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Renee Michelle Ward
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LCSW
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92604  (Online Only)
Greetings! My name is Renee and I'm a licensed clinical social worker. We spend too much time feeling as though we're not good enough or can't achieve our dreams. How we think about ourselves and our environment directly determines how we feel. As a therapist I have had the opportunity to work with clients looking for guidance and relief in many areas such as: anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, addiction, ADHD symptoms, life transitions, body dysmorphia and gender dysphoria. Please contact me for a 15 min free consultation to see if we are a good fit. I will get back to you within 24 hours.
Greetings! My name is Renee and I'm a licensed clinical social worker. We spend too much time feeling as though we're not good enough or can't achieve our dreams. How we think about ourselves and our environment directly determines how we feel. As a therapist I have had the opportunity to work with clients looking for guidance and relief in many areas such as: anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, addiction, ADHD symptoms, life transitions, body dysmorphia and gender dysphoria. Please contact me for a 15 min free consultation to see if we are a good fit. I will get back to you within 24 hours.
(714) 586-8678 View (714) 586-8678
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Cynthia Cassil
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Irvine, CA 92604  (Online Only)
Are you tired of coping with something painful or traumatic that happened in the past? Maybe it was childhood abuse or being bullied a long time ago, a recent car accident, or some other event at work or home that is causing you to feel anxious, isolated, or alone. You need a safe place and an understanding therapist to talk to who can help you put the painful memories behind so you can feel happier, less anxious, and have healthy relationships with others. It's time to live a good life in spite of what has happened to you.
Are you tired of coping with something painful or traumatic that happened in the past? Maybe it was childhood abuse or being bullied a long time ago, a recent car accident, or some other event at work or home that is causing you to feel anxious, isolated, or alone. You need a safe place and an understanding therapist to talk to who can help you put the painful memories behind so you can feel happier, less anxious, and have healthy relationships with others. It's time to live a good life in spite of what has happened to you.
(949) 635-7460 View (949) 635-7460
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Justine Gordon
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, EMDR
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92604
Navigating life's challenges is never easy, but reaching out for help is a brave first step to living a more genuine and fulfilling life. I have expertise in working with individuals struggling with childhood trauma and trauma-related symptoms such as grief, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and relational conflict. I believe every client is unique and deserves to be listened to and understood in an empathetic way. I am passionate about creating a safe, kind, collaborative and judgment-free space where clients can attain new insights, experience new feelings, and find a renewed sense of physical and mental well-being.
Navigating life's challenges is never easy, but reaching out for help is a brave first step to living a more genuine and fulfilling life. I have expertise in working with individuals struggling with childhood trauma and trauma-related symptoms such as grief, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and relational conflict. I believe every client is unique and deserves to be listened to and understood in an empathetic way. I am passionate about creating a safe, kind, collaborative and judgment-free space where clients can attain new insights, experience new feelings, and find a renewed sense of physical and mental well-being.
(949) 749-6613 View (949) 749-6613
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Sharlese Jones
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92604  (Online Only)
Sharlese Jones been doing therapy for over 15 years, helping various needs. She's a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) that has assisted children, teens and families in learning new skills to manage, anger, depression, anxiety, stress, build confidence, ADHD, mood regulation. self esteem building, transgender issues, couples issues, life skills, parenting, grief, and various other situations. Sharlese completed her Master's degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling and School Counseling and her Bachelor's degree in Social Work from CSUS Sacramento.
Sharlese Jones been doing therapy for over 15 years, helping various needs. She's a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) that has assisted children, teens and families in learning new skills to manage, anger, depression, anxiety, stress, build confidence, ADHD, mood regulation. self esteem building, transgender issues, couples issues, life skills, parenting, grief, and various other situations. Sharlese completed her Master's degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling and School Counseling and her Bachelor's degree in Social Work from CSUS Sacramento.
(949) 776-1287 View (949) 776-1287
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Antoinette Gupta
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, Psy D
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92604
Do you wish to have a deeper connection and intimacy with your partner? Would you like to learn more positive ways of communicating with your partner, parent or child? Or perhaps you may feel stuck with anxious and/or depressed feelings and would like to learn healthy ways to cope and move forward. You hold the key to make positive changes for a more happy, satisfying and fulfilling life.Your Journey begins with a single step which you have already made by reading this information.
Do you wish to have a deeper connection and intimacy with your partner? Would you like to learn more positive ways of communicating with your partner, parent or child? Or perhaps you may feel stuck with anxious and/or depressed feelings and would like to learn healthy ways to cope and move forward. You hold the key to make positive changes for a more happy, satisfying and fulfilling life.Your Journey begins with a single step which you have already made by reading this information.
