How would I know if I have the right therapist?

How do you know you have the right therapist for you?

How would I know how to "train" my therapist to be able to give me what I need from treatment?

Natalie Jimenez, M.A., Ed.S., LMFT
Natalie Jimenez, M.A., Ed.S., LMFT
Courage To Shine Counseling

You'll know that you  have the right therapist if you feel understood, heard, and connected with her/him.  Research supports that no matter what training the therapist has, the therapeutic relationship is the best predictor of success in therapy.  Not every therapist is going to be a good fit for every client or presenting problem.  Therapists are human, so their personalities, life experiences, communication styles, and other aspects that make all humans unique will play a role in a particular client feeling connected and understood by a particular therapist.  So, you shouldn't have to "train" your therapist, but "try" her/him out instead.  It's totally okay and normal to try different therapists before you find the right one for you.  We understand that and do not take offense.  

The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide. If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room.

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