In a nutshell, Theravive is state-of-the-art marketing for therapists. We provide aggressive, year round marketing services for licensed therapists and psychologists for the sole purpose of bringing quality referrals and connecting them with the people who need professional mental health services. We provide individual and customized marketing tailored to each therapist, making us exclusive and limited. Rich in content, our site has top search engine placement (Google, Yahoo, MSN, etc) and draws potential clients from all over the the US and Canada. And because our site is personal, warm, and non-threatening, with themes of freedom, hope, forgiveness, and restoration, clients who are looking for a therapist to help them overcome various life struggles come to Theravive to easily find one.
To be a member of Theravive, you must be part of, and in good standing with, an officially recognized body that regulates the profession of counseling and/or psychology in your geographical area. Theravive is a legitimate site and prefers licensed, registered, and/or certified therapists who hold degrees and are bound by regulations that govern their practice. Unlicensed and pre-licensed therapists are still welcome, but you must be a mental health professional, have graduate level training in mental health, and a degree from an accredited institution. If you are unlicensed or pre-licensed, you must state that clearly in your profile. By default, all of our therapists are fully credentialed unless otherwise stated in your profile. You should also carry professional liability insurance, which is also a default assumption for all of our therapists. If you do not carry insurance, you must state that fact in your profile.
If your city is listed and is empty, or does not yet exist, this is actually the best time to sign up as a premium member. There are two big reasons for this: #1, you will be the only person listed, and will have a "monopoly" on clients that visit your city. Being that there is no other therapist to choose from, you will naturally receive more client contacts than if client contacts were distributed across multiple therapists on your city page. The second reason is that premium members are listed in the order they sign up, not in alphabetical order, and can never be bumped down for as long as they are a member. Having an empty city means you get the first chance at the top spot on that city. You will always have the top spot, permanently, as long as you are a member. This is, naturally, a huge benefit as being at the top of a list has much more visibility among other advantages.
Just because you have a website, doesn’t necessarily mean you are visible to clients. There are over a hundred million websites on the internet. How can a client possibly find you? Put yourself in the shoes of a potential client, then go to Google. How can they find you? Test it out for yourself and see. Unless your website is search engine optimized, it will be of little help to your business. And if you are not sure what “search engine optimization” means, then unfortunately your website probably isn’t. Basically SEO means being at the top of the Google, MSN, or Yahoo search results. Theravive has the benefit of professional SEO (search engine optimization) consulting, a professional IT administrator, and web developer. This means that the Theravive website is constantly being optimized for major search engines. We do all the work on the internet to bring you high visibility. You only need to focus on your clients.
We rank high accross all major search engines for numerous search terms related to counseling and therapy. Clients who use the internet to find therapists come to our page because we rank well.
If you uphold the same values we do, most definitely yes! For one reason, we are not a directory, but the next step beyond. The way we market therapists is unique to any "directory". A standard directory will attempt to take you single bio and optimize it on search engines. Theravive takes not only your single bio, but also all of your specializations and markets them all individually and uniquely.
Also, one visit to Theravive.com and you will quickly see how unique we are. Quite unlike any other counselor directory, we are very focused and because of this, we draw in numerous potential clients who greatly prefer committing themselves to a counselor who shares their values over one found randomly out of a phone book or an internet list. If you also notice, our site is very warm and non-threatening. Clients can see photos of their counselors taken outdoors, hinting at the freedom that awaits them. Colors, pathways, and themes on the site bring subtle suggestions of hope, moving forward, discovery, forgiveness, acceptance, and restoration. Many other directories simply present themselves as a list of names on a plain background, having a very "clinical" feel, like a patient sitting within four white walls of a sterilized doctor's office. The personal and caring feel of Theravive, along with our commitment to values, is a significant reason why potential clients choose a counselor with us.
There is no such thing as “Value-Free Counseling”. No matter who the counselor or psychologist, his or her values will be reflected, in varying degrees, in their practice. And in the professional world of counseling, the range of moral values among all counselors and psychologists is a vast spectrum. There is no universal agreement. Theravive extracts from this spectrum those professionals who uphold a common set of values and principles to provide them as an accessible and life-changing resource for clients who seek the same.
