Psychologists: do patients choose us or is there something much worse going on?
Should we be careful about selectively responding to patient inquiries?
I’m not taking new patients so I basically say no to every phone call that comes in and try to find a good person that might fit them to send them too.
However, here are two stories to give you something to think about in regards to “choosing” who you will work with and responding to appointment requests.
The first one: Need Therapy? That’ll Be Tough If You’re Not White or Middle Class: Psychologists in New York City screened out the poor and African Americans from their client base. They used voice actors to call a number of NYC psychologists and the results are a bit disheartening.
The second one: When does refusal to counsel become discrimination?
I think these recent articles are worth your time; check them out.
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