BCBS PPO therapists in Buffalo/WNY
May 24, 2012 12:14 PM Subscribe
I am looking for a general purpose LCSW/psychologist/therapist in the Buffalo, NY area (northtowns preferred). I'm looking for someone young, and they need to accept a BCBS PPO insurance plan. Seeking recommendations, or suggestions on how to search better.
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (2 answers total)
I've had a frustrating time finding a therapist in Western New York (the Buffalo northtowns) who accepts my Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO plan. I'm fresh out of college and can't afford out-of-network costs, but the search process for someone in-network has been fraught.
I feel MUCH more comfortable talking with someone close-ish to my age (I'm early 20s, but obviously I'd be looking at late 20s, 30s-ish), but the out-of-date and fairly limited BCBS online provider database doesn't provide a way to search by age. Neither do the dozens of other spammy yellowpages-esque therapist directory websites that litter Google search results. I guess this isn't a typical requirement in this type of search, but it's important to me.
I don't particularly care about different schools of therapy, although I tend to shy away from anything that brings spirituality or any arguably pseudo-scientific elements into the picture.
Ultimately there are just a lot of names out there, and so little information on most of them. Recommendations would be so helpful, or if you have thoughts on how I can search better, that would be greatly appreciated.