I Need to See a Psychiatrist/Therapist. How Can I Find One?

Psychotherapeutic services require a very personal connection with a provider, and it is not uncommon for someone to not “connect” with various providers. The important thing is to find one that you/your loved one trusts and where you feel “heard” by the provider. Keep in mind that it can take some trial-and-error to find the right treatment team.

In the meantime, you may want to consider the following resources for finding a mental health provider:

  • Psychology Today offers a “Find a Therapist” link on the site. Individuals should verify with their insurance company once they have identified a provider to confirm coverage.
  • e-Psychiatry provides express online consultations with fee-or-service psychiatrists and therapists by telephone and/or videoconference as well as a “Schedule a Visit” online appointment function. Typically, will call back same or next day to schedule appointment after receiving online request for consultation. 
  • Open Counseling is an organization whose mission is to make counseling affordable for all. Provides lists of resources on attaining accessible care and counseling resources for therapists and centers. Website indicates if providers listed are accepting new clients which updates regularly. Many of the listed providers list their rates. 
  • Open Path is a non-profit nationwide network of mental health professionals connects people in genuine financial need with private therapists who can lower their costs per session. Open Path requires initial, one-time “lifetime” membership fee of $59. You can reach Open Path at (800) 268-2833.
  • Theravive provides a resource directory for low-cost therapists, listed by state. Also provides listing on credentialed providers of e-counseling (phone, email, webcam or messaging.) Theravive is available in the U.S. and Canada. 
  • BetterHelp provides affordable online counseling/therapy ($60–90/week) for individuals, couples and teens. Sessions may be live chat, phone and/or video. Offers advice and articles on most mental health conditions including anger, grief, bullying and more. Their website has a “Category List” to choose from under the advice tab.
  • American Association of Pastoral Counselors helps find pastoral counseling from a trained minister, rabbi, priest, and imams. Usually, free of charge. Maintains a “Find a Psychotherapist” directory under “Directory” tab on the site. 
  • MiResource is an online referral list to services that connects users to the best therapist and specific needed resources such as preferred payment method, location, language, availability, modalities used, conditions treated and much more. 

Psychologists 

  • American Psychological Association is the largest scientific and professional organization of psychologists in the U.S. Members include scientists, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. 
  • Doctor on Demand is an online telehealth service including behavioral health treatment. Individuals should verify participation in their health plan. For psychotherapeutic services: cost is @$130 for 25 min consultation; @$180 for a 50-min consultation. For psychiatric services: cost is @$300 for initial 45-min consultation; @$130 for a 15-min follow-up. 
  • BetterHelp provides affordable online counseling/therapy ($60–90/week) for individuals, couples and teens. Sessions may be live chat, phone and/or video. Offers advice and articles on most mental health conditions including anger, grief, bullying and more. Website has a “Category List” to choose from under the advice tab. 

Psychiatrists  

  • Psychology Today offers a “Find a Psychiatrist” link on the site. Individuals should verify with their insurance company once they have identified a provider to confirm coverage. 
  • Doctor on Demand is an online telehealth service including behavioral health treatment. Individuals should verify participation in their health plan. For psychotherapeutic services: cost is @$130 for 25 min consultation; @$180 for a 50-min consultation. For psychiatric services: cost is @$300 for initial 45-min consultation; @$130 for a 15-min follow-up. 
  • e-Psychiatry provides express online consultations with fee-or-service psychiatrists and therapists by telephone and/or videoconference as well as a “Schedule a Visit” online appointment function. Typically, will call back same or next day to schedule appointment after receiving online request for consultation.

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