Kaiser, Don't Deny
Patients need access to timely and consistent mental health services
It took over a month to get a referral for a therapist certified in EMDRPublished Friday, July 29, 2022
Ten years ago, I was diagnosed with CPTSD due to being raped when I was three-years-old. In January 2022, I attempted suicide and I was put on a 72-hour hold. When Kaiser released me, it took them over a week to get back to me to discuss my care. For three weeks, they kept scheduling assessment after assessment, but no care plans were provided. After I complained, they eventually put me in a PHP/IOP program, which I didn’t find helpful. I told them that I needed to see a therapist that specializes in EMDR. The therapists at the PHP/IOP program agreed with me. It took over a month to get a referral for a therapist certified in EMDR. I saw the therapist once for an intake appointment, but a future appointment wasn’t scheduled. When I told the therapist that I need to see someone on a weekly basis, she told me that I was being “inpatient” and “too demanding.” I don’t think it is unreasonable for a rape victim to see a therapist on a weekly basis. I’m feeling totally and utterly defeated.