Site offers psychologist referrals
The Hawaii Psychological Association has launched a free online referral service to help residents find a psychologist.
The association has more than 300 members statewide, and a list is available at www.hawaiipsych.org. Click the "Find a Psychologist" link on the Web site. Doctors can be sorted by specialty, geographical location, gender and other criteria.
The Web site offers tips on how to decide if a person might need a psychologist. Indicators include a sudden change in appetite or weight, inability to sleep or desire to sleep too much, and/or lack of enthusiasm.
Help from a professional could ease stress from such events as a divorce, having children, separation from loved ones, job loss or relocation, financial issues or death of a loved one, the association said.
It recommends talking with at least three prospective doctors by phone before selecting one for an appointment.
Other suggestions: Ask how long the doctor has been in practice; ask about the psychologist's experience; make sure the doctor has a state license; get an understanding about the cost of services and which insurance providers are accepted; and ask about the expected length of treatment and frequency of visits.
The Hawaii Psychological Association was chartered in 1962 "to advance the science and practice of psychology and support excellence in education, training, research, advocacy and service."
For a referral, call HPA at 521-8995. For more information, see www.hawaiipsych.org.