Psychotherapy is the practice of spending time with a psychological professional trained to help diagnose and treat mental and emotional problems. Therapy can take various forms—Adlerian, cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, psychodynamic therapy, existential therapy or a combination of these—but at the center of each is the caring relationship between a mental health professional and a patient.
Choosing a therapist is no easy task: there are about a million in the U.S. alone. From all those professionals, you'll select one with the training, experience, personality and style to provide the help you need. But you're also forming a relationship with this person, whether it's for two sessions or 200. It's important you feel comfortable and safe as you disclose your private matters to another human being.the therapist's ability to listen, their personality and the connection you feel are vital components of successful psychotherapy. Your subjective experience of the therapist is just as important as their credentials.