Whenever I need to find a new doctor, I feel overwhelmed. Who should I go to? How do I know they will be good? By the time I’m done looking, I often don’t want to go to said doctor anymore.

Looking for a therapist can certainly feel this way. While it is often best to get a referral from someone you trust, we sometimes do not want to tell people that we are seeking therapy.

Here are a few tips on how to find a therapist.

5 Ways to Find a Therapist

  1. Use Psychology Today.
    • Psychology Today is the place to find a therapist. All you need to do is put in your zip code, and a list of psychologists will come up with full profiles and ways to contact each therapist. It also tells you the average cost and the credentials of each therapist.
  2. Look on your insurance website.
    • If you are only looking for a therapist who will take your insurance, you can go online to your insurance’s website or contact a representative there. You will be provided with a list of people nearby who are in your network.
  3. Ask a doctor.
    • Next time you go to your primary care physician for a checkup, ask him or her for a referral to a therapist. Chances are, they are asked this question a lot and work with a few different therapists in the area who they trust and recommend. Not going for a physical anytime soon? You can always call your doctor’s office and ask the receptionist, or ask to speak to the doctor.
  4. Ask a friend or family member.
    • Though there is a stigma associated with mental health issues and therapy, some of our best resources are those we trust the most in life: our friends and family. If you know of a friend or family member in therapy, ask them who they see and what they think of the person. Though his or her therapist will likely not be able to also see you for ethical reasons, the therapist can refer you to another therapist based on your symptoms or the type of therapy you are looking for.
  5. Google.
    • Though this one seems obvious, it may feel overwhelming to Google for the same reason it feels overwhelming to find a therapist: what am I looking for? You can start by googling someone who will treat your specific symptoms in the specific area in which you live or work. You can then browse therapist’s personal websites until you find someone that looks good to you. Another option is to Google the type of therapy you are looking for, if you already know what that is. For example, “CBT therapist in Williamsburg, Brooklyn,” could produce great results.

Though it may feel frightening to find a therapist, there are plenty of options. And once you make the plunge, you will realize that you are happier now that you have done your research and found the right therapist for you!