Questions to Ask a Potential Psychologist
As the consumer, it is your right to ask a potential psychologist questions about their training, background, and clinical experience. To get started, consider asking the following questions:
- What university and program did you receive your doctoral degree? Was your doctoral program accredited by…The American Psychological Association (APA)? The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) and the National Register of Health Service Psychologists (National Register)? Access lists of doctoral programs that meet these standards.
- Are you a licensed psychologist in this state? To verify that the psychologist is licensed in your state, view a list of licensing boards in the U.S. and Canada. If you are still unsure after reviewing your state’s website, try calling the licensing office or contacting the National Register.
- What experience do you have working with…My specific concern? My age group? My particular cultural group?
- Do you accept insurance? If so, what types of insurance?
- Have you ever been sanctioned or disciplined by…Your graduate school or program? Any ethics board or state licensing board for professional psychology? The National Register of Health Service Psychologists? The American Psychological Association?
- What techniques do you commonly use to help resolve an issue like mine?
- Are there any special assessment techniques or questionnaires you use?
*Although these are important questions to ask, a psychologist’s answer to any particular question doesn’t necessarily mean they are either qualified or unqualified to provide good care. Rather than focusing on any one particular factor, it is important to consider a psychologist’s overall qualifications and your own feelings about a particular provider.