Training of psychotherapists

Therapists usually train after initial qualification and experience in another profession such as psychiatry, psychology, nursing, other health-care disciplines, and social work. Training requirements vary widely according to the school of therapy, and a period of personal therapy is required by some. Desirable qualities in a therapist are the ability to be sympathetic but detached, non-judgemental, and honest. Therapy is more likely to be successful if patient and therapist like one another, so that a strong 'therapeutic alliance' can develop.

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