How Do You Find the Best Psychologist to Work with You?
- Dr Gemma Gladstone
- November 13, 2019
Choosing a psychologist that you can trust and who helps you feel at ease can be a challenge. Some people may need to go through several therapists first before finally finding “the one.” But doing some research first up can really help.
To assist you in your search, here are five helpful steps to follow:
Step 1: Check out the clinical psychologists in your area.
It is important to limit your search to your city because it is important for the act of attending therapy sessions to be as convenient for you as possible. Initially, go online to conduct your search. This can lead you to a list of qualified professionals as well as ratings for their work and other useful information. Check out the “Find a Psychologist” service on the Australian Psychological Society’s website. This provides a useful general guide as a first step.
It would also help if you gather recommendations from family and friends who go to therapy as well. In addition, your local doctor may be able to recommend professional psychology services providers that you could consider. GPs are in a good position to offer you a few options.
Step 2: Narrow down your options to the therapists specializing in your particular condition.
Establish what you are dealing with. Is it anxiety? Perhaps a traumatic experience from your childhood? Maybe a relentless inner critic?
Find a psychologist in Bondi Junction who is a real expert on your case. This information is typically available in the “About” section of a therapist’s or therapy centre’s website. Alternatively, you can simply call the different clinics or centres to inquire about it.
Step 3: Consider your budget.
Do the math and set a budget for therapy sessions. Naturally, you want to be able to go to therapy over the long term for the most positive results because progress takes time. Therefore, you need to find a psychologist whose rates you can afford.
Also, include factors that could potentially lower the estimated costs. Ask your healthfund about rebates and ask your GP about a Mental Health Care Plan and your eligibility.
Step 4: Give therapy a test run.
There’s no better way to determine whether a clinical psychologist is a good match for you or not than to meet them in person and engage in a session or two. Do not overthink the experience and allow your words and expressions to flow so you can evaluate the therapist and the session.
Each therapist or psychologist will have a different style of conducting sessions. At the same time, different therapists will have different personalities. Some are friendly and empathetic, while others may have a business-like demeanor but can communicate clearly with you.
If you feel ill at ease with a therapist for any reason, you can continue to look for a therapist who can truly help you.
Essential you want to feel comfortable and at ease with your therapist and you want to feel heard and validated. These are all reasonable things to expect.
Step 5: Find out how flexible a therapist can be.
If you experience sudden spells of anxiety or debilitating symptoms, it is best to find a highly accessible therapist. It would be most beneficial for you if a therapist can be reached for assistance during the times you need them the most, including odd hours.
You need to feel that you can rely on your therapist in order to develop trust that will motivate you to keep on moving forward. Choose someone who you feel is non-judgemental and who makes a real effort to understand and appreciate your inner world.
Our Therapists at Good Mood Clinic Can Help
If you live in Sydney, Australia and you are looking for a therapist to assist you on your journey to psychological recovery, consider one of our warm and helpful psychologists.
We are a team of highly experienced and trained therapists with specialisations in a variety of psychological concerns. The Good Mood Clinic is the leading provider of Schema Therapy in Sydney, and we continuously undergo training to cater more effectively to the unique needs and goals of our clients.
We are ready to help you find the best professional to work with. Book an appointment with our psychologist in Bondi Junction today.