#MindYourself: Six tips for choosing a psychotherapist or counsellor
1 Make sure that your therapist is sufficiently qualified. All counsellors and psychotherapists accredited by the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) have at least two years' training and 450 hours of supervised therapy practice behind them. See www.iacp.ie for details.
2 Ask yourself whether you feel comfortable talking to your therapist? Do you feel as though you're being judged, or not being respected? If so, it's time to move on.
3 Remember that you are always in control, and this is about you. If your therapist talks about themselves a lot - and it does happen - feel free to find another therapist.
4 There are several different 'schools' of psychotherapy, the most popular of which are psychoanalysis and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). A good therapist will figure out which approach fits best with your personality and emotional circumstances.
5 If a therapist remains quiet throughout the whole session, this is not necessarily a bad sign. But if this approach doesn't work for you, mention it to your therapist.
6 For perhaps obvious reasons, don't choose a therapist who is a friend, relative or any kind of acquaintance. Therapists obey a code of conduct, but the connection may make you uncomfortable.