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For people with Down syndrome, family members, caregivers and professionals.

Finding a Mental Health Provider

April 2021 | Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource

How can I find a therapist, psychiatrist, or other mental health provider with experience working with individuals with Down syndrome? Here are a few suggestions. 

Contact a Down syndrome clinic in your state.

Several national organizations have lists of Down syndrome clinics on their websites, including the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, the National Down Syndrome Congress, and the National Down Syndrome Society. If there is a clinic near you but adults are not seen, the clinic may be able to recommend mental health providers in the area who see adults.

Contact a local Down syndrome organization.

Your local Down syndrome organization or parent group may be able to provide recommendations for mental health providers and/or put you in contact with other families who have worked with mental health providers in your area. Several national organizations also have lists of local groups on their websites, including the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, the National Down Syndrome Congress, and the National Down Syndrome Society.

Use the "Find a Therapist" tool on the Psychology Today website.

The "Find a Therapist" tool allows you to search for therapists, teletherapy, psychiatrists, treatment centers, and support groups. After searching for your zip code, you can use the filters to find providers who take your insurance, offer particular types of therapy, and have experience in certain areas. Under the "Issues" tab, there are options for "Developmental Disorders," "Intellectual Disability," and "Learning Disabilities." There are also options for specific mental health diagnoses such as anxiety, depression, and OCD.

 

Additional mental health resources can be found in this section of our Resource Library.

Please note: The information on this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended to serve as a substitute for a medical, psychiatric, mental health, or behavioral evaluation, diagnosis, or treatment plan by a qualified professional. We recommend you review the educational material with your health providers regarding the specifics of your health care needs.

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