Necessary and sufficient therapist qualities

Self-reflection is an important quality for psychotherapists of any theoretical orientation. We must be aware of our own strengths and limitations to be able to understand our part of the two-way therapeutic alliance.

Reflect on qualities of your own interpersonal style (extroverted or introverted, active or passive, supportive or critical, cool or warm, and so on), as well as qualities you have read about in this unit’s readings. Which qualities of your own do you believe will contribute to successful psychotherapy? Are there any qualities you can identify in yourself that might interfere with a positive alliance? Be honest, concrete, and specific.