Good Therapists Make a Bigger Difference Than Good Models
“In fact, it appears to be at least, or more, important who clients see rather than what specific therapy is offered”
Barkham, Lutz, Lambert, & Saxon, 2017, p. 26
What it Means for Therapists
The person of the therapist is a significant curative factor in psychotherapy. Therapists should intentionally focus on the personal qualities they bring to therapy and how well they are building therapeutic relationships with clients.
These elements should be considered a major part of the treatment and not simply a precursor to treatment. Therapists should also vary the use of evidence supported treatment approaches to match the unique needs of each client vs. sticking rigidly to a single treatment approach.