Today I had a first appointment with a new therapist.
The thing is in Germany not every therapist has an admission to practice according to the guidelines of the statutory health insurance. The admissions are limited to a certain number to keep the costs low. There are therapist who work privately, but they have been turning me down according to their work ethics - I can’t charge you, if you have a diagnosis and therefore the right to have therapy cost free.-
So there are long waiting lists and just a little amount of therapists who have knowledge of ADHD (adult).
Anyhow, I asked the secretary beforehand if he has knowledge and if he has time. And when I came there and we had our first session, I found him to be nice and sympathetic, but he told me that he could imagine working with me, but he found me “pretty complex in my topics” and would be a little insecure because he doesn’t have much knowledge of ADHD. He is a behavioral therapists. He wants me to make a online diagnostic screening he send me and says we should have a second session to see if we can work with each other.
This has been happening all the time the past couple of years…
Now my question: would you start a therapy with a therapist who says he doesn’t know much about ADHD? Or would you keep on searching… It is a never-ending story. I called 20 therapists this month and none takes me, which plays into my rejection sensitivity.
Any ideas how to decide?