Choosing a Psychologist

It’s important to choose the right psychologist, counsellor or psychotherapist to assist you to address your concerns and issues. Psychologists have varying specialties, professional interests, and years of experience and it makes sense to find someone who is best suited to your needs. Further, psychologists each have their own individual approaches and it is important to find someone with whom you feel comfortable, a sense of connection, and who seems to understand you.

Sometimes it helps to ask a potential psychologist or counsellor about their training or approach in order to get a sense of whether there is a good “fit” between you in order to be able to work well together on your issues. It is often helpful to ask for a suggestion or referral from someone you know and trust, such as a GP, friend, family member or colleague. However, there are also some questions you could ask the potential psychologist or counsellor in order to get an idea about how they work and a sense of whether they might be a good practitioner for you.

Some of the questions you may consider asking a psychologist or counsellor include:

  • How long have you been in practice?
  • What level of education or professional training do you have?
  • What are your areas of expertise or professional interests?
  • What psychological/theoretical approach do you take?
  • What professional associations do you belong to?
  • Are you fully or provisionally registered as a psychologist?