Directories are one of the easiest ways to reach existing communities of potential therapy-goers with similar values to you and your practice, particularly when you pick your directory well. Which directories are best to show that you are an inclusive therapist and provide support to marginalized communities?
We asked our community of therapists to recommend the best directories and therapist marketing sites, and here are their top recommendations:
GAYLESTA is the Psychotherapist Association for Gender & Sexual Diversity. They provide therapist referrals and education/consultation services to LGBTQ communities and to other providers. With a member directory of mental health professionals, GAYLESTA connects therapy seekers to therapists based on location and areas of expertise Therapists who join will receive referrals, access to events, access to listservs and forums as well as continuing education opportunities.
Open Path Psychotherapy Collective is a nonprofit network of mental health professionals dedicated to providing affordable in-person and virtual mental health services to individuals, couples, children and families. Open Path has a nationwide network of therapists for therapy seekers to choose from. Clients pay an initial membership fee to join which allows them to see any member therapist on a set sliding scale. Therapists create a free profile and Open Path provides client referrals.
Not to toot our own horn here, but MyWellbeing is better than a directory. We match people with the right therapist for them while helping practitioners grow and manage their practices and connect with their colleagues. Therapy-seekers take our quick questionnaire to receive three personalized therapist recommendations instead of scrolling through hundreds of practitioner listings. We also offer a free support group for BIPOC practitioners (email [email protected] for the sign-up link) and periodically pay practitioners to run free and low-cost support groups for marginalized groups.
Dive In Well provides digital workshops, consulting and training to empower both individuals and businesses. Practitioners can host “free swims” which are virtual wellness webinars. Dive in Well works with businesses by offering programming, program partnerships, and corporate trainings/workshops focused on diversity and inclusion, fostering true access, and practicing allyship.
Therapy for Black Girls is an organization focused on the mental wellness of Black women and girls. Their therapist directory provides a place for therapists to promote their practice and a way for therapy seekers to match with a trusted, culturally competent therapist that can help navigate being a strong, black woman. Therapy seekers can search for in-office or virtual therapists based on location. Listings start at an affordable monthly rate with the option to cancel anytime.
The National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc., (NABSW) empowers people of African ancestry through advocacy, human services delivery, and research. As a mental health practitioner the benefits include networking opportunities, discounted pricing for conferences, opportunities to present at the NABSW Annual Conference, access to the Career Center, educational webinars/trainings, CEUs, and website exposure.
Therapy in Color is a mental health directory helping therapy seekers find the right therapist. They connect Black, Indigenous, and People of Color with culturally aware therapists. Their online directory includes therapist profiles that therapy seekers can search based on location, sliding scale/insurance, language, LGBTQ+ affirming, weekend/evening availability, and remote/in-person availability. Listings are offered at affordable monthly rates.
The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) is an organization committed to supporting the mental health of queer and trans people of color (QTPoC). Their Mental Health Practitioner Directory is a resource that helps QTPoC therapy seekers locate QTPoC therapists nationwide. Practitioners must identify as queer, trans, nonbinary, gender non-conforming, genderqueer, bisexual, lesbian and/or gay person of color, and the cost to join is on a sliding scale.
Inclusive Therapists provides a place for therapists to grow their practice and be matched with therapy seekers looking for specific identities, specialties, and locations. They also offer professional development through free monthly trainings centering around social justice, liberation and decolonialism. There are free membership options, sliding scale pricing available, and cancellation anytime.
Ethel’s Club creates healing spaces that center around people of color through conversation, wellness, and creativity. They are a social and wellness platform designed to celebrate people of color through virtual classes and online communities.
Bay Area Open Minds is a group of San Francisco Bay Area psychotherapists and psychotherapy students who support and affirm sexual and gender diversity. Professionals looking for networking, support, and consultation as well as students looking for mentorship are welcome. They provide a Psychotherapists and Counselors Members List where therapy seekers can search for a therapist based on location, insurance/sliding scale, gender identity, specialty, language, and race/ethnicity. Therapists who join will be part of their community, be listed on their members list, have access to their email list, and have access to member events.
Match with the *right* clients for your practice while growing your professional community.