There are many variables in life, but there is one thing that is a common thread among every group of people, life is complicated and hard. This simple fact, simple to say at least, is too much to handle at times. Sometimes a person can handle whatever life throws at them with ease and other times all it takes to make a person crumble is a slight blow.
To make life even more difficult, some people have a problem within the neural pathways of the brain, or vitamin levels that cause even more problems for them. It is often unbelievable how many things can misfire in the brain causing all manner of problems.
When any one of these things occur, it is important to reach out and get help. One of the best things about life is that you do not have to brave everything alone. There is always help available, all you have to do is accept it. There are many times when you can seek out a close friend or family member to provide the exact help that you need, but there are also many times when this is either not an option or not enough. In these cases, one of the best places to turn is a therapist.
There are some truly amazing therapists & psychologists in the world and in this article, you will find all of the information that you need to find the best one in your area.
The first thing you need to do is determine if you need a psychologist or a psychiatrist. Many people mistakenly think that the two are interchangeable, synonymous, but that is not true. The primary difference is that a psychiatrist is also trained as a medical doctor.
This means that they prescribe medications and work closely with patients of medication management and therapies. A psychologist, on the other hand, work more on healing mental and/or emotional suffering and trauma through psychotherapy and behavioral intervention. In other words, a psychologist focuses on altering behavior and working through problems without medications and a psychiatrist works on problems from both angles, psychotherapy, and medications.
Psychologists have a doctoral degree and psychiatrists have a medical degree with three years of their residency spent in mental health assessment and treatment. You may not be able to determine which need, in which case you would turn to your general practitioner for advice. The only other option is to choose one and let them decide if you are in the right place or would be better off seeing the other.
Once you are ready to begin your search, you will need to start by making a list of all of your available options. The best way to get this list is to search the internet. You always have the option of choosing a more analog method such as searching a local phone book or looking for billboards and ads. Any of the options will provide answers, but searching the internet will give you the most results.
Consider that whatever search engine you prefer looks through phone book listings, websites, social media ads, social media pages, and posts, review websites, blogs, and anywhere else that you could possibly find mention of local psychologists. The best way to start is with a very basic search. Use the word “psychologist” along with a location-specific word. The best option is generally the city name, but there are several other possibilities. A good example of a search as described is “Scottsdale psychologists”. If you do not get the results that you need with your first search, change your terms a bit and try again. Keep trying until you get the desired results.
When you know what all of your options are, you can make a more informed decision. Most areas will have several psychologists, while others may not have any. Small and rural areas may not be home to a psychologist or a psychiatrist. In these cases, you will need to decide how far you are willing to travel and then look within that radius. Once you know your options, you will need ways to narrow down the choices.
One of the best things you can do is seek referrals. These can come from friends, family members, coworkers, social media friends, and/or your general practitioner. There are also groups, forums, and review sites online that will provide a wealth of information and recommendations.
Next, you will need to see which offices are covered by your insurance. Unfortunately, it is quite expensive to get treatment of any kind. Because of this, many people put off getting the treatment that they need. If you have medical insurance, there will be some things that are covered. All you have to do is find out what is and is not covered by your insurance plan.
The best way to do this is either by calling your insurance company’s customer service line or searching the company’s website for the information that you need. All major insurance companies have their own website, many of the smaller ones do as well. Many companies list covered providers by area on their website, so all you have to do to gain the information is to search the site until you find the right page. Knowing which providers are covered and which ones are not, will go a long way to helping you choose a psychologist.
Location is another big factor when deciding which professional to choose. Generally speaking, people do not want to travel a great distance to see any type of professional. There are many reasons for this. Often topping the list is time. For anyone with full-time responsibilities such as a job, caretaker of a family member, parent to child, etc. it is incredibly difficult to take the time to travel a great distance, spend time at the appointment, and then travel all of the ways back home. For some, it is near impossible.
Close is almost always better. Of course, there may be times, when there are no close choices or none that can be considered. Either way, location is often one of the biggest deciding factors. Regardless, always choose a psychologist that you are comfortable with and can trust above anything else.