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Raissa Kennedy
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92123
Raissa Kennedy, ASW is a registered Associate Clinical Social Worker (ASW) practicing under the supervision of Sandra Vought, LCSW. Graduating with a Master of Social Work from Fordham University in 2021, Raissa brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her clinical practice. Her expertise spans working with anxiety and depression, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, as well as serving the LGBTQ+ community. Raissa specializes in working with children, teens, and adults, offering individual, couples, and family therapy sessions.
Raissa Kennedy, ASW is a registered Associate Clinical Social Worker (ASW) practicing under the supervision of Sandra Vought, LCSW. Graduating with a Master of Social Work from Fordham University in 2021, Raissa brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her clinical practice. Her expertise spans working with anxiety and depression, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, as well as serving the LGBTQ+ community. Raissa specializes in working with children, teens, and adults, offering individual, couples, and family therapy sessions.
(858) 758-9663 View (858) 758-9663
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Dr. Jason N Linder
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT
Verified Verified
18 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92123
Waitlist for new clients
I help people, especially entrepreneurs, have better relationships, resolve painful memories (I'm certified & train in EMDR), embrace who they are, and decrease anxiety. I adjust my approach to fit your needs and preferences. Expert in transgender, immigration, and trauma evaluations. Advanced in trauma, addiction, relationships, and mindfulness (I write about them on Psychology Today). You can usually expect change in 2-8 sessions. As a psychology doctor and professor, I’m updated on the latest research, and am dedicated, caring, and collaborative. You should feel understood, hopeful, and safe in your confidential therapy.
I help people, especially entrepreneurs, have better relationships, resolve painful memories (I'm certified & train in EMDR), embrace who they are, and decrease anxiety. I adjust my approach to fit your needs and preferences. Expert in transgender, immigration, and trauma evaluations. Advanced in trauma, addiction, relationships, and mindfulness (I write about them on Psychology Today). You can usually expect change in 2-8 sessions. As a psychology doctor and professor, I’m updated on the latest research, and am dedicated, caring, and collaborative. You should feel understood, hopeful, and safe in your confidential therapy.
(619) 473-7607 View (619) 473-7607
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Olga Goodman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, EMDR
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92123
Do you find yourself getting irritable “for no reason”? Do you get caught off guard by sudden mood changes? Do you feel like your emotions get the best of you which makes you feel like a horrible person and impacts your relationships? Do you struggle with asserting your needs and setting healthy boundaries? This could be the result of trauma or other impactful past experiences. Treatments like EMDR help to process these past experiences so you can heal, feel good about yourself, and re-gain control of your thoughts and feelings. As someone who had to do my own healing, I get how vulnerable and scary therapy can be. I also know
Do you find yourself getting irritable “for no reason”? Do you get caught off guard by sudden mood changes? Do you feel like your emotions get the best of you which makes you feel like a horrible person and impacts your relationships? Do you struggle with asserting your needs and setting healthy boundaries? This could be the result of trauma or other impactful past experiences. Treatments like EMDR help to process these past experiences so you can heal, feel good about yourself, and re-gain control of your thoughts and feelings. As someone who had to do my own healing, I get how vulnerable and scary therapy can be. I also know
(619) 789-0676 View (619) 789-0676
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Matthew H. Koch, Marriage & Family Therapist, Inc.
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92123
Confronting the challenges that accompany our lives can be daunting and result in a deviation from the expectations we have of ourselves and those with whom we interact. I am here to assist you in the process to heighten awareness and gain more meaningful and fulfilling experiences in your life through psychotherapy. I utilize the DAFT (Depth & Freedom Therapy) approach that combines various counseling theories and techniques, philosophical tenets, and spiritual teachings to collaborate with clients in order to strengthen individual identity while considering the impact of past experiences, modern day socio-cultural influences, and current personal issues.
Confronting the challenges that accompany our lives can be daunting and result in a deviation from the expectations we have of ourselves and those with whom we interact. I am here to assist you in the process to heighten awareness and gain more meaningful and fulfilling experiences in your life through psychotherapy. I utilize the DAFT (Depth & Freedom Therapy) approach that combines various counseling theories and techniques, philosophical tenets, and spiritual teachings to collaborate with clients in order to strengthen individual identity while considering the impact of past experiences, modern day socio-cultural influences, and current personal issues.
(619) 376-1244 View (619) 376-1244
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Andrea Peca
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92123
Andrea is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from National University in 2012 and her Master's Degree from National University in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2014. Andrea treats clients who are 18 and older and specializes in helping clients with life adjustments, depression, anxiety, panic disorder, parenting concerns, self-esteem issues, peer relationships, LGBTQIA issues, and ADHD.
Andrea is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from National University in 2012 and her Master's Degree from National University in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2014. Andrea treats clients who are 18 and older and specializes in helping clients with life adjustments, depression, anxiety, panic disorder, parenting concerns, self-esteem issues, peer relationships, LGBTQIA issues, and ADHD.
