Therapists in Bakersfield, CA

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Photo of CeCe Rubalcava, Pastoral Counselor in Bakersfield, CA
CeCe Rubalcava
Pastoral Counselor, ThD
1 Endorsed
Bakersfield, CA 93309
If you are experiencing depression, anxiety, have problems in relationships, or just feel stuck, contact me. I take an integrated approach with my clients; I believe we are trichotomous beings -- mind, body, and spirit, so I work to integrate all three in my treatment plans. As a Christian counselor, I use the Bible as the basis for my therapy so you will get sound, Scripturally-rooted counseling together with scientifically proven psychological approaches that are in-line with what the Bible says.
If you are experiencing depression, anxiety, have problems in relationships, or just feel stuck, contact me. I take an integrated approach with my clients; I believe we are trichotomous beings -- mind, body, and spirit, so I work to integrate all three in my treatment plans. As a Christian counselor, I use the Bible as the basis for my therapy so you will get sound, Scripturally-rooted counseling together with scientifically proven psychological approaches that are in-line with what the Bible says.
(661) 443-5367 View (661) 443-5367
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Millicent Pitts
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bakersfield, CA 93312
I understand how difficult sharing life altering memories can be for people. Just ignoring unresolved issues will not make the pain any less. Addressing old hurt, anger, fears, and other emotions will assist in gaining a better sense of self. My goal is to help people with the thoughts that keep them up at night. We can’t change the past, but we can change how we process old grief and allow past trauma to impact our lives.
I understand how difficult sharing life altering memories can be for people. Just ignoring unresolved issues will not make the pain any less. Addressing old hurt, anger, fears, and other emotions will assist in gaining a better sense of self. My goal is to help people with the thoughts that keep them up at night. We can’t change the past, but we can change how we process old grief and allow past trauma to impact our lives.
(661) 215-5927 View (661) 215-5927
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Alan Pevar
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93311  (Online Only)
Considering Alan... Extensive experience, spanning over 40 years, providing effective counseling and psychotherapy with a personal touch, tailored to your needs and strengths, in a safe, professional, respectful, and confidential setting. At this time, I am only providing online professional teletherapy, utilizing a recognized, confidential HIPAA platform for adult patients residing in Bakersfield, California, and surrounding areas. Please feel free to contact our office to discuss your confidential needs and current scheduling availability.
Considering Alan... Extensive experience, spanning over 40 years, providing effective counseling and psychotherapy with a personal touch, tailored to your needs and strengths, in a safe, professional, respectful, and confidential setting. At this time, I am only providing online professional teletherapy, utilizing a recognized, confidential HIPAA platform for adult patients residing in Bakersfield, California, and surrounding areas. Please feel free to contact our office to discuss your confidential needs and current scheduling availability.
(661) 524-9334 View (661) 524-9334
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German Reyes
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Bakersfield, CA 93309
You try your best to live the life you’ve always wanted yet you find yourself dreading the next day. What use to be routine is now torture and you feel unhappy. You beat yourself up for “feeling” when you you compare yourself to others so you feel like you are being ungrateful. Despite of your attempts to be perfect you feel yourself breaking due to masking and needing control with containing fires before they begin. Difficulties with understanding yourself has caused you to be self-critical and impacted your relationships. Now you want to enrich your life by prioritizing your mental health and venturing towards change with grace.
You try your best to live the life you’ve always wanted yet you find yourself dreading the next day. What use to be routine is now torture and you feel unhappy. You beat yourself up for “feeling” when you you compare yourself to others so you feel like you are being ungrateful. Despite of your attempts to be perfect you feel yourself breaking due to masking and needing control with containing fires before they begin. Difficulties with understanding yourself has caused you to be self-critical and impacted your relationships. Now you want to enrich your life by prioritizing your mental health and venturing towards change with grace.
(661) 409-3898 View (661) 409-3898
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Dr. Heidi Nicole Wolfson
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93306
