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How To Tell You May Need A New Therapist

How To Tell You May Need A New Therapist

Unfortunately, reality is that not all therapists were created equal. We're letting you know how to determine if you need a new therapist.

You did it. You made the very brave leap of getting the help you need to live the life you always wanted.

This is something that you should be very proud of. However, are you getting the right care you need? Just because this is your first therapist or you heard good things about them, doesn’t mean they may be right for you. It’s easy to believe that because they’re a therapist, they’re good, but like most things in life, what works for one person may not work for the other. Sometimes there are some telltale signs that you need to find a new therapist that you may be overlooking.

1. Going to therapy feels like a chore

Obviously this is circumstantial, but for the most part, going to therapy should make you feel good. You shouldn’t feel like you have to go to this therapist, but that you want to. If you’re starting to dread your weekly visits, it may be time to change therapists.

2. You’re not seeing any improvements

Everyone is going through different journeys in their life, so improvements can be relative. However, if you have been seeing your therapist for a while and haven’t seen any new improvements to the issues you’re currently dealing with, it may be time to talk to them about seeking someone else.

3. You’re afraid to tell the truth

Your therapist should make you feel safe. You should feel like you trust this person with the information you’re giving them, after all, you’re trusting them with the issues you’ve been keeping inside for a long time. If you’re afraid to tell your therapist something that is important to your growth, you should definitely consider finding someone new.

Therapist Taking Notes

4. They seem distracted

Just like your therapist expects you to give them your attention during the session, you should absolutely expect the same thing from them. If you find your therapist is constantly checking their emails, their watch, or even their phones, now is a great time to consider different options for yourself.

5. You’re moving

This may seem like a “duh” reason, but some people do get attached to their therapists. After all, you just poured your heart and soul and all of your traumas to this person. Skype sessions may be a good option for some people, but if you’re moving across the country, it may be a good idea to rethink getting a new therapist you can see in person in the new city.

Starting the journey of therapy is so important for your mental health, and it’s crucial to know whether you’re still getting the right care you need to continue to grow. Don’t be afraid to talk to your therapist about these concerns, and discuss seeking someone different. They are here to help, even if it means finding you a better therapist. Your mental health is the most important thing.


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