Therapists in Phoenix, AZ

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Photo of Sage Jaurequi, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate in Phoenix, AZ
Sage Jaurequi
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, LAMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85020
Summer 2024 (May-Sep) availability, virtual sessions only. I am a Couples/Relationship Therapist who focuses on attachment. There is no worse feeling than feeling disconnected, alone, and misunderstood in the most important relationship in your life. Allow me to help you reconnect and strengthen your relationship bond. If you want to improve your communication and deepen your experience of connection, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy may work for you. I also work with individuals who currently are experiencing, or have experienced, relationship anxiety, parental neglect/abandonment, and trauma.
Summer 2024 (May-Sep) availability, virtual sessions only. I am a Couples/Relationship Therapist who focuses on attachment. There is no worse feeling than feeling disconnected, alone, and misunderstood in the most important relationship in your life. Allow me to help you reconnect and strengthen your relationship bond. If you want to improve your communication and deepen your experience of connection, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy may work for you. I also work with individuals who currently are experiencing, or have experienced, relationship anxiety, parental neglect/abandonment, and trauma.
(619) 394-6660 View (619) 394-6660
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Linda Schwartz
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85014  (Online Only)
I firmly believe there is a definite quality difference between a marriage-counseling specialist and a therapist who "also" works with couples. My singular focus enables me to meet you where you are in your struggles and to work with you without judgment and never favoring either partner. I use the most-effective approach of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy. This science-based method is a "brief" model, which means you may experience relief in the early phase of our work together. You'll learn about a "negative cycle" of arguing or distancing and how that cycle is your enemy, not each other!
I firmly believe there is a definite quality difference between a marriage-counseling specialist and a therapist who "also" works with couples. My singular focus enables me to meet you where you are in your struggles and to work with you without judgment and never favoring either partner. I use the most-effective approach of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy. This science-based method is a "brief" model, which means you may experience relief in the early phase of our work together. You'll learn about a "negative cycle" of arguing or distancing and how that cycle is your enemy, not each other!
(480) 568-2770 View (480) 568-2770
Photo of Alivia Roper, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Phoenix, AZ
Alivia Roper
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Hello! I'm Alivia, and I'm here to offer you the support you need during challenging times. If you're grappling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues or the aftermath of trauma, I specialize in providing the support you need. Together, we'll work towards finding emotional balance, fostering personal growth, and developing your inner strength. In a compassionate and non-judgmental environment, we'll explore your thoughts and emotions, paving the way for healing.
Hello! I'm Alivia, and I'm here to offer you the support you need during challenging times. If you're grappling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues or the aftermath of trauma, I specialize in providing the support you need. Together, we'll work towards finding emotional balance, fostering personal growth, and developing your inner strength. In a compassionate and non-judgmental environment, we'll explore your thoughts and emotions, paving the way for healing.
(480) 485-0913 View (480) 485-0913
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Shawn Foltz Emmons
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85014
I enjoy doing all types of therapy for all different issues to include depression, anxiety, addiction/substance use and abuse, health and wellness, grief, trauma, parental alienation, developmental challenges, autism spectrum disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, codependency, work stress and relationship conflict. I work with people to identify treatment goals and create a treatment regimen that fits their needs which includes psychodynamic, CBT, DBT, behavior modification, interpersonal therapy, sport psychology and coaching.
I enjoy doing all types of therapy for all different issues to include depression, anxiety, addiction/substance use and abuse, health and wellness, grief, trauma, parental alienation, developmental challenges, autism spectrum disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, codependency, work stress and relationship conflict. I work with people to identify treatment goals and create a treatment regimen that fits their needs which includes psychodynamic, CBT, DBT, behavior modification, interpersonal therapy, sport psychology and coaching.
(480) 207-3432 View (480) 207-3432
Photo of Shannon Jacobson, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Phoenix, AZ
Shannon Jacobson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85022
You have taken the initiative and have begun the most difficult part of your journey. Your being here means you are contemplating change. No doubt about it, change can be hard, and yes, often uncomfortable. Good news, you do not have to go through it alone. You are the expert of your own experience and you get to set the pace for your journey. I engage a psychodynamic, person centered, strengths based, solution focused approach in working with my clients. My passion is working with the root causes of symptoms that trouble you. Anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, let's uncover what has prevented or is blocking your progress or goals.
