4 easy ways to find the therapist best for you

Find therapists best matched to your needs. Always free and confidential.
Find therapists best matched to your needs. Always free and confidential.

It takes courage to seek help. Every year, more than thirty million Americans go to therapy to improve their lives (that’s more than the entire populations of every state except for California).

Finding a therapist is harder than finding any other medical professional. That is because therapy works when you feel a personal connection with your therapist. Fortunately, there are now resources to match you to the therapists and counselors who are right for you.

4 ways to find the therapist best for you:

1. Talk to friends and family. You’d be surprised to find out how many of your loved ones have been to therapy themselves. These people understand who you are on a deeper level, and can often refer you to a therapist who you’re likely to connect with. Read a few tips about how to talk openly about mental health.

2. Use a free matching service like Mental Health Match. Mental Health Match is a free, confidential service that will match you to the therapists and counselors who best meet your needs. Answer a questionnaire about your needs (including your budget and insurance), and then view profiles of licensed, vetted therapists who are right for you. Discover your therapist matches today.

3. Ask your primary care provider. Therapists often network with other health professionals, including family physicians, nurse practitioners, and OBGYNs. They often have lists of therapists they refer their patients to. If you’re having trouble finding a therapist online, ask the provider you usually see for healthcare.

4. Review resources from your employer or university. Many employers offer Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) that help employees navigate healthcare. These programs can help you find a therapist. Similarly, colleges and universities often have health centers that include a mental health professional. Even if they are not the right therapist for you, you can ask these resources for a referral.

Once you’ve started your research, you’ll want to look for a therapist who has expertise in what you are experiencing, is convenient and affordable, and has a style that meshes with your needs. Read this article for more tips about what to look for in a therapist.

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