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are you sure your a psychologist?

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drowning-in-myself

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I had my second appointment with my psychologist yesterday.

And I'm just really confused...


We went through this power point about trauma stuff that lasted for most of the appointment and it's like a 10 week course thing, so I get the feeling that, that's what I'm going to be working on. So, the psychologist will be helping me to better understand my trauma and help me to cope better now.

And this is not what I expected. As towards the end of the appointment, I told her about 4 different types of anti-depressants not working, how I'm severely neurotic and me basically having to mention that I think I have a mental disorder. Now I swear to god, she was a bit taken a back when I mentioned it all and starting talking about referring me to a psychiatrist...

Like what the hell? I thought that's what psychologist's could do too. She's a psychologist, how is she not looking at my mental health history and how my life is now and not seeing clear indications of a mental disorder?!?

I even typed into google: what do psychologists do
and this is what I got;

Clinical psychologists assess, diagnose and treat individuals suffering from psychological distress and mental illness. They also perform psychotherapy and develop treatment plans. Clinical psychologists often work in hospitals, mental health clinics, and private practice.

She's just simply accepted the fact that I've went through trauma and I'm seeing her to get help with it. She's just jumped to start psychotherapy with me.

I don't get the feeling that she's assessing me at all. As I told her as well how my doctor wrote in a letter I needed that I have generalised anxiety disorder. And that it was more than just anxiety and depression and she agreed with that part.

But yeah honestly, she really seem a bit surprised when I started talking about mental disorders.

And back to the psychiatrist thing. This was also at the end of the appointment. She said she would refer me to a psychiatrist for an assessment [to of course see about getting a diagnosis].

I just don't get it. She's a clinical psychologist. She supposed to be able to assess and diagnose mental disorders, so why is she not doing that with me? Why is she referring me on to a psychiatrist?
 
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There is quite a big difference between the two a Psychiatrist is a fully trained doctor and able to diagnose mental health problem and prescribe suitable medications. A psychologist focuses on the psychotherapy of the illness and treating the emotional and mental suffering the patient is going through with behavioural and talking therapy. They can not prescribe medication. And they are not trained doctors.

Your therapist must think that they’re may be MH issues that need diagnosing by a psychiatrist so that she knows how to proceed with your case
 
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There is quite a big difference between the two a Psychiatrist is a fully trained doctor and able to diagnose mental health problem and prescribe suitable medications. A psychologist focuses on the psychotherapy of the illness and treating the emotional and mental suffering the patient is going through with behavioural and talking therapy. They can not prescribe medication. And they are not trained doctors.

Your therapist must think that they’re may be MH issues that need diagnosing by a psychiatrist so that she knows how to proceed with your case
Thanks for your reply :) This does clear up a few things. I don't know why then that all the search results are saying that psychologists can diagnose mental disorders.

But that's the thing before I mentioned anything about the fact that I think I have a mental disorder, it didn't seem like she was going to be referring me to a psychiatrist even though she know's my history, it wasn't until I mentioned it that she asked me if I wanted referred to a psychiatrist and of course I said yes and that's when she said she refer me.

I guess, I'm still just getting used to getting help.
 
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I doubt she was that taken a back, you wouldn't be seeing a psychologist if you didn't have a mental disorder and it is very common for people to try many different anti-depressants.

In the UK psychologists don't diagnosis, in the USA and other parts of the world they can, that is probably why you are confused.

Are you sure she is a psychologist? She could be less qualified, I have see someone who was a wellness advisor or something like that.
 
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I doubt she was that taken a back, you wouldn't be seeing a psychologist if you didn't have a mental disorder and it is very common for people to try many different anti-depressants.

In the UK psychologists don't diagnosis, in the USA and other parts of the world they can, that is probably why you are confused.

Are you sure she is a psychologist? She could be less qualified, I have see someone who was a wellness advisor or something like that.
Oooooh! That makes so much sense now, I'd wish I had know that a long time ago. Yes, she's a clinical psychologist and the place I'm going to, in the leaflet they sent me, they say that their psychologists have at least 7 years of training.

I'm just finding this psychologist really weird...
 
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