The reason I’m able to keep seeing a therapist right now while I’m not working is that I’ve been seeing an intern at a clinic who charges on a sliding scale.
I’m all about seeing interns. My favorite therapist I’ve ever had was an intern, and the one I’ve been seeing lately isn’t half bad either. The problem with interns comes down to graduation.
When the interns graduate, the clinic finds a brand new batch of interns to replace them, and all of the original interns are let loose on the world. The rules, however, state that I can’t go see an intern once they are practicing at another clinic or private practice for two years after the date they graduate.
Even though seeing an intern feels like a good idea, reaching the part where they leave and you have to begin seeing someone new is a real pain in the behind.
I have my last appointment with my current therapist next week, and I haven’t really decided what I’m going to do after that. I could continue at the clinic and see the next therapist that they assign to me, or I could venture out to another clinic with cheaper therapy prices.
At this point I think I’m just going to wait and see what happens.
Having a therapist ripped away from me is like losing a close friend. The last time around was really difficult, I even cried. I’m hoping this time around I can keep it together a little better, but it is an emotional situation.
All in all, I’m nervous and not really looking forward to our final meeting, but I am glad to have had a chance to work with this current therapist and I can only hope the next one is at least half as good.