maybe theres hope after all

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nellebutter
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   Posted 7/7/2009 8:41 PM (GMT -7)   
So I've been searching for a therapist who specializes in anxiety and CBT. My cousin was even nice enough to help me in my search. Every search turned out to be a therapist who comes highly recommended but did not take my particular state issued insurance or only took cash payment. I was getting discouraged when one therapist told me that she only took cash or credit and I told her I couldn't afford to do that. She suggested a few books and told me about a program at her office where interns who are practicing CBT take on a few patients for free. Of course I'm a little skeptical but its woeth the try until I find a therapist who takes my insurance. I just wish I had the finances to see that doctor as I can tell from our phone conversation that she is caring and compassionate. I hope this works out.
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mamalicious
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   Posted 7/7/2009 9:01 PM (GMT -7)   
How FRUSTRATING!  Are you employed?  If so, is there a program offered by your employer?  I forget what ours is called, but they offer free counceling to our staff.
 
What are your options for public behavioral health?  Anything worth giving a try? 
 
It took me what felt like forever to get a referral to my psych and to actually get an appointment.  I hate making phone calls (one of my phobias) and I tried to call my therapist today for an appointment and never got in touch with her.  UGH.
 
Personally, a book does nothing for me.  I need to talk it out and I need new tips and tricks for my brain.  I totally love CBT, it has helped my marriage 100%.  Coping with anxiety- nothing so far other than meds.
 
I'm sorry you are having a hard time finding someone to talk to.  I hope you find someone soon.
 
 
 
 
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   Posted 7/7/2009 11:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad you'll be getting help! Let us know how it goes!
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   Posted 7/8/2009 6:01 AM (GMT -7)   

I think seeing an intern is a good idea if you cannot find a therapist or afford one.  If they are using the basics of the CBT program then it should be alright.  Also an intern is under the direct supervision of a  Physician.

Good luck and keep on talking to us.

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nellebutter
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   Posted 7/9/2009 5:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Kitt your right I just realized that he said someone would be sitting in with us. This kind or bothers me because I'm not too comfortable talking to two people at the same tim about my issues I don't know how to handle this but I will kepp you all posted.
This too shall pass...


Nanners
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   Posted 7/9/2009 5:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Tell your therapist that having two people in there causes you to feel uncomfortable. This is your therapy session, and I think they need to consider your feelings.
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nellebutter
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   Posted 7/9/2009 6:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Nanners I will do that. I thought it had to be that way since I'm seeing an intern. I haven't been seen yet but I will see how things go.
This too shall pass...


nellebutter
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   Posted 7/15/2009 6:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Well I had my first appt. today and so far so good. Today they explained how CBT works, and what types of exercises we will be working on to help me. Although at first I was uncomfortable about talking to two people (the intern and the therapist) at the same time it wasn't long before I got over all of that. The therapist even brings his dog to work. Its a nice atmosphere and even though today was just about me telling the therapists about me and them explaining the whole CBT process I have a positive outlook. I hope this helps.
This too shall pass...


Nanners
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   Posted 7/16/2009 6:08 AM (GMT -7)   
So glad to hear your therapy session went so well and that you liked the people you saw. Hopefully, this will help you to move thru your anxiety.

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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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