Therapists in 98117

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Rachel Lee
Pre-Licensed Professional, LSWAIC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98117
My work is rooted in a collaborative, relational, and compassionate framework that considers the full experience of each client's identity. I feel strongly about creating inclusive and supportive spaces for people in transitional stages. I’m fascinated with how our relationship to ourselves and to others affects our wellbeing, and aim to provide a supportive and co-creative space that’s filled with presence, care, understanding, humor, and joy as we navigate these experiences together. Over the last decade I’ve worked with refugees, first-generation college students, and people experiencing trauma and PTSD, anxiety, and depression.
My work is rooted in a collaborative, relational, and compassionate framework that considers the full experience of each client's identity. I feel strongly about creating inclusive and supportive spaces for people in transitional stages. I’m fascinated with how our relationship to ourselves and to others affects our wellbeing, and aim to provide a supportive and co-creative space that’s filled with presence, care, understanding, humor, and joy as we navigate these experiences together. Over the last decade I’ve worked with refugees, first-generation college students, and people experiencing trauma and PTSD, anxiety, and depression.
(206) 207-9602 x23 View (206) 207-9602 x23
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Mindful Sessions
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98117  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
We seek help when an issue arises that we can’t seem to get through. In relationships, we might find ourselves having the same argument with our partner, family member or loved one over and over again. Maybe there’s an internal struggle we’ve tried to solve by reading self-help books or talking to our closest friends, only to find the problem is still a problem. That’s where I can help. Together we’ll identify goals and collaborate on a treatment plan. The beginning of any journey or change begins with acceptance, the proper treatment, and a healthier connection with ourselves and the world around us.
We seek help when an issue arises that we can’t seem to get through. In relationships, we might find ourselves having the same argument with our partner, family member or loved one over and over again. Maybe there’s an internal struggle we’ve tried to solve by reading self-help books or talking to our closest friends, only to find the problem is still a problem. That’s where I can help. Together we’ll identify goals and collaborate on a treatment plan. The beginning of any journey or change begins with acceptance, the proper treatment, and a healthier connection with ourselves and the world around us.
(509) 204-5994 View (509) 204-5994
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Agnes Kwong
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98117
[My schedule is full. Please contact my group practice's Get In Touch form to see if other clinicians may have openings] You may be considering therapy because you feel stuck or dissatisfied about some parts of your life. You might be aware of the person you want to be and can be, but something is getting in the way of that and you would like to understand what. Or, you might need a place to talk about difficult experiences so you can make sense of them. As someone who truly believes in the healing power of therapy, I am glad you are considering it as a way of reaching your potential, regardless of whom you choose as your therapist.
[My schedule is full. Please contact my group practice's Get In Touch form to see if other clinicians may have openings] You may be considering therapy because you feel stuck or dissatisfied about some parts of your life. You might be aware of the person you want to be and can be, but something is getting in the way of that and you would like to understand what. Or, you might need a place to talk about difficult experiences so you can make sense of them. As someone who truly believes in the healing power of therapy, I am glad you are considering it as a way of reaching your potential, regardless of whom you choose as your therapist.
(206) 535-1930 View (206) 535-1930
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Charles James Larsen-Kalla
Counselor, Charles Larsen-Kalla, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98117  (Online Only)
I have been a psychotherapist working in the Mental Health field since 1994. My education entailed a BS in Psychology and a BA in history from the University of Washington and MA in psychology from Antioch University. I have worked in a variety of settings in the Mental Health Field including working as a supervisor at the King County Crisis Line for ten years and recently at Harborview doing crisis intervention and psychotherapy. My passion has always been doing therapy and helping people have better lives. The process of therapy and success needs to be defined by the patient. My style of therapy after 25 years is my own.
I have been a psychotherapist working in the Mental Health field since 1994. My education entailed a BS in Psychology and a BA in history from the University of Washington and MA in psychology from Antioch University. I have worked in a variety of settings in the Mental Health Field including working as a supervisor at the King County Crisis Line for ten years and recently at Harborview doing crisis intervention and psychotherapy. My passion has always been doing therapy and helping people have better lives. The process of therapy and success needs to be defined by the patient. My style of therapy after 25 years is my own.
(808) 517-5874 View (808) 517-5874
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Bayeshan Wang Cooper
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98117
These emotional and behavioral patterns seem unshakeable; they show up in relationships and keep you from feeling the joy and genuine connection you desire. You may be able to logically trace these patterns to an origin in childhood trauma or internalized oppression, but in the heat of the moment, it’s as if your body goes on autopilot, and the cycle repeats once again. These patterns have been creating stagnation and isolation that are getting too painful and exhausting to cope with anymore. As a therapist, my goal is to help you transform these patterns so that you can experience a greater sense of agency, belonging, and ease.
