Expertise Areas

Not all psychologists will provide treatment for the example conditions listed.

There is a wide range of expertise areas for all of the psychologists listed within FindaPsychologist.org. Here’s a quick rundown of what areas of expertise are available and what they might entail. These are examples to help guide your search. Please contact a psychologist’s office to discuss their particular areas of expertise and treatment types to determine whether their practice meets your needs. It can be helpful to know each psychologist’s expertise and what treatment would be utilized in your sessions before you even schedule your first appointment.

Including: Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, neglect or violence against children, elders, domestic or romantic partners


Including: Adult career and personal adjustment issues, menopause, retirement, loss of physical function, elder care, assessment and management of cognitive dysfunction, placement in institutional settings


Including: Generalized anxiety, phobias, panic attacks and panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD)


Persistent issues with attachment, affective and personality instability, self-harm, or chronic suicidal behaviors; interpersonal bonding; lack of empathy, manipulation, and illicit or violent behaviors.


Including: Occupational/career counseling and assessment, academic problems, financial issues, relocation stress, stress associated with other life changes, workplace stress due to discrimination or other factors


Including: ADHD, school/learning problems, social or school avoidance and withdrawal, autism spectrum disorder, recurrent abdominal pain, aggressive or oppositional behavior, other developmental delays or disorders


Including: Industrial and organization psychology, consultation to individuals, management, and corporations, executive coaching, identification and amelioration of workplace stressors (discrimination, violence, toxic workplace environments)


Including: Relationship communication difficulty, premarital consultation, divorce mediation. Couples therapy involves working with spouses or significant others to resolve relationship issues. Couples therapy may also be used in the process of separation or divorce or disagreements regarding child-rearing.


Provision of psychological assistance, including psychological first aid, to victims of natural or human caused events (mass violence or multiple deaths, aftermath of floods, hurricanes, and other natural disasters). Often in conjunction with organized relief efforts such as disaster relief networks.


Including: Workplace, academic or personal discrimination, cultural adaptation, stigma, and effects of racism. Sensitivity training and workplace antidiscrimination training.


Including: Adjustment disorders, cyclic mood or bipolar disorders, major depression, grief and bereavement


Specialized assessment to determine psychological and neuropsychological effects of occupational injuries


Including: Compulsive eating, food refusal, anorexia, bulimia


Including: Parent-child or parenting or caregiving problems, pre- or post-divorce family interventions, high-conflict marital situations, blended family issues and sibling conflict, family illness or family violence


Including: Legal and forensic determinations of competency, assessment of violence or risk, preconfinement and parole evaluations, parent-child custody evaluations


Including: Gender roles and equality, sexual discrimination, men and masculinity, feminist psychology


Including: Standardized and non-standardized assessments of intelligence, personality, vocational aptitude and adjustment, school placement, psychological effects or components of illness


Psychological intervention with multiple individuals, support groups for specific disorders or conditions


Psychological services to individuals using recognized forms of psychotherapy


Including: Workplace, academic or personal discrimination, stigma, gender-assignment evaluation, coming-out issues, gender identity, family issues


Including: Individual, family, or group interventions for acceptance, grief, bereavement, readjustment, after-loss care


Including: Diabetes, cancer, hypertension, weight issues, other acute or chronic illnesses and disorders


Including: Psychological and cognitive strategies to assess and reassess individual response to psychological and interpersonal stressors, acceptance and commitment strategies, awareness and forgiveness


Including: Psychological and behavioral strategies to evaluate and mitigate pain due to injury or disease (usually chronic), issues of adjustment to chronically painful conditions or adaptation to loss of function, including cognitive and behavioral strategies with or without psychopharmacology. Pain mitigation strategies including hypnosis, distraction, cognitive-behavioral interventions, biofeedback, and other modalities.


Including: Postpartum depression, pregnancy, fertility, surrogacy, parent-child attachment and bonding issues, separation and loss


Including: Treatment of mental disorders using pharmacological interventions, generally involving treatment with anxiolytic, antidepressant, mood stabilization, antipsychotic, sedative-hypnotic, or psychostimulant classes of medications (including additional medications to treat side-effects), with or without simultaneous psychological interventions.


Including: Immediate or delayed psychological reactions to military combat or other life-threatening events, effects of physical or psychological injuries, effects of sexual assault or violence


Including: Individualized education placement, planning and intervention, classroom behavior observation and management, consultation with teachers, supervisors, and other educational personnel for placement, individual educational planning, conduct problems, school avoidance or refusal, assessment for advanced placement


Including: Schizophrenia and other psychotic spectrum disorders, chronic depression or anxiety, chronic personality instability


Including: Impaired sexual arousal, performance, or response, hypoactive desire, adjustment to aging or physical impairment, paraphilias, obsessions, or compulsions


Including: Insomnia, hypersomnia and parasomnias, sleep-wake cycle disorders, nightmares and night terrors


Including: Performance enhancement and coaching, sport-related injury, evaluation, and mitigation of sport-related concussion or head injury


Including: Response and adjustment to acute and chronic psychological and behavioral effects of physical, psychological, social and interpersonal stressors.


Including: Alcohol, nicotine, opiates, sedatives, stimulants, inhalants


Including: Assessment and evaluation of eating disorders and obesity, strategies for weight loss and weight maintenance, body dysmorphic disorders, body image issues