Finding a therapist can be overwhelming, even with a referral from your doctor. The options seem endless when you type “finding a therapist in _____” into Google. Whether you have private insurance or are responsible for paying for mental health services on your own, it takes a bit of searching to find a therapist that accepts your insurance. You may also feel lost, alone, confused, or even scared in the process. These are normal feelings to have, and you must know where to get the assistance you need.
As May is mental health awareness month, we’ve decided to provide some initial resources to help you find privately insured therapists. Please consider that we have not rated these organizations, so as always, do your due diligence, ask the appropriate questions and make sure it’s a good fit. However, we also recommend that you evaluate your benefits so you can access care. Don’t forget to ask for reduced or low-cost therapy sessions. The sites below will help you connect to mental health therapists.
The directory lists clinical professionals, psychiatrists, and treatment centers providing mental health services. Their directory reaches 20 countries. Find a therapist in your community based on your preferences
2. Good Therapy
Similar to Psychology Today, they have a directory of clinical professionals. Find a therapist in your community based on your preferences
Find your ideal therapist of color and boost your wellness journey with content written by and for people of color.
Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. Find a great therapist for Black girls in your area.
Find a therapist that celebrates all identities and receive care from therapists who get you. They celebrate all identities and abilities in all bodies. They believe all people deserve equal access to quality mental healthcare.
South Asian Mental Health Initiative and Network, SAMHIN, addresses a broad range of mental health needs of the growing South Asian community in the United States. SAMHIN is a team of dedicated, multifaceted, determined, and passionate individuals from all walks of life with a strong desire to help uncover and fight mental illness in the South Asian community. Access a network of providers and resources.
Latinx Therapy’s mission is to destigmatize mental health in the Latinx community. Since then, they have expanded to become a bilingual podcast and national directory to find a Latinx Therapist (98% of their directory are Spanish speakers). Latinx Therapy strives to provide culturally-grounded workshops and services to our community.
Virtual Outpatient Counseling
Talkspace is an online therapy platform that provides users the confidential support of a licensed therapist through an easy-to-use and HIPAA-compliant app. Most insurance accepted.
Online App, Counselors specialize in LGBTQIA+ community. Some insurance accepted.
10. Better Help
BetterHelp offers access to licensed, trained, experienced, and accredited psychologists (PhD / PsyD), marriage and family therapists (LMFT), clinical social workers (LCSW / LMSW), and board licensed professional counselors (LPC). Most insurance accepted.
11. Ayana Therapy
Online mental health therapy for marginalized & intersectional communities. Their therapist community is diverse and is made up of many different races, ethnicities, cultures, genders, sexual orientations, and religions.
Additional Mental Health Resources for QBIPOC
Dr. Jennifer Mullan creates spaces for people and organizations to heal. She believes that it is essential to create a dialogue to address how mental health is deeply affected by systemic inequities and the trauma of oppression, particularly the well-being of Queer Indigenous Black Brown People of Color (QIBPOC). She focuses on decolonizing therapy. She does 1:1 work as well as trainings, etc.
13. QTPOC Support
Queer, Trans, People Of Color
QTPOC Mental Health is a grassroots trans-led organization with the stated mission of “creating online and offline spaces for trans & queer people of color to practice being their whole selves” founded by Dom Chatterjee. QTPOC Mental Health exists to “connect trans and queer people of color to resources, including each other, and create online and in real life support.”
Join their Facebook Group
National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network NQTTCN
National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) is a healing justice organization committed to transforming mental health for queer and trans people of color (QTPoC). They work at the intersection of movements for social justice and the field of mental health to integrate healing justice into both of these spaces. Their overall goal is to increase access to healing justice resources for QTPoC.
Black Emotional And Mental Health Collective
They are a collective of advocates, yoga teachers, artists, therapists, lawyers, religious leaders, teachers, psychologists, and activists committed to the emotional/mental health and healing of Black communities. Their mission is to remove the barriers that Black people experience getting access to or staying connected with emotional health care and healing. They do this through education, training, advocacy, and the creative arts.
At this time, most therapists are offering remote services only. If you are interested in meeting with a counselor in person, post-COVID, finding a counselor in your community through one of the ways shared above is likely the best option for you.
Be sure to bookmark this list because as we collect more resources, we’ll constantly update it. Know a resource that’s not on this list? Please send us an email through Frantzces@blackgirlventures.org.