When faced with a personal conflict, relationship or family troubles, or a mental health condition such as depression, stress, or anxiety, many people turn to a therapist for help. A therapist is a person who has received training to help treat mental or physical health problems. In the context of psychology, a therapist is a person who is trained and licensed to practice psychotherapy. There are a few different ways to find a good therapist near you.
Online directories: There are a number of online directories that list therapists in your area. These directories allow you to filter your search by location, specialty, insurance, and other criteria.
Some of the most commonly used online search tools include:
- Psychology Today
- Therapy for Black Girls
- American Psychological Association
- American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
- Association of LGBTQ+ Psychiatrists
Word-of-mouth: Ask your friends, family, or doctor for recommendations. They may know of a therapist who is a good fit for you.
Your insurance company: Many insurance companies have a list of therapists in their network. You can contact your insurance company to get a list of providers.
Explore local resources
If you’re part of a specific community, some resources may be available. Some examples include: