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Amanda L. Hamilton
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Aptos, CA 95003
Are you ready to transform your life and your relationships? To pick up the pieces and reassemble them in a more beautiful way? To explore issues related to sexuality, partnership, and family? By reclaiming the forgotten parts of the self, we move towards wholeness. It is time to make peace with the past, learn to live in the present, and gain clarity of vision for a future worth living. By turning towards our suffering in a safe environment, we can transform our wounds into a source of beauty and strength. It is possible to live a life deeply connected to ourselves, our families, our loved ones, and the Earth.
Are you ready to transform your life and your relationships? To pick up the pieces and reassemble them in a more beautiful way? To explore issues related to sexuality, partnership, and family? By reclaiming the forgotten parts of the self, we move towards wholeness. It is time to make peace with the past, learn to live in the present, and gain clarity of vision for a future worth living. By turning towards our suffering in a safe environment, we can transform our wounds into a source of beauty and strength. It is possible to live a life deeply connected to ourselves, our families, our loved ones, and the Earth.
(831) 218-6084 View (831) 218-6084
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Raina Rose Gallagher
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ACSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Aptos, CA 95003
It can be really difficult to ask for help. Even when a helping hand is extended, it can be even harder to hold on and trust. I believe that healing is not a linear process. There will be inevitable ups and downs going through the healing journey, which is where the real progress is made. Continuously being asked to find the courage to get back up over, and over, and over again is where you will find your true inner strength. How do we keep moving forward when it all just feels like too much? Every passing moment is temporary, but it is how we cope with those challenging, stressful, and even scary moments that matter.
It can be really difficult to ask for help. Even when a helping hand is extended, it can be even harder to hold on and trust. I believe that healing is not a linear process. There will be inevitable ups and downs going through the healing journey, which is where the real progress is made. Continuously being asked to find the courage to get back up over, and over, and over again is where you will find your true inner strength. How do we keep moving forward when it all just feels like too much? Every passing moment is temporary, but it is how we cope with those challenging, stressful, and even scary moments that matter.
(831) 703-8983 View (831) 703-8983
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Sharon Vaughn
MPH, RN, Couples, Coach
Verified Verified
Aptos, CA 95003
I love helping people realize how good they really are rather than staying stuck in their low self-esteem. To be blunt, I’m a smart, deeply experienced, super kind, caregiving Coach. What I really love to do is help women and men solve their anxieties and recover their joy. My goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. If you're looking for extra support and help through a challenging situation or you are just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.
I love helping people realize how good they really are rather than staying stuck in their low self-esteem. To be blunt, I’m a smart, deeply experienced, super kind, caregiving Coach. What I really love to do is help women and men solve their anxieties and recover their joy. My goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. If you're looking for extra support and help through a challenging situation or you are just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.
(831) 215-3273 View (831) 215-3273
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JoAnna I. Dias
Psychologist, PsyD, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Aptos, CA 95003
Dr. Dias employs an interpersonal, psychodynamic framework to help adults (18+) explore the influence of past relationships on present patterns. She understands the therapeutic relationship as a crucial element of healing, fostering a safe and supportive environment for her clients. Drawing from her extensive experience, she assists individuals dealing with self-esteem struggles, depression, anxiety, childhood trauma, religious abuse, and relationship challenges. Dr. Dias welcomes patients navigating religious deconstruction or seeking, or desiring to positively incorporate faith into their healing journey.
Dr. Dias employs an interpersonal, psychodynamic framework to help adults (18+) explore the influence of past relationships on present patterns. She understands the therapeutic relationship as a crucial element of healing, fostering a safe and supportive environment for her clients. Drawing from her extensive experience, she assists individuals dealing with self-esteem struggles, depression, anxiety, childhood trauma, religious abuse, and relationship challenges. Dr. Dias welcomes patients navigating religious deconstruction or seeking, or desiring to positively incorporate faith into their healing journey.
