Breaking up with my therapist
September 12, 2012 9:00 AM Subscribe
I have been seeing a therapist for about two months now and am not happy with our sessions. I want to try to find another person, but I'm not sure of the protocol of leaving one therapist for another.
posted by Lectrolamb to health & fitness (17 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm seeing a psychiatrist for Biopolar disorder, which has left me unable to work or function much at all at the moment, and he recommended a therapist for me to talk to as he adjusted my medication. The two of them communicate about my case, which I suppose is an effective collaboration, but it's started to make me paranoid, like I feel they are ganging up against me (not rational, I know).
Anyway, I don't feel like I'm getting much out of my therapy sessions. The therapists mostly gives me dietary advice or tries to get me to go to AA meetings - I was self-medicating with alcohol during a bad period, but I've had no trouble getting off the sauce. Our last meeting only lasted 20 minutes because I just had nothing to say (besides I'm not going to fucking AA), and she just sat there, looking at me.
What is the protocol here? Can I just cancel my next meeting and find someone else? Am I allowed to find another therapist if this one is working with my psychiatrist? Is this dissatisfaction with therapy a standard part of the process? I feel very nervous saying "I'm sorry, but you're not helping me," but I'm also extremely non-confrontational.