Research has shown that a strong therapeutic alliance is necessary for establishing a beneficial contact between the therapist and the client. If the therapist does not encourage the creation of a reliable therapeutic alliance from the beginning of the treatment, it will be hard to develop a constructive relationship with the client later. Establishing the therapeutic alliance will increase the chances of achieving the goal of the treatment because the clients will be willing to cooperate if they trust and respect the therapist. Clients are not likely to cooperate with therapists who impose their authority aggressively. Instead of imposing their authority on the patient, therapists should develop work with their patients by building a mutual relationship based on trust, understanding, and respect for the client.
Lastly by having your patient be involved in one or more aspects of your life, they could soon become your friend. In turn, if they think that you are friends, the therapist-patient relationship won’t be the same as it was when the sessions first started. Though touching your patient and having multiple relationships with them aren’t the best way to go in my opinion, disclosing information to your patients is extremely beneficial. All therapists should learn to provide trust, comfort and an understanding to their patients, otherwise they are doing their job all wrong.
Many times this means making only slight alterations in advice from patient to patient, but the variances can make huge differences. Good counselors who want to go beyond using "cookie cutter" solutions and giving pat answers seek to offer better suggestions -- those that stem from their creative and flexible ideas” (What Kinds of Personalities are Suitable to Be a Counselor?). Lastly, “a good counselor should fully understand emotion and reason, and know when to use either or both. It's essential to have empathy, for example, but empathizing too much with a patient may cloud the ability to help him find the way out of his dilemma. Education gives a counselor the tools to diagnose a problem, but the counselor needs to listen to his intuition, too, rather than put a patient into a convenient diagnostic box.
The therapeutic relationship or therapeutic alliance is the relationship between a clinician and a client. It is the means by which the therapist engages with, and influence transformation in a client. Many studies have shown that this type of relatio... ... middle of paper ... ...l. However the client may be reluctant to change clinicians because according to data this therapist was a good match and the client would never get the help they needed. After all counseling is something very personal and the reason the therapist chooses this type of work is not only because they want to help but also have the direct client contact. A relationship cannot be established based on data; it takes much more than that.
Due to its relational nature, CBT also requires a positive relationship between client and therapist. CBT may not be an effective intervention for individuals with complex mental health issues. Critiques of CBT see this type of treatment to be surface level and believe it does not address problems to the core. Overall, this type of therapy is positive, however, its effectiveness is dependent upon factors, such as the type of disorder, patient’s willingness to change, support of the therapist, commitment to do the work, and attend the sessions. Additional work is needed to understand the predictors of patient outcomes and ways to better CBT
To have good results Carl Roger believed that the therapist should be comprehensive, authentic, and warm. As a future therapist, I consider that I would like to use this therapy because it would show the client my empathetic side, which will bring better results. It shows the client that they are not alone in the situation and will be more willing to open up. Also, I consider that a councilor can better help the client to come up with the best solution possible to the situation if they are non-judgmental and understand the client’s perspective. I consider the best technique for this therapy is Motivational interviewing because it is a non-judgmental and non-confrontational therapy that attempts to make the client more aware of the potential caused problems experienced consequences and risks they may face as a result of the conduct in question.
In Jacquelyn Small’s book “Becoming Naturally Therapeutic: A Return to the True Essence of Helping,” I explored what it takes to be a genuinely helpful counselor. Although I do not intend to pursue a career in counseling, her book touches on various topics that may be used by all individuals. Small provides her readers with a check-list of characteristic ranging from empathy to respect to self-actualization that are virtually essential to becoming therapeutic. The book begins by stating that “ordinary people” offer better therapeutic help than professionals. In a sense, this fact was surprising because you would think that trained professional would be better equipped to counsel people.
Even though I stated that CBT was my favorite therapy, I feel as a therapist I would be much more suited for Gestalt Therapy. I think when you choose what type of therapy you want to practice you have to consider which one fits your personality and how you interact with other people. The essential idea in gestalt therapy is to have an individual be “whole”; to experience his/her life fully. I would pick this type of therapy because I like that it acknowledges that the past can influence how a person may react presently toward a situation. For example, if a partner cheated on you in the past, in future relationships you may be much less trusting and cause rifts in those relationships.
A cognitive-behavioral therapist utilizes clients’ feelings and thoughts to foster awareness and discussion to finally change detrimental behavior (Rosal, 2016). A common misunderstanding in cognitive-behavior theory (CBT) is that the therapist has the skills and training needed to assess what is best for the client, and therefore the therapeutic relationship is less important (Pickett, 2012). This perception is considered especially true if the client has been diagnosed with a severe mental illness, such as a psychotic disorder (Turkington & Kingdon, 2000) because of the stigma behind mental illness. However, who is responsible for determining what is detrimental to the client’s mental, emotional, and physical health? I will argue only the
The ability to make judgment calls and analyze or diagnose complex situations is one of Katz’s important management skills (Robbins and Judge). This is important in the mental health field as often we deal with determining diagnosis or the correct treatment plan for a client that could potentially save or improve their functionality of life. “Where there is no guidance the people fall, But in abundance of counselors there is victory” (Proverbs 11:14, ESV). An INFJ may judge something too quickly against their own values so stepping back and giving myself time has helped me make better long term work