Mental Health Education

The Therapist Matchmaker: Research, Research, Research

Danielle Blyden
February 5, 2024
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We’re back with another blog entry (imagine me saying that in my "YouTube" voice. This week we'll guide you through the virtual jungle of therapy directories, online platforms, and referral networks. Learn more about how to navigate and research this vast marketplace and discover reliable resources for finding potential therapists.

Online directories and platforms in the last decade has made finding a therapist easier than ever!

However, the sheer volume of information and resources can feel overwhelming, particularly when you're trying to find the right fit.

Therapy Directories

There are various therapy directories available online. Here are some of the most reliable:

1. Psychology Today

As one of the most widely used directories, Psychology Today provides a comprehensive list of therapists based on your geographical location. You can further filter therapists by their areas of specialty, treatment approach, and other important criteria.

2. GoodTherapy

GoodTherapy stands out for its emphasis on ethical therapy. It offers resources for finding therapists, as well as a wealth of articles on mental health topics.

3. Network Therapy

This directory caters to a wide range of mental health professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and marriage and family therapists.

4. Theravive

Theravive focuses on connecting individuals with therapists who are dedicated to helping their clients to resolve issues, rather than just managing them.

5. The American Psychological Association (APA) Psychologist Locator

This directory allows users to find psychologists who meet specific criteria like gender, age, specialty, and languages spoken.

There are a few more directories that cater specifically to individuals from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds:

  1. Therapy for Black Girls: This online space is dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. The directory provides an accessible list of therapists who are committed to supporting the mental health needs of Black women and girls.
  2. Latinx Therapy: Founded by Adriana Alejandre, a licensed marriage and family therapist, Latinx Therapy provides a directory of Latinx therapists. It also offers a variety of bilingual resources, podcasts, and workshops that address mental health topics within the Latinx community.
  3. National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN): NQTTCN is a healing justice organization that works to transform mental health for queer and trans people of color in North America. They maintain a directory of mental health professionals who are committed to meeting the unique needs of these communities.
  4. Asian Mental Health Collective: This organization aims to normalize and de-stigmatize mental health within the Asian community. They provide a directory of therapists who identify as Asian and specialize in mental health.
  5. Inclusive Therapists: Inclusive Therapists offers a safer, simpler way to find a culturally responsive, social justice-oriented therapist. They celebrate all identities and abilities in all bodies, making it a valuable resource for people of color, queer and trans people, neurodivergent people, and people with disabilities.

Online Platforms

Online platforms not only offer directories but also include options for virtual therapy sessions:

  1. BetterHelp: BetterHelp offers affordable, private online counseling. Clients are matched with licensed therapists based on their needs and preferences.
  2. Talkspace: Talkspace is another online platform that provides therapy through messaging and video calls. The platform has a vast network of licensed therapists, making it a great resource for finding a therapist that fits your needs.
  3. Teladoc: Originally known for telemedicine, Teladoc now also offers online therapy. Clients can access services 24/7, connecting with licensed professionals.

Referral Networks

Referral networks can be an excellent source for finding a potential therapist. Often, these networks include professionals who've been vetted and are highly recommended by their peers:

  1. National Association of Social Workers (NASW): The NASW's referral network is a useful tool if you're looking for a social worker.
  2. The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT): The AAMFT's therapist locator is a good starting point if you're seeking a marriage and family therapist.
  3. The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT): ABCT's referral network focuses on therapists who specialize in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).
  4. National Association of Social Workers (NASW): The NASW's referral network is a useful tool if you're looking for a social worker.

While the virtual jungle of therapy directories, online platforms, and referral networks is huge. The more information you gather, the better your chances of finding a therapist who aligns with your needs and goals. Remember, the journey to finding the right therapist is as important as the therapy itself.

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