Episode 3: How to Find a Therapist

Updated: Apr 18, 2019

​Wednesday March 27th, 2019


On this episode, we’re answering the question everyone seems to want to know. “How do I find a therapist?” Unfortunately, therapy is seen as a privilege in this country, but there are hidden resources if you do not have such a human right as a privilege. You don't have to be alone. How do you find them, you ask next? We’re sharing our tips on episode 3. 


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Listen on iTunes:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-black-new-york/id1457506638?i=1000433181314


Listen on SoundCloud:

https://soundcloud.com/user-204973580/ep3-a-journey-finding-a-therapist


Listen on Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/episode/3bpkn99CaISsYpPfBMsVzb




NOTES FROM EPISODE:

If you need a list of the resources mentioned in the episode, please find them below!


ZocDoc

ZocDoc is a wonderful resource for doctors all around your selected area. You can see doctors in AND outside of your network. Remember to ask about sliding scale pay systems if you are using someone out of network as it can get a bit pricey. 

https://www.zocdoc.com/


Psychology Today

Psychology Today is an excellent resource if you're trying to learn the depth of a therapist's background to decide if they might be a good fit for you. Type a name in or search by location and inquire further on their experience if necessary. We all have our criteria. Note that you can search for therapists in your network on this site, but it's not as detailed in selecting your plan, we found.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us

National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network

The National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) is a healing resource for Queer and Trans People of color which was created back in March of 2016. NQTTCN provides queer and trans people of color with a directory of queer and trans therapist of color within your community. All you have to do is zoom in on your city and click the star closest to you.  Be sure to browse the site for other helpful resources, as well. 

https://www.nqttcn.com/directory


Call your provider

Calling your provider is about as sure as you can be in selecting someone in your network. Their number can be found online or on the back of your insurance card. You're also able to check for these on-line with most insurance companies. 

Reach out to your provider and find out who's available in your network. Be sure to ask for the list of therapists to be sent to your email so you have it for future reference. Finding a therapist can be hard work and sometimes something as simple as a scheduling conflict might keep you from the therapist you want. AKA, you might need to revisit the list. 


P.S. SEARCH THESE THERAPISTS UP ON PSYCHOLOGY TODAY! 


Therapy for Black Girls

Therapy for Black Girls, which is so much of our inspiration to even start our podcast is another podcast hosted by Dr. Joy on mental-health around various topics. She also lists Black therapists by insurance if you want to choose that route in searching for a therapist.

https://www.therapyforblackgirls.com/


FREE OR INEXPENSIVE THERAPY RESOURCES IN NYC:


LOW-COST THERAPY:

https://brokelyn.com/help-yourself-cheap-therapy-in-brooklyn/

https://therapysafetynet.org/resources/additional-resources-uninsured/

https://www.timeout.com/newyork/health-and-beauty/how-to-find-an-affordable-therapist-in-nyc

https://humanrights.weill.cornell.edu/resources/mental-health-resources-nyc


FREE THERAPY:

https://nycwell.cityofnewyork.us/en/


NEW YORK STATE HEALTH INSURANCE: 

During the time I (Mia) didn't have a job or health insurance, I was able to sign up for the NYS Health Insurance for New York Residents (link below). You will have to scrape up some personal documents to prove some things.


OTHER RESOURCES IF YOU'RE UNINSURED:


IF YOU'RE DEPRESSED:

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/depression.page

https://www.nychealthandhospitals.org/pressrelease/free-depression-screenings-and-counseling-available-to-new-yorkers-in-need/


IF YOU NEED MORE THAN JUST THERAPY: 

https://nownyc.org/womens-justice-now/get-help/

https://www.teenvogue.com/story/therapists-for-women-of-color-and-queer-people-how-to-find-one


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