When suffering strikes, it can be helpful to find a framework through which we may understand it, rather than seeing suffering as a random or meaningless event in one’s life. Our suffering may come from the unseen, unfelt parts of our psyche, and/or from an unconscious perspective which only serves to keep us trapped in an outdated narrative. Meaningless suffering is extremely difficult to bear, while on the other hand, it is often astounding to witness how much a person can endure when we begin to make meaning of our suffering, and learn to transform anguish into wisdom and injury into healing.
When suffering strikes, it can be helpful to find a framework through which we may understand it, rather than seeing suffering as a random or meaningless event in one’s life. Our suffering may come from the unseen, unfelt parts of our psyche, and/or from an unconscious perspective which only serves to keep us trapped in an outdated narrative. Meaningless suffering is extremely difficult to bear, while on the other hand, it is often astounding to witness how much a person can endure when we begin to make meaning of our suffering, and learn to transform anguish into wisdom and injury into healing.
(661) 485-3697 View (661) 485-3697
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Joan Romeo
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93308
Hi there, I'm Joan, a licensed marriage and family therapist. I have been working in mental health for nearly 20 years. I spent 15 years working with the most seriously mentally ill patients and in-crisis services. After I retired 2 years ago, I choose to do teletherapy in order to reach those populations that have been underserved. I take a holistic approach to therapy which includes nutrition, mindfulness, play, and self-care. My usual approach is to start with mindfulness and building coping skills and integrate CBT into the process.
Hi there, I'm Joan, a licensed marriage and family therapist. I have been working in mental health for nearly 20 years. I spent 15 years working with the most seriously mentally ill patients and in-crisis services. After I retired 2 years ago, I choose to do teletherapy in order to reach those populations that have been underserved. I take a holistic approach to therapy which includes nutrition, mindfulness, play, and self-care. My usual approach is to start with mindfulness and building coping skills and integrate CBT into the process.
(661) 228-8586 View (661) 228-8586
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Paulina Gutierrez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LCSW
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93301  (Online Only)
Life's journey can be both remarkable and challenging, often presenting us with twists and turns we didn't anticipate. If you're feeling stuck in the midst of these complexities, seeking a way forward, I'm here to extend my hand and walk alongside you. Navigating through the highs and lows, I've dedicated myself to helping individuals like you discover their inner strength and resilience. Whether you're wrestling with the weight of anxiety, seeking solace from depression, or striving to mend relationships, I offer a safe haven where your thoughts and emotions can find expression.
Life's journey can be both remarkable and challenging, often presenting us with twists and turns we didn't anticipate. If you're feeling stuck in the midst of these complexities, seeking a way forward, I'm here to extend my hand and walk alongside you. Navigating through the highs and lows, I've dedicated myself to helping individuals like you discover their inner strength and resilience. Whether you're wrestling with the weight of anxiety, seeking solace from depression, or striving to mend relationships, I offer a safe haven where your thoughts and emotions can find expression.
(661) 927-4605 View (661) 927-4605
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Ready, Set, Grow Psychological Services, PC
Psychologist, PhD, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bakersfield, CA 93314  (Online Only)
Hey there! I am Natashia Gridiron, Ph.D., LMFT, also known as Dr. G! I have over 16 years of clinical experience helping individuals, couples, and families feel empowered to better handle the tests and trials that come with life. I describe my therapeutic style as flexible and relatable. I connect with individuals on a human level to create a safe environment for them to share their stories, feelings, and thoughts. I want the people I work with to feel secure in changing the maladaptive behaviors that keep them feeling stuck. I am excited to join you on your journey in understanding you as you become the best version of yourself!
Hey there! I am Natashia Gridiron, Ph.D., LMFT, also known as Dr. G! I have over 16 years of clinical experience helping individuals, couples, and families feel empowered to better handle the tests and trials that come with life. I describe my therapeutic style as flexible and relatable. I connect with individuals on a human level to create a safe environment for them to share their stories, feelings, and thoughts. I want the people I work with to feel secure in changing the maladaptive behaviors that keep them feeling stuck. I am excited to join you on your journey in understanding you as you become the best version of yourself!
(661) 486-5350 View (661) 486-5350
Photo of Sharon H Brandon, Marriage & Family Therapist in Bakersfield, CA
Sharon H Brandon
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93312
Not accepting new clients
