Therapists in 98367

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Farah A. Westbrook
MA, NCC, LCPC, LPC, LMHC
Verified
Port Orchard, WA 98367  (Online Only)
Although I focus on the individual when developing an intervention that will allow that person to find their inner strength, my work with clients is primarily from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy perspective. Becoming more aware of damaging automatic thoughts and acquiring the ability to revise cognitions impacts one's behaviors and ultimately may lead to positive change. The intimate process of making the subconscious conscious is a fundamental step towards growth and change.
Although I focus on the individual when developing an intervention that will allow that person to find their inner strength, my work with clients is primarily from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy perspective. Becoming more aware of damaging automatic thoughts and acquiring the ability to revise cognitions impacts one's behaviors and ultimately may lead to positive change. The intimate process of making the subconscious conscious is a fundamental step towards growth and change.
(360) 763-0594 View (360) 763-0594
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Billie St. Jean
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, SUDP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Port Orchard, WA 98367
Remote Only: Are you struggling from past trauma that you've buried for a long time, but you keep getting triggered by situations that bring up similar reactions? Are you anxious, depressed or having trouble sleeping because you can't turn your mind off? Maybe you have noticed patterns in yourself, or in your life including in relationships, or in your career or with family that you would like to explore or change? If you are ready, I can provide that safe non-judgmental space for you to understand yourself.
Remote Only: Are you struggling from past trauma that you've buried for a long time, but you keep getting triggered by situations that bring up similar reactions? Are you anxious, depressed or having trouble sleeping because you can't turn your mind off? Maybe you have noticed patterns in yourself, or in your life including in relationships, or in your career or with family that you would like to explore or change? If you are ready, I can provide that safe non-judgmental space for you to understand yourself.
(253) 352-2866 View (253) 352-2866
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Wade Walter, MA, LMHC, LLC
Counselor, MA, LMHC, BC-TMH, CCATP, CSTIP
Verified
Port Orchard, WA 98367  (Online Only)
I have over 36 years of broad and rich experience in the mental health field. Anxiety and mood disorders as well as personality disorders are a particular area of specialization for me. I am a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP), a Certified Sex Therapy Informed Provider (CSTIP) and specialize also in treatment of Personality Disorders. My clients achieve rapid results through exploration of how their thoughts effect their emotional experiences. My theoretical orientation is Cognitive Behavioral and Mindfulness techniques also important to my work with clients. I work with individuals, couples, and families.
I have over 36 years of broad and rich experience in the mental health field. Anxiety and mood disorders as well as personality disorders are a particular area of specialization for me. I am a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP), a Certified Sex Therapy Informed Provider (CSTIP) and specialize also in treatment of Personality Disorders. My clients achieve rapid results through exploration of how their thoughts effect their emotional experiences. My theoretical orientation is Cognitive Behavioral and Mindfulness techniques also important to my work with clients. I work with individuals, couples, and families.
(360) 329-9876 View (360) 329-9876
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First Step Counseling PLLC
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Port Orchard, WA 98367  (Online Only)
I'm glad you took the first step, and are thinking about making a change to take a different direction in your life. That's the first step, is to acknowledge that you are struggling in a particular area and you are ready to take the next steps to change that direction and start heading towards the path that you had hoped and planned for yourself. Great work already! I'm glad you are here!
I'm glad you took the first step, and are thinking about making a change to take a different direction in your life. That's the first step, is to acknowledge that you are struggling in a particular area and you are ready to take the next steps to change that direction and start heading towards the path that you had hoped and planned for yourself. Great work already! I'm glad you are here!
(360) 392-5730 View (360) 392-5730
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Amanda Hightower
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSWAIC
Verified
Port Orchard, WA 98367  (Online Only)
If you are looking for someone to walk beside you as you navigate life’s challenges and pursue personal growth, I would be happy to journey with you. I work with adults and couples who are wanting to build healthy coping skills, overcome shame, find empowerment after trauma, develop healthy relationships, and/or simply want to discover more about who they are and how to build holistic health.
