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Can I refer myself to a psychologist?

Can I refer myself to a psychologist?

Absolutely: Although some insurance plans insist that you start with a referral from your primary care doctor before seeking help with a psychologist or psychiatrist, most mental health professionals will accept self-referrals. The american psychological association has an excellent referral system on its website. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Clinical Psychology (Definition)

Clinical psychology is a branch of psychology concerned with the assessment and treatment of mental illness and disability. A clinical psychologist ...Read more


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Is it normal for a doctor to refer someone who's hearing voices to a psychologist and not prescribe meds?

Is it normal for a doctor to refer someone who's hearing voices to a psychologist and not prescribe meds?

Meds help: In most cases a person hearing voices needs meds to improve. Several different illness can cause hallucinations but need a careful differential diagnosis by a psychiatrist and probable meds. ...Read more

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How to handle last visit to pyschologist knowing this is the last one as the need is to refer to another provider, i don't want to go through this. ?

How to handle last visit to pyschologist knowing this is the last one as the need is to refer to another provider, i don't want to go through this. ?

Saying farewell: Hoping you've decided on a new therapist for yourself, so that you can continue your personal work after terminating with your current psychologist. A last session is an opportunity to express your feelings, celebrate what's been learned or worked through, and to say farewell. Grief is natural, along with many other emotions. Use the session for your own healing and awareness. It's your time! ...Read more

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How can you tell if a pyschologist no longer wants to work with you and finds you too much hard work and can't help and they hate you and refer on?

How can you tell if a pyschologist no longer wants to work with you and finds you too much hard work and can't help and they hate you and refer on?

Hate you?: If feeling that your treatment isn't helping or your psychologist "hates" you, you should discuss this along with the reasons you feel this way. Only then can the psychologist help you with this, or can you learn anything useful to you. Psychotherapy relationships can be very intense, and things can be misunderstood or misinterpreted. Psychologists do refer to others sometimes, but discuss 1st. ...Read more

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I developed a dependency transference on my pyschologist after the loss of my partner and pyschologist now wants to refer on i feel hurt and hated?

I developed a dependency transference on my pyschologist after the loss of my partner and pyschologist now wants to refer on i feel hurt and hated?

Ethical: Your psychologist is doing what is ethically correct. Try helping others and focusing on giving. When you see the new psychologist seek help but not dependence or a personal relationship that only keeps you dependent and miserable. See your physician for an antidepressant. That can be life saving and really help you cope. ...Read more

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Aside from psych. testing, what can a psychologist do that a LCSW can't?

Psychologist: Often they can get higher positions in government work, more money, and are prioritized at universities for teaching and research. Rates of reimbursement from insurance companies are higher, as well. ...Read more

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I blacked out for a couple of seconds and don't know what to do. Do i seee a psychologist?

I blacked out for a couple of seconds and don't know what to do. Do i seee a psychologist?

See MD: Before seeing a psychologist, you will need to see your general practitioner to rule out a medical condition. ...Read more

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What are the problems that a psychologist can help in and what problems a psychologist can't help in?

Emotional Health: I commend you for concern about your Emotional Health. Clinical psychologists help with school, relationship and work problems, Anxiety and Depression. For Panic Disorders, Obsessive compulsive disorders, Major depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and Psychosis requiring medication, they refer patients to Psychiatrists or collaborate with them. ...Read more

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I don't know what to write for a psychologist to inform him about everything.should I write everything I think of it? Thanks for ur help :)

Basics: Stick with the basics, starting with emotions you're feeling and pick just one or two goals you'd like to work on. The questions and discussion will expand from there. ...Read more

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How to know myself by myself & i am feeling that a psychologist can't change my problems cause I don't need words I need actions&she can't do anything?

How to know myself by myself & i am feeling that a psychologist can't change my problems cause I don't need words I need actions&she can't do anything?

Psychotherapy helps : patients identify their dysfunctional responses to stress that harmfully impact their health & daily functioning. Once patients assume responsibility for their roles in perpetuating their problems, therapists offer techniques to change unhealthy thoughts & actions. Some patients with psychiatric disorders are unable to learn & practice healthy techniques long-term without medication management. ...Read more