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2.3. National Association of Social Workers

Find A Social Worker

There are many places to find professional social workers who provide individual psychotherapy and other forms of mental health assistance, including group therapy and support groups.

HelpStartsHere is featuring a few online directories to help jumpstart your search for the right therapist.   These sites list thousands of clinical social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists and other licensed mental health professionals.

HelpPro Therapist Finder / Social Worker Finder
NASW partnered with HelpPro in 2005 to launch the first ever Social Worker Finder.   The site has now grown to list more than 5,000 clinical social workers.   Most of the information in HelpPro's Therapist Finder comes from the providers themselves. Each clinician rates her/his level of expertise in area of concern or problem (i.e., specialties), approaches, age groups and specific populations served. Also, each clinician lists credentials, license information, fees, and payment options such as Medicaid, Medicare and health insurance plans. Many clinicians listed in this resource are NASW members.

Psychology Today Therapy Directory
Therapy is interpersonal treatment for problems in living. It involves talking with a trained professional about conditions ranging from depression and anxiety to relationship conflicts and career frustrations. Therapy provides ways to express feelings, understand patterns of thinking, gain perspective on past events and current relationships, set goals, and clarify dreams for the future. Clinical social workers make up more than 40% of the Psychology Today Therapy Directory listings, and many manage blogs that cover a range of mental wellness topics.

The decision to see a therapist is a very personal decision. Many times, people choose therapy during times of stress and emotional pain, and it may also be when you want to grow and mature. The decision to call a therapist may be a difficult one but is viewed as a strength—not knowing the answers to all your life questions is normal. Whatever your reason for seeking therapy, a therapist will listen to your concerns and help you decide upon the most appropriate course of action. This site allows visitors to research many different mental illnesses and to conduct easy geographic searches for therapists.

Other ways to find the right therapist for you:
  • Talk to trusted friends, family, or clergy about professionals they may know
  • Ask another health care provider, such as a family doctor, for a recommendation
  • Ask your health insurance company for a mental health provider list
  • Use a referral service from a national professional organization for therapists
  • Contact a local or national mental health organization or national medical society
  • Look in the phone book under "social service organizations" and "mental health"

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