If you are looking for someone to walk beside you as you navigate life’s challenges and pursue personal growth, I would be happy to journey with you. I work with adults and couples who are wanting to build healthy coping skills, overcome shame, find empowerment after trauma, develop healthy relationships, and/or simply want to discover more about who they are and how to build holistic health.
(253) 215-8254 View (253) 215-8254
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Michael Alexander Retallick
Counselor, LMHCA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Port Orchard, WA 98367  (Online Only)
Would you like some help but are unsure if anyone will understand you and your needs? It seems like the world is growing more complex and there are many different cultural and subcultural views about mental health, happiness, and better look like. I have experience working with people of a variety of religious, spiritual, and cultural backgrounds; including those who identify with the geek, gamer, and nerd subcultures. I strive to work within your values and beliefs as we work together to reach goals that are personally meaningful and align with your values.
Would you like some help but are unsure if anyone will understand you and your needs? It seems like the world is growing more complex and there are many different cultural and subcultural views about mental health, happiness, and better look like. I have experience working with people of a variety of religious, spiritual, and cultural backgrounds; including those who identify with the geek, gamer, and nerd subcultures. I strive to work within your values and beliefs as we work together to reach goals that are personally meaningful and align with your values.
(253) 867-9358 View (253) 867-9358
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Sarah Pence
Counselor, LMHCA, SUDP
Verified
Port Orchard, WA 98367
Everyone no matter who they are are able to move past the darkness and trauma of their past, I am here to help rebuild and reshape thoughts and behaviors that have kept you in the dark. I enjoy collaborating with my clients to achieve their best version of themselves. Reaching out for help is the hardest step in therapy a person can take. By having an open mind and free space to help clients feel safe to express past traumas is essential to build a foundation to become the version each person has the right to show the world.
Everyone no matter who they are are able to move past the darkness and trauma of their past, I am here to help rebuild and reshape thoughts and behaviors that have kept you in the dark. I enjoy collaborating with my clients to achieve their best version of themselves. Reaching out for help is the hardest step in therapy a person can take. By having an open mind and free space to help clients feel safe to express past traumas is essential to build a foundation to become the version each person has the right to show the world.
(253) 880-1529 View (253) 880-1529
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Robin Powell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
5 Endorsed
Port Orchard, WA 98367  (Online Only)
Clients will often say “I went to a therapist and they just sat there and listened and nodded.” I’m more than a listen and nod therapist; I would describe myself as an action-oriented and interactive therapist. I work with clients to identify strengths and focus on negative self-talk that is creating a stagnant or distressing situation. Whether you are trying to overcome anxiety, master depression, cope with grief or loss, or survive your child’s teen years you will reach your goals more rapidly by focusing on your strengths. Let's work together to define your new chapter and move you forward.
Clients will often say “I went to a therapist and they just sat there and listened and nodded.” I’m more than a listen and nod therapist; I would describe myself as an action-oriented and interactive therapist. I work with clients to identify strengths and focus on negative self-talk that is creating a stagnant or distressing situation. Whether you are trying to overcome anxiety, master depression, cope with grief or loss, or survive your child’s teen years you will reach your goals more rapidly by focusing on your strengths. Let's work together to define your new chapter and move you forward.
(253) 600-2804 View (253) 600-2804
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Victoria Tierney
Counselor, PhD, LMHC
Verified
Port Orchard, WA 98367
Hello! During this uncertain time, I am taking new patients by phone and via Telemental Health video conferencing. You can explore the challenges affecting your daily life. I honor diversity and support you in determining your personal goals. Your needs are addressed in the safety of personal phone, video, or face-to-face sessions (when we can). We plan your treatment together by addressing your needs: anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders, among other mental health challenges- along with family and/or relationship complications. I work with adults, teens, couples, parents, families. I look forward to meeting you.