You have taken the initiative and have begun the most difficult part of your journey. Your being here means you are contemplating change. No doubt about it, change can be hard, and yes, often uncomfortable. Good news, you do not have to go through it alone. You are the expert of your own experience and you get to set the pace for your journey. I engage a psychodynamic, person centered, strengths based, solution focused approach in working with my clients. My passion is working with the root causes of symptoms that trouble you. Anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, let's uncover what has prevented or is blocking your progress or goals.
(602) 932-1974 View (602) 932-1974
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Beverly Sue Mahaffey
Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85014
I have been especially helpful to people experiencing the following challenges: relationship difficulties including couple, family and work issues, grief/loss, parenting, teen and young adult issues. Each person/couple is viewed from a place of deep respect for their history, struggles and victories. My style is individualized, collaborative and designed to access the wisdom and strength within every person. Couples have felt that therapy helped them reestablish their emotional connection. My specialty is determining the core issues underneath conflict within any relationship including with self. I will serve as clinician, teacher, guide and encourager as you experience growth/healing.
I have been especially helpful to people experiencing the following challenges: relationship difficulties including couple, family and work issues, grief/loss, parenting, teen and young adult issues. Each person/couple is viewed from a place of deep respect for their history, struggles and victories. My style is individualized, collaborative and designed to access the wisdom and strength within every person. Couples have felt that therapy helped them reestablish their emotional connection. My specialty is determining the core issues underneath conflict within any relationship including with self. I will serve as clinician, teacher, guide and encourager as you experience growth/healing.
(602) 903-7147 View (602) 903-7147
Photo of Alan Boss (B.o.s.s. Ihc) in Phoenix, AZ
Alan Boss (B.o.s.s. Ihc)
MC,
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85029
Not accepting new clients
Alan specializes in working with people who are experiencing life stressors, loss of job, feelings of worthlessness, transitioning from the legal system, substance abuse, daily stressors, emotional issues, all of which can become overwhelming. Our goal at B.O.S.S. IHC is to assist and support individuals in living a life with awareness, intention, being goal oriented, processing past experiences, as well as assisting in choices for successful relationships, work/life balance and personal peace. As a veteran himself, Alan has a heart for working with this community to deal with trauma, anger issues and civilian life transition.
Alan specializes in working with people who are experiencing life stressors, loss of job, feelings of worthlessness, transitioning from the legal system, substance abuse, daily stressors, emotional issues, all of which can become overwhelming. Our goal at B.O.S.S. IHC is to assist and support individuals in living a life with awareness, intention, being goal oriented, processing past experiences, as well as assisting in choices for successful relationships, work/life balance and personal peace. As a veteran himself, Alan has a heart for working with this community to deal with trauma, anger issues and civilian life transition.
(623) 257-5247 View (623) 257-5247
Photo of Sage Walsh, Licensed Professional Counselor in Phoenix, AZ
Sage Walsh
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85050  (Online Only)
As a Licensed Professional Counselor with specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), I bring a unique skill set to the field of mental health. With a deep commitment to fostering healing and personal growth, my career has been dedicated to supporting individuals on their journey toward emotional well-being. I hold an Arizona state license in counseling, demonstrating my adherence to the highest ethical and professional standards in the practice. My goal is to create a safe and supportive environment where clients can explore their concerns, develop coping strategies, and achieve their goals.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor with specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), I bring a unique skill set to the field of mental health. With a deep commitment to fostering healing and personal growth, my career has been dedicated to supporting individuals on their journey toward emotional well-being. I hold an Arizona state license in counseling, demonstrating my adherence to the highest ethical and professional standards in the practice. My goal is to create a safe and supportive environment where clients can explore their concerns, develop coping strategies, and achieve their goals.
(623) 343-5044 View (623) 343-5044
Photo of Matt Dwight, Marriage & Family Therapist in Phoenix, AZ
Matt Dwight
Marriage & Family Therapist, MSMFT, LMFT
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85028
Tell me if this sounds familiar— you and your partner aren’t seeing eye-to-eye on an issue. This turns into a frustrating argument with hurt feelings, and one of you wants to fix things right now, while the other wants a break. In the meantime, both of you feel unheard and are becoming more disconnected from each other. Maybe you aren’t struggling in a relationship, but you don’t have motivation or excitement in life. You have tried pushing through hard days, but it doesn’t seem to be working and you want a new path forward. Whatever your road to arrive on my profile, I am so glad you did. Let me explain how I might be able to help.
