Leon C Pereira PhD
Clinical & Behavioral Psychologist
Professor
45-955 Kamehamema Hwy, Suite 401
Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744
(808) 255-3618
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When should you switch psychologists? - Page 2


You should also change psychologists if you find that he or she spouts a lot of jargon (that is, does not seem to think for himself or herself and does not treat you as an individual). A psychologist should be able to frame your problems and their treatment in a language that you can understand and relate to. If he or she uses words, images, analogies, etc that seem odd or obscure, ask for clarification or elaboration. If you continue to feel uncomfortable with the language used, move on!

You should also change psychologists if you find that he or she spouts a lot of jargon (that is, does not seem to think for himself or herself and does not treat you as an individual). A psychologist should be able to frame your problems and their treatment in a language that you can understand and relate to. If he or she uses words, images, analogies, etc that seem odd or obscure, ask for clarification or elaboration. If you continue to feel uncomfortable with the language used, move on!

Above all, you should feel an improvement in your life AND have begun to implement new or improved skills, including effective coping strategies. If you, or your child, or your relationship with your spouse, partner, or child has not improved, you should consider switching psychologists.

If your psychologist appears to be more of an entertainer than a therapist, if he or she employs questionable methods (for example, playing games with your child that appear to have no therapeutic value or encouraging your child to express his or her anger by yelling, hitting inflatable toys, destroying paper products, etc--all of which are contraindicated for anger management), if you and/or your family members enjoy your sessions because they are "fun", or you get along well during sessions, but your daily lives show no significant changes, you should switch psychologists. Also, if your psychologist likes to tell you his or her personal or family problems, he or she is wasting your time!

You may not know what to expect in therapy, or if what your psychologist is doing is the best approach for your problems, or what alternatives are available. However, not all psychologists are equally intelligent, educated, and experienced. Psychologists are humans, too. The bottom line is that you and your psychologist should be a good match AND you should make good progress. If it doesn't feel right and you are not getting what you want out of therapy, don't second-guess yourself; move on!
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