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    My therapist is pregnant. She’s not going to be working next year (as I go to therapist in school she’s not going to be working there next year, but still in her office) this has been extremely hard for me in every area. (We are having virtual now that schools over) But besides for that, I have ocd and my parents have always wanted me to go to a therapist that specializes in that. So even when I went to my current therapist, they also wanted me to go to a specialist in addition. I’ve always refused that because I’m very particular and my current therapist was also helping me in that area. Now that next year for at least the beginning I won’t have scheduled sessions with my therapist, I’m thinking of trying someone else in the meantime (my therapist also suggested that). My therapist said that I can still text her and we can schedule stuff when I need, but it’s still not the same as every week.but I’m very nervous that if I go to a new therapist who specializes in ocd, I will loose touch with my current one and I still really like her and we have a good relationship. What should I do with not wanting to go to someone new so that I won’t loose contact with my current therapist?

    Hi mlove,

    Wow. This type of change can be really rough. Change + pregnancy + possible new modality = a lot of moving parts, which can exacerbate the OCD and intrusive thoughts and worries. I feel for you.

    When I look at the last sentence you wrote, “What should I do with not wanting to go to someone new…”, I get a visual image of a part of you that is frightened of the change that is happening. I think of this fear like a powerful guard dog (or bear, or whatever animal seems right to you) who is trying to protect you. Instead of getting angry at the animal for doing its job, see if you can invite yourself to meet it with curiosity and even appreciation for keeping you safe.

    After that, perhaps your therapist can help you establish some inner resources (other than the fierce animal) to help you cope with whatever arises.

    Wishing you all the best,

    Zipa Leah

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    Thank you for this

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    I am so sorry to hear that you will have to find a new therapist. This is so hard let alone annoying.

    As far as keeping in touch with your old therapist it becomes a boundary issue. You are not friends so therefore it would be inappropriate. What you could do is ask your old therapist to help prepare you for the transition by speaking about during one of your last sessions. When I had to switch dieticians last year my former dietician spoke with my new one to discuss what we were working on, goals that I had etc. See if this is possible. Also you can ask if you can do a joint session with the two of them so you can feel reassured that you will be taken care of in the best way possible.

    Hatzlocha and we are here from you during this difficult time

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