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treetops
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Hi, I'd just like a bit of reassurance about counselling. I've seeing a counsellor for a few months after my previous one left, and it hasn't been working for me. I've requested to switch to a new counsellor. I'm feeling quite bad about asking to switch, though I know it's something a lot of people do.
Also, I rang up and spoke to the counselling service's reception about it rather than saying anything to my counsellor, which I feel guilty about. It feels quite rude of me, really. But I was feeling uncomfy with the counsellor anyway so didn't see the benefit in making it more awkward.
Did I do the right thing? I gave it a good while with this counsellor and I really didn't feel it was working.

Thanks.

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Heather
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I don't think there's a right or a wrong when it comes to this, treetops.

You're the patient here, not your mental healthcare provider, and this care is about your emotional well-being. So, if what you felt most comfortable with was contacting the service versus the counselor directly, I think that's okay.

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OK, thanks Heather. I've heard from the new counsellor now so hopefully they will be a better fit. Onwards and upwards.
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