Hello! During this uncertain time, I am taking new patients by phone and via Telemental Health video conferencing. You can explore the challenges affecting your daily life. I honor diversity and support you in determining your personal goals. Your needs are addressed in the safety of personal phone, video, or face-to-face sessions (when we can). We plan your treatment together by addressing your needs: anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders, among other mental health challenges- along with family and/or relationship complications. I work with adults, teens, couples, parents, families. I look forward to meeting you.
(360) 523-7363 View (360) 523-7363
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Sally Plank
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICASW
Verified
Port Orchard, WA 98367  (Online Only)
Feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, anxious or disconnected? You’re not alone. Each and everyone of us has our own stories and lived experiences of pain, trauma, disconnection. Life’s challenges can be overwhelming and it is crucial to have the support you need to navigate life. My approach is person-centered, trauma-informed, and body-led. Healing is a journey, and I will meet you on the path exactly where you are with compassion and non-judgement. Together I join with you on the path toward your healing and fulfillment and together we embrace the messiness of the human experience where you are free to explore what is alive for you.
Feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, anxious or disconnected? You’re not alone. Each and everyone of us has our own stories and lived experiences of pain, trauma, disconnection. Life’s challenges can be overwhelming and it is crucial to have the support you need to navigate life. My approach is person-centered, trauma-informed, and body-led. Healing is a journey, and I will meet you on the path exactly where you are with compassion and non-judgement. Together I join with you on the path toward your healing and fulfillment and together we embrace the messiness of the human experience where you are free to explore what is alive for you.
(253) 400-4143 View (253) 400-4143
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Karina Johnson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified
Port Orchard, WA 98367  (Online Only)
'Hope' (noun): To desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment; to expect with confidence. What do you hope for? I think deep down we all hope for similar things; peace, joy, love, excitement, and fulfilling relationships. When we experience depression, anxiety, trauma, stressful life circumstances, parenting challenges or relationship difficulties we can end up feeling hopeless and alone. My goal as a therapist is to help you rediscover your hopes and dreams and make a plan to achieve them! I will do this by providing a safe space to process what has gotten in your way and helping you identify what changes can be made.
'Hope' (noun): To desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment; to expect with confidence. What do you hope for? I think deep down we all hope for similar things; peace, joy, love, excitement, and fulfilling relationships. When we experience depression, anxiety, trauma, stressful life circumstances, parenting challenges or relationship difficulties we can end up feeling hopeless and alone. My goal as a therapist is to help you rediscover your hopes and dreams and make a plan to achieve them! I will do this by providing a safe space to process what has gotten in your way and helping you identify what changes can be made.
(253) 367-3147 View (253) 367-3147
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Corey M. Williams
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, LMHCA
Verified
Port Orchard, WA 98367
Not accepting new clients
Have you found yourself avoiding certain places, conversations, or situations? Do you no longer engage in hobbies or activities you once enjoyed? Do you feel detached from others, or find it difficult to experience happiness and satisfaction? Are you having nightmares or difficulty sleeping? First responders have a front row seat to the best and worst of humanity. This can take a toll on you in a variety of ways. Sometimes images from calls keep returning. Hypervigilance and cumulative stress can leave you feeling restless, irritable, or fatigued. This can lead to resentment and negative beliefs about yourself and the world.
Have you found yourself avoiding certain places, conversations, or situations? Do you no longer engage in hobbies or activities you once enjoyed? Do you feel detached from others, or find it difficult to experience happiness and satisfaction? Are you having nightmares or difficulty sleeping? First responders have a front row seat to the best and worst of humanity. This can take a toll on you in a variety of ways. Sometimes images from calls keep returning. Hypervigilance and cumulative stress can leave you feeling restless, irritable, or fatigued. This can lead to resentment and negative beliefs about yourself and the world.
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Mallory Burns
Counselor, LMHCA
Verified
Port Orchard, WA 98367
We all experience hardships and circumstances out of our control from time to time. My desire is to help you empower yourself, regain control of your life, and change your mindset so that you can have the most contentment and joy possible. I hope to create a safe place for you to develop your strengths while equipping you for positive change as you navigate the challenges of life. Seeking counseling requires a lot of courage and strength; your step in faith will be met with kindness, genuine care, and understanding.
