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going to see a psychologist for my anxiety. first appointment is an assessment. what happens?

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Dr. Wil Ausborn
22 years experience Clinical Psychology
Symptom report: During your initial visit, the psychologist will attempt to build rapport while also collecting information relative to your experiences and the impact of anxiety on your day-to-day routine. This will also include a discussion of your response to an event or situation. The aim of this discussion is to help identify beliefs and thought patterns, which are often automatic, negative and irrational.
Answered on Nov 24, 2016
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Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli
44 years experience Clinical Psychology
Psychologist: In the first evaluation your pyschologist will most likely take a history of your family, your academic experiences, work and relationship history, your medications and lifestyle norms. He or she will be looking to identify the origin of your distress and then develop a plan for treatment that will help you the most. Best wishes.
Answered on May 29, 2016
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Dr. Jonathan Shedler
13 years experience Clinical Psychology
you talk: He or she will ask questions and listen. You will talk, nothing more. Through talking, the psychologist will be able to help you better understand what is causing your anxiety. If s/he is not a good listener and doesn't seem interested/curious about what is on your mind, find someone else.
Answered on Dec 29, 2014
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Dr. Keith Ramsey
35 years experience Adolescent Medicine
I think a good therapist should teach you skills to use in overcoming the anxiety. If you don't learn skills to deal with it then I don't think you will benefit much from the therapy.
Oct 15, 2013

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