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How to Find a Therapist for Your PTSD

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Updated January 29, 2012

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Many people with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may desire some kind of psychological treatment for their symptoms but not know how to go about finding a therapist in their area that treats PTSD. Finding a mental health provider can be an overwhelming and stressful task if you do not know where to look. Fortunately, there are several websites that provide free search engines that can help you find mental health providers in your area that treat PTSD. Some of these websites are described below.

About.com's UCompareHealthCare.com

UCompareHealthCare.com is a free search engine from About.com that can help you find physicians in your area who may treat PTSD. Although their search engine is not specifically focused on mental health providers, it can direct you to psychiatrists in your area that provide mental health services. On this website, you can search for physicians by location, specialty, or name. In addition, a benefit of UCompareHealthCare.com is that it provides information on practice locations, education and professional training, specialty and certification, and public actions.

American Psychological Association Psychologist Locator

The American Psychological Association's Psychologist Locator search engine can help you find mental health providers in your area. All you have to do is enter your zip code or your city and state. You will then be provided with contact information for psychologists who provide mental health services close to where you live. However, their search engine does not provide the specialty of therapists. The American Psychological Association also provides a service where you can obtain a referral to a psychologist in your area by calling a phone number. This number is provided on the Psychologist Locator website. The operator will use your location to help you connect with the referral service of the psychological association for your state.

The Anxiety Disorder Association of America Find a Therapist Website

The Anxiety Disorder Association of America Find a Therapist website can help you find mental health providers in your area that specialize in the treatment of anxiety disorders (including PTSD). To find a therapist, all you have to do is enter your city and state. You will then be provided with a list of providers in your area, as well as their credentials. The Find a Therapist website also provides additional suggestions on how to find a therapist in your area.

International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation

The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation provides a search engine that can help you locate mental health providers in your area who specialize in the treatment of trauma and dissociation. All you have to do is enter your city, state, or zip code. You will then be given a list of all treatment providers in your area, as well as their contact information.

Finding an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Provider

The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science provides a search engine that can help you find a mental health professional in your area who specializes in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, which has been found to be helpful for PTSD.

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Find-A-Therapist

The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies' Find-A-Therapist service helps connect you with mental health providers in your area who specialize in the providing cognitive behavioral therapy for a range of difficulties. Cognitive behavioral therapy has been found to be extremely successful in the treatment of PTSD. A benefit of this search engine is that you can identify the type of therapist you are looking for. For example, you can narrow your search to therapists who provide services to a specific age range, the type of treatment they provide (for example, couples therapy, group therapy, individual therapy), and their specialty.

Find a Therapist Through Your State Psychological Association

If you are looking a mental health provider for your PTSD, it may be helpful to go to your state psychological association's website. Most state psychological associations have ways of searching for local therapists, as well as information on treatment programs in your area. The American Psychological Association provides links to all of the state psychological associations.
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