Hey Active Minds!!!! Last Thursday we had a meeting about how to reach out for help from friends, family members, therapists, psychiatrists, etc. when you are struggling mentally.
If you are looking for a therapist, Psychologytoday.com/us is a GREAT place to start, along with CCPH, CWC or requesting a list of providers from your insurance company!! The first step to finding a new therapist is sending them an email. So, we made an email template for you!!! Copy and paste this in, fill in your name, insurance, contact info etc. and you're good to go!! Here's to getting help and bettering ourselves through therapy!!
ACTIVE MINDS THERAPIST EMAIL TEMPLATE: (feel free to share with family and friends!)
Dear [insert therapist’s professional name ex. Dr. ___, Ms. ___, Mr. ___],
My name is [insert full name] and I am reaching out in hopes of scheduling a therapy appointment with you. I am currently a [insert profession/student] in/at [insert school or location] and am seeking out therapy to help me [insert reason for starting therapy**]. I [inserted “have” or “have not”] been in therapy before but am looking forward to starting [insert with a new therapist].
I was wondering if you are accepting new patients at this time, and if you would be able to schedule me in sometime in the near future. My health insurance is [insert health insurance company ex. Blue Cross Blue Shield, Harvard Pilgrim, etc.]. I am available [insert method aka “in-person,” “via telephone number,” “via Zoom,” etc.], so feel free to call me at [insert telephone number if you are comfortable with getting a call]. I look forward to hearing from you!
[insert full name]
** Examples for reasons for starting therapy: write whatever you wish here, without going into too much detail, just provide a quick explanation of why you are seeking out therapy
Improve my mental health;
Help me through a tough time;
Deal with anxiety/depression/bipolar disorder/OCD/etc.;
Deal with some past trauma;
Mourn the death of a close friend or family member;
Improve my well-being;
Talk through issues I’m having with a friend or family member;
Help me with my eating disorder;