See your general practitioner first
Your general practitioner (GP) will normally try to help you first if you are experiencing mild or moderate problems. Before asking your GP for help, it can be a good idea to think about what you want first. Are there any services available in your municipality to help you cope with mental health problems? Many municipalities offer courses on depression or stress.
Your GP will be able to help you decide whether you should be referred to a psychologist.
Psychologists in municipalities
The health services of many municipalities and districts employ psychologists. More information on how to get in touch with them can be found on the website of the municipality or district.
The specialist health service
In consultation with your GP, you should decide whether you should be referred to the specialist healthcare service, which includes district psychiatric centres and contracting specialists. If you are under 18 years of age, you can get help from a Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Out-patient Clinic (BUP).
District psychiatric centres (DPS)
If you have a more serious ailment or problem, you can be referred to a district psychiatric centre. These centres offer various types of treatment, including conversational therapy. Their day-care departments often treat people with problems or disorders such as anxiety, eating disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Out-patient Clinics (BUP)
Children and young people under 18 years of age can get help from a Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Out-patient Clinic (BUP). BUP helps children and their families through evaluation, treatment, counselling and facilitation relating to mental health problems, behavioural issues and learning difficulties.
GPs, school doctors, child welfare service officers, doctors at young people's health clinics and other doctors you see can refer you to BUP. You are entitled to an assessment of the referral to BUP within 14 days.
Contracting specialists ("avtalespesialister") are privately practising psychologists and psychiatrists who have an operating agreement with the regional health trust. Psychologists with an operating agreement are part of the specialist health service and collaborate with the local district psychiatric centre (DPS).
Find a private psychologist
Many psychologists have a private practice without any operating agreement with the health trust. You can search online for a psychologist who does not have an operating agreement in your region.
On the website of the Norwegian Psychological Association, you will find the service entitled Find a psychologist, where you can search for available psychologists in the whole of Norway.