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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, from stress to joblessness to divorce and more, can indeed feel crippling. But these are common issues human beings face, you may say. Do you actually have to consult with a psychologist?

Here are signs you should think about getting psychological treatment from a professional:

> 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.

> Doing routinary tasks seems almost impossible – for instance, it’s hard for you to concentrate on your job, causing your performance to suffer.

> You worry irrationally and too much or feel that you are always nervous or on edge.

> You engage in harmful behavior, such as abusing drugs, drinking too much alcohol, etc.

How to Choose 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 passing all these steps, they can start their independent practice in a health care arena of their choice. This mix of doctoral training and clinical internship is exactly what makes psychologists unique from other mental health carers.

Psychologists also need a license issued by the state or jurisdiction where they 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.

Interviewing Prospects

It’s easy to think that any well-credentialed psychologist is good for you. Not necessarily. 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 old is your practice?

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

> What do you specialize in?

> What treatments do you often use, and is there evidence that they are effective for the kind of situation I’m in?

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

Personal Chemistry

Lastly, it is a must that you and your psychologist get along. Once everything has checked out – credentials, competence, and the rest – it can only come down to the psychologist’s personality and how it matches your own. It is challenging, if not downright impossible, to work with someone you don’t even like.

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