Therapists in Atherton, CA

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John Gavegnano
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Atherton, CA 94027  (Online Only)
I specialize in trauma, depression and anxiety and help people remove barriers that prevent them from achieving their highest potential. The process includes learning new habits, unlearning old habits, and uncovering and breaking unhealthy cycles. I graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA and have 16 years of experience as a psychotherapist.
I specialize in trauma, depression and anxiety and help people remove barriers that prevent them from achieving their highest potential. The process includes learning new habits, unlearning old habits, and uncovering and breaking unhealthy cycles. I graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA and have 16 years of experience as a psychotherapist.
(650) 910-3016 View (650) 910-3016
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Araceli Pimentel
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW, ASW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Atherton, CA 94027  (Online Only)
Are you feeling stuck in a cycle of conflict and misunderstanding in your relationships? Do you long for deeper connections but find yourself facing barriers you can't seem to overcome? As a therapist specializing in relationship issues, I am here to offer you a guiding hand on your journey towards healing and connection. With a warm, empathetic approach, I provide a safe and supportive space for individuals and couples to explore their feelings, communicate effectively, and foster healthier relationships. My focus areas include anxiety/depression, childhood trauma, PTSD, people-pleasing, and marital/pre-marital issues.
Are you feeling stuck in a cycle of conflict and misunderstanding in your relationships? Do you long for deeper connections but find yourself facing barriers you can't seem to overcome? As a therapist specializing in relationship issues, I am here to offer you a guiding hand on your journey towards healing and connection. With a warm, empathetic approach, I provide a safe and supportive space for individuals and couples to explore their feelings, communicate effectively, and foster healthier relationships. My focus areas include anxiety/depression, childhood trauma, PTSD, people-pleasing, and marital/pre-marital issues.
(323) 312-3401 View (323) 312-3401
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Margee Wapman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, RMBP
Verified Verified
Atherton, CA 94027
Margee Wapman, LCSW, RMBP has been practicing psychotherapy for over 36 years. She earned her master's degree from Tulane Graduate School of Social Work in 1985, and has been in private practice in Menlo Park, CA since licensure in 1987. Margee was an associate of The Couples Institute in Menlo Park from 1987 through 2001, and was trained and mentored by leading couples therapists locally and across the country. Currently, Margee leads 4 long term Relationship Process Groups, ongoing since 1988. All topics are welcome, with a general focus on relationship issues and dynamics common in intimate relationships.
Margee Wapman, LCSW, RMBP has been practicing psychotherapy for over 36 years. She earned her master's degree from Tulane Graduate School of Social Work in 1985, and has been in private practice in Menlo Park, CA since licensure in 1987. Margee was an associate of The Couples Institute in Menlo Park from 1987 through 2001, and was trained and mentored by leading couples therapists locally and across the country. Currently, Margee leads 4 long term Relationship Process Groups, ongoing since 1988. All topics are welcome, with a general focus on relationship issues and dynamics common in intimate relationships.
(650) 866-8943 View (650) 866-8943
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Robyn Sheiniuk
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Atherton, CA 94027  (Online Only)
You present a face to the world that tells everyone you’re handling your stressors with ease. You're usually the go-to person in your closest relationships, but now you're wondering why no one checks in on you, and you realize that you've never given them a reason to. You appear fine on the outside, but when you get in touch with how you feel deep down, you notice sadness, numbness, or disconnection. You don’t have to stay disconnected from your relationships or feelings. Nor do you need to get consumed by them. They don't have to continue to overwhelm you. And you don't need to go through them alone.
You present a face to the world that tells everyone you’re handling your stressors with ease. You're usually the go-to person in your closest relationships, but now you're wondering why no one checks in on you, and you realize that you've never given them a reason to. You appear fine on the outside, but when you get in touch with how you feel deep down, you notice sadness, numbness, or disconnection. You don’t have to stay disconnected from your relationships or feelings. Nor do you need to get consumed by them. They don't have to continue to overwhelm you. And you don't need to go through them alone.
(323) 553-7268 View (323) 553-7268
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Jennifer Pritchard
Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
Atherton, CA 94027  (Online Only)
