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Starting Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is a form of talk therapy that can help people with a variety of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, and trauma. It can also help people with relationship problems, career challenges, and other life stressors.



If you are considering psychotherapy, there are a few different ways to access it. Here are some options:

  • Your primary care doctor: Your primary care doctor can refer you to a therapist in your area. They can also help you find out if your insurance covers psychotherapy.

  • A mental health professional: You can also search for a therapist on your own. There are many online directories and databases that can help you find therapists in your area.

  • A community mental health center: Community mental health centers offer affordable psychotherapy services. They may also offer other mental health services, such as medication management and support groups.

  • A university counseling center: If you are a student, your university may offer free or low-cost psychotherapy services.

  • Online therapy: There are also a number of online therapy platforms that offer psychotherapy services. These platforms can be a convenient option if you are unable to find a therapist in your area or if you prefer to do therapy from home.

When choosing a therapist, it is important to find someone who is a good fit for you. Consider factors such as the therapist's experience, their approach to therapy, and their personality. You should also feel comfortable talking to the therapist about your concerns.

The cost of psychotherapy can vary depending on the therapist's fees, your insurance coverage, and the type of therapy you choose. Some therapists offer sliding scale fees, which means that they will adjust their fees based on your income.


If you are unable to afford psychotherapy, there are a few options available to you. Some community mental health centers offer free or low-cost psychotherapy services. There are also a number of scholarships and grants available to help people pay for psychotherapy.

Psychotherapy can be a helpful way to improve your mental health. If you are considering psychotherapy, I encourage you to reach out to a therapist and learn more about how it can help you.


Here are some additional tips for accessing psychotherapy:

  • Be prepared to talk about your needs. When you first meet with a therapist, be prepared to talk about your mental health concerns and what you hope to achieve from therapy.

  • Ask questions. Don't be afraid to ask the therapist questions about their experience, their approach to therapy, and their fees.

  • Trust your gut. If you don't feel comfortable with a therapist, don't hesitate to find someone else.

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