Many leading experts in the field of psychotherapy have found that it is the client's relationship with their therapist that is the strongest predictor of treatment success. Since this is such an important component to therapy, here are a couple of questions to get you thinking if your therapist is a good fit for you:
1) Does it seem like your therapist truly cares about you and your experiences?
2) Do you feel your therapist understands or “gets” you?
3) Is your therapist constantly trying to “fix” you or do you feel accepted as you are?
4) Do you feel your therapist creates a safe place to talk about personal and sensitive topics?
5) Do you feel like you can be open and honest around your therapist?
If you answered yes to most of these questions, sounds like you have a perfect pairing. If you answered no, don't lose hope. Try talking to your therapist about your feelings and allow your therapist time to adjust their approach to fit your needs.
It is also important to remember, that when it comes to therapists, just like friends, there are different personalities, styles, areas of expertise, etc.. so if one isn't a good fit, chances are the next one will be.
By: Maria Drohan, MSW, RSW