Tell me if this sounds familiar— you and your partner aren’t seeing eye-to-eye on an issue. This turns into a frustrating argument with hurt feelings, and one of you wants to fix things right now, while the other wants a break. In the meantime, both of you feel unheard and are becoming more disconnected from each other. Maybe you aren’t struggling in a relationship, but you don’t have motivation or excitement in life. You have tried pushing through hard days, but it doesn’t seem to be working and you want a new path forward. Whatever your road to arrive on my profile, I am so glad you did. Let me explain how I might be able to help.
(602) 854-9276 View (602) 854-9276
Photo of Melissa Hoyt, Licensed Professional Counselor in Phoenix, AZ
Melissa Hoyt
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85024  (Online Only)
Whether you've been in therapy before or are getting started for the first time, the process can sometimes feel overwhelming. I know it took a lot for you to get here, so while you’re here, I hope you connect with something that offers a bit of comfort. My experience and interest lies in working with adults healing from complex trauma (C-PTSD), family of origin wounds, narcissistic abuse, attachment issues and addiction. Since earning a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling in 2010, I've held clinical positions ranging from residential primary therapist to clinical director, eventually transitioning to private practice.
Whether you've been in therapy before or are getting started for the first time, the process can sometimes feel overwhelming. I know it took a lot for you to get here, so while you’re here, I hope you connect with something that offers a bit of comfort. My experience and interest lies in working with adults healing from complex trauma (C-PTSD), family of origin wounds, narcissistic abuse, attachment issues and addiction. Since earning a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling in 2010, I've held clinical positions ranging from residential primary therapist to clinical director, eventually transitioning to private practice.
(623) 471-1319 View (623) 471-1319
Photo of Deana Bledsoe, Counselor in Phoenix, AZ
Deana Bledsoe
Counselor, MS, LAC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Have you ever felt like some parts of life are going well while others need more attention? Sometimes, it can be things that have lingered in the back of our mind for a while that unknowingly, are keeping us stuck and unable to grow. Living a full life is less about will power and more about having the skills to know what you need in any given moment. I primarily work with adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression, relationships, unresolved trauma, and life transitions. EMDR is a great tool that helps process deeper rooted issues to help find resolve.
Have you ever felt like some parts of life are going well while others need more attention? Sometimes, it can be things that have lingered in the back of our mind for a while that unknowingly, are keeping us stuck and unable to grow. Living a full life is less about will power and more about having the skills to know what you need in any given moment. I primarily work with adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression, relationships, unresolved trauma, and life transitions. EMDR is a great tool that helps process deeper rooted issues to help find resolve.
(602) 666-9975 View (602) 666-9975
Photo of Arizona Family Counseling (a service of CFC) in Phoenix, AZ
Arizona Family Counseling (a service of CFC)
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Arizona Family Counseling is committed to providing high-quality counseling and parent coaching services to strengthen individuals, couples, and families. We believe that your past and present experiences and support system greatly help or hinder your well-being and relationships. Our compassionate team is trained and experienced in understanding family systems, trauma, and attachment. We expertly utilize this understanding to help you work through anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief, parenting needs, and behavioral difficulties.
Arizona Family Counseling is committed to providing high-quality counseling and parent coaching services to strengthen individuals, couples, and families. We believe that your past and present experiences and support system greatly help or hinder your well-being and relationships. Our compassionate team is trained and experienced in understanding family systems, trauma, and attachment. We expertly utilize this understanding to help you work through anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief, parenting needs, and behavioral difficulties.
(623) 462-2036 View (623) 462-2036
Photo of Mike Demoss, Licensed Professional Counselor in Phoenix, AZ
Mike Demoss
Licensed Professional Counselor, MAPC, LAC
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85014
Mike specializes in marriage, family, individual and adolescent counseling. He uses the Gottman Method for couple's therapy, Systems Theory for family therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for adult individuals and adolescents. His Christian background gives him a heartfelt desire to help people heal. Mike's compassion, encouragement and enthusiasm allow him to relate to individuals in a way that helps affect positive change in their lives. Visit Mike's blog to read more about marriage and family counseling.
