I’ve been feeling very overwhelmed lately and my rumination has been out of control. I’ve been crying when I wake up and when I go to bed at night some days. I just want someone talk to for a few sessions. I’ve never been to therapy before. I have low income insurance and I called almost every person in the directory and no one is accepting new clients, they are booked until December, or they just don’t answer the phone. What should I do? Should I just make an appointment with a Family doctor and tell them about my problems?
Try searching for local clinics if you haven't already (usually associated with a university counseling/psychology program). A new year is starting and therapists-in-training will need clients. I've had surprisingly positive experiences, maybe not as knowledgeable yet but warm, kind, and empathetic. Also, usually very cheap or even free right now.
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Okay. I've was told to find a therapist who has been practicing for a long time (decades) because their skill set is superior. I have no other options at this point
Working with your family doctor is probably a good first step. They may also be able to recommend someone to you that you haven’t already tried. I second the above comment about trying local clinics and community health centers
Not everyone has the personality/mindset to become a therapist.
The demand for therapy is huge, and continues to grow at a rapid pace.
Supply and demand is a thing, and it drives up the value of therapy services. That means either the price of therapy goes up and becomes unreachable for the less wealthy or measures are put in place to force price ceilings, which then runs into a “no bread in the USSR” problem.
It’s partly COVID related that they’re so busy. People are stressed out, copays are not required, and it’s so convenient with telesessions.
Call your insurance and explain your problem. If you have govt. funded ins. they may have a service that makes money by serving you and so they may be willing to do the leg work for you by making the calls and finding a provider who call them back and says they’re available. They don’t want to look bad to insurance so at least they’ll call them back. Tell the insurance that this difficulty is exacerbating your anxiety.
It’s hard to find a therapist because many are practicing in areas saturated with other therapists and they get more calls than they could possibly respond to. Really “good” insurance is usually cumbersome for the provider and pays like crap, let alone “bad” insurance. So as far as incentives time and money aren’t on your side.
I would say… If you’re not already doing so, make sure to leave a voicemail message. Don’t over explain about your insurance etc in the message. Don’t rely on insurance directories, try a search on PsychologyToday for example. If you have an ability to do any self-pay, maybe look for therapists who offer a sliding scale. Along with calling, see if the therapist advertises their email address or has a web form you can submit through their web site. Consider online sites like BetterHelp.com. Some universities have free or nearly free therapy as a way to provide their trainees with practice opportunities. New therapists who are just getting started often have a “take everyone, call everyone back “ mentality.
Edit: also meant to offer my dissent from some of the other comments. In my experience your primary care doc is a lousy person to talk to. They will have very little training in mental health but think they know what they’re doing. Typically they do not.