Therapists in Bakersfield, CA

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Laura Van Waardenburg
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93308
Laura M. Van Waardenburg, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. There is a way to feel better and get your life back. The key to making lasting improvements is to have a skilled, trained therapist help guide you with compassion. Depending on your needs I may support you with the use of Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Prolonged Exposure (PE), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). I come from a humanistic, client-centered, and culturally sensitive approach to all my clients.
Laura M. Van Waardenburg, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. There is a way to feel better and get your life back. The key to making lasting improvements is to have a skilled, trained therapist help guide you with compassion. Depending on your needs I may support you with the use of Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Prolonged Exposure (PE), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). I come from a humanistic, client-centered, and culturally sensitive approach to all my clients.
(661) 667-4846 View (661) 667-4846
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Michael Brollini
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93307
My Name is Michael Bollini, I am Licensed in California as a marriage and family therapist, with 6 years of experience working with co-occurring mental health disorders and non-mental health disorders. It is my goal to help with learning alternative self-care activities, utilizing coping skills, and grounding techniques that could help us to function in the present moment. These are the basic fundamentals that are important through the healing process which could help improve your personal growth.
My Name is Michael Bollini, I am Licensed in California as a marriage and family therapist, with 6 years of experience working with co-occurring mental health disorders and non-mental health disorders. It is my goal to help with learning alternative self-care activities, utilizing coping skills, and grounding techniques that could help us to function in the present moment. These are the basic fundamentals that are important through the healing process which could help improve your personal growth.
(661) 689-5598 View (661) 689-5598
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Jackie Holmes
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC, MS, PPS
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93312
Not accepting new clients
My name is Jackie Holmes. I am a licensed therapist at Hope Works in Bakersfield, CA. I have 13 years of experience working with individuals with mental health concerns. I have worked in a variety of settings including schools, intensive outpatient therapy, private practice, and group settings. I have experience working with individuals who have concerns with anxiety, depression, grief, family conflict, relationship concerns, and trauma. I have worked as a school counselor, so I also have a lot of experience working with issues of parenting and working with individuals with disabilities, including students with IEP's, and 504's.
My name is Jackie Holmes. I am a licensed therapist at Hope Works in Bakersfield, CA. I have 13 years of experience working with individuals with mental health concerns. I have worked in a variety of settings including schools, intensive outpatient therapy, private practice, and group settings. I have experience working with individuals who have concerns with anxiety, depression, grief, family conflict, relationship concerns, and trauma. I have worked as a school counselor, so I also have a lot of experience working with issues of parenting and working with individuals with disabilities, including students with IEP's, and 504's.
(661) 451-5987 View (661) 451-5987
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Marcela Lopez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bakersfield, CA 93309
Hello there! I’m a licensed clinical social worker in California, and a certified anger management counselor, CAMS-ll, under the National Anger Management Association. I have vast experience working with children, teenagers, and adults within an outpatient and inpatient hospital setting. My best interest for clients is to help them achieve personal self-development and awareness, cope with life transitions, emotions, stressors, and develop healthier relationships. I believe we are capable of self-resiliency and I aim to be a guide for you to achieve it.
Hello there! I’m a licensed clinical social worker in California, and a certified anger management counselor, CAMS-ll, under the National Anger Management Association. I have vast experience working with children, teenagers, and adults within an outpatient and inpatient hospital setting. My best interest for clients is to help them achieve personal self-development and awareness, cope with life transitions, emotions, stressors, and develop healthier relationships. I believe we are capable of self-resiliency and I aim to be a guide for you to achieve it.
(661) 215-6540 View (661) 215-6540
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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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Christian Counseling with Stephanie
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Ever feel like all you do in therapy is talk about problems, but never get to the really important part of making concrete changes? I know many individuals have expressed these concerns to me. So, you may ask, "How can I change that?" Enter Evidence-Based Practice! Research shows us how to do it! It shows us what works and what doesn’t work. I can take those findings and translate them into the changes you are seeking to make in your life. It takes the guesswork out of getting from Point A to Point B. You’ll spend less time in therapy as your goals will be focused and tracked so we know we are moving in the right direction.
