- Written by Peace Loise Mbae
People seek professional psychologist, counselor or therapist for various reasons. However, caution should be taken when identifying which one to consult since many might not be qualified or many have hidden agent leading to exploitation and poor services. Here are five most important things to consider when selecting a psychologist according to Kenya Psychological Association.
Registration- Registration or license is the most important factor when looking for a psychologist. This is because there are many quacks who mascaraed as professionals and end up hearting patients. Make sure to research on the psychologist you settle for and ensure their licenses are valid and up to date.
Member of a professional body- Professional bodies play a very big role in a psychologist career. It indicates transparency and in case of anything one can reach the organization for complaints. Some organizations are mandated to license include Kenya Association of Professional Counsellors and Kenya Psychological Association.
Graduated from accredited institutions- Every qualified psychologist has passed through an institution of learning. Make sure they have the right education papers from an accredited institution.
Experience in practice- No one wants to be a trial subject for a new psychologist. Get someone with enough experience and has handling several patients in the past.
Referrals- Referrals are the best way to get a good psychologist. Although other factors are key. Referrals sometimes give the assurance and save one’s time from going through the process of looking for one.
According to the American Psychological Association, seek therapy if;
1. You have a consistent overwhelming and prolonged sense of helplessness and sadness, and your problems do not seem to get better despite your efforts and help from family and friends.
2. You are finding it difficult to carry out everyday activities: for example, you are unable to concentrate on assignments at work, and your job performance is suffering as a result.
3. You worry excessively, expect the worst or are constantly on edge.
4. Your actions are harmful to yourself or to others: for instance, you are drinking too much alcohol, abusing drugs or becoming overly argumentative and aggressive.