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I been seeing a LCSW for 3 yrs, 4 times a week. It's very

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I been seeing a LCSW for 3 yrs, 4 times a week. It's very costly. I work professional and working on a masters, yet my therapist feels that me cutting down to twice or once a week isn't good therapy. He feels I have situational depression, DID-NOS and psychosis-NOS, because I think too much, but I'm also a writer and very artistic. I'm just beginning to see that this is a money thing with him, if I was so bad off mentally why arent I'm locked up. Is this type of therapy overkill?

Hello, I'd like to help you with your question.
The question to ask yourself here is whether or not you feel you get any benefit from seeing your therapist that many times a week. If you feel it does help you and that you might recover faster by seeing him that many times, then it may benefit you to continue. But if you are questioning the need as you are now and have felt that seeing him that many times a week doesn't make that much of a difference or you feel it's too hard on you, then cutting back is probably a good idea.
Another point to consider is if your diagnoses are correct. You did not mention any specific symptoms except thinking too much. But if you feel that the number of therapy sessions are too many for the type of diagnoses you have, you can always get a second opinion. Any therapist you see should be able to do a full evaluation and let you know what a reasonable treatment plan would be for your situation. To find another therapist, talk to your doctor about a referral. Or you can search on line at
While I have heard of people seeing therapists as many times as you are seeing yours, it is usually for psychoanalysis, which is not a common type of therapy anymore. Most insurances limit therapy to once a week or every other week but that depends very much on the diagnosis.
I hope this has been helpful to you,
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

In the beginning it was cool...someone else to talk with, but 2 yrs ago I've been talking more and more to other people in similar situations with their teens, and haven't felt my therapist advice was worth it over others. Also, at least once a wk I've been bringing up discontinuing therapy with him, but he discourage it, as if I was this lunatic. My problem is I never trust my instincts.Always fall for the abusive, controlling type men. I'm not sure if I'm being taken advantage of, and as I said previously no other therapist would tell me the truth. recently I told my boss how many times I see this guy and she was shocked, because I function quite well. He makes $26,000 a yr from me and my insurance since I've been seeing him. I guess I always known the answer, just needed to hear it from someone else. Thanks!

If you are questioning the situation this much, then you probably need to start listening to your instincts. Telling your therapist that you want to change, while it's a good idea, might also prevent you from considering other options because of exactly what is happening- he will try to convince you otherwise. But you need to do what is good for you, not what is good for him. And your well being should be the first priority here.
Also, you can still get a second opinion while you see your current therapist so you don't have to leave just yet. And that second opinion might be enough to help you move on. It can be scary to end therapy with someone you are familiar with, but by seeking out a second opinion with someone you feel you might be comfortable with, you can make that transaction a easier. Here is a resource to help:
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