When Is It Time to Change Your Mental Healthcare Provider?

Have you been in a rut recently? Have you been unsure if your mental healthcare provider is the right fit for you? Maybe, you have been working with them for some time and you don’t feel like you have a good fit. Or maybe they are not specialized in your specific area of need or concern.

If so, I’ve been in the exact same situation as you. It feels like a breakup, especially since you feel like you might hurt their feelings or let them down because you don’t feel the same way. Here are some ways in which you can go about this process:

  1. Have an honest talk with your provider. – Rather than text or email, it’s best to do this in-person so that there is no miscommunication and that you can have an open dialogue.
  2. Have a new provider already lined up before you leave. – Due to the current nature of the world, it might take two months or more to line up a new psychiatrist, counselor, or other kind of provider. Get this in line before leaving to not lose coverage.
  3. Be confident. – Stick by your decision and be strong! No matter how the other person reacts, you’re doing the best for you.

Have you done this before? If so, what are your tips and strategies for it?

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