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What to Look for in a Therapist

Therapy can do great things for many people who deal with mental health issues, or people who are just going through a rough patch in life and need a little guidance. Robert W. Firestone, PhD., a contributor writer for Psychology Today says, "The psycho-therapeutic alliance is a unique human relationship, wherein a devoted and trained person attempts to render assistance to another person by both suspending and extending him or herself."  There is a very unique relationship between and a therapist and the client. If you are new to therapy, here are a few things to look for in a therapist. 

  1. Puts the client's best interests at the forefront of the treatment 
  2. Sets aside their personal expectations for outcome of treatment
  3. Has training/experience in the the approaches best suited for the client's issues 
  4. Keeps appointments and agreements with the client reliably 
  5. Gives the clients his or her full attention during sessions 
  6. Encourages independence from the therapist
  7. Supports the client in taking incremental steps toward adapting behavior 
  8. Offers assignments between sessions to reinforce work done in the office 

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