Resources for Finding a Therapist
Directories for Asian People
Calling a Therapist in the Community
When an EAP counselor provides a referral they will typically give you a few names to choose from, we are aware that many therapists have full practices and it may take a couple of days for them to call you back. Few therapists in private practice have receptionists, it is normal to reach their voicemail, when you leave a message indicate:
- Briefly describe the issue you would like to address
- Inform the counselor that you would like to use UT Select - BCBS
- Provide your contact information, let them know the best times to reach you and if they have permission to leave a voicemail
Questions to Ask Potential Therapists
Initially you will want to know if the therapist has openings or if they maintain a waitlist or can provide referrals to other therapists with similar specializations. If they have openings describe what brings you to therapy and then you may want to ask some of the following questions to determine if they would be a good fit for you.
When interviewing a potential therapist over the phone, you will probably want to briefly describe your problem and ask the following questions:
- What is your area of specialization?
- What is your approach to working with people who are dealing with concerns similar to mine?
- How does therapy help?
- Do you understand and are you comfortable with multicultural issues?
- What are your credentials?
- How long have you been practicing?
- What is a typical session like and how long is it?
- Are you in-network with UT Select/ BCBS?
If a clinician you're really interested in shares that they're full, ask if they have a wait list and how long the wait might be. You can also ask a clinician if they have referrals for colleagues who are in-network with a similar way of practicing, that may have openings available sooner then they do.