Therapists in Berkeley, CA

Photo of Self Harmony Individual and Family Therapy , Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA
Self Harmony Individual and Family Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Berkeley, CA 94705
Finding harmony between your world, other people, and yourself is important, but it’s not always easy. Sometimes things around us can feel overwhelming, taking us out of our rhythm. Sometimes we fall out of sync with others, even when we used to make beautiful music together. At SHIFT we use mental health treatment to help individuals, partnerships, and families shift their cognitive and emotional states into better alignment with themselves and others. Through our training and clinical experience, we honor your unique melody in order to help you develop the best ways for you to live in harmony. Contact us for a consultation today.
Finding harmony between your world, other people, and yourself is important, but it’s not always easy. Sometimes things around us can feel overwhelming, taking us out of our rhythm. Sometimes we fall out of sync with others, even when we used to make beautiful music together. At SHIFT we use mental health treatment to help individuals, partnerships, and families shift their cognitive and emotional states into better alignment with themselves and others. Through our training and clinical experience, we honor your unique melody in order to help you develop the best ways for you to live in harmony. Contact us for a consultation today.
(341) 999-3680 View (341) 999-3680
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Takako J Ainsworth
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Berkeley, CA 94705
I specialize in working with individuals with a focus on Jungian Depth Psychotherapy. Patients in my practice often feel a sense of being lost, stuck feeling empty, and confused and are looking for something to unlock the keys to their difficulties. These can be challenging times with today’s fast pace, with a daily influx of information and rapid changes in technology that make it difficult for us to find the truth and our best interest sometimes. The difficulties may manifest in depression, anxiety, or other somatic symptoms.
I specialize in working with individuals with a focus on Jungian Depth Psychotherapy. Patients in my practice often feel a sense of being lost, stuck feeling empty, and confused and are looking for something to unlock the keys to their difficulties. These can be challenging times with today’s fast pace, with a daily influx of information and rapid changes in technology that make it difficult for us to find the truth and our best interest sometimes. The difficulties may manifest in depression, anxiety, or other somatic symptoms.
(858) 943-2152 View (858) 943-2152
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Caroline Mok
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Berkeley, CA 94704
I provide individual, couples, and group psychotherapy to children and adults. I have experience in treating numerous psychological disorders and supporting patients through difficult times, grieving, pandemic related stress, conflictual relationships, and troubling emotions. Along with the general areas of psychology, I specialize in the treatment of trauma. I have worked as a trauma researcher for ten years at the Palo Alto VA and Palo Alto University, publishing a book chapter on personality disorders and paper in the Journal of Threat Assessment and Management. I also provide assessment and expert witness services.
I provide individual, couples, and group psychotherapy to children and adults. I have experience in treating numerous psychological disorders and supporting patients through difficult times, grieving, pandemic related stress, conflictual relationships, and troubling emotions. Along with the general areas of psychology, I specialize in the treatment of trauma. I have worked as a trauma researcher for ten years at the Palo Alto VA and Palo Alto University, publishing a book chapter on personality disorders and paper in the Journal of Threat Assessment and Management. I also provide assessment and expert witness services.
(510) 827-1036 View (510) 827-1036
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Augie Feder
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
Berkeley, CA 94704
Many of my clients are aware of feeling alienated or "different." My clients come from diverse walks of life and experience alienation for very different reasons. However, they often struggle with: depression, anxiety, early-life trauma, addictions, as well as painful repetition and disappointment in relationships. You may have had difficulty connecting and benefiting from therapy in the past. Working together we can face the pain, anxiety, and repetition that you may be feeling. Finding relief, gaining confidence and increasing satisfaction in your relationships is not a distant dream. I invite you to visit my website to learn more about my practice.
Many of my clients are aware of feeling alienated or "different." My clients come from diverse walks of life and experience alienation for very different reasons. However, they often struggle with: depression, anxiety, early-life trauma, addictions, as well as painful repetition and disappointment in relationships. You may have had difficulty connecting and benefiting from therapy in the past. Working together we can face the pain, anxiety, and repetition that you may be feeling. Finding relief, gaining confidence and increasing satisfaction in your relationships is not a distant dream. I invite you to visit my website to learn more about my practice.
(510) 400-4168 View (510) 400-4168
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Fay Dillof
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Berkeley, CA 94710
Therapy is a private space for you to get help with issues that have become overwhelming to you, out of your control, or urgent in some way. Sessions are designed to help you clarify the nature of the problem, identify clear goals, and set a course for recovery/healing. Talking together in ways which nurture curiosity and compassion, we will look at what troubles you, what brings you hope. We will be attentive to the past, but our focus will be on how the past's legacy is impacting your life now. Our work will be relieving of past pains/traumas and will bring more calm and ease, a greater sense of connectedness in present time.
