SEE A PSYCHOLOGIST?
Psychologists are highly trained professionals who help diagnose
a variety of human problems. Some of these problems, such as
anxiety and relationship difficulties, are clearly psychological
Other problems seem more physical, but may be caused or made
psychological factors. These include chronic pain, high blood
dysfunction. A third group of problems that may be helped with
interventions are health-threatening behaviors such as smoking
SERVICES DO PSYCHOLOGISTS PROVIDE?
services refer to the types of assessments made by Clinical
for the purpose of diagnosing a psychological problem. These
involve detailed interviewing of the client and, when appropriate,
client's family and significant others. In addition, the client
may be given
standardized psychological tests. These services are generally
with a complete reporting of findings and recommendations to
and authorized professionals.
services are treatments given by Clinical Psychologists that
various forms of talking therapy or psychotherapy. Clinical
typically conduct an assessment before getting started in
to help establish the suitability of this treatment. If other
treatment are indicated, the appropriate referrals are made.
DO YOU FIND A CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST?
the best way to find a competent Psychologist is to ask friends
members who may have had a positive experience with someone.
you can ask your physician or insurance carrier for the names
Psychologists in your area.
Connecticut, you may call the Connecticut Psychological Association
Staff will take your call and provide the names of three
from your area that are likely to be able to provide the kind
you are seeking. Any one of these Psychologists will in turn
assist you by
names of additional health care professionals as needed.
addition to the search you are now doing on the internet, you
the directory of the Yellow Pages under "Psychologists".
CAN YOU BE ASSURED YOU WILL RECEIVE COMPETENT
Psychologists in the United States must be licensed by the respective
agency in the state in which they practice before they can legally
licensed Psychologists. In order to become licensed, candidates
first possess a doctoral degree in psychology, have received
training, and pass a written examination. Most important, they
agree to abide by certain ethical principles and standards of
have concerns about the services you are receiving and you are
these concerns with your Psychologist, you may contact your
Association or the American Psychological Association.
DO YOU PAY FOR THE SERVICES OF A CLINICAL
Psychologists may be thought of as working in either public
private practice. Those employed in public institutions such
or agencies are generally paid a salary and do not charge their
In contrast, Clinical Psychologists in private practice are
paid an hourly
(a clinical hour is usually considered to be between 45-50 minutes),
cases collect payment directly from their clients. Most often,
policy will pay most of the fee except for a specialist copayment.
all else fails, Psychologists will sometimes agree to either
or waive it altogether.