Locating a mental health provider that is right for you is a personal process and may take time, patience, and trial and error.
Some ways to locate a mental health professional include:
- Contact your insurance company for a list of covered professionals.
- Go to a local support group and ask people if they know of professionals with whom they had a good experience.
- Contact the psychiatry department of a local medical school, or the psychology department of a local university.
- Contact a local hospital directly and ask about mental health clinics, or staff, psychiatrists.
- Contact one of the organizations or referral services listed below.
In New Jersey:
Call 866-202-HELP (4357) TTY: 877-294-4356
NJMentalHealthCares connects you to mental health services including: inpatient and outpatient services, rehabilitation services, self-help services, legal, housing, employment, mental health education, advocacy, and more. They provide an up-to-date listing of NJ’s public mental health providers. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Division of Mental Health Services
A State of NJ directory of mental health services (by county).
CONTACT of Burlington County
Dial (856) 234-8888 or 1-866-234-5006 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Trained volunteers use active listening skills to help callers with issues such as suicide, depression, loneliness, family relations, and domestic violence. Information and referrals are provided also. This service is free and confidential.
American Psychiatric Association (APA)
The APA’s organizational objectives include the advancement and improvement of care for persons with mental illnesses through nationwide public information, education, and awareness programs and materials.
American Psychological Association (APA)
The Psychologist Locator makes it easy for you to find practicing psychologists in your local area. Psychologists are trained to help people deal effectively with many of life’s problems and can help improve physical and mental health for you and your family. The Psychologist Locator lets you consider many factors in searching for psychologists, including their areas of specialization, gender, insurance accepted, languages spoken and much more.
MentalHealth.gov provides one-stop access to U.S. government mental health and mental health problems information. There is a place on the home page where you can search for professional treatment.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
One of the most important goals of SAMHSA is to ensure that Americans can find services and treatment locations for substance use and mental health issues in their local area.
Psychology Today Professionals Directory
A searchable directory of professionals from Psychology Today magazine.
Help Starts Here – National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
HelpStartsHere features a few online directories to help jumpstart your search for the right therapist. These sites list thousands of clinical social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists and other licensed mental health professionals.
National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes the important role of thinking in how we feel and what we do. You can search here for a mental health professional near you who is certified by the National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists.
Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT)
This organization supports continuing education and research in cognitive therapy, provides cognitive therapy resources for professionals and the public, and actively works towards the identification and certification of clinicians skilled in cognitive therapy. You can search here for a certified cognitive behavioral therapist near you.
Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)
The mission of the ADAA is to promote the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depression, and stress-related disorders through education, practice, and research. You can search on the ADAA website for a therapist.