Resource Guide – Therapist

by KL on July 23, 2010

How to Find a Good Therapist or Psychiatrist

We have prepared a collection of resource guides that present answers to some of the most frequently asked questions at our meetings. Our goal is to give you a quick overview and a starting point for exploring the subject on your own.

Q. How can I find a good therapist or psychiatrist? Are there free or sliding scale options? What should I look for?

A. You should first decide what type of mental health professional you need: psychiatrist, psychologist, counselor, social worker, etc. Next, ask for recommendations from your family, friends, primary care physician, employment assistance program, support group and other community resources. Be sure to interview the therapists you’re considering regarding their qualifications, treatment approaches, fees, insurance coverage and other considerations that are important to you. Most professionals offer a sliding scale option. Use the article listed below if you need help with finding payment options.

Articles, Videos and Other Resources on How to Find a Therapist

Finding a Mental Health Specialist: What to Look For and Questions to Ask
This a long article that gives a complete overview of the subject. The matrix illustrating the differences among the various types of mental health practitioners is very helpful.

How to Find a Good Therapist: A Simple How-to Guide
This book is available online or in print form. It gives detailed instructions for every aspect of finding an appropriate mental health professional.

Tips for Finding a Good Therapist
This is a very good, short and simple overview of the topic. It presents an explanation of client and therapist rights, an aspect of the counseling relationship that is frequently overlooked. The links to YouTube videos are very useful.

Choosing a Psychotherapist
This is an excellent six minute video that gives a comprehensive answer for those who prefer to visual/audio presentations instead of reading instructions.

Psych Central – How to Choose a Therapist

Psych Central is a privately owned mental health portal and social network. It provides a rich selection of resources on all aspects mental health. It’s medical condition focused articles and forums are excellent for in-depth exploration. You will find lots of articles and discussions on the topic of finding, choosing and working with a therapist.

Find a Therapist Directories

Find-A-Therapist, Inc.

1-866-450-FIND (1-866-450-3463)

This is a for-profit company that provides therapist and treatment program directories along with articles and forums.

Therapist Directories
This site provides links to six online therapist directories from various mental health organizations and publications. is an international association of counselors, therapists, and psychologists. You can search their member directory.

The Therapy Directory (powered by Psychology Today)
This is directory of licensed psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker, marriage and family therapist or counselor in the US or Canada who have signed up to participate in this directory.

Paying for Therapy

Mental health care for the uninsured
This answer is somewhat dated but many of the resources and suggestion are still valid.

How to Pay for Mental Health Services
This short article addresses the question of how to get mental health services when you’re uninsured. In addition to some common sense advice it also includes a list of organizations that might help.