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How to Find a Good Therapist

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 08-01-2007

Your child’s doctor, health providers, family members, clergy, and friends may refer you to a trusted therapist. You may contact the American Psychological Association at (800) 964-2000, who can also direct you to the state or local referral agency. For members of health maintenance organizations, the plan will refer them to two or three providers.

Here is a set of questions you need to ask the prospective therapist:

  • Is he a licensed psychologist/psychiatrist?
  • What degrees does he have?
  • Is he board-certified? (Psychologists are certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology; psychiatrists by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.)
  • How long has he been practicing?
  • What’s his specialty?
  • What treatment does he usually use?
  • How long does treatment usually take?
  • What are his fees? Will he accept your insurance coverage? Does he have a sliding scale fee? Can he set up a payment plan?

It will help to have a therapist with expertise in other areas if your child has associated conditions too. For therapy to be effective, it is imperative that your child and you share a good rapport with the therapist.