It can be frustrating and overwhelming to confront a long waitlist to see a therapist. Do you feel a sense of urgency to get the help you need? Is waiting on the waitlist only contributing to your negative symptoms?
In this article, we’ll discuss tips for coping and offer helpful resources you can take advantage of while you wait.
If you want access to mental health treatment the same day, the licensed providers on Klarity can help. Take our brief self-evaluation, and we’ll match you with a mental health specialist who will create a treatment plan tailored to meet your individual needs.
How Long Are Therapy Waitlists?
The average wait time to see a therapist is around six weeks. However, this can vary significantly depending on the location, availability of therapists in the area, and the type of treatment you need. Sometimes, waitlists for therapy can be several months long, particularly in areas with a high demand for mental health services.
It’s important to develop coping strategies while navigating waitlists so that you can do your best to take care of yourself in the meantime.
Tips to Cope While Waiting to See a Therapist
Waiting to see a therapist can be challenging, but there are steps you can take to help manage your mental health while you wait. Here are some tips and resources you can consider:
Get On the Waitlist of Other Agencies
If you’re on a waitlist at one agency, it’s a good idea to reach out to other agencies in your area to see if they have any openings. This can help you receive treatment faster and allow you to try out a couple of different therapists to find the best one for you.
Join a Support Group
Joining a support group can be a great way to connect with others who are going through similar experiences. Support groups provide a sense of community and a safe space to talk about your struggles with others who understand. You can often find these groups online and in person, which makes getting support more accessible while you wait for a therapy opening.
Exercise has been shown to positively impact mental health by boosting endorphins. Consider starting an exercise routine, whether going for a walk or run, practicing yoga, or lifting weights. Consistently moving your body can help improve your mood and reduce stress and anxiety.
Meditation can be a helpful mindfulness tool for managing stress and anxiety. Some people find guided meditations, such as those available on apps like Headspace, Calm, or Meditopia, particularly helpful. There are many different types of meditation, so it’s worth trying a few other techniques to see what works best for you.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a federal agency that provides resources and support for people seeking mental health services. You can contact SAMHSA to learn about resources in your area that can help you find a therapist or a community of support.
Call a Hotline
If you need someone to talk to or you’re experiencing an acute mental health crisis, including thoughts of self-harm or suicidal ideation, consider calling a hotline. Many hotlines can provide support and resources, including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Crisis Text Line. Sometimes just being heard by someone else can make all the difference.
Opt For Telemedicine
Telemedicine can be a great alternative if you cannot find an opening with a therapist in your area. Telemedicine allows you to receive treatment remotely, through phone or video sessions, in the comfort of your own home. Because it’s online, telemedicine appointments are usually easier to come by and more flexible so that you can work within your ideal schedule.
See a Healthcare Provider the Same Day With Klarity
You shouldn’t have to endure long waitlists or inconvenient commutes. With the mental health providers on Klarity, you’ll be seen within two days, and if you’re prescribed medication, we’ll deliver it to your pharmacy the same day. An initial visit is $149, and the monthly followup only starts at $25. No insurance is required, and no hidden fees will occur.
Get the treatment you deserve today without waiting another minute.
Nina Chamlou. “What to Do on a Therapy Waitlist” Psychology.org
Mayo Clinic Staff. “Depression and anxiety: Exercise eases symptoms” Mayo Clinic
“Benefits of Mindfulness” Meditopia