It would be easy for me to compile a quick list of available mental health resources and post them on this web site.
The problem is that this would ultimately make things more difficult for you. As with my practice, I am much more more interested in quality than quantity. I am listing a small number of links and resources that are intended to help you find the answers you want in the shortest amount of time. We've all been through the experience of being given a lot of information, only to go through all of it and discover that none of it is useful. Use the references I've listed here and if you don't find the answers you are seeking, let me know. I will attempt to point you in the right direction.
All of the links I am listing are ones that I have used in the past and have received positive feedback about.
Glossary of Therapy Terms
If you are new to therapy or are unfamiliar with any of the words you come across in your search for a therapist, you can use this guide as a starting point. You should know, however, that if you have difficulty understanding what a therapist is saying in his profile or her statement about herself, there's a good chance you will have difficulty communicating with him during your sessions.
Ackerman Institute for the Family
Located in New York City, the Ackerman Institute for the Family is a pioneer in the field of family therapy. It is known and respected worldwide. Graduates and faculty of the Institute have authored many of the leading books in family therapy and related fields. I trained at the Ackerman Institute from 1981 through 1985 and am proud to be an Ackerman graduate.
You can use this link in several ways:
- Contact the Ackerman Institute if you would like them to see your family. They are known for working with difficult cases. If you are selected to be seen, you will get treatment by an Ackerman student or faculty member. All therapy done at the institute by postgraduate students is carefully supervised. Fees are on a sliding scale.
- If you would like to work with an Ackerman graduate, such as myself, contact the Institute for a referral or go to the website and search under Alumni for someone in your geographic area.
- If you are looking for someone with an expertise in a particular area of family therapy, you can review their faculty for a description of the work they have done or contact the institute to see if they can refer you to an appropriate clinician.