Psychologists can help with a variety of everyday problems, such as stress and relationship troubles, but taking the step to find a psychologist can be perceived to be the hardest hurdle.
Commenting during the Australian Psychological Society’s (APS) National Psychology Week, APS president Amanda Gordon said many people just don’t realise how easy it is to research and find a psychologist.
“The internet has become a valuable tool for people who are seeking psychological services,” said Ms Gordon.
“Many psychologists advertise online or have their own websites. If you are looking for a psychologist, this can be a great way to do your research before you call to make an appointment.”
Ms Gordon believes that peer referrals are also a great way of finding the right psychologist and suggests talking to friends or family about your search.
“If you don’t feel comfortable about asking people you know, talk to your family doctor. They will be able to refer you to psychologists within your area.”
Before seeing a psychologist Ms Gordon said people should ensure the psychologist is registered with the appropriate registration board in their State or Territory and a member of the APS.
“APS members need to meet strict standards and guidelines about professional conduct, responsibilities and confidentiality.”
She also suggests having a brief over-the-phone discussion with a psychologist prior to making your first appointment to ensure that they have experience in dealing with your specific issues.
The APS also provides a free referral service for members of the general public who are seeking the assistance of a qualified psychologist. The service can be accessed online at www.psychology.org.au or by calling 1800 333 497.
To schedule an interview please contact:
Elaine Grant on 03 8662 3363 / 0412 683 068
David Micallef on 03 9600 0006 / 0430 090 224 or firstname.lastname@example.org