Psych Central

Go Back   Forums at Psych Central > >

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-17-2019, 08:34 PM   #1
New Member
Stage56 has no updates.
Member Since: Jan 2019
Location: Windsor, ON
Posts: 5
My Mood: Getting help

Question Getting help

Had my 3rd session today. Not sure anymore!

Let me start by saying that I have been off work for 9 months now, I did have short term disability, then on sick benefits which ends in April. In the beginning I asked my family doctor to recommend a psychologist, which he did. She was not taking any new patients. I made a few more calls - each said the same. I started calling Social Workers -- I really needed to see someone. I did go to a worker, but my insurance only covered a couple of hundred dollars for this service - 3 visits - no progress though (she had collected information but we hadn't devised a plan)

I called back a couple of psychologists and asked about waiting lists - finally got an appointment booked (had to wait 4 months). She seemed nice enough the first and second visits, she cancelled the third, she cancelled a fourth. Last month, during my session, she suggested that I contact the local Crisis Centre, and that she has worked in tandem with them in the past. When I contacted them (website for intake) the Director called me saying the Intake Worker was on a bereavement leave. She continued to go on that I would not benefit from their services as I had a doctor. She felt that it would be conflicting and take one or the other. When I told her that my doctor had worked in tandem with their facility in the past, she hemmed and hawed, and the suggested that if I wanted I could have some brain imaging done but I would have to commit to 39 weeks, once a week.

All I want is help - 1 person - start to finish - so frustrated -- feeling like I don't deserve help as I seem to have every door shut in my face. Now what!!!
Stage56 is offline   Reply With Quote
Hugs from:

Old 01-18-2019, 05:37 AM   #2
piggy momma
Veteran Member
piggy momma's Avatar
piggy momma has no updates.
Member Since: Oct 2018
Location: Canada
Posts: 705 (SuperPoster!)
33 hugs
Default Re: Getting help

Oh my gosh. That is a horrible experience and you know what - ten years ago I wouldn't have believed it and then I too experienced it first hand. Good, competent help is REALLY hard to find. Good, competent, affordable help is even harder.

Does your work place have an EFAP program, where they provide you with (usually only five) counselling sessions? Although they are limited, they get you in the door with someone and you can often continue privately with them after. Most larger employers offer them.

Is going across the border to Detroit an option? Do you have transportation to look at other neighboring cities? What about online therapy? Does the local university have grad students that offer services under supervision? Can your doctor not provide you with some referrals?

It can definitely take a combination of persistence and luck to find the right person. It is also not uncommon to go through several before you find that right fit. Don't give up - help is out there; we just need to find it.
piggy momma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2019, 07:29 AM   #3
Grand Member
sarahsweets's Avatar
sarahsweets Humor is my end game..
Member Since: Dec 2018
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 969 (SuperPoster!)
My Mood: Getting help

73 hugs
Default Re: Getting help

Piggy momma's suggestion about coming to the US is a very good point. Is there anyway for you to consider this as an option?
"I carried a watermelon?"

President of the no F's given society.
sarahsweets is online now   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:07 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® — Copyright © 2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.



The material on this site is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for medical advice,
diagnosis or treatment provided by a qualified health care provider. .
Always consult your doctor or mental health professional before trying anything you read here.


HomeAbout UsContact UsPrivacy PolicyTerms of UseDisclaimer
Forums HomeCommunity GuidelinesHelp

Helplines and Lifelines