Is it bad to have two psychotherapists? That is to say, in certain circumstances, dual diagnosis treatment may be the best option. Allowing two psychotherapists to work with your client is actually a good set up; it’s almost always a great idea to have a number of different therapists working on a single client, particularly if those therapists are really good at what they do. After all, even with very good clients who seem to have very few difficulties, the ideal client is the one who has a really high success rate after the initial therapy has begun. Even then, there is no guarantee that all therapists will create a highly successful outcome; it is perfectly feasible for a therapy to fail after the first session.
Nonetheless, some therapists (including me) have had good experiences when dealing with dual diagnosis patients. My problem was that I didn’t want to leave the job of one therapist to get the job of another. Indeed, I wanted to become a co-therapist. In this way, two therapists would collaborate and work together to help the patient.
I didn’t see any problems with this, because I saw that it increased the therapist’s effectiveness. However, my patient did not feel that he or she was being adequately supported, and in fact felt that his or her needs were being neglected. To me, this was an important issue, because there is an element of healing involved in receiving support from another therapist. Obviously, if a patient does not feel that someone is genuinely interested in him or her, then the healing will be significantly limited.
I also thought that the therapist would have an easier time adjusting if he worked alongside me, rather than having to learn a new therapy. Of course, there are situations where working alongside an experienced psychotherapist makes a big difference – but when I was working with my patient, things were often difficult for both of us. My patient was often irritated by how slow I moved and by the rigid manner in which we often discussed issues. He also resented having to do the therapy on his terms; he felt that he had a say in how he was treated.
It turned out that this was not a problem for me, since I was not having to adjust to any particular way of treating my patient. I did not need to learn a different psychotherapy, or a different method of treatment. This allowed me to focus my energies on helping the patient to heal himself or herself. This was very important to my patients, as many people with dual diagnosis feel lonely and isolated. My patients appreciated the support I offered, and they often confided in me about their difficulties.
Many people have difficulty deciding whether or not to see a therapist or psychiatrist when they suffer from dual diagnosis. Dual diagnosis can be a difficult and even frightening subject. I felt confident in the knowledge that I could help my patients overcome the fears and inhibitions that kept them from seeking the help that they needed. When my patients were ready to see me, I felt less alone and more equipped to offer them the kind of treatment they needed.
It is important to know when to seek help from a psychotherapist or psychiatrist regarding a dual diagnosis. Many people are tempted to try to handle dual diagnosis by themselves. The problem is that many therapists and psychotherapists are not equipped to handle this situation. They may try to give the patient one-size-fits-all advice about getting better. A therapist who does not have experience with dual diagnosis may also push the patient away, causing emotional distress for the patient.
It is important that anyone who suffers from a dual diagnosis find a competent psychotherapist who can work with them. If you are ready to talk to a psychotherapist, ask him or her if they have experience working with patients who have this type of diagnosis. They should be willing and able to answer your questions honestly and with sensitivity. Then, listen carefully to what he or she has to say, and choose the psychotherapist that best matches with your patient’s needs.