With 20 years of experience, I have a broad set of skills to help you find the hope and healing you deserve. I provide a comfortable, non-judgemental environment where we can discuss what is troubling you. We often encounter obstacles in life that seem insurmountable such as illness, jobs, relationships, trauma, addiction, parenting etc, and we lose our direction. Sometimes we live with anxiety, depression, PTSD, or other issues. It takes strength and courage to recognize that maybe we need to reach out for help. I would be happy to assist you in your journey for healing and self-improvement.
With 20 years of experience, I have a broad set of skills to help you find the hope and healing you deserve. I provide a comfortable, non-judgemental environment where we can discuss what is troubling you. We often encounter obstacles in life that seem insurmountable such as illness, jobs, relationships, trauma, addiction, parenting etc, and we lose our direction. Sometimes we live with anxiety, depression, PTSD, or other issues. It takes strength and courage to recognize that maybe we need to reach out for help. I would be happy to assist you in your journey for healing and self-improvement.
(661) 463-3806 View (661) 463-3806
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Sandy Hagan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93309  (Online Only)
My ideal client seeks self-exploration & understanding, facing issues like anxiety, depression, or relationship difficulties. They need a supportive space for personal growth, aiming to gain insight, develop coping strategies, improve communication, & foster healthy relationships. They aspire to enhance mental well-being, achieve a better life quality, & unlock their full potential.
My ideal client seeks self-exploration & understanding, facing issues like anxiety, depression, or relationship difficulties. They need a supportive space for personal growth, aiming to gain insight, develop coping strategies, improve communication, & foster healthy relationships. They aspire to enhance mental well-being, achieve a better life quality, & unlock their full potential.
(661) 486-4995 View (661) 486-4995
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Sanjeshni Sen
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93309
My name is Sanjeshni Sen. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 105067). I utilize a person centered/humanistic approach to therapy. My areas of practice include depression, anxiety, grief, stage of life transitions, interpersonal relationships/conflicts, PTSD, women's issues, coping skills, and addiction/ relapse prevention. I have worked with individuals from varies paths of life. This includes working with individuals with mood disorders, comorbidity, life transitions, self-esteem, family conflict, peer/ romantic relationships, grief, perinatal (pregnancy, postpartum), LGBTQ+ and racial identity.
My name is Sanjeshni Sen. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 105067). I utilize a person centered/humanistic approach to therapy. My areas of practice include depression, anxiety, grief, stage of life transitions, interpersonal relationships/conflicts, PTSD, women's issues, coping skills, and addiction/ relapse prevention. I have worked with individuals from varies paths of life. This includes working with individuals with mood disorders, comorbidity, life transitions, self-esteem, family conflict, peer/ romantic relationships, grief, perinatal (pregnancy, postpartum), LGBTQ+ and racial identity.
(661) 463-9826 View (661) 463-9826
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Dr. Ana Mena
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93309
Welcome! I am glad that you are here. I understand that finding the time to take care of your mind can be hard. We all get caught up in our thoughts and feelings of our day to day living and we may not necessarily take time to really listen to ourselves and focus on the messages our mind is saying to us. At MindCare Psychological Services we strive to help you in taking care of your mind. I believe that by taking care of your mind, you are working on promoting healthy functioning in other areas of your life that will result in enhanced overall wellbeing.
Welcome! I am glad that you are here. I understand that finding the time to take care of your mind can be hard. We all get caught up in our thoughts and feelings of our day to day living and we may not necessarily take time to really listen to ourselves and focus on the messages our mind is saying to us. At MindCare Psychological Services we strive to help you in taking care of your mind. I believe that by taking care of your mind, you are working on promoting healthy functioning in other areas of your life that will result in enhanced overall wellbeing.
(661) 241-3515 View (661) 241-3515
Photo of David Crespo Founder Of Walk 2 Freedom., Pastoral Counselor in Bakersfield, CA
David Crespo Founder Of Walk 2 Freedom.
Pastoral Counselor, MTh, OM
1 Endorsed
Bakersfield, CA 93308
With a Master's degree in Christian Counseling and as an ordained minister, I offer empathetic, Christ-centered guidance for managing anxiety, improving relationships, and fostering personal growth. Licensed in multiple states, my approach at Walk 2 Freedom combines biblical wisdom with practical support for individuals, couples, families, and groups. I focus on the spiritual aspects of chronic pain and diseases, inspired by Jesus' teachings. Leveraging telehealth, I provide accessible counseling across states, guiding you toward fulfilling relationships and inner peace. Let's embark on this transformative journey together.
