Cape Town, March, 14, 2019: There are many barriers to mental health services throughout the world. Stigma (awkwardness at approaching doctors), limited public awareness, lack of resources, prohibitive costs, and challenges around finding the right service, and even phone number, are real.
The internet has helped many by offering a private way to reach out that sidesteps the need first to overcome one’s reluctance to share embarrassing and personal details with your doctor. Unsurprisingly, more and more people turn to the internet to find nearby therapists and clinics. Unfortunately, many of the directories and online resource lists available are plagued by problems. They are often managed by people outside of the mental health profession and hence are prone to misrepresenting critical aspects of the field. Others prove unreliable in that they contain outdated information or run on ancient technology that renders them difficult to navigate.
TherapyRoute.com, a South African start-up, is changing this by developing a sophisticated online global platform that automatically displays your nearest therapists and other mental health service providers. The database includes clinicians and providers from all around the world. Search results are cleverly listed by distance from the visitor and are easily refined. TherapyRoute.com founder, Enzo Sinisi notes that “many people looking for services don’t know what kind of help they need. Reaching out can be confusing, and this is why we have placed a huge focus on developing an easy and relevant search that does not offer a ton of intimidating options”. Results can be refined by the kind of therapist, the client group, issues treated and, perhaps most importantly, language. Communicating in your mother tongue can make therapy less daunting.
The site also indicates which providers offer online services and allows users to filter results by private and non-profit facilities. According to Sinisi, “for a directory to truly open access, it is imperative that non-profit and community services are included”. This is largely lacking from other directories and, in many regions, accurate information on these services is often difficult to find. Although TherapyRoute.com already includes hundreds of non-profits, Sinisi is clear that they “still have a lot of work to do, this an on-going project!”
TherapyRoute.com is an ideologically driven and clinician run platform that aims to improve the accessibility of mental health services. Founded in 2016 by South African Psychologist, Group Analyst and Psychoanalyst (Enzo Sinisi), the site offers a global, and technologically advanced, therapist directory and content hub.
TherapyRoute.com invites all qualified therapists and mental health service providers (public or non-profit) to help improve access by joining over 5000 regarded providers and registering their services, at no cost, on TherapyRoute.com. Apart from helping to make your services more discoverable and accessible, registered service providers also receive a customisable mini-website (with blog-space).
Enzo Sinisi can be contacted for questions and is available for interviews, Enzo@therapyroute.com.
More Info on Making it Easy to Find Therapists and Nearby Mental Health Services here: https://www.therapyroute.com/