Hi guys. I've really been struggling as to how to put this problem into words without being offensive or insensitive, so I'd like to say straight away that I'm not trying to be rude or discriminative. This is a genuine issue I am having and to be honest, I'm truly baffled as to how to handle it. This is why I am writing about it here hoping for some advice. A year or so ago, I was assigned a therapist for CBT because I was having some particular problems and my mental health team suggested that CBT was the best course of action. I was happy to go along to these therapy appointments, until I began to realise that my therapist had such a thick accent, I could barely understand a word he was saying. This made each therapy session a lot harder for me, as I had to put in a large amount of effort just to hear what he was saying to me, and a lot of the session would be disrupted by me asking him to repeat what he had said. Then, when my anxiety would eventually take over, I would stop asking him to repeat himself and leave the session completely clueless as to what I was told. As you can imagine, this wasn't a very helpful form of therapy for me, as not only did it increase my anxiety, it didn't help me in any other way. I decided to tell my therapist via email that I couldn't continue with the therapy, but I didn't tell him the reason why, because I was ashamed and embarrassed. A few weeks ago, I relapsed. I had been put back under the care of the mental health team, who suggested I give CBT another try (they aren't aware of the reason I cancelled the previous sessions). Figuring that the same thing couldn't happen again, I happily agreed to the therapy, because I do genuinely need some guidance in the form of CBT, at the very least. It would be a good starting point for me. However, the same thing did happen. I wasn't assigned the same therapist as last time, but this new therapist also has an extremely thick accent. He had left me a voicemail the other day, as I couldn't reach my phone, apparently telling me he was arranging my first therapy appointment for me, but again I could barely understand the majority of the message, and had to email the mental health team to confirm said appointment for me in writing. Sure enough, I have an appointment on the 18th of this month. If I hadn't emailed the mental health team, I would have had no idea about this appointment. I'm genuinely concerned that yet again I will have to go through some gruelling anxiety with this new therapist for the exact same reason as last time, but the appointment has been made for me and I feel like I can't cancel it this time around, otherwise the team will think I'm not serious about my health or my recovery, which I absolutely am. I have no idea how to pose this issue to the mental health team, or how to handle it myself. I don't want to appear like I have a problem with people with certain accents or backgrounds, because I 100% absolutely do NOT. I want to make that very clear. I think it is fantastic that people all over the world have studied hard and can come to this country (I live in the UK) and join the medical/health industry, we always need more doctors and therapists and such. However, I really think I should have a therapist I can talk to and listen to with ease, seeing as talking and listening are the major parts of therapy itself. I'm not sure what to do. I hope you guys don't get the wrong idea. Any advice would be hugely appreciated. Thank you!