The answer to the question, “Is it bad to have two therapists?” is a resounding, “no.” Two therapists can work very well together. They complement each other and complement the needs of their patients.
One of the most common areas in which two therapists work together is in marriage and couples therapy. They may be trained from different disciplines (law, business, etc.). However, they still work closely with each other, working together to identify communication problems, work on problem solving techniques, and so on. Each spouse speaks with the other’s therapist, not the other therapist speaking with either spouse. Therefore, one gains a clear and precise point of view from each partner as to where they are in the marriage. This, in turn, makes it easier for the therapist to help their spouse to address the specific problem.
Another area in which two therapists can work together is in child and teen marriage therapy. This is a difficult area because usually the two practitioners are very young when they first enter the marriage therapy session. In many cases, the couple may initially both feel angry and defensive, even angry at their own therapist. Thus, the couple may work very hard with one another. In addition, they may find that their therapist is also very young and inexperienced. However, being in the same room, communicating with each other, and so forth, helps them to get on the same page quickly and clearly with the therapist.
In addition, marriage therapy professionals are often multidisciplinary and trained in many different areas. Thus, it is much easier for them to get an overall perspective on the marriage. They are not trying to heal one couple at a time. Instead, they try to identify what is wrong with both couples. In this way, they can develop a plan to correct the problems. Thus, the couple gets the help that they need and want from the marriage therapy professional.
A third area in which having two therapists can be a problem is when the couple does not get along well with the second therapist. This can cause a rift between the two therapists, and this can lead to arguing and problems within the marriage therapy room. However, if these arguments occur only occasionally, then having two therapists makes sense because it helps the couple to deal with the conflicts between themselves and with each other, without becoming personally involved in the other’s problems.
What about the cost of having two therapists? If you are going to two therapists, you should be prepared to pay for their services. In some situations, the fees may be shared or the couple may share the costs. However, some locations will expect a payment upfront. It may even be required that you provide a down payment and the balance is due when the second session is scheduled.
One final issue that may concern you is whether to go with a one on one setting with two therapists or with one on one with just one therapist. Some people feel that a one on one setting is more effective because it allows you to get personal questions about your marriage from a trained professional. This may make it easier for you to work through the issues that you are having with your marriage. The problem with a one on one setting is that you do not have another person to take part in the session with you. This can cause feelings of isolation and it can make it difficult for the therapist to get honest responses to your questions.
As you can see, there are some pros and cons to having two therapists. You should consider your situation before deciding which option is best for you and your marriage. If you need help with your marriage, you may want to weigh the pros and cons of using two different marriage counseling therapy programs. This can help you find a solution that works for your situation.