For students seeking counseling / psychotherapy services other than the UMaine Counseling Center, the following links provide resources to help you identify counselors in your communities. It is important to know that not all therapists use these sites to promote their services. You may find good therapists by asking your medical providers, family, or friends. You can also ask therapists if they offer sliding scale options, which means they may reduce their typical prices depending on your financial circumstances. Many of the websites below allow you to use different criteria to search for providers. Some of these sites suggest therapists who do not take insurance.
We do not endorse any particular website or providers on these sites.
Finding providers through a health insurance company
Most insurance companies have lists of their in-network providers on their websites. You can also get information about such providers by calling the phone number on your health insurance cards. You may need to know the specific plan to identify providers that you can see. Because of this, checking these sites can be particularly helpful.
Search Engines for Mental Health Providers
Psychology Today (psychologist + psychiatrist) https://www.psychologytoday.com/us
Good Therapy (limited options) https://www.goodtherapy.org/
Open Path (low cost options) https://openpathcollective.org/
Regain (relational/couples counseling, online) https://www.regain.us/
Talk Space (online therapy + text) https://www.talkspace.com/
Inclusive Therapists (Out of state) https://www.inclusivetherapists.com/
Maine Queer Health https://www.mainequeerhealth.org/
Search Engines for Mental Health Providers of Color
Search Engines for Black Mental Health Providers
Black Therapist Network https://www.facebook.com/BlackTxtNet/
Therapy for Black Girls https://therapyforblackgirls.com/
Black Female Therapists https://www.blackfemaletherapists.com/
Therapy for Black Men https://therapyforblackmen.org/
Support Meetings for Alcohol Addiction
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) https://alcoholicsanonymous.com/aa-meetings/maine/
The Counseling Center does not endorse any particular website or providers on these sites.
Free online self-help tools and support groups for anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts and feelings, stress management, feeling alone, family issues, LGBTQI+, and general mental health.
- Users create an online profile, can remain anonymous, and agree to be contacted by professional staff if needed while using.
Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)
FREE Online screening tools, psychoeducation, help-seeking resources, online support community, and peer-peer support group available. Free Downloadable app for iOS.
ADAA’s anonymous peer-to-peer online anxiety and depression support group (now with more than 20,000 subscribers from around the world) is a friendly, safe and supportive place for individuals and their families to share information and experiences. As a member you can connect with other people experiencing anxiety and depression and related disorders, contribute to ongoing conversations or start your own conversation with a question or a post about your journey.
NAMI Maine offers online support groups for participants with mental health concerns or participants having loved ones with mental health concerns. Support groups are peer led and offer participants an opportunity to share their experiences and gain support from other group members. Groups are led by trained leaders with lived experience.
Healgrief.org offers a social support network that is there when everyone else goes away, and the real grieving begins. Everything they do is inspired by their core belief that no one should ever grieve alone. HealGrief® provides the tools and resources to guide one’s journey with grief into a healthy personal growth. Actively Move Forward offered through Healgrief offers a free, virtual support groups for young adults who are grieving from 18-30 years old and adults over 30. You can also try out their app and they also offer a a paid subscription option for a grief coach.
7 Cups offers a variety of communities to provide support and personal connection. 7 Cups connects you to caring listeners for free emotional support utilizing free self-help guides with tips and advice on how to feel better, free 24/7 chat with volunteer listeners and support chat rooms, and access to “affordable” online therapy with licensed therapists.
Very active online free support groups for anxiety, depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, addiction and recovery, grief, sleep disorders, and a host of other mental and physical challenges from fibromyalgia and physical pain to general health and well-being.
moodgym is a more affordable interactive program designed to help you:
- Identify whether you are having problems with emotions like anxiety and depression.
- Learn skills that can help you cope with these emotions.
- Over 1 million users worldwide
- Anonymous and Confidential
moodgym is based on Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy which have been shown to be successful in preventing and treating depression and anxiety.
Access is available to individuals for $39(AUD) for 1 year’s access. You will be able to purchase a subscription after you have registered an account (email address and password).
