Lost in the Maze of "Therapies"......

I have been asked a lot lately about other kinds of therapy. I thought it would be useful to shed some light!

As an adult looking for therapy or indeed a parent looking for help for their child, it can be very confusing to decipher what "therapy" to choose.

A parent asked me recently what EFT, NLP, CBT and other things she had seen advertised stood for! I felt for this parent as they were desperately seeking help and like many parents, found herself confused about what all these mean.

As a an Integrative Psychotherapist I am trained in several modalities or theories that all come under a psychotherapy framework. Many of the other therapies are not psychotherapy based and are providing something quite different. NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) for instance, is more of a coaching tool and whilst it has some useful thinking, it does not qualify a person to work therapeutically with a mental health issue. EFT (Emotional Freedom Therapy) again is a technique rather than a psychotherapeutic training. CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) does come under a clinical umbrella.

I would encourage adults and parents looking for mental health support to seek a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist. It is my hope that all practitioners whether coaches or psychotherapists are ethical in being transparent in what they are offering and that they assess clients appropriately.

It takes a lot of courage and faith to enter yourself or child into therapy so check the practitioners credentials, experience and ask them what they specialise in. Ask about registration and whether they are a member of a governing body like the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and most importantly, trust your instinct, if it doesn't feel right then it isn't right for you!