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What can a reality therapist help with?

In reality therapy, the focus is on the client’s present-day circumstances and not so much on what happened in the past. This treatment considers a person’s behavior to be their choice and teaches a client to better control how they behave and work toward better mental health. Reality therapists can help with a range of concerns including eating disorders, addiction, substance use, anxiety, phobias, and relationship difficulties, among other mental health conditions or life challenges.

Who is a qualified reality therapist?

Licensed psychologists, clinical social workers, or marriage and family therapists who have been trained in reality therapy may practice this method. Some reality therapy training programs include relevant coursework and or fieldwork. Prospective clients may wish to inquire into a therapist’s training and experience, as well as any relevant certifications, to help determine if the provider is a good fit.

Is reality therapy client-centered?

This non-judgmental, client-centered therapy was developed by William Glasser in the 1960s. Glasser advanced the idea that a person can better understand what they experience in the present moment, as well as how they behave in life with the choices that they make. This is a therapy in which the client and therapist act as equal partners in the therapy process.

How can you recognize a good reality therapist?

In addition to asking about training and certifications, clients should ask prospective therapists about their experience dealing with the client’s particular concerns, what their process typically looks like, and how long they expect treatment to take. Because reality therapy calls for an individual to take responsibility for their behaviors, which are regarded as choices, a strong therapeutic alliance is key. It’s important that the individual feels comfortable with the therapist and is able to speak openly.