By Julia Broglie, Founder & CEO of BroglieBox
10 min read
Searching for a doctor can be daunting – but it doesn’t have to be! Below are some tips:
1. Recommendations from friends and family.
Does anyone you know see a therapist or psychiatrist already? Many times, therapists work in group practices so if they aren’t available, someone in their practice might be. Call the office to see if your health insurance covers their services.
2. Your primary care doctor.
Ask for a list of recommended psychologists or psychiatrists that your primary recommends. Sometimes they can even help bump you up on waitlists if they have a direct connection!
3. Your health insurance.
Most insurance websites have a log-in feature where you can search for a therapist in your area. If you don’t feel like dealing with the website, you can call the number on the back of your insurance card and they can give recommendations on your coverage.
4. Visit the PsychologyToday.com
They have a very inclusive search directory, where you can filter via location, treatment focus, health insurance, type of doctor, etc. You can also can see blurbs about the professional including their specialties, locations, and reviews. (You can always use Yelp to search a doctor’s name to see if there are any reviews about them online).
5. Visit the ZocDoc.com
With Zocdoc, you can see doctors’ open appointment times and book instantly online, make informed choices with verified reviews, and stay on top of important checkups with tailored reminders. And those pesky waiting room forms? Fill them out online, just once, and keep them forever.
REMEMBER: Finding the right therapist for YOU can feel like dating sometimes. You may not find the perfect fit immediately. If you feel that you and that therapist are not the right match, don’t give up on finding someone! There are many different styles / personalities / approaches to therapy.
Julia Broglie is the founder and CEO of BroglieBox, an all-inclusive, gender-neutral, care package box that delivers tools and resources for mental wellness in a way that feels warm, lighthearted, and fun. Julia was inspired to create BroglieBox after experiencing her own mental health challenges as a young adult and losing her older brother Justin to suicide when he was just 24. Justin’s passing inspired Julia to imagine a new way to deliver support and connection to those struggling with mental health challenges in today’s hectic, fast-paced and often impersonal world.
For more insights into the benefits of therapy, check out the below articles:
When do I need to see a mental healthcare professional?
Benefits of Virtual Therapy (And Where To Find It)
Defined: Types of Mental Health Professionals, Psychological Counseling, and Psychotherapy