Accessing online lists of therapists? Here's what you need to keep in mind | A Story On
Type: Resource:

Accessing online lists of therapists? Here's what you need to keep in mind

Coping With Corona

These are trying, difficult and uncertain times due to the sudden and rapidly growing COVID-19 pandemic across the world. What is emerging as a collective human response to the distress is little actions of support, resilience, and hope that we are sharing with each other.

One such action has been a widespread effort by many individuals and organizations to collate lists of therapists who are offering their services for free, to address the mental health impact that the outbreak has been having. Here are some points we may want to be mindful of.

Questions to the curator of the list:

Curators are the individuals who care about supporting people’s mental health and have taken time out to collate and create the list of professionals/services. Here are some questions you should ask them:

  • What nature of support are the counsellors on the list providing? Eg: Non-judgemental listening, suggestions and tips, a wholesome therapy session etc.
  • How did they find the counsellors on their list?
  • Have the counsellors shared the nature of their practice? Eg: Feminist, queer affirmative, trauma informed etc.
  • How have the details listed been verified?
  • How long is the list available for? How frequently would it be updated?
  • Is the list crowd sourced? Or did counsellors recommend themselves onto the list?
Questions to the counsellors on the list:
  • What are the terms (if any) to qualify for a free session?
  • Ask them the duration of a session (an average session is about 45-60 minutes).
  • Request their credentials and try to find ways to verify them.
  • Ask them for the number of sessions that they would be able to offer their services for free.
  • Ask questions to gain perspective on whether their practice is queer affirmative, anti-caste, feminist, social justice informed, trauma informed or any other values and beliefs that are important to you.
  • Ask for their professional/personal profile links for you to see the work they’re passionate about and causes they support.
  • Ask them how would they like to schedule the follow-up sessions with you.
What would we like you to know:
  • If this is the first time you’re seeking support, try therapy resources to ease yourself into your first session.
  • If you aren’t able to gauge a value sync in the first few sessions with your therapist, please don’t hesitate to bring it up with them to help them understand how you’re feeling.
  • If the first session does not work out for any reason, it’s okay to reach out to another person listed on the directory.
  • If the experience keeps repeating, please reach out to the curator of the list directly for further assistance.
  • You could also reach out to collectives that stand by your values (queer rights, anti-caste, etc) for their counsellor recommendations.
  • Some collectives provide a single phone number for assistance which is shared among many counsellors on a per-call basis. This could mean that the counsellor who lifts your call today, may not be the one who lifts your call the next time. Do check with them if this is the case.

Each of us has the right to receive support, care, and help. But most importantly, you have the right to a therapist whose practice is respectful, inclusive, and sensitive to your values, identities, and lived experience.

Our hearts are with all the passionate people who are working to collate some incredible resources and offer mental health services for free. We hope that these are some helpful points for you to keep in mind when you come across these lists.

Also On Coronavirus:

You May Also Want To Read

Feeling Your Feelings, And Learning To Process Them | Image

Feeling Your Feelings, And Learning To Process Them

Emotions are an integral part of our human experience. It’s normal, natural and healthy to experience them on a day-to-day basis....

April 15, 2022 Read More

Inclusive Counselling Centers Offering Online Therapy In India | Image

Inclusive Counselling Centers Offering Online Therapy In India

As a platform that believes closely in inclusivity and mental health, we thought this would be a good time to list a few mental health initiatives across India that work towards the same goal....

April 28, 2021 Read More

The power of helpful responses in supporting Mental Health | Image

The power of helpful responses in supporting Mental Health

Each of us has experienced rough days and times when our mental health has taken a hit....

October 3, 2018 Read More

Condemning Conversion Therapy | Image

Condemning Conversion Therapy

May 17th is marked as the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia....

May 17, 2020 Read More

A collection of resources for mental health support | Image

A collection of resources for mental health support

With the outbreak of the novel coronavirus across the world, we are faced with real possibilities of isolation, contagion, and immense financial, social, and personal uncertainty....

March 20, 2020 Read More

You already have the skills, intentions, and the know-how to care for your mental health. Learn how we can help you discover them 🙂 Find Counsellors.
Support Groups & Sharing Spaces.
Self Care Events.
Stories & Resources.