These emotional and behavioral patterns seem unshakeable; they show up in relationships and keep you from feeling the joy and genuine connection you desire. You may be able to logically trace these patterns to an origin in childhood trauma or internalized oppression, but in the heat of the moment, it’s as if your body goes on autopilot, and the cycle repeats once again. These patterns have been creating stagnation and isolation that are getting too painful and exhausting to cope with anymore. As a therapist, my goal is to help you transform these patterns so that you can experience a greater sense of agency, belonging, and ease.
(206) 202-0809 View (206) 202-0809
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Anna Rhodes
Counselor, MA, LMHC, LMFTA
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98117
I am an interactive, solution-focused therapist dedicated to providing psychotherapy, EMDR, counseling, education, and support services to individuals, couples and professionals. I specialize in areas regarding the impact of stress, illness and loss, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, post-traumatic stress, life transitions, phobias, conflict resolution and all areas pertaining to creating and maintaining healthy relationships. Clients experience support, practical feedback, empathy, and insight to help them address life's challenges.
I am an interactive, solution-focused therapist dedicated to providing psychotherapy, EMDR, counseling, education, and support services to individuals, couples and professionals. I specialize in areas regarding the impact of stress, illness and loss, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, post-traumatic stress, life transitions, phobias, conflict resolution and all areas pertaining to creating and maintaining healthy relationships. Clients experience support, practical feedback, empathy, and insight to help them address life's challenges.
(206) 735-3589 View (206) 735-3589
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Kara Atkinson
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98117
Therapy offers a unique opportunity to engage you and the stories that have shaped you – to explore with curiosity and kindness, to be seen and heard, to heal and grow. Clients express a growing desire for more beyond familiar experiences that leave them feeling stuck or exhausted. They find that the courage to honestly tend to current hopes and struggles, including their past, to be a significant and meaningful decision. Relationships are deeply impactful in our lives, contributing to our development as well as our wounding; it is relationship that also fosters a foundation for healing and change.
Therapy offers a unique opportunity to engage you and the stories that have shaped you – to explore with curiosity and kindness, to be seen and heard, to heal and grow. Clients express a growing desire for more beyond familiar experiences that leave them feeling stuck or exhausted. They find that the courage to honestly tend to current hopes and struggles, including their past, to be a significant and meaningful decision. Relationships are deeply impactful in our lives, contributing to our development as well as our wounding; it is relationship that also fosters a foundation for healing and change.
(425) 470-6859 View (425) 470-6859
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Carla Grace
Counselor, LMHC, LPC, DBTC, CAMF
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98117  (Online Only)
Hi, my name is Carla Grace. My therapeutic style is interactive, inclusive and supportive. I facilitate my client's exploration of the root of traumatic events from a nurturing and empowering perspective. I view the healing process as a sacred and vulnerable experience and create a safe and empowering environment for exploration and healing. Initially, I help the client create supportive scaffolding by identifying and implementing healthy effective coping skills and identifying triggers. It is a privilege to walk alongside a person through their healing journey.
Hi, my name is Carla Grace. My therapeutic style is interactive, inclusive and supportive. I facilitate my client's exploration of the root of traumatic events from a nurturing and empowering perspective. I view the healing process as a sacred and vulnerable experience and create a safe and empowering environment for exploration and healing. Initially, I help the client create supportive scaffolding by identifying and implementing healthy effective coping skills and identifying triggers. It is a privilege to walk alongside a person through their healing journey.
(206) 759-7511 View (206) 759-7511
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Medicine Heart PLLC
Counselor, LMHC-A, ATR-P
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98117  (Online Only)
Fatima’s therapy practice focuses on implementing Art Therapy directives, Trauma-informed care, Attachment-based theory, Experiential, Spirituality/holistic approach and Person-centered theory. Fatima is the Owner of Medicine Heart PLLC. Fatima has a M.A in Clinical Mental Health counseling with a specialization in Art Therapy, Chemical Dependency, and Somatic-Interventions.
Fatima’s therapy practice focuses on implementing Art Therapy directives, Trauma-informed care, Attachment-based theory, Experiential, Spirituality/holistic approach and Person-centered theory. Fatima is the Owner of Medicine Heart PLLC. Fatima has a M.A in Clinical Mental Health counseling with a specialization in Art Therapy, Chemical Dependency, and Somatic-Interventions.
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Mary Anne Bennick Counseling
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98117  (Online Only)
I enjoy helping clients identify their values and dreams, untangle restrictions, and design practical solutions for living a more vibrant and mindful life.
I enjoy helping clients identify their values and dreams, untangle restrictions, and design practical solutions for living a more vibrant and mindful life.
(206) 966-4576 View (206) 966-4576
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Yoshimi Pelczarski
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, ACSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98117
