Frequently Asked Questions

WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT FOR MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS TO BE FOUND ON THE INTERNET?

The World Wide Web has transformed the way in which people access healthcare information and providers - the Web offers huge amounts of health related information from thousands of sources. Some statistics highlight this incredible growth and the opportunity for healthcare practitioners:

According to the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health's final report, the strongest need in healthcare is improved access. Major recommendations included: using technology to improve access to care that is appropriate, culturally competent, or located in rural or geographically remote areas.


WHAT CAN PSYCHSITES DO FOR ME?

It can leverage the power of the Internet to promote your practice and inform the community about your services. Individuals will find you and a description of your primary focus, your subspecialties, languages, and locations. Your placement on major search engines and guides enables you to reach more prospective clients. Your information can be updated as needed to stay most accurate.


WHY AND HOW ARE YOU PROVIDING THIS SERVICE FOR FREE?

The goal of PsychSites is to improve access to Mental Health Providers. Alex Green, MD, DLFAPA, founder and sponsor of the website, has been a clinician since 1975, and long recognized the benefits of Internet communication and information sharing technology. Expenses are minimized by use of a state-of-the-art automated online application and revision process. PsychSites.com will provide you a completely FREE (courtesy) listing and webpage, including linking buttons. Optionally, you may purchase a custom page for a $100 annual fee.


WHO ESTABLISHED AND MAINTAINS THE WEBSITE?

Alexander C. Green M.D., DLFAPA

image of founder of PsychSites.com, alex green Dr. Green, Clinical Professor at the University Of California San Diego School Of Medicine, is ABPN sub-specialty board certified in Forensic Psychiatry. He was the President of the San Diego Psychiatric Society, Chair of their Information Management Committee for many years, and is a member of the Steering Committee of the American Association of Technology and Psychiatry. Dr. Green has taught information management and presented at behavioral informatics conferences. His lifelong interest in computers and telecommunications inspired his personal mission to use technology to improve access to mental health care

Carolyn Miller, B.S. Computer Science

image of Carolyn Miller Ms. Miller has an extensive technology background, specializing in database applications. She completed a healthcare information technology program to complement her B.S. in Computer Science. Her experience spans more than 17 years in industries such as aerospace, finance, healthcare and desktop publishing. Currently she is an independent IT consultant, specializing in healthcare websites, including design, blogging, and maintenance. She completed a Healthcare IT Certificate from the University Of California San Diego Extension in 2010. Ms. Miller has completely updated PsychSites.com and TherapistSites.com in 2012.


WHAT IF A CLIENT IS LOOKING FOR A PARTICULAR SPECIALTY OR DISCIPLINE?

PsychSites features the full spectrum of doctorate level professionals. This provides ease of access for clients seeking a particular discipline or advanced type of treatment. A wide variety of subspecialties is available with robust search capability for today's digitally savvy clients. Your web page is freely accessible to referring sources, and your listing on a worldwide directory enhances the likelihood of being found.


CAN I PARTICIPATE IF I ALREADY HAVE A WEBSITE OR A FACEBOOK PAGE?

Absolutely! Any of the web page options at PsychSites.com (including the FREE listing) can easily link directly to your established website or Facebook page. You will benefit by appearing in the professional directory with your colleagues, and the links should increase your site's page rank and visibility in Google and other major search engines.


I HAVE NO TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE OR INTEREST, AND NO INTERNET ACCESS. CAN I STILL PARTICIPATE?

Yes! No technical knowledge is required. If you do not have access through a home or office computer, you may sign up at a library or school. Your individual web page will be fully visible to anyone with a connection to the Internet.


HOW DOES PSYCHSITES COMPARE TO OTHER "BUILD YOUR OWN" PROFESSIONAL WEBSITES?

A business start-up website can cost $1000 or more. A listing in a typical "find a therapist" directory can cost up to $720 per year. Some sites have space, content or graphics limitations, and your profile may contain distracting or inappropriate advertising. Your information at PsychSites is not buried; it's retrievable and can be readily revised.


WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A COURTESY (FREE) PAGE & A CUSTOM PAGE?

Your directory listing places your profile on an individual web page on a shared web site. A custom page includes biographical text, a photo, more links and offers free tech support. It has more possibilities for layout, graphics, practice information, qualifications, office directions, and posting. You can start with a courtesy page and upgrade later to a custom page.


HOW DO I ENROLL?

Easily and immediately - simply complete the online application.


HOW DO I SEND A PHOTO?

The application will request a Photo (optional but strongly recommended.) This must be in digital format: an image file can be created inexpensively from regular prints. Alternatively, contact a photography shop and ask for conversion to disc when developing film. You can upload this from your digital phone, camera or computer.


HOW DO I CONTACT YOU?

For further information or assistance, please contact Alex C. Green, M.D., D.L.F.A.P.A. or Carolyn Miller, B.S. Computer Science