Therapy is a private space for you to get help with issues that have become overwhelming to you, out of your control, or urgent in some way. Sessions are designed to help you clarify the nature of the problem, identify clear goals, and set a course for recovery/healing. Talking together in ways which nurture curiosity and compassion, we will look at what troubles you, what brings you hope. We will be attentive to the past, but our focus will be on how the past's legacy is impacting your life now. Our work will be relieving of past pains/traumas and will bring more calm and ease, a greater sense of connectedness in present time.
(510) 746-8056 View (510) 746-8056
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Paris Hall
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Berkeley, CA 94702
Navigating the path of self-discovery is a challenging yet transformative journey for adolescents and young adults. I am passionate about assisting clients in uncovering their authentic selves and guiding them toward their desired destinations in areas like education, career, and relationships.
Navigating the path of self-discovery is a challenging yet transformative journey for adolescents and young adults. I am passionate about assisting clients in uncovering their authentic selves and guiding them toward their desired destinations in areas like education, career, and relationships.
(510) 474-5449 View (510) 474-5449
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Marge Iurato Torrance
Psychologist, MSW, PsyD
Verified Verified
Berkeley, CA 94709
Hello, I'm a psychologist with more than 20 years experience working with adults and teens. If you are suddenly depressed or anxious because of a crisis, or change in your life, I can work with you to find balance and wellness. If you have been unhappy for some time and need some help to figure out the next best step in your life, then I will be happy to listen and work with you. Whether your problems are in college, grad school, a job, a marriage, family issues, or your past, I will help you find solutions.
Hello, I'm a psychologist with more than 20 years experience working with adults and teens. If you are suddenly depressed or anxious because of a crisis, or change in your life, I can work with you to find balance and wellness. If you have been unhappy for some time and need some help to figure out the next best step in your life, then I will be happy to listen and work with you. Whether your problems are in college, grad school, a job, a marriage, family issues, or your past, I will help you find solutions.
(510) 876-9965 View (510) 876-9965
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Deanna (Dee) Watt
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
Berkeley, CA 94707  (Online Only)
Hello! My general orientation is Jungian, which means to me that together we seek the kind of self-realization your own inner self will reveal. Whether you are anxious, depressed, suffering from relationship troubles or low self-esteem, I will see you as a whole person. We will discover together your own creative and powerful ability to find clarity about the kind of change needed to solve your personal problems. Some of these problems may come from past experience that needs to be healed. We will surely grow in this process...both of us!
Hello! My general orientation is Jungian, which means to me that together we seek the kind of self-realization your own inner self will reveal. Whether you are anxious, depressed, suffering from relationship troubles or low self-esteem, I will see you as a whole person. We will discover together your own creative and powerful ability to find clarity about the kind of change needed to solve your personal problems. Some of these problems may come from past experience that needs to be healed. We will surely grow in this process...both of us!
(707) 310-8443 View (707) 310-8443
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Rachel A Erwin
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
Berkeley, CA 94705
I am passionate about supporting people to quickly move through psychological blocks that create stress and stop the flow of creative, productive energy. I focus on facilitating freedom from anxiety and depression created by past experiences, opening the mind to what is present and possible, instead of old and no longer useful. I work extensively with the therapeutic technique known as EMDR, which is clinically proven to be an effective treatment for Anxiety/Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I am an EMDRIA approved Consultant and a Trainer for the Trauma Recovery Humanitarian Assistance Program. www.emdrhap.org
I am passionate about supporting people to quickly move through psychological blocks that create stress and stop the flow of creative, productive energy. I focus on facilitating freedom from anxiety and depression created by past experiences, opening the mind to what is present and possible, instead of old and no longer useful. I work extensively with the therapeutic technique known as EMDR, which is clinically proven to be an effective treatment for Anxiety/Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I am an EMDRIA approved Consultant and a Trainer for the Trauma Recovery Humanitarian Assistance Program. www.emdrhap.org
(510) 863-4970 View (510) 863-4970
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Barbara Hart
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Berkeley, CA 94703
I have over 20 years of experience with a individuals, couples and families. I also have a background in chemical dependency and codependency.
I have over 20 years of experience with a individuals, couples and families. I also have a background in chemical dependency and codependency.
(510) 240-1838 View (510) 240-1838
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Taly Rutenberg
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Berkeley, CA 94707
Not accepting new clients
You don’t need to suffer so much. In these uncertain and unsettling times, I create the safety to explore difficult feelings and navigate challenges in relationships, work, health and spirit. For over thirty years, I have helped couples and individuals let go of the unnecessary suffering that comes when we try to escape the realities of our lives. While I work with a wide variety of clients and issues, one aspect of my approach never changes – we seek truth. I have found that being with the truth of our lives is the most reliable path to positive and lasting change.
