Food Allergy Mental Health Resources (#FAMentalHealth)
Definitions of Counselors, Coaches, and Consultants The article below differentiates between these professional titles. It may help you determine which professional you need based on your food allergy concerns/situations. Some of these professions require licensure/training, while others don't.
Word of Mouth - Many times, names of local or reputable counseling professionals are shared in food allergy groups
Hospitals - Reach out to the food allergy department at area hospitals, as they may have referral names
Insurance - You can contact your insurance company for a list of counseling professionals
General Tips on Finding a Counseling Professional
If using insurance, it's a good idea to see who is in-network with your plan by calling your insurance company
Look through the profiles of counseling professionals to learn more about them, via their website or profile links above. That will help you get a feel for their helping style and specialties (i.e. food allergies, anxiety, family).
When you find someone you'd like to make an appointment with, follow the steps outlined on their website or profile. Many counseling professionals offer a brief initial phone call for no charge to help clients determine if they'd like to make an appointment. This would be a good time to ask any questions you may have, such as their knowledge of food allergies, their counseling approaches, or any other information you'd like to know.
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