September 22, 2018
Finding a therapist is fairly simple. Simply googling “How to find a therapist” will give you access to many platforms that reveal what counselors are in your area. It’s important to know that not all counselors are LPC’s or Licensed Professional Counselors. Some counselors specialize in couples and families and are otherwise known as LMFT’s, or Licensed Marriage and Family Counselors. LCDC’s are Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors and they work with clients dealing with substance use. LCSW’s are Licensed Clinical Social Workers and they are social workers, who provide social work based mental health therapy. It is important to figure out what exactly you are going to therapy for because that will determine which kind of therapist you seek.
Websites I usually recommend for finding a therapist are Psychology Today and/or Good Therapy. Both sites help you find a therapist by simply entering your zip code. The search results will provide a profile picture of each clinician, their credentials, biography, therapeutic approach, insurance accepted, cost per session, website (if they have one), contact information, and specialty. Psychology Today and Good Therapy make looking for a therapist less overwhelming because you can find plenty of therapists within your zip code in one place.
No insurance? No problem! Seeing a therapist is still a possibility even if you don’t have insurance. Below, I give you two ways to see a therapist without insurance.
Talkspace is an online therapy company. Although I would rather see my therapist in person, some people feel that is awkward or uncomfortable. If you feel that way, Talkspace may be perfect for you. Once you create an account with Talkspace, you take an assessment that is used to match you with a therapist. Next, you choose your payment plan. Unlimited Messaging Therapy allows you to message your therapist, any time, any day for $49 a week. To put that in perspective, I see my therapist once a week for $50 per session. LiveTalk Therapy includes live video and audio sessions with your therapist for $79 a week. TalkSpace even provides online couples counseling for $79 a week as well. The average cost per session to see a therapist if you don’t have insurance is $100, so Talkspace offers a solid discount.
University Counseling Centers
Most college campuses have a counseling center available to students for free. If you’re a student, take advantage of this! You are most likely already paying for it in your tuition anyway. If you live in Texas, you already know that there are PLENTY of University’s here and I know that much of my audience is still in school. I highly suggest getting in contact with your University’s counseling center if you have been thinking about therapy but don’t have the money to invest in it right now.
So what if you don’t have insurance and you’re not a student? Many therapists offer a sliding scale. A sliding scale is a fee arrangement between the counselor and client in which the counselor allows the client to pay for what they can afford. If you don’t have insurance, you’re not a student, and would like to see a therapist in person, search for one with a sliding scale and create a payment plan with your therapist during the first session. Finding a therapist takes a little effort, but has a big payoff. If you have any specific questions about finding a therapist and/or the therapeutic process, feel free to email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will assist you in any way I can!
The Life Therapist