|3 Steps to Finding a Good Psychiatrist, Psychologist or Therapist|
by Steven E. Fox, Ph.D.
A. Finding a psychiatrist or psychologist is one part of the equation; finding the right mental-health therapist for you is the equally important second part. Here, I’ll walk you through both sides of the quest.
Irrespective of approach, make sure you get several names, and crosscheck them with people you know, if you're comfortable doing so.
During this first session, ask about the therapist’s training, background, experience and specialties. He or she should answer in a professional, non-defensive manner.
After the session, set up a second appointment if you like, but make sure to take some time to reflect on your experience. If it was positive, that’s great, and it often is, but if there were some parts that were uncomfortable make sure to address them in the second consultation. And if you decide your needs weren’t met, don’t feel locked in.
Last updated and/or approved: April 2010. Original article appeared in September/October 2007 former print magazine. Bio current as of September 2007. This article is not meant as individual advice. Please see our disclaimer.
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written by Blog Specialist , August 01, 2011
Picking a good doctor, therapist, or psychiatrist can be hard. There are lots of factors that play into picking a good one that, for obvious reasons, can be difficult. I always suggest people call a psychiatrist and speak with them vaguely before submitting to their services.