How to Find a Therapist in Miami & Plantation

So you need to find a therapist. Maybe you have just gone through relocation and moved here from somewhere completely different. Maybe you had a therapist you really connected with back home. Maybe you’ve never tried therapy before, but something is telling you now is the time.

Finding a therapist is not such a simple task. There are a lot of different kinds of degrees and specialties. How do you know if you’re going to a qualified professional? Let’s break down where to find some potential therapists and how to decide what are the key factors for you!

Where Do You Find A Therapist?

You can find lists of therapists on YelpPsychology Today or just give the ‘ole Google a try. You might do a search within your area of South Florida (e.g. Plantation psychologist or Miami psychologist). Searching near where you work, go to school or where you live will make it as convenient as possible and much more likely to help you follow through with the appointments.

How Do I Find a Therapist With a Specialty?

What might be more important to you rather than convenience, is specialty. What is it that you want to to talk about the most? What theme/topic has been on your mind? What’s going on that’s concerning you? We may not always be able to find someone who specializes in EXACTLY what we want to talk about, but there are a lot of mental health professionals who have created a niche or two for their practice, such as  relocation to Miami, men’s depression, maternal mental health, being single and not wanting to be, aging, binge eating disorder, work stress for high achieving professionals, etc. As you can imagine, the list goes on and on. That does NOT mean that the only clients a therapist will work with have those struggles, but rather those therapists had some extra training or work experience with a certain group of people or a particular issue in life and CAN focus on that in a skilled and knowledgeable manner. If a therapist does not specialize in a particular issue, and you want a specialist, don’t hesitate to ask them if they know of any therapists who specialize in your issue/age/symptom.

I Found Some Names, Now What Do I Do?

In your therapist shopping mindset, call a few of them up. Have a brief conversation with a Plantation or Miami therapist about what kind of work they do, what their fee is and whether they work with the theme or issue you need to work on or want to explore. Ask what their graduate degree is in. The most important thing isn’t always the answers to these questions, but rather your chemistry and initial impressions of the person you’re talking to. Do you like them? Are they putting you at ease? What you ask can be important, but so is the overall vibe you get. Having a few of these conversations with different professionals will start to give you a bit of an impression regarding who you click with and who you don’t. Chemistry with your new therapist is key and while a phone call won’t guarantee a great working relationship, it’s a place to start assessing who makes more sense for you. Pay attention to your gut reaction as you talk to a few professionals.

How Can I Find A Therapist I Can Afford?

Last, but certainly not least, budget can be a very significant factor in finding the right therapist. Check potential therapists’ websites to see if they have their fees clearly listed. Consider what you can realistically afford out-of-pocket. If you want to pay somewhere in the ballpark of $25-$75 a session for counseling, your best bet is to seek out a community mental health clinic or a training site for graduate students in mental health such as the one at the University of Miami, Florida International University, or Nova Southeastern University. You can always look at your insurance company’s website to find a therapist. Unfortunately this can be a frustrating experience for many, as the lists can often be out-of-date or therapists can be full. So, take a deep breath and don’t hesitate to call the 1-800 number on the back of your insurance card for guidance and clarification. Regardless of which route you go, it’s not a bad idea to think ahead about what you can swing financially to make that conversation with your new potential therapist clear and simple.

Other Resources When Shopping For A Therapist in Plantation & Miami

You can also check out my Therapy FAQs in Miami to get some additional clarification about what therapy is and other frequently asked questions to help you sort out what you’re looking to gain in your therapy experience. This might help you discover some questions to ask on those initial phone calls as you shop around.


If you take a look at a my website and decide I might be the therapist for you, feel free to call me. I’d love to see if we’re a good fit to work together.

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Karin Lawson

2312 Wilton Drive, Suite 22
Wilton Manors, FL 33305