When searching for a therapist to help sort out the stresses that were starting to control your every day life, there are a lot of responses that you can get.  When you find someone in your area, and have done some research on the type of therapist you are looking for is just to start.  Once, you find a therapist you want to talk to or ask questions about the type of therapy they practice, you will be should able to narrow down your list after talking to them.  It is best to have some prepared questions before speaking with the therapist about their services.  When you do finally make that call, you may get unwanted responses.  Like, we are not taking new patients at this time.  Or,  not getting a return call.  Possibly even waiting months for an appointment. 

The biggest issue for most is cost and if they accept insurance or not.  When therapists accept insurance, they basically agree to accept the payment that the insurance is willing to pay them for their services.  Most of us don't have the extra $100-$300 per session costs.  Therapists may offer payment options.  Try to find a therapist that offers a sliding scale or cash discount.  Sliding scale represents fees based on an income level scale.

Another problem might be when low-income people attempt to schedule appointments: they can't get past the first voicemail.  Free services are very hard or almost impossible to find.  Patient advocacy groups have complanined that not enough therapists accept insurance, forcing many of their patients ot pay high out-of-pocket rates or skip treatment all together.

There are shortages of mental-health providers even in wealthy areas, and more than half of all counties in the United States have no practicing psychiatrist, psychologists, or social workers.  In any given year, about one in five Americans has a mental illenss, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, but nearly 60 percent of those people don't get services.

This process requires some patience and some research on your part.