You may wish to consider the following points but
First of all, use your intuition and take your mind out of the equation. Why?
Remember the reference in the section on Vibrational Medicine about how energy lingers. You know when you feel uncomfortable somewhere and you also know who you are drawn to. Just for a few seconds, close your eyes and really try to remember how you feel when you are tense in someone’s company. This quick exercise should help you realise why it is important to feel comfortable with a practitioner – the more you relax the more you are able to accept and receive the full benefits of the treatment.
Vary depending on qualifications, experience etc. Don’t make assumptions with the mind, based solely on price but remember that you are worth the investment because the most important thing is that you see the right person for you.
Ensure that a practitioner is qualified and insured. There are contra-indications to many therapies and an untrained therapist will not necessarily know this. Your safety is always paramount
Don’t make the assumption that you can only ever see one practitioner or that only one therapy is right for you. As you change so might your needs.
If you are unsure remember that most complementary practitioners will talk to you on the phone if you have questions you would like answered. This phone call will also help you to know if you feel comfortable with the person. You may need to ring a couple of practitioners before making a decision about who to book an appointment with, that’s fine as long as you see the right person for you at this time.
If you have a few sessions and cease treatment that’s great, no-one should be dependent upon a ‘therapist’. However if life throws another ‘challenge’ at you, it may be that you return to the practitioner for further treatment (or feel drawn to choose a different one for the new situation you are experiencing.)
Be aware of:
- Being told you will definitely require a specific number of sessions – some people take longer than others to respond, while others only need one session
- Paying for lots of sessions in advance, you may not need them – unless you are using complementary therapy as a form of relaxation, a bit like a yoga class
- Practitioners who do not keep case notes – if you don’t see them for some time they will probably have forgotten what you told them and you may need to go over old ground – not particularly helpful when you are trying to move forward
- Guarantees and promises – nothing is guaranteed but everything is possible
Good practitioners will:
- Make you feel welcome, safe and nurtured
- Guarantee confidentiality
- Not judge you
- Answer your questions
- Not allow you to become dependant upon them
- Tell you if they feel they are not the best person to treat you at that time
- Not force you to commit to lengthy treatment plans but allow you to book when you wish to
- Not ask you to do something, or talk about anything, that you are uncomfortable with
- Not make guarantees about outcomes – even hospital consultants can’t do this!
Note: Most complementary practitioners recommend that you experience three sessions as it may take this long for you to really start seeing changes and therefore decide if the treatment is beneficial to you. This is similar to when a doctor tells you ‘it will take a few days for the medication to get into your system and really start working’. However you may see results after one session and sometimes it’s your friends and family who notice changes in you after a treatment.