(858) 901-7090 View (858) 901-7090
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Miyoung Son
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92123  (Online Only)
Reaching out for help can be challenging for many. As psychotherapy aims at positive changes you desire, I am honored to provide a safe place for your self-exploration and reflection in which you can gain your inner peace and change you long for. Being specialized in trauma, PTSD, sexual abuse and domestic violence, I can offer some resolution in your trauma work. Trauma can penetrate not only your emotional well-being but also almost every facet of your life. My warm and peaceful presence would guide you through an effective treatment you deserve. My other specialties include performance anxiety, and psychological impotence (ED).
Reaching out for help can be challenging for many. As psychotherapy aims at positive changes you desire, I am honored to provide a safe place for your self-exploration and reflection in which you can gain your inner peace and change you long for. Being specialized in trauma, PTSD, sexual abuse and domestic violence, I can offer some resolution in your trauma work. Trauma can penetrate not only your emotional well-being but also almost every facet of your life. My warm and peaceful presence would guide you through an effective treatment you deserve. My other specialties include performance anxiety, and psychological impotence (ED).
(619) 485-6056 View (619) 485-6056
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Dr. Alan Acre
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92123
Hello. I am Dr. Alan Acre, clinical psychologist. I was the clinical director of a trauma clinic in San Diego for over four years. If you’re looking for a quality private counseling session with a provider that cares, then you’ve come to the right place. I like helping clients conquer difficulties by using evidenced based treatments that allow you to engage life with a peaceful mind, a healthy outlook, and joy. We'll learn how to stop white knuckling life's problems and proudly use effective techniques to engage our family, friends, and co-workers with. Call me for a free consult, or I can help match you with one of our therapists.
Hello. I am Dr. Alan Acre, clinical psychologist. I was the clinical director of a trauma clinic in San Diego for over four years. If you’re looking for a quality private counseling session with a provider that cares, then you’ve come to the right place. I like helping clients conquer difficulties by using evidenced based treatments that allow you to engage life with a peaceful mind, a healthy outlook, and joy. We'll learn how to stop white knuckling life's problems and proudly use effective techniques to engage our family, friends, and co-workers with. Call me for a free consult, or I can help match you with one of our therapists.
(619) 566-7336 View (619) 566-7336
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Judith (Jae) Davis
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, APCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92123  (Online Only)
I am a culturally affirming Mental Health Therapist with over 10 yrs of experience in the field. I work with adults and young adults from diverse backgrounds, with a focus on underrepresented groups. We will identify your objectives, potential roadblocks, and strategies for overcoming them. I practice through a lens of self-compassion. My areas of expertise include, but are not limited to: Moms; life/career transitions; addiction; relationships; self-esteem; mood disorders; body image; and trauma. Therapy is a collaborative journey, and I'd like to work with you to improve the quality of your life and achieve mental well-being.
I am a culturally affirming Mental Health Therapist with over 10 yrs of experience in the field. I work with adults and young adults from diverse backgrounds, with a focus on underrepresented groups. We will identify your objectives, potential roadblocks, and strategies for overcoming them. I practice through a lens of self-compassion. My areas of expertise include, but are not limited to: Moms; life/career transitions; addiction; relationships; self-esteem; mood disorders; body image; and trauma. Therapy is a collaborative journey, and I'd like to work with you to improve the quality of your life and achieve mental well-being.
(619) 332-2292 View (619) 332-2292
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Samantha Nemirov
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, APCC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92123
Seeking support? Hi, I’m Samantha Nemirov, an associate professional counselor and mental health advocate. I believe in the power of human connection and the resilience that emerges when facing life's storms. I am dedicated to cultivating a welcoming and friendly space where you can embark on your healing and personal growth journey. Empathy is at the core of my practice, as I am deeply motivated by the understanding that everyone heals and copes differently, making each connection unique to every person.
Seeking support? Hi, I’m Samantha Nemirov, an associate professional counselor and mental health advocate. I believe in the power of human connection and the resilience that emerges when facing life's storms. I am dedicated to cultivating a welcoming and friendly space where you can embark on your healing and personal growth journey. Empathy is at the core of my practice, as I am deeply motivated by the understanding that everyone heals and copes differently, making each connection unique to every person.
(619) 304-4852 View (619) 304-4852
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Sarah Schumacher
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92123
Hello, I am Sarah Schumacher, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have been working in the mental health field since 2018 and I was previously a lead clinician. Prior to being a therapist, I spent 20 years in the army, and served several tours in Afghanistan. If you’re looking for quality private counseling with a provider that cares, then you’ve come to the right place. I love helping people overcome the difficulties that life brings and assisting my clients to feel empowered as they learn the skills necessary to prevail and enjoy a happy, healthy, and successful life. I enjoy working with adults and children.
