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Steps to Finding a Therapist

CenterPointe provides Outpatient Therapy to those experiencing problems with mental illness, substance use, and co-occurring disorders.

Monday through Friday 8am-5pm
1000 S 13th St, Lincoln, NE

No appointment is necessary to be screened for Outpatient services. CenterPointe accepts Medicaid, some private insurance, and offers a sliding-fee for the uninsured. Services may be free in some cases.

The following list provides helpful steps for finding a therapist that best fits your needs.

  1. Ask friends or family members for their recommendations.
  2. Ask a health professional you already work with.
  3. If you’re insured, ask for a list of therapists your policy covers.
  4. Take advantage of your Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
  5. Talk to a school nurse or University health center.
  6. Use reliable internet listings.
  7. Steer clear of Yellow Pages and Craigslist.
  8. Use Google to find out more.
  9. Book at least 3 different therapists.
  10. Choose your best fit!
  1. Ask friends or family members for their recommendations.

    If you know someone who goes to counseling regularly, they may be comfortable giving you the name of their therapist, or someone whom they believe would be a good fit for you.

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  2. Ask a health professional you already work with.

    Health care professionals are a well-connected community. Your doctor may have one or more reputable names to offer you regarding therapy. When asking, you don’t even need to go into detail as to why you’re requesting therapists’ names.

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  3. If you’re insured, ask for a list of therapists your policy covers.

    Many times, larger insurance companies will have a list of therapists they cover on their website or available upon request. These lists are great resources for cross-referencing any names suggested to you through another source.

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  4. Take advantage of your Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

    Some benefits packages will cover a set number of appointments with a hired EAP therapist. Once you use your allotted time, they will refer you to someone covered by your insurance.

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  5. Talk to a school nurse or University health center.

    This resource is twofold. If you have a child in grade school, the school nurse can easily direct you or your child to a therapist in your area. For University students or faculty and staff, the health center on your campus most likely has a counseling division. Trained professionals within that division are available to you at University set prices, or are covered by your schooling fees.

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  6. Use reliable internet listings.

    The internet has made searching infinitely easier with the invention of qualified listings. Websites like Psychology Today and WebMD have long lists of licensed therapists for you to choose from. Just make sure to cross-reference your findings with another source to ensure its reliability.

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  7. Steer clear of Yellow Pages and Craigslist.

    Yellow Pages ads are expensive and outdated. And what’s worse is there are no set requirements for placing a professional advertisement. Anyone with a little disposable income can post an ad offering counseling services, which makes it a hazardous place to look. The same goes for Craigslist. While some professionals do use Craigslist to reach a younger audience, there are also many fakes that just want your money. Use good judgment and always cross-reference your findings with another resource.

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  8. Use Google to find out more.

    Once you have a fair amount of names, try Googling them. Many legitimate therapists have work published that is available for public consumption. Reading someone’s work can give you a good idea of their style, and whether or not they would be the right fit for you.

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  9. Book at least 3 different therapists.

    When you've found a few therapists you would be comfortable meeting, book an initial appointment! Try out 3 or more of the names on your list to really get a feel for what it is you want out of the experience.

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  10. Choose your best fit!

    It can sometimes be a challenging road to finding the therapist that’s right for you, but the difference it makes will be well worth it.

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