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Do not trust a therapist’s testimonials

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Finding the right online therapist

Finding the right online therapist is crucial for improving one’s mental health, and with so many online therapy services available, it can be overwhelming to choose one. That’s where online reviews can come in handy, right? Well, not so fast. Reviews can be problematic and very misleading.

The main problem with therapist reviews for online therapy services is that they can be biased, fake, or left by individuals who may not have had a legitimate experience with the therapist. Plus, therapy is a highly personal and individual experience, so what works for one person may not work for another.

Let’s talk about confidentiality. In the mental health field, there is a strong emphasis on confidentiality and the protection of clients’ personal information. Asking clients to publicly share their experiences can potentially compromise their privacy and confidentiality, and may also put them in a difficult position if they feel pressured to provide positive feedback.

Therapists’ testimonials

Therapists who ask for testimonials are putting money and prestige before their client’s welfare. In my opinion, those therapists should not be trusted or licensed. It’s dishonesty at its core, and all therapists are fully aware of the issues with pressurizing clients for testimonials and asking for recommendations or 5-star reviews on review sites.

So, how can you evaluate the quality of therapy services? Unfortunately, the only way to truly evaluate a therapist is to try a session and see if it’s a good fit for you. Yes, training is important, but it doesn’t prove that they are a good therapist. The truth is that there are very well-qualified therapists out there who are burnt out, uncaring, incompetent, controlling or downright abusive.

Relying solely on online reviews for therapy services can lead to choosing an inadequate or incompatible therapist, which can result in a negative experience and hinder progress. To mitigate this risk, it’s best to have a free session and pay attention to how the therapist communicates and interacts with you, as well as their overall approach to therapy.

Find a new therapist

It’s important to have a good working relationship with your therapist, and if you feel that your therapist is not meeting your needs, it may be time to consider finding a new one. Here are some potential signs that your therapist may not be a good fit for you:

    • You feel uncomfortable or unsafe during sessions
    • You don’t feel heard or understood
    • Your therapist seems uninterested or disengaged
    • Your therapist lacks respect for your boundaries

Reviews for therapist services

Ultimately, if you feel like your therapist is not meeting your needs or makes you feel uncomfortable, they are probably not a good fit for you. It’s important to consider finding a new therapist who can better support you in your journey in therapy.

In my opinion, online reviews for therapist services are wrong and show a lack of understanding or a total disregard for the emotional wellbeing and confidentiality of their clients. They put their own needs first. Avoid them like the plague.

I’ve been working online for over eleven years and have never asked for a testimonial or recommendation and never will. I have often had people contact me who have been recommended by friends, work colleagues, or family, but that was always their own idea, not a planted idea.

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