I HELP INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES NAVIGATE CHALLENGING TIMES : Are you feeling overwhelmed, stressed and anxious? Are you struggling with family of origin or relationship issues? Do you want to rebuild your new life or perhaps a new career, but don't know where to start or paralyzed by fear? It is imperative to tackle the root causes of your suffering in order for you to move forward. When your regular support system is not enough, it may be time to talk with a professional. As an experienced psychotherapist and coach, I can help you move past self-doubt and fear so that you can be excited about living your life again.
I HELP INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES NAVIGATE CHALLENGING TIMES : Are you feeling overwhelmed, stressed and anxious? Are you struggling with family of origin or relationship issues? Do you want to rebuild your new life or perhaps a new career, but don't know where to start or paralyzed by fear? It is imperative to tackle the root causes of your suffering in order for you to move forward. When your regular support system is not enough, it may be time to talk with a professional. As an experienced psychotherapist and coach, I can help you move past self-doubt and fear so that you can be excited about living your life again.
(206) 203-5839 View (206) 203-5839
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Vanessa Lim
Pre-Licensed Professional, LMHCA, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98117
Therapy does not make hard things easy, but it can make confusing things clearer. My hope is to work with my clients towards real change, greater flexibility, and honesty in the context of a compassionate relationship, all of which are necessary for healing and flourishing. I work with individuals who struggle with intense emotions, out of control behaviors, OCD, addiction, trauma, abuse, and suicidal/self-harm behaviors. I also work with religious or spiritual concerns. I work with people who experience conflict within themselves, with other people in their lives, or with their personal and collective histories.
Therapy does not make hard things easy, but it can make confusing things clearer. My hope is to work with my clients towards real change, greater flexibility, and honesty in the context of a compassionate relationship, all of which are necessary for healing and flourishing. I work with individuals who struggle with intense emotions, out of control behaviors, OCD, addiction, trauma, abuse, and suicidal/self-harm behaviors. I also work with religious or spiritual concerns. I work with people who experience conflict within themselves, with other people in their lives, or with their personal and collective histories.
(206) 203-3401 View (206) 203-3401
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Katie Ribera
Counselor, MA, LMHCA
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98117
You are likely searching for a therapist because there is something in your life that is not working well. You may be feeling overwhelmed, distressed, hopeless, or noticing things in your life or in your relationships that you no longer find satisfying. Therapy provides time to consider who you are; it is a collaborative conversation that helps you to explore the ways your experiences have shaped your beliefs, feelings, and assumptions, and to identify the factors which prevent you from making the changes you desire in your life.
You are likely searching for a therapist because there is something in your life that is not working well. You may be feeling overwhelmed, distressed, hopeless, or noticing things in your life or in your relationships that you no longer find satisfying. Therapy provides time to consider who you are; it is a collaborative conversation that helps you to explore the ways your experiences have shaped your beliefs, feelings, and assumptions, and to identify the factors which prevent you from making the changes you desire in your life.
(206) 899-4852 View (206) 899-4852
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Stephanie A Phillips
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98117
Suffering is not evidence of failure. It is evidence of one thing... your humanity. We all suffer sometimes and we all deserve compassion and care simply because we're human. Coming to therapy can be scary. Even as you're reaching out to have a chance at a better experience in life, you want to know that who you are, and where you are now, will be respected and cared for. I believe good therapy can be both challenging and gentle, supportive and enlivening.
Suffering is not evidence of failure. It is evidence of one thing... your humanity. We all suffer sometimes and we all deserve compassion and care simply because we're human. Coming to therapy can be scary. Even as you're reaching out to have a chance at a better experience in life, you want to know that who you are, and where you are now, will be respected and cared for. I believe good therapy can be both challenging and gentle, supportive and enlivening.
(206) 489-3712 View (206) 489-3712
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Tessa Raebeck
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98117
A few spots available, start with a consultation. If you are hoping to find a space to manage stress and anxiety, process your past, learn about your emotions and defense mechanisms, heal from trauma, abuse, and hurt, and build a healthier sense of self, stronger coping skills, and better relationships, let's get to work. I understand that finding the right therapist can be a daunting process, that's why I respond to all inquiries promptly, offer free consultations, and provide all prospective clients with referrals if we are not the right fit or I do not have availability.
A few spots available, start with a consultation. If you are hoping to find a space to manage stress and anxiety, process your past, learn about your emotions and defense mechanisms, heal from trauma, abuse, and hurt, and build a healthier sense of self, stronger coping skills, and better relationships, let's get to work. I understand that finding the right therapist can be a daunting process, that's why I respond to all inquiries promptly, offer free consultations, and provide all prospective clients with referrals if we are not the right fit or I do not have availability.
