Minus One Therapist

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.

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3 responses to “Minus One Therapist

  1. That’s hard. I’ve been to several churches who have been able to give references for my sister and work on sliding scales. It’s not the church (usually) that has someone who works on a sliding scale, but they give good references. Perhaps you could start there.

  2. I am in the market for a therapist, though I don’t want to see one. My therapist that was assigned to me after I got out of the hospital kind of forgot about me. I never made another appointment with her, and that was that.

  3. That sounds like a difficult situation for you and decisions to be made.

    I used to find it very daunting to start over with a new person. It’s not quite the same but I had problems when I lived in another city where we rarely got to see the consultant psychiatrists. We saw SHOs and registrars. Which in itself wasn’t a problem – a couple of them were really good and had a great manner.

    The problem was that the SHOs and registrars were on six month rotations, so I would see a new psychiatrist who didn’t know much about more or what I am ‘usually’ like, and would have to explain everything and my history all over again. I’d see them once or twice and then the rotation was over and I got a new one. It was incredibly frustrating – the lack of continuity in care. I felt like I was never getting anywhere and only ever catching people up or covering old ground yet again. I don’t understand that system – how is anyone supposed to get a good idea of the pattern of a person’s illness and responses to treatment?
    One of them (when I asked) didn’t even know what my diagnosis was (but had made it to halfway through my appointment by that point!)

    I’d imagine there are much more complex and emotional issues involved when it is a therapist, rather than a psychiatrist?

    Anyway, enough of me. Best wishes with your decision whether to stay at that clinic or find somewhere else. I hope you can find something that suits you and the good work continues.

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