(714) 584-4950 View (714) 584-4950
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Thuy Ulrich
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92604
Thuy Ulrich is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with more than 12 years of experience. She is a highly motivated and skilled solutions-oriented mental health professional dedicated to providing exceptional care and advocacy to empower children, adolescents, and adults in need. She has a demonstrated track record of counseling diverse populations in one-on-one or group settings. She blends empathy and creativity in collaborating with her clients on the solutions that work best for them to reach their goals and potential.
Thuy Ulrich is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with more than 12 years of experience. She is a highly motivated and skilled solutions-oriented mental health professional dedicated to providing exceptional care and advocacy to empower children, adolescents, and adults in need. She has a demonstrated track record of counseling diverse populations in one-on-one or group settings. She blends empathy and creativity in collaborating with her clients on the solutions that work best for them to reach their goals and potential.
(949) 828-2912 View (949) 828-2912
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Sheron Gershelis
Pre-Licensed Professional, ASW, EMDR
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92604
Are you struggling with work, relational, and life stressors that have overwhelmed you and you are unsure what to do next? You're trying to open the next chapter in your life, but your past traumas and anxiety stop you. This is where I come in and help guide you in making YOUR right decision. I will help you through your journey in becoming worry-free and assist you in processing unresolved feelings and learning healthy coping skills for emotional distress
Are you struggling with work, relational, and life stressors that have overwhelmed you and you are unsure what to do next? You're trying to open the next chapter in your life, but your past traumas and anxiety stop you. This is where I come in and help guide you in making YOUR right decision. I will help you through your journey in becoming worry-free and assist you in processing unresolved feelings and learning healthy coping skills for emotional distress
(949) 670-9318 View (949) 670-9318
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Dorise Hebenstreit
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, EMDR
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92604
My focus is to help individuals and families heal from anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship/family issues. As the therapeutic area of concern is introduced, we can begin to work together in developing empowerment of self as we set up together healthy and achievable goals. I aim to establish include compassion, good communication and trust. In our relationship then I will work alongside you to develop your own coping tools. My approach is a person-centered (positive type) direction to further your strengths and resilience which is tailored towards your specific goals and needs.
My focus is to help individuals and families heal from anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship/family issues. As the therapeutic area of concern is introduced, we can begin to work together in developing empowerment of self as we set up together healthy and achievable goals. I aim to establish include compassion, good communication and trust. In our relationship then I will work alongside you to develop your own coping tools. My approach is a person-centered (positive type) direction to further your strengths and resilience which is tailored towards your specific goals and needs.
(949) 997-2859 View (949) 997-2859
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Melanie Maddox
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW, EMDR
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92604
Are you experiencing challenges in dealing with anxiety, depression, and traumatic experiences? Do you struggle with effective communication and setting boundaries in your relationships with others? Life often presents obstacles and difficulties that might lead to these difficulties without proper tools, resources, and guidance. I utilize CBT, DBT, ACT, and Trauma-informed care to help you manage symptoms and promote healing and growth. With a deep appreciation for the uniqueness of each client and their lived experiences, I foster a collaborative and inclusive therapeutic environment.
Are you experiencing challenges in dealing with anxiety, depression, and traumatic experiences? Do you struggle with effective communication and setting boundaries in your relationships with others? Life often presents obstacles and difficulties that might lead to these difficulties without proper tools, resources, and guidance. I utilize CBT, DBT, ACT, and Trauma-informed care to help you manage symptoms and promote healing and growth. With a deep appreciation for the uniqueness of each client and their lived experiences, I foster a collaborative and inclusive therapeutic environment.
(949) 674-3699 View (949) 674-3699
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Tara Etemad-Haary
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92604
Not accepting new clients
As incredible humans, everyone has found ways to adapt to situations that have brought shame, anger, sadness, and grief. Some cope to find relief in experiences that are unsafe, uncontrollable, or traumatic, but these adaptations have stopped serving them. When adaptations are no longer self-serving, some can experience a loud inner critic, low self-esteem, and a disconnection from themselves and others.
As incredible humans, everyone has found ways to adapt to situations that have brought shame, anger, sadness, and grief. Some cope to find relief in experiences that are unsafe, uncontrollable, or traumatic, but these adaptations have stopped serving them. When adaptations are no longer self-serving, some can experience a loud inner critic, low self-esteem, and a disconnection from themselves and others.
(714) 709-2920 View (714) 709-2920
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Richard Haddock
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92604
Dr. Richard Haddock is a licensed Psychologist providing individual therapy for individuals across the lifespan 5-65+. He received his Bachelor's in Science from Suffolk University with a double major in sociology and psychology. He received both his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with a concentration in Military and Veterans Psychology, and a Master's in Professional Psychology from William James College.