A major difference with Values Counseling is the transparency of the therapist's values to the client. Our therapist's values are right there for all to see, they are not hidden from the client. We believe this creates great safety for clients who are much more open to a therapist whom they can connect with over one who tries to keep their beliefs a secret. For example, a couple with children desperately trying to save their marriage would be very disappointed to learn that secretly, their therapist held the view that marriage is merely a legal contract, and divorce is always an option for mere unhappiness.
We are sad to say that we have received some (not a lot, fortunately) hate mail from both licensed counselors and psychologists. Some of the language used in these letters would probably shock any of their clients. We are sometimes quite surprised at the secret beliefs of many professional therapists, as some of these emails are rather stunning to us. When we get one of these "letters", we are left to wonder what would their clients think if they somehow found out about these secret beliefs and hidden views of their therapist? At Theravive, we are transparent. A client knows our values walking into the session, and that is a great benefit for the client. There is nothing hidden.
When it comes to clients, as counsellors we accept anyone and hope that all counsellors on Theravive would never discriminate on the basis of the values of the client. A client may have any set of values, and we would accept them as clients. Our values guide our practice, and we let our clients know what our values are, allowing for better and more effective therapy. Learn more on our values here, and their importance in counseling.
We do not believe in discrimination of any kind, whether by sex, religion, race, creed, lifestyle, orientation, past choices, or in any other form. If a client is made aware of your values, and still wants to see you, that person should not be turned away. Clients need not share any of our values at all. We believe it is healthy for a counselor to have his or her values disclosed to the client. Surprisingly, many people still hire counselors even after they fully understand a difference in values. For example, we have seen numerous times people who are living together, unmarried, come to Theravive for help in their relationship knowing full well our stance that marriage is preferred over co-habitation. They come to us anyway because they seek a better way in their lives. We do not turn people away simply on the basis of their personal beliefs, lifestyle, or values. All clients deserve the same non-judgmental, safe, compassionate therapy no matter who they are.
While Theravive does not condone any form of discrimination, we also do not mandate to our therapists since we are not an enforcement body. For example, a female therapist may refuse to see male clients for reasons personal to the therapist. Some therapists refuse to see children because of the great difficulty in resisting emotional involvement. Some therapists may refuse to see criminals or child molesters, etc. We completely respect each therapist's right to refuse clients according to the standards and guidelines set by that therapist's local regulatory bodies. We do not interfere in any way whatsoever in the professional practice of therapists listed on our site. We are a listing service only. We connect clients to therapists who profess our values, and it is at that point that our involvement ends.
The field of counseling and psychology is regulated by official bodies, including the regulation of ethics in practice. Values counseling is not a replacement of professional ethics and is something different entirely. Learn more about ethics and values here.
Advertising on Theravive is very affordable, less than Psychology Today, and significantly less expensive than most other advertising, (i.e. the Yellow Pages). And we come with a guarantee.
For our current listing prices, please see our sign-up form.
Some may have noticed the words "counselor, counsellor, counseling, counselling" on our site. These are not spelling errors. Theravive reaches both Canada and the United States. In Canada, the proper spelling is to use two "l's" for counsellor and counselling. In the United States, counseling and counselor are properly spelled with one "l". We have taken the liberty to freely intermingle these spelling variations so that clients in both countries will easily find us when they search for help on major search engines.
You may read our terms of service here.
It is our pleasure to have you become a part of our team. We will work hard to do all we can to promote your practice on the internet.
*If your city is not currently listed, it will be created for you upon signup.
*For a few select major metropolitan cities with populations greater than 1 million people, such as New York and Los Angeles, premium members may be displayed in a random order, but still above all basic members.
Canada Marriage Counseling - Search only marriage counselors in Canada
US Marriage Counseling - Search only marriage counselors in the US
Therapy By State / Province - Search for a therapist by State or Province
Occasionally Theravive promotes individual cities on its website in order to benefit the newly listed therapists there.