How to choose a Body Psychotherapist

Research has shown that it is not the specific type of Psychotherapy – the techniques or methods – which determines its success – rather the relationship between client and therapist. So choosing a therapist and working in a successful relationship together is of great importance.

It is always a good idea to shop around and if possible get a recommendation for a therapist from a friend or family member.

You can also find a Body Psychotherapist / somatic psychologist in your country by consulting the list of members on the EABP Therapist Register.

First acquaintance with a therapist

It is important to take the time to find out what you want to know.

You could ask the following questions:

  • What are your qualifications /training?
  • Have you had clients with my particular problem?
  • What do you think you can do for me?
  • How long might it take?
  • Is all body psychotherapy the same – what different types are there?
  • How often should I have a session?
  • How much does it cost?
  • Is the cost covered by your medical insurance?
  • What happens if I take a holiday? Will I still have to pay?
  • Will the therapy be confidential?
  • Will you make notes during the session, and if so, what happens to these?
  • Can I contact you between sessions?

The relationship

Because the relationship you have with your therapist is perhaps the most important in determining the success of your therapy, we recommend that after your first session/s you determine whether you can develop a satisfactory relationship with your chosen therapist.

If you cannot – find another one!

Here are some of the questions you might ask yourself:

  • Do you feel heard by the therapist?
  • Do you feel like the therapist respects you?
  • Is the therapist condescending?
  • Does the therapist seem like a real person or are they playing a role?
  • Is the therapist passive or active in the session? What do you like better?
  • Does it seem like the therapist will be open to hearing about all your feelings, including frustrated feelings relating to them?
  • Does the therapist have a positive outlook on life?
  • Did you feel better or worse after the session?
  • Do you feel comfortable with the therapist?
  • Does this seem like a safe place to express your thoughts, concerns and feelings?