, and other proven approaches) for a range of problems and to improve your overall mental health.
It is important to find someone that you can relate to and feel safe without being judged. Here are some tips on how to find the most suitable counsellor, psychologist or therapist for you.
Some things to look out for include:
Recommendations from Others
Even though talking about your difficulties or mental health can be difficult, asking for recommendations from a family member, friend, or reading a therapist’s reviews on Google or the various online directories (discussed later) can be a good starting point.
Seeking recommendations from a family member, good friend or someone that has used a therapist’s services before is always a wise choice, as you can trust them to suggest someone who has helped them and delivered positive results.
You may also want to ask your GP for recommendations, though not all NHS services are able to recommend private therapists.
Use a Search Engine
You can find a large number of adult counselling services through online search engines (such as Google or Bing). Keep in mind though that having a great website isn’t always an indication of high quality counselling services.
Whilst searching through websites to find someone suitable, be sure to read past client reviews. If a counsellor has a social media presence that fits with your problem, or appears to be a specialist in their field, this can be a good sign. The presence of detailed information about the services offered, listed on the website with transparent pricing, is also helpful.
Try to avoid those that advertise as skilled in working with a range of different problems as different problems often require different therapeutic approaches. For reference, all of the psychologists and adult counsellors at Newcastle Psychologist & Counselling specialise in certain therapies and/or only work with a narrow range of difficulties.
Consequently, our team of adult counsellors, psychologists and CBT Therapists are highly skilled and experienced in their own specialist problem areas (whether depression, anxiety, sleep, anger management, couples therapy, addiction, or child psychology) and provide more expert approaches than those advertising as general counsellors.
Make Some Calls
Sometimes you know by hearing someone’s telephone manner whether they would be the right adult counsellor, psychologist or therapist for you. A good counsellor or psychologist will often offer a short telephone conversation to make sure that they are the best person to help.
It is a good idea to make some calls and ask about the services available and check pricing is as stated on their site. You can find our prices and services on our Appointments & Fees page.
Express your interest in certain types of services and ask them to tell you more about them. This is the best way to get a feel for someone – at Newcastle Psychologist & Counselling we offer this as part of our initial contact to ensure that we match you with the best therapist to suit your problem.
Experience and Qualifications
With any therapy and counselling services, the counsellor, psychologist or therapist’s skills, experience and reputation are key. An experienced and well-qualified counsellor or psychologist is more likely to deliver the best results.
To help with this, most adult counsellors, psychologists and therapists will often have their qualifications (and sometimes their experience) listed on their website. For example, you can find out about my qualifications, specialism and experience on our About Me page.
You might want to check whether they have pursued any other training relevant to your specific problem as this will be extra to any basic therapy training and show a particular interest in this area. You can also check whether they are a member of a reputable governing body.
Examples of these are the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) for psychologists, the BACP for counsellors and the BABCP for CBT therapists
For Further Information on Our Adult Counselling Services in Newcastle
Seeing a psychologist, counsellor or CBT therapist can be a big decision, and it is important that you seek someone that you feel can help you with your problem. By following the steps above, you are more likely to find a suitable adult counselling services in Newcastle that can fit your needs.
At Newcastle Psychologist & Counselling, our mission is to match clients with the best specialist to help their situation. As such, we have a range of child and adult counsellors, psychologists and CBT therapists who specialise in different problem areas to ensure you get the best service available.
If you feel that our counselling services can help, or you wish to book an appointment with one of our team, contact us today using the form below.
Dr Stuart Sadler
Lead Clinical Psychologist