Hello All. I have a question that involves expectations from therapists. I had never seen a therapist before until two years ago when I suffered my first major depressive episode. She would meet with me for an hour on a weekly basis. I really liked her, but unfortunately she moved to a practice that does not take insurance (only Medicare). I recently scheduled with someone new from a different office. I've had 5 sessions with her, but was disappointed from the start when I discovered her sessions were only 40 minutes.
Yesterday I arrived for my session and she told me I was only scheduled for 20 minutes. I asked why and she said she didn't know. This upset me. We spent 15 minutes catching up, and then 5 minutes into the main topic it was time to leave. I told her I didn't want to reschedule as I was frustrated with these short sessions. She seemed rather indifferent. No one ever offered an explanation, an apology nor offered to make up the time in a later session.
Are 40 minute sessions common (as opposed to an hour)? Was I wrong to be so upset? It seemed hardly worth my time to take off work, drive down there and make my usual co-pay. Thanks for any advice.