Facts About Therapists

The relationship between the client and therapist is the most crucial factor throughout the therapeutic process. It may not be verbalized, but the client is also helping the therapist. Both are viewed as partners in the therapeutic relationship. The therapist will have mountains to climb and hurdles to jump with the client. Therapists must find a style of a therapeutic process which he/she can use to make his/her own.

The therapist is also required to gain personal growth. The job can be very difficult, but as long as the therapist can find that balance between personal and professional lives, the reward can be tremendous.


Sometimes the therapist can become desensitized by human emotion and he/she can turn away from his/her clients, family, and friends. The more the clients talk about his/her unresolved issues, the more the therapist can feel insecure and ineffectual. No matter how the client acts, the therapist feels compelled to be available and understanding. Therapists are profoundly affected by client’s experiences. In an effort to be open with the clients, therapists may risk losing his/her independence along the way.

Pressure cooker

Therapists always feel the pressure to perform. Therapists can face self-doubt when clients quit and cancel appointments. Some feel that he/she may have failed the clients when the ability to produce results is not effective. Confrontation takes its toll on both the client and therapist because it needs to be well-timed and prepared. Sometimes therapists are required to say things to clients that no one else will.

Therapists risk the fact that the client may or may not be willing to face the reality of his/her problems. Clients can be a therapist’s best teacher in showing us what is and what is not working.

Power struggle

The struggles for power and influence are obstacles that the therapist encounters. While the therapist attempts to bring about change on the client, so does the client attempt the same on the therapist for his/her own purposes? The client may try to persuade the therapist to take his/her side and to work through unsettled transference relationships. Some clients act as his/her own self-healers and only use the therapist as a crutch or consultant.

According to the book “On Being a Therapist,” the author notes that therapists are no longer perceived as logical, authorities experts, but as partners in therapy. During the first decade of the profession, therapists were intimating master clinicians.

Mandatory professionalism

Therapists are perceived as being professional models for his/her clients. Models give reinforcement to those who express an interest in being just like him/her. The general public views therapists as “crazy shrinks” who have troubles in his/her own life and will never are able to help others. Some believe that therapy and growth are for only clients but not themselves. Regardless of what society thinks about therapists, it is essential to keep professional at all times necessary. But also, remain your genuine self.


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