I am dating my therapist
But I think a therapist should be able to do more for you than a bartender, a kind uncle, or even a friend.
Analogously, a competent architect will design and build a house that works for Here are my 4 expected fundamentals in a therapist who’s doing in-office talk therapy with an individual client: 1.
As each client should be unique and require individual tailoring.
If you want a counsellor which only works with CBT or Gestalt or Brief Therapy ...
the list goes on, then you maybe denying yourself the wealth of skills a well rounded, qualified professional counsellor has to offer each unique client.
Counsellors often have their personal choices of which theorist they like and techniques which they've had success with.
That gives me confidence that they can get the client from point A to point B without getting lost or confused, themselves, along the way.A qualified counsellor would have been trained in many different techniques and theorists.Until a counsellor works alongside their client they will not know which technique is best for each individual client.I believe that you have to draw from several styles to be effective as a therapist. The concern I have is that it is difficult to become skilled in even one theory. So, if I'm trying to be proficient in several theories and use different theories with different clients, I fear I would be a jack-of-all-trades, master of none.
You can't describe what you do if you're going to meet the client where they are. I think it's better to find a theory that works well; and when it works well it should be applicable to a majority of situations.
Which is why they'll mix and match depending on clients needs and issues.