National Eating Disorders Association

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the largest not-for-profit organization in the United States working to prevent eating disorders and provide treatment referrals to those suffering from anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder and those concerned with body image and weight issues.

At the NEDA Web site:

  • find general information about eating disorders and body image concerns;
  • obtain referrals to treatment centers, doctors, therapists, support groups;
  • purchase educational curriculum, promotional items, videos, books; and
  • learn ways to help by volunteering, interning, and/or advocating.

The National Tourette Syndrome Association

Founded in 1972 in Bayside New York, the national Tourette Syndrome Association is the only national voluntary non-profit membership organization in this field.  Our mission is to identify the cause of, find the cure for and control the effects of Tourette Syndrome.  We offer resources and referrals to help people and their families cope with the problems that occur with TS.  We raise public awareness and counter media stereotypes about TS.  Our membership includes individuals, families, relatives, and medical and allied professionals working in the field.

The Panic Center

A site dedicated to self-help and promoting communication between people with anxiety and their family doctor, includes information about panic and agoraphobia, a screening test for anxiety disorders and depression, an interactive self-guided 12-week cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) program for panic disorder and agoraphobia, as well as a moderated support group. A clean, well-designed site with a lot of straight-forward information that makes it easy for people to talk to their doctors about their concerns. The screening test even allows you to print out a note to hand to your doctor to help start the discussion.

TherapySafetyNet – New York

TherapySafetyNet is a network of mental health professionals in New York who devote a portion of their time to working at a reduced fee for eligible clients, particularly those without employer-sponsored health insurance or those who do not qualify for publicly-funded programs such as Medicaid. The website acts as a portal for clients seeking services (through the therapist directory), a place for professionals to join the network and also a place where businesses can obtain professional consultation. TherapySafetyNet was set up by Dr Geoffrey Steinberg, a psychologist in private practice in Manhattan.

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Psychotherapy.net

If you are a therapist, Psychotherapy.net is going to help fill boring lunch-hours when all your colleagues are elsewhere doing something else! You may also find yourself reaching for your wallet to purchase one of over 30 DVD’s of well-known therapists (Yalom, de Shazer, Padesky & more). Psychotherapy.net sells itself as a resource to inspire therapists and its combination of videos, interviews (the one with Albert Ellis is a blast), articles, products and services (who ever thought of sound filters for the office), links and CE activities are sure to keep the average therapist amused and enlightened. The resources are most likely to appeal to students and clinicians looking to learn more about alternative therapy styles. Psychotherapy.net publishes a regular newsletter in which recent additions to their articles, interviews and resources are highlighted hence providing a simple way to keep abreast of changes to the site

Findatherapist.com.au – Australian directory for healthcare professionals

My apologies to non-Australian residents for this post. Findatherapist.com.au provides both a professional web-presence for healthcare practitioners (Psychologists included) and a gateway for consumers to find professionals in their area.

For therapists, findatherapist provides a relatively cheap online profile (cost from $150 to $300 depending on features). What are the benefits of an online profile I hear you ask? Well, according to findatherapist:

A profile page on Find a Therapist promotes your services, details your skills and experience, and allows you to provide testimonials and create a:

  • Full description of your services with a graphic and a logo
  • Outline your qualifications and registrations
  • Clinic information: times, locations, rates
  • Links to your website
  • No restrictions on your modalities or locations
  • 4000 character keyword search feature
  • Phone Referral Service
  • 24 hour access to update your profile at no cost
  • Site statistics: see how many people view your page
  • Email forwarding (non viewable address) for appointments
  • Online booking service (Virtual receptionist) through innerv8

Dig a bit further into the site and you will find opportunities to customize your page, include additional advertising and contribute articles to a regular newsletter. All in all, you can really go to town on your advertising.

If you are wondering what a profile page looks like, well I am two-steps ahead of you. (Alex – I hope you dont mind me using your profile – extra publicity?)


For consumers, the site is basically a search engine, allowing you to find therapists (of multiple disciplines) in your area and learn a bit more about them before making contact. You can search by discipline, technique and location. There is also a phone enquiry line available.
My thoughts:

  • slick-looking website, nicely set out with easy navigation (although I am not a huge fan of searches that require the page to re-load in the middle of a search).
  • If you can’t be bothered setting up your own site, this is a great alternative, and reasonably priced. Sites like this provide the additional benefit of taking care of the promotion and search engine placement for you, which are not much fun as a website owner.
  • You can purchase friends a “gift voucher”. Choose carefully though because I would take receiving a voucher to see a drug and alcohol therapist quite personally :)
  • I really hope they have plans to expand the profiles into internet counselling. We need a good service like that in Australia. I really look forward to see where they will take this service in the future.
  • Depending on the cost, it would be a good move to customize your page to get it to really stand out from the crowd as you are sharing the stage with multiple disciplines and therapists.