GPA Referral Website Information

Specific Disclaimer

The Georgia Psychological Association (GPA) does not determine or warrant the competence of any psychologist listed in the GPA Referral Service. Use of this Referral Service to locate a psychologist is voluntary and will not result in any liability against GPA. In no event shall GPA be liable for damages to any user of the Referral Service for the voluntary selection of psychologist, for the services provided by any psychologist listed herein, or for any other damages which may occur. GPA cannot and does not provide any warranties related to the information contained in or resulting services from a psychologist listed in the GPA Referral Service.

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At times we struggle with problems. At those times moving ahead with life may seem like a battle against a strong current - each step is difficult. Anxiety, depression, loneliness, grief, fear, addictions, crumbling relationships, even career and learning problems can become overwhelming and weigh us down.

No one is immune to emotional distress. And fortunately help is available for those willing to take the first step. Psychologists are specially trained to help with these problems.

How do I find a psychologist?

This Referral Site will assist you in locating qualified psychologists in your area. Here you can find information on the psychologist's office locations, professional licenses held and areas of specialty. Once you have obtained a list of psychologists in your local area, call and interview several over the phone to determine which one is the best match for you and make an appointment.

When you meet with the psychologist you have chosen, an interactive process will begin to identify and define the problem you are experiencing and the situation in which it arises. The psychologist will provide a confidential, safe environment for you or your family to work through the issues necessary to solve the problem.

What is a Licensed Psychologist?

Psychologists are highly trained professionals with expertise in the areas of human behavior, mental health assessment, diagnosis and treatment, and behavior change. Psychologists apply scientifically validated procedures to help people change their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.

After graduation from college, psychologists spend an average of 7 years in graduate education training and research before receiving a doctoral degree. As part of their professional training they must complete a supervised clinical internship in a hospital or organized health setting and at least 1 year of post-doctoral supervised experience before they can practice independently in any health care arena. It's this combination of doctoral-level training and clinical internship that distinguishes psychologists from many other mental health care providers.

Psychologists must be licensed by the state or jurisdiction in which they practice. Licensure laws are intended to protect the public by limiting licensure to those persons qualified to practice psychology as defined by state law. In Georgia, renewal of this license depends upon the demonstration of continued competence and requires continuing education. Members of the Georgia Psychological Association (GPA) adhere to a strict code of professional ethics.

Who is included in GPA Referral Service?

Although the Georgia Psychological Association (GPA) cannot make any guarantee regarding the effectiveness of therapy, every psychologist referred to you by GPA will be a highly trained professional with a doctoral degree from an accredited institution and licensed by the State of Georgia.

Psychologists go through extensive education and clinical training before they can be licensed to practice. The psychologists referred by GPA are committed to the strict ethical standards of the American Psychological Association Code of Ethics.

If you want a person to help you with a referral to a psychologist, please call (404) 634-6272 or send your request to admin@gapsychology.org.