We all experience hardships and circumstances out of our control from time to time. My desire is to help you empower yourself, regain control of your life, and change your mindset so that you can have the most contentment and joy possible. I hope to create a safe place for you to develop your strengths while equipping you for positive change as you navigate the challenges of life. Seeking counseling requires a lot of courage and strength; your step in faith will be met with kindness, genuine care, and understanding.
(360) 732-8683 View (360) 732-8683
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Sierra Osmers
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified
Port Orchard, WA 98367
My purpose is to help individuals, couples, and families overcome adversity in their lives and relationships. I use a solution-focused approach to understand each person’s unique set of values, and direction. Together, we will strengthen and heal your relationships with yourself, and the people important to you. We will find meaning out of your past experiences, and use this to create a change for your future. To identify what is truly important to you.
My purpose is to help individuals, couples, and families overcome adversity in their lives and relationships. I use a solution-focused approach to understand each person’s unique set of values, and direction. Together, we will strengthen and heal your relationships with yourself, and the people important to you. We will find meaning out of your past experiences, and use this to create a change for your future. To identify what is truly important to you.
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Kipp D Trembley
Counselor, MA, MATP, LMHC
Verified
Port Orchard, WA 98367
I meet with individuals, couples, families, and run groups. I generally work with folks who complain of depression, anxiety, grief and loss, stress management, anger management, trauma/PTSD, interpersonal conflict, parenting challenges, spiritual challenges, frustration tolerance, and some health challenges to include nicotine addiction. I also provide in-home nursing-aid care, DD respite care, and tutoring. A client is encouraged to boldly explore their own thoughts and emotions in a safe, warm and collaborative therapeutic environment and find new solutions, skills, insight and awareness around life's challenges, both within the person and the persons' life experience
I meet with individuals, couples, families, and run groups. I generally work with folks who complain of depression, anxiety, grief and loss, stress management, anger management, trauma/PTSD, interpersonal conflict, parenting challenges, spiritual challenges, frustration tolerance, and some health challenges to include nicotine addiction. I also provide in-home nursing-aid care, DD respite care, and tutoring. A client is encouraged to boldly explore their own thoughts and emotions in a safe, warm and collaborative therapeutic environment and find new solutions, skills, insight and awareness around life's challenges, both within the person and the persons' life experience
(360) 529-4924 View (360) 529-4924
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Sheri A Lane
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Port Orchard, WA 98367
Not accepting new clients
Are you struggling to communicate effectively with your spouse, partner, children or co-workers? Are you confused by the current circumstances you find yourself in? Life isn't easy, but finding someone to talk to about life's challenges should be. As a licensed Marriage and Family therapist, I am passionate about relationships and I am committed to helping individuals, couples and families reach their greatest potential. Using a collaborative approach, I offer my clients a safe environment to learn practical skills to help improve communication and decrease negativity in their relationships.
Are you struggling to communicate effectively with your spouse, partner, children or co-workers? Are you confused by the current circumstances you find yourself in? Life isn't easy, but finding someone to talk to about life's challenges should be. As a licensed Marriage and Family therapist, I am passionate about relationships and I am committed to helping individuals, couples and families reach their greatest potential. Using a collaborative approach, I offer my clients a safe environment to learn practical skills to help improve communication and decrease negativity in their relationships.
(253) 271-4671 View (253) 271-4671
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Suzanne M Kirsch
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Port Orchard, WA 98367
I believe the purpose of therapy is to support people in gaining personal insight, understanding of others perspectives, and integrating this information while planning new and improved responses and courses of action. As we are able to discover and express our hidden emotions and create new relational responses we then have the potential to change a distressed and rigid relationship into a more secure, safe and satisfying one. My commitment is to devote my full attention to you during our time together and to work with you as supportively, competently, responsibly, and professionally as I am able.
