Latest update: 08/11/22
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Recommendation: If you have health insurance, give them a call to see if your plan covers mental health services. They should be able to give you a list of approved clinicians OR they should give you the okay to look for a therapist on your own.
If you have insurance, means to pay out of pocket (sliding scale is as low as $30 per session in some directories, but you can always ask the therapist you’re interested in seeing), and you want a specific type of therapist, national directories will be very helpful.
National BIPOC Directories
- UndocuHealth National Mental Health Directory
- This is limited a list of clinicians that that signed up to this list stating that they either have experience working with undocumented folks or offer pro bono services
- So many great clinicians for BIPOC, 2SLGBTQ+, Disabled, Neurodivergent, folks.
- List of Latinx Therapists that are typically active, responsive, and many have experience working with the undocumented community in and outside the Latinx community
- Great resource for Black girls and women
- Easy to navigate, great pool of clinicians!
- Created for Black boys and men
- Amazing resource for the API community
National 2SLGBTQ+ Directories
- Gender affirming care. You can see which providers have been endorsed by a trans/nonbinary person
- Queer and trans therapists of color!
- Process is like a dating match-making service
- Currently unavailable, but also great resource, as also provides free services for trans, queer, and gender expansive folks
National Low-Cost Directories
- Sessions are between $30-60
- Sessions are between $30-$100
- Sessions are between $0-$50 depending on financial need
- Provides vouchers to pay for therapy for POC, especially Black girls and women
General National Directories
- This is the largest national directory and you will find the most therapists. The therapists are not all problematic, but the site and owners are problematic AF. A quick google research can explain why.
- Love the site and owners. They are actively working on anti-racist practices
- More specific search kinda like a dating matching-site
- For schools to provide referrals for their student population
Even if you are not experiencing a crisis, and you just want someone to chat with, or are in need of resources, you can give them a call and they can help.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 988 Call or Text. Also available in Spanish
- National Alliance on Mental Health 1-800-950-6264 or Text NAMI to 741741
- Crisis Text Line text HOME to 741741
- LGBT National Hotline 1-888-843-4564
- The Trevor Lifeline 1-800-565-8860 *Spanish
- Trans Lifeline 1-888-843-4564
- BIPOC Blackline 1-800-604-5841 call ot text
- National DV Hotline 1-800-799-7233 or Text LOVEIS to 22522
- National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-4673
- National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-422-4453 call or text
- The Eldercare Locator 1-800-677-1116
National Free Non-Clinical Wellness Support Groups
- Immigrants Rising Wellness Support Groups
- AVAILABLE FOR ALL UNDOCUMENTED FOLKS NATIONWIDE, NOT JUST CALIFORNIA
- This is not therapy, but can be therapeutic, as all participants share different identities, stories, and experiences.
California Specific Mental Health Resources
- Immigrants Rising Mental Health Connector:
- Undocumented Young Adults (18-30)
- Provides free 1:1 sessions for undocumented young adults (18-30) with no insurance or no means to pay out of pocket.
- Registration is currently closed due to their waitlist being full. Please keep checking back or check out some of the resources on this page!
Cal-VPC - If you were a victim of a crime in the state of California, your mental health services may be covered by Cal-VCP. These are some organizations that can help:
- Miraclescc.org - Miracles Counseling Center provides different resources through Cal-VCP. If you do not qualify for Cal-VCP, you can still receive free counseling if you have experienced any type of trauma.
- The Immigrant Justice California Health Resource Guide, from the UCLA Dream Resource Center (DRC) and UCLA Labor Center, connects immigrant and refugee communities—including uninsured and/or undocumented community members—to critical services that are affordable and accessible in the State of California. The resource guide provides a list of low-cost, culturally appropriate health care, domestic violence, and mental health services in the Central Valley, Inland Empire, Orange County, and San Diego regions of Southern California.
California Undocumented and Formerly Undocumented Therapists
These therapists do not take insurance, but may have some sliding scale spots
- Dr. Nancy Rodriguez, PsyD
- Jose Perez, LMFT
- Huyen “Kiki” Vo, LCSW
- Although Kiki is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she is currently only taking clients through her coaching business. This means she can see coaching clients everywhere in the US!
- Muriel Casamayor, LMFT
- Muriel takes IEHP MediCal!
Free and low-services
- The Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants (CERI) in the East Bay has partnered with the state of California to support refugees, immigrants and other underserved community members impacted by COVID-19 who are living in the Bay Area. All services are free and anonymous. If folks do not live in the Bay Area, they can call and ask for resources in the area that they live in.
- USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work provides 8-12 free telehealth sessions for those individuals residing in CA. These sessions are provided by a Master's of Social Work Intern that is supervised by a licensed clinician. These sessions are available M-F, 8:00am-6:00pm, and are available in English and Spanish. All they require is that you have privacy during each meeting, internet connection (phone, laptop, tablet, etc), and any picture ID. You can contact them via email at: email@example.com or phone at: 1-866-740-6502
- The CSUSB Community Counseling Center is also providing telehealth sessions for those individuals residing in California. These sessions are provided by students of the Masters in Science of Clinical/Counseling Psychology that are supervised by licensed therapists. These sessions are offered to children, adolescents and adults, and they don't have to be affiliated with CSUSB. They typically charge between $1 to $15 per session depending on the individual's needs. You can contact them at (909) 537-5569 or at CCCinfo@csusb.edu
Mental Health Resources and Immigrant Organizations Outside of California
Although THIS GUIDE created by Informed Immigrant is not exclusively for mental health resources, it is a great way to search for resources in your state.
Other specific resources are the following:
- Florence Immigrants & Refugee Rights Project
- Although these services are for those that have been detained by ICE and have a court case, and cannot represent themselves as a result of a serious mental health disability, they may be able to provide other resources and referrals
- Immigrant Hope
- Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights
- Even if you are not a part of the Latinx community, you can reach out to them for other resources or referrals
- Puentes New Orleans
- New Orleans Family Justice Center
- Free services for survivors, regardless of immigration status
- Maryland Immigrants Rights Coalition
- Johns Hopkins Centro El Sol
- Mental Health List compiled by Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency
- New York State Youth Leadership Council
- NYC Well
- Free mental health resources for NY residents regardless of immigration status
- Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition
- This relief fund has a list of organizations that can provide cash assistance or other services
- Nationalities Service Center
- Northern Virginia Family Center
- Mental Health List compiled by Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency