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Tips on finding a Mental Health Clinician

When you look for a mental health clinician, it is vital to find a good fit. The research shows that the relationship between you and your clinician is essential 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 your rates?

    • Does my health insurer cover you?

  • Pay attention to your responses during your conversations with these clinicians. 

  • Is this someone I feel comfortable with? Is it someone who has the expertise I need?

  • If you make an appointment with a clinician and decide afterwards that it isn’t 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 clinician out there for you. Keep looking until you find the right person; you won’t regret it.

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