Mike specializes in marriage, family, individual and adolescent counseling. He uses the Gottman Method for couple's therapy, Systems Theory for family therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for adult individuals and adolescents. His Christian background gives him a heartfelt desire to help people heal. Mike's compassion, encouragement and enthusiasm allow him to relate to individuals in a way that helps affect positive change in their lives. Visit Mike's blog to read more about marriage and family counseling.
(480) 725-3726 View (480) 725-3726
Photo of Linda Kriesel, Licensed Professional Counselor in Phoenix, AZ
Linda Kriesel
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Greetings! I have had the privilege of practicing the art of psychotherapy for 48 yrs. and utilize a number of modalities: family of origin, shame reduction, enneagram, mindfulness, dream interpretation, cognitive therapy and DBT. The entry point to authentic healing and lasting growth, is the development of self awareness and self compassion. I guide my clients to realize their capacity to welcome current challenges, feelings and thoughts without judgment but with acceptance and curiosity. My approach is eclectic, respectful, highly interactive, compassionate and sometimes challenging. I suggest homework between sessions.
Greetings! I have had the privilege of practicing the art of psychotherapy for 48 yrs. and utilize a number of modalities: family of origin, shame reduction, enneagram, mindfulness, dream interpretation, cognitive therapy and DBT. The entry point to authentic healing and lasting growth, is the development of self awareness and self compassion. I guide my clients to realize their capacity to welcome current challenges, feelings and thoughts without judgment but with acceptance and curiosity. My approach is eclectic, respectful, highly interactive, compassionate and sometimes challenging. I suggest homework between sessions.
(602) 737-0364 View (602) 737-0364
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Rising Sun Therapy
Counselor, PhD, LPC
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85003  (Online Only)
Lisa creates a safe and supportive environment where you can reach your greatest mental health. Lisa is compassionate and non-judgemental - she will meet you where you are in life and empower you to exceed your current limits. With a mindful perspective on the whole person, Lisa offers mental health services for trauma, anxiety and lifestyle change. The mind, body, spirit connection is real, and the health of each is vital. Lisa values the specific privacy needs of police and other first responders, based on her past experience as a crisis counselor embedded with law enforcement.
Lisa creates a safe and supportive environment where you can reach your greatest mental health. Lisa is compassionate and non-judgemental - she will meet you where you are in life and empower you to exceed your current limits. With a mindful perspective on the whole person, Lisa offers mental health services for trauma, anxiety and lifestyle change. The mind, body, spirit connection is real, and the health of each is vital. Lisa values the specific privacy needs of police and other first responders, based on her past experience as a crisis counselor embedded with law enforcement.
(480) 660-3722 View (480) 660-3722
Photo of Alicia Duran, Licensed Professional Counselor in Phoenix, AZ
Alicia Duran
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85029  (Online Only)
HOLA...Tired of struggling, feeling stuck or overwhelmed. Let me help you become unstuck and learn new ways to manage stressor. I specialize in Adult Children of Immigrants. (only video therapy and $99 each session for self pay). I accept Cigna, Aetna and UHC. I am an adult child of immigrants and definitely understand the extra hardships and barriers we face. 'Ni de aqui ni de alla'. Call me, llama me or email me. I am here to help. Estoy aqui para ayudar. Please leave me a msg. Please click on profile for additional information.
HOLA...Tired of struggling, feeling stuck or overwhelmed. Let me help you become unstuck and learn new ways to manage stressor. I specialize in Adult Children of Immigrants. (only video therapy and $99 each session for self pay). I accept Cigna, Aetna and UHC. I am an adult child of immigrants and definitely understand the extra hardships and barriers we face. 'Ni de aqui ni de alla'. Call me, llama me or email me. I am here to help. Estoy aqui para ayudar. Please leave me a msg. Please click on profile for additional information.
(602) 962-9049 View (602) 962-9049
Photo of Dr. Jeff J. Rocker, Licensed Professional Counselor in Phoenix, AZ
Dr. Jeff J. Rocker
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, NCC, LPC, LPCC, LMHC
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85048
With 12 years of experience working with clients going through individual, relationship, and family issues, Celebrity Therapist Dr. Jeff Rocker has provided therapeutic services to clients nationwide. He is Licensed in 14 states and has served clients from all age groups. Over the years, Dr. Jeff has organized lectures and various events in the community, including excursions and retreats for couples to improve their communication and better understand each other. He has experience working with athletes in the NFL, NBA, and MLB. In addition, Dr. Jeff has also worked with clients in the Movie, Music, and Entertainment Industries.
