You want professional help but feel as though you have no idea where to start? Well, I am here to start. The resources I’ll be listing today is extensive but not exhaustive. I know that finding mental health clinicians can feel like a game of “Where’s Waldo?” so my hope is to alleviate some of that frustration many of you are feeling. For individuals in smaller or rural areas, who may be differently abled, or have unreliable or no transportation, if you find a clinician, do not hesitate to ask if they offer teletherapy or distance therapy which is generally done through video.
- If you are employed reach out to your supervisor or human resources and find out if there is an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). It varies by organization however many will offer a set number of sessions for free. After that, they should be able to provide you with a list of other clinicians in your area.
- If you have health insurance, contact them and ask them to provide you with a list of clinicians that are in-network as well as how many sessions they will cover and if you will have a co-pay of any sort.
- If you are in college/university or live near one, find out if they have a counseling center. Students generally are able to receive services for no costs. If the school accepts community clients, they may have a sliding scale or nominal fee. They may also have groups or connections to other community resources.
- If you have a primary care physician, ask them for a referral or recommendations. Check with local hospitals as well for referrals and to see what support groups they may offer the community.
- Psychology Today is probably one of the largest resources where one can search for mental health providers.
- Similarly, Therapy Den is another large directory for mental health clinicians.
- Open Path provides a directory of therapists who provide both in-person and online assistance at a discounted rate; between $30-$80. (there is a one-time fee of $59 to become a member)
- Two popular online options, Talkspace & BetterHelp that provide therapeutic services solely through text, video, and voice calls.
Below, I’m listing resources for generally underrepresented populations however you do not have to identify with one of these identities. However, it is important for me to note that oftentimes the issues we face are exasperated by our race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, and religion and we either need an individual to help us who shares one or more of those identities or has a demonstrated track record of understanding those cultural nuances.
https://www.nqttcn.com/directory (National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network)
Again, this is not an exhaustive list however I believe it will be a great starting point for many of you. When we meet again, we’ll discuss questions you should ask a clinician to see if you all will be a good fit and some ways to start working on your mental health if you’re not quite ready to work with a professional.
Until next time, Ade. xoxo!