You know the thing – you’d love a massage but don’t know anyone who does that, so you are a little anxious about going to a stranger. What if they are heavy handed with you, or not qualified to do massage – how do you find out?

Or perhaps you have a health condition and you would like some complementary medicine to support NHS treatment, or perhaps NHS treatment is not working – so how do you find someone you can trust to help you?

Well there are several things you can check before visiting a complementary or other type of therapist:

• Look at their website – do they say what qualifications they have? Have you heard of these qualifications – perhaps check the examining body to see if it exists. When did they qualify?
• Are they a member of a professional association? Check with that association to see if they are listed
• If you are seeing someone for a specific reason, then ask them about their expertise in that area
• Have a chat first with them to see if you feel you can build a rapport with them (especially for talking therapy), or that they seem competent and trustworthy
• The best recommendation is a personal one of course, but even that doesn’t guarantee that that therapist will be able to help you with your problem or challenge. So, it’s always best to have a chat with them first.
• Price can be a consideration too – so check this with them when you have a chat
• And finally, if you go to see someone and don’t feel safe in the room with them because of their behaviour or the setup of their clinic, for instance, then do say so, and if their responses don’t satisfy you, politely leave!

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