What to do during therapist's maternity leave?
May 29, 2012 10:34 AM Subscribe
My therapist is gone on maternity leave. Does anyone have any tips/stories about going through the same thing?
posted by dithmer to human relations (5 answers total)
I've been seeing my therapist for about 5 months, and I really like her and trust her. It's the longest I've stayed with a therapist in awhile. However, she has just started maternity leave. I knew about this well in advance (obviously) but we were supposed to have two more sessions, including the one where we talked about coping while she was on leave. Except she went into labor on Sunday, so obviously those last two sessions won't be happening.
It's crappy timing for this to be happening. In general my anxiety and depression are (mostly) manageable, but it's nice having her every week. I still haven't gotten to the "Why am I still doing this?" point yet. But this week has been rough - basically, long story short, I tried to adopt a dog, it overwhelmed me to a debilitating degree (to the point where I wasn't taking care of myself), so now I'm having to give him back which I'm sad and angry at myself for, etc. Basically lots of big negative emotions that I was looking forward to discussing in therapy. So these feelings have gotten me thinking about what to do while she's gone.
I have several options. She texted me to tell me she had the baby, and said we could talk on the phone next week and she could give referrals for someone to see during her leave. I'm really hesitant to start seeing someone new. I don't understand how the length of her maternity leave (3 months) is enough to form a new relationship with a new therapist, give my background, get comfortable discussing all of this, and then just as I form a relationship, get my therapist back.
But at the same time I'm not sure I can handle 3 months with no therapist at all, which is obviously another option.
The other two ideas I can think of are the therapist I had years ago, that I saw once or twice about 6 months ago before terminating because I don't live close enough to her office anymore. But she does know me, I did see her for awhile. The other option is the counselor I had in my hometown (Buffalo) when I was living there over a year ago. She offered to do Skype or phone sessions if I ever needed to, and even though we haven't spoken in awhile, I think she'd be more than happy to work something out with me.
Has anybody else gone through this? What did you do while your therapist was on leave?