Finding the Best Fit

Seeing a psychologist is the right decision for a lot of people, but the extent to which talking to a psychologist can benefit you depends on many factors. In order for therapy to work, you and your psychologist should establish a strong sense of rapport, trust, and confidence in one another. You must feel comfortable and able to communicate openly with your psychologist. Additionally, there are many treatment types and areas of expertise, and one style or area of focus may be more effective than another for your issue. For these reasons, it is important to find a psychologist you trust and who has the background and philosophy that best meet your needs.

Please note: The areas of expertise and treatment types listed by each psychologist are examples to guide your search. Not all psychologists will provide treatment for the example conditions listed. Please contact a psychologist’s office to discuss their particular areas of expertise and treatment types to determine whether their practice meets your needs.

Your Best-Fit Checklist

  • Search the FindaPsychologist.org database: You can access our database of more than 10,000 credentialed psychologists. Feel free to customize your search based on areas of expertise, treatment type, and other categories, such as language spoken and insurance accepted.
  • Identify at least three potential psychologists: FindaPsychologist.org allows you to “save” psychologist profiles from your search results. If you find a psychologist who might be a good fit for your needs, click the “Save to My List” bookmark on the psychologist’s profile. You can access your saved profiles at a later time.
  • Interview by phone: Once you have identified at least three psychologists, you can interview them by phone by calling the phone number displayed on their profile. Some examples of questions to ask are listed below, but make sure you ask additional questions that are important to you. It is important to consider a psychologist’s overall qualifications and your own feelings about a particular provider.
  • Schedule your first face-to-face session: When you find the psychologist you would like to see, schedule your first appointment. Once you begin communicating your concerns, it is important to ask yourself, “Is this person someone I feel comfortable opening up to?” Keep in mind that you may not find your best fit on the first try.
  • During your treatment: If you believe that you cannot form an effective relationship with your psychologist or that you are not making progress in treatment, you should discuss this openly with your psychologist.

Questions to Ask a Potential Psychologist

An Important Reminder

Psychology treatment never includes sexual activity with a therapist. If you believe your therapist is behaving in an unethical manner, contact the board of psychology in your state to report this behavior.