Sukay, I have a couple of thoughts on this...1. I know that therapists go on and off plans all the time, and if you have to change plans because of work...etc., suddenly you are in this quandry...BUT...there are a few ideas. Ask your therapist of 7 years if she will charge you less than her billed rate if you pay cash in order to continue seeing her. My S's therapist with our insurance change (who I am now seeing too) said yes, and while everyone else gets billed at 150- per hour, we pay 100- cash the day of the appointment. So maybe you can make an arrangement like that too. Also, I created payment arrangements with my S & H's pdoc...so every month we pay a set payment towards the bill. When things are going good and they see him less, we catch up, maybe setting up a situation like that is available...Lastly, because he only sees him bi-monthly, it helps control the costs that it would have been if he was "in" network would have been our co-pay. Now while those were ideas to find a way to stick with her....here are the #2 thoughts. While it is heartbreaking that a change may have to take place, I think the suggestion that someone made to you about having your therapist look at the "in" network list and help you find a new one is a great idea. You can also grant permission for them to speak together about your case, and your current therapist can fill your new one in on a lot of stuff and help participate in getting her up to speed on the history part of your case. You can also ask for the first few months that they consult together regularly until you feel you have made the adjustment and are ready to fully transition. Someone else pointed out that while on the surface it is sad, it also may hold some GREAT new things for you in the end if you stay open to it. I agree with that.
I like you get attached to people and have a real hard time making these kind of changes with doctors, therapists, dentists...etc. But sometimes, while I can't see it at the beginning....it does turn out to be a really great thing. Hang in there my dear....breathe your way through it and openly discuss your feelings with your therapist and see what you come up with. She may even have some ideas for you. And if it takes paying out of pocket for a few sessions "out" of network to do this right....just do it. Your wellbeing is worth that. HUGS...LFW