Finding help from a mental health professional can be difficult. Although there are several counselors out there, it becomes tougher to find a psychiatrist that is open to new patients. Many patients see Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners instead.
Health Insurance Companies allow patients to self-refer for mental health services. This means that patients can call mental health professionals directly and set up their own appointments without having to get a referral.
We generally recommend patients call their insurance companies to ask for a list of their preferred mental health providers.
A local counselor we have had good experiences with is Kate Koens with Cross and Crown Counseling. (503)917-1625.
Counselor shopping is difficult, but www.psychologytoday.com offers pictures and bios on counselors so patients can get an idea of who they are going to meet.