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What makes the difference between a good psychoanalyst and a performing one?

When you pick your therapist, you want to make sure that you choose one of the best doctors in the medical field. Selecting the wrong doctor could cost you more years of extensive therapy and treatments. A good psychoanalyst is hard to find, and most patients rely on the traditional word of mouth before deciding where to make their next appointment. However, there are a few unwritten rules that you can follow to determine which doctor suits you best. Here they are:

Look for interpersonal skills

The most efficient psychoanalysts have built their careers on a robust set of interpersonal skills. This fact should be easy to see from the first session you have with a new doctor. A great psychoanalyst can feel empathy towards his patients and still maintain his focus on the problem you are dealing with. A performing doctor also finds a suitable treatment in fewer sessions than other professionals. There is no use in wasting years of expensive sessions with a psychoanalyst if he or she does not come up with a solution and you are not making any progress.

Trust your guts

A performing analyst should, first of all, make you feel trust, comfort, and confidence. Your relationship with him should be a combination of intimacy and professionalism. If you do not feel these emotions after the first session, trust your guts and change your doctor. Pay attention to the psychoanalyst’s verbal and non-verbal means of communication. If his gestures and way of talking bother you, it is better to look for proper therapy somewhere else.  

Never pick a friend for a doctor

Because psychoanalysis implies lots of insight towards one’s personal life, many people approach physicians who are already their friends. They believe that this practice will ease the curing process and if they are going to open up, it is better to do it with a person they already know. This strategy is completely wrong, and it will only bring you more disadvantages than benefits. Firstly, a friend cannot detach himself from the emotional bond he shares with you, and he will never offer you an entirely objective conclusion. Secondly, a deterioration of your patient-doctor relationship could also spell the end on your friendship.

Flexibility is the key

Focus on the versatility of the doctors at hand when you use patient reviews to pick a psychoanalyst. If you notice that most of his cases end up with the same conclusion and most of his patients end up taking the same treatment, then that is not a performing doctor. You do not need a one-size-fits-all psychoanalyst that molds your condition on his beliefs. Instead, you should pick a doctor that is open to medical investigation and molds his knowledge on your disorder.

Look for inspiration and mentorship

An extended period of sessions creates a unique bond between a psychoanalyst and his patients. You will notice that your relationship with your doctor will evolve to greater intimacy and trust with the passing years. Therefore, a performing psychoanalyst should be someone you look up to, someone who inspires you, guides you and brings balance to your personal life.