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Dear Colleague,


Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of NASW-MA’s Therapy Matcher (formerly called the Social Work Therapy Referral Service). Therapy Matcher is a referral service connecting prospective clients to member LICSWs in private practice in Massachusetts. Clients or professionals contact Therapy Matcher for referrals for individual, family or group psychotherapy, as well as for supervision, consultation, and public speaking.



If you are a clinical social worker in private practice in Massachusetts we invite you to apply for membership in Therapy Matcher. You must be licensed at the LICSW level and have malpractice insurance. Our membership period runs from July 1 through June 30. The annual membership fee starts at $225. Please inquire about special offers for members of group practices in all areas. Membership fees are a tax-deductible expense, which pay for administrative, salary, and marketing costs to run this non-profit public service.

How Therapy Matcher Works

Staff work with every caller, determine the nature of the client's needs, and any special requests: specialties, health insurance, location, availability, etc. We provide the names of Therapy Matcher members who look like a good match for their needs. Referrals are provided free of charge. Clients are encouraged to contact us again if they cannot make compatible arrangements with a provider for any reason. Professionals can reach out on behalf of clients, or clients can contact us directly.


Guided by a volunteer Commission of NASW members chaired by Erica Kirsners, LICSW, Therapy Matcher is staffed by a team of experienced LICSW clinicians – Barbara Burka, Anita Mulcahey, Jill Millis, and Kay Sweeney.


More Requests Than Ever

Since Therapy Matcher (SWTRS) began in 1983, the number of referral requests has been growing steadily, with a significant increase in referral requests over recent years. In a typical month, we receive over 400 calls and emails. Our consumer-oriented website,, attracts an increasing number of potential clients. We continue to be the referral service of choice for many hospital social workers, EAP providers, school counselors, primary care physicians, and other professionals.


What should you expect as a member of Therapy Matcher?

We work to direct referrals to all members of Therapy Matcher in a fair and balanced manner, considering the needs of the client and your specific areas of expertise. Typically, 20-25% of our referrals become ongoing clients. We track each member’s referral and follow-through rates. Your referral rate will be influenced by multiple factors, including location, insurance panels, fees, specialty areas, and hours. Therapy Matcher is very personalized service, and staff is always happy to speak with prospective and current members to help to make the member experience productive and positive.


Additional Benefits

As a member of Therapy Matcher, you will receive regular email notices with news that directly affects your practice, including clinical issues, managed care updates, and training opportunities.


As an additional benefit, we sponsor periodic workshops at special rates to NASW and Therapy Matcher members, as a way to earn low-cost CEUs and to network with other members.


An annual Spring Open House offers an additional opportunity for networking with Therapy Matcher colleagues and staff.


Who Should Join Therapy Matcher?

We encourage any LICSW private practice therapist to join Therapy Matcher. Membership is an effective component of your marketing strategy, while also entering you into a community of practitioners, and providing you with up-to-date practice news. The cost of Therapy Matcher can be recovered in just a few client visits. Your enrollment fee is a tax-deductible business expense.


Become a Member

The membership year runs from July to June, with an Early Bird Special starting in April/May. We also offer Half Year and Fall Special membership options.


Membership fees for Therapy Matcher:

For NASW members:

     Fall Special: $200 Click here for payment

     Half Year: $125 Click here for payment


**Special Limited Time offer for non-NASW members**

Join NASW and receive introductory membership to Therapy Matcher FREE through December 2020

Contact us for more information at



If you have any questions about Therapy Matcher, please contact Barbara Burka, Director, at 781-721-1044 or More information about membership is also available at


We hope to hear from you soon!


Barbara Burka, LICSW

Director, Therapy Matcher


Erica Kirsners, LICSW

Chair, Therapy Matcher Commission





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