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I am glad you are here because the path you are on to better your mental health with the help of a professional therapist is the best thing you can invest in.
Unfortunately, finding a therapist that can see you weekly or monthly is not as easy as it sounds for some people.
Let me help take some of the burdens off your shoulders and stress off your mind and guide you through a few steps to make this easier.
How To Find A New Therapist
There are a handful of ways to find your therapist online, from googling therapists around you to downloading a therapy app and letting them help guide you through the process they have created.
Before you do any of that, let me take you through some steps you should do on your own so you are best prepared to succeed:
- Find a type of therapy you connect with. If you are unsure, most people start with talk therapy.
- Come up with a monthly budget. Ideally, your insurance will cover the entire cost, but if that is not possible, find an amount of money you can invest in your mental health and overall happiness.
- Think of the main reasons you are seeking a therapist’s guidance. It’s ok if you can’t pinpoint things exactly, but try to find a general answer that you can confidently give to your potential therapist to help them understand your goals.
1. Google search
A simple way to see what therapists and therapy offices (usually multiple therapists in one building) are available is to type “therapists around me” into Google.
The search will show you all of the business profiles and exact locations of the therapy businesses within driving/walking/transit of you. Along with seeing their precise location, there will also be a direct link to their website and easy access to their email.
Using Google search is the best way to find a therapist if you want to have in-person therapy sessions.
Follow our guide on how to email a therapist for the first time when choosing this option.
2. Online therapy platforms
Online therapy platforms/apps are a growing resource in the mental health help realm that allows you to have your therapist with you no matter where you are.
These are a few of the top online therapy platforms.
BetterHelp is an online therapy platform that offers access to licensed therapists through messaging, phone, and video sessions. The pricing for BetterHelp therapy ranges from $60 to $90 per week, depending on the plan chosen. The company also offers financial aid for those who qualify and allows clients to switch therapists anytime.
Calmerry is an online therapy platform that connects clients with licensed therapists through messaging and video sessions. The pricing for Calmerry therapy ranges from $42 to $60 per week, depending on the plan chosen. Calmerry also offers a satisfaction guarantee and allows clients to switch therapists anytime.
Online-Therapy.com is an online therapy platform offering cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) programs, including messaging with a licensed therapist, worksheets, and interactive tools. The pricing for Online-Therapy.com ranges from $31.96 to $79.95 per week, depending on the plan chosen. The company also offers a free 14-day trial and financial aid for those who qualify and allows clients to switch therapists anytime.
Talkspace is an online therapy platform that offers messaging, video, and audio sessions with licensed therapists. The pricing for Talkspace therapy ranges from $65 to $99 per week, depending on the plan chosen. The company also offers free consultation and financial aid for those who qualify and allows clients to switch therapists anytime.
3. Online directories
Online directories are websites that list singular therapists or practices with multiple therapists in them to help you find the right therapist for you.
Online directories in Canada
Online directories in USA
To see a new therapist, it’s simplest to ask the therapist that you have to recommend someone else. Tell your current therapist you want to expand and see try someone new.
You can tell your therapist at the end of your last therapy session with them, or you can email them the news and thank them for their time with you.
Yes, it is perfectly normal to switch therapists until you find the right therapist for you.
The best way to approach a new therapist is to email them. Let them know that you are currently seeing another therapist but would like to move on from them. Tell them why it is not working with the current therapist.