Deciding Whether to Participate

Step 1: Read the Fine Print

  • Any licensed provider can be listed in the Thero Directory, regardless of whether they participate in the Crisis Therapy Project.
  • The Crisis Therapy Project uses the directory to remove barriers between therapists offering free therapy and people affected by crises who are searching for help.
  • Therapists will appear in search results for free crisis therapy if they 1) Add their listing in the Thero Resource Directory AND 2) Have selected a Crisis Therapy Project option on their listing.
  • Clients searching for free therapy related to a crises will see the therapist’s listing and contact them directly.
  • Offering free therapy means the client is never asked to pay any money and the therapist does not bill the client’s insurance.
  • Participation in the Crisis Therapy Project means the therapist agrees to offer a minimum treatment of of one hour per week for at least 6 weeks.
  • Each therapist uses their best clinical judgement to decide what length of time past 6 sessions is appropriate for each client. Consider the type of therapy you offer and the client’s treatment goals. For instance, using EMDR for symptom reduction often requires less time than talk therapy for identity development.
  • The primary job of Thero is to make it easy to find and verify information about providers. We do not endorse the therapists in the Crisis Therapy Project or Thero Resource Directory. We also do not recommend specific therapies. We do annual license checks on providers in our directory. We recommend that people verify information about their provider with the state licensing boards and certifying agencies before attending therapy. We have tools that make it easy to do so.
  • Thero does not hold any liabilities regarding the therapy or treatments offered by providers found on The treatment Providers and people receiving therapy take all liability for any therapy provided.

Step 2: Confirm You Qualify

  • You are licensed by the state as a mental health professional.
  • Your license is in good standing. 
  • You will only provide therapy in the state where you are licensed.
  • You stay within your scope of practice. This means only practicing therapies and focusing on topics for which you can provide the minimum standard of care.

Step 3: Helpful Suggestions

  • We encourage all therapists to carry sufficient liability insurance.
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