Hey yellow, Welcome to healing well, we are glad to have you join us.
There are several things I can think of for you to consider here. One, you can ask your primary care physician for a referral to another therapist. If you only have this one to compare to then perhaps that may be why you dont feel much benefit from therapy. Keep in mind though that it is always a gamble when you do change. There are some therapist's out there that are not very helpful...that is why you may ask your doc who you should go to.
Second, there are some people who have depression that therapy just isnt effective for. I can attest to this. I have had depression forever it seems and spent many times and lots of money on counselors/therapists unfortunately only to come out just the same. What really pulled me out of the depression was my PCP referring me to a psychiatrist who changed my antidepressant straight off and stayed on top of it.
Whatever the reasons for you being in therapy are or the reasons for depression...some dont even know...you need to be able to feel comfortable with your therapist. Make no mistake here, not many would walk in and spill their guts on the table. So your holding back is common but, is it because you cant talk about it? or because you dont want too? They say therapy works if you work it...meaning you or we have to do all the work which is so very true. Maybe what your holding back you can try writing down and take it with you to your next appointment...if you feel at that time it is right give your therapist your letter, if you dont feel it is then dont give it to them. BUT at least you got those feelings/thoughts out. That is some of the best therapy you can give yourself.
I am sure other members will be along to post responses & suggestions to you. Hang in there and know that we are always here...keep posting.
ElishaCo~Mod: DepressionModerator: Heart & Cardiovascular Diseasehttp://www.healingwell.com/donate
The feeling of being stuck is really a frustrating one. I share that frustration, I am having issues with that too. I'm not sure what is the right decision for you. Els, brought up some great point of possibly switching therapists. Do you think this is at all related to the meds you are on for depression, maybe there is something there that can be looked into. I myself am not truly sure of what all anti-depressants help with. Well I hope that you have success getting past your block, explore your options and try to keep positive.
Hi there YellowHead and Welcome to Healingwell!
Elisha has hit the nail right on the head. There are loads of things to consider before you start to change your therapist... and one of the most important (IMHO) is considering whether the gamble is worth it. There are some unsuitable therapists out there and you can risk getting one. That said, there are also some very nice ones. See if your friends or family have any recommendations.
Big British Hugs