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How to find the right therapist: Sources

When you're looking for the right therapist, where do you look? I've put together a list of the most reliable and trusted sources. So come on in, you've come to the right place!

If you're comfortable, ask your friends and family. Sometimes your cousin sees a person who'd be a great fit for you. That wouldn't be weird. You're probably not going to even mention your cousin in session. But sometimes your mom wants you to see her therapist - that's probably a no for me. Likelihood you'll mention your mom in session? 100%.

If you're using insurance, ask your insurance company for a list of providers. They have to keep track of the providers they allow "in network". You can access this info online usually, but you can also call and ask if you just love speaking to your insurance company.

If you're looking for a specialist, look into the large organizations. Not all therapists are the same. Not all therapists treat the same things. If you need a specialist, or if they have extra letters after their name, you can find them by the people who gave them those letters. Most associations or organizations have a directory. Some of the ones I use to refer out are listed below:

Postpartum Support International

Association for Play Therapy

American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT)

If you need someone cheap, check out Open Path Collective. Open Path Collective uses a sliding scale to allow therapists to fill vacancies with some income, and allows clients to access help that would otherwise be out of their budget.

If you need someone local or need a group, check out TherapyDen. TherapyDen has listings for local therapist, and therapy groups which is unique to them! They have a blog and a TikTok that are full of humor and wisdom. It's one of my favorite therapists to follow!

If you need someone affirming (LGBTQ+), try OutCare. These folks do a great job of vetting all providers, all the way from your Family Medical doctors, to specialists like Chiropractors and OBGYNs. Mental health is obviously on the list as well.

If you need someone within the BIPOC community, use inclusive directories! This gal does a wonderful job of listing them, so I'll just link her wonderful article here.

I hope this list was a good place to start if you've never looked, are currently looking, or might be looking soon. Let me know if you've found other places!

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