Once you have made a decision that you want to see a psychologist, how do you find a “good” one? In this blog, we provide you with 3 hot tips on where to search for a psychologist and importantly, information on psychoogy credentialling so you can check if you are seeing a qualified psychologist.
You can Find a Psychologist working in your local area by either:
Talking to your GP for a recommendation and/or
Using online search engines such as Google
You will want to check the credentials of the psychologist you intend on visiting. A reputable psychologist will have the following registrations, memberships, and training:
Registration with the Australian Heath Practitioner Regulation Agency [AHPRA]. You can look up how long the psychologist has been registered and check their registration status and if there are any conditions restricting their practice here:
Member of the Australian Psychological Society [APS]. APS psychologists are highly educated and experienced, are committed to the highest professional standards and abide by a strict code of ethics.
Completion of a 5th and 6th year of university training in psychology is not compulsory for becoming a psychology practitioner, however, you may wish to see a psychologist who has completed a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology to ensure that your psychologist has had the additional benefit of postgraduate clinical training by university experts.
If you would like to know more about seeing a psychologist, you can download our free eBook “Your 101 Guide to Visiting a Psychologist” here. It includes information on different types of referrals for psychology visits, your visit to the GP, and what to expect at your first visit with a psychologist.