You don’t need to suffer so much. In these uncertain and unsettling times, I create the safety to explore difficult feelings and navigate challenges in relationships, work, health and spirit. For over thirty years, I have helped couples and individuals let go of the unnecessary suffering that comes when we try to escape the realities of our lives. While I work with a wide variety of clients and issues, one aspect of my approach never changes – we seek truth. I have found that being with the truth of our lives is the most reliable path to positive and lasting change.
(510) 738-3398 View (510) 738-3398
Photo of Stacey Hoffman, Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA
Stacey Hoffman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Berkeley, CA 94703
I work with adults and couples of all ages wanting a safe and confidential environment, with an experienced therapist. We all want to feel happy, connected to people we love and/or connected to the work we do. These basic parts of life can bring tremendous fulfillment, but if not actualized, can evoke loneliness, depression, anxiety, anger or resentment. Sometimes the behaviors we turn to to feel better, create even more problems and suffering. I believe in my work and my client's desire to move out of anxiety or suffering, and into a more satisfying and fulfilling life.
I work with adults and couples of all ages wanting a safe and confidential environment, with an experienced therapist. We all want to feel happy, connected to people we love and/or connected to the work we do. These basic parts of life can bring tremendous fulfillment, but if not actualized, can evoke loneliness, depression, anxiety, anger or resentment. Sometimes the behaviors we turn to to feel better, create even more problems and suffering. I believe in my work and my client's desire to move out of anxiety or suffering, and into a more satisfying and fulfilling life.
(510) 358-4675 View (510) 358-4675
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Ann Foley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Berkeley, CA 94709  (Online Only)
Welcome to my practice. After over thirty years in my field I remain open and curious about obstacles which seem to prevent you from moving comfortably through your life. Perhaps you have been engaged in self-blame, suffer with guilt, or shame, or feel as though life has passed you by. I work with adults of all ages on issues of self-esteem, grief and loss, and anxiety and depression. Together we discover coping methods which better serve you on your path forward. I consider it an honor and a privilege to serve people of all ethnicities and sexual orientations. I provide both long and short-term therapy.
Welcome to my practice. After over thirty years in my field I remain open and curious about obstacles which seem to prevent you from moving comfortably through your life. Perhaps you have been engaged in self-blame, suffer with guilt, or shame, or feel as though life has passed you by. I work with adults of all ages on issues of self-esteem, grief and loss, and anxiety and depression. Together we discover coping methods which better serve you on your path forward. I consider it an honor and a privilege to serve people of all ethnicities and sexual orientations. I provide both long and short-term therapy.
(341) 895-5836 View (341) 895-5836
Photo of Aviva Wolman, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate in Berkeley, CA
Aviva Wolman
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Berkeley, CA 94704
It is only human to let the trials and tribulations of life weigh us down, and pull us away from our personal growth. We can feel stuck in old patterns and it is hard to see a way out. Therapy allows us to see our struggles from a new perspective, and find new paths towards positive change, and create a more harmonious interaction with our world. I work with couples and individuals on a variety of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, relationship issues and more.
It is only human to let the trials and tribulations of life weigh us down, and pull us away from our personal growth. We can feel stuck in old patterns and it is hard to see a way out. Therapy allows us to see our struggles from a new perspective, and find new paths towards positive change, and create a more harmonious interaction with our world. I work with couples and individuals on a variety of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, relationship issues and more.
(510) 560-7425 View (510) 560-7425
Photo of Amalia Pilar Jarvis, Psychologist in Berkeley, CA
Amalia Pilar Jarvis
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Berkeley, CA 94705
I work with adults, parents, couples and teens who are struggling with various aspects of life and want to make a change. I enjoy working with people going through transitions, which may be stressful but also offer huge opportunities for growth. I believe in a collaborative process and I will explore your needs with you and work with you to determine the best course of treatment. I will help you identify issues that are interfering with your happiness and support you in making the changes necessary to feel better and improve your quality of life. I prioritize emotion regulation and mindfulness and integrate this into our sessions.
I work with adults, parents, couples and teens who are struggling with various aspects of life and want to make a change. I enjoy working with people going through transitions, which may be stressful but also offer huge opportunities for growth. I believe in a collaborative process and I will explore your needs with you and work with you to determine the best course of treatment. I will help you identify issues that are interfering with your happiness and support you in making the changes necessary to feel better and improve your quality of life. I prioritize emotion regulation and mindfulness and integrate this into our sessions.
(510) 399-1253 View (510) 399-1253
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San Francisco Intimacy & Sex Therapy Center
Pre-Licensed Professional, PsyD
Verified Verified
Berkeley, CA 94704
East Bay Intimacy & Sex Therapy Center was created with the goal of making the practice of sex & intimacy therapy more relationship-focused & accessible, without the stigma & confusion that often accompanies misperceptions about couples & sex therapy. We offer attachment-based sex therapy & couples counseling. We believe that healthy relationships are at the core of how change & healing occur. Having a healthy sexual relationship to one's self or partner(s) is vital to overall wellbeing. We strive to support & promote lifelong change that will allow you to form sustainable, loving & equitable relationships, & an overall sense of health wellbeing.