(408) 335-4531 View (408) 335-4531
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Lorrine Ruth Carrara-Costello
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Aptos, CA 95003  (Online Only)
In our busy lives we often don't have the opportunity or permission to express our deepest fears, the paralyzing effects of shame, disappointments, regrets and confusion. I am a firm believer in creating optimism by encouraging and gently challenging clients to reach for their goals; always looking at possibilities and opportunities.
In our busy lives we often don't have the opportunity or permission to express our deepest fears, the paralyzing effects of shame, disappointments, regrets and confusion. I am a firm believer in creating optimism by encouraging and gently challenging clients to reach for their goals; always looking at possibilities and opportunities.
(831) 708-0445 View (831) 708-0445
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Craig Rothhammer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Aptos, CA 95003  (Online Only)
I am a highly experienced practitioner with 43 years of clinical experience, willing to work with more complex cases. I have a calm demeanor (California beach style) but communicate directly, with transparency and tact. My goal is assist you in developing the skills and insights to approach a vast array of situations., with a higher degree of success. I seek to provide the means to manage immediate issues, but also techniques to become more independent in facing the inevitable future challenges of life. I have seen exclusively Kaiser NorCal clients.
I am a highly experienced practitioner with 43 years of clinical experience, willing to work with more complex cases. I have a calm demeanor (California beach style) but communicate directly, with transparency and tact. My goal is assist you in developing the skills and insights to approach a vast array of situations., with a higher degree of success. I seek to provide the means to manage immediate issues, but also techniques to become more independent in facing the inevitable future challenges of life. I have seen exclusively Kaiser NorCal clients.
(562) 352-1243 View (562) 352-1243
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Patricia Dudley
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Aptos, CA 95003  (Online Only)
I work well with motivated clients who are looking to improve their daily lives through self-exploration, and are open to challenging their current patterns in order to reach your goals. Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, feeling stuck, work/life stress, relationship issues, past trauma, or managing the daily challenges we are facing during this COVID-19 global shift, I would love to be here to support you. I work primarily with individuals and groups.
I work well with motivated clients who are looking to improve their daily lives through self-exploration, and are open to challenging their current patterns in order to reach your goals. Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, feeling stuck, work/life stress, relationship issues, past trauma, or managing the daily challenges we are facing during this COVID-19 global shift, I would love to be here to support you. I work primarily with individuals and groups.
(831) 292-4073 View (831) 292-4073
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Dustin Adler
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Aptos, CA 95003  (Online Only)
Are you waking up already consumed by stress, anxiety, and feeling exhausted? Or each day starts off heavy with the burden of an overwhelming life? Whether you’re feeling totally hopeless, the darkness of depression has overtaken you, you have lost your sense of purpose, or are deflated in your career or your relationship, I CAN help. Together, we’ll get to the root of where your pain comes from, learn what truly drives you, and discover parts of your identity that have long disappeared. You’ll learn tools to get out of your own way, stop judging yourself, and break free from the painful cycles that you have been stuck in.
Are you waking up already consumed by stress, anxiety, and feeling exhausted? Or each day starts off heavy with the burden of an overwhelming life? Whether you’re feeling totally hopeless, the darkness of depression has overtaken you, you have lost your sense of purpose, or are deflated in your career or your relationship, I CAN help. Together, we’ll get to the root of where your pain comes from, learn what truly drives you, and discover parts of your identity that have long disappeared. You’ll learn tools to get out of your own way, stop judging yourself, and break free from the painful cycles that you have been stuck in.
(442) 218-3142 View (442) 218-3142
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Emily Cross
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Aptos, CA 95003
I have a passion for working with people who are hurting and trying to figure out how to cope with life's struggles. I do not believe we are meant to barely survive, just getting by, day to day. I believe we are meant to thrive and find ways to enjoy life, even when going through hard times. I also believe mental illness such as depression is a healing emotion alerting us something must change in order to nurture our self. I would love to meet you and see if we make a good fit.
