These are all very important. As therapists who care about our patients and our work with them, we need to be mindful of these basic very important criteria and strive to look at ourselves and be aware of our own weaknesses. My biggest challenge is both my strength and weakness: excitement and enthusiasm. I can get too caught up in being excited about my patient, their progress or just something they say that is fascinating, so I have to slow down and let the session unfold, lean back and get grounded and listen actively. It’s all about balance and trusting in the moment,being really present, letting go…
If you are in counseling now or consider seeking a therapist in the future, it is important to choose a counselor who is the right fit for you. I am always saddened to hear of an individual or couple giving up on counseling after one bad experience. Therapists are each unique in their specific approaches and you deserve one who is qualified to meet your needs. Here are a few signs that you may need a new therapist.
#1 Connection is Missing
It is well researched that the therapeutic alliance, or relationship, with the therapist and client is likely the single biggest predictor of success in therapy (Martin, Garske, & Davis, 2000). If you do not feel a connection or trust starting to build between you and your therapist, it might be time to consider a change.
#2 No Improvement
You see a therapist for several months and do not…
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