Tips on finding a Psychologist
When you look for a Psychologist, it is important to find a good fit. The research shows that the relationship between you and your Psychologist is important in determining how much you will benefit from therapy. Doing so may require a bit of research on your part. Helpful tips for finding someone who may be a good fit include:
Getting personal referrals from people who know you.
Calling a few recommended Psychologists and asking them questions about their approach:
-What is your particular expertise and experience working with the type of problem I want help with
-What is your approach to therapy?
-Are you registered with a self-regulating professional body?
-What are you rates?
-Are you covered by my health insurer?
Pay attention to your responses during your conversations with these Psychologists.
Is this someone I think I feel comfortable with? Is it someone I feel has the expertise I need?
If you make an appointment with a Psychologist and decide afterwards that it isn’t going to be a good fit, feel free to keep looking. If you can, be open with the person: let them know that you don’t think it is a good fit and why.
Remember: there is a Psychologist out there for you. Keep looking until you find the right person; you won’t regret it.