I have a passion for working with people who are hurting and trying to figure out how to cope with life's struggles. I do not believe we are meant to barely survive, just getting by, day to day. I believe we are meant to thrive and find ways to enjoy life, even when going through hard times. I also believe mental illness such as depression is a healing emotion alerting us something must change in order to nurture our self. I would love to meet you and see if we make a good fit.
(831) 263-4720 x08 View (831) 263-4720 x08
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Cheryl Jacques
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Aptos, CA 95003
Waitlist for new clients
My background and training is psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, which I offer to individuals, teens and couples. Together we work towards a deeper understanding of yourself and parts of you not yet well integrated into wholeness. We work collaboratively to resolve personal and interpersonal conflicts, and seek to improve your mood and behavior with compassionate understanding. Symptoms can arise from a traumatic and abusive history and I help you to heal from those experiences. I offer Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) in collaboration with Journey Clinical to qualified individuals as an assist in treatment.
My background and training is psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, which I offer to individuals, teens and couples. Together we work towards a deeper understanding of yourself and parts of you not yet well integrated into wholeness. We work collaboratively to resolve personal and interpersonal conflicts, and seek to improve your mood and behavior with compassionate understanding. Symptoms can arise from a traumatic and abusive history and I help you to heal from those experiences. I offer Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) in collaboration with Journey Clinical to qualified individuals as an assist in treatment.
(510) 653-0678 View (510) 653-0678
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Erin Liana Johnson
Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Aptos, CA 95003
Waitlist for new clients
If you have been living with chronic pain or illness your relationship to your physicality may currently feel jarred, broken, or thrown off course. You may be grieving the life you thought you would have, or feeling weighed down by addressing day to day challenges. If you are seeking to repair your relationship between yourself and your body, gain new coping skills, and challenge current paradigms, I would be a great fit for you!
If you have been living with chronic pain or illness your relationship to your physicality may currently feel jarred, broken, or thrown off course. You may be grieving the life you thought you would have, or feeling weighed down by addressing day to day challenges. If you are seeking to repair your relationship between yourself and your body, gain new coping skills, and challenge current paradigms, I would be a great fit for you!
(831) 215-4138 View (831) 215-4138
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Erin Bucci
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Aptos, CA 95003
Waitlist for new clients
Sometimes we need extra help when facing particularly painful, overwhelming, or puzzling situations. By setting aside a dedicated time and place in which to bring your full attention (and mine) to the task of sorting out what pains or blocks you, you give yourself the best opportunity to craft the life you wish to live. In the company of a skilled practitioner, the process of therapy can help you work through old patterns and address the challenges at hand. You can experience a greater sense of meaning, purpose, and peace in your life and in your relationships.
Sometimes we need extra help when facing particularly painful, overwhelming, or puzzling situations. By setting aside a dedicated time and place in which to bring your full attention (and mine) to the task of sorting out what pains or blocks you, you give yourself the best opportunity to craft the life you wish to live. In the company of a skilled practitioner, the process of therapy can help you work through old patterns and address the challenges at hand. You can experience a greater sense of meaning, purpose, and peace in your life and in your relationships.
(831) 531-2727 View (831) 531-2727
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Karen Ouse
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, SEP, NARM
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Aptos, CA 95003
Waitlist for new clients
Are you suffering from the effects of trauma in your life? Are you finding that talk therapy alone is not shifting patterns of mood and behavior? I am a holistic psychotherapist with specialized training in Somatic Experiencing and the Neuro-Affective Relational Model. You may feel as though you don't know who you are any more, that life has become burdensome, or maybe you have the sense that you were never really your authentic self to begin with. Perhaps you experience physiological and behavioral symptoms such as addiction, overwhelm, and isolation. This loss of connection to self/other is indicative of trauma. I can help you.
