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What happens if my therapist is away on holiday or unwell?

If your therapist is taking annual leave, then they will have had an opportunity to discuss this with you before they go, for example, the length of time they are going to be away, and who to contact whilst they are away should this be necessary. They may also help you to arrange alternative support during this time.

Sometimes, it can feel very difficult if you see your therapist regularly and suddenly they are not there and feelings of being unimportant, or even being abandoned can surface. These feelings are not unusual for someone engaged in therapy and your therapist should discuss with you, before they go away, how you might manage these feelings so that you are clear what to do and how to contact should you need to.

Unfortunately, there are also times when your therapist may become unwell or there are other, unforeseen circumstances in which they need to cancel your appointment. In many cases, you will have been informed early on in your therapy what arrangements are in place in this situation. If not, and you wish to know, then ask your therapist, who will be able to provide you with details of other professionals who can help you if required during their absence.

If in doubt, consult your GP or local social services and ask for advice.

 
Dr Laydon-Walters is a member of the BPS
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