Four prerequisites for successful individual psychotherapy


1. The patient’s problem must be internal to them

(e.g. unhappiness due to the behaviour of others is an external problem; finding out why we put up with it might lead to understanding of an internal problem).

2. The patient’s problem must be causing them difficulties.

3. The patient must want to deal with the problem, right now.

4. The patient must experience the psychologist to be competent to help solve their problem.


Dr Henry Luiker, clinical psychologist





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