One of the key ingredients of success in psychotherapy is the strength and stability of the relationship between the client and the therapist. Therefore it is very important that you are comfortable and happy with your therapist.
Therapists that are rigid, critical, and uninvolved are less effective. As you can imagine, talking to someone who you dislike and who seems to be judgmental will not do you much good. You will not want to attend sessions and you will be less likely to follow advice.
Qualities to look for in a therapist, and these are the same qualities we value at Illinois Healing Center, include:
These qualities help the client achieve the important goal of self-efficacy. Clients that have self-efficacy are clients that believe in themselves, the therapy, and the therapist. When you trust that the therapy is helping, you are more likely to actively work on therapy goals and are therefore more likely to experience the benefits of the treatment.
One of the most important aspects of psychotherapy is communication. Obviously, when you meet a person for the first time it is very hard to tell whether or not you are going to be able to communicate effectively with them, but if you focus on the qualities listed above, you are likely to open up to them as the sessions continue.