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Re: Sudden termination initiated by therapist

Posted by pegasus on July 5, 2007, at 12:52:51

In reply to Sudden termination initiated by therapist, posted by Maria01 on July 4, 2007, at 19:00:50

In reading your accounts of what happened, I find myself wondering whether perhaps your intern was canned because of her inability to deal with this situation. I mean, they wouldn't necessarily tell you that, if it were true, right?

I'm imagining a scenario where your intern for some reason has some very negative reaction to the things you are going through and the way you are handling them. Could be, say, that it reminds her of something her dad went through right before he left her family when she was a kid. So, she's having a lot of problems working with you, because of her own issues. Then you have the terrible session you describe, where she tells you she dreads talking to you sometimes. You try to talk to her about it but don't get an appropriate response. You talk to her supervisor, who is, let's say, appalled that she would say what she did to you. And yet, perhaps their policy is to encourage the intern to try to repair the relationship in your therapy (and hopefully work on her issues in hers) So, then, maybe the supervisor goes to the intern to discuss what she's said to you, and explains what she needs to do to make amends. For example, maybe the supervisor says she needs to work this out in her own therapy, and apologize to you. And perhaps your intern refuses for whatever reason, at which point the supervisor fails her from her internship. So, then she can't continue with you, because she no longer has a position there. But they decide it's not appropriate to explain all of that to you.

This is all just my fantasy about it, but it would explain a few things. Thought I'd throw it out there as a possibility.

Regardless, I would say that the agency owes you more than they gave you. If you think you might be up to it, it might be helpful to their program for you to give them the feedback you've given us about how this affected you. Although, that is no longer really your problem to solve, and I would understand if you didn't want to have anything more to do with them.

Good luck with your next steps. This sounds truly devastating, and I wish you a long string of good to make it easier to get back on your feet.





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