Getting Started with Alternative Therapy

The most important thing to remember when going into alternative therapy is that not every therapist will have your best interests at heart. Some therapists are in it for the money. Some therapists believe that they will help you – but they won’t. A lot of therapists will do a wonderful job, but you should not pin all of your hopes on them.

You should always check whether your therapist is licensed. If they’re not licensed, you could really be stepping into the unknown. If you go for therapy with someone who isn’t licensed, you don’t know what training they’ve had, what information they’ve learned or whether they have ever actually practiced any of those techniques before. It is especially dangerous when you’re going for therapy like acupuncture or shiatsu, as improper use of the therapy could leave you injured.

You should also go into the therapy with realistic expectations of what you expect and of what you want from the therapy. You should know or at least have an idea of the problems that you want to treat. If you go into the therapy completely blind with no idea of what you want or what you need, the therapist is in a position whereby they could manipulate you into having more therapy sessions than you need or you could be treated for a problem that you don’t actually need to be.

As for choosing a therapist, again, the first step is to figuring out which problems that you need to have sorted out. If you’re looking for help with psychological problems, search for a licensed psychotherapist. Have a consultation and see what the right fit is for you. If you feel that you could talk to therapist and that they’d be useful for you, stick with them. If you feel like they’re unsympathetic or not right for you, go elsewhere. It’s also worth asking your doctor if they can recommend a therapist for you or an alternative therapy that will work for you.

If you’re looking for therapy for a physical problem, like pain in your back, you should do some research on natural therapies that could help. You could try acupuncture or Indian head massage, or any other therapy listed in our series. You should be sure to research online or in your local telephone directory, and always make sure that they’re fully licensed. If you find a therapy that you enjoy and that appears to be working for you, stick with it. Don’t disregard it if it seems to be doing the trick. If you find that it’s not working for you or you feel like it’s causing you more pain than good, cease the therapy and go elsewhere. Only in a few cases does therapy make you feel worse before you get better, so don’t go with something if you’re consistently feeling worse after therapy than you did before going in.

Above all, you should always believe in whatever therapy you’re looking to try. If you go into therapy thinking, ‘This isn’t going to work for me, this isn’t me, I don’t like it’, you’re highly unlikely to see any real results. Believe in it and then if it doesn’t work for you, walk away and try something else. Don’t be too disappointed if a therapy doesn’t work for you but it does work for someone you know. Remember, not every therapy will work for every person.

You should consult with your doctor if you don’t seem to be seeing any real results from a therapy intended to right physical problems – if you have a problem like a frozen shoulder that isn’t being resolved, you may need surgery or further medical attention before therapy works for you. Ultimately, don’t give up!