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Finding a Psychologist

Finding a Psychologist

Be aware that every jurisdiction may have differences in their laws and rules regarding the practice of psychology and licensed professionals. The information contained in this section is general information. If you have a question regarding a licensed psychologist, please check with the state, province or territory where the individual is licensed to obtain specifics about your questions.


It is important to take time to select the right psychologist. Here are some suggested steps for finding the psychologist who is right for you.

  • First, decide with which part of your life you want help -- your children, spouse, elderly parents, child custody, substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, etc.
  • Look for a psychologist trained in that area.
  • Ask someone you know who has been in therapy, feels good about the experience and has changed in ways you consider positive.
  • Call your family doctor, attorney, minister, school or local crisis intervention service (in the telephone book yellow pages). These persons can refer you to psychologists experienced in dealing with your particular situation.
  • Ask friends and relatives or health professionals for recommendations.
  • Check with your health insurance company for a list of authorized providers.
  • Call the professional associations and ask for some referrals to psychologists who specialize in your specific area of need.
  • Always check the psychologist's license status by making an inquiry to your state,provincial or territorial board of psychology. Find out if the individual is licensed and if there has been any discipline taken against the psychologist. If there is a record of discipline, you may be able to obtain public information on the matter simply by making a request to the licensing board.
  • Meet with the psychologist to see if the two of you are compatible. You may decide you prefer to work with someone older or younger, of a particular ethnic group or with a male or female psychologist.
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