It can be very challenging and confusing for those looking for psychological support to find the right type of support, from the most appropriately trained professional, in the right place. The following information might be of assistance to help you navigate through the process of choosing a Psychologist in Brisbane.
The first thing to do is to ensure that you access a professional that is appropriately trained and experienced to assist with the problem you might be experiencing. There are 9 areas of psychology recognised by our national body, the Australian Psychological Society (APS). The following links will take you to a description of each area of psychology from the APS website:
- Counselling psychology
- Clinical neuropsychology
- Clinical psychology
- Community psychology
- Educational and developmental psychology
- Forensic psychology
- Health psychology
- Organisational psychology
- Sport and exercise psychology
Read through these options and then talk with your GP, health care provider, and/or friends and family to determine what area of psychology is likely to be the most useful. Remember also that Psychologists are different to Psychiatrists and I refer you to a description of this difference here.
Once you have decided on the area psychology, you will then need to find a professional trained in this area that practices in a location convenient to you. The following provides some suggestions for how to achieve this:
- Use the “Find a Psychologist Service”: The Australian Psychological Society website has a useful function called the “Find a Psychologist Service” which allows members of the public to search for a suitably qualified Psychologist in their area. There are three ways you can access this service:
- Speak with your GP, as they are likely to know a range of Psychologists practicing within your local area.
- Complete a Google search yourself and read the information on the Psychologist’s website as this will give you a clue as to how they might practice.
- Call your short list of Psychologists and ask them any questions you might have, within reason.
- If you are still unsure, attend an initial session, and then decide if you would like to continue with that particular Psychologist.
Despite your best efforts, you still may not find you ‘click’ with the Psychologist you have chosen. If this is the case, it is worth trying another as sometimes it might take one or two attempts to find the right person.
You can also find a Neurospcyhologist on the above links.