What Makes a Good Therapist?

What makes a good therapist? This is the eternal question that many people ask, from the potential client to well-known therapists (i.e., Rogers). If we ask a group of mental health professionals this question, they may feel compelled to respond with a canned answer – “good listener, positive regard, empathy, etc.”. They may add that having a good understanding of a theory is what contributes to being a good therapist.

What makes a good therapist? This is the eternal question that many people ask, from the potential client to well-known therapists (i.e., Rogers). If we ask a group of mental health professionals this question, they may feel compelled to respond with a canned answer – “good listener, positive regard, empathy, etc.”. They may add that having a good understanding of a theory is what contributes to being a good therapist. Continue reading “What Makes a Good Therapist?”