Huffington Post – 8 Questions About Couples Therapy You May Be Too Afraid To Ask
When considering getting professional help for your relationship, it is normal to have questions about couples therapy. Huffington Post asked me to weigh in on some common questions people have.
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“It isn’t uncommon for people to be fearful of couples therapy and often avoid getting the help they need because of these fears,” said Alicia H. Clark, a psychologist and author of Hack Your Anxiety: How to Make Anxiety Work For You in Life, Love, and All That You Do.
“Getting answers to some common questions about therapy can give you the courage to reach out, though,” she said.
With that in mind, we asked Clark and other therapists to respond to some of the most common questions people have about going to couples counseling.
8. “What if I don’t like the therapist? Is it OK to try someone else?”
Finding a therapist is a bit like dating: Ideally, you find someone you connect with quickly, delete all your dating apps and call it a day. But just like dating, not every pairing is going to be a match, Clark said. (The good news? Most therapists will offer a free 10- to 15-minute phone consultation so you can get a feel for their style before you step into their office.)
“Like with any relationship, the right fit is critical,” she said. “A couples therapist should feel like someone you can trust to have your relationship’s best interests at heart. If you don’t feel this way after a few sessions, trust your feelings, and start looking for someone else who could be a better fit.”