With 12 years of experience working with clients going through individual, relationship, and family issues, Celebrity Therapist Dr. Jeff Rocker has provided therapeutic services to clients nationwide. He is Licensed in 14 states and has served clients from all age groups. Over the years, Dr. Jeff has organized lectures and various events in the community, including excursions and retreats for couples to improve their communication and better understand each other. He has experience working with athletes in the NFL, NBA, and MLB. In addition, Dr. Jeff has also worked with clients in the Movie, Music, and Entertainment Industries.
(520) 412-2403 View (520) 412-2403
Photo of Dana Bowerbank, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Phoenix, AZ
Dana Bowerbank
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85048
Waitlist for new clients
Waitlist for now! / May 2024 - - - My time as a Therapist/Human has given me a chance to partner with a beautiful mixture of people and personalities. Folks who find benefit most working with me are often sensitive, brilliant, compassionate humans seeking a safe space to feel heard and supported. They often need some support to navigate where they feel confused, stuck, or overwhelmed in their lives. My approach tends to be that of "Emotional Tour Guide," and I'd be happy to get to know you, share what I see, and offer some insight on what others have found healing on their paths.
Waitlist for now! / May 2024 - - - My time as a Therapist/Human has given me a chance to partner with a beautiful mixture of people and personalities. Folks who find benefit most working with me are often sensitive, brilliant, compassionate humans seeking a safe space to feel heard and supported. They often need some support to navigate where they feel confused, stuck, or overwhelmed in their lives. My approach tends to be that of "Emotional Tour Guide," and I'd be happy to get to know you, share what I see, and offer some insight on what others have found healing on their paths.
(520) 376-1610 View (520) 376-1610
Photo of Scott Bennion, Pastoral Counselor in Phoenix, AZ
Scott Bennion
Pastoral Counselor, DMin, BCPC, BCC
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85020
Welcome to my faith-based online counseling services specializing in relationships, sexuality, and spirituality. With a compassionate approach, I'm here to support individuals and couples on their journey, seamlessly integrating Christian principles into our sessions. Whether you're navigating the complexities of reconciling faith and sexuality, overcoming relational hurdles, or seeking healing from past church experiences, I'm dedicated to providing guidance and unwavering support. As a Board-Certified Pastoral Counselor, I'm committed to fostering a safe, non-judgmental environment for clients from diverse backgrounds.
Welcome to my faith-based online counseling services specializing in relationships, sexuality, and spirituality. With a compassionate approach, I'm here to support individuals and couples on their journey, seamlessly integrating Christian principles into our sessions. Whether you're navigating the complexities of reconciling faith and sexuality, overcoming relational hurdles, or seeking healing from past church experiences, I'm dedicated to providing guidance and unwavering support. As a Board-Certified Pastoral Counselor, I'm committed to fostering a safe, non-judgmental environment for clients from diverse backgrounds.
(623) 254-4410 View (623) 254-4410
Photo of Maryjoy Kearns, Licensed Professional Counselor in Phoenix, AZ
Maryjoy Kearns
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85029
Fortitude can be cultivated through adversity; and while life experiences are chapters in our story, they do not define who we are or how the story must end. The passion I have for reflecting light and empowering strength in others is rooted in my personal story and testimony of resilience despite adversity. I have witnessed and experienced the power, meaning, and value of commitment to growth and healing and I firmly believe in the therapeutic process and its results. We all deserve the opportunity to see a reflection of our inner strengths and experience a sense of empowerment for personal growth and healing.
Fortitude can be cultivated through adversity; and while life experiences are chapters in our story, they do not define who we are or how the story must end. The passion I have for reflecting light and empowering strength in others is rooted in my personal story and testimony of resilience despite adversity. I have witnessed and experienced the power, meaning, and value of commitment to growth and healing and I firmly believe in the therapeutic process and its results. We all deserve the opportunity to see a reflection of our inner strengths and experience a sense of empowerment for personal growth and healing.
(623) 292-4660 View (623) 292-4660

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Phoenix, AZ

1,000+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Phoenix, AZ who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
84% Depression
76% Self Esteem
75% Relationship Issues
75% Trauma and PTSD
70% Stress
68% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

82% Aetna
67% BlueCross and BlueShield
66% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Phoenix, AZ see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
19% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Phoenix?

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.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

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.