5 questions to ask before hiring a therapist for panic attacks, anxiety or agoraphobia.
Hiring a panic attack therapist to help you overcome your panic attacks, anxiety or agoraphobia can be a nightmare, and can have disasterous consequences if you don’t carry out some precautionary checks. There are many people working in this field who have no qualifications or training. To help you make an informed choice, I have put together 5 questions for you to ask a therapist before you consider parting with your cash.
1. Which therapy are you qualified in and where did you study?
You would be amazed how many “therapists” have no qualifications, or have completed a weekend course somewhere. Worse still, they may have set themselves up because they are a past sufferer and now feel that they can help others. Ensure that they are fuly trained and have been trained by a recognised body, before hiring a panic attack therapist.
.2. Have you taken out insurance for public liability?
Every therapist should have insurance to protect him/herself, and also to protect the client. Although rare, things do go wrong in therapy and it is important that all parties are protected.
3. I will need daily support in the beginning? Are you able to provide this?
When you are suffering from an anxiety disorder, it is important to have daily support from your therapist. By this, I do not mean a helpline when something goes wrong. The therapist should be supporting you through techniques you need to learn and also offer optional daily relaxation/meditation sessions with you, depending on your needs. There is a higher probability of recovery where clients are provided with daily relaxation/meditation sessions.
4. If I hire you, can you confirm that you will personally carry out this support?
Many therapists offer support but, when you ring them, you get a nameless face on the other end of the line. It is important that you are receiving personal support from the therapist and not his/her secretary. This person may not be qualified at the same level as the therapist.
5. Can I try your services for free for a few days?
When hiring a panic attack therapist, it is important that the therapist and the client has a good working relationship, and there is mutual trust. The only way to do this is to have a few days working together to see how you get on.
So, there you are! Do not be embarrassed to ask these questions, and any more you can think of. Any competent therapist will be glad that you are making the effort to choose the best therapist for your problem. If he or she is unable to answer your questions fully, it might be worth looking elsewhere.
I can confirm that I meet all the above requirements. If you are interested in hiring me, please click here to see my rates and further information. You can also email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 077 8215 8008. Please note that my programme for anxiety disorders, including my personal support, is online, so it doesn’t matter which country you live in.
Vincent Benedict DipHyp, DipSPC, CertTH, NLP Pract
*** Disclaimer: Please note that, as with all therapies, results may vary from person to person.