I often get calls from potential clients who ask what my “style” is or “method” of counseling. They ask what “type of issues” I have experience treating in order to determine if I can help them or a family member. While it can be reassuring to feel like a potential therapist might have experience treating a concern similar to theirs, it doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t be effective. So what does make counseling work?
In 2001 the Journal of Psychotherapy determined that a “strong therapeutic alliance more closely aligned with positive outcomes than any specific intervention”. This means that the relationship a client has with the therapist will elicit more success than any trendy tip or trick.