Hello, I am Sarah Schumacher, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have been working in the mental health field since 2018 and I was previously a lead clinician. Prior to being a therapist, I spent 20 years in the army, and served several tours in Afghanistan. If you’re looking for quality private counseling with a provider that cares, then you’ve come to the right place. I love helping people overcome the difficulties that life brings and assisting my clients to feel empowered as they learn the skills necessary to prevail and enjoy a happy, healthy, and successful life. I enjoy working with adults and children.
(619) 493-2170 View (619) 493-2170
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Carrie Lynne Yerdon
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92123  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Life is a beautiful, messy, and complicated process. Through the midst of this process we lose connection to who we are and what makes us feel alive and whole. To me, therapy is a process of returning back ourselves. To identify what we need, engage in actions that meet those needs, and shed what is no longer serving us. My approach to therapy starts with our relationship, so you can feel safe and entrust this process with the most vulnerable parts of yourself. Through this entrusted relationship we can navigate the uncomfortable and messy parts of yourself and experiences that are blocking you from engaging in a meaningful life.
Life is a beautiful, messy, and complicated process. Through the midst of this process we lose connection to who we are and what makes us feel alive and whole. To me, therapy is a process of returning back ourselves. To identify what we need, engage in actions that meet those needs, and shed what is no longer serving us. My approach to therapy starts with our relationship, so you can feel safe and entrust this process with the most vulnerable parts of yourself. Through this entrusted relationship we can navigate the uncomfortable and messy parts of yourself and experiences that are blocking you from engaging in a meaningful life.
(619) 345-3939 View (619) 345-3939
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Debra Berl
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92123
Debra Berl is a Licensed Clinical Social worker who completed her graduate degree in 1991 and was licensed in 1995. She has been working in the field of Social Work and Counseling since 1991. Debra treats clients from all backgrounds with a focus on adults and adolescents. Debra's area of experience and training include: grief and loss, coping with chronic pain and illness, depression, women's issues, LGBTQ concerns, supporting parents of children with special needs and treating anxiety disorders.
Debra Berl is a Licensed Clinical Social worker who completed her graduate degree in 1991 and was licensed in 1995. She has been working in the field of Social Work and Counseling since 1991. Debra treats clients from all backgrounds with a focus on adults and adolescents. Debra's area of experience and training include: grief and loss, coping with chronic pain and illness, depression, women's issues, LGBTQ concerns, supporting parents of children with special needs and treating anxiety disorders.
(858) 758-3514 View (858) 758-3514
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Jamie (Lydia) Shorthill
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CCTP, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92123  (Online Only)
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 20 years of helping clients, I strive to help each person come to a better place of understanding, fulfillment and peace. The quest to understand and conquer trauma, anxiety, mood difficulties, stress and grief in a safe and caring environment is possible. Each plan is tailored to the client and their specific needs and wants to help find relief from symptoms and feel more confident. Connecting through Telehealth and/or Video Therapy to begin the healing process.
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 20 years of helping clients, I strive to help each person come to a better place of understanding, fulfillment and peace. The quest to understand and conquer trauma, anxiety, mood difficulties, stress and grief in a safe and caring environment is possible. Each plan is tailored to the client and their specific needs and wants to help find relief from symptoms and feel more confident. Connecting through Telehealth and/or Video Therapy to begin the healing process.
(858) 914-2841 View (858) 914-2841
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Susie VanDyke
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92123
Hello, I am Susie VanDyke, and I love working with PTSD, trauma, alcohol use, and substance use issues. I especially enjoy working with veterans, first responders, their families, and anyone going through difficult times. I graduated with a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2008 and have over fifteen years of experience in various mental health and hospital settings, with a concentration in military and first responders. I love helping people improve their lives and want them to feel better as quickly as possible. I enjoy helping people who are feeling hopeless about their situations because of tough circumstances.
Hello, I am Susie VanDyke, and I love working with PTSD, trauma, alcohol use, and substance use issues. I especially enjoy working with veterans, first responders, their families, and anyone going through difficult times. I graduated with a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2008 and have over fifteen years of experience in various mental health and hospital settings, with a concentration in military and first responders. I love helping people improve their lives and want them to feel better as quickly as possible. I enjoy helping people who are feeling hopeless about their situations because of tough circumstances.
(858) 758-3597 View (858) 758-3597
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Carolyn Coker Ross
MD, MPH
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92123  (Online Only)
Carolyn Coker Ross, MD, MPH, CEDS (www.carolynrossmd.com) is an African American author, speaker, expert the treatment of eating disorders, trauma and addictions and is board certified in Preventive Medicine and in Addiction Medicine. Dr. Ross presented a TEDxPleasantGrove talk on “Historical and Intergenerational Trauma in January 2020. She is the author of 3 books on eating disorders, the most recent is “The Food Addiction Recovery Workbook.” She is a contributing author to : “Treating Black Women with Eating Disorders: A Clinician’s Guide.” She is co-founder of the Institute for Antiracism and Equity (antiracismandequity.com).
