Why is it so hard to find a therapist?
September 22, 2011 2:18 PM Subscribe
How do you find a therapist? I have been trying for months and can't find one that is accepting new patients and takes my insurance.
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (22 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I have needed a therapist for years. Every six months or so I get really desperate and begin the search again. But I can't find anyone who is taking new patients now and who accepts my insurance. I call and email a few dozen people and less than a handful reply, only to tell me they can't help. (I find ones I’m interested in via PsychologyToday and a Philly therapist association that I can’t remember the name of right now.) This crushes my spirit and I give up for another six months before the crushing depression reminds me I should try to find help again.
The random list from my insurance company of people in network is not helpful. I Google these names and nothing comes up besides their address. I want to know what kind of doctor they are (psychologist; psychiatrist; social worker; etc), what their focus is, etc. before I commit to going to one. I only get 20 visits a year, and I don't want to waste them bouncing from person to person trying to find a fit.
I cannot afford to pay out of pocket for a $200/50 minutes appointment, so I have to go to someone who accepts my insurance (Keystone Health Plan East [seems like mental is handled by Magellan]).
I need someone in Center City (ish; but no main line or northeast or kofp suggestions) who is taking new patients who is on my insurance and is a decent therapist. How do I find this mythical person? What am I missing in this task that should be relatively simple and easy? Where and how should I be looking? (Friend's suggestions have not been fruitful--they are not taking new patients.)
The effort of trying is exhausting and just adds to my crisis. No one is there to help me and I have TRIED to help myself and failed miserably.