Therapists in Carlsbad, CA

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Rik Van Antwerpen
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Carlsbad, CA 92011  (Online Only)
I use an eclectic approach from evidence-based techniques to support you compassionately and authentically. I support individuals to engage with life from a more centered, integrated, and fulfilled place. It can be uncomfortable, confusing, and overwhelming to look at many complex parts of ourselves alone. Unexamined, these parts can show up in our lives in different forms such as addictions, anxiety, depression, lack of self-esteem, codependency, stress, and dissatisfaction.
I use an eclectic approach from evidence-based techniques to support you compassionately and authentically. I support individuals to engage with life from a more centered, integrated, and fulfilled place. It can be uncomfortable, confusing, and overwhelming to look at many complex parts of ourselves alone. Unexamined, these parts can show up in our lives in different forms such as addictions, anxiety, depression, lack of self-esteem, codependency, stress, and dissatisfaction.
(415) 539-0120 View (415) 539-0120
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Adrienne Levy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carlsbad, CA 92008  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Tired of crying yourself to sleep, blowing up "for no reason", feeling "on edge" and nervous, bickering with significant others, and feeling the need to defend yourself ? Chronic conflict and stress can leave us feeling drained and exhausted, with little hope for the future and no desire to try again. Your life and relationships may be "stuck" in a cycle of unmet needs and misunderstandings. Few of us grew up in ideal families or learning all we need to know about managing conflict and expressing our needs and emotions effectively.
Tired of crying yourself to sleep, blowing up "for no reason", feeling "on edge" and nervous, bickering with significant others, and feeling the need to defend yourself ? Chronic conflict and stress can leave us feeling drained and exhausted, with little hope for the future and no desire to try again. Your life and relationships may be "stuck" in a cycle of unmet needs and misunderstandings. Few of us grew up in ideal families or learning all we need to know about managing conflict and expressing our needs and emotions effectively.
(760) 994-4203 View (760) 994-4203
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Kelsey Michael Bradshaw
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carlsbad, CA 92008
I am currently offering video and phone based therapy to those in need. As mental health is an essential service, I am continuing to work with individuals and families during this unprecedented time. I am also continuing to offer psychological assessment services and can also offer much of my services via video telehealth. For most individuals, video or phone based sessions will be helpful to address their needs. Depending on circumstance, I am also able to meet with individuals in my office, so long as they are healthy and following CDC guidelines on washing hands, keeping distance, and covering their face.
I am currently offering video and phone based therapy to those in need. As mental health is an essential service, I am continuing to work with individuals and families during this unprecedented time. I am also continuing to offer psychological assessment services and can also offer much of my services via video telehealth. For most individuals, video or phone based sessions will be helpful to address their needs. Depending on circumstance, I am also able to meet with individuals in my office, so long as they are healthy and following CDC guidelines on washing hands, keeping distance, and covering their face.
(760) 378-7474 View (760) 378-7474
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Harry Lesgold
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist, AMFT
Verified Verified
Carlsbad, CA 92008
I specialize in communication techniques to help partners de-escalate and resolve conflict while feeling heard and seen by each other. My goal is to help couples build and maintain their connection to one another. Frequently, partners may misunderstand the message that their partner is communicating to them and I am able to translate your partner's words so that they hear the message as it's intended.
I specialize in communication techniques to help partners de-escalate and resolve conflict while feeling heard and seen by each other. My goal is to help couples build and maintain their connection to one another. Frequently, partners may misunderstand the message that their partner is communicating to them and I am able to translate your partner's words so that they hear the message as it's intended.
(619) 701-6305 View (619) 701-6305
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Stone Watson
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS, AMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Carlsbad, CA 92008
My ideal clients are couples, men of all ages, teens, and young adults. My clients want to gain better self-understanding, feel "stuck” in their current life situations, are experiencing significant life transitions, suffer from anxiety or depression, believe that life should be better than it is right now, or desire to break generational chains and confront identity-based traumas. As one of few Black male therapists, my lived experiences help me walk with anyone who's experienced marginalization by providing a space to process the pain and the tools to reclaim their dignity. All I need from you is your commitment to the journey.
My ideal clients are couples, men of all ages, teens, and young adults. My clients want to gain better self-understanding, feel "stuck” in their current life situations, are experiencing significant life transitions, suffer from anxiety or depression, believe that life should be better than it is right now, or desire to break generational chains and confront identity-based traumas. As one of few Black male therapists, my lived experiences help me walk with anyone who's experienced marginalization by providing a space to process the pain and the tools to reclaim their dignity. All I need from you is your commitment to the journey.