Dr. Richard Haddock is a licensed Psychologist providing individual therapy for individuals across the lifespan 5-65+. He received his Bachelor's in Science from Suffolk University with a double major in sociology and psychology. He received both his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with a concentration in Military and Veterans Psychology, and a Master's in Professional Psychology from William James College.
(949) 899-6295 View (949) 899-6295
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Julia Martinez
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92604
Process the past so you can have room to bloom. " Life is full of transition, which can be challenging but with the support of a compassionate therapist, I believe that you can find your own unique strengths to overcome obstacles to achieve your goals. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist and a registered art therapist who uses systems/solutions focused approach to guide you through unique, tailored interventions to build insight into problematic patterns and explore solutions to build self-awareness, improve communication and make progress through life's transitions.
Process the past so you can have room to bloom. " Life is full of transition, which can be challenging but with the support of a compassionate therapist, I believe that you can find your own unique strengths to overcome obstacles to achieve your goals. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist and a registered art therapist who uses systems/solutions focused approach to guide you through unique, tailored interventions to build insight into problematic patterns and explore solutions to build self-awareness, improve communication and make progress through life's transitions.
(949) 881-6335 View (949) 881-6335
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Robert Belanger
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92604  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Are you struggling to communicate with your significant other or child? Are your best intentions at reaching out leading to frustrating arguments? Do you struggle to find the right words to express your desires and are surprised by how your loved ones react? Or are you feeling growing tension and hoping to prevent any further distancing in your relationship? Are past traumas making you hesitate in being truly open with your most important relationships? If you feel stuck in your relationships and as a result have growing feelings of depression or anxiety, talk therapy with Robert Belanger, LMFT may be what you need.
Are you struggling to communicate with your significant other or child? Are your best intentions at reaching out leading to frustrating arguments? Do you struggle to find the right words to express your desires and are surprised by how your loved ones react? Or are you feeling growing tension and hoping to prevent any further distancing in your relationship? Are past traumas making you hesitate in being truly open with your most important relationships? If you feel stuck in your relationships and as a result have growing feelings of depression or anxiety, talk therapy with Robert Belanger, LMFT may be what you need.
(661) 332-8015 View (661) 332-8015
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Shahin Carrigan
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MFT
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92604
I have a Ph.D. In Educational Psychology from UCLA, an MS and license in Marriage and Family therapy 20 years of College/University teaching including at UC system, and 20 years of private practice experience! I also specialize in ADHD testing and treatment! One of few therapists offering off-site and remote computerized testing for ADHD diagnosis and treatment for children and adults. ADHD affects not only school performance, but every every other area of life as well, including your work and relationships, such as marriage and parenting. ADHD's co morbidity with depression, anxiety, and panic attacks are well documented.
I have a Ph.D. In Educational Psychology from UCLA, an MS and license in Marriage and Family therapy 20 years of College/University teaching including at UC system, and 20 years of private practice experience! I also specialize in ADHD testing and treatment! One of few therapists offering off-site and remote computerized testing for ADHD diagnosis and treatment for children and adults. ADHD affects not only school performance, but every every other area of life as well, including your work and relationships, such as marriage and parenting. ADHD's co morbidity with depression, anxiety, and panic attacks are well documented.
(949) 881-4706 View (949) 881-4706
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Jose Luna
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW, EMDR
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92604  (Online Only)
My therapeutic approach mainly focuses on helping my clients identify their strengths to help alleviate anxiety, depression, and trauma. I am a firm believer that our childhood experiences contribute to our beliefs, behavioral patterns, and selecting a romantic partner. Therapy is a process! To allow ourselves to be intimate and vulnerable with someone about our experiences and trauma can be daunting. As a therapist, it is my goal to help validate, create a safe environment and help understand aspects of lived experiences.
My therapeutic approach mainly focuses on helping my clients identify their strengths to help alleviate anxiety, depression, and trauma. I am a firm believer that our childhood experiences contribute to our beliefs, behavioral patterns, and selecting a romantic partner. Therapy is a process! To allow ourselves to be intimate and vulnerable with someone about our experiences and trauma can be daunting. As a therapist, it is my goal to help validate, create a safe environment and help understand aspects of lived experiences.
(949) 997-3182 View (949) 997-3182
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Chantal Daley
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92604
Do you find yourself having a difficult time coping with anxiety, depression, and trauma? Do you have a hard time communicating and setting boundaries with others? Life is full of obstacles and hardships that may be difficult to overcome without the right tools, resources, and, guidance leading to the manifestation of these symptoms. I specialize in working with adults, couples, and adolescents using a Psychodynamic approach to explore unconscious thoughts and behaviors. In doing this, we are able to collaboratively recognize old ineffective patterns and process unresolved feelings and trauma.
