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Find a Community Therapist

July 28, 2023

For students wanting or needing long-term therapy, requiring multiple sessions per week, or needing specialized care, Counseling Services staff works with students to find a referral in the community to ensure that treatment needs are met. Below are resources to assist you in your search.

Resources to Find a Community Therapist

(Greeting),

I am interested in starting therapy, but I first wanted to inquire about a few things:

  • Do you accept (Insurance name, ex: Anthem Blue Cross)?
  • What is your current availability like for a new client?
  • Optional:
    • Do you have experience with (ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, etc. or any specific types of therapy you are looking for like DBT or CBT methods)
    • Are you available for in-person or telehealth visits?

The best way to contact me is (phone, email, etc.) I look forward to hearing from you.

Best,
(Your Name)

  • Know what you're looking for:
    • Gender
    • Location
    • Specialties
    • In-person v.s. Virtual
    • Types of therapy (i.e. CBT, psychotherapy, etc.)
  • It may take 1-2 weeks for a therapist to get back to you, so don't be discouraged.
  • Verify in writing that the therapist accepts/is in-network with your insurance to avoid surprising bills.
  • For in-person therapy, start with the following resources:
    • Psychology Today
    • Caltech Anthem
    • SoulTenders
  • For virtual therapy, start with the following resources:
    • Headway
    • GrowTherapy
    • Octave
  • Preparing for a Therapy Appointment

Psychiatry and Psychological Testing

Please note: This list primarily consists of providers that accept Caltech's student Anthem insurance. Please call the office directly to verify that they are in network with your insurance.

TimelyCare

  • FREE to all Caltech students, regardless of insurance
  • FREE virtual medical and mental health services
  • Available to you even when on medical leave
  • Options in all 50 states

Students who are interested in open-ended individual treatment, who wish to be seen multiple times per week, and/or who need specialized care may be referred to a mental healthcare provider in the community.

Counseling Services can also help students with other insurance plans connect with a community provider. It is strongly recommended that students and their families check insurance coverage for behavioral health treatment in Pasadena to ensure that local care is available.

In general, if a student is referred to a therapist in the community and is also receiving treatment for medication management, Counseling Services will facilitate the transfer of care to a local psychiatrist.

Please Note: Insurance websites are not regularly updated, leading to search results of providers that are no longer in-network with the insurance or that have the wrong contact/location information.

If you would like to find a counselor or mental health provider covered by the Anthem student insurance plan, please go to: https://studentca.anthem.com/student/schools/caltech

  1. Scroll down to "Find a provider," and click on the word "Medical." The words "Find Care Here" will appear; click on them and a new page will open.
  2. You will see a search box. Enter "Pasadena, CA" (or your desired city) in the location box.
  3. Click on the icon named "Behavioral Health."
  4. Use filters on the website to narrow your search.
  1. Go to psychologytoday.com. You'll see a big search box in the middle of the screen labeled "Find a Therapist."
  2. Type in your Zip code.
  3. On the left side, you'll see numerous categories that you can select to filter the list. Find your insurance plan and select that one to start.
  4. Next, you should select the type of problem you're seeking help for - depression, anxiety, etc.
  5. Finally, you can add any filters that are important to you, such as gender identity, age, or other factors that might be important to you.

Now you can start looking through the therapists' profiles to see if any of them catch your eye as a potentially good match. When you find a therapist you're interested in, click "email me" and copy and paste your customized email template. You will get a copy of the email sent to your email, making it easy for you to keep track.

The Confidential Health Information Act (CHIA) provides Californians insured under another person's health insurance policy new confidentiality protections. These protections will allow them to submit a confidential communications request form to receive communications from their health plan directly regarding their receipt of sensitive services or any service if they feel disclosure of related information to the main policy holder could cause harm.

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