You want to appear successful & like you have it “all together” but deep down are struggling with worry and stress, to feel confident in who you are, or cope with deeply challenging experiences that have occurred in your life. You may be fed up with demands placed on you at work, home, and in your relationships, feeling unable to advocate for yourself or find a sense of balance, or thinking that you're broken in some way. You might not even remember a time things didn’t feel this way. But one thing is for sure: you’re ready for some relief. You’re ready to live a life based on your terms and which fulfills you.
You want to appear successful & like you have it “all together” but deep down are struggling with worry and stress, to feel confident in who you are, or cope with deeply challenging experiences that have occurred in your life. You may be fed up with demands placed on you at work, home, and in your relationships, feeling unable to advocate for yourself or find a sense of balance, or thinking that you're broken in some way. You might not even remember a time things didn’t feel this way. But one thing is for sure: you’re ready for some relief. You’re ready to live a life based on your terms and which fulfills you.
(619) 566-7167 View (619) 566-7167
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Christene Lozano (Certified Sex Therapist)
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, CST, CSAT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Atherton, CA 94027  (Online Only)
If you are struggling with sexual concerns, you have come to the right place. Some sexual concerns may include: low/high sexual desire, desire discrepancy, a sexless relationship, sexual difficulties (e.g. painful sex, early/delayed ejaculation), sexual trauma, rebuilding emotional and sexual intimacy, and unhealthy relationship patterns. Or perhaps you are struggling with compulsive sexual behaviors. You have realized that your sexual thoughts and behaviors are getting out of control, or you have discovered that your partner is compulsively using sex or porn. You are feeling understandably betrayed, hurt, angry, and confused.
If you are struggling with sexual concerns, you have come to the right place. Some sexual concerns may include: low/high sexual desire, desire discrepancy, a sexless relationship, sexual difficulties (e.g. painful sex, early/delayed ejaculation), sexual trauma, rebuilding emotional and sexual intimacy, and unhealthy relationship patterns. Or perhaps you are struggling with compulsive sexual behaviors. You have realized that your sexual thoughts and behaviors are getting out of control, or you have discovered that your partner is compulsively using sex or porn. You are feeling understandably betrayed, hurt, angry, and confused.
(888) 912-7556 View (888) 912-7556
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Holding Hope Counseling
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Atherton, CA 94027  (Online Only)
Hello, I’m Leslie Lopez, a licensed therapist specializing in anxiety and depression. I’m passionate about helping individuals and couples navigate life’s challenges and find healing and growth. With over 9 years of experience, I’ve had the privilege of helping countless individuals and couples with issues such as complex trauma, relational problems, self-worth, emotional dysregulation, mood disorders, phobias, and severe anxiety.
Hello, I’m Leslie Lopez, a licensed therapist specializing in anxiety and depression. I’m passionate about helping individuals and couples navigate life’s challenges and find healing and growth. With over 9 years of experience, I’ve had the privilege of helping countless individuals and couples with issues such as complex trauma, relational problems, self-worth, emotional dysregulation, mood disorders, phobias, and severe anxiety.
(951) 309-9116 View (951) 309-9116
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Mary Deyo
Psychologist, MA, PsyD
Verified Verified
Atherton, CA 94027
Anyone who is currently struggling with emotional pain and wanting to change, is my ideal client. I am here to guide you through a journey into your mind and heart, to help you face your greatest fears, and discover your unimaginable strength. Out of the ashes, rises the phoenix and out of a personal crisis, comes tremendous growth and healing. Whether you are dealing with mood swings, depression, anxiety, addiction, panic, trauma or relationship issues, I am here to help.
Anyone who is currently struggling with emotional pain and wanting to change, is my ideal client. I am here to guide you through a journey into your mind and heart, to help you face your greatest fears, and discover your unimaginable strength. Out of the ashes, rises the phoenix and out of a personal crisis, comes tremendous growth and healing. Whether you are dealing with mood swings, depression, anxiety, addiction, panic, trauma or relationship issues, I am here to help.
(650) 887-5802 View (650) 887-5802
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Mary Deyo
Psychologist, MA, PsyD
Verified Verified
Atherton, CA 94027
NOW ACCEPTING CLIENTS for individual, couples and group therapy. PLEASE ASK ABOUT ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS Anyone who is currently struggling with emotional pain and wanting to change, is my ideal client. I am here to guide you through a journey into your mind and heart, to help you face your greatest fears, and discover your unimaginable strength. Out of the ashes, rises the phoenix and out of a personal crisis, comes tremendous growth and healing. Whether you are dealing with mood swings, depression, anxiety, addiction, panic, trauma or relationship issues, I am here to help. https://fitforjoy.org/guests1/dr-mary-deyo