With a Master's degree in Christian Counseling and as an ordained minister, I offer empathetic, Christ-centered guidance for managing anxiety, improving relationships, and fostering personal growth. Licensed in multiple states, my approach at Walk 2 Freedom combines biblical wisdom with practical support for individuals, couples, families, and groups. I focus on the spiritual aspects of chronic pain and diseases, inspired by Jesus' teachings. Leveraging telehealth, I provide accessible counseling across states, guiding you toward fulfilling relationships and inner peace. Let's embark on this transformative journey together.
(661) 475-6437 View (661) 475-6437
Photo of Emily Campbell, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in Bakersfield, CA
Emily Campbell
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, MACC, APCC, CDP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bakersfield, CA 93314  (Online Only)
My clients seek support for overcoming trauma and PTSD, grappling with codependency, and enhancing coping skills. They navigate life transitions, manage anxiety and depression, and may be dealing with relationship or self-esteem issues. They may be individuals with ADHD or OCD who are looking for strategies to manage their symptoms. Seniors and those with intellectual disabilities can seek deeper understanding. LGBTQ+ clients may explore identity and acceptance. Each person, regardless of their challenge, desires to find inner peace, resilience, and joy. My goal is to provide a safe space for clients to come as they are.
My clients seek support for overcoming trauma and PTSD, grappling with codependency, and enhancing coping skills. They navigate life transitions, manage anxiety and depression, and may be dealing with relationship or self-esteem issues. They may be individuals with ADHD or OCD who are looking for strategies to manage their symptoms. Seniors and those with intellectual disabilities can seek deeper understanding. LGBTQ+ clients may explore identity and acceptance. Each person, regardless of their challenge, desires to find inner peace, resilience, and joy. My goal is to provide a safe space for clients to come as they are.
(661) 279-3144 View (661) 279-3144
Photo of Teddi Michele Plummer, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Bakersfield, CA
Teddi Michele Plummer
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LCPC
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93306
I work with adults; I specialize in anxiety, stress, PTSD, trauma, schizophrenia-auditory/visual hallucinations, bipolar, OCD, depression, panic attacks, BPD, self-harm (cutting), dual diagnosis, co-occurring disorders including alcohol/substance abuse/behavioral addictions, and multiple layers of issues (I am a certified SMART Recovery Facilitator). As a therapist, I value my client’s faith and/or spirituality and acknowledge how a person’s faith can significantly cultivate a positive outcome.
I work with adults; I specialize in anxiety, stress, PTSD, trauma, schizophrenia-auditory/visual hallucinations, bipolar, OCD, depression, panic attacks, BPD, self-harm (cutting), dual diagnosis, co-occurring disorders including alcohol/substance abuse/behavioral addictions, and multiple layers of issues (I am a certified SMART Recovery Facilitator). As a therapist, I value my client’s faith and/or spirituality and acknowledge how a person’s faith can significantly cultivate a positive outcome.
(661) 490-9418 View (661) 490-9418
Photo of Erika M Melendez, Marriage & Family Therapist in Bakersfield, CA
Erika M Melendez
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93309
Waitlist for new clients
Are you looking for someone to work with your infant, toddler, kid, teen or young adult? I would be honored to work with your child to manage day to day stressors or more severe issues like sexual assault, dating violence, bullying, or grief. I also love to work with parents or other caretakers/support people to provide education and work collaboratively to help the child feel whole and able to thrive! Regardless if your child is 1 or 25 I want to help them reach their goals to heal and feel empowered!
Are you looking for someone to work with your infant, toddler, kid, teen or young adult? I would be honored to work with your child to manage day to day stressors or more severe issues like sexual assault, dating violence, bullying, or grief. I also love to work with parents or other caretakers/support people to provide education and work collaboratively to help the child feel whole and able to thrive! Regardless if your child is 1 or 25 I want to help them reach their goals to heal and feel empowered!
(661) 760-2731 View (661) 760-2731
Photo of Carrie L. Campbell, Marriage & Family Therapist in Bakersfield, CA
Carrie L. Campbell
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Hello! My name is Carrie Campbell. I am a Christian, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist eager to help you reach your fullest potential. I am an inspirational speaker and have done annual conferences and workshops. I make evening and weekend appointments for your convenience. I will walk with you through your most difficult times and help you to conquer and overcome your greatest obstacles. You have the power inside of you. Allow me to help you release it and let it shine. Please call me. Working together we can heal your past and help you reach your goals.
