How do you choose a Complementary Therapist?

After you have found out about Complementary therapies, it is important to choose your therapist carefully. You should ask yourself and the therapist:

  • What are their qualifications and how long was their training?
  • Are they a member of a recognised, registered body, with codes of practice?
  • Can they give you the address and telephone number of this to check?
  • Is the therapy available on the NHS?
  • Can the GP delegate your care to the therapist?
  • Is this the most appropriate complementary therapy for your problem?
  • Will the therapist send a letter to your GP advising him/her of any treatment received?
  • Can you claim for the therapy through your private health insurance scheme, if you have one?
  • Are your records confidential?
  • What is the cost of the treatment?
  • How many treatments should you expect to need (and therefore approximate costs)?
  • What insurance cover does the therapist have?