I think percycat pointed everything out I was going to say!! You don't need a Dr referral to see a counsellor and it's not your doc's business if you do. I hope things go well, let us know how it works out okay?
I have been in therapy for both anxiety and depression. The first thing they do is an intake form to find out about you. They take the lead and then you will chime in. It is scary waiting your turn but once in with the therapist it is usually comfortable.
Take care and know we are thinking of you.
Kitt, Co-Moderator: Anxiety/Panic & Depression& GERD Forums*~*