Find a Therapist Who Is Compatible With You

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Find a Therapist Who Is Compatible With You:

Find a Therapist Who Is Compatible With You

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Finding a therapist can be tricky. There are many different kinds of therapists, and even once you’ve decided on the kind you need it can be difficult to find a therapist that you get along with well. Although a particular therapist may look great on paper, you will not know if your search for a therapist has ended until you have met with your therapist and determined whether there is the potential to develop trust and rapport between the two of you. Trust and rapport are critical components in the client-therapist relationship. Without trust, the therapeutic process becomes severely stunted and in some cases completely ineffective. Trust and rapport have been considered vital to the success of therapy for a long time. This is not just idle speculation on the part of laymen – no less an authority than Dr. Carl Rogers, one of the psychologists who founded the humanistic approach to psychology, validated the need for these two factors in the 1960’s. Why are trust and rapport so important to the therapist-client relationship? Some people suspect that the reason is evolutionary in part. Trust may be a survival mechanism that evolved to help humans survive. When humans were in their evolutionary infancy, they lived in small groups and needed to rely upon each other to survive. Since they spent so much time together and acted in similar ways, the people in the groups built up rapport with fellow members in the group. This sense of rapport was something the early humans relied upon to distinguish between friend and foe. If our ancestors did not feel at ease with another person, it was because that person was unknown to them - and it was very likely that that person was out to kill them. Sitting in a therapist’s office is far from a life or death situation, but subconsciously your brain processes it the same way. How far do you think you can get in therapy with a person your subconsciousness is telling you is a threat? Thus, if you do not trust your therapist or feel like your therapist understands you, it is unlikely that you will achieve a positive therapeutic outcome. You should be able to open up emotionally and feel comfortable talking to your therapist. If you don’t feel the bond of trust between yourself and your therapist, don’t despair. You are not a failure; all it means is that you should try another therapist until you find the perfect one for you. If you are looking for a therapist you'll love, try http://www.MyTherapistMatch.com

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