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What Makes Psychotherapy Successful?

Posted Nov 25th, 2018 in Mental Health, Depression, Shame

What Makes Psychotherapy Successful?

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. 


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