I was asking as my boss is trying to make either me or my team mate move, whilst the Northern Area did advertise for counsellors last year, none have been take on yet.
I was told that there is not a hope of that happening in my area, I have some people in therapy years, it has taken one client 3 years to be able to discuss their shame about sexual abuse and a history of working in the sex industry; but I'm just supposed to drop them if it is decided it will be me that moves.
The thing is we have lost about 3 therapists in the past 2 years as they hit 65, the age profile is quite high in my sector team, apart from 3 of us I reckon most are due to retire within the next 5 years. On top on this we have 2 people on temp contracts and they will get the chop very soon; they are on 2 monthly contracts, and I think they will only get one more contract.
There are two of us in a very large area with a very high rate of addiction issues, my base have 200+ clients and that is without the community clinics we cover between us. Then there is the concerned persons we see, those with addictions to drugs other than heroin, such as cannabis, benzos etc.
The new policy seems to be one therapist per location; we are tight as it is, but I get to see most who want an appointment within 2 weeks. There is no way one person will be able to do that.
Sorry if I'm ranting a bit, but I never chased money I do a small bit of private work, mostly teaching; however, when I have been offered better cash in the past I have always said I'm happy where I am as long as they don't move me from my current location I happy to stay until I hit 65 myself, 20+ years to go.
Before I moved to my current location, my post went through 4 different therapists in the previous 2 years. We deal with a lot of long term clients, and I had clients refuse to work with me initially stating "why should I tell you all about my life, for you to disappear like the others within a few months". It took about 2 years for some of them to trust me that I wasn't going to disappear on them.
The ironic thing is the clinic one of use has to move to, will be the same situation, due to retirement etc, they have gone through about 5 therapists in the past 18 months.
A very bad service for the patients.
Anyway apologies for my OT rant