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   Frequently Asked Questions

   
WHY SEE A PSYCHOLOGIST?

   Clinical Psychologists are highly trained professionals who help diagnose and
   treat a variety of human problems. Some of these problems, such as
   depression, anxiety and relationship difficulties, are clearly psychological in
   origin. Other problems seem more physical, but may be caused or made worse
   by psychological factors. These include chronic pain, high blood pressure, and
   sexual dysfunction. A third group of problems that may be helped with
   psychological interventions are health-threatening behaviors such as smoking
   and over-eating.


   WHAT SERVICES DO PSYCHOLOGISTS PROVIDE?

   Psychodiagnostic services refer to the types of assessments made by Clinical
   Psychologists for the purpose of diagnosing a psychological problem. These
   assessments involve detailed interviewing of the client and, when appropriate,
   the client's family and significant others. In addition, the client may be given
   formal, standardized psychological tests. These services are generally
   concluded with a complete reporting of findings and recommendations to the
   client and authorized professionals.


   Psychotherapeutic services are treatments given by Clinical Psychologists that
   involve various forms of talking therapy or psychotherapy. Clinical
   Psychologists typically conduct an assessment before getting started in
   psychotherapy to help establish the suitability of this treatment. If other kinds
   of treatment are indicated, the appropriate referrals are made.


   HOW DO YOU FIND A CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST?


   Probably the best way to find a competent Psychologist is to ask friends and
   family members who may have had a positive experience with someone.
   Secondly, you can ask your physician or insurance carrier for the names of
   network Psychologists in your area.

   In Connecticut, you may call the Connecticut Psychological Association at
   1-860-586-7522. Staff will take your call and provide the names of three
   Psychologists from your area that are likely to be able to provide the kind of
   help you are seeking. Any one of these Psychologists will in turn assist you by
   providing names of additional health care professionals as needed.

   In addition to the search you are now doing on the internet, you may also
   search the directory of the Yellow Pages under "Psychologists".


   HOW CAN YOU BE ASSURED YOU WILL RECEIVE COMPETENT
   CARE?


   All Psychologists in the United States must be licensed by the respective public
   health agency in the state in which they practice before they can legally call
   themselves licensed Psychologists. In order to become licensed, candidates
   must first possess a doctoral degree in psychology, have received supervised
   post-doctoral training, and pass a written examination. Most important, they
   must agree to abide by certain ethical principles and standards of practice. If
   you have concerns about the services you are receiving and you are unable to
   resolve these concerns with your Psychologist, you may contact your state's
   Psychological Association or the American Psychological Association.


   HOW DO YOU PAY FOR THE SERVICES OF A CLINICAL
   PSYCHOLOGIST?


   Clinical Psychologists may be thought of as working in either public institutions
   or private practice. Those employed in public institutions such as universities,
   hospitals or agencies are generally paid a salary and do not charge their
   clients. In contrast, Clinical Psychologists in private practice are paid an hourly
   rate (a clinical hour is usually considered to be between 45-50 minutes), and in
   most cases collect payment directly from their clients. Most often, your medical
   insurance policy will pay most of the fee except for a specialist copayment.
   When all else fails, Psychologists will sometimes agree to either reduce their
   fee or waive it altogether.