Really currently, this problem is very relevant. Unfortunately at the moment we are a society of Amateurs, in contrast to the Western society of professionals. To find a good professional in any field now is hard enough. Surely everyone can find a story, as it summarized plumbers, painters, hairdressers, etc. But if in these cases we are talking only about spending money and time, in the case of appeals to the psychologist we are talking about our soul, about our quality of life and if you want about our destiny.
In choosing a psychologist, many tend to rely on my first impression and assessment of other people who visited this specialist. Your impression from the first conversation is certainly important, because You continue to work with this therapist, but the experience of friends and girlfriends is not necessary to rely, as their rating in no way is a criterion of professionalism of the psychologist. Rather, if you look at their friends, not their opinion and their feeling on how much has changed their life in one way or the other after visiting the psychologist. Although objectively evaluate all changes is quite problematic.
So how then can you distinguish the professional from the Amateur, the charlatan, or the average psychologist?
Of course, the psychologist must be a degree in psychology. But a degree in psychology does not make one a professional. It only gives a General theoretical base, not having virtually no relation to practical work with clients. According to recent studies 80% of students-psychologists driven by a motive to understand yourself. But, unfortunately, the General theory only helps them to “fully understand the other” but not himself. And then they try to solve their internal problems through their customers. Communication with the psychologist, did not solve their problems, rather cause harm than good. Psychologist is the person who works with your personality! Accordingly, the psychologist will not be able to help You solve those problems that have not allowed himself. After all, the counselor can convey to You only what he has. For this reason in the early twentieth century, spoke rather sharply Freud: “we considered to be a charlatan who has no diploma. I propose to consider the quack, who cures, not being able to heal.”
So what makes a psychologist a professional in the business?
First and foremost it is a personal detail and resolution of personal problems. To achieve this, the psychologist can only regularly undergoing personal psychotherapy with their more qualified colleagues. Second, what makes a psychologist is a professional post graduate courses of improvement of qualification. It is desirable that these courses were the best(successful, recognized and reputable) psychologists and psychotherapists in this area. The third is passing regular supervision from more qualified colleagues. Supervision is the analysis of client cases by a more experienced professional that allows psychologists to more effectively help their clients and resit professionally. The fourth condition of professionalism is a constant professional communication with colleagues and exchange of experience. To do this, the psychologist should be professional psychological community and participate in scientific conferences. The fifth necessary condition for the maintenance of professionalism at a high level is a constant work with clients. Psychological activities should be the main source of income of a professional psychologist. If the profession can not support a specialist, and he is forced to deal with yet something else- so he’s a bad professional. Unfortunately, there is a lot of “experts” who call themselves “Psychic astrologer”, “Parapsychology”, “MAG-psychologist”, etc. Maybe they have something and know how in their field, but certainly are not psychologists and good specialists. For example, a person successfully deals with astrology or divination, why would he write that he is also a psychologist? Or is it that he is a lover who has not attained the success is not in not in another? Also in our reality, sometimes there are “massage Therapists-Psychologists” or “Psychologists, cosmetologists”. In the best cases appeal to this kind of “experts” will entail loss of time and money, and at worst to serious consequences which may affect the quality of life and destiny. As a rule, these five criteria is enough to select a good psychologist, but there are still some personal criteria that distinguish a good professional.
These are the main features of the professional psychologist:
- A good psychologist should be personal, successful, and happy in your personal life and financially secure.
- A professional therapist always knows their colleagues with a higher qualification and if necessary promptly resorted to their help.
- A professional therapist always knows the level of competence, and never taken for what it lacks qualification.
- A good psychologist never gives direct advice and does not offer ready-made solutions. The famous psychotherapist M. E. Litvak there is such an aphorism: “the Qualification of a psychologist is inversely proportional to the number to give them tips”
- A professional psychologist always tries to understand the root causes (roots) of the problem and then discuss solutions.
A good psychologist always leave the customer the right to make decisions and take responsibility for them.
- A professional psychologist will never promises the client to change his life, to save him from something, to do something for him, but only offers his help and support in this difficult journey.
- In their work, a good psychologist should create an atmosphere of trust and openly discuss with the client what is happening in therapy avoiding the hidden effects and manipulation.
- A good psychologist is your view on the issue of the scope of its competence and it reflects in the articles and publications.