What is a psychologist and how do you find one that suits you? And if you are in doubt or embarrassed; don’t worry. You already don’t feel good about yourself. Find answers to your questions here.
What is a psychologist?
A psychologist is a professional who focuses on emotional, behavioural and cognitive health. They can help you deal with challenges and problems in your life, such as depression, anxiety, relationship problems, trauma and other emotional and mental health issues.
Psychologists use a variety of techniques and methods, such as conversations, exercises and examinations to help you with your help problem. Psychologists work with you to develop a tailor-made treatment plan and help you achieve your goals.
Thus, the goal of a psychologist is to help you improve your emotional and mental health, making you better able to function in your personal and perhaps professional life.
All psychologists at iPractice are educated and trained to support you and help you find a solution.
How do I find a psychologist that suits me?
Finding the right psychologist for you is important, and there are a number of steps you can follow to find out who suits you best.
- Determine your specific needs: Make it clear exactly what you are looking for in a psychologist and what you would like to achieve through treatment.
- Read recommendations from others: At iPractice you will find several experience stories on ZorgkaartNederland – the largest independent experience platform in healthcare for several experience stories.
- Orient: check out the team page where you will find all iPractice’s accredited psychologists, what complaints they treat and what forms of treatment they perform.
- Research training and experience: All psychologists at iPractice are skilled and trained with extensive practical experience. You can also find more information about their educational background on psychologists’ individual profiles.
- Ask for a telephone intake: iPractice offers a free telephone intake with no obligation, allowing you to talk about your specific needs and assess us for a mutual ‘click’.
Remember that finding the right psychologist for you requires time and patience, but it is worth the effort to find the right person who can support you in achieving your goals.
Taking the first step
It is quite normal to have doubts about stepping to a psychologist. If you want to know more, we recommend reading about when to consult a psychologist.
Taking the step to seek professional help is a sign of strength and responsibility for your own well-being. You may feel shame to go, but you absolutely shouldn’t. It is not something to be ashamed of: it is important to understand that emotional and mental health problems are just as common as physical health problems and that it is nothing to be ashamed of.
The cost of treatment is reimbursed by most health insurers when there is a referral letter from the GP and when the GP can make an official diagnosis according to DSM-V guidelines.