A recent anonymous question:
How do you get therapy? I know I need it it’s just I don’t want anyone to know. Sorry if this is the wrong place to ask I just have nowhere else to turn.
You can ask your primary physician if they have referrals or recommendations of therapists. If you are currently in school somewhere, your school counselor should have referral services, as well. Searching Google might also be helpful in finding therapist listings, too. You can search for therapists that specialize in whatever you need help with. Some therapists have more detailed websites while others are more of an online listing. You can also go to different association websites (like art therapy, eating disorders, etc.) to find therapists with those credentials. There are also lots of support groups you can join that cover a variety of topics.
For immediate emergencies, I have a list of helplines and contacts for the US, UK and Canada: http://whatshouldwecallarttherapy.tumblr.com/helplines
You can also search this database for therapists in your area: http://www.find-a-therapist.com/directory
When looking for a therapist, you might have to shop around before you find one that really fits you – just like finding a pair of shoes. This doesn’t mean you’re a bad fit for therapy, but that it might take a couple of tries before you find what you truly need.
Making the decision to go to therapy can be really difficult but is a great step toward making changes. It’s not always easy to know what you need or to ask for help, especially when there is still so much stigma attached to going to therapy. You don’t have to tell anyone you’re going until you’re really ready, but it can be really helpful to have at least one person that you really trust to share this with. When you’re comfortable, having someone keep you accountable to your therapy and supporting you in your decision can be a good thing.