Every therapist is different, both in traditional counseling and online therapy. With that said, there are certain qualities that all good counselors have and that you should definitely expect to find at BetterHelp. If for any reason you feel you're missing one or more, take advantage of the open offer the site provides to switch therapists.
Listening. Your therapist should always listen to you. Any time you open up, talk about a problem, or share something on your mind, their reply should make you feel listened to and validated.
Supportive. Your counselor has to have your back. They are in your corner, they encourage you, and they actively want you to succeed.
Knowledgeable. A good therapist knows their subject matter very well from extensive education, reading, and practice.. For example, if you give symptoms of anxiety, depression, or bi-polar disorder, they should recognize this and suggest the best possible course of action as a result.
Giving Concrete Advice. It's great if you can talk and open up to your therapist, and get thoughtful questions and encouragement in return. But your therapist should also offer specific advice to help you solve your problems.
Making You Feel Better. Above all else, no matter how he/she accomplishes this, talking to your therapist should make you feel better. You should come away feeling great from having someone who listens to you and encourages you, feeling motivated to improve yourself, and feeling confident that you can accomplish your goals.
Do you have other qualities you look for in a therapist?
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