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Immediately call 911 or a mental health hotline that may be listed
at the beginning of your phone book, or go directly to a hospital
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TERMS AND AGREEMENTS

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APA American Psychological Association or AAMFT American
Association for Marriage and Family Therapy affirms your
understanding and acceptance of the following:

ATA provides this free service in good faith. Due to the complex nature
of client-therapist dynamics, the counseling psychotherapy process
and providing public services in general, it is reasonable that ATA
cannot be certain about the results of utilizing therapy or other services
provided by member therapists or using this public service in general
and that the Executive Director, Associate Directors, Assistants,
Staff, Consultants or Webmaster cannot be held legally responsible
for what transpires before, during or after the course of such utilization
or utilization related to the resources referenced above.

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ABOUT OUR PUBLIC SERVICE

Choosing a therapist is too important to be left to chance. So ATA
is dedicated to providing all the information you need to make an
informed choice. We provide this free public service to help you be
knowledgeable and confident in finding an outstanding therapist for
personal couple sex marital family child group testing counseling
psychotherapy.

In the next sections, we provide information on Therapist Degrees
Titles and Comparisons and Advice on How To Call and Interview
for The Right Therapist.

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THERAPIST DEGREES Titles and Comparisons

Before making your choice, it's important to understand the similarities
and differences between psychological health practitioners.

Doctoral Degree Therapists are known by the following title and initials:
Psychologist, PhD, PsyD, EdD.

Medical Doctor Therapists are known by the following title and initials:
Psychiatrist, MD.

Masters Degree Therapists are known by the following titles and initials:
Marriage And Family Therapist, MFT; Clinical Social Worker, MSW;
Professional Counselor, MA, MS, MSN, MEd. Since Masters Therapists
have expertise in psychological problems as well as relationship issues,
they are generally described as Psychotherapists.

Though all the above practitioners can similarly be called therapists
psychotherapists counselors, Psychologists tend to be more disorder/
relationship oriented; Psychiatrists are more disorder/medication
oriented; Masters Therapists are more life problem/relationship oriented.

If medication is considered, Psychologists and Masters Therapists
continue as your therapist and refer you to their consulting Psychiatrist
for a medication evaluation. Only Psychiatrists and other MDs can
prescribe medication.

Psychological testing is an expertise provided by many Psychologists.

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ADVICE ON HOW TO CALL and Interview for The Right Therapist

Click to find Connecticut Therapists for your review. We advise you
to select two or more therapists and call them for a brief interview.
Therapists frequently receive inquiries and are pleased to give you
a few minutes of their time on the phone.

Be sure to talk directly with the therapist. If they are busy, they should
soon return your call. Talking with their receptionist, instead, will not
give you the intuitive sense you need to make the right choice. And in
the unlikely event a therapist is not responsive, trust your intuition
and move on to reviewing other therapists.

We have designed for you an interview that is brief and comfortable
while highly informative. Asking SOME or ALL of the questions can help
you effectively choose The Right Therapist.


TO BEGIN THE INTERVIEW - simply say something like "I heard about
you through the American Therapy Association website, and I'd like to
ask a few brief questions about your services."

1 - What is your fee per session? Most therapists charge $100 to $150
per session no matter how many people attend with you. Psychiatrists
having medical and medication expertise tend to charge higher.

If you qualify under financial hardship, ask the therapist whether they
can help you on a sliding fee scale. If you have insurance, Medicare
or Medicaid, ask if the therapist accepts them.

2 - How many minutes is your session? Most therapists provide 45, 50,
55 or 60 minutes per session.

3 - Is your therapy office located in an office building or in your home?
Be sure you feel comfortable with the location.

4 - Ask any questions about personal requirements. For example,
Does your office have wheelchair access?

5 - What areas do you specialize in? Get a sense whether the
therapist has the appropriate expertise to effectively help you with
your issues.

6 - How long have you been in private practice? Of course the more
experience a therapist has, the more effective they may be. But also
consider related experience prior to their private practice.

7 - Do you focus more on connections with the past and the family,
or on present thoughts, feelings and behaviors?
Get a sense whether
their therapy approach can effectively help you with your issues.

8 - Do you provide any training or techniques to achieve specific goals?
Get a sense whether the therapist can help you learn to improve specific
life skills, for example, how to handle stress, anger or communication.

9 - Do you tend to listen and offer careful insights, or be more
interactive through frequent feedback, or directive by challenging
and confronting more?
Get a sense whether their therapy style can
work effectively with you.

10 - What hours do you have openings? Upon choosing a therapist,
be sure to reserve an opening within a week or two. Though it may not
be on the day or time you prefer, the therapist will accommodate you
as soon as possible.

WE THANK YOU in advance for remembering to tell the therapist how
you heard about them through the American Therapy Association website.

TO END THE INTERVIEW - simply say something like "I appreciate your
time, and when my research is complete I may call you to schedule an
appointment."

IN THE FINAL ANALYSIS - trust your intuition. The therapist you feel the
most comfortable with and who sounds the most competent is the one
we would recommend as the right choice.

And in the unlikely event, after one or more visits you believe the therapist
is not the right choice, feel free to discontinue. You can always review
more therapists until you are satisfied with your choice.

OUR BEST WISHES TO YOU in carefully choosing The Right Therapist.




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YOUR FEEDBACK about Therapists and Comments on our Public Service


After you have talked by phone or met with a therapist from our approved
selection, feel free to present us your feedback. Feedback is voluntary and
handled with confidentiality and the utmost sensitivity. Feedback helps
ATA promote consumer protection, professional accountability, ethical
business practice, effective therapy research and quality satisfaction.

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