How to Find a Therapist

Here are some helpful tips on how to find a therapist:

1.              Use directories. There is a directory for many racial, ethnic, and cultural groups. For example, Therapy for Black Girls, Therapy for Black Men, Psychology Today, Clinicians of Color, etc.

2.              Mental health groups. There are organizations focusing on various diagnoses. For example, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), American Psychological Association, Anxiety and Depression Association of America, etc. 

3.              Helplines. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Crisis Text Line: text “HOME” to 741741

4.              Local crisis units. These may be actual locations or mobile crisis units that can come to where you are.

5.              University/college medical centers. These locations are helpful for getting treatment that is on the cutting edge and/or are well-supported by research.

6.              Get referrals. Other healthcare providers can be helpful in finding therapists who are taking new clients. (For example,  pediatricians, primary care physicians, neurologist, cardiologist, etc.).

7.              School-based mental health services. Checking with your local school to see if they offer mental health services at the school. These services may be provided by school staff or by therapists who are affiliated with area practices but also provide services in schools.

8.              Employee Assistance Programs (EAP). EAP programs can offer a limited number of sessions per year. Some therapists who participate with EAPs continue to see clients after the limited number of sessions expire using the health benefits the company offers.

9.              Affinity groups, support groups, and religious/spiritual organizations.  For example places of worship, cultural groups, interest groups, etc.

10.            Chat or online therapy platforms. These platforms can offer access to therapists using smart phones, tablets, or other devices. For example, Talkspace, Betterhelp.

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