Finding A Therapist On Your Own And Self Care
Originally written December 6, 2019
Poor mental health can be daunting and frustrating, especially if you are trying to find a therapist or other mental health professional on your own. If you are struggling to find a mental health professional that takes your insurance, my recommendation would be to call your mental health providers (it might be the same as your regular medical insurance or it could be covered by a different provider. It should say on your medical insurance card) and ask for a list of mental health professionals in the area who accept your insurance. If for whatever reason they are unhelpful (this has happened to me) talk to your primary care doctor and see if they have any resources. My primary care doctor connected me to a healthcare service that matches you with a nearby mental health professional, super easy!
You can also find therapists in your area by going to the Psychology Today website, and clicking on their ‘find a therapist’ tab. You can read all the therapists’ profiles on there, see what insurance they take and can call their office to inquire about an appointment.
Regardless of whether or not you are seeking professional help, you should take care of yourself. Listen to your body and don’t ignore when something is wrong or feels off. Remember it is always okay to reach out to ask for help.
Self care ideas:
Be kind to yourself (give yourself affirmations, don’t be mean)
Spa things (face masks, feet exfoliator, body scrubs, hand scrubs, nail polish, etc.)
Stay off your phone
Meditating or praying
Carving out down time in your day
Taking a break
Talking to a loved on (on the phone or in person)
Moving your body! (running, walking, yoga, pilates, rock climbing, etc.)
Getting enough sleep
Watching TV or a movie
Creating (photography, poetry, graphics, drawing, painting, etc.)
Having a relaxing morning/night routine
Listening to music