Have you made the decision to look for a therapist? That’s amazing and it’s a wonderful way to get in self-care! But how do you go about finding a therapist or counselor? Or maybe you want a therapist that represents your background but you don’t know where to turn? This list is for you! You can find therapists of all backgrounds on many directories, sometimes you want to know that you’re using a website that caters to your needs.
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Keep scrolling to find directories for therapists and counselors including directories for therapists from different backgrounds or who specialize in working with diverse people. You deserve to feel comfortable when you are seeking support.
*This list is not exhaustive and will be continuously updated*
General Therapy Directories
These directories are general therapy directories where you can find a wide range of therapists with a wide range of specialties.
The directories in this section are for therapists who identify as black (or culturally competent) or for individuals seeking therapy who identify as black.
If you identify as part of the LGBTQIA community, this section is especially for you. The directories here highlight therapists who themselves are part of the community or who specialize in working with individuals in the community.
These directories are for those who identify (both therapists and individuals seeking therapy) as Muslim.
Potomac Muslim Counseling (DC Metro Area)
Multicultural/Diversity Positive Directories
These directories are for a therapist who identify as multicultural or who specialize in working with individuals who identify as multicultural as well as body positive and kink-friendly therapists.
The directories in this section are for therapists who identify as Asian (or culturally competent) or for individuals seeking therapy who identify as Asian.
Native American Directories
The directories in this section are for therapists who identify as Native American ( or culturally competent) or for individuals seeking therapy who identify as Native American.
*I wasn’t able to find any directories specific to Native Americans. If you know of one, please let me know!*
If you identify as
Deaf and HoH Directories
These directories specifically cater to both counselors who are deaf/HoH and people who are deaf/HoH who are seeking counseling services.
Middle Eastern Directories
The directories in this section are for therapists who identify as Middle Eastern ( or culturally competent) or for individuals seeking therapy who identify as Middle Eastern.
*I wasn’t able to find any directories specific to people who identify as Middle Eastern. If you know of one, please let me know!*
These directories will help you find therapists who offer no-cost or low-cost options.
Online Therapy Directories
These directories will help you find therapists that provide therapy through text or video. You can go to therapy without leaving your own home.
Online Therapy Sites/Apps
Like the previous section, these sites and apps allow you to go to therapy in the comfort of your own home, however, these are “subscription-based” where you pay a set fee monthly to speak with your therapist.
Online Therapy (use this link for 20% off your first month)
BetterHelp (use this link for a free 7 day trial)
I can’t vouch for any of the therapists on any of these sites. It is important that you do your homework on your therapist (look them up on their website or other directories, ask them questions, read reviews or testimonials if they have them, request a phone consultation, etc).
If you’re looking for even more support with coping with mental health issues, check out my workbook, I’ve Got This! It’s a mini-workbook on coping with mental health issues and includes multiple worksheets to help you with taking steps forward in your mental health journey. Check out the I’ve Got This!, here!
Here is a great article about what to think about when looking for a therapist. I hope this post helps you with finding a therapist in your area who you can connect with. Building a good relationship with your therapist is half the battle.
Which directory did you like the best? Are there any other ones that you would recommend?
Briana Hollis is a licensed social worker and self-care coach. She earned her Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University in 2014 and her Master of Education from Tiffin University in 2019. She has spent the last 5 years working in crisis intervention. Her passion for serving others is the heart of this site. She started Learning To Be Free to assist others in bringing freedom to their lives.
Briana is also the author of The Self-Care Journal for Young Adults.