Got Diabetes? Find a Mental Health Provider Trained to Help You?>
Wellness Tip

Got Diabetes? Find a Mental Health Provider Trained to Help You

by UCB Health & Wellness Publications  

Managing diabetes is more than a matter of monitoring blood sugar levels and taking medications. The disease can exact a psychological and emotional toll as well. If you’re looking for help dealing with those challenges, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the American Psychological Association (APA) have teamed up to create a directory of mental health professionals specifically trained to address diabetes-related psychosocial concerns.

The publicly accessible online database provides a list of therapists who have completed a new Mental Health Providers Diabetes Education Program developed by the ADA and APA. Users can enter their zip code to find providers within a given radius of where they live.

If you can’t find a provider nearby, keep checking periodically. The list is expected to grow steadily as more psychologists complete the training. You can find the directory at this ADA web page.

This article first appeared in the 2019 UC Berkeley Diabetes White Paper, medically reviewed by Suneil Koliwad, MD, PhD.

Also see 6 Ways to Live Well with Diabetes.