just got back from my first psychologist appointment, patronising young man who made me feel like a stupid old woman. I've been ill longer than he's been alive. 2 hour round trip and no travel expenses because it was at a GP practice and not a hospital. Asked how I was doing financially to which I said I get ESA, "and PIP" he said. no I said just ESA. So he said "you're doing all right then" no I said i'm not because i'm on benefits, I've had to save up and buy my own car because I don't get PIP and I can't use public transport, the nearest bus stop is a mile away. He said if travel was a problem I could see his colleague closer to home [why was I not given that option before?] He also suggested instead of seeing a psycho doc maybe I would prefer to do an online course with tips on coping with long term illness, which I thought pointless as I thought talking to someone face to face was supposed to help with feeling isolated by illness, getting tips on line does not help with isolation.
Asking about my arthritis he came up with the bright idea of a few sessions in the gym with my own personal trainer, I replied that even f the pain let up long enough to go to the gym I was likely to feel too tired to do anything.
So now got an appointment with a different psycho in January, something i'm sure in time I will look forward to