Good for you!
Medical professionals as a class -- not only doctors, but all of them -- do not trust peer counseling, and consider it dangerous because only they are qualified to give advice, and no one else should be permitted to try. (Dietitians as a rule are even worse than doctors that way, if that's possible.)
Of course we know what utter nonsense that is -- HCPs are, at bottom, consultants; and consultants don't have to live with the consequences of their own advice. But no one who hasn't walked in these shoes can understand how to live this life effectively.
That's why the DOC is not a luxury nor a frill but an absolute necessity. A peer group is the only place where one can go to learn from those who have been there first, and the only place where one can talk things over -- or simply vent -- with others who get it.
It's also the reason why we must spread the word about this community ourselves: no one else, with a tiny handful of exceptions, is going to do it for us -- certainly not the health care establishment.