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How Can One Select a Good, Effective Therapist

How Can One Select a Good, Effective Therapist

The evidence shows that the primary determinants of effectiveness in psychotherapy are the human and relational elements.

In other words, a good, effective psychotherapist is not a "junior physician" wielding medical-like techniques. Instead, an effective therapist is a warm, caring, empathic, and knowledgeable person who knows how to interact with a client in a way that is healing


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Debunking Some Myths About Good Therapists

  1. A good therapist attended an excellent university. Training is important, but it doesn't guarantee that a therapist is effective.
  2. A good therapist has a doctoral degree. Many therapists have a master's degree and yet they are highly effective.
  3. A good therapist has written numerous books. Just because someone is a prolific writer doesn't mean that she's an effective therapist.
  4.  A good therapist uses only scientifically validated techniques. Research shows that techniques have little to do with effective therapy.


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Some Descriptors of Effective Therapists

  • An effective therapist focuses on the personal and cultural needs of the client to determine the best therapeutic approach.
  • An effective therapist gathers routine feedback from clients relative to how the client feels about the therapy and the therapist.
  • Effective therapists listen, extend empathy, acceptance, and care in ways that are emotionally healing.
  • An effective therapist is culturally aware.
  • An effective therapist supports and activates the self-righting potentials of the client.


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