I have issues about attachment and trust - almost everybody I came to trust and rely on (especially my parents) eventually became mentally or otherwise ill. This became even harder after a sexual aggression. I decided to consult a therapist since these problems led to issues with intimacy. After a few months, I finally developed trust and felt very comfortable with her. She took a month's vacation recently. A few days before our next appointment, her assistant called to let me know she needed "a few more weeks" of rest. I can't take this! On the one hand, I feel the urge to change therapists - this is one too many times. On the other hand, she's helped me a great deal up to now and I'm afraid I'll have trouble finding another therapist with which I feel so comfortable. Insecurity about whether she'll really come back or not is also eating me up inside. Should I wait or find another therapist?
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