Carolyn Coker Ross, MD, MPH, CEDS (www.carolynrossmd.com) is an African American author, speaker, expert the treatment of eating disorders, trauma and addictions and is board certified in Preventive Medicine and in Addiction Medicine. Dr. Ross presented a TEDxPleasantGrove talk on “Historical and Intergenerational Trauma in January 2020. She is the author of 3 books on eating disorders, the most recent is “The Food Addiction Recovery Workbook.” She is a contributing author to : “Treating Black Women with Eating Disorders: A Clinician’s Guide.” She is co-founder of the Institute for Antiracism and Equity (antiracismandequity.com).
(833) 686-9533 View (833) 686-9533
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Dr. Christina M. Charlotin
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92123
I am interested in wellness and holistic approaches to therapy. My work focuses on helping my clients achieve growth. Growth can take many forms in one's life such as: improved relationships, improved sense of self, transition across barriers, achievement of goals, career success, reduction of painful/unwanted symptoms, etc. My approach focuses on understanding the core of suffering and stagnation while uncovering what stands in the way of growth. I now provide Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy as a optional compliment to therapy.
I am interested in wellness and holistic approaches to therapy. My work focuses on helping my clients achieve growth. Growth can take many forms in one's life such as: improved relationships, improved sense of self, transition across barriers, achievement of goals, career success, reduction of painful/unwanted symptoms, etc. My approach focuses on understanding the core of suffering and stagnation while uncovering what stands in the way of growth. I now provide Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy as a optional compliment to therapy.
(619) 768-2034 View (619) 768-2034
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Kelly Goldsteinholm
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92123
You have found a safe, judgment-free space for kinksters, non-monogamists, swingers, and people with otherwise “alternative” relationship structures, dynamics, and roles to discuss issues of sexuality and identity. As a gay, kinky, queer therapist, I understand the complexities and importance of relationships - both with each other and with ourselves. If you experience disordered eating, we will work together, utilizing the Healthy at Every Size (HAES) approach, to holistically heal and restructure your overall mindset toward food and your physical body. Because bodies of all sizes deserve to be loved and respected.
You have found a safe, judgment-free space for kinksters, non-monogamists, swingers, and people with otherwise “alternative” relationship structures, dynamics, and roles to discuss issues of sexuality and identity. As a gay, kinky, queer therapist, I understand the complexities and importance of relationships - both with each other and with ourselves. If you experience disordered eating, we will work together, utilizing the Healthy at Every Size (HAES) approach, to holistically heal and restructure your overall mindset toward food and your physical body. Because bodies of all sizes deserve to be loved and respected.
(619) 304-3592 View (619) 304-3592
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Mark Spurlock
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92123
Mark Spurlock MFT works with Indivdual's, Marriages and Families. He is a Christian, and also offers Pastoral Counseling to Pastors and Church leaders and Church members. He has been in the counseling profession for over 25 years. Over the past 2 decades Mark Spurlock MFT Developed the 4 point Diamond Relationship Skills Quadrant that has helped thousands of Marriages survive and ultimately thrive. This skill based approach opens the doors for couples giving them the tools they need to effectively move past bitterness, and disconnection to renewed life and connection! Emotion-Communication-Agreement-Awareness.
Mark Spurlock MFT works with Indivdual's, Marriages and Families. He is a Christian, and also offers Pastoral Counseling to Pastors and Church leaders and Church members. He has been in the counseling profession for over 25 years. Over the past 2 decades Mark Spurlock MFT Developed the 4 point Diamond Relationship Skills Quadrant that has helped thousands of Marriages survive and ultimately thrive. This skill based approach opens the doors for couples giving them the tools they need to effectively move past bitterness, and disconnection to renewed life and connection! Emotion-Communication-Agreement-Awareness.
(858) 462-5054 View (858) 462-5054
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Jesse Jones
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92123
Do you sometimes feel like you can never be your true self? Do you desire to simply be who you are and not who everyone else expects you to be? Do you frequently feel lost in the complex social expectations often held toward gender and sexuality? For many people, these expectations can feel limiting and incompatible with their felt sense of who they are as a person. Whether you're dealing with assumptions or societal pressure to conform, I can help you navigate these hurdles and develop the tools and skills you need to live a more fulfilling and joyful life.
Do you sometimes feel like you can never be your true self? Do you desire to simply be who you are and not who everyone else expects you to be? Do you frequently feel lost in the complex social expectations often held toward gender and sexuality? For many people, these expectations can feel limiting and incompatible with their felt sense of who they are as a person. Whether you're dealing with assumptions or societal pressure to conform, I can help you navigate these hurdles and develop the tools and skills you need to live a more fulfilling and joyful life.
(619) 393-7925 View (619) 393-7925
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Darian Brinton
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92123
I want to help you feel connected and learn to begin taking responsibility for improving your life. Often times, we have answers to our own problems that can be unlocked with help from others. I have found that providing a listening ear and space for self-reflection, everyone has the ability to make significant improvements in all areas of their lives.
I want to help you feel connected and learn to begin taking responsibility for improving your life. Often times, we have answers to our own problems that can be unlocked with help from others. I have found that providing a listening ear and space for self-reflection, everyone has the ability to make significant improvements in all areas of their lives.
(714) 492-1371 View (714) 492-1371

