When you want to find a private therapist, you may have a lot of questions. How do I find one that works for me? Where do I find them? Do they provide home visits? Do they work collaboratively with other therapists to achieve desired goals? It’s not always easy to find a private therapist near you, but we can help.
Looking for the best private therapist isn’t like buying a mobile phone where you would look at price, look and function, there’s a lot more to it than that. You need to find the right therapist at the right time.
The steps below, will help you find the perfect therapist for you.
There are many issues that may cause you to seek out therapy.
You may have problems related to physical health and life skills such as self-care skills, independency skills for elderly or fine motor skills for children. For these you would want to look into Occupational Therapist [OT].
Alternatively, you may have problems with speech, attention, interaction, focusing and social skills in which case you may wish to seek out a Speech and Language Therapist [SLT].
Knowing what kind of therapy, you’re looking for will help you look for the right person to treat you.
Speak to your doctor or GP about your symptoms and make sure the symptoms do not require investigations and/or medicinal treatment.
Early assessment is always key to getting the best outcome for example, pelvic floor exercises shortly after a natural delivery helps in many ways preventing the future complications in women’s health.
Once you know what kind of therapy you need, You can select a private therapist by looking at a therapist directory or private therapist listing websites e.g therapy fort, and therapist associations.
You must look at their skill set, and experience to see if it meets your requirements. For example, when you want a therapist to support you with independent living skills, you have to choose an occupational therapist specialised in life skills.
Equally it is important to find out if the therapist has been registered with HCPC organisation. HCPC stands for The Health and Care Professions Council which is a statutory regulator in maintaining a professional standard among therapy practice.
Some problems can be supported by single therapist for example back pain or ankle injury. In some situations, Multi-Disciplinary Team support (multiple therapists of different disciplines collaborating together) makes a significant difference in the outcome.
For example, with conditions like, brain injury, stroke, autism and cerebral palsy, a collaborative group of therapists including a speech therapist, occupational therapist and physiotherapist helps to achieve the common goal, i.e improving quality of life or skills.
You should make sure to look at the professional organisation a therapist registered with, for example Health and Care Professions Council [HCPC] who is the regulator organisation in the United Kingdom for 15 different types of Health and Care professions.
Another one is The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) which is purely a professional organisation for physiotherapist