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Did counselling work for you?

I have lost count of the number of times people have said to me I went to a psychologist / counsellor and it just didn't help.

Unfortunately, I have heard this comment many more times than I would like to admit.

Many of us have had one or more bad experiences with a psychologist or a counsellor. This does not mean all psychologists/counsellors are bad. It just means the one you saw was not the right one for you.

The success of the therapy depends on the therapeutic relationship that you and your therapist co-create. If the relationship is not built and nurtured between you, the likelihood of the therapy being effective is very slim.

How to make sure you have the right therapist for you?

Interview your therapist.

Ask questions that are important to you.

Do not question the therapist about her/his personal life but ask questions that are relevant to your therapy.

- Qualifications

- Experience

- Approach

- Make sure you feel comfortable in therapy and you don't feel judged

- You need to feel supported during the sessions

- You need to be able to connect with your therapist

If any of the above doesn't meet your needs, then it is time to interview another therapist.

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