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Types of Therapy

Have you heard about a type of therapy (often called a therapeutic orientation) that you want to know more about, or are you starting at the beginning exploring therapy for your partnership directly or indirectly (ie, an individual struggle affecting your relationship)? These therapy glossaries* will give you the basics to many therapeutic approaches so you can start making sense of all the options.

“Types of Therapy” from Good Therapy,

“Types of Therapy” from Psychology Today:

* A glossary is a special dictionary centered around a certain topic

Bulger, Adam. “Eight Types of Marriage Counseling (And Which One Works Best for You and Your Partner”. Your Tango, 29 Feb. 2020,

Therapist Directories

American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (AAMFT) : Search by Postal Code or Clinician name

American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) : Locate by Country or U.S. state and profession (educator, counselor, or therapist)

Black Female Therapists: Locate black female mental health clinicians by keywords, radius-based zip codes, insurance, and type of sessions (virtual or in person). Below the searching map is a very neat scrolling menu with clinician names and photos, specializations, credentials, and a connect button.

Clinicians of Color Directory: Locate clinicians by location, then choose additional preferences such as insurance and clinician practice to choose the clinician right for you. You can contact a clinician by visiting their website or directly from the Clinicians of Color website.

Discernment Counseling – is one partner ambivalent about saving the relationship and another committed? Do you want to determine if you want to give marital therapy a try? Work with a discernment counselor who can help you decide how to provide in getting your relationship help or beginning to uncouple as kindly as possible.

Gaylesta: Search by location for a clinician that is LGBTQ trained and friendly. Gaylesta is maintained by The Psychotherapist Association for Gender & Sexual Diversity.

Gottman Referral Network (The Gottman Institute) : Search by Country/State, City/Zip Code, or Therapist Name

Imago Relationships of North America – Imago Therapists: You can search by city, zip code, or geographic radius within those geographic parameters.

Inclusive Therapists: Find clinicians who “center the needs of marginalized populations, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, the LGBTQ+ community, neurodivergent folx, and people with disabilities”. Anti-racist, anti-ableist, and anti-oppression, they seek equitable access for all people to mental health care. Find therapists by map and limit by insurance, specialties, therapist identity, language spoken, office facilities (ex – close to public transportation), therapeutic approach, and more. You can also pop in your information to the website and get matched with a clinician.

Institute for Muslim Mental Health: Find clinicians based on location, modality (individual, group, couple, family, etc), presenting clinical issue, age, languages spoken, or insurance.

International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) : Search by Clinician Name, City, Province/State, or Country

Khalil Center: Mental health services, including psychiatric help, premarital coaching, therapy, and more. You can book an appointment directly through the Khalil Center’s website or find a clinician by looking at the International Association for Islamic Psychology.

Latinx Therapy: Search for therapists by Geographic Area (City, State, Zip Code), Specialty, Cultural Identify, and Insurance. Latinx Therapy was founded in 2018 to destigmatize and encourage mental health help-seeking behavior in the Latinx community. 98% of the therapists in the direct speak Spanish.

Marriage Friendly Therapists: Search for clinicians by Presenting Issue/Clinical Framework (example: Financial Stress/Gottman Method Therapy), clinician name, or zipcode

Meet Monarch: Search for clinicians by name or specialty in service (trauma, polyamory, pregnancy and postpartum, etc). You can also filter your search by location and insurance. Easily viewable current session openings (hypothetical – Thursday at 2pm or 3pm) mean that depending on clinician, you may be able to get an appointment quickly.

National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN): NQTTCN works to “transform mental health for queer and trans people of color in North America”. Search for mental health practitioners by geographic region in North America for therapists who have specialized in supporting queer and trans persons of color (QTPoC). There is also a Mental Health Fund where queer and trans persons of color that apply for financial assistance in seeking therapy.

The PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couple’s Therapy) Institute: Search at the Therapist Directory under the main website logo

Postpartum Support International – Search Under Get Help at the Provider Directory. Crisis call and text help is also available.

Modern Commitment: Find a Marriage Counselor or a Discernment Counselor (helping members of the couple discern whether or not to do couple’s therapy, separate, or divorce, or another step) – traditional marriage counseling, brief stability glue, or separation/divorce

Psychology Today – find Therapists, Psychiatrists, Treatment Centers, and Support Groups by Zip Code

South Asian Mental Health Initiative & Network: Search by location for services such as therapy from a mental health center, therapy from a private practice (the small business of a therapist or group of therapists), or for educational centers.

South Asian Therapists: Locate therapists of South Asian-decent from all over the world including (but not limited to) Canada, the United States, the UK, Bahrain, and India. Each therapist has a brief biography that may include a headshot, clinical orientations and interests, and languages spoken.

Therapy for Black Men: A directory of clinicians seeking to understand and hold space for Black men. Find a therapist by geographic location, profession (marriage and family therapist, counselor, psychotherapist, psychologist, etc), modality (group therapy, individual therapy, family, couples), type of therapy (attachment based, Culturally sensitive, cognitive behavioral (CBT), etc), and gender, insurance, and age.

Therapy for Black Girls: Locate mental health clinicians who are aiming for wellness of Black women and girls. Search for clinicians by virtual (state of licensure) or in person (plug in your city and state for therapists defaulting to a 50 mile radius that you can contract or expand). You can sort by your insurance and clincians accepting new clients.

Disclaimer: This site is informational only and its resources are not substitutions for professional therapy. If you need professional help, you’re currently on the Find a Therapist page where you can locate a qualified mental health professional.


Benson, Kyle. “5 Steps to Inspire Your Partner to Join You in Attending Couple’s Therapy.” Gottman Institute, 23 Jan. 2020,

Kassahun, Tomas. “New App Helps People of Color Find Therapists From Their Same Cultural Background.” Blavity, 20 Dec. 2019,

Vilhauer, Jennice. “7 Ways to get More out of Your Therapy.” Psychology Today, 20 March 2021,