Ever feel like all you do in therapy is talk about problems, but never get to the really important part of making concrete changes? I know many individuals have expressed these concerns to me. So, you may ask, "How can I change that?" Enter Evidence-Based Practice! Research shows us how to do it! It shows us what works and what doesn’t work. I can take those findings and translate them into the changes you are seeking to make in your life. It takes the guesswork out of getting from Point A to Point B. You’ll spend less time in therapy as your goals will be focused and tracked so we know we are moving in the right direction.
(661) 402-6526 View (661) 402-6526
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Gianna Flores Heatherly
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, CAMS-II
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93309
Offering Telehealth therapy and limited in-person apts. Do you struggle to engage in family and social relationships? Are you experiencing big life transitions and don’t know what to do? Is Anxiety, worry, nervousness, or intrusive thoughts getting the best of you? Are you feeling sad, unmotivated, and finding it hard to concentrate? Are you struggling with making sense of past trauma and unhealthy coping? If so, then I can assist in making sense of these concerns.
Offering Telehealth therapy and limited in-person apts. Do you struggle to engage in family and social relationships? Are you experiencing big life transitions and don’t know what to do? Is Anxiety, worry, nervousness, or intrusive thoughts getting the best of you? Are you feeling sad, unmotivated, and finding it hard to concentrate? Are you struggling with making sense of past trauma and unhealthy coping? If so, then I can assist in making sense of these concerns.
(661) 768-1526 View (661) 768-1526
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Ben Bizar-Stanton
Psychologist, LCP
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93309
Hello! My name is Ben Bizar-Stanton and I appreciate you taking the time to read this. I’m a licensed Clinical Psychologist here to help you in whatever way I can. I’m a father of two, a dog lover, food lover, and like to spend my free time doing anything I can outside unless I’m watching basketball or soccer. My clinical experience has ranged from VAs to elementary schools, to the US Air Force, to university counseling centers, and even to prison. I’ve worked with individuals ages 5-94 and have found that my niche is with individuals ages 16-60.
Hello! My name is Ben Bizar-Stanton and I appreciate you taking the time to read this. I’m a licensed Clinical Psychologist here to help you in whatever way I can. I’m a father of two, a dog lover, food lover, and like to spend my free time doing anything I can outside unless I’m watching basketball or soccer. My clinical experience has ranged from VAs to elementary schools, to the US Air Force, to university counseling centers, and even to prison. I’ve worked with individuals ages 5-94 and have found that my niche is with individuals ages 16-60.
(661) 463-9791 View (661) 463-9791
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Lorena Martin
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93305
Hi there, I'm Lorena! I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) based in Inland Empire, California, and working with new clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adolescents and adults and specialize in anxiety, stress, depression, grief and loss, trauma, parenting, and life events, using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focus Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help clients begin to feel better.
Hi there, I'm Lorena! I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) based in Inland Empire, California, and working with new clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adolescents and adults and specialize in anxiety, stress, depression, grief and loss, trauma, parenting, and life events, using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focus Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help clients begin to feel better.
(661) 493-8708 View (661) 493-8708
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Minaxi Patel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Not accepting new clients
We all experience, loss, trauma, anxiety, depression or life transitions at some point in our lives, but we do not have to go through these challenges alone. I would like to help you work through these challenges in a caring safe environment. I believe it is important to discover the strengths within you and find hope, meaning and solutions to improve your life from where it is today. In addition, due to COVID-19 I am further expanding my services to help you manage stress, anxiety, grief and issues associated with the constant changing world we are living in due to this pandemic.
We all experience, loss, trauma, anxiety, depression or life transitions at some point in our lives, but we do not have to go through these challenges alone. I would like to help you work through these challenges in a caring safe environment. I believe it is important to discover the strengths within you and find hope, meaning and solutions to improve your life from where it is today. In addition, due to COVID-19 I am further expanding my services to help you manage stress, anxiety, grief and issues associated with the constant changing world we are living in due to this pandemic.
