Is it Rude To Switch Therapists?

Millions of people around the world visit therapists each year, visiting from every other day to every other week.

But, what if your therapist just isn’t a good fit for you, or they need some time off? Is it rude to switch therapists?

Read on below and discover the truth of the matter!

Is it Rude To Switch Therapists?

The truth is that there is very little to be found rude about switching therapists, regardless of the reason.

Sometimes the best therapist for us changes over the years, and we need to switch it up. 

There are various other reasons that may cause us to need or want to switch therapists… and it’s all good.

The fact remains that tens of thousands of people switch up therapists each year, and there is no harm that comes from it.

In fact, it is best to switch therapists immediately if your therapy sessions aren’t fruitful with your current therapist.

How Rude Is it?


On the rude meter’s scale of 1 to 10, tipping rates 3. The main reason that switching therapists rates more than 1 on the rude meter’s scale of 1 to 10 is that sometimes people switch therapists for all the wrong reasons.

For example, switching therapists when your therapists push you out of your comfort zone a time or two is uncalled for and more often than not more harmful to your own mental well-being than anything else.

That said, if you try and try to get on with your current therapist, but you just end up feeling worse and worse, rather than feeling better, after each therapy session, you may indeed be ready to switch up therapists.

Why is it Not Rude?

The fact of the matter is that it isn’t rude to switch therapists if it is for a real and concise reason. 

If you switch to a new therapist just because of a bad session, you are selling both yourself and your current therapist short.

It takes a bit of pressure, and time, to make a diamond. It’s the same with mental well-being and therapy. Mental wellness isn’t granted overnight, regardless of who your therapist is. 

Peace of mind, from therapy, requires work on your behalf as well, including stepping out of your comfort zone from time to time.

Common Questions

Is it offensive to switch therapists?

The main time it is offensive to switch therapists is when it is for malicious reasons, or is done so with loud and offensive behavior on your part (or by a family member on your behalf). 

Otherwise, switching therapists is almost never offensive… it happens every day.

How to transition to a new therapist?

The best way to start transitioning from one therapist to the next is by assuming nothing and by opening up with them right away. 

Take your first visit or two just getting to know each other a bit, and make sure to let them know the main points you and your previous therapist focused on. 

 The first few visits are also a great time to start setting and enforcing boundaries with your new therapist.

When should you consider switching therapists?

There are several reasons why someone may consider switching therapists. 

The most crucial times to consider doing so are when your therapist doesn’t listen to you or care about what you are telling them, as well as when a therapist is clearly not working to help you attain peace of mind. 

Further, if you relocate, come into a new work schedule, or go through other major life changes that affect your day-to-day schedule, you may also want to consider switching therapists.