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Can I refer myself to a psychologist?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
9 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. Jason Berman
correct: you can find a local psychologist through APA here locator.apa.org Best,
Dr. Howard Gurr
Many regional psychological associations also have a "Find a Psychologist" database on their websites. You can also get recommendations from friends and your physicians. If you have insurance, you could go to their online provider search page to get names. If the same names keep being recommended from different sources, than they might be a good choices to call.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes you can

Refer yourself to a psychologist.
You may want to check with your health insurance provider if you want to use insurance since they may want your physician to make a referral, but if you plan on paying out of pocket, you can call whomever you like.

In brief: Yes you can

Refer yourself to a psychologist.
You may want to check with your health insurance provider if you want to use insurance since they may want your physician to make a referral, but if you plan on paying out of pocket, you can call whomever you like.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Dr. Julie Bruno
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

If you have insurance you may need a referral from your primary care physician, especially if you have an HMO.
If you are private pay, then no you don't need a referral.

In brief: Depends

If you have insurance you may need a referral from your primary care physician, especially if you have an HMO.
If you are private pay, then no you don't need a referral.
Dr. Julie Bruno
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Legally protected

The word psychologist is a legally protected title.
In order to claim that title, you have to have a doctorate in either clinical or counseling psychology, and be licensed to practice in your state. That is the point at which you can call yourself a psychologist, when you know you've passed the licensing exam.

In brief: Legally protected

The word psychologist is a legally protected title.
In order to claim that title, you have to have a doctorate in either clinical or counseling psychology, and be licensed to practice in your state. That is the point at which you can call yourself a psychologist, when you know you've passed the licensing exam.
Dr. Andrew Berry
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Dr. Lynne Weixel
I read the question as asking if the patient can find help on their own w/out a medical doctor referring them. Not as you did - calling themself a Psychologist. On that, you are quite correct!
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