Here at Resources for Ace Survivors, we are working on a project to create a registry of ace-competent therapists, as well as resources to educate them. We’re calling this the Ace-Competent Therapists Project. Please see our Projects page for more information.

We will also be working to create resources to help you find the right therapist.

In the meantime, here are some links that might help:

Remember, it’s okay to refuse therapy! Sometimes, therapy does more harm than good—every time you try a new therapist, you are rolling the dice. Sometimes you get someone who will only compound your trauma. It’s okay to be unwilling to take that risk. By doing so, you are protecting yourself in the best way you know how.

There are alternative ways to recover. As always, we will be collecting resources to help in our Recovery section.

The Icarus Project is a support network for people who experience the world in ways often diagnosed as mental illness; you may find it helpful to use that resource to create your own roadmap to recovery.

Why It’s Okay to Refuse Therapy

Medical professionals of all kinds are well known for abusing every marginalized group known to humanity, and therapists are no exception. But we are told to get over it or told to “find another doctor.”

So for all of the people out there who feel that therapy is toxic: I’m making room for your narrative in the survivor discourse. It’s okay to refuse therapy. It’s okay to be hostile towards medical personnel, especially when they have abused you. It’s okay to talk about your horrible experiences with therapy.