NOW ACCEPTING CLIENTS for individual, couples and group therapy. PLEASE ASK ABOUT ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS Anyone who is currently struggling with emotional pain and wanting to change, is my ideal client. I am here to guide you through a journey into your mind and heart, to help you face your greatest fears, and discover your unimaginable strength. Out of the ashes, rises the phoenix and out of a personal crisis, comes tremendous growth and healing. Whether you are dealing with mood swings, depression, anxiety, addiction, panic, trauma or relationship issues, I am here to help. https://fitforjoy.org/guests1/dr-mary-deyo
(707) 336-8493 View (707) 336-8493
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Eva Karolina Gagnon
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Atherton, CA 94027  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Welcome to my bio! The decision to pursue therapy is a courageous one, & finding the right therapist can feel daunting but it is possible. I'm a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in CA with 15+ yrs experience serving clients who desire to heal from anxiety, depression & challenging life transitions across the lifespan. I'm passionate about empowering others to bring their life, career, & relationships into thriving alignment in order to experience more authentic joy, abundance & fulfillment. You are more than capable & worthy of experiencing the change you deeply desire, & I would be honored to be a part of your healing journey.
Welcome to my bio! The decision to pursue therapy is a courageous one, & finding the right therapist can feel daunting but it is possible. I'm a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in CA with 15+ yrs experience serving clients who desire to heal from anxiety, depression & challenging life transitions across the lifespan. I'm passionate about empowering others to bring their life, career, & relationships into thriving alignment in order to experience more authentic joy, abundance & fulfillment. You are more than capable & worthy of experiencing the change you deeply desire, & I would be honored to be a part of your healing journey.
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Evelyn Fabian - Optimind Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Atherton, CA 94027  (Online Only)
As a compassionate child therapist, I am deeply committed to guiding young individuals through their unique journeys of growth, resilience, and self-discovery. Understanding the intricate phases of childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood, I recognize the blend of exhilaration and challenges these pivotal years bring. This period is marked by significant self-discovery, identity shaping, and emotional development, where encountering obstacles is a natural part of the process. My mission is to serve as a steadfast partner to both parents/guardians and their children.
As a compassionate child therapist, I am deeply committed to guiding young individuals through their unique journeys of growth, resilience, and self-discovery. Understanding the intricate phases of childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood, I recognize the blend of exhilaration and challenges these pivotal years bring. This period is marked by significant self-discovery, identity shaping, and emotional development, where encountering obstacles is a natural part of the process. My mission is to serve as a steadfast partner to both parents/guardians and their children.
(650) 899-6775 View (650) 899-6775
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Juan Maillo
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Atherton, CA 94027  (Online Only)
Are you tired of fighting the same battles in your head? Feeling overwhelmed by the pressures of adulting? Does social anxiety keep you on the sidelines? Unlike traditional therapy focused on "fixing" you, I guide clients on a journey of self-discovery and acceptance. We'll explore your inner world with compassionate curiosity, helping you understand and befriend your emotions, not silence them. This approach unlocks lasting changes that go beyond temporary symptom relief.
Are you tired of fighting the same battles in your head? Feeling overwhelmed by the pressures of adulting? Does social anxiety keep you on the sidelines? Unlike traditional therapy focused on "fixing" you, I guide clients on a journey of self-discovery and acceptance. We'll explore your inner world with compassionate curiosity, helping you understand and befriend your emotions, not silence them. This approach unlocks lasting changes that go beyond temporary symptom relief.
(707) 394-9503 View (707) 394-9503
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Vanessa Ruvalcaba
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Atherton, CA 94027  (Online Only)
Hello! My name is Ness (Vanessa) Ruvalcaba. I am a Spanish and English speaking licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in California. I work with individuals and families who are are needing some extra support understanding or creating change in their lives. I specialize in trauma informed care, PTSD, anxiety and depression, self harm, family dynamics and various other issues and needs. I also work with individual around resolving conflict, improving communication, processing difficult experiences, and various other experiences. At this time, I do not work with couples.
