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Should I chose another psychotherapist if the one I’m seeing is not exploring any childhood issues? He basically just listens, he doesn’t ask any deep rooted questions. Out of three sessions he’s given me one or two sentences that I felt were worth holding on to!

Some psychotherapists practice like this, as a sort of imitation of psychoanalysis. It’s against the principles of psychoanalysis to explain anything to a client; the client is expected to figure it out through internal personal struggle. The problem with such an approach is that if the client doesn’t understand and accept that sort of approach with informed consent right from the beginning, then not much will get accomplished.

As part of my psychological training, I have been in psychoanalysis, and I found it very helpful because I understood the rules right from the beginning. But I have also learned from experience that there are far more efficient ways to conduct psychotherapy than the aloof, psychoanalytic-style approach.

So, yes, if you want something different than you are receiving, feel free to find someone else. If you really want to have some fun, just tell your “therapist” that you don’t like his approach and have decided to leave. See how he reacts. If he remains silent, he probably isn’t concerned about making a living. If he tells you it’s all your fault, then you have even more reason to leave. Then again, he might prick up his ears and start to pay attention to you, and the treatment might even be rescued.


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