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What Features Make a 'Good Psychologist'?

Updated: 5 days ago

Have you ever wondered what makes a psychologist a 'good' psychologist? Turns out, a lot of people have asked the same question. In todays blog post, we break down the features that make a psychologist great.


Let us do the research so that you don't have to.

To help you build confidence and better understand what to look out for when doing research on the most suitable psychologist, we have compiled the below points based on peer reviewed studies and our valued client's feedback.


Rapport

Therapy can be considered a form of dance. In order to perform at peak efficiency and achieve the set goals, the partners must have complete trust in each other, work in harmony, understand each other's feelings, ideas and communicate effectively. All of these aspects carry over to psychology and the relationship you build with your psychologist. It is widely known that one third of therapeutic success can be attributed to the rapport built between the client and clinician. So be sure to read or learn as much as you can about your psychologist before diving into therapy as you want to make sure you have the best chance of a perfectly choreographed relationship throughout the duration of your ‘dance’.

Passion

Feedback from our clients has found that a psychologist with intrinsic passion and drive presents outward into the consultation room during therapy. What does this mean for your ‘good’ psychologist? It means that looking for a psychologist should take into account their field of expertise. Typically, psychologists will specialise in a field of psychology that they are passionate about so it is important to understand the type of psychologists and how they pair with your requirements. For example, if you’re seeking help with chronic pain a Health Psychologist would be suitable. Or if you were querying a diagnosis of adult Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), an Educational, Developmental or Clinical Psychologist would have a passion for this field.


Empathy

Discussing such personal matters can be a daunting process and we are working to ensure that all clients are paired with the most suitable practitioner based on their presentation and treatment goals. So working with a psychologist that has empathy means they are able to better understand your reasons for seeking support. By putting themselves in your shoes you will inevitably feel closer and understood.

These are only a fraction of the components that make up a ‘good’ psychologist but we believe that if someone is able to harness all of these, they will make a great psychologist.

If you are interested in discussing any of the points further, we would be more than happy to hear from you. Feel free to send an email to admin@youmatterpsychologists.com.au and we will answer any questions you may have.


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