Hello! My name is Ness (Vanessa) Ruvalcaba. I am a Spanish and English speaking licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in California. I work with individuals and families who are are needing some extra support understanding or creating change in their lives. I specialize in trauma informed care, PTSD, anxiety and depression, self harm, family dynamics and various other issues and needs. I also work with individual around resolving conflict, improving communication, processing difficult experiences, and various other experiences. At this time, I do not work with couples.
(858) 251-6486 View (858) 251-6486
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Suzy Ross
Pre-Licensed Professional, PhD, CTRS, RTC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Atherton, CA 94027  (Online Only)
If you prefer efficient approaches that help you to face, heal, and integrate distressing, peak or psychedelic experiences through evidence-based, experiential, somatic, and ancient exercises, contact me. I am a recreational therapist specializing in trauma and transformation, professor, and author of The Map to Wholeness. I will guide you through neurolinguistic programming for emotional breakthroughs, biofeedback to restore harmony in the body, and bilateral stimulation for integration. See me to transform feelings of anxiety, depression, hopelessness, and loneliness into self-love, play, peace, and joy so you can become whole.
If you prefer efficient approaches that help you to face, heal, and integrate distressing, peak or psychedelic experiences through evidence-based, experiential, somatic, and ancient exercises, contact me. I am a recreational therapist specializing in trauma and transformation, professor, and author of The Map to Wholeness. I will guide you through neurolinguistic programming for emotional breakthroughs, biofeedback to restore harmony in the body, and bilateral stimulation for integration. See me to transform feelings of anxiety, depression, hopelessness, and loneliness into self-love, play, peace, and joy so you can become whole.
(831) 704-5675 View (831) 704-5675
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Boundaries Are Love - Bryssa Koppie
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Atherton, CA 94027  (Online Only)
Boundaries are essential to maintaining our mental health. We set boundaries every day - at work, with our social circle, with our families and even with our inner selves. I am here to support you in learning how to identify your emotions, determine your needs and collaborate with you to communicate your boundaries in a way that feels authentic to YOU. In this process, you may discover people pleasing tendencies or reflect upon times you have felt unheard. I am here to validate these experiences while cheering you on to create new patterns that will set you free from stress and overthinking.
Boundaries are essential to maintaining our mental health. We set boundaries every day - at work, with our social circle, with our families and even with our inner selves. I am here to support you in learning how to identify your emotions, determine your needs and collaborate with you to communicate your boundaries in a way that feels authentic to YOU. In this process, you may discover people pleasing tendencies or reflect upon times you have felt unheard. I am here to validate these experiences while cheering you on to create new patterns that will set you free from stress and overthinking.
(949) 990-4030 View (949) 990-4030
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Summer Myers
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, ATR
Verified Verified
Atherton, CA 94027  (Online Only)
Pathological perfectionism shows up as shame, anxiety, control, and chronic guilt & self-punishment. No matter what you do, you're always falling short. It's exhausting, but you don't really know how to relax. You probably don't sleep so well. Maybe you're first-generation, or the sibling who had to keep it all together, or a grown-up "gifted & talented" kid. Anxious perfectionism may also show up as body tension, severe procrastination & indecision, & difficulty with boundaries and people-pleasing. Perfectionism isn't just a cute word for people with high standards: it impacts everything we do in ways we don't consciously realize.
Pathological perfectionism shows up as shame, anxiety, control, and chronic guilt & self-punishment. No matter what you do, you're always falling short. It's exhausting, but you don't really know how to relax. You probably don't sleep so well. Maybe you're first-generation, or the sibling who had to keep it all together, or a grown-up "gifted & talented" kid. Anxious perfectionism may also show up as body tension, severe procrastination & indecision, & difficulty with boundaries and people-pleasing. Perfectionism isn't just a cute word for people with high standards: it impacts everything we do in ways we don't consciously realize.
(805) 429-4608 View (805) 429-4608
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Stephanie Wise
Marriage & Family Therapist, MSCP, LMFT
Verified Verified
Atherton, CA 94027
Do you and your partner keep having the same fight over and over? Do you want to feel more connected to each other but you just aren't sure how to get there? Or maybe you're about to go through a new season of life together? Or sometimes it just feels like you see things completely differently, like sex or money or family boundaries, and it just feels impossible to understand each other? Or is it just a matter of wanting to invest some time to work on your relationship now before things become big issues? Or even just to work on yourself so that you can process a breakup or find the relationship you've always dreamt of?
