So why would a board certified clinical psychologist agrees to take an excessive fee waiver? Well, if a board certified therapist accepted an excessive fee waiver, they would probably be able to make more money, thus giving them more incentive to take the board’s certification exams. There is a good reason why the majority of clinical psychologists who are certified by their states will often be able to earn five times as much as someone without board certification. After all, psychotherapy is a very lucrative career field!
Most psychotherapists I represent will have taken multiple board exams, and most have even taken multiple certification exams. When these psychotherapists decide to take an additional board test, they typically have the added benefit of knowing that they are at the top of their game. After all, many of my clients will bring in a qualified candidate to help them with an assessment. The candidate will come in, and then the psychotherapist will ask the candidate a series of questions about their experiences and their mental health issues, along with standard diagnostic questions.
Once the assessments are complete and the psychotherapist has assessed the patient, the psychotherapist will recommend an exam online or through a mail-in form. Typically, these assessments will not take more than half an hour. Once you schedule your board certification tests, you can get started on finding a qualified psychotherapist to take your test. If you choose to take an online exam, there are a variety of different tests to choose from. Some of these include Myers Brigs Testing, the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, and the Adult Qualified Psychotherapist Test.
Once you have completed your tests, you can either schedule a consultation appointment with a specific psychotherapist, or you can schedule for a pre-screening appointment. A pre-screening appointment will allow the doctor or psychologist to evaluate you and determine if you are a good candidate for therapy. Most states do not require this step, however; some simply require that you pay a minimal fee in order to schedule an appointment with a psychotherapist in your area.
After you have been properly evaluated, the psychotherapist will prepare for your ABPP test. In many areas, your psychologist will have formed a working group with other practicing psychotherapists, which allows for a more controlled environment in which to treat your patients. In some areas, the psychotherapist may also form a small study group with other ABPP takers and participate in one-on-one sessions with them. This allows for a more specialized type of treatment and will allow the psychologist to better understand the mental health needs of each patient.
When you take your ABPP test, there are several steps that you must follow in order to be prepared. First, you will need to have a mental health evaluation from a licensed and recognized mental health provider. Many states require this as part of your pre-screening visit, but it is not always a requirement for psychotherapy clients. You may be asked to provide additional information on your own, or you may be required to fill out paperwork after you have been seen and met with the psychotherapist.
Once you have met with the psychotherapist and taken the tests that are necessary to meet the requirements of your State Board of License, then the psychotherapist will sit with you to go over the information that you have provided during your initial interview. You will then have the opportunity to take one of the psychotherapy tests that are administered in order to help determine which area you most need help in. Some of these tests are multiple choice, and some focus on word associations or imagery. It’s important that you find the psychotherapist that will be best able to help you with your particular needs for psychotherapy.