The code (of ethics) by which all helping professions are governed– “First, do no harm.” There are vast implications of this. When I was doing therapy, I had countless clients tell me stories of bad experiences they had with counselors they saw prior to me. One client told me she had a therapist who fell asleep during their session! Others recounted times when therapists “forgot” appointments, made insensitive remarks, and generally, didn’t seem interested or invested.
A new study has revealed that therapy not done well can actually make things worse for its patients. Keeping in mind that sometimes patients will feel “worse” as they are wrestling with difficult topics, things should begin to improve. If not, it’s time for you to say “good-bye” and find a new therapist.