Finding a therapist you feel comfortable with is not always the easiest thing in the world, but neither is figuring out if it might be time to move on from your current practitioner. Especially if you've been working together for awhile, knowing how to tell if you've outgrown your therapist can be a challenge, but there are some key factors that might help you make the decision one way or another.
"I love this question because I do not think it is asked or thought of enough in therapy circles," Elizabeth Cohen, Ph.D tells Bustle. "I wish people knew going into therapy that they are a consumer. As such, they should feel more agency over choosing a therapist and a therapeutic modality. I, too, often see people who have been in therapy for a long time with a therapist or a therapeutic modality that didn't work for them."
In order for any work to be done, Dr. Cohen says, a person needs to feel comfortable with their therapist and that therapist’s methods. So, if they feel like it is not working for them, they have to take an action.
Take a look at some of the tips below to see if you and your therapist are no longer a fit.