Many people coping with a chronic health problem benefit from work with a therapist or counselor. When choosing a clinician some considerations include:
- Experince with Parkinson's
- Geographical location
It is recommended that you work with your primary healthcare provider to assist you in identifying an appropriate clinician. In addition, the following resources may assist you in your search.
THE APDA INFORMATION & REFERRAL CENTER
(800) 651-8466 or (617) 638-8466
Contact the I & R Center for a listing of support groups in your area. These groups are community-lead self-help groups for people and their families that are impacted by Parkinson's disease.
MASSACHUSETTS MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELORS' ASSOCIATION
The MaMHCA Referral Network Directory is designed to help consumers locate a Licensed Mental Health Counselor based on their individual counseling needs. The Directory describes the education and training qualifications of Licensed Mental Health Counselors, and basic information for consumers about the counseling process.
LICENSED MARRIAGE & FAMILY COUNSELOR
This Directory will assist you in locating a marriage and family therapist in your area. The listed therapists are Clinical Members of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. The directory provides information on the therapist's office locations and availability, practice description, education, professional licenses, health plan participation, achievements and awards and languages spoken. Once you have obtained a list of therapists in your local area, call and interview several over the phone to determine which one is the best match for you.
SOCIAL WORK THERAPY REFERRAL LINE
(617) 720-2828 or (800) 242-9794
The Social Work Therapy Referral Service is a free, confidential telephone referral service. They provide professional, personalized counseling referrals matched for location, specialty and insurance or fee requirements.
THE THERAPY DIRECTORY
Psychology Today is a Web site that covers a range topics related to mental health. The "Find a Therapist" tool allows visitors to conduct a ZIP Code search and find a provider with special training or interest in the area of chronic pain or illness.
YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY
You can call the number on the back of your card listed for mental and behavioral health, ask them for providers in your area that are covered by your insurance and who may specialize in a particular area (i.e. chronic illness, neurological disorders, or specific symptoms such as anxiety or depression)
YOUR PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN, NEUROLOGIST, OR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER
These professionals may have a counselor or therapist who works with them and offers outpatient therapy. You can check with them directly for referrals.