(760) 377-9470 View (760) 377-9470
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Annalise J Poe
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
Carlsbad, CA 92008
NOTE: Now Accepting New In-Person Clients! Have you practiced loving yourself lately? Are there parts of you that feel undeserving of love? In our work together, we will strive to send love and compassion to the parts of yourself that have been shunned, ignored, or ridiculed. I have a client-centered approach, bringing an empathetic and warm presence to my sessions. Some of my favorite things clients have told me is that I help them to feel seen, and consistently show up with a positive, bubbly attitude. My goal is to make our therapy session a part of the week that you are excited for, not dreading.
NOTE: Now Accepting New In-Person Clients! Have you practiced loving yourself lately? Are there parts of you that feel undeserving of love? In our work together, we will strive to send love and compassion to the parts of yourself that have been shunned, ignored, or ridiculed. I have a client-centered approach, bringing an empathetic and warm presence to my sessions. Some of my favorite things clients have told me is that I help them to feel seen, and consistently show up with a positive, bubbly attitude. My goal is to make our therapy session a part of the week that you are excited for, not dreading.
(442) 219-7119 View (442) 219-7119
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Virginia Wilcsek
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Hello and thank you for being here. Has your world and experiences left you feeling sad, used, alone, or hopeless? Sometimes those outcomes can lead to depression, anxiety, trauma or thoughts of just not being here. What has happened to you can impact how you feel about yourself, others, feeling lost and confused, or wondering how to start over. I strive to provide a space to hear you. We will work together to create an approach that you feel best fits your journey no matter where you start. My focus is Trauma Informed Care, Mood/Anxiety, PTSD and Narcissistic Abuse Recovery and Treating Adult Children of Immature Parents.
Hello and thank you for being here. Has your world and experiences left you feeling sad, used, alone, or hopeless? Sometimes those outcomes can lead to depression, anxiety, trauma or thoughts of just not being here. What has happened to you can impact how you feel about yourself, others, feeling lost and confused, or wondering how to start over. I strive to provide a space to hear you. We will work together to create an approach that you feel best fits your journey no matter where you start. My focus is Trauma Informed Care, Mood/Anxiety, PTSD and Narcissistic Abuse Recovery and Treating Adult Children of Immature Parents.
(858) 289-0339 View (858) 289-0339
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Janet K Bastien
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Carlsbad, CA 92008  (Online Only)
My passion as a therapist is to help individuals, parents, and children explore their challenges, from either the present or past. When clients are self-motivated to apply methods and skills whether for themselves or their family, positive transformation will happen! If you want to learn positive parenting skills, teach children the value of self-esteem, or identify behaviors and maladapted attachments, all of this is talk-able and worthy of investing your time and energy. I am here to listen and help dissolve trauma from childhood or social-emotional experiences in order to regain a healthy and happy life!
My passion as a therapist is to help individuals, parents, and children explore their challenges, from either the present or past. When clients are self-motivated to apply methods and skills whether for themselves or their family, positive transformation will happen! If you want to learn positive parenting skills, teach children the value of self-esteem, or identify behaviors and maladapted attachments, all of this is talk-able and worthy of investing your time and energy. I am here to listen and help dissolve trauma from childhood or social-emotional experiences in order to regain a healthy and happy life!
(858) 537-4488 View (858) 537-4488
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Christina Steinberg
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Carlsbad, CA 92009  (Online Only)
Freedom from toxic relationships. I specialize in facilitating recovery from covert malignant narcissistic abuse - insidious emotional abuse from someone who initially presents as caring to you, but over time, reveals to be pathologically deceitful, manipulative, verbally abusive & blames you for their repertoire of chronic destructive behaviors, while publicly presenting as charming, helpful & normal. The abuse results in anxiety, depression, neurological damage, body pains/numbness, hyper vigilance, chronic fatigue, skin problems, rapid aging, gastrointestinal issues & other manifestations of trauma. You can heal & I can help.
Freedom from toxic relationships. I specialize in facilitating recovery from covert malignant narcissistic abuse - insidious emotional abuse from someone who initially presents as caring to you, but over time, reveals to be pathologically deceitful, manipulative, verbally abusive & blames you for their repertoire of chronic destructive behaviors, while publicly presenting as charming, helpful & normal. The abuse results in anxiety, depression, neurological damage, body pains/numbness, hyper vigilance, chronic fatigue, skin problems, rapid aging, gastrointestinal issues & other manifestations of trauma. You can heal & I can help.
(951) 373-3826 View (951) 373-3826
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Tina Burke
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Carlsbad, CA 92008
"Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen." Brene Brown It takes tremendous courage and strength to read out for guidance. Each of us has developed a set of beliefs which shape our world. These beliefs influence our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I am empathic, down-to-earth, and easy to talk to. I am skilled at helping individuals and couples understand themselves in a new light - increasing personal growth, self-discovery, and self-empowerment.
"Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen." Brene Brown It takes tremendous courage and strength to read out for guidance. Each of us has developed a set of beliefs which shape our world. These beliefs influence our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I am empathic, down-to-earth, and easy to talk to. I am skilled at helping individuals and couples understand themselves in a new light - increasing personal growth, self-discovery, and self-empowerment.
