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As a doctoral student at Argosy University in Seattle, Esra Karaca noticed that many of her low-income clients had little or no access to mental health services before they found their way to her clinic.  
  
"They don't know the resources to receive help exist," she says.  
  
Karaca is helping to change that with fellow student Michael Slack by launching PsychologicalConnections.org, an online directory of low-fee and pro bono mental health-care providers. Visitors to the site can search for therapists based on such criteria as service type, cost, language proficiency, even religious preference. 
  
The site, which Karaca and Slack began designing three years ago, has been serving Washington state since it launched in June, but Karaca hopes to make it a nationwide resource by recruiting graduate students to spread the word and add to the list of providers.  
  
Low-fee providers and clinics work with a wide range of populations, says Karaca, but these services can only offer help to people who know how to find them.  
  
"As graduate students, we know first-hand how it feels to lack money for things like therapy," Karaca says. "It's nice to know I can give something back."   
  
—J. Clark