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2 - How To Tell If A Therapist Is Competent, Or Not

For you to be able to answer this question for yourself, first you need to know just a little about two things:

  1. You need to know what psychotherapy is, and what it isn't

  2. You need to know how to find the answer in your own mind

The material on the next two pages explains (very briefly) the theory behind the practical suggestions to come. It explains why they are important.

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Table of Contents


  1. Why I wrote this article
  2. How to tell if a therapist is competent, or not
  3. What psychotherapy isand why you need to know
  4. The secret that you already know
  5. How a good therapist makes you feel safe
  6. The perfect therapist
  7. Privacy: the essential ingredient
  8. Non-judgmental acceptance: you deserve it
  9. How to choose a therapist to call
  10. How you find out about the therapist
  11. Therapist credentials: the truth revealed
  12. First contact. Watch out for these red flags!
  13. Your first session: what should happen
  14. Safety is in the details
  15. Now what?

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