by Restorations Therapy Center Staff on Friday, August 20th, 2021
There are two reasons why you would consider firing your therapist: you feel you no longer need them, or you aren’t happy with the way your therapy is going with them. Neither one might be something that you’re comfortable discussing with your therapist, but each may be necessary after a certain period of time.
You may be at a point in your therapy where you think it’s no longer necessary. That would speak well about the treatment your therapist has provided. It’s a goal every therapist wants to shoot for, even though for some patients, long-term therapy may be necessary. It all depends on the reasons you sought treatment and whether anything new developed during your treatment period.
If you believe you no longer need to see your therapist, congratulations! Here’s how you can go about terminating the relationship in a positive, proactive way:
#1. Discuss your feelings and thoughts with your therapist and make sure they agree with your assessment. If not, this could lead to a different sort of conversation, but hopefully, you’ll both be on the same page.
#2. If so, schedule a final appointment, making sure to cancel any other subsequent appointments you may have on the calendar.
#3. In that final session, discuss where you started on your therapeutic journey and where you’re at today. This might include what things worked or didn’t work. It would also be wise to develop a plan for how you’re going to handle snags that may happen along the way and how you might try to avoid them or, at a minimum, prevent them from becoming a roadblock.
If you’re unhappy with your therapist, you’re certainly not the first patient or client to feel that way. Not every person is going to click with every therapist. It’s certainly your right to leave a therapist if you’re not happy.
Before you leave, perhaps you owe it to yourself and the therapist to figure out why you’re dissatisfied. It might be one major issue, or there could be more than one reason. Sometimes little things add up to be a big problem. Reasons why you might be considering leaving could include:
Sadly, there are patients who, despite not being happy or wanting to find another therapist, don’t have the ability to leave. They may not like confrontation, or they worry about hurting the therapist’s feelings. Those patients end up staying with a therapist longer than they wanted to or should have, which isn’t healthy and won’t benefit them in the long run.
You should never stay with a therapist if the chemistry just isn’t there or if you feel the relationship simply isn’t working. However, there are some best practices to follow when leaving one therapist for another:
Endings can be scary, just as beginnings can be, but you’ll feel better once you’ve left a situation you’re not happy with and you make new progress with a different therapist.
If you have been seeing a therapist that you are no longer happy with, it might be time for a change. Your therapy and treatment should always be moving in a positive, forward direction. If it is stagnant or not progressing, or you are unhappy for some other reason and do not think it can be remedied to your satisfaction, you should begin taking steps to find a new therapist and cut ties with the current one. Every therapist takes a different approach, and your individual needs and wants during your treatment should line up with their approach. At Restorations Therapy, we have a staff large enough to not only meet your needs and expectations but exceed them. We do not offer cookie-cutter treatment. Instead, we develop personalized care plans that are tailored specifically to you and your needs. Call us at (720) 446-6585 to see the difference we can make for you.