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What are the qualities of a good psychiatrist or therapist?



  • [Conversation starter] What are the qualities of a good psychiatrist or therapist?



  • For both psychiatrist and therapist:

    • Empathy
    • Patience

    For a psychiatrist:

    • Ability to present the condition and treatment plan clearly to the patient
    • Familiarity with the latest research in the treatment of the medical condition
    • Familiarity with the drugs prescribed, including side-effect profiles (most do not spend enough time talking about potential side-effects)
    • Ability to have a mature discussion with an informed client on his/her condition (there's a lot of good information available on the internet so patients may actually know a thing or two)

    For a therapist:

    • Flexibility in approach (what works for one client may not work for another)
    • Ability to distill the essence of what a client is sharing
    • Ability to offer a range of activities (I've found a session is only as useful as the homework provided)

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