Talking therapies

6. What should I look for in a therapist?

It is important that you feel comfortable with your therapist. This will depend on your own personality and that of the therapist. You might want to use a therapist who has experience or an understanding of the effects of dementia. You may need to speak to several different therapists before you find the right person. It is also important to check that the therapist:

  • is accredited by the relevant professional body (see 'Other useful organisations')
  • abides by a professional code of ethics
  • has regular ongoing professional supervision to ensure safe and ethical practice
  • discusses their approach, confidentiality, fees (if applicable), length of sessions and responsibilities (yours and theirs) with you before committing to sessions.