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This page outlines the main ways to find a therapist in the United States of America, along with some pros and cons of each website.

Overview[edit | edit source]

So far we have found 11 main links to find a therapist. They are the following:

Checklist for Finding a Therapist[edit | edit source]

When You Contact Them[edit | edit source]

  • Know what type of insurance you have
  • Ask what types of insurance they can accept
  • If you are not sure you can afford it, ask if they have a sliding scale of fees

Questions to Ask[edit | edit source]

  • Ask if they are licensed and how long they have been practicing
  • Ask what their expertise is in and whether they will be able to help with your specific concerns
  • Ask about fees and what types of insurance they accept
  • Ask what types of therapy they offer


For more information on how to choose a therapist check out this page from the APA: https://www.apa.org/topics/psychotherapy/choose-therapist

Pros/cons list of various Find-A-Therapist sites[edit | edit source]

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Description Pros Cons
TherapyByPro This website provides a list of counselors, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, treatment centers, and other mental health professionals based on zip code, city, state, or address in the United States. Pros:
  • Provides a robust search functionality based on therapist type, zip code, address, or specific condition
  • Has quizzes to provide insights for patients
  • Allows therapists the ability to provide high quality resources to help patients
  • A newer directory so there are opportunities for therapists to be found because of less competition
Cons:
  • TherapyByPro is a newer directory so there aren't as many therapists available as alternatives
International OCD Foundation This website provides a list of OCD-specific therapists, clinics, treatment programs, organizations and support groups based on zip code, city, state, country, or address. Pros:
  • Provides a wide range of search criteria, including specialty, gender, ethnicity, payment, and credentials
  • Comprehensive descriptions of providers and links to further information on their services
  • Gives a variety of mental health support resources, not just therapists
  • Gives a guide on how to search for help
  • Add Listing is a unique feature which allows clinicians for free to register as a professional member while ensuring you have licensure and credentials to be a good resource as an added therapist.
Cons:
  • Provides in depth informaton, but is specific to OCD and OCD-related disorders
Psychology Today Provides a comprehensive list of providers by zip code, insurance, specialty, and more. Also links to the provider’s profile with detailed information about their approach to treatment. Pros:
  • Lists by zip code, insurance, specialty, sexuality, gender, age, treatment option, faith
  • For each provider profile, has lots of information about their approach and what they focus on as well as contact information
Cons:
  • There is not a way to search for a therapist with a certain type of certification/licensing which makes it hard to find a clinical psychologist within the lists LPCs.
Network Therapy The website provides a comprehensive list of providers that are listed by zip code as well as other advanced specifiers (specialty, age of provider, etc.). Very thorough list of providers and other information about mental health. Pros:
  • Geographic Criteria: gives the option of zip code or city, county and within miles. They also give you the option to find a therapist by popular city or just state.
  • Advanced Criteria: can search for therapist by last name, service provided gives you 20 options or the “Any” option, practice specialty selection gives you 58 options or the “Any” option, age specialty gives you the options of: any, children, adolescents, adults or elders, treatment approach gives you a wide specific variety of 47 options or “Any”, demographic expertise gives you 16 options or “Any” option which includes race, religion, beliefs etc., Accepted Insurance gave you 76 options or “Any” option to choose from, Accepted Languages gave you 36 options or “Any.” You can refine therapist search or choose to do a new search if “No results were found that matched all of your Advanced Criteria. Some of your Advanced Criteria were dropped to produce the # result found. See below for details.
Cons:
  • Geographic Criteria: You can only include one zip code or location to look in.
  • Advanced Criteria:  There is no way for you to select more than one option from the drop down choices.
  • It gave me a therapist firm not the specific person just a place that has people fitting criteria but not who specifically fit that criteria there.
  • No way to search for certain type of therapist like psychologist, LPC etc. so I got a lot of MD or psychiatric nurses not clinical psychologist results.
TherapyRoute Automatically displays nearby mental health service providers and therapists based on your location. Pros:
  • Utilizes user friendly filters, e.g. Language and Therapist Identity, (Black, LGBT+, Gender)
  • Lists various types of providers, including psychologists, social workers, and psychiatrists (private, non-profit, and community)
  • Has high quality written resources about therapy
  • Displays providers who consult online if no nearby listings exist
Cons:
  • Not all areas offer equal coverage
  • The amount of information included in each listing varies greatly.
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry The website is more difficult to navigate than others and only lists name of provider but not any link to a website to look more into them. Pros:
  • The website can be viewed in Spanish
  • Has good fact/resource area for families
Cons:
  • Have to read through disclaimer that might be confusing if you don’t know its purpose
  • Can lookup by state or zip code but only get name of provider, sometimes an email, not much information about them or any link to a website
  • Only lists one provider in Chapel Hill zip code even though many more; thus more narrow listings
  • Very limited information about each provider
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Has a lot of resources about therapy, CBT, and guidelines for choosing a therapist as well as lists of providers. Pros
  • Has resources on the side such as FAQs, what is CBT, guidelines for choosing a therapist
  • http://www.abct.org/Help/ link has information about self-help items
  • Can search by zip code, state, speciality, insurance
Cons
  • Limited information about some providers
  • Most only list provider email, not their website
Anxiety and Depression Association of America Can lookup by zipcode, good map of providers and detailed information about the disorders that each provider works with, their website information, and the population they treat. Pros
  • Can lookup by zip code, good map of providers and detailed information about the disorders that each provider works with, their website information, and the population they treat.
Cons
  • Minimal information about provider but has link to website
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Really great resource to find behavioral health treatment centers and agency-centered treatment centers. Better suited to those with limited insurance or cost as a barrier to treatment. Pros:
  • Really great resource to find behavioral health treatment centers and agency-centered treatment centers. Better suited to those with limited insurance or cost as a barrier to treatment.
  • They also have a disaster crisis hotline: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline
  • Can search for VAs and buprenorphine providers
  • Filter for substance abuse, mental health, or both
Cons
  • Unable to search by specific concerns (i.e. search is limited to location and general concerns such as mental health versus substance abuse)
  • Little to no information about cost of services
American Psychological Association (APA) Very robust search tool, lots of information about the providers, their specialties, website for the provider Pros:
  • Lots of information given for each provider, their website, specialities
  • Lots of providers listed for areas
Cons
  • Limited information on cost of services or whether sliding scales are offered
TherapyTribe Database of providers including psychotherapists, relationship therapists, pain management, and Alzheimer's therapists. Includes provides in the US, UK, Australia, and Canada Pros:
  • Broad database with providers for relationship advice, pain management, anger management, Alzheimer's, addiction, and mental illness
  • Has an international reach including the US, UK, Australia, and Canada
Cons
  • Limited information on cost of services or whether sliding scales are offered

Other Low-Cost Options[edit | edit source]

  • Care For Your Mind:
    • A resource for navigating low-cost treatment
  • Find a Health Center:
    • A resource for finding an HRSA-funded provider near you, whose priority is to provide quality care regardless of one's ability to afford services.
  • Open Path Collective:
    • Find a therapist near you who provides affordable care both in-person and online.
  • BetterHelp:
    • Professional counseling that is accessible, affordable, and convenient.
  • Feeling Kinda Blue:
    • A free online community where individuals who are living with mental illnesses can seek support and resources.
  • 7 Cups:
    • A free online resource where you can connect with caring listeners (both volunteer and professional) for emotional support.