The simplest ways to find a South Bay psychologist include asking your physician or another health professional, calling your local or state psychological association, use an online psychologist locator service or ask family and friends.
There are several things to consider before choosing a psychologist. You must completely trust and feel very comfortable with the selected person, because you need to work together.
First, find out if you are dealing with a licensed and experienced psychologist. Psychologists must be licensed by the state in which they practice and the renewal of their license depends upon their proven continuous competence and education.
You also need to know about their areas of expertise, which treatments do they use and how effective will they be for you.
Last but not least, ask about the fees. You will probably be charged by session. Some psychologists operate on a special fee-policy, which means that the amount you pay depends on your income. It is also important to know that many insurers provide coverage for mental health services, so if you have private health insurance, find out how much will be reimbursed and what the limitations are. You must also find out what type of insurance could cover your South Bay psychologist and if direct billing from your insurance company would be acceptable. Contact an expert, Dr. Angela Bisignano for answers to all these questions.