Searching for a doctor can be daunting - but it doesn’t have to be! Below are some tips:
1. Recommendations from friends and family.
Does anyone you know see a therapist or psychiatrist already? Many times, therapists work in group practices so if they aren’t available, someone in their practice might be. Call the office to see if your health insurance covers their services.
2. Your primary care doctor.
Ask for a list of recommended psychologists or psychiatrists that your primary recommends. Sometimes they can even help bump you up on waitlists if they have a direct connection!
3. Your health insurance.
Most insurance websites have a log-in feature where you can search for a therapist in your area. If you don’t feel like dealing with the website, you can call the number on the back of your insurance card and they can give recommendations on your coverage.
4. Psychology Today website. They have a very inclusive search directory, where you can see blurbs about the person including their specialties, locations, and reviews. (You can always Yelp a doctor to see if there are any reviews about them online).
5. ZocDoc website.
With Zocdoc, you can see doctors’ open appointment times and book instantly online, make informed choices with verified reviews, and stay on top of important checkups with tailored reminders. And those pesky waiting room forms? Fill them out online, just once, and keep them forever.
REMEMBER: Finding the right therapist for YOU can feel like dating sometimes. You may not find the perfect fit immediately. If you feel that you and that therapist are not the right match, don’t give up on finding someone! There are many different styles / personalities / approaches to therapy.