It is crucial that your therapist is trained appropriately to provide the treatment you specifically need. Not all therapists are trained to treat all problems. When sourcing your therapist, make sure they work for a reputable clinic. You may want to visit the clinic first and get a feel for the environment, check Google Reviews, or ask around in your social networks if you feel comfortable doing so. Most therapists will have their professional profile on the clinic website, where you will be able to first view their training and specialties. You should be concerned if they are working out of their home, as this is illegal in Dubai and you will not be protected if something goes wrong with the therapy. In addition, it may make it difficult for your insurance provider to cover the costs of treatment.
Useful (and completely acceptable) questions to ask include:
- What level of training do you have?
- Where did you receive your training?
- How long have you been practicing?
- What is your area of specialty?
- Can I see your certificates?
- Can I see your license to practice in Dubai?
- What evidence is there for the type of therapy you are providing?
- How do I know that this type of therapy is best for me?
- How frequently will we meet?
- Will my appointments always be at the same time?
- What if I want to change therapist?
- What happens if I get worse throughout the therapy?
- How will we know if the work we are doing is helping?
- Can you recommend any books to help understand my condition?