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Many people hold the major misconception that once you start working with a therapist, you have to stay working with them throughout your recovery. That is simply not true. It is not uncommon to begin working with a therapist and then realize that you would benefit from a different style of therapy. Do not be afraid to speak up and make the decision to switch therapists. Here are a few tips to help you work through that transition.

#1. Think About What You Need in a New Therapist

If something is not working with your current therapist, try to determine what that something is. Work on pinpointing what it is you need from a new therapist that you are currently not receiving.

#2. Talk With Your Current Therapist

You might feel extremely timid or awkward talking with your current therapist about your desire to work with someone new. It is perfectly understandable to feel that way. Try to center or ground yourself and speak up about how you are feeling. Your current therapist probably has many different references and ideas as to whom you may work better with.

#3. Set Reasonable Expectations

Try to remember that therapy can often feel uncomfortable. You are working through very challenging and traumatic issues. Try to talk with your current therapist about what you think is not working. They may be able to make changes to your therapeutic plans to help your comfort levels.

#4. Trust Your Instincts

If your instincts are telling you that a different therapist would better support you, then listen to those instincts. Explore your options and begin to talk with new mental health professionals about your goals and struggles. Listening to your instincts may be something you are not used to doing. If something does not feel right in therapy, speak up. Having a strong and healthy therapeutic relationship is a significant component of success in therapy.

It is okay to change therapists. After beginning to work with someone, you may realize that you actually would benefit more from a different therapy style. Talk with your current therapist about your feelings and concerns. Think about what you want and need from a new therapist, and remember to set reasonable expectations. Here at The Guest House, we understand that everyone needs something different from their therapist. We are here to help and support you as you work through recovery. Call us today to learn more about our treatment options at (855) 483-7800.