Read down to find the answers to some of the questions related to psychotherapists.

What is the difference between therapists, psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, counsellors and coaches?

Psychotherapists come from different backgrounds.  This explains the array of terms used to refer to them.  But for you, what is of utmost importance is whether the psychotherapist has a specific, recognized training in psychotherapy (years of training in psychotherapy+ experience + hundreds of hours of supervisions +personal psychotherapy). Click on the four related links below to understand more about background differences in Switzerland between psychotherapists:

How come therapists also seem to have at times problems in their personal life?

Therapists are normal people tangled up in life like everybody else.  It is commonly expected from therapists to be magicians, wise know-it-all men & women. But to be a therapist remains first of all a job.   Therapists know a method to make a process happen that will make YOU get where you want to get but therapists do not hold the secret to eradicate life’s difficulties altogether!  

How many types of therapies are psychotherapists meant to know?

Psychotherapists are required to specialize at least in one recognized method in order to be allowed to practice.  However most experienced therapists, respectful of the diversity of clients and situations have studied over the years an array of methods and have integrated them in a meaningful, coherent and personal style.

Do all psychotherapists treat all disorders?

It is the therapist’s responsibility to know what he feels comfortable and experienced enough to treat; he will discuss this with you, usually at the beginning.

Can clients rely on the ability of the therapist to choose what method is best?

Certified psychotherapists have the training to lead psychotherapy. However, clients’ input remains essential to inform the therapist as to whether they are comfortable with the therapist’s approach.

Do therapists appreciate feedback?

Feedback is useful, even years later.  It is the only way a therapist can really assess the results of what he does.