For me, the psychology has been to find a doctor i am most likely to WANT to go see, so i'll be more likely to make appointments & actually go, maybe looking forward to it on some level as i did my last skin exam. As opposed to "well i should schedule an appointment", and then procrastinate, procrastinate, procrastinate, procrastinate.
Procrastinate, procrastinate procrastinate.
So i use go to my health insurance's website, "find a doctor", then type of doctor (primary care, or whatever specialty i might need), and of course it'll list all the docs within a certain radius of my home zip code, and sometimes i put in my work zip code as well.
Now we're supposed to be motivating ourselves to more likely "want" to go, right, so we take the women's names, (my personal preferred gender when it comes to being exposed & touched). We have another window open for "advanced google image search" . Select a few docs from here because, once we start making calls, that's when we learn how "not updated" the website is. This one's not taking new patients (but the website said she was). This one moved her practice to Timbuk 2. This one no longer does this. This one's booked til next forever.
And then you find yourself left with the one that's actually available. and bang. You schedule that appointment.
Hopefully, it won't turn out to be like what's happening with my lady dermatologist, where you get about 2 good years before she transitions her schedule to no longer perform biannual skin screenings/evaluations, and she goes to pass you off onto 1 of either of 2 males......