1. Search for a Therapist
Use the following resources to find the right therapist for you. Paralysis of choice is a real thing: there are just too many options. When seeking help, try to pick 2-4 therapists in the beginning so that you don't overwhelm yourself, but also have backup options ready in case one doesn't work out. Sometimes your first therapist will be a perfect match and sometimes they aren't - that's completely normally and fixable.
2. Contact the Therapist's Office
Whether you are planning to see a psychologist or a psychiatrist or another type of mental health professional, you should start with a phone call to the professional's office. Ask about whether or not he or she accepts insurance and how payments are handled. You might describe your reason for wanting to make an appointment and ask if he or she is experienced in dealing with such issues. You can ask about how the professional generally works with clients, and if it's still unclear, you can will typically get a better understanding after your first/consultation session. If you are comfortable talking with the professional, the next step is to make an appointment.
3. First Sessions
At your first office visit, the mental health professional will want to talk with you about why you think you need to come to therapy. He or she will want to know about what your symptoms are, how long you've had them and what, if anything, you've done about them in the past. He or she will probably ask you about your family and your work as well as what you do to relax. This initial conversation is important in developing the appropriate approach to treatment. Before you leave the office, the mental health professional should describe to you the plan for treatment and give you an opportunity to ask any questions you might have.
4. The After Process
It will likely take several weeks before you become fully comfortable with your therapy. If you still aren't feeling comfortable after two or three visits, let the mental health professional know and explain why you feel that way. The two of you need to work together as a team in order to get the most out of your treatment.
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All services are provided by licensed mental health professionals including psychologists (Dr. Caroline Kasnakian, Dr. Althea Maduramente) and clinical social workers (Jernee Montoya, Hali Brindel). Pratt also uses a psychiatric nurse-practitioner (to be determined) to provide further evaluation for psychotropic medications when needed.
Free counseling services. When you contact Counseling Services, you will be offered the earliest appointment available. Following an initial assessment, short-term individual therapy or group therapy with one of our staff therapists may be recommended; alternatively, a staff therapist may determine that your needs would be best served by a referral to an off-campus treatment provider. Group therapy is also available and can be a powerful experience as it allows one to see that they are not alone in their problems. Read here for more information and to see if group therapy is right for you.
Brooklyn Campus: Counseling Services are located on the third floor in the ISC Building (click for campus map). After entering the building, turn left and take the elevator at the end of the hallway.
Manhattan Campus: Counseling Services are located on the 7th floor, available on Thursdays from 1-5 PM.
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Jernee Montoya, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor.
Mission: provide incoming students, returning students, and existing students with peer support, advocacy, and a sense of community around their recovery. It includes supporting its members as they pursue a balance between an academically successful, socially engaged, well-rounded college experience, and the achievement of their recovery goals. We strive to destigmatize the experience of addiction and recovery.
AA meetings will take place on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 8:15 PM at the Pratt Brooklyn Campus.
The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Therapist Finder for licensed MFTs in America.
To find a therapist:
Simply enter your ZIP code or the name of a specific therapist and you can locate any AAMFT therapist in your area.
Although there may be overlap with other therapist finders, what is useful about the Psychology Today Finder is that it has specific "Issues" categories that you can use as filters, as well as what Insurance you have, your faith, etc.
To find a therapist:
Go to the website and specify in what area you would like to find a therapist. Then continue to add filters to your liking until you find therapists that may fit your criteria.
The NYC Mental Health Service Finder is a prototype tool for New Yorkers to become familiar with services located in their neighborhood. The tool currently provides access to 10 languages for multilingual use.
To find a therapist:
Follow the link and click "Continue to Service Finder Map." From here, you can narrow down facilities based on your age group; if you are seeking care for Mental Health, Substance Use, or Both; what type of insurance you have (none is also an option); and if you identify with any of the optional provided demographics. The results will show up as dots on a map of NYC that you an click on and find the name of the facility, the address, contact info, directions, and important details.
HITE: Health Information Tool for Empowerment
Online directory offering information on more than 5,000 health and social services available to low-income, uninsured, and underinsured individuals in the Greater New York area. Find information on community services throughout all of New York City and Long Island.
You can access this outside the library or receive assistance using it at the NYPL Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.
To find a therapist:
Browse in HITE by first clicking on the "Mental Health and Substance Abuse" category. Depending on your priorities, you can filter out centers based on where they are located, what type of program you are looking for (if you are seeking basic therapy, check off 'outpatient mental health'), your language preference, your age, and/or a population you identify with (e.g. autism, mental illness, homeless, LGBTQ, and more).
Other places to contact for therapy or a referral: