As Twitter user JulianaKilrose stated, "I tell everybody and they mama that I go to therapy. I'm hoping it counteracts the stigma attached to it." I was ecstatic to read that tweet because I do the same thing. I have no problem telling my loved ones that I attend therapy. But, as I observe my peers around me, I have realized that people love to tell others to go to therapy but fail to provide the proper guidance on what to look for in a therapist. Personally, I met with a few ineffective therapists before I found one that I meshed with. My various therapy experiences have allowed me to think through the must-have traits every effective therapist should have. Ahead, I am sharing the five qualities your therapist must display in order for your sessions to be helpful.
1. Adequate Training and Education
2. Effective Listening Skills
For therapy to work, the client and the therapist must actively listen and engage with each other. After the client shares what's on their mind, the therapist's questions and comments should be useful and thoughtful. This indicates the therapist prioritzes listening intently to their clients.
3. Provides Active Solutions
After reading this, my hope is that you find a therapist that fits your needs. Speaking from experience, I know that finding an effective therapist can be hard. As mentioned, I went through a few unsatisfactory experiences before I found a therapist I liked. Finding a good therapist may take some time, but it is worth the wait as a good therapist can help navigate you through the highs and lows of life.
Have you been to therapy before, sweat sisters? Share your thoughts on therapy in the comments!