Two therapists have been asked the same question “Is it OK to have two therapists?” by their clients; one therapist responded “It depends.” The second therapist explained that his practice didn’t allow therapists to work together unless they were working with each other on the same cases. His answer surprised me and made me think. In fact, it shouldn’t be that hard to figure out if two therapists are working side by side on a case.
First, I believe that it is important for therapists to know their client and what they expect. By sharing this information, the therapist may better understand what his or her client needs and how they would like to be treated. Second, having one therapist working with the client working with the second therapist helps the therapist get to know the client and learn more about the client.
When two therapists work together, they are able to identify certain behavioral problems and address them more efficiently. Also, when one therapist is working with the client and the other therapist is working with another therapist who is not familiar with the client, it is easier for the therapist working with the client to make changes in the treatment. Both therapists can give the patient directions about the treatment and the therapist working with the other therapist can follow these instructions.
Another reason why it is OK to have one therapist and not two is that the sessions tend to be more focused. Both therapists are giving their undivided attention to the client and keeping their minds open. There is less distraction for either therapist and this allows the client more time to relax. Both therapists are giving their full attention to the therapy and neither is thinking of the other.
Does having two therapists be a disadvantage? Not really. One should think of it as an advantage. It allows them to offer better service. When one therapist is giving therapy and the other is also giving therapy, there will be an effective balance between the two.
A good therapist will be able to adjust to the needs of the client will be able to adjust to the therapist. The two therapists are working off of different emotional factors that contribute to the client’s particular problem. For example, if one therapist is working with a client that is feeling guilty due to a past experience, the therapist on the other end of the spectrum will be able to give suggestions and alternatives that will make the client feel better. Both of them have their own personal style and they work well together.
Having two therapists also helps the therapist and the client to learn more about each other. Each of them brings something to the table that helps the therapy to progress. The client will feel comfortable opening up to a therapist that they have previously only been open with. They will feel safer expressing their problems and concerns in front of someone who they know can empathize.
In addition to their skill sets, having two therapists also allows therapists to have dual presence. As therapists work with their clients, they also become part of their client’s life. It becomes a double act that works hand-in-hand with the client’s recovery. One therapist will give their full attention to the client while the other therapist can also work with their clients in therapy. In addition to their skills, both therapists should also have a good rapport with the clients and be willing to help them with their problems.
There is also the added benefit that when one therapist is not in session, the client does not have to worry that they are going to be alone. It is not the therapist’s job to make the client feel bad about themselves. If one of the therapists is going to be unavailable for a period of time, it is the client’s responsibility to find another therapist who is willing to spend as much time with them.
Although having two therapists can be a great idea, it can be a problem if you are trying to find a therapist to do some or all of your therapy. If you are looking for individual therapists to work on one issue, it may be difficult to find one to cover all of your issues. If you are looking for therapists to cover all of your issues, it may be difficult to find a therapist who is willing to spend a lot of time working with you. If you want to be covered completely, you will need to have two therapists, one to do the therapy one on one and the other therapist to be available to work with you in group sessions.
Many people report that the benefits of having therapists is far greater than the problems they are able to eliminate. One of the most common complaints that people have about visiting therapists is that they try to make them feel guilty for talking about their issues. Therapy is meant to help people get over their problems, not make them feel guilty for them. Unfortunately, some therapists will tell clients that they need to “come out of the closet” if they are going to be cured. This is a form of mental abuse and should never be allowed to happen. If you are thinking about having therapists to help you with your therapy, make sure you are comfortable with this arrangement before you agree to it.