Are you hesitating to make an appointment because you’re unsure a therapist can help you?
It’s a fair question. Most counselors believe they’re providing good value, but studies show they tend to overestimate their effectiveness.
Reaching your goals depends on many factors, and I can control only some of them. I want to make sure I’m providing effective help to my clients to create more meaningful and authentic lives.
I think anyone seeking therapy services has a right to know something about the therapist’s effectiveness. After all, you’re investing your time, money, and effort on some very important desires. An expectation of accountability and transparency is quite reasonable.
So it does make a difference which therapist you choose – not only because some are more effective than others, but because the relationship between client and counselor has been clearly shown to be a major contributor to successful results.
Here’s what I can tell you about my effectiveness:
- 87% of my clients report some improvement over the course of therapy.
Compare this to research of outpatient settings where, on average, only about 35% of clients improve.
- Considering my clients who are very unhappy at the start of therapy, 75% self-report significant improvement.
Clients who start an episode of counseling from a place of less distress, tend to see somewhat smaller improvement, simply because there is less room to make big changes. Still, in 71% of my total cases, the amount of improvement is also significant.
- 82% of my clients, return after the first visit.
The average rate for all therapists is 43-80%, depending which study you read. My initial free consultation, usually lets us tell if there’s a good fit.
- The average number of sessions for my clients is 9 (the range is 1-46).
I believe in working with clients for as just long as they find my support helpful. When my clients feel they have the situation or challenge under control, we wrap up our work for the current episode.
This information is available because of my use of a research-proven method to follow my client’s own opinions of their progress.
- Seeing the changes over time is reassuring, useful, and motivating.
- Paying attention to how different areas are faring gives rise to crucial conversations.
- Being able to notice any hitch in progress leads to collaboratively figuring out how to get back on track.
I’m happy to talk with you if you have questions. If you speak to other therapists, I encourage you to ask whether they use reliable and validated measures of feedback and outcomes. Therapists using this approach, are shown to be generally more effective, perhaps because of their commitment to feedback-informed deliberate practice.
All clients deserve accountability and transparency in the professional services they receive.