Do you and your partner keep having the same fight over and over? Do you want to feel more connected to each other but you just aren't sure how to get there? Or maybe you're about to go through a new season of life together? Or sometimes it just feels like you see things completely differently, like sex or money or family boundaries, and it just feels impossible to understand each other? Or is it just a matter of wanting to invest some time to work on your relationship now before things become big issues? Or even just to work on yourself so that you can process a breakup or find the relationship you've always dreamt of?
(341) 946-4275 View (341) 946-4275
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Dr. Sandra Konja
Psychologist, PsyD, PMH-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Atherton, CA 94027  (Online Only)
You’re here today because you’re likely struggling with some aspect of womanhood or motherhood and are looking to begin your journey towards healing. Maybe you’re a new mother that’s having a difficult time adjusting to your new “normal”, which has you feeling sad and/or anxious in your role. Perhaps you’re struggling to cope with challenges in your relationship/marriage. You may be having a difficult time feeling present and connected with both yourself and the people around you. Or maybe you’re ready to begin processing and working through the difficult experiences that have been holding you captive for so long.
You’re here today because you’re likely struggling with some aspect of womanhood or motherhood and are looking to begin your journey towards healing. Maybe you’re a new mother that’s having a difficult time adjusting to your new “normal”, which has you feeling sad and/or anxious in your role. Perhaps you’re struggling to cope with challenges in your relationship/marriage. You may be having a difficult time feeling present and connected with both yourself and the people around you. Or maybe you’re ready to begin processing and working through the difficult experiences that have been holding you captive for so long.
(619) 332-4950 View (619) 332-4950
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Kristen Rouault: Postpartum & Motherhood
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified Verified
Atherton, CA 94027
I am passionate about helping women and mothers. I work with clients who are navigating the unique challenges of motherhood; from trying to conceive, through pregnancy & postpartum, and into parenthood. My goal is to create a safe and supportive environment where women can feel heard, validated, and empowered. I have advanced training in perinatal mental health and I am also a mother of 3 little ones myself. I understand firsthand what it’s like to go through the journey of parenthood, and I can provide you with actionable strategies to make the job easier.
I am passionate about helping women and mothers. I work with clients who are navigating the unique challenges of motherhood; from trying to conceive, through pregnancy & postpartum, and into parenthood. My goal is to create a safe and supportive environment where women can feel heard, validated, and empowered. I have advanced training in perinatal mental health and I am also a mother of 3 little ones myself. I understand firsthand what it’s like to go through the journey of parenthood, and I can provide you with actionable strategies to make the job easier.
(310) 987-4186 View (310) 987-4186
Donna Lera
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
Atherton, CA 94027
Addictive behaviors are difficult for an individual as well as their loved ones. The initial step in meeting a new client is getting an accurate assessment to facilitate the necessary level of treatment for a drug or alcohol problem. Services available are individual, group, and family therapy for adolescents and adults. In addition, I provide services for personality disorders, bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression and OCD. A safe, supportive and caring environment is available for you to discuss your needs.
Addictive behaviors are difficult for an individual as well as their loved ones. The initial step in meeting a new client is getting an accurate assessment to facilitate the necessary level of treatment for a drug or alcohol problem. Services available are individual, group, and family therapy for adolescents and adults. In addition, I provide services for personality disorders, bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression and OCD. A safe, supportive and caring environment is available for you to discuss your needs.
(650) 741-1958 View (650) 741-1958

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Number of Therapists in Atherton, CA

100+

Average cost per session

$200

Therapists in Atherton, CA who prioritize treating:

89% Anxiety
83% Relationship Issues
80% Depression
77% Self Esteem
74% Stress
65% Trauma and PTSD
63% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

69% Aetna
58% Other
50% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Atherton, CA see their clients

62% Online Only
38% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

79% Female
19% Male
2% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Atherton?

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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.