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Brand new therapist

Discussion in 'I Need Some Practical Advice' started by Marvin1971, Mar 6, 2018.

  1. Marvin1971

    Marvin1971 Active Member

    Today I did an intake assessment for mental health services because I want access to a supported employment program but he former goes with the latter.

    I have some complex mental health problems which have failed to respond to treatment over a number of years with a number of therapists. In fact, therapy has left me worse off in life and badly traumatized. I wouldn’t go again except I can’t access supported employment otherwise,

    I requested not to be assigned a relatively new therapist saying that it wouldn’t be fair either to him or her, or to me. I was told that, unfortunately, there was no control over who I would get.

    I have looked my therapist up and, according to her linked in profile she is fresh out of college and has been doing the job since January.

    Any ideas what I should do about this? The last time I saw a brand new therapist, all hell broke loose.
  2. may71

    may71 Well-Known Member

    I guess you could tell the therapist about the problems that you had in the past.

    You might also tell her that therapy has failed for you in the past, and that you are only going because you are required to in order to get access to the employment program. Hopefully there's a way she can emphasize not going backwards in therapy over trying to make progress.

    Do you want to say what the problems are? It's ok if you don't.

    By "failed to respond to treatment", do you mean that you've tried treatment methods other than therapy which haven't worked?
  3. Striking

    Striking Well-Known Member

    Why did things go so badly? Why do you believe it was because they were newly graduated?
  4. Walker

    Walker Everything Zen Staff Member Safety & Support SF Social Media SF Supporter

    Are there other more trained folks to choose from in the office? Maybe you can see this person and if it doesn't work out well then you can switch.. and keep switching until someone is a good pick for you. Thing is, sometimes a fresh new person might be less jaded and not just there for the paycheck like an older, more seasoned person may be.
    There are advantages and disadvantages to both is what I'm thinking.
  5. Petal

    Petal SF dreamer Staff Member Safety & Support SF Supporter

    They all have to start somewhere just like when you see psychiatrists and they ask if its ok if students sit in. I think you should give this new counselor a shot, it is worth it I think :)
  6. Innocent Forever

    Innocent Forever Go as long as you can. And then take another step. Chat Pro SF Supporter

    New therapists are both good and bad. If they have constant supervision it often is helpful.
  7. DrownedFishOnFire

    DrownedFishOnFire Seeing is Believing Forum Pro SF Supporter

    You can have a 30+ year experienced Therapist and he/she sucks. Some people are naturally gifted in this field and with more better education/training resources/approaches nowadays the newer ones are decent fresh out of the door with more zest and motivation to change or help someone that seems to be a hopeless case. They have training and you do not know their entire background. They might have 20+ year experience dealing with mental health themselves/family members. It is just a rude assumption to judge them before meeting them. Show up to Therapy with a new slate and explain your beef with the Ts in general and outline what you want to work on which is Employment.

    Marvin: good luck there hope it goes great for you