Find a Therapist
Questions You May Want to Ask a Therapist:
- What are your credentials and academic qualifications?
- Are you licensed by the state and how long have you been in practice?
- What populations do you serve(elderly, GBLTQ+, children, teens, adults, etc.)?
- What do you specialize in (depression, relationships, etc.)?
- How long is a typical therapeutic session and how often?
- What are the office hours and policy on cancellation of appointments?
- Will I have access to my records and a copy for my files?
- What is your fee?
- Do you accept insurance and what kind?
These are some websites where you can find the best therapist for you:
For Referrals To Affordable Community Mental Health Services:
Mental Health America of the Heartland www.mhah.org is an excellent resource for information about local programs and services including affordable treatment services .
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Health Information Network (SHIN) has a Mental Health Facilities Locator that can also help you find community outpatient, inpatient and residential treatment facilities, including affordable mental health services in your area.
The SAMHSA Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator and the SAMHSA 24/7 Treatment and Referral line at 1.800.662.4357 provide referrals to alcohol, substance abuse and dual diagnosis treatment facilities, including facilities that offer sliding scale fees and other special payment arrangements. Dual diagnosis services provide integrated treatment for individuals who have both an alcohol or substance abuse problem and a mental illness. Use the detailed search option on the left hand side of the page to find the facilities that most closely match your needs.
Rehab Locator offers a searchable database for drug and alcohol rehab centers.
Universities or teaching hospitals may also be a source of low-cost or free treatment services.
For Referral To Individual Mental Health Providers:
You can use Psychology Today’s Therapy Directory to search for mental health professionals in your area. You can search by zip code, city, last name, etc. For each provider listed, you can read about their therapy approach, specialty areas, information about their fees including whether they accept insurance and whether they offer sliding scale fees, as well as their credentials and contact information. There are a variety of options for sorting your results to find providers who most closely match your needs. You can also send them an initial e-mail.
Theravive provides a searchable directory of licensed therapists who seek to make mental health counseling safe and easily accessible.
The Medicare Physician Compare can assist you in finding a physician who is enrolled in Medicare.
Your state Medicaid office, whose contact information can be found using the map on the National Association of State Medicaid Directors site, may be able to assist you in finding a provider who accepts Medicaid.
There are a number of professional provider associations and other national organizations that provide treatment referral services. These organizations are listed below with links to their websites.
Professional Provider Associations That Provide Treatment Referral Services Include:
- American Counseling Association
- American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
- American Association of Pastoral Counselors
- American Medical Association
- American Psychiatric Association’s Choosing a Psychiatrist (PDF)
- American Psychological Association
- American Residential Treatment Association
- Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
- National Association of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapists
- National Association of Social Workers
- National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology
Professional Provider Organizations That Serve Specific Audiences Include:
- American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
- American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
- American Association of Children’s Residential Centers(Note:You can sort list of member treatment centers by state and reach the national office by calling 877-332-2272 )
- Association of Black Psychologists
- Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists
- Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
- National Medical Associationat 1-800-662-0554 (Physician Locator Service maintains a list of African American psychiatrists)
- Self Reliance Foundation/Acceso Hispano800-473-3003
Other Organizations That Offer Specialized Treatment Referral Services Included:
- ANAD(National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders) A description of various types of therapy used in treating people with eating disorders is found at the following link Therapy Information
- AllTreatment.comis an aggregator that provides a number of listings for substance use treatment facilities.
- Anxiety Disorders Association of America: Treatment Centers
- ATTACh at 866-453-8224 (Association for Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children offers treatment referrals for children with attachment disorder)
- Attention Deficit Disorder Association
- Autism Society of America
- The Balanced Mind Foundation(formerly the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation)
- Behavioral Tech, LLC(treatment referrals for borderline personality disorder)
- Brain Injury Association of Americaand http://www.biausa.org/state-affiliates.htm (list of their state offices)
- Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance(patient to patient recommendation section)
- Freedom from Fear(treatment referrals for anxiety and depression; Use the Finding Help/Resources option on the left hand side of the home page)
- Give an Hour( a non-profit organization offering free mental health services for returning Veterans and their loved ones through a network of mental health professionals who volunteer their time)
- Hospice Foundation of Americaat 1-800-868-5171(grief counseling)
- International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation(See Find a Doctor Online under “Information and Resources” on right-hand side of the home page)
- International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation
- Male Survivor(treatment referrals for men who have been sexually abused)
- National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder(Dept. of Veterans Affairs PTSD Information Center offers information about ptsd and its treatment. Look for box on the right hand side of the page “Where to Get Help” to access the section of the site with links to the VA facilities locator and other informational resources)
- National Center for Trauma-Informed Care
- National Eating Disorders Association
- National Hospice and Palliative Care Organizationat 1-800-658-8898 (grief counseling)
- Postpartum Support International(Use the Find Local Support, Resources, and Events option to find contact information for the State Coordinator for your state to get a list of psychiatrists and therapists in your area who specialize in reproductive-related mood disorders in women of all ages).
- Rape Abuse and Incest National Network(counseling centers throughout the U.S.)
- S.A.F.E. Alternatives(treatment referrals for self injury)
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network(You can go to Finding Help for Sexually Abused Children and click on the National Network Members page option, to search by state for programs in your area.)
- TARAat 1-888-482-7227 (Treatment and Research Advancements National Association for Personality Disorder; treatment referrals for borderline personality disorder)
- TRICARE(mental health services for military personnel and their families)
- U.S. Vets(a non-profit organization that helps homeless veterans access mental health and substance abuse services along with housing and other community supports to achieve successful reintegration into the community. Current locations include California, Texas, Arizona, Washington DC, Nevada, and Hawaii)