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Anxiety and Better Mental Health

Tools and information for students dealing with anxiety

On-campus counseling services

Pratt counseling services

Pratt offers mental health services to all students, including counseling, psychotherapy, and prescriptions for medication if necessary. You may find that Pratt's mental health services entirely meet your needs; staff there are also able to help refer you to other services, if needed. Visit the Pratt Counseling Services site, linked below, to make an appointment or find their open hours.

 

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Finding a therapist

Finding a Therapist

If you prefer not to utilize Pratt's mental health services, there's a world of resources out there for you. Selecting a therapist or counselor can seem daunting, but there's help to find help, too!


Sources for locating a therapist

The first question to answer is: are you insured? If yes, you'll want to consult with your insurance to find out what services they cover, and for help finding a provider that takes your insurance. If you're not insured, you still have options; many providers offer sliding-scale services, priced to be accessible to anyone who needs assistance. Additionally, there may be a community health center in your area; some of these offer free or low-cost mental health services.

PsychologyToday.com and GoodTherapy.com are commonly-used guides to finding a therapist. Both sites allow you to search by location and filter by insurance accepted, types of treatments offered, and more. GoodTherapy.com also offers the option to filter your results to only sliding-scale therapists.

And as mentioned above, your student health center should have resources to help you find the right services, too.


Selecting a therapist

Once you've identified a list of possible providers, whether that's through your insurance, your student health center, or through your own research, there are several questions to consider to pick the therapist or counselor that's right for you. Look on the provider's website for information, or schedule a call or in-person consultation to answer the following questions:

  • What types of therapies do they specialize in? CBT, psychotherapy, etc.?
  • Are they experienced in dealing with anxiety?
  • How many years of experience do they have?
  • Are they located conveniently to you?
  • Are they available at times that work with your schedule?

An in-person or phone consultation will also help you determine if you connect with that particular therapist or counselor. While every therapist or counselor is qualified to help, you'll still want to pick a provider that feels right to you. Some people have likened the process of selecting a provider to dating—you may need to see a few people before you find a therapist you really like!

 

 

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Finding sliding-scale services on SAMHSA

Find Treatment on SAMHSA

SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, offers a finding tool for mental health treatment services at FindTreatment.SAMHSA.gov. Watch the video below to learn how to use the search tool to find mental health services in your area that offer a sliding-scale fee structure.

 

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Search tool: FindTreatment.SAMHSA.gov


 

Support groups

Support Groups

A support group is another option that may help you address anxiety. Visit ADAA's Support Group Listing to find a general support group in your area.

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