Hope this is ok to post here and please bear with me.
10 years ago I graduated from DBS with my MA in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy but just as I graduated, the recession hit and all efforts to find a job in the area I loved proved fruitless. At the time, a family member fell ill, and I had no choice but to find alternative work for financial reasons. My biggest mistake was not applying for accreditation then. At the time, you only needed 2 years of a Masters and I would have been eligible. But anyway.....
So time passed, and I was self employed in a totally different industry. All I wanted to do was go back to practicing but I had a lot of staff relying on me and kept putting it off. In 2019 I closed the business and tried to reconnect with someone who worked in my college. He was no longer there, so I met with his replacement. I left in tears. To say she was cruel was an understatement. I explained my situation, and asked how I could make up the extra 2 years now required to be accredited without having to do another Masters, to which I was told, “you don’t. It’s not your desire.” That was it, doors closed. I was also told that because it “wasn’t my desire” I wouldn’t get to the interview stage for the post masters training that was available. I was also told the college kept no records of my clinical placements and hours, and I was sent on my way in tears with no answers.
I guess what I’m asking is, has anyone ever stepped back for a number of years after training only to have the door closed on them, and how did you get around that if you did?
Does anyone have any advice whatsoever about what I could do in this situation?
I have actively been in my own personal therapy for 6 years and have kept up my CPD. None of it seems to matter, Psychoanalysis for one wants nothing more to do with me after spending €15,000 on that education. But to be honest, it’s not the modality I would currently lean towards anymore.
Any advice or personal experience here would be so welcome. I also have trained as a coach but I have clients who want to work with me as a therapist, but I assume I cannot take this on if I’m not accredited? Thank you if you have read this far! I just feel like I have fallen in the cracks and can’t see any options