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Schizophrenia: Choosing a Doctor and Therapist

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Finding the Right Health Care Provider

The following are some suggestions to help you find the right health care provider: 

  • Talk to trusted friends, family, or clergy about professionals they may have seen or know of in the community.
  • Ask another health care provider for a recommendation.
  • Ask your health insurance company for a provider list.
  • Use a referral service from a national professional organization for therapists or doctors.
  • Call a local or national medical society or mental health organization.
  • Look in the phone book under categories including social service organizations and counselors .

Prior to scheduling your first appointment, think about the things you would like to know about your potential new doctor or therapist. Questions you may want to ask about include: 

  • His or her education, licensure, and years in practice
  • Fees, lengths of sessions, insurance coverage, and office hours
  • His or her availability in case of an emergency
  • His or her treatment approach and philosophy
  • His or her specialization by age group or particular disorder 

 

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Reviewed by Noëlle Santorelli, PhD on April 26, 2013
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