Three Signs of a Good Therapist

One of the most important components of an effective recovery program is a good therapist. This article identifies three signs of a quality therapist, one who will provide you or a loved one in California with the support to walk the path to a successful recovery.

Training, Credentials and Experience

The best place to start when researching a therapist is with the most obvious elements of training, credentials and experience. On some level, these things should be obvious by looking at a potential therapist’s website or researching her on the American Psychological Association website.

While a new therapist may be perfectly equipped to help you through your recovery process, a more experienced one will have greater depth from which to draw direction and advice for you. Similarly, advanced credentials or additional training will point to a deeper understanding of the issues you are looking to overcome.

Honest and Realistic Expectations

No therapist can guarantee results, because the success of any therapist is on some level dependent upon the effort and determination of you, the patient. Any therapist who guarantees success should be avoided. This is typically an indication of either a “one size fits all” therapy approach or a general lack of integrity in the therapist.

Instead of guaranteeing unrealistic promises, a good therapist will be able to set expectations for your growth toward health. He will be able to help you assess specific problem areas in your life, identify specific steps away from those unhealthy habits, and move toward better choices.

Growth Is the Ultimate Measure of a Good Therapist

At the end of the day, growth is the ultimate measure of a good therapist. He could have all the advanced degrees and training in the world, but if his methods don’t help you, then he is not the right therapist for you. She could be able to set perfectly reasoned expectations and have a plan to guide you to health, but if it’s not working, she’s the wrong therapist for you.

If you or a loved one in California is struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction, the weight of feeling like a failure can be overwhelming. Some days, you can feel as though you will never be free from addiction. The most important thing to remember is that you are not alone. We can help you. We can answer your questions. The admission counselors at our toll-free, 24 hour helpline can help you learn more about mental health disorders and addiction. They can help you find your way.

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