Debunking Some Myths About Good Therapists - Deepstash

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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MORE IDEAS FROM The 5 Qualities That Tell You a Therapist Is Effective

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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  • 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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The Way Therapy Works
There is growing research on how therapy actually works. Psychological communication, dialogue, and intervention can work even better than pills.
This seems even more intriguing when we see that there are contradictory methods deployed to cure the same kind of problem.

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'Crazy People' And Therapy

Many believe the only "crazy people need therapy" and end up waiting before they seek help, which only exacerbates the problem.

In reality, people go to therapy for various reasons like coping with disorders, relationships, stress, grief, to figure out who they are or just to learn to live life to the fullest.

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Therapists Are Not Paid Friends

A therapist should be someone you trust will keep your secrets, and hopefully someone whose company you enjoy, as finding a good fit is an important part of successful therapy.

But your therapist is a professional who trained to perform therapy and is bound by a strict code of ethics requiring them to keep your best interest as a priority. As such, they won’t disclose much about themselves unless it’s to assist with your growth.

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