Do you find yourself having a difficult time coping with anxiety, depression, and trauma? Do you have a hard time communicating and setting boundaries with others? Life is full of obstacles and hardships that may be difficult to overcome without the right tools, resources, and, guidance leading to the manifestation of these symptoms. I specialize in working with adults, couples, and adolescents using a Psychodynamic approach to explore unconscious thoughts and behaviors. In doing this, we are able to collaboratively recognize old ineffective patterns and process unresolved feelings and trauma.
(949) 635-4171 View (949) 635-4171
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Nicole Moriarty: Trauma Resolution Therapy
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MS, LPCC
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92604
There is a solution. There is hope. And there is healing. Anxiety, depression, disordered eating, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, disruption in relationships, substance abuse, and on and on. These are curable, changeable, healable issues. When you go straight to the root of the issue, you can bring deep, lasting change. And we now know that the root of every mental health disorder (and many physical diseases as well) is some form of unresolved trauma. Trauma refers to any moment in our lives that we were unsafe in some way. Big or small, single events or years-long patterns-if we aren't able to process it, we store it.
There is a solution. There is hope. And there is healing. Anxiety, depression, disordered eating, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, disruption in relationships, substance abuse, and on and on. These are curable, changeable, healable issues. When you go straight to the root of the issue, you can bring deep, lasting change. And we now know that the root of every mental health disorder (and many physical diseases as well) is some form of unresolved trauma. Trauma refers to any moment in our lives that we were unsafe in some way. Big or small, single events or years-long patterns-if we aren't able to process it, we store it.
(949) 534-0813 View (949) 534-0813
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Kelly Albrecht
Pre-Licensed Professional, ASW
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92604
Are you struggling to process depression, anxiety, relationship/family issues, and trauma? These emotional ruptures can cause major disruptions in our lives. The work to process these types of life events is multifaceted, and I can help you identify your feelings and potential relational patterns, build tolerance and acceptance around challenging ones, and set meaningful goals. In order to do so, I utilize various therapeutic approaches consisting of ACT, CBT, and Problem Solving Therapy and somatic interventions.
Are you struggling to process depression, anxiety, relationship/family issues, and trauma? These emotional ruptures can cause major disruptions in our lives. The work to process these types of life events is multifaceted, and I can help you identify your feelings and potential relational patterns, build tolerance and acceptance around challenging ones, and set meaningful goals. In order to do so, I utilize various therapeutic approaches consisting of ACT, CBT, and Problem Solving Therapy and somatic interventions.
(949) 776-8547 View (949) 776-8547
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Miriam Theresa Lamb
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92604  (Online Only)
Miriam Lamb is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 10 years in the mental health field. She is passionate about helping youth, adolescents, and adults address their unique challenges and live more fulfilled lives. After attending Sofia University, Miriam worked extensively with individuals and families facing a multitude of challenges. Miriam specializes in depression, LGBTQ+ issues, racial trauma, acculturation, immigration issues, chronic illness/pain, spirituality issues, Hollywood industry concerns, anxiety, grief, trauma, relationship issues, youth/adolescent issues, and major life transitions.
Miriam Lamb is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 10 years in the mental health field. She is passionate about helping youth, adolescents, and adults address their unique challenges and live more fulfilled lives. After attending Sofia University, Miriam worked extensively with individuals and families facing a multitude of challenges. Miriam specializes in depression, LGBTQ+ issues, racial trauma, acculturation, immigration issues, chronic illness/pain, spirituality issues, Hollywood industry concerns, anxiety, grief, trauma, relationship issues, youth/adolescent issues, and major life transitions.
(949) 996-9561 View (949) 996-9561
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Debra Williams
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92604  (Online Only)
Debra Williams is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 13 years of experience assisting teens, adults, and seniors. Her goal has been to focus on examining how the past may be affecting the present, teaching the strength and confidence needed to heal from feelings of anger, pain, helplessness, loneliness, anxiety, and depression, which often surface as a result of trauma.
Debra Williams is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 13 years of experience assisting teens, adults, and seniors. Her goal has been to focus on examining how the past may be affecting the present, teaching the strength and confidence needed to heal from feelings of anger, pain, helplessness, loneliness, anxiety, and depression, which often surface as a result of trauma.
(949) 799-4170 View (949) 799-4170

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 92604

100+

Average cost per session

$160

Therapists in 92604 who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
92% Anxiety
86% Relationship Issues
79% Trauma and PTSD
73% Grief
73% Self Esteem
65% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

66% Cigna and Evernorth
59% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
57% Optum

How Therapists in 92604 see their clients

76% In Person and Online
24% Online Only

Gender breakdown

85% Female
14% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 92604?

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.