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Looking for a Therapist

If you have faced gender-based violence, sexual violence or sexualized violence and want to seek out the support of a counselor / psychiatrist/ psychologist or a therapist, here are a few things you should consider keeping in mind while selecting a provider.

- Training and skills relevant to providing for the needs of a survivor

- Empathy, warmth and acceptance

- Capable of expressing themselves well

- Your personal sense of trust towards the therapist

- Their willingness, availability and accessibility to accommodate your needs

- Expenses involved in access

- Logistical access – how easy are they to access and visit for your sessions

- Ability to offer you an explanation of your problems, and being open and willing to adapt to changing circumstances at your end.

- Capacity to commit to creating and implementing a consistent, mutually acceptable and implementable treatment plan.

- Retaining the therapy process and course confidential and private

- Attention to detail, and dedication to the progress of the therapy through the sessions 

- Flexibility in adapting the treatment process

- Positivity, gentleness, compassion and empathy

- Good listening skills

- Sensitivity to patient’s cultural background

- Non-judgmental and not indulging in moral policing



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