FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 06, 2006
Contact: Kelley Regan
INNOVATORS OF ONLINE THERAPIST SEARCH MARK 10TH YEAR WITH RELAUNCHED WEBSITE, NEW SEARCH ENGINETherapistFinder.net is now Find Counseling.com; new smart technology makes finding the right therapist even easier
OAK PARK, Ill. (December 6, 2006) - In 1996, learning disabilities specialist C.J. Newton decided to parlay his practical experience into a website that would help connect licensed therapists nationwide with those who sought their services, nearly instantaneously. Ten years after introducing the first therapist search engine on the Internet, the company is again changing the way people search for a therapist - re-launching with a new name, a more user-friendly design, and an updated interactive therapist locator offering suggestions with the touch of only a few keys.
Over the years, the site - now called Find Counseling.com - has grown to attract more than one million visitors a year. Along with the new technology, Find Counseling.com will continue to be a resource for anyone seeking help or information about mental health issues, featuring professional articles, a glossary of terms, listings of mental health organizations, and the site's updated interactive therapist finder tool.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated one in four U.S. adults suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. And a recent study revealed that most Americans take years, sometimes decades, to seek treatment, even though treating cases early on can prevent more frequent and severe problems down the road. Find Counseling.com's online database of qualified local therapists and advanced search capabilities make it easy to find a mental health professional and begin treatment right away.
Latest Technology Simplifies SearchFind Counseling.com continues to offer the latest technology to assist those looking for a mental health professional, including a new search engine that suggests terms for users as they type. The technology, which uses artificial intelligence to figure out what users are seeking, will help people search more quickly and efficiently by anticipating their needs. For instance, when someone types in a search term - e.g. "family" - a list of terms relevant to "family" appears as they type, along with a list of therapists specializing in the particular topic.
"Our purpose 10 years ago is the same as it is now: to provide a trusted resource for people to find the help they need, when they need it, utilizing the latest technology," said Newton, Find Counseling.com founder and CEO. "We understand that looking for a therapist can be confusing and daunting, so we've revised our interactive search engine to make it even easier for consumers to find the information they're seeking."
As before, the search engine will help users locate a qualified therapist by location, expertise, language spoken, gender, HMO or PPO, and more. The site includes licensed therapists in a variety of modalities. Each therapist has their own detailed web page listing his or her philosophy, background, office location, hours and contact information, educating consumers about their training and providing a first-hand account of how he or she approaches the therapy process.
"Finding a therapist is a very personal matter," added Newton. "You want to find someone who not only has the expertise you need but also makes you feel comfortable. With the detailed listings on Find Counseling.com, anyone can quickly and easily identify therapists who fit their specific needs."
Community Resource DirectoryA sister site to Find Counseling.com, CommunityResources.net offers a directory of physical health, mental health, disability and social service organizations that provide direct service for free or on a sliding-scale basis. As part of a commitment to improved healthcare in the communities the site reaches, the company builds pages for free for any non-profit organization that provides direct services to the community, such as shelters, community mental health centers and drug counseling centers.
About Find Counseling.comFind Counseling.com (formerly TherapistFinder.net) is the original interactive online directory of therapists. Founder C.J. Newton developed the website in 1996, prior to which there were only limited therapist listings easily accessible to the public. Today, the therapist finder tool is ubiquitous on the Internet and the site has become a trusted resource for mental health information, attracting more than one million visitors a year. For mental health professionals, the site offers a cost-effective way to market a practice, with proven results. Find Counseling.com is a division of Mir Internet Marketing, Inc., based in Oak Park, Ill.
For more information, please visit www.findcounseling.com or call 708-445-9800.
(1) National Comorbidity Survey Replication, National Institute of Mental Health, June 2005