Popular Directories to Help College Students Find Mental Health Treatment

By: Amanda Landry, LMHC, CAP, NCC of www.caringtherapistsofbroward.com 

Finding a therapist shouldn’t be hard. Most college campuses have student counseling centers but a lot of them are inundated with requests for therapists. Other students may not feel comfortable with seeing a mental health professional connected with the university. Luckily, there are some resources out there to help our chapter members find the mental health treatment they are looking for. 

Popular mental health directory sites: 
These sites are user-friendly and designed for you to search by location, therapist type, insurance, modality, and a few other specialties.  These won’t cost you anything to utilize. 


A directory for sliding scale options:
Open Path Collective helps you to find a therapist that accepts a sliding scale fee. This is great for college students on a budget or without health insurance. There is a fee for you to join but it’s worth it in the long run for the money you’ll save for your sessions. 


A directory site designed for college students:
Shrinking Space is a directory specifically for college students to connect with providers who specialize in offering services to college students. This is another easy-to-use platform to find a mental health professional. 


Directories designed for BIPOC:
There are some awesome directories designed to connect BIPOC students with mental health professionals. These sites help you find a therapist that’s a good fit for you, not just in terms of insurance and location. 


Directories for LGBTQ students:
There are directories designed to help LGBTQ students connect with inclusive therapists. Therapists should have training in working with LGBTQ clients and these platforms help bridge the gap between appropriate providers and the need for inclusive therapists. 


These lists are not exhaustive. If you are looking for a therapist, you can try one of these directories. Doing a Google search and reading reviews is another quick way to find a counselor.