Some see this as the single most important factor in whether or not an individual will progress in treatment and with recovery, and studies looking at this factor have consistently demonstrated the benefits of a positive relationship between the person in treatment and his therapist. Without getting technical, it comes down to trust, comfort level, and whether or not you like your doctor or therapist as a person.
You want to know that your doctor and/or therapist is competent to treat bipolar disorder. You want to know that if you’re in a crisis there is a way to reach them, or that they have a backup system, such as access to a crisis center, or an on-call system, that you can use in an emergency. Finally, there’s the very important human element. Is your doctor/therapist working with you as one person helping another, or is there a ‘trust me, I’m a doctor’ attitude? We all want physicians and other practitioners who will take our concerns seriously and who will foster and nurture hope.