THIS WAY UP
COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY COURSES
THIS WAY UP offers online courses using Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for:
Worry (Generalised Anxiety Disorder)
Worry and sadness (Mixed Depression and Anxiety)
Obsessions and Compulsions (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
Shyness (Social Phobia)
- Users pay a fee for multiple-month access, self-access to lessons, action plans, and resources including optional text message or direct support.
Download Self Improvement Worksheets for Depression
You can download these helpful worksheets for free from this website devoted to helping you with problems such as anxiety, depression, anger and emotions.
A popular and respected mental health for dealing with anxiety, depression, and stress.
“Premium access to Sanvello—all content, coping tools, and peer support—is completely free during the COVID-19 crisis. It’s effective immediately. For those with qualifying insurance or sponsorship through your employer or higher education institution, you’ll find even more services available—now and beyond this pandemic. We hope this small step provides some calm, insight, and connection (see our new Staying Socially Connected community) during this difficult time. Click here for access to their website.”
Smart Phone Apps
Check out these smartphone apps that we’ve found to not only be helpful in supporting your mental health, but also FREE! (And what college student doesn’t love free?!)
MindShift – A great tool for anxiety available on iPhone and Andoid, developed by Anxiety BC. It teaches relaxation skills, develops new thinking, and suggests healthy activities. Designed for youth but useful to anyone.
Insight Timer – For those who currently engage in a practice of meditation, or who want to start, this great little app provides a range of free guided meditations from experts or you can meditate on your own with a customized timer. Available for iPhone and Android.
PTSD Coach – Helpful for symptoms of combat-related post-traumatic stress, this trusted military app has been downloaded over 100,000 times for iPhone and Android. Featuring versions in French-Canadian and more.
Positive Activity Jackpot – A unique augmented reality tool that uses the functionality of a smartphone in an innovative way. Combines a professional behavioral health therapy for depression called pleasant event scheduling (PES) with activities available in the user’s location, mapped with GPS. For Android only.
Previdence – An assessment tool that allows users to check for symptoms of depression, anxiety, relationship issues, drug and alcohol issues, and other problems and makes recommendations for action. iPhone only.
Operation Reach Out – This lifesaving app for iPhone and Android was developed by the military to prevent suicide. Recorded videos and menu options help users assess their thinking and reach out for help in crisis.
T2 Mood Tracker – Tracks symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, traumatic brain injury, stress and general well-being. Useful to share with clinicians and chart recovery. Another excellent app developed by the Department of Defense National Center for Telehealth and Technology (see their complete list), for Android and iPhone.
Together Strong – The challenges don’t end after deployment. Civilian life can be tough too. Use this free app to practice what to say and do when a peer is struggling with adjustment to civilian life. Available for iPhone and Android.
Breathe2Relax – Breathing exercises have been documented to decrease the body’s ‘fight-or-flight’ (stress) response, and help with mood stabilization, anger control, and anxiety management.Breathe2Relax can be used as a stand-alone stress reduction tool. Available for iPhone and Android.
wayForward – This great app is a platform that utilizes the science of CBT to empower users and helps them overcome social anxiety, bringing positive change to their everyday life. Available for iPhone and Android.
Finch – This app promotes self care by caring for your virtual pet. Started by two people who experienced anxiety and depression, they created Finch to make caring for your mental health fun! Available for iPhone and Andriod.
Exhale– “Exhale is an app focused on the emotional well-being of Black, Indigenous, and Women of Color created by women of color. The app offers several categories of resources including meditations, guided imagery, breath work, affirmations, and coach talks.” Available for iPhone and Android.
Liberate- “Liberate is a meditation app designed for the Black community. The app provides meditation practices and recorded talks that are created by persons of color. ” Available for iPhone and Android.
Shine- “Mental health wellness app focusing on managing stress and anxiety through meditations, self-care, and community support…There are mental health playlists specifically for a variety of groups including Latinx, Black, AAPI+, and LGBTQ+.” Available for iPhone and Android.
If you have an app that you use and find helpful, please email Julia Vicaire to have it added to this list.