Talking Therapies - Risks
Are there any risks associated with talking therapy?
Below are some things that can happen during therapy.
- Sometimes talking about your problems can make you feel worse before you get better.
- Strong feelings may come up in therapy and you may feel vulnerable or angry.
- If you are focussing on your relationships during your therapy, this could make you feel worse about them to begin with.
- You may become dependent on your therapist and feel very attached to them.
It is important to have a trained therapist as they will understand all of these risks. The therapist is responsible for keeping an eye on these things and making sure the therapy and you are safe.
You should not feel unheard, humiliated or used during therapy sessions. It is important to remember that therapy is supposed to help you.
Can I end the therapy whenever I want?
You can choose to stop therapy if you feel that it if it is not helping you or if it does not feel right for you. A good therapist will regularly check that you are getting something out of it and will suggest ending the therapy if you are not.
You should trust your instincts and think about ending therapy if you continue to feel worse. It is important to tell your therapist if you want to stop therapy so you can do this properly.
If you feel a therapist has behaved inappropriately you should report them to their regulatory body. Below are some example of inappropriate behaviour.
- Sexual comments or behaviour towards you
- Offensive language or statements, this can be about race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation to name a few
- Not respecting your right to privacy
- Breaking any of the rules which have been agreed at the start of therapy
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