Mental Health: How to Find a Mental Health Therapist
How to Find a Mental Health Therapist
Therapy (also known as psychotherapy or talk therapy) is a treatment provided by a licensed mental health professional in a one-to-one, group, family, or couples setting.
The goal of therapy is to guide you in exploring, coping, and/or changing emotions, thoughts, or behaviors that are preventing you from living the life you want.
Therapy is usually provided in person. It may also be delivered remotely through the use of phone or video technology. This may also be referred to as telemental health, teletherapy, or online therapy.
You may find it challenging to find a therapist that meets your needs. Use the resources below to help you find a provider.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has links to many professional and advocacy organizations with directories or locators on their websites for mental health care professionals.
The Psychology Today website allows you to easily search for a therapist by your city or zip code or the name of the therapist. They include a drop-down menu that allows you to search by type of therapy.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)has an interactive map that allows you to search for substance use or mental health treatment by address, city, or zip code.
Or you can try the following:
Look to your company's EAP (Employee Assistant Program).
Check your medical insurance company website or call them to ask for a list of providers.
Ask your doctor for recommendations.
Ask someone you trust - a friend, family member, or clergy person.
We recommend talking to the therapist to get an idea of their approach to therapy, as well as their background and experience. For some suggestions from the NIMH, you can read the section: What to Consider When Looking for a Therapist on their website.
You may want to ask if they accept medical insurance. Many do, however, there are others who do not. In those cases, you are responsible for payment.
Once you find your therapist, your work is just beginning. It will take some time to develop a relationship with them. You’ll work together to determine the best way for you to “feel better.”
At times, therapist-patient relationships can be challenging. You may not feel like you’re getting the support you need or that you’re progressing. Make sure you’re open and honest with your therapist including the possibility of choosing another one.
Your Goodpath coach can also provide support and suggestions.