Now that you have found a therapist (or a few!) you like let me tell you the best way to reach out!
As a therapist, I prefer an email from a potential client. It allows me the ability to sit down and type out a proper response. It also allows the client to provide as much information as possible. A good introduction email can let a therapist know if they are able to treat you! For example, if a potential client tells me they are looking for a trauma therapist in their initial email, I know I need to refer out. If they do not disclose that information until our consultation 2 weeks later, that is a wasted time.
A helpful email to a potential therapist will include the following:
- Why you are seeking therapy including some symptoms that you are having (this can include anxiety, depression, manic episodes, lack of sleep, etc.).
- Insurance provider or if you are planning to private pay
- If you are seeking virtual or in person sessions
- Contact information including your phone number and the best way to contact you.
- Provide some availability you have for a session
- If you would like a consultation call, ask if they offer a free 5-15 minute call you could schedule
Here is an example of what that email should look like:
Hi (insert therapist name here),
I saw your profile on (insert website here). I am seeking therapy due to my symptoms of anxiety, I have been having panic attacks every few weeks and would really like therapy. My insurance is Your Friendly Neighborhood Therapist, I checked on the insurance website and you are an approved provider. Are you still offering virtual sessions, as that is what I am interested in? I am available for sessions anytime in the evenings during the week.
Do you offer consultation calls? I prefer to talk for 10-15 minutes before scheduling a session to ensure you are able to best meet my mental health needs. The best way to contact me is via this email or you can give me a call at 555-555-5555.
If you feel confident that this therapist if for you and no consultation is needed, feel free to leave out that part! This script will also work well for a phone call just ensure you are spelling out your email address!
Now that you’ve reached out to your therapist, and hopefully have scheduled a session, check out my post on Expectations for Your First Therapy Session