East Bay Intimacy & Sex Therapy Center was created with the goal of making the practice of sex & intimacy therapy more relationship-focused & accessible, without the stigma & confusion that often accompanies misperceptions about couples & sex therapy. We offer attachment-based sex therapy & couples counseling. We believe that healthy relationships are at the core of how change & healing occur. Having a healthy sexual relationship to one's self or partner(s) is vital to overall wellbeing. We strive to support & promote lifelong change that will allow you to form sustainable, loving & equitable relationships, & an overall sense of health wellbeing.
(510) 694-2664 View (510) 694-2664
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Bill Burmester
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
Berkeley, CA 94710
Waitlist for new clients
I have been in private practice as a psychotherapist in Berkeley since 1994, working with adults and teens individually and with couples and groups, on recovering from relationship and betrayal trauma. This trauma may manifest as recurring intrusive reminders of overwhelming and unresolved past experiences and as emotional / somatic distress in your present life. Or it may result from inadequate nurture and protection in childhood (attachment trauma). Often, both contribute to the need and desire for relief and a better life beyond trauma. Individualized trauma therapy addresses the need for a new relationship with your past.
I have been in private practice as a psychotherapist in Berkeley since 1994, working with adults and teens individually and with couples and groups, on recovering from relationship and betrayal trauma. This trauma may manifest as recurring intrusive reminders of overwhelming and unresolved past experiences and as emotional / somatic distress in your present life. Or it may result from inadequate nurture and protection in childhood (attachment trauma). Often, both contribute to the need and desire for relief and a better life beyond trauma. Individualized trauma therapy addresses the need for a new relationship with your past.
(510) 574-7508 View (510) 574-7508
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Phoenix Song
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, CHT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Berkeley, CA 94709
As an LGBTQIA empath, intuitive, or highly sensitive person, you experience this world in a deeper, more complex, intuitive way - including painful experiences of trauma. With so much pain in the world, it's hard to care for your own feelings and needs, let alone heal from your experiences of trauma. I specialize in supporting LGBTQIA empaths to heal from the trauma of oppression, abuse, and sexual violence and reclaim their gifts and voice. To embody their own sacred needs and ways of being, and find sustainable, empowered ways to integrate empathy, spirituality, community, and nourished activism.
As an LGBTQIA empath, intuitive, or highly sensitive person, you experience this world in a deeper, more complex, intuitive way - including painful experiences of trauma. With so much pain in the world, it's hard to care for your own feelings and needs, let alone heal from your experiences of trauma. I specialize in supporting LGBTQIA empaths to heal from the trauma of oppression, abuse, and sexual violence and reclaim their gifts and voice. To embody their own sacred needs and ways of being, and find sustainable, empowered ways to integrate empathy, spirituality, community, and nourished activism.
(415) 548-2797 View (415) 548-2797
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Thomas C Michahelles
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA, PhD, in, Law
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Berkeley, CA 94705  (Online Only)
I work with individual adults of all ages as well as with couples: I like to listen to you, metaphorically speaking, with two ears: what you say and how you say it. I like to understand your internal make-up and the dynamics of your interpersonal relationships. I also want to understand with you how it all fits together. Perhaps, through collaborative curiosity, I can help you alter habits from back then that don't serve you in the here and now of your life at this time. I believe that relationships to yourself and others are critically important.
I work with individual adults of all ages as well as with couples: I like to listen to you, metaphorically speaking, with two ears: what you say and how you say it. I like to understand your internal make-up and the dynamics of your interpersonal relationships. I also want to understand with you how it all fits together. Perhaps, through collaborative curiosity, I can help you alter habits from back then that don't serve you in the here and now of your life at this time. I believe that relationships to yourself and others are critically important.
(510) 863-8268 View (510) 863-8268
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Judy Kendall
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, PPS-C
Verified Verified
Berkeley, CA 94707
Since 1991, I've counseled both those who have been hurting and those who have had healthy lives and wanted more; the juvenile offender and the diplomat; migrants or multi-generational Americans. Each individual was uniquely capable of compassion and love, each had his/her own times of strife, and each was capable of flourishing with warm support and a willing ear. My role is to ensure that the work done in the therapy room endures beyond our time together and fosters resilient, warm, supportive relationships indefinitely. I welcome all wanting to heal...to overcome obstacles to a rich, happy, peaceful, and love-filled life.
Since 1991, I've counseled both those who have been hurting and those who have had healthy lives and wanted more; the juvenile offender and the diplomat; migrants or multi-generational Americans. Each individual was uniquely capable of compassion and love, each had his/her own times of strife, and each was capable of flourishing with warm support and a willing ear. My role is to ensure that the work done in the therapy room endures beyond our time together and fosters resilient, warm, supportive relationships indefinitely. I welcome all wanting to heal...to overcome obstacles to a rich, happy, peaceful, and love-filled life.
(415) 630-2585 View (415) 630-2585

