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How do I know if my therapist is the right therapist for my needs?

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How do I know if my therapist is the right therapist for my needs?

Finding a therapist for your particular needs is an essential process. It’s important to think about the sort of approach you are seeking — a more structured (behavioral) — or more exploratory (psychodynamic) — approach. The therapeutic relationship is a major aspect of change, so the fit is extremely important. The connection between client and therapist needs to be authentic, positive, and trusting. Speaking to a therapist should feel more useful than just speaking to a friend: a therapist is an objective, validating person, who helps you to feel seen, heard, and understood.

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