I believe the purpose of therapy is to support people in gaining personal insight, understanding of others perspectives, and integrating this information while planning new and improved responses and courses of action. As we are able to discover and express our hidden emotions and create new relational responses we then have the potential to change a distressed and rigid relationship into a more secure, safe and satisfying one. My commitment is to devote my full attention to you during our time together and to work with you as supportively, competently, responsibly, and professionally as I am able.
(206) 539-1075 View (206) 539-1075
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Erin Hohol
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
Port Orchard, WA 98367
My approach to counseling is to focus on strengths and help to assist with solutions rather than telling my patients what to do. My focus is to address short-term problems as well as long-term psychological well-being. The more you can tell me about what and how you are feeling, the more effectively I will be able to assist you in resolving your personal problems and issues. I believe all individuals are deserving of acceptance, respect, compassion, and understanding, and all children are capable of success in academics, extracurricular activities, and social interactions.
My approach to counseling is to focus on strengths and help to assist with solutions rather than telling my patients what to do. My focus is to address short-term problems as well as long-term psychological well-being. The more you can tell me about what and how you are feeling, the more effectively I will be able to assist you in resolving your personal problems and issues. I believe all individuals are deserving of acceptance, respect, compassion, and understanding, and all children are capable of success in academics, extracurricular activities, and social interactions.
(253) 265-9626 View (253) 265-9626
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Tamara Axtell
Counselor, MS, LMHC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Port Orchard, WA 98367
Where are you trying to go? Is your past or fear for the future like a ball and chain, shackling you from the freedom you crave? Can you imagine your ideal life? I love to help my clients find a way toward living the life they envision. We all need a little help sometimes when life gets complicated. I always commit to working as hard as my clients in the time we spend together in sessions. I help clients gain practical skills and confidence for whatever challenges they are facing. Call me today and we will work together to break through to your best life!
Where are you trying to go? Is your past or fear for the future like a ball and chain, shackling you from the freedom you crave? Can you imagine your ideal life? I love to help my clients find a way toward living the life they envision. We all need a little help sometimes when life gets complicated. I always commit to working as hard as my clients in the time we spend together in sessions. I help clients gain practical skills and confidence for whatever challenges they are facing. Call me today and we will work together to break through to your best life!
(253) 649-2370 View (253) 649-2370
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Bonnie McKenney
Counselor, MS, LMHC, NCC, MHP, CMHP
Verified
6 Endorsed
Port Orchard, WA 98367
Not accepting new clients
Did something really bad happen? Completely stressed out, anxious, depressed or feeling stuck? Is there too much to think about and sort out? Not sure what to do next or if it's even worth it? I would like to help you feel better, and to discover greater meaning and purpose for your life. As a Certified EMDR therapist (attachment focused), I can help you process the traumatic events that have occurred. Together we can work towards creating the story you want for your life. I partner with teens, parents and individual adults to help sort through the difficult issues your facing today.
Did something really bad happen? Completely stressed out, anxious, depressed or feeling stuck? Is there too much to think about and sort out? Not sure what to do next or if it's even worth it? I would like to help you feel better, and to discover greater meaning and purpose for your life. As a Certified EMDR therapist (attachment focused), I can help you process the traumatic events that have occurred. Together we can work towards creating the story you want for your life. I partner with teens, parents and individual adults to help sort through the difficult issues your facing today.
(253) 265-4074 View (253) 265-4074

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How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 98367

30+

Average cost per session

$140

Therapists in 98367 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
88% Stress
82% Self Esteem
79% Coping Skills
76% Relationship Issues
74% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

80% Aetna
73% Premera
60% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in 98367 see their clients

68% In Person and Online
32% Online Only

Gender breakdown

82% Female
18% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 98367?

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.