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Seeing a Psychologist and How to Choose the Right One

The National Institute of Mental Health says over 30 million Americans are having problems with seemingly uncontrollable thoughts and feelings. Problems, such as joblessness, stress, divorce, substance abuse, etc., can indeed be debilitating. But such are rather common issues people often face, you might say. Do you really need to see a psychologist?

You should consider seeking psychological treatment if any of the following applies to you:

> You have a strong and prolonged feeling of sadness and helplessness that never gets better despite your or your friends’ and family’s efforts to make you feel better.

> It’s hard for you to do regular, day-to-day tasks – for example, you can’t seem to focus on your job and your performance begins to suffer.

> You have unreasonable fears and are constantly tense or nervous.

> You start abusing drugs, drinking too much alcohol or any habit that are destructive to you and others.

Choosing a Psychologist

Part of this training is completion of a supervised clinical internship in a hospital or any similar setting, plus a minimum of one year of post-doctoral supervised experience. After all of these steps, they can set up an independent practice anywhere they want. This very combination of clinical internship and doctoral training is what makes psychologists different from other providers of mental health care.

Psychologists are also required to get a license from the state or jurisdiction that they have chosen for their practice.
In most cases, psychologists need to demonstrate consistent competence and take continuing education courses in order to renew their licenses. In addition, members of the American Psychological Association (APA) must adhere to a strict code of ethics.

Asking Questions

It’s easy to think that any well-credentialed psychologist is good for you. Not always. You have to know a lot more, and to do that, you have to ask questions. So set an appointment with your potential psychologist, and make sure to ask the following:

> How long is your experience as a psychologist?

> How much have you worked with people having issues like mine?

> What are your fields of expertise?

> What treatments do you usually use, and is there proof that they work on the type of issue or problem I’m dealing with?

> What fees do I need to pay (usually per 45-50-minute sessions per visit)? What payment policies do you have? What insurance types do you work with?

Personal Chemistry

Finally, make it a point to choose a psychologist you are happy to work with. After everything else checks out – competence, credentials, etc. – it should boil down to the psychologist’s personality and how it jives with yours. It is challenging, if not downright impossible, to work with someone you don’t even like.

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