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What Are the Duties and Responsibilities of a Therapist

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We often hear about our society’s high regard for health professionals, yet most of us rarely know about the weight of their responsibilities to the community just for them to live up to their prestigious titles. One particular group of esteemed health professionals we have around are therapists.

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Therapists are licensed medical practitioners who specialise in helping people who are mentally and emotionally disturbed and provide them with treatment and rehabilitation. They are also trained and certified professionals who have undergone educational courses related to mental health, such as mental health awareness training. They use different theories and psychotherapeutic techniques to help their clients improve their cognitive and emotional states. Indeed, therapists work wonders not just in the lives of their patients but also in their families and communities as well.

A therapist’s job consists of being able to effectively understand a client’s problem and develop a treatment plan collaboratively with the client. This requires therapists to be resourceful and flexible so that they can treat their clients in an individualised way based on what their clients need and are able to do. The therapists also offer the adolescent partial hospitalisation programme if needed in some critical cases.

Duties and responsibilities of a therapist

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A good therapist will explain the therapeutic process step-by-step, along with their preferred method of therapy. In addition, this career requires the ability to do the following:

Helping clients reflect on issues to make positive changes

It is part of the job description of a therapist to listen to and encourage their clients. A therapist must be kind, dependable, and empathic. It is necessary to show these abilities as a specialist in order to help the client feel more comfortable. It takes so much effort for a person to be kind, dependable, and empathic to people whom they do not know. Therapists can do better. They help clients reflect on their lives and emotional struggles. 

Liaising with others (if needed) to help any changes happen

Therapists have strong interpersonal skills because this kind of career is about studying and helping individuals. Therefore, it is given that they know how to relate to people and establish rapport with their clients. They are not judgmental about all the activities that the client must and will undertake. It is essential that therapists not show rude behaviour as they begin their counselling session until that relationship has been set up. In this line of work, patience is indeed a virtue. 

Referring clients to other therapies

The therapist must collaborate with the client to assist and discover fruitful objectives and intervention procedures. It is their duty, too, to suggest therapies that will help the client recover. Here, the therapist becomes an immediate family member who cares so much about the client’s well-being.

Setting up a contract to establish what will be covered in the sessions

The therapist will inform the client of the schedule and the therapeutic procedure they will undertake. It is his duty to remind the clients of their schedule and the sessions to be covered in a specified period of time.

Keeping up any confidential records

Therapists are trustworthy people. They maintain the full confidentiality of their client’s information.  They keep the information log in a safe place, and they ensure the client that everything will be kept.

Different kinds of therapists

A therapist’s work is oftentimes associated with that of psychologists, which is, of course, true. But it can also include others who provide a variety of services, like social workers, counsellors, life coaches, and many others. 

Marriage and family therapists

They are involved in helping families cope with the many issues affecting them. They also provide counselling to married couples whose marriage is on the brink of collapse, or even those with just minor issues. 

Substance abuse therapists 

They help people whose lives are ruined due to alcohol and drug addiction. They provide their patients with coping techniques to help them achieve self-control over their impulses. 

Grief and loss therapists

They help patients cope with the pain due to the loss of a loved one, such as death or a long battle with a fatal illness.

Child and adolescent therapists

They provide support and counselling to children and teenagers, together with their families. They help children who have behavioural issues like borderline personalities, learning disabilities, family problems, and dealing with schools and grades. Adolescents provide help to those who have anxiety problems such as anxiety over growing pains, about getting a job, managing relationships, and so much more.

Divorce therapists

They deal with couples who are unable to overcome their marital issues and decide to divorce.

Group therapists 

They deal with a group of people who happen to have similar issues, issues that are specific to their commonality, such as age, gender, social status, religious beliefs, etc.

Clinical social work therapists

They provide services to many different populations, both in urban and remote areas. They often work in the community with families who need intervention.

Skills of a good therapist

Therapists are skilled, too. They are trained to be versatile individuals because they deal with people who have different personalities. They possess the following skills:

Interpersonal skills 

Because their career is about studying and helping individuals, they have strong interpersonal skills, which means that they relate well to people coming from different walks of life.

Communication skills 

Because professionals, especially in this field, involve talking and listening to clients, they must have excellent verbal communication and active listening skills.


Because treatment takes a lot of time, they will need a lot of patience to see the treatment through to its finality.


Therapists are trustworthy because they are expected to keep patient information confidential.


They must have the ability to understand and put their perspective on their patients’ experiences to help them understand the cause of their feelings.

Critical thinking skills

A therapist must have strong critical thinking skills to determine an accurate diagnosis and develop a proper treatment plan.

Therapists help people to explore, understand, and explain the feelings and emotions that are related to their experiences. This allows patients to reflect on what is happening to them and seek alternative ways to heal. The aim of this career is to help people better understand themselves and the community they belong to so that they can live their lives freely and happily.

Dennis Relojo-Howell is the managing director of Psychreg.


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