Hi Keira... Welcome to Anxiety Zone! My name is Chuck, and I am one of the Global Moderators here on the site
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Regarding my mental health, I see both a psychiatrist and a psychologist.
I see a psychiatrist because they are medical doctors, and they are the experts in their field. They can provide you with a diagnosis, prescribe medication if necessary, and also determine a treatment plan. When I first saw my psychiatrist, and initial appointment lasting more than an hour, and she asked me a series of questions to determine my diagnosis and plan of treatment. I currently see her every two months, and those appointments last 20 minutes.
The psychologist I see is for my actual therapy. She was referred to me by my psychiatrist, and her specialty is treating anxiety problems. Like my psychiatrist, my initial visit with my psychologist was to gather intake information, to determine/confirm a diagnosis, and then provide which avenue of treatment would best serve me. She also asked me a series of question. Right now I am learning cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
Enjoy your visit with you psychologist. They are there to help you, and I always feel better after seeing mine.
Again, welcome to Anxiety Zone, Keira. The very best to you!... Chuck