I had been told by my therapist a couple of weeks ago or maybe a month ago that she was leaving and she would help get me set up with a new one in the office. Psychotherapy is not like a cold where any doctor will do. They need to know everything about you. What is going on in your mind. So I was apprehensive, but I have seen her for quite a few years and figured she had a good idea who would be best. Yesterday’s session I was supposed to meet her and she would sit in.
I got there and settled in and I talked to my therapist for a bit and then finally I asked her if the new therapist would still be sitting in. Then she drops the bombshell. There was no reason to, since the office was closing its doors for good. I was speechless at this point. The situation was already bad enough, but now I would have no one. And they recently moved to this office.
I go there pro-bono (no fee) for about 4 years or so since they didn’t accept my new insurance and I really couldn’t afford to keep paying the copay although that was one of the options. The owner decided since I was a long-time patient (9 years) and that I needed it, he would allow me to see a therapist pro-bono and that was 1 session every week. I really can’t complain, but it does mean that I can’t continue in therapy, not even once a month. My current therapist said I could follow her to her new employer, but insurance and copays would be in effect even if they accepted my insurance. I know there are places that use a sliding scale, but adding any other medical fees to my over-stretched budget just can’t happen. I will have to struggle through life on my own like other people do. I am thankful for what they did for me, but now it is time for me to take care of me.
It might mean more complaining on here, but it is, what it is.
Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian
Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/
Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.