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Tips for Getting Started with a Therapist

It's an important step forward to find someone, like a therapist or social worker, to help you. We commend you for taking that step. Below is some advice to make your search a little easier.

If you have insurance:
Contact the agency (there is usually a phone number on your card for help) and ask:
1. Does your policy offer mental health benefits?
2. How many sessions are allowed?
3. What is the amount of co-pay and what is your deductible?

Please know that you do not need to tell them your whole story or why you are looking for mental health coverage. This is only a discussion about how much coverage you have and what the cost will be to you.

If you do not have insurance it is still possible for you to get some kind of coverage. Please check out our Resources Guide to learn about other insurance plans. Some larger agencies, like Health and Education Services, can offer free or significantly reduced fee services. It's worth asking.

If you already know of a provider/therapist with whom you'd like to work, give them a call and ask if they are available for new clients (there may be a wait list) and what insurance they accept.
If the provider you have chosen does not take your insurance, ask if they offer a reduced or sliding scale fee or if they can refer you to other practitioners who can meet your needs.

When you have found a therapist, make the first appointment. It may take a few meetings to decide if this person is a good "match" for you but it is most important that you feel comfortable with this person.
If it doesn't feel like the right person, you don't have to continue. It is not unusual or rude to choose someone else. They might have names of other therapists for you to review. You can also ask your family, friends and review the resources provided on our website.

It may take some time but it will be worth finding the right person to help you. Good luck!




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It is the goal of this Task Force to bring together the practitioners, organizations, research, and best practices that North Shore families need for a healthy postpartum experience. The initial scope of this Task Force is the North Shore United Way community, including the following towns: Beverly, Manchester, Hamilton, Wenham, Ipswich, Essex, Gloucester, and Rockport.