Simple advice for a “mental health professional”

The most important thing is not how good a therapist you are.   It is what kind of person you are.   No therapeutic technique makes up for that…

Some simple advice:

People buy into what makes life better.

Treat people with dignity.  Their fundamental value as people should be where you start and not be based on their response to treatment.

Be honest.  Let people know what you know but dont lie about what you dont know.

Empower people.  Dont allow decisions.  Treasure their decisions.

Teach things that matter.  It is about making life better.  It may be hard.  It may be slow.  It may never be as better as you would like.  But give people the tools that give them a chance.

Affirm hope.  If you dont the rest is a waste of time.

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