Are you suffering from the effects of trauma in your life? Are you finding that talk therapy alone is not shifting patterns of mood and behavior? I am a holistic psychotherapist with specialized training in Somatic Experiencing and the Neuro-Affective Relational Model. You may feel as though you don't know who you are any more, that life has become burdensome, or maybe you have the sense that you were never really your authentic self to begin with. Perhaps you experience physiological and behavioral symptoms such as addiction, overwhelm, and isolation. This loss of connection to self/other is indicative of trauma. I can help you.
(831) 216-5398 View (831) 216-5398
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Lisa Barrera
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Aptos, CA 95003
Issues stemming from anxiety, stress, depression, and trauma can get in our way of living a satisfying, fulfilling life. But it doesn’t have to be this way. We all have within us the capacity to cope with, and even grow from, hardships and challenges. With my guidance we will explore and process the underlying fears, unmet needs, and negative beliefs that keep you “stuck”. We will cultivate your inner strengths to help you become healthier, more resilient, and enjoy more positivity in your life and your relationships with others.
Issues stemming from anxiety, stress, depression, and trauma can get in our way of living a satisfying, fulfilling life. But it doesn’t have to be this way. We all have within us the capacity to cope with, and even grow from, hardships and challenges. With my guidance we will explore and process the underlying fears, unmet needs, and negative beliefs that keep you “stuck”. We will cultivate your inner strengths to help you become healthier, more resilient, and enjoy more positivity in your life and your relationships with others.
(408) 320-0994 View (408) 320-0994
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Ellen Garfield, LMFT. Specializing in EMDR
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
13 Endorsed
Aptos, CA 95003
IN-PERSON and ZOOM appts available. My style is engaged, curious, warm, direct, and my clients tell me they enjoy my sense of humor. I love working with individuals struggling with conflicts in the family, work, or with friends, those wanting to gain insight into themselves, and individuals in the process of healing from trauma. I have specialized training in EMDR (eye movement desensitization & reprocessing), which is an evidence-based practice shown to be effective in decreasing psychological distress caused by trauma and disturbing life experiences. I also incorporate parts work/IFS. I’m neurodiversity affirming and fat positive.
IN-PERSON and ZOOM appts available. My style is engaged, curious, warm, direct, and my clients tell me they enjoy my sense of humor. I love working with individuals struggling with conflicts in the family, work, or with friends, those wanting to gain insight into themselves, and individuals in the process of healing from trauma. I have specialized training in EMDR (eye movement desensitization & reprocessing), which is an evidence-based practice shown to be effective in decreasing psychological distress caused by trauma and disturbing life experiences. I also incorporate parts work/IFS. I’m neurodiversity affirming and fat positive.
(831) 854-7543 View (831) 854-7543
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Elisa Martínez: Therapy For Anxious Thinkers And Insecure Achievers
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Aptos, CA 95003  (Online Only)
You're a smart, sensitive soul who knows how to get shit DONE. People can count on you because you're the responsible, reliable "giver" who makes sure others' wants and needs are met. On the outside, it seems like you've got it all together. But your mind is often a maelstrom of worry and turmoil, anticipating worst-case scenarios and disaster. Your inner critic whispers (or shouts!) in your ear: "Maybe you're just not good enough...you're failing...you're a fraud." Your outer success is a double-edged sword, rewarding you with the external validation that makes you feel worthy but keeps you on the approval-seeking hamster wheel.
You're a smart, sensitive soul who knows how to get shit DONE. People can count on you because you're the responsible, reliable "giver" who makes sure others' wants and needs are met. On the outside, it seems like you've got it all together. But your mind is often a maelstrom of worry and turmoil, anticipating worst-case scenarios and disaster. Your inner critic whispers (or shouts!) in your ear: "Maybe you're just not good enough...you're failing...you're a fraud." Your outer success is a double-edged sword, rewarding you with the external validation that makes you feel worthy but keeps you on the approval-seeking hamster wheel.
(408) 662-1945 View (408) 662-1945
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Ashley Marie Boyd
MHt, MNLP, MSc, MTT, EFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Aptos, CA 95003
I’m here to help you Create your Dream Life by setting & achieving your goals, overcome blocks, set new patterns & tap into your Alignment, Embodiment & Empowerment. My focus is on guiding you to your inner wisdom, transforming your relationship to self, forming new beliefs & patterns while rediscovering your unique talents. By working together my aim is to support you in achieving your hearts desires, achieving success & helping you flourish in your life. We will take a holistic approach that respects the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit. I believe in your innate wisdom, wholeness, resilience, and capacity for growth.
