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Finding a Therapist
Before you begin
There are a few ways to find a therapist. I like to share these ideas before you begin reaching out:
If you don’t “click” with a therapist it is totally okay! Be honest with yourself, and your therapist, if you’d like to keep looking. It’s important to make sure the fit feels right!
It’s not uncommon for therapists to provide a 15-20 minute consultation before scheduling the first session. This is a great way to open the conversation, assess the fit, and address any concerns or questions you have (financial, timeline, expectations, schedule, etc). Some clinicians will provide this consultation free of charge - it’s okay to ask!
Once you have some people in mind you’d like to call, make a list of the questions you want to ask off the bat - have your schedule ready. Get yourself your favorite drink, snack or self-care when you sit down to do this - making phone calls can be exhausting, especially if you get confronted with “no” before “yes”. Don’t give up!
Where to look with insurance
I most often refer people to use Psychologytoday.com to find a therapist. You can type your insurance and location into the search tab. From there you can read a little about each therapist, see if they have a waitlist, and check out their website if they have one.
You can also call the number on your insurance card, and ask for a list of psychologists or therapists in your area who are currently taking new clients. Once you have a list, you can google them, read a little about them, or get whatever information you can. Depending on insurance, you can also usually find a search feature to do this online in your insurance account.
Where to look without insurance
If you do not have insurance, you could also reach out to groups or agencies in your area. These are not individual therapists, but a community health center or agency with multiple therapists. You can ask them if they have a “sliding scale” pay rate, where the amount they charge you is based on your income. This can be a great option, and if they do not, they may send you in the right direction.
Financial, Housing & Insurance
Confidential financial, housing, food, and health insurance support
Sexual assault and abuse
Tri-States Transgender Support Group Page
The Community Center – Health & Mental Health
Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs
I occasionally have space for clients with very low income. Inquire for details or to make a referral
Jesse Tree provides emergency rental and security deposit assistance coupled with case management to households at risk of eviction and homelessness.
Our Path Home, the public-private partnership working to end homelessness in Ada County, launched its Housing Crisis Hotline. The hotline will serve as the single contact point for people who are experiencing a housing crisis. The team answering Housing Crisis Hotline calls understands all of the available services across the Our Path Home partnership, helps callers problem-solve their unique situation, and makes direct referrals to service providers.
People who need housing resources, information, or support can call (208) 336-HOME (4663).
Suicide & Crisis
Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
Crisis Text Line
Text “HOME” to 741-741
The Trevor Project
Chat at thetrevorproject.org
Text "START" to 678-678
Domestic Violence Survivors hotline
A note from Amanda
I often encourage clients and friends to read memoirs about other humans who have been through similar experiences as they find themselves in. Even if we haven’t met someone in our lives who can “relate”, it doesn’t mean we won't be able find community and belonging in the story of someone who went through similar pains.