ANATOMY OF A GOOD THERAPIST ?
A person might seek counselling or therapy because a situation maybe overwhelming their usual problem solving/coping skills resulting in emotional distress, anxiety or stress. A counsellor facilitates a person’s self-development, providing opportunities for them to gain a better insight and understanding of self, where they want to be, and how they can get there through building skills, strategies or therapy.
If you are new to therapy or considering counselling, it is important to understand the process and have a good connection with your therapist, in the same way that it is important to have a good association with your GP or specialist. Where you have a strong rapport, feel comfortable in their presence and at ease to share your thoughts, feelings and concerns.
Useful resource – TED Talks video: Why we should all try therapy
We tend to think of therapy as an approach to fixing problems — you go if you’re not happy, not when everything seems fine. Clinical psychologist Emily Anhalt shares her experiences as both therapist and patient to make a compelling case that therapy isn’t just a means to an end. “It’ll drastically increase the depth and authenticity of your happiness,” she says. “Making the necessary space for every feeling that lives in between.”