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Many times on this program, we talk about the importance of therapy. However, we acknowledge that therapy is a privilege, and is not always accessible or affordable to those of us that need it the most. I’ve invited some of my previous guests to talk about access to care: where to find affordable therapy, and the tools and resources that are available, should therapy not be accessible.

Resources from therapist Lisa Gajda Maiolo:

Find an intern to work with

Advanced Clinical Interns who are fully trained and completing their hours are available at a significantly reduced cost. In New York City, Equity Therapy, where Lisa practices, currently has two interns that are accepting new patients.

The Actors Fund

The Actors Fund offers free short term therapy and a referral service to affordable therapy for those looking for long term therapy.

National Institute of Mental Health

The NIMH website has a list of crisis hotlines as well as resources for anyone considering therapy, in addition resources for friends and family of those struggling with mental illness.

Mindfulness Apps

Smiling Mind


Grounding Exercises

Lisa is a fan of 5,4,3,2,1. Click here to have Anxiety and the Artist guest Audrey Grubb guide you through this exercise.

Create a Support Group

Lisa suggests creating a small group of friends who meet on a weekly basis and offer support and solutions. She recommends that group create rules and guidelines to establish a safe space and a healing focus. More guidelines can be found at Mental Health America's Support Group Facilitation Guide.

Resources from counselor Patty Martin:

Many colleges today are more and more committed to exploring and implementing more effective and innovative ways to enhance the delivery of health care services to students. There are a variety of convenient services that are designed to increase and improve access to care for students. First students should go to their college’s mental health office and make an appointment to see a counselor or to receive referral information for local providers.

These are national mental health services that may have local or on-line referrals and hot-lines:

Top NAMI HelpLine Resources | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

24-Hour Hotlines

Suicide Prevention Center (877) 727-4747 (toll free)

Haven House (shelter & counseling for family violence) (323) 681-2626

(Hotline) Peace Over Violence (rape & battery hotline) (626) 793-3385 (Eng/Span)

Center for the Pacific Asian Family (800) 339-3940

Emergency Outreach Bureau (800) 854-7771

National Domestic Violence (800) 799-SAFE (7233)

Crisis Text Line Text: “COURAGE” To 741741

National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline Hotline: 1 (888) 843 – 4564 Youth Talkline: 1 (800) 246 – 7743 Email: Hours vary, available via phone and online chat. The LGBT National Help Center serves gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning people by providing free and confidential peer support and local resources.

SAMHSA National Helpline Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Helpline 1-800-662- 4357

National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673)

Alcoholics Anonymous 1-800-923-8722 Al-Anon 1-800-356-9996

National Eating Disorders Association Helpline 1-800-931-2237

Co-Dependents Anonymous Hotline 1-888-444-2359

Sexual Addiction Anonymous 1-866-424-8777

Additional resources with covered with health insurance or sliding scale/minimal fees;

Resources from Mike Zhao:

Below are resources that are NYC specific. However, if you are outside of NYC, Mike recommends finding the nearest university with a psych program and seeing if they have a clinical intern program.

National Institute for the Psychotherapies

New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute

National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis

The William Alanson White Institute

Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research

New School Psychotherapy Program / Safran Center for Psychological Services

NYU Postdoc for Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis

Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research

Resources from Chris Smith:

The Actors Fund

National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network

Inclusive Therapists

Indian Health Services

Latinx Therapy

Loveland Therapy Fund

Open Path Psychotherapy Collective

Therapy for Black Girls

Therapy for Black Men

Therapy for Latinx

South Asian Mental Health Initiative & Network

National Trans Lifeline

Crisis Text Line

Text: START to 741741

LGBT National Hotline


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