Frequently Asked Questions

Does one form of psychotherapy work better than another?  Although some forms of psychotherapy may be more effective than others for certain conditions, the benefits of psychotherapy are achieved regardless of the technique utilized in therapy or the therapist’s theoretical beliefs.

How do I choose a therapist? Research has demonstrated that some therapists are more effective than others. Researchers have not been able to identify the factors that determine a therapist’s effectiveness. Patients, however, identify the quality of the relationship with their provider as the most important aspect that affects the outcome and effectiveness of their treatment. Evidence strongly suggests that empathy in the therapeutic relationship is possibly one of the most potent factors that brings about change and learning.

What is empathy? “To be with another… and lay aside the views and values you hold for yourself in order to enter another’s world without prejudice. True empathy is always free of any evaluative or diagnostic quality.” C. Rogers

A 4 min video from the Cleveland Clinic Empathy Series