Been in therapy for at least 8 years. Diagnosed with moderate anxiety about 3 years ago. Currently taking celexa and klonapin to help with panic attacks and triggers. Recently had to change therapists due to scheduling conflicts. Most of my past therapists have been of the compassion, talk, work through issues, with no pre-determined agenda. This therapist wants to have clear goals (fine), an ending date for therapy (scary to me but dealing with it) She also wants to structure our sessions like a classroom. Is this really a psychological practice?
Q: "Is this really a psychological practice?"
A: Hi Chris,
Yes; different therapists have different therapeutic approaches to working with clients. It sounds like your current therapist may be favoring approaches such as: Solution Focused Therapy, CBT, REBT i.e short term therapies.
Generally, when a client enters treatment, there should be a clear idea about what the goal behind the therapy sessions is. Without a clearly defined goal or without proper tools to address it, the sessions can resemble Freud's free association. This is may not be helpful for many individuals as they find themselves going in circles without focusing on specific issues (emotions, behaviors, thoughts) that they want to work through.
You may want to ask this therapist what is her "theoretical orientation." Meaning, what style(s) of psychotherapy is she going to be using while working with you. A classroom setting can be a tool applied in different approaches. It is more of a hands on approach rather than the compassionate "Rogerian approach" (derived from Carl Roger's work) to treatment.