Psychotherapy is effective and here’s why
October 2011, Vol 42, No. 9 American Psychological Association
Answering just what makes it work is complex, said Wampold, a professor of counseling psychology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, but relationships and customized treatments play key roles.
So what makes a good therapist? According to research presented by Wampold, a good therapist:
- Has a sophisticated set of interpersonal skills.
- Builds trust, understanding and belief from the client.
- Has an alliance with client.
- Has an acceptable and adaptive explanation of the client's condition.
- Has a treatment plan and allows it to be flexible.
- Is influential, persuasive and convincing.
- Monitors patient progress.
- Offers hope and optimism (realistic optimism, not Pollyanna-ish).
- Is aware of a client's characteristics in context.
- Is reflective.
- Relies on best research evidence.
- Continually improves through professional development.
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