Can I pick my own psychotherapist if I go to an HMO or clinic for my mental health care?

It depends on where you go. Most HMOs and clinics are used to making these decisions for you, although you still may be able to make a change if you have a problem. If you have a preference for a certain person, psychotherapy style, or medical background, or want a psychotherapist of a particular gender, age, or ethnicity, make your preferences known early in the selection process in order to have the best chance of getting what you want.

Here is something to remember: Quality in psychotherapy depends on the individual psychotherapist, not the location of her office or how much she charges.