With the significant rise in 2020 of mental health needs, such as suicide, abuse, addiction, and divorce, many outlets report a shortage of Mental Health Clinicians, but this is simply not true. There are many mental health therapists in our community, at various stages of licensing requirements, who are ready to help. So why the perceived shortage?
Every day my private practice receives requests for services that are turned away because the schedules for our fully licensed clinicians are full. This is regrettable as my practice also employs provisionally licensed therapists who have openings in their schedules and who would be very effective in helping the individuals. This is the experience of many mental health service providers. And sadly, these individuals in need are hearing the same story from every office they call.
Given these pandemic times and the resulting increased need for mental health services, we call on insurance companies to do the right thing and utilize the full population of trained professionals by allowing for supervisory contracts in order for individuals and families to receive needed services from provisionally licensed mental health counselors and student/interns.