‘We’re in a trauma together’: Americans need therapy – but psychologists are booked

A study finds that six in 10 have no space for new patients. Therapists address the surge and how to tackle it

At a time when it feels like the world’s perpetually on fire, we all need a therapist – but trying to land one these days can be a nightmare.

A study from the American Psychological Association (APA) published this week found that six in 10 psychologists “no longer have openings for new patients”. The shortage comes as demand for therapy soars: since the beginning of the pandemic, about three-quarters of practitioners have seen their waiting lists expand. In the same period, almost 80% of practitioners report an increase in patients with anxiety disorders and 66% have seen an increase in those needing treatment for depression.

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