Hello! My name is Carrie Campbell. I am a Christian, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist eager to help you reach your fullest potential. I am an inspirational speaker and have done annual conferences and workshops. I make evening and weekend appointments for your convenience. I will walk with you through your most difficult times and help you to conquer and overcome your greatest obstacles. You have the power inside of you. Allow me to help you release it and let it shine. Please call me. Working together we can heal your past and help you reach your goals.
(661) 249-7068 View (661) 249-7068
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Courtney Samari Rayne
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93313
Accepting New In-Person and Tele-health Patients! It is my passion to work with people who are interested in a holistic approach to self healing and empowerment. It is important to me that I offer clients a sacred space to share, authentic connection, and honest & direct communication. It is my goal to support people in their personal exploration and growth through therapeutic counseling, breath work, relaxation training, the practice of somatic awareness and meditation. The methods I use also have very strong response to treatment for individuals with a history of trauma.
Accepting New In-Person and Tele-health Patients! It is my passion to work with people who are interested in a holistic approach to self healing and empowerment. It is important to me that I offer clients a sacred space to share, authentic connection, and honest & direct communication. It is my goal to support people in their personal exploration and growth through therapeutic counseling, breath work, relaxation training, the practice of somatic awareness and meditation. The methods I use also have very strong response to treatment for individuals with a history of trauma.
(661) 367-8493 View (661) 367-8493
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Pamela Shakir
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bakersfield, CA 93301  (Online Only)
We all have a story. Some of our stories leave footprints that triggers us to not be our best selves leaving us in a sunken place for various reasons. Let us admit it, life happens. In order to be a better you, I believe that healing and happiness begins within ourselves. All that means is telling your own story when you are ready is the most effective way to heal. I provide a warm and nurturing environment that will allow you to work on your innermost deep concerns and surface concerns. My approach is down to earth, non-judgmental, supportive, and honest.
We all have a story. Some of our stories leave footprints that triggers us to not be our best selves leaving us in a sunken place for various reasons. Let us admit it, life happens. In order to be a better you, I believe that healing and happiness begins within ourselves. All that means is telling your own story when you are ready is the most effective way to heal. I provide a warm and nurturing environment that will allow you to work on your innermost deep concerns and surface concerns. My approach is down to earth, non-judgmental, supportive, and honest.
(661) 546-9149 View (661) 546-9149
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Kendall Wood
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, ASW
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93309
Accepting new patients! Therapy is a wonderful opportunity for individuals to gain a new life perspective, work through challenges, and foster desired change. My job is to unite with you to help clarify your needs and enhance your skills to better tackle life’s challenges. I utilize an integration of evidenced based practices and psychodynamic principles, with a strong emphasis on mindfulness and resilience. Whether a life adjustment or major crisis, the therapeutic process will enhance your ability to move towards greater self-awareness, acceptance and happiness.
Accepting new patients! Therapy is a wonderful opportunity for individuals to gain a new life perspective, work through challenges, and foster desired change. My job is to unite with you to help clarify your needs and enhance your skills to better tackle life’s challenges. I utilize an integration of evidenced based practices and psychodynamic principles, with a strong emphasis on mindfulness and resilience. Whether a life adjustment or major crisis, the therapeutic process will enhance your ability to move towards greater self-awareness, acceptance and happiness.
(661) 490-9336 View (661) 490-9336

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Number of Therapists in Bakersfield, CA

500+

Average cost per session

$140

Therapists in Bakersfield, CA who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
88% Depression
77% Coping Skills
72% Self Esteem
67% Relationship Issues
66% Stress
60% Grief

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% Aetna
83% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
82% Optum

How Therapists in Bakersfield, CA see their clients

84% In Person and Online
16% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
19% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Bakersfield?

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.