I’m here to help you Create your Dream Life by setting & achieving your goals, overcome blocks, set new patterns & tap into your Alignment, Embodiment & Empowerment. My focus is on guiding you to your inner wisdom, transforming your relationship to self, forming new beliefs & patterns while rediscovering your unique talents. By working together my aim is to support you in achieving your hearts desires, achieving success & helping you flourish in your life. We will take a holistic approach that respects the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit. I believe in your innate wisdom, wholeness, resilience, and capacity for growth.
(831) 603-2357 View (831) 603-2357
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Laura Kurek
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Aptos, CA 95003
Are you tired of facing the same struggle, over and over again? The same marriage problems...the same anxious feeling when you wake up and go to sleep...the same stress that never leaves you in peace...the same sense of hopelessness and loneliness. You've tried to feel better - to improve things - but nothing ever changes and you're right back where you started. I can help. I specialize in helping people to leave behind the struggles, patterns and habits that keep their lives stuck on repeat, opening the door to a life of connection, wholeness and peace.
Are you tired of facing the same struggle, over and over again? The same marriage problems...the same anxious feeling when you wake up and go to sleep...the same stress that never leaves you in peace...the same sense of hopelessness and loneliness. You've tried to feel better - to improve things - but nothing ever changes and you're right back where you started. I can help. I specialize in helping people to leave behind the struggles, patterns and habits that keep their lives stuck on repeat, opening the door to a life of connection, wholeness and peace.
(831) 263-0773 x15 View (831) 263-0773 x15
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Dr. Kathryn Keithly, Pediatric Psychologist
Psychologist, LEP, MA, PsyD
Verified Verified
Aptos, CA 95003
Kathryn (Katy) Keithly holds a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology, with a concentration in Educational Psychology and a State certification in School Psychology. She is a licensed Educational Psychologist (#3485) and a Board Certified Sport Psychologist. Katy got her start in Psychology at Cal State Monterey Bay were she graduated with a B.A and was the captain of CSUMB’s women’s golf team for four years. Katy also has been riding horses since she was five and competed throughout the United States.
Kathryn (Katy) Keithly holds a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology, with a concentration in Educational Psychology and a State certification in School Psychology. She is a licensed Educational Psychologist (#3485) and a Board Certified Sport Psychologist. Katy got her start in Psychology at Cal State Monterey Bay were she graduated with a B.A and was the captain of CSUMB’s women’s golf team for four years. Katy also has been riding horses since she was five and competed throughout the United States.
(831) 269-5705 View (831) 269-5705
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Pamela Thompson
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Aptos, CA 95003
Pamela Thompson, LPC, is a licensed professional counselor/psychotherapist who specializes in treating children, teens and adults. Pamela works with clients to identify dysfunctional patterns in relationships, develop effective coping strategies, and to assist clients in reaching their therapy goals using cognitive behavioral therapy. In the last 6 years, she has worked extensively with client’s experiencing anxiety, depression, life transitions, adhd, and trauma in both private, outpatient clinic and school settings.
Pamela Thompson, LPC, is a licensed professional counselor/psychotherapist who specializes in treating children, teens and adults. Pamela works with clients to identify dysfunctional patterns in relationships, develop effective coping strategies, and to assist clients in reaching their therapy goals using cognitive behavioral therapy. In the last 6 years, she has worked extensively with client’s experiencing anxiety, depression, life transitions, adhd, and trauma in both private, outpatient clinic and school settings.
(310) 361-6283 View (310) 361-6283

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 95003

100+

Average cost per session

$160

Therapists in 95003 who prioritize treating:

90% Depression
89% Relationship Issues
89% Anxiety
75% Self Esteem
72% Grief
72% Trauma and PTSD
62% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

18 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

38% Other
36% MHN | Health Net
34% Aetna

How Therapists in 95003 see their clients

79% In Person and Online
21% Online Only

Gender breakdown

74% Female
26% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 95003?

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.