We all need support from time to time.
Money shouldn't get in the way.
Learn more about the work we’re doing to change who has access to mental health care in the U.S.
Our work targets three of the biggest reasons why people don’t get the support they need.
High costs of care
The cost of therapy can feel out of reach for most people. That’s why we created a directory of U.S. mental health services that are free or low-cost. We only include services that you can access for $30 or less per visit (for therapy) or a $10 or less one-time or monthly subscription payment (e.g., for apps).
A confusing mental health system
Many people get lost in the mental health system and don’t get the help they need. Our blog posts offer tips on navigating the mental health system from the perspective of therapists and other experts.
A lack of culturally sensitive care
Everyone deserves to work with a mental health provider who respects and understands them. This can be hard to find for people of color and members of other marginalized groups. Our blog posts offer guidance on how to find someone who is sensitive to your unique needs.
Ashley Castro, PhD
Executive Director and Co-Founder
Dr. Castro received her PhD in clinical psychology from DePaul University and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University Medical Center. As a Bronx-born Latina, she is focused on using research, clinical work, and advocacy to reduce mental health disparities for low-income and racial/ethnic minority families. She is deeply committed to a career serving people usually left behind by the mental health system.
Bridget Makol, MS
Director of Online Directory, Blog Lead, and Co-Founder
Bridget is a PhD Candidate in clinical psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park. In her clinical work and advocacy, she is passionate about increasing access to mental health services and promoting approaches that are accessible, acceptable, and empirically supported for diverse communities and settings.
Dani Adams, MSW
Director of Regional Ambassadors Program, Data Projects Lead, and Co-Founder
Dani is a PhD Candidate in social work at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. She holds a masters degree in clinical social work from the same institution, and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Roosevelt University. Her research and advocacy are in the goal of increasing access to and quality of mental health services for low-income populations.
Director of Marketing and Communications
Ricardo is a senior writer in the Corporate Affairs practice at Edelman, where he leads owned content development for leading enterprise and early-stage technology companies, including Microsoft, Samsung, Adobe, PayPal, and ServiceNow. Prior to joining Edelman, he led content marketing strategy for high-growth technology startups. At Quartz Creative, he served as creative and branded content lead for major clients, including J.P. Morgan Chase, Charles Schwab, Facebook, Deloitte Global, and Accenture.
Director of Technology
Haig has built software, teams, and companies across his 10+ year career in software engineering. Currently, Haig is an Engineering Manager at Shift, leading multiple teams to building the new norm for buying vehicles. Previously, Haig was the VP of Engineering at Honeybee Health, building the technology team from the ground up, helping to launch an impactful online pharmacy that is helping thousands of people access vital healthcare services. Experiencing the pains of trying to access essential healthcare has led Haig to pursue meaningful opportunities to make a lasting impact on healthcare accessibility.
Samantha Nau, MA
Manager of Online Directory
Samantha is a PhD Candidate in clinical-community psychology at DePaul University. Her clinical and research interests are centered on understanding and meeting the mental health needs of underserved and marginalized communities. As a Black second-generation Haitian American, she is especially committed to ensuring that effective and culturally responsive mental health services are accessible to people of diverse ethnic/racial backgrounds.
Natalie Javadi, MS
Manager of Regional Ambassadors Program
Natalie is a doctoral student in the clinical science PhD program at Florida International University, specializing in child and adolescent psychology. She is currently completing her predoctoral internship training at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Natalie is deeply committed to supporting individuals interested in connecting with appropriate, effective, and affordable mental health services.
Ambassador: New York City
Ilana is a Counseling Psychology PhD student at Fordham University in New York City. She graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in International Studies. Prior to graduate school, she spent two years as a Clinical Research Coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital's Center for Anxiety and Trauma and Complicated Grief program. She is currently conducting research related to women's mental health counseling and is committed to improving mental health literacy and access.
Monica is a Chicago native and a research study coordinator at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Her passions lie in psychological research, mental health education, the intentional dissemination of mental health resources for marginalized populations, and the use of evidence-based practices. She hopes to attend a clinical child psychology PhD program to study the academic and behavioral implications of intergenerational trauma among Latinx youth.
Ambassador: Fayetteville (Arkansas)
Harlee is a second-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Arkansas. Her clinical interests include providing treatments for children with disruptive behavior disorders and autism spectrum disorder. Her research interests include dissemination and implementation of evidence-based treatments for children with disruptive behavior disorders, assessing risk and resilience factors that may impact outcomes for systematically marginalized groups, and implementation of culturally informed interventions to address cultural disparities. Harlee is passionate about bridging the gap between research, practice, and policy to address child development in culturally diverse underserved populations.
Sasha is a PhD student in public health sciences with an emphasis in public policy at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Her research focuses on reducing inequities in mental health services particularly for marginalized populations. She hopes to advocate for policy change that supports affordable, extensive, evidence-based mental health services that everyone can easily access.