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Find a Therapist

Questions You May Want to Ask a Therapist:

  1. What are your credentials and academic qualifications?
  2. Are you licensed by the state and how long have you been in practice?
  3. What populations do you serve(elderly, GBLTQ+, children, teens, adults, etc.)?
  4. What do you specialize in (depression, relationships, etc.)?
  5. How long is  a typical therapeutic session and how often?
  6. What are the office hours and policy on cancellation of appointments?
  7. Will I have access to my records and a copy for my files?
  8. What is your fee?
  9. 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 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.

Other Organizations That Offer Specialized Treatment Referral Services Included: