Psychological Services

The programs offered by Making Daughters Safe Again do not qualify as individual or group therapy and should not be considered a substitution for therapeutic services. We highly recommend that survivors seek therapy to assist them in their healing. 

In the United States, you can search for mental health professionals through the following web sites:

Find a licensed Psychologist through the American Psychological Association

Find a Counselor through the National Board of Certified Counselors

Find a Board certified Psychiatrist through the American Board of Psychiatry

Points to Keep in Mind

* It is important to choose a therapist who is a good match for you. This is a very personal decision. Even the most professionally respected therapist in the world will not be a good match for everyone.

* If you would like to use your health insurance, check with your company to find out more about your benefits and coverage for in-network and out-of-network providers. Also, don't be afraid to check with therapists and local mental health agencies about reduced or sliding scale fees.

* Make sure that your mental health care provider is licensed to practice in your state or country

* Ask about areas of expertise or training beyond their initial degree

* Ask about their theoretical orientation (i.e. approach to therapy) and areas of expertise; be wary of providers who don't seem to have a clear orientation that they can explain to you

* If you are interested in psychotherapy, you want to see a licensed counselor who often has a masters (MA/MS) degree or a licensed psychologist who usually has a doctoral (Ph.D./Psy.D.) degree. If you would like medication, you want to see a psychiatrist who has a medical (M.D./D.O.) degree. Many clients who take psychiatric medication see both a counselor/psychologist and a psychiatrist.

* other things to consider: personal qualities of the provider (age, sex, years of experience, etc.) and his or her practice, such as office hours, session length and location

** It is generally a good idea to interview more than one therapist on the phone or in person before making a final decision. Many will offer a free initial phone call or consultation. Go into the consultation with a list of questions you would like to ask. The quality of the relationship that a client has with his or her therapist is one of the best predictors of successful therapy.  **