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Tips on finding a Psychologist

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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.

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