Every year more than 5 million Britons consult complementary practitioners. Here’s how to make sure the person you choose is the best:
- Check your therapist is on the official UK register of complementary practitioners. The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council(CNHC) was established in 2009 with support from the Department of Health and ensures clear standards of training and performance. Plus registrants have to be properly insured. You could also contact the relevant professional organization for your chosen therapy and ask for list of therapists practicing in your area.
- Ask for a recommendation from someone whose opinion you trust, then check if the practitioner is registered. You could also ask your GP for leads, they will be especially helpful if you have specific health needs, for example if you are pregnant, and can advise if therapy is available via the NHS. They may also be able to advise you on the safety and effectiveness of particular treatments.
- A good therapist should be happy to answer your questions, tell you about their experiences and give you their credentials plus some references before you book an appointment.
- Trust your instincts. How did you feel when speaking to them? No practitioner should make claims they cant justify. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- In your session, your Practitioner should ask you lots of questions about your wellbeing. Such as if you are on any medication. They should be clear about costs, any possible side effects and what benefits you might expect to see, in what time scale. If you are receiving conventional medical treatment, they should never advise you to discontinue it.