I went to see my therapist today and out of the blue she cut our session short by about 10 minutes or a little more.
I asked her if the session was over because I was a bit surprised, she said yes, and asked me if there was something else that I wanted to discuss.
I said no but I was not happy.
She usually sees me for 30 minutes but sees her other clients for 45 minutes.
I am stating this only as a theory, but to me it seems like the most likely explanation. Sometimes pdoc’s give little signals that they want you to move on to something else in the material you are giving her to analyze. She might think your therapy is stagnating, and she is trying to spur you on to other material. I think there is some contention among pdoc’s as to whether or not a therapist should enter into an ego alliance with his or her patient. When a pdoc doesn’t think he or she needs to be friends with you it can feel pretty cold. Maybe she is fixing to send you to another therapist. I wouldn’t worry about it too much. It’s probably better not to take issues of psychotherapy personally.
I get scheduled for an hour at the VA but am seldomly in their longer than 30 minutes and I only go there once every three months.
I have a social worker I see with Medicare and she gives me a full hour but I haven’t been in a while. I may go back. I stopped going when I went out of town to work in California back in January. I was seeing her every week but was running out of stuff to talk about.
@Wave. She may be getting lazy because a schizophrenic client takes more work and she doesn’t want to make the effort. Or hopefully she is not discriminating against you. I don’t know if you want to confront her with your suspicions.
My therapist gives me the full 55 min, but my prescriber takes only about 10 min with me. Maybe that’s what my insurance pays for, but it seems awfully short. I’m unhappy with both professionals, actually, but at least I get my medications prescribed. It just seems I’m mostly in my treatment alone.
Sometimes my therapist ends our sessions a little short. She explained that it is better to end on a positive note, than to open a whole other can of worms, only have 10 minutes to deal with it and having me have to leave unstable and distressed. I understand and can’t really disagree with the logic though like you I feel a bit disgruntled by it.