Don Crowe, PhD, has provided psychotherapy services to individuals, groups, and families for nearly 40 years. Here Donald Crowe offers a few tips on how to find a qualified mental health professional.
When beginning your search, it is advisable to conduct a little research online. Visiting websites of established industry organizations, including the American Psychiatric Association or American Psychological Association, can prove helpful in searching for lists of qualified therapists.
Collect a list of names of providers in your area. In some cases, your general physician may be able to provide a few references, and you can also ask friends or relatives for recommendations.
Schedule an initial consultation. At your first meeting, try to obtain as much information as possible about a particular therapist and to get a sense of how you feel with him or her. The initial consultation is also a good time to determine whether or not you feel comfortable enough to discuss your personal issues with this person.