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Best Therapist-Finder Resources

When it comes to finding a therapist online, there are many places you can look. The process can feel overwhelming, especially when you do not know how to start. You want to connect with the right person for you, and the right platform makes that significantly easier.

The mental health industry has come a long way in the last several years. Whether you want to work with someone face-to-face, online, or a mix of both, there are many platforms that are here to help. In this article, we have compiled a list of the top 10 therapist directories. Let’s get started!

1. Mental Treat

Mental Treat is a modern platform with an intuitively clear design. We are a one-stop shop that helps you find a professional therapist or use a matching algorithm, schedule a session, and even pay (coming soon!). Mental Treat is an easy-to-use, affordable, and friendly website dedicated to making adequate mental health accessible for all.

There are great filters that help you find the right professional for you. You can search by price, distance, specialty, and more!

Looking for a more precise match? Our new matching feature allows you to answer questions to get matched with a therapist who best suits your needs.

We also have an insurance matching program but do not worry, you may find a professional even if you do not have insurance. The best part: it is just as easy as signing up for a social network as it is to engage with Mental Treat!

Mental Treat is free for clients to use and therapists are able to set their own prices. The basic listing for therapists is free as well.

2. Psychology Today

Psychology Today has an extensive list of treatment centers, support groups, psychiatrists, and therapists. These practitioners are located across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

Their blog offers many insights into the world of mental health. However, since they are such a big provider, it can be difficult to find a therapist who suits your specific needs best. Pay close attention to the credentials therapists post since the directory can include some trainee or even unlicensed clinicians.

The cost is free for therapy-seekers, and therapists set their own price for sessions.

3. Zencare

Zencare is another example of a great online resource. They provide video introductions for each therapist on their platform so clients can get a better feel for them. Every therapist on their platform is background checked, interviewed, and approved by the entire team. Similar to Mental Treat, they provide filters so you find the larger right fit for you.

However, they only work with therapists in New York City, Boston, and Rhode Island, making their client base pretty limited.

The website is free for those looking for a therapist while the cost per session is based on the provider and insurance prices.

4. ZocDoc

ZocDoc prompts therapy-seekers to fill out a form after a visit. This provides them with feedback on topics such as bedside manner and wait time. With ZocDoc’s extensive platform, you can have all of your medical providers and insurance information in one place.

However, since it is such a broad platform, it is not specifically designed for people trying to find therapists, so there is less of a personalized fit. Not every doctor can afford to be part of ZocDoc, so the in-network therapist numbers are pretty limited. These steep enrollment fees are major deterrents for therapists, especially those in private practice.

ZocDoc is free for clients, again with the cost of sessions ranging based on provider.

5. My Wellbeing

My Wellbeing is specifically designed for patients and therapists in New York City. Potential clients are asked to fill out a survey to determine what they are looking for in a therapist and My Wellbeing takes that information and connects them with a therapist.

Because their team is small, they are able to provide specific recommendations and provide better rates than the New York City average. Although, they are limited by only operating in New York City. There is no way for clients to see therapists before they are recommended to someone.

My Wellbeing is free for therapy seekers and the sessions vary in price based on the provider.

6. Lighthouse

Lighthouse is a directory specifically geared towards the LGBTQ+ community in New York City. To ensure success, the Lighthouse team vets each provider to ensure they have the adequate training and experience to care for LGBTQ+ clients.

As of now, they only operate in New York City. As they are a niche (but crucial) directory, they do not fit everyone’s needs. Lighthouse is accessible (free) for therapy seekers with sessions ranging in price based on different providers.

7. Maven Clinic

Maven Clinic is a women-focused online platform that assists mothers (and families) from conception through postpartum. They have a mobile app and website that provide a directory of practitioners in the women’s health field with ranging specialties. For women seeking help during these massive periods, this is a great resource. They provide video chatting so that new parents or soon-to-be parents do not have to travel to an office for consultations and prescriptions.

Since this is an e-counseling service, the client-therapist relationship is limited. Maven Clinic also does not accept any health insurance, making it inaccessible to some. Prescriptions are also only available to people in certain states.

Cost breakdown: $70 for a 40-minute therapy session or $90 for a 30-minute session with a psychiatric nurse practitioner.

8. BetterHelp

BetterHelp is another example of an e-counseling platform. Potential patients fill out a questionnaire and the BetterHelp algorithm matches them with a therapist. Patients have the option of being anonymous, even to their therapist.

You have access to a 24/7 chatroom where you are able to leave messages for your therapist. Being remote means a level of convenience for chatting with your therapist from anywhere. However, some therapists struggle to diagnose clients they only meet remotely. Others do not feel comfortable providing only remote therapy since these patients are often at a higher risk of suicidal thoughts.

The cost to be involved with BetterHelp is $35-$85 depending on your plan.

9. Doctor on Demand

Doctor on Demand connects patients with doctors through video calls 24/7. For more minor problems, it saves people a trip to a minute clinic or urgent care. You will not have to sit in a waiting room (which is a huge perk). This is very helpful if you need a quick medical referral or are traveling. Clients may access remote therapy.

However, only certain employer health plans are accepted in-network, so you would need to check if you are included. Similar to BetterHelp, there is a risk when therapists try to diagnose clients they have only met remotely.

As for price, Doctor on Demand charges $75 for a 15-minute session with a medical doctor. It is between $79 for a 25-minute consultation with a psychologist and $119 for a 50-minute session. It is $229 for a 45-minute consultation with a psychiatrist and $99 for a 15-minute follow-up appointment.

10. GoodTherapy

GoodTherapy is another online directory for connecting clients with therapists. They have a blog called “Psychpedia” that has a very extensive list of prognoses in mental health. Clients can use filters to find the right therapist for them.

It can be particularly difficult to navigate the GoodTherapy website since it is so large. Clients also do not have the opportunity to schedule an introductory appointment with a therapist, so they can only call or send a message.

As for cost, GoodTherapy is free for users, and the cost of sessions will vary based on the therapist.

A Word From Mental Treat

Starting therapy is a major step towards regaining control over your mental health. When you are ready for this step, we hope you will try Mental Treat. Explore the rest of our blog and platform to find more information on what a therapist is, what it will cost you, and how to find the right match. As always, take care, and be well.

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