(661) 426-2181 View (661) 426-2181
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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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Lisa Gavin-Cruse
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bakersfield, CA 93308
Accepting NEW adult Clients! It is hard to call and ask anyone for help. I am an experienced therapist that knows the courage it takes to make the call. I help people with distant marriages, personal growth, and difficult life transitions. I want you to find your Joy! I am gay friendly. Searching for more meaning in your life? I can help you discover meaning, and expand your life.
Accepting NEW adult Clients! It is hard to call and ask anyone for help. I am an experienced therapist that knows the courage it takes to make the call. I help people with distant marriages, personal growth, and difficult life transitions. I want you to find your Joy! I am gay friendly. Searching for more meaning in your life? I can help you discover meaning, and expand your life.
(661) 493-8739 View (661) 493-8739
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Mesha Muwanga
Marriage & Family Therapist, LFMT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bakersfield, CA 93309
I help clients find their freedom. I believe that there is hope in every situation and I am skilled in working with client's who have a hard time believing that they can overcome. I have experience working with anxiety, depression, trauma, communication, and relationships. As a Christian therapist I believe in a holistic approach to treatment and focus on the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of a client.
I help clients find their freedom. I believe that there is hope in every situation and I am skilled in working with client's who have a hard time believing that they can overcome. I have experience working with anxiety, depression, trauma, communication, and relationships. As a Christian therapist I believe in a holistic approach to treatment and focus on the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of a client.
(661) 218-1635 View (661) 218-1635
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Dr. Corey Gonzales, PhD
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93312
My practice is predominantly adults and adolescents. My areas of emphasis are in anxiety/trauma, relationship issues, interpersonal growth, grief and loss, health issues and depression. I also work closely with Psychiatrists and Primary Treating Physicians which makes coordination of care efficient if medication is necessary. Trust, support, empathy, education and insight are an important emphasis in my work.
My practice is predominantly adults and adolescents. My areas of emphasis are in anxiety/trauma, relationship issues, interpersonal growth, grief and loss, health issues and depression. I also work closely with Psychiatrists and Primary Treating Physicians which makes coordination of care efficient if medication is necessary. Trust, support, empathy, education and insight are an important emphasis in my work.
(661) 247-0218 View (661) 247-0218
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Maricela Mendoza Zuniga
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93308  (Online Only)
Throughout the years, I have found fulfillment and been able to form strong connections with adolescents and adults who are struggling with adjusting to current life stressors. As a first generation Latina, I understand how important it is to feel understood and how difficult it is to manage cultural norms that might be impacting our ability to reach our own healing. Wether it is previous or current trauma, anxiety, depression, life changes, grief, or family conflict, I believe that inviting me as a companion to walk alongside you to help make sense of your journey can lead you to find peace in the path you are on.
Throughout the years, I have found fulfillment and been able to form strong connections with adolescents and adults who are struggling with adjusting to current life stressors. As a first generation Latina, I understand how important it is to feel understood and how difficult it is to manage cultural norms that might be impacting our ability to reach our own healing. Wether it is previous or current trauma, anxiety, depression, life changes, grief, or family conflict, I believe that inviting me as a companion to walk alongside you to help make sense of your journey can lead you to find peace in the path you are on.
(661) 724-8073 View (661) 724-8073
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Kara Meeks
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93311
Close your eyes, take a deep breath in and exhale. What comes to mind...broken relationships? Feelings of shame and guilt? Depression or anxiety? Intrusive memories? Addiction? Lack of goals or motivation? Welcome to a safe, non-judgmental space for you to explore your life experiences, determine how they helped form who you are today, and gain insight to heal core issues. A space to discover your authentic self, living genuinely and with purpose. I would be honored to support you on your journey to healing past wounds and transforming those experiences into empowerment and authenticity.
