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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