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Berkeley, CA

1,000+

Average cost per session

$190

Therapists in Berkeley, CA who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
89% Depression
85% Relationship Issues
76% Self Esteem
75% Trauma and PTSD
72% Grief
66% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

49% Aetna
38% Cigna and Evernorth
38% Other

How Therapists in Berkeley, CA see their clients

65% In Person and Online
35% Online Only

Gender breakdown

76% Female
22% Male
2% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Berkeley?

Search for nearby therapists or counselors by inputting your city, town, or suburb; or zip code; or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or zip code into the search bar.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors.

Many have been licensed by the country or state where they practice; providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some clinicians or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counselor?

Therapists, psychologists, and counselors are all licensed mental health professionals. In the US, psychologists have earned a doctoral degree. The terms “therapist” and “counselor” are used somewhat interchangeably, but generally therapists offer longer-term, mental health care, while counselors offer shorter-term care that may focus on one domain, such as marriage, career, or academic challenges.

Clients should consider factors such as insurance coverage and their primary reason(s) for seeking therapy to determine the type of professional best suited to their needs. Someone struggling with mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety, for example, may wish to seek out a clinical psychologist or therapist, while someone navigating career obstacles or marital upheaval may benefit from seeing a counselor who can offer short-term, targeted support.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the United States could cost between $100 and $200 or more. If you have insurance, the expense of mental health care is typically lower, but it varies based on your insurance plan details and whether you choose an in-network or out-of-network mental healthcare provider.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your zip code.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship. Therapists in the United States are bound by the regulations set out by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which aims to protect sensitive health information. With very few exceptions, a therapist will only discuss their client with others when the client has given their written permission. The instances in which a therapist would be required to disclose personal information are: if a client poses a danger to themselves or others, if the therapist suspects the abuse of a child or an elderly or otherwise dependent adult, or if they are legally forced to by court order. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed with a client before their first session.