What is it about?

This survey study asked N = 969 laypeople in Germany for their preferences regarding various different characteristics of psychotherapists, for example the gender, levels of experience or political views. Overall, a majority of the participants indicated that they did have a specific preference, except for political views and years of practical experience. However, members of marginalized groups like women, ethnic minorities or religious participants were more likely to prefer a therapist that is similar to them.

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The results of this study show what characteristics of a psychotherapist are important for German laypeople. Since people prefer therapists with similar characteristics and personality, the study discusses ways of implementation of preferences and diversification of therapists.

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This page is a summary of: Preferences regarding psychotherapist characteristics and their predictors: Results of a german online survey., Professional Psychology Research and Practice, March 2023, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/pro0000508.
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