South Carolina Psychological Association

  Advancing Psychology for a Better South Carolina


Psychologist Referral Information

Looking for a Psychologist?
No one is immune to emotional distress. At times, such distress can become overwhelming, and individuals may need help as they struggle with their problems. Psychologists are specially trained to help with these problems.

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.

The state of South Carolina licenses psychologists to practice in our state. Licensure requires that a psychologist has earned the doctoral degree from an accredited program and has completed extensive supervised training in their area of specialization. It's the combination of doctoral-level training and clinical internship that distinguishes psychologists from many other mental health care providers.

Licensure laws are intended to protect the public by limiting licensure to those persons qualified to practice psychology as defined by state law. In South Carolina, renewal of this license depends upon the demonstration of continued competence and requires continuing education. Members of the South Carolina Psychological Association (SCPA) adhere to a strict code of professional ethics.

As a free service to help you locate qualified psychologists in your area, The South Carolina Psychological Association (SCPA) has developed this referral list. Here you can find information on the psychologists' office locations, professional licenses held, areas of specialty, and their areas of practice interests. Once you have obtained a list of psychologists who fit your search criteria, you can contact them to determine which one is the best match for you.
To obtain a referral please send an email to tpa_dwhite@att.net (or call David White at 512-788-0207). Include the following information about the referral request:
  • geographic area desired for the psychologist and distance willing to travel (for example: Columbia area within 20 miles)
  • gender preference of psychologist (if applicable)
  • insurance provider (if you need the psychologist to accept your insurance for treatment)
  • preferred treatment areas of specialty
  • very brief description of services that you are seeking (for example: marriage counseling, post trauma, general mental health issues, depression, etc)
  • email where you would like to receive the referral list; a phone number is also helpful in the case that the email address is rejected

Although the South Carolina Psychological Association (SCPA) cannot make any guarantee regarding the effectiveness of therapy, the psychologists listed on this referral site
  • are highly trained professional with a doctoral degree from an accredited institution and licensed by the State of South Carolina
  • are members of the South Carolina Psychological Association who have voluntarily submitted the information presented at this site
  • are committed to the strict ethical standards of the American Psychological Association Code of Ethics.

For those interested in getting more information about psychologists and the process for getting psychological assistance, the American Psychological Association (APA) has placed helpful information on their website (here) .
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