How do you choose a good psychotherapist?
• When the therapist does more talking than you in successive sessions
• When he or she offers you a quick label or diagnosis
• When you feel he or she is not listening to you
• You get the feeling that the therapist has his/her own agenda and nothing you say seems to be followed in threads of conversation
• When the therapist gives lots of advise in many areas, is a “know it all”.
• When the therapist “name drops a lot” and does not stay focused on you.
• When the therapist gives “cookie cutter answers” to your problems which sounds like it is from a “self help book”.
• When the therapist continually wants you to buy more sessions, sells supplements or other things and does not seem to take “no” for an answer.
• If the therapist goes past your (client) boundaries and wants to be a “friend” or meet for dinner, or talks about themselves rather than you.
• If you confront your therapist on not helping you and he/she becomes defensive and or angry
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