Close your eyes, take a deep breath in and exhale. What comes to mind...broken relationships? Feelings of shame and guilt? Depression or anxiety? Intrusive memories? Addiction? Lack of goals or motivation? Welcome to a safe, non-judgmental space for you to explore your life experiences, determine how they helped form who you are today, and gain insight to heal core issues. A space to discover your authentic self, living genuinely and with purpose. I would be honored to support you on your journey to healing past wounds and transforming those experiences into empowerment and authenticity.
(661) 463-3986 View (661) 463-3986
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Rosa Dixon
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93306
My name is Rosa Dixon and I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) 132489 with a passion for helping others develop a healthy way of functioning that provides them with satisfaction in their daily lives. My best work has been supporting those struggling with regulating their moods, organizing their thoughts, and activating their behaviors to function in life with a sense of satisfaction. The ideal person has symptoms presenting with anxiety, depression, and problems created by socio-economic conditions.
My name is Rosa Dixon and I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) 132489 with a passion for helping others develop a healthy way of functioning that provides them with satisfaction in their daily lives. My best work has been supporting those struggling with regulating their moods, organizing their thoughts, and activating their behaviors to function in life with a sense of satisfaction. The ideal person has symptoms presenting with anxiety, depression, and problems created by socio-economic conditions.
(661) 306-2548 View (661) 306-2548
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Ramon Audelo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bakersfield, CA 93309
As a practicing Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I believe that people can make small changes in their lives that can have a profound impact in their quality of life. Life happens and prioritizing our mental health can be a challenge. That is why I am here to help you start that journey. I work alongside pre-teens, adolescents, and adults in addressing mental health challenges, such as trauma, anxiety, grief, and compassion fatigue for service providers. Together we can discuss challenges and strengths aimed to address your mental health wellbeing.
As a practicing Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I believe that people can make small changes in their lives that can have a profound impact in their quality of life. Life happens and prioritizing our mental health can be a challenge. That is why I am here to help you start that journey. I work alongside pre-teens, adolescents, and adults in addressing mental health challenges, such as trauma, anxiety, grief, and compassion fatigue for service providers. Together we can discuss challenges and strengths aimed to address your mental health wellbeing.
(661) 218-2076 View (661) 218-2076
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Georgina Kasih
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93313
My name is Georgina Kasih, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in Southern California, and I work with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adults and specialize in the areas of relationship issues, trauma, anxiety, grief & loss, ADHD, and ASD. I use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Problem-Solving Therapy, CBT, Seeking Safety, and somatic therapy techniques, among many other strategies, to help my clients achieve their personal goals. My therapeutic approach is tailored specifically to the needs of my clients.
My name is Georgina Kasih, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in Southern California, and I work with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adults and specialize in the areas of relationship issues, trauma, anxiety, grief & loss, ADHD, and ASD. I use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Problem-Solving Therapy, CBT, Seeking Safety, and somatic therapy techniques, among many other strategies, to help my clients achieve their personal goals. My therapeutic approach is tailored specifically to the needs of my clients.
(661) 690-0627 View (661) 690-0627
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Denny Ray Moss
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT, CBIS, CHT
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93309  (Online Only)
Congratulations on taking the first step towards healing! I believe that our primary purpose in life is to strive to be the best version of ourselves that we can possibly be - regardless of our starting point. But finding our path cannot happen without taking the courageous first steps of self-examination and exploration. I provide individual and family therapy, as well as marriage and couples counseling, specializing in conflict management and treating clients with chemical dependency and other addictive patterns of behavior. People experiencing problems with stress, depression, anxiety, grief and loss and other life struggles also seek my help.
Congratulations on taking the first step towards healing! I believe that our primary purpose in life is to strive to be the best version of ourselves that we can possibly be - regardless of our starting point. But finding our path cannot happen without taking the courageous first steps of self-examination and exploration. I provide individual and family therapy, as well as marriage and couples counseling, specializing in conflict management and treating clients with chemical dependency and other addictive patterns of behavior. People experiencing problems with stress, depression, anxiety, grief and loss and other life struggles also seek my help.
(661) 384-6362 View (661) 384-6362

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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
61% Grief

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

85% 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.