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I've called a couple times to make an appointment. First time the office manager called back 4 days later for some general info on me. A week later the therapist called, I wasn't home, she said she'd call back and never did. A week later I called again and left a message. It's been a week and they haven't called back. She came recommended. I don't know if I should call again or just move on.

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I would probably try to find another one. I don't like having any type of doctor that is so hard to get in touch with like that, mostly for extremely important/crisis situations. If you're having that tough of a time talking to her just to set up an appointment, then what happens if you become her patient & you have a panic attack and need to talk to her that minute? It would not be pretty. That's just me though. I'd see what other have to say, too. :)

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You could try ringing and just asking the receptionist if she's full in her books. And if you were to make an appointment if it would be months away before you could first see her. Example, I'm starting with a new psych (though for me fortunately it's just a technicality appt.) and it will take 3 months from first requesting.

If she's heavily booked then you know you want to go elsewhere to someone who can start you sooner (many doctors keep away spare appointments for people just like yourself) and get you in regularly straight away.

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Hi CA, I would call back until I reach the receptionist and would inquire as to how available this doctor really is. Sometimes it's worth waiting a little to get someone good, but if it's always a question of waiting or playing tag, then that is just annoying and not helpful at all.

I say be pushy at this point, until you get the answers you want, and then make a decision based on that information.

Best of luck!

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I'll give another call and ask. But where is a good place to reaserch therapists? My primary doc recommended that particular psychologist. I personally don't know anyone in therapy, or just haven't been told. WebMD????where should I start?

Your G.P. (guessing that's what you mean by "primary doc") should be able to print out a list of the psychiatrists and/or psychologists in your area. You could ask him/her if they could do that as you aren't getting anywhere and want to get started.

However when they do, if they do, ask them to prioritise say five of them for you and that'll give you a place to start and hopefully you will find one able to take you on among the ones s/he feels are the best for you.

You may find sometimes when you ring certain specialists, if they aren't taking new patients the receptionists will inform you who they know of(obvioiusly from discussion with their boss) who work in a very similar way to that doctor you're after and to their knowledge are taking patients. I find you can often garner more info than you expect from employees of people you can't get in to see. As it is a field of work where they don't want you to go without help.

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Your G.P. (guessing that's what you mean by "primary doc") should be able to print out a list of the psychiatrists and/or psychologists in your area. You could ask him/her if they could do that as you aren't getting anywhere and want to get started.

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Thanks for all the advice. I actually showed her a list of therapists who take my insurance. She only recommended one who is a psychiatrist. I said psychologist earlier, I meant psychiatrist. There were other psychiatrists on the list, maybe I should have inquired more. I have to see one who takes my insurance, I unfortunetly can not afford it otherwise. I'd like to have a therapist who specializes in CBT. I'm sure therapists who don't have their PhD can perform CBT as well, I'm just convinced I'm someone who is going to need meds.

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