5 Qualities That Tell You a Therapist Is Effective

So you’ve decided to go to therapy. You’re not alone: 10 million Americans receive psychotherapy every year. And there’s a good reason for this: Therapy works. At least it does if you find a good, effective therapist. But how do you select a “good, effective” therapist, one who will truly help you?

Before answering, I need to debunk a few myths about how to select a good therapist.


Unfortunately schools don’t screen for effective techniques just knowledge.

I’ve always found that the length of their waiting list to see new clients is the best indication of the quality of a therapist. The longer the wait, generally the better the therapist is. Obviously it’s not always true, but it is a lot of the time.