Finding the Right Psychiatrist and/or Psychotherapist

There is considerable information on the internet and through sources like “The Book of Medical Specialists” to locate a board-certified psychiatrist in any particular locale. Nowadays, however, the search for a doctor starts with those listed on a particular health insurance plan. Once patients have tried out a particular psychotherapist, they should consider leaving treatment if the therapist cannot be reached easily by telephone, or does not honor a scheduled appointment. Starting therapy appointments on time is important because it reflects a basic courtesy, which is an indicator of the therapist’s respect for the patient. Therapists who are derelict in these matters can be expected to be unreliable in other aspects of treatment.

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