Finding a mental health professional is an essential step in improving your mental health, and ultimately improving your life. There are many different reasons to seek advice, counseling and treatment from a professional, and choosing the right one can be a challenge. We’ve outlined a few ways to find a mental health professional near you, and provided local resources in Michigan to help your search.
If you are looking for a treatment plan or options, continue to the list below. If you or a loved one is experiencing an immediate mental health crisis and require emergency care, call 911, go to a hospital, or call the national suicide prevention hotline at 800-273-TALK (8255).
Find a Mental Health Professional Near You in Michigan
What Are You Looking For?
Before you start your search, it’s important to understand your options, and consider the treatment that might be best for you. You might not know exactly what you’re looking for now, and that’s okay. A basic understanding of treatment options will help you. Here are a few questions to consider before you start your search. If you don’t know the answers to these questions now, don’t worry.
- Which professional is best for you? Different professionals treat disorders and help clients with different obstacles in life in different ways. The differences between counselors, therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists can help you determine which may be best for you.
- Would you prefer treatment without medication, or with it? Some mental health professionals are licensed to provide medication and others are not. While a professional can give you advice on this matter, remember that you have the final say in whether to seek treatment without medication, or with it.
- Should your professional have specific experience? If you are seeking help with substance abuse, eating disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, dementia and other specific mental or behavioral disorders, the mental health professional near you should have experience treating these. If you are seeking help for a child, older adult, or veteran, consider a provider who commonly works with these groups.
- Does your insurance cover treatment? Under the Affordable Care Act and Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, health insurance plans must cover physical, mental, and substance use disorders equally. If you have insurance through your employer, Medicare, or Medicaid, you may wish to seek a professional within your plan. If you do not have insurance, public mental health agencies, non-profit groups, and some universities and hospitals can provide free or low-cost care.
- What are you struggling with? Ask yourself what your biggest obstacles are, and how you would like to solve them. If you’re not sure, do some research so you can better describe how you feel, think, and act. Are you struggling with a specific event, such as a death or divorce? Are you seeking marriage or family counseling? Are you struggling with recurrent anger, depression, or anxiety? Being able to describe your situation will help you find the best mental health professional near you.
If you are trying to find a mental health professional in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan or Taylor, Michigan, we can help.
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Ask Friends and Family
Sometimes, talking about mental health can be difficult. However, if you start this conversation with people you trust, you may be surprised to learn that your friends and family have had similar experiences. Estimates suggest one out of every three adults has sought professional therapy at some point in their lives. Even if your loved ones have not directly sought therapy themselves, they most likely know someone who has.
Talking to a person you trust is a great way to start your search, and can help take the uncertainty out of the situation. If you are not sure how to get help or what questions to ask, a loved one might help you make appointments and call offices for you.
Referral From Primary Care Doctor
Some symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other disorders are also symptoms of hormonal imbalances or illnesses which your primary care doctor can help with. This makes your primary care doctor a good first choice for discussing symptoms you may have.
Tell your doctor why you are considering therapy, and symptoms you are having, such as a lack of energy, appetite, irritability, sleeplessness, and so on. You symptoms might not be linked to a physical illness or injury, but it is good to rule this out.
With this information, your doctor can also refer you to a mental health professional nearby. Your doctor may also have advice about whether or not medication would be an effective treatment to consider.
It is often helpful to speak with others who have faced similar challenges as you, and support groups can be very helpful. There are all types of support groups, including those for disorders like anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder, as well as substance use and addiction groups, eating disorders, and life challenges such as a family loss, divorce, loss of a job, and more. A support group is helpful to express your feelings and work through challenges, and others in the support group can also offer advice.
Ask people you trust in the group if they have sought therapy in the past, and where they have gone. Since these people are familiar with the obstacles you are facing, they can help you find a professional with the right experience. You might also ask the support group leader, who usually has some training in therapy, counseling and psychology.
Look in Your Insurance Network
Health insurance plans are now required to cover physical and mental health needs equally. This includes Medicaid and Medicare (including the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare”), as well as private insurance through your employer. Some plans require a referral to a mental health professional before treatment, while others don’t.
To find a mental health professional near you who is also in your network, and to see if you need a referral or not, call the information number on your insurance card. You may also find this online, or in your plan documents. Most insurance plans also have tools online to help you find a mental health professional.
For example, you can find mental health professionals in Taylor, Michigan who accept Medicaid using this Medicare.gov search tool. You can find mental health professionals in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, or any location, using this search tool from Blue Cross Blue Shield, a common health insurance provider in Michigan. With either of these tools, and other tools as well, you’ll need to define your search by location, plan type, and professional, like counselor, therapist, clinical psychologist, psychiatrist, and so on.
Use National Hotlines and Organizations
Government organizations such as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMSHA) and non-profit groups like the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) can help you find a mental health professional near you, regardless of whether or not you have insurance.
With SAMHSA’s national helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), also known as the treatment referral routing service, you can get connected to a mental health professional near you. With this helpline, you can get a referral if you need one, or find resources to get more information or local community groups that can help. SAMHSA also provides an online locator tool. You can use the tool to find local mental health professionals near you in Taylor, Michigan, or anywhere in the nation, and define your search by the services needed, insurance plans accepted, languages spoken, and other criteria.
NAMI is a national mental health organization with affiliates throughout the U.S. These local offices can help you find mental health professionals near you, and provide you with more information about therapy, programs, presentations and literature. NAMI local offices in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb Counties can help you find mental health professionals in Taylor, Michigan, Bloomfield HIlls, and surrounding areas. Like SAMHSA, NAMI also has a help line you can use to find professionals and resources. You can call 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or email email@example.com for more information.
Michigan Community Mental Health Service Programs
Michigan community mental health services programs (CMHSPs) are another helpful local resource for finding the right mental health professional. This is especially helpful if you don’t have insurance, and aren’t sure where to find affordable mental health care. To find a mental health professional in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, contact the Oakland CMHSP at 248-456-1991 or the 24-hour crisis line at 800-231-1127. To find a mental health professional in Taylor, Michigan, contact the Detroit Wayne CMHSP at 313-224-7000 or the 24-hour crisis line at 800-241-4949. For other areas, take a look at the full list of Michigan CMHSPs.
There is no right or wrong way to find a mental health professional. By looking for a professional and making an appointment, you are making huge strides forward for your mental health. Keep in mind that it may take some time to get an appointment. You may wish to make appointments at a few offices, and see which you can visit quickly, or which is the best fit for you.
At Michigan Counseling Centers, we are the experts in resolving any issue that might be causing you discomfort. Our Michigan counselors offer services in Bloomfield Hills and Taylor, and plan to expand our services to other communities.
To inquire about or receive treatment, please contact us and we will follow up with you to schedule an initial consultation.