In a good collaboration, both psychotherapist and client work at maintaining a positive relationship and need to continuously respond and adjust to the other, much like dance partners working in synchrony.
As it turns out, good psychotherapists are attentive to building a positive alliance and repairing it as needed. They are good at being responsive to clients’ evolving needs and wishes in treatment.
Finding a good psychotherapist then becomes a matter of finding someone who listens well, empathizes, is responsive and can empower the client with hope and bravery to do the difficult work ahead.
Edward A. Johnson is a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Manitoba, AB, Canada. For the complete article see link below.