Would I Make A Good Therapist?
Therapists work with clients at all different stages of life, facing a number of diverse obstacles. The job can be emotionally demanding and requires a certain personality type. So, how do you know if you might have what it takes to be a successful therapist? Take the self-assessment quiz below and find out if you are a good match for a therapy career.
How many of the qualities below do you possess?
|Are you comfortable working with diverse constituencies?||Yes or No|
|Are you an active listener?||Yes or No|
|Are you compassionate?||Yes or No|
|Do you handle stress well?||Yes or No|
|Are you a strong and versatile communicator?||Yes or No|
|Are you highly self-aware?||Yes or No|
|Are you an insightful and critical thinker?||Yes or No|
|Do you prioritize patient confidentiality?||Yes or No|
|Do you know how to set firm boundaries?||Yes or No|
|Can you remain unbiased and non-judgmental?||Yes or No|
Why Are These Qualities Needed To Become A Successful Therapist?
Are you comfortable working with diverse constituencies?
Therapists will work with a variety of clients from different socio-economic, racial, and cultural backgrounds.
Are you an active listener?
Patients are more likely to establish a connection with a therapist they feel is actively engaged when listening.
Are you compassionate?
Warmth and approachability are key to building rapport and comfort for patients.
Do you handle stress well?
Therapists may come up against high-stress situations during sessions with clients, and it's essential that they are able to remain calm and de-escalate the situation.
Are you a strong and versatile communicator?
A good therapist will have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to adapt their voice and tone to be appropriate to the client's needs.
Are you highly self-aware?
Having the self-knowledge to address and care for their own problems and emotions is a necessary skill for a therapist.
Are you an insightful and critical thinker?
When working with a patient, a therapist should be able to absorb and evaluate the information they are getting from the client and draw out helpful and specific insights.
Do you prioritize patient confidentiality?
In order to maintain trust with patients, a therapist must keep client information confidential, unless confidentiality could prove dangerous to the client or others.
Do you know how to set firm boundaries?
Because of the intimate and personal nature of a therapist's job, it is important that therapists be able to set appropriate boundaries in their relationships with patients.
Can you remain unbiased and non-judgmental?
A client is more likely to share information and open up honestly if they feel that the therapist will not judge them or their experiences.
Getting Your Therapist Career Started
Did you answer yes to the majority of the questions above? If you did, then you may make a great therapist one day. Aspiring therapists will need to complete a master's degree program along with supervised clinical experience.