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 92123

200+

Average cost per session

$175

Therapists in 92123 who prioritize treating:

89% Anxiety
87% Depression
67% Relationship Issues
66% Trauma and PTSD
66% Self Esteem
64% Coping Skills
58% Stress

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

84% Aetna
79% Cigna and Evernorth
70% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in 92123 see their clients

68% In Person and Online
32% Online Only

Gender breakdown

76% Female
23% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 92123?

Search for nearby therapists or counselors by inputting your city, town, or suburb; or zip code; or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or zip code into the search bar.

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Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors.

Many have been licensed by the country or state where they practice; providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some clinicians or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counselor?

Therapists, psychologists, and counselors are all licensed mental health professionals. In the US, psychologists have earned a doctoral degree. The terms “therapist” and “counselor” are used somewhat interchangeably, but generally therapists offer longer-term, mental health care, while counselors offer shorter-term care that may focus on one domain, such as marriage, career, or academic challenges.

Clients should consider factors such as insurance coverage and their primary reason(s) for seeking therapy to determine the type of professional best suited to their needs. Someone struggling with mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety, for example, may wish to seek out a clinical psychologist or therapist, while someone navigating career obstacles or marital upheaval may benefit from seeing a counselor who can offer short-term, targeted support.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the United States could cost between $100 and $200 or more. If you have insurance, the expense of mental health care is typically lower, but it varies based on your insurance plan details and whether you choose an in-network or out-of-network mental healthcare provider.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your zip code.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship. Therapists in the United States are bound by the regulations set out by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which aims to protect sensitive health information. With very few exceptions, a therapist will only discuss their client with others when the client has given their written permission. The instances in which a therapist would be required to disclose personal information are: if a client poses a danger to themselves or others, if the therapist suspects the abuse of a child or an elderly or otherwise dependent adult, or if they are legally forced to by court order. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed with a client before their first session.