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  1. It looks like you want something like a checklist, following which you can be confident for your professionalism. Let's throw it on.

    First. Get a psychological education. Many practice without a degree and even brag about it. From the outside, it looks like a revolt against the foundations to draw attention to its uniqueness, i.e. a kindergarten.

    For me, an indicator of professionalism is when you are not only able to play psychoanalysis and gestalt, but also ready to play by the rules of the professional community. At least partially.

    Second. The canons of the profession need to be studied independently. This is how rigor manifests itself within the profession itself. Let me explain: while studying, it is easy to fall under the influence of the authority of teachers. This is when lecturer San Sanych tells you that Freud is shit, and you spit on this junk and go to behaviorism.

    And after 5 years, you will find out that San Sanych was not up to psychoanalysis, so he was boiling over. And you've wasted your time on a direction that's as good as a goat's milk in individual practice. Because you trusted my opinion and didn't check it yourself.

    The third. It is necessary to observe “professional hygiene”. This was well written in one of the answers – the “inner psychologist” should be able to consciously turn on and off.

    Because if you are always a psychologist – in your relationships, with relatives, with friends-then you are unbearable to others. And then your life begins to slide into despondency, which also affects the profession – it is impossible to listen to other people's problems when your house is on fire.

    Fourth. You can't use your skills to harm them. Follows from the third. Psychotherapy works through suggestion, which gives a talented therapist extra responsibility.

    There is always the risk of manipulating people to make themselves comfortable. Not for long, but still. This is another way to ruin your life by choosing the profession of a psychotherapist. Therefore, if you want to be a professional, you need to be able to control it – as well as the tendency to analyze.

    The rest is tasteful.

  2. I must admit that I have never called my attitude to the topic of my own professionalism “strict”, but it seems to me that you are asking about this. So:

    1. Take on only the work that really belongs to my field, and not to any of the related ones;
    2. Periodically improve your skills and constantly review existing knowledge and techniques;
    3. Use supervision whenever you need it;
    4. If I need help from a therapist, I can still apply for it and get it.;
    5. Since the main method that I use in my work is Erickson's hypnosis, I want to do everything possible to make the principle of operation of this method in psychotherapy as clear as possible for clients and in general for those who are interested in this topic.
  3. I have no strictness towards myself as a psychologist. And outside of working with clients, I am consciously not a psychologist.
    There is a professional observance of boundaries, but it is really like when I was a doctor, I treated my hands before surgery)
    There is something else: my anxiety is “being a bad psychologist”, but it is also part of “hygiene” – to notice it, and deal with this anxiety so that it does not interfere with the work.

  4. It is not very clear what you mean by the word strictness , I am not strict with myself, I observe my own and the client's boundaries, I see my own white spots on supervision, so to speak, as I think due to the lack of strictness due to the opportunity to be myself in therapy, allow myself to not know something, ask again, and so on. So it is behind the aisles of the study. But again, the question is not entirely clear.

  5. Andrey, I will answer your question because we asked for an answer personally. Thank you for your attention and interest in my opinion.

    But I do not apply any strictness, either strong or weak, to myself, since I am not a child.

    Strictness is a kind of punishment for inappropriate behavior, in the presence of love. I have enough love and respect for myself to meet the” title ” of a psychologist.

  6. The question is posed correctly. Psychologists of any orientation and psychotherapists are healers of human souls. People should go to this profession at the call of their heart and soul, and for this you need to raise this profession to a height, as well as a doctor and a teacher.

    The psychologist must be above the common man with his erudition, and the approach to his client, and it is more correct to call the patient, should be individual and the formula of the great Hippocrates “Do no harm”.

    And this requires high wages, free training in universities and advanced training courses.

    In the near future, we will need a network of special clinics within walking distance with psychologists, even clinical ones, and psychotherapists.

    You can take the generations for the last century and for these 20 years, compare them, and make sure that I am right. Strictness should be applied not only to psychologists, but also to other professions. Everyone needs to realize that there is a cause that they must serve. Pathetic, but tolerable.

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