Choosing the right psychologist for you is like choosing anyone you want to have a relationship with. It’s personal and unique. Therefore, there is no one person who is right for everyone and it needs care to find the right person for you.
… But a useful starting point is to get the obvious things in place first.
- The person you look for is qualified and registered. In Australia psychologists are registered with the Psychology Board of Australia www.psychologyboard.gov.au
- They know what they’re talking about – with knowledge and experience of the area you need help with.
- The person is a good listener and can understand where you’re coming from.
It can be helpful to study the website of anyone you have in mind (if they have one). This can give you excellent insights into their experience and general approach.
Now for the intangibles
- You like them. Like any relationship, whether it is a personal one or a professional one you need to like them.
- You feel safe with this person and feel you can tell them everything you need to tell them, that it is a confidential service. Having said that there are some circumstances under which psychologists will have to report. Talk to your potential psychologist about this if you have any concerns.