If you are considering booking a holistic therapy session to help manage a specific health condition, the first (and most important) question to consider is:
What should I look for in a therapist?
There are many qualities that make a good therapist but, above all else, it’s important to check that the therapist is appropriately qualified to practise.
Not all complementary therapy training is equal. When looking for a professional therapist, it is important to check the therapist’s training, experience and general credentials including membership of a reputable governing body.
Many clients are unaware that there are courses that claim attendees can become a Massage Therapist or Reflexology practitioner after attending a 2 day course or completing a course online. There has been a startling rise in these courses in the past few years and it is important to find out how long the therapist has trained in their therapy, recognised qualifications the therapist has gained, their governing body membership and how long they have been practicing professionally. A professional, reputable therapist will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding their training and experience.
So, how do I know if a therapist is ‘appropriately’ qualified?
The Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT), the UK and Ireland’s largest professional association for complementary and sports therapists, only allows member registration of therapists who have undertaken training that meets the National Occupational Standards (NOS) of skill, competency and safety for each therapy, by means of relevant experience of at least three years and/or relevant training, and have been assessed by their peers as having met those standards.
The register is independently accredited by the Professional Standards Authority, a body accountable to Parliament.
All registered members of the FHT must:
– abide by a strict FHT Code of Conduct and Professional Practice;
– be qualified in the therapies they practise
– be insured to practise
– undertake Continuing Professional Development and regularly update their knowledge and skills
How do I know the therapist is right for me?
Another important question to consider before booking a treatment. It is so important you feel comfortable with your therapist and that you are listened to and respected. Your therapist is your holistic health professional, helping you towards your health objectives and it is important you intuitively feel a strong, ongoing connection of trust and support with your therapist. The Testimonials page gives a good indication of how other clients have found my own professional and personal approach. If you have any queries, please feel free to contact me before booking an appointment for a short chat.
How can I ensure the treatment is right for me?
As part of your first appointment you will receive a full consultation, during which I will ask a range of questions about your general health, medication, any ongoing health conditions and general lifestyle. This will help me decide if the therapy you have chosen is right for you, or whether any adaptations to the treatment are necessary to meet your particular needs. In some instances, your doctor’s permission may be required before treatments can begin; for example, if you are pregnant or have a chronic medical condition.
How can I check my therapist is registered with the FHT?
You can find my own FHT membership registration here