Choosing a Psychologist
Choosing a psychologist in Edmonton or a mental health clinic (anywhere!) is an important task, for many reasons. Working with a mental health expert is an investment of your time and finances, as well as your trust.
Being informed about the ways in which mental health teams and specialists can help is critical, and shopping around is always encouraged, as the “fit” between you and your therapist is critical to maximize your progress in therapy.
Every therapist, counsellor, psychiatrist and psychologist works differently so it is important to know what factors to take into consideration when choosing a practitioner. Above all, know that the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist is one of the most important factors that affects the outcome of therapy, so finding a good fit is essential (Norcross, 2010).
Who Am I Looking For?
Finding The Right Fit: Theoretical Orientation And Specialties
- When considering a practitioner, be sure to ask about this (e.g. what is your theoretical orientation?) or to find that information on their biography, if one is available, and then do a quick Google search to find out what the key focuses of this orientation are.
- Consider asking, what is your area of speciality? What are your preferred demographics?
A couple of additional things to consider when choosing a mental health practitioner in Alberta is their location and their fees.
Consider: Is there parking at their office? Is it free or would you have to pay for it? Do they offer alternative locations for sessions like outside on nice days, or do they offer mobile sessions if you’re unable to attend due to anxiety?
Regarding fees, go ahead and ask directly what their hourly fee is. Although the provincial standard for psychologists in Alberta is $180/hr, some practitioners offer a sliding scale based on your income for fees so that sessions are more affordable. If you don’t have insurance, or have only a limited amount of coverage for psychological services, then you may want to take that into consideration that when looking at practitioner fees. Also, many services, including psychiatry, are covered in full by Alberta Health Services, so you won’t have to pay out of pocket at all.
How To Find A Psychologist
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