(206) 278-3199 View (206) 278-3199
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Ed Rankin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98117  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
My approach is direct. I tell people what I think and encourage them to take responsibility for their lives.
My approach is direct. I tell people what I think and encourage them to take responsibility for their lives.
(206) 781-1950 View (206) 781-1950
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Dr, Gary Bell, Ed.D., LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, EdD, LMFT, Ct, Sup
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98117
I specialize in helping people of all ages and backgrounds experiencing imbalance in their personal, family or professional life. I work with thousands of clients through various issues with life change, parenting, crisis, death, and relationships. I pace myself to the client's needs and work quickly using core values which are universal to all walks of life. Currently, since 2013 I have a weekly international radio/internet show on Voiceamerica.com. The Empowerment channel called "Dr. Gary Bell's Absurd Psychology."
I specialize in helping people of all ages and backgrounds experiencing imbalance in their personal, family or professional life. I work with thousands of clients through various issues with life change, parenting, crisis, death, and relationships. I pace myself to the client's needs and work quickly using core values which are universal to all walks of life. Currently, since 2013 I have a weekly international radio/internet show on Voiceamerica.com. The Empowerment channel called "Dr. Gary Bell's Absurd Psychology."
(206) 207-1207 View (206) 207-1207
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Jen John
Pre-Licensed Professional, LMCHA, MEd
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98117
I work with individuals (5+) of all genders and identities experiencing anxiety and/or in a time of transition. I enjoy working with college-age individuals blending the space between teenager and adulthood; individuals in their 20's figuring out their dating goals, navigating the dating scene and their careers; parents helping their children (3+) develop autonomy and secure attachments. Building relationships is a foundational piece of our work together and I work to meet you where you are.
I work with individuals (5+) of all genders and identities experiencing anxiety and/or in a time of transition. I enjoy working with college-age individuals blending the space between teenager and adulthood; individuals in their 20's figuring out their dating goals, navigating the dating scene and their careers; parents helping their children (3+) develop autonomy and secure attachments. Building relationships is a foundational piece of our work together and I work to meet you where you are.
(206) 222-3439 View (206) 222-3439
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Prof. Arie T. Greenleaf
Counselor, PhD, LMHC, CHT
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98117  (Online Only)
Welcome! I’m Dr. Arie Greenleaf, and I’ve designed Integrative Insight Therapy (IIT) to serve as a conduit between the introspective wisdom of Eastern philosophies and the pragmatic, solution-focused approaches of Western psychotherapy. This innovative method targets the intricate balance of the mind’s duality, encouraging you to fully embrace the present moment. IIT is more than a therapeutic approach; it’s a journey towards uncovering moments of insight that help dissolve entrenched emotional and psychological conflicts. This process fosters a profound sense of freedom, paving the way for enhanced self-awareness.
Welcome! I’m Dr. Arie Greenleaf, and I’ve designed Integrative Insight Therapy (IIT) to serve as a conduit between the introspective wisdom of Eastern philosophies and the pragmatic, solution-focused approaches of Western psychotherapy. This innovative method targets the intricate balance of the mind’s duality, encouraging you to fully embrace the present moment. IIT is more than a therapeutic approach; it’s a journey towards uncovering moments of insight that help dissolve entrenched emotional and psychological conflicts. This process fosters a profound sense of freedom, paving the way for enhanced self-awareness.
(206) 385-5978 View (206) 385-5978
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Jana L McCall
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98117  (Online Only)
Your needs and story are unique and your therapy should be too. Let's find the right kind of therapy for you so you can thrive rather than just get by. Whether you’re suffering deeply, experiencing relationship conflict, confused about who you are and how to be true to yourself, unable to connect with others, or bored and uninspired, I’d like to know your story and help you write the next chapters so that you can have your best life. I work with with anxiety, depression, trauma, auto-immune disorders, OCD, relationship issues, ADHD/ADD, neurodivergence, and more, and can help you make the changes for a better life.
Your needs and story are unique and your therapy should be too. Let's find the right kind of therapy for you so you can thrive rather than just get by. Whether you’re suffering deeply, experiencing relationship conflict, confused about who you are and how to be true to yourself, unable to connect with others, or bored and uninspired, I’d like to know your story and help you write the next chapters so that you can have your best life. I work with with anxiety, depression, trauma, auto-immune disorders, OCD, relationship issues, ADHD/ADD, neurodivergence, and more, and can help you make the changes for a better life.
(206) 567-7336 View (206) 567-7336

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 98117

100+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in 98117 who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
91% Depression
80% Relationship Issues
75% Self Esteem
72% Trauma and PTSD
71% Grief
63% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

72% Premera
53% First Choice Health | FCH
46% Regence

How Therapists in 98117 see their clients

68% In Person and Online
32% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
15% Male
5% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 98117?

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.