(760) 621-8046 View (760) 621-8046
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Catie Peters
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Are you struggling with symptoms of anxiety or panic attacks? Are you having difficulty changing your reactions or problems in your relationships? Are you an overwhelmed parent? I work with adults of all ages experiencing challenges such as anxiety, panic attacks, low mood, and relationship problems. Additionally, my extensive training and experience in providing behavioral intervention for children has helped me assist my therapy clients in navigating parenthood. My clients are able to increase understanding of their children’s behavior and build confidence in responding effectively while fostering a positive relationship.
Are you struggling with symptoms of anxiety or panic attacks? Are you having difficulty changing your reactions or problems in your relationships? Are you an overwhelmed parent? I work with adults of all ages experiencing challenges such as anxiety, panic attacks, low mood, and relationship problems. Additionally, my extensive training and experience in providing behavioral intervention for children has helped me assist my therapy clients in navigating parenthood. My clients are able to increase understanding of their children’s behavior and build confidence in responding effectively while fostering a positive relationship.
(760) 965-8407 View (760) 965-8407
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Journeys Counseling Ministry
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Journeys Counseling provides professional psychotherapy, vibrant living coaching, and spiritual direction to the community. Our work is interdenominational, serving clients from many different backgrounds, including those who have little or no religious affiliation. As a Christian organization we believe counseling should address the whole person and be respectful of people’s faith. Individual’s beliefs are both an important part of their lives and a valuable resource when experiencing distress. Counseling should assist in developing those resources further. Often, people lack support systems that help deal with personal problems.
Journeys Counseling provides professional psychotherapy, vibrant living coaching, and spiritual direction to the community. Our work is interdenominational, serving clients from many different backgrounds, including those who have little or no religious affiliation. As a Christian organization we believe counseling should address the whole person and be respectful of people’s faith. Individual’s beliefs are both an important part of their lives and a valuable resource when experiencing distress. Counseling should assist in developing those resources further. Often, people lack support systems that help deal with personal problems.
(442) 250-1770 View (442) 250-1770
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Barbara Benavidez
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carlsbad, CA 92008  (Online Only)
I believe the most important component to successful therapy is trust and connection between the client and his or her therapist. It is my intention to build a trusting relationship and to embark on a collaborative journey with each client. My passion is working with people to help them overcome obstacles, to enable them to reach and maintain goals to live a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life. I am an empathetic listener, compassionate and sincere in my desire to be of service by creating a safe environment for clients to explore ideas, to feel empowered and to practice new skills.
I believe the most important component to successful therapy is trust and connection between the client and his or her therapist. It is my intention to build a trusting relationship and to embark on a collaborative journey with each client. My passion is working with people to help them overcome obstacles, to enable them to reach and maintain goals to live a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life. I am an empathetic listener, compassionate and sincere in my desire to be of service by creating a safe environment for clients to explore ideas, to feel empowered and to practice new skills.
(760) 362-8088 View (760) 362-8088
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Lindsey G. Robertson
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Carlsbad, CA 92008
I believe symptoms are often the body’s way of communicating with us. Learning to recognize our symptoms as messages to listen to, we start making sense of the chaos, and feel less out of control. I’m committed to helping you get that kind of relief and clarity, so that it becomes easier to explore the roots of what gets you stuck. The therapy I offer is experiential and relational, providing the context to name what needs to heal, process what's overwhelming, build psychological skills and confidence, grow in compassion, strengthen relationships, and find a path forward with greater freedom, meaning, and hope.
I believe symptoms are often the body’s way of communicating with us. Learning to recognize our symptoms as messages to listen to, we start making sense of the chaos, and feel less out of control. I’m committed to helping you get that kind of relief and clarity, so that it becomes easier to explore the roots of what gets you stuck. The therapy I offer is experiential and relational, providing the context to name what needs to heal, process what's overwhelming, build psychological skills and confidence, grow in compassion, strengthen relationships, and find a path forward with greater freedom, meaning, and hope.
(760) 496-5835 View (760) 496-5835
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A Guided Journey Counseling (Glenn L. Farr)
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, Individ, Relatio, Family
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Hi, do you want deeper peace, acceptance, love & joy for yourself, your relationships, and your family? Providing you with tools, perspective, and support is one of the most rewarding aspects of life for me. My name's Glenn and thank you for visiting my profile. I can't wait for you to turn life's challenges from stumbling blocks into stepping stones to a much better life than you ever thought possible. I look forward to our meeting, until then, take care. Your journey to a better life awaits. Call for a free phone consultation: 442-888-0873. Glenn Farr
Hi, do you want deeper peace, acceptance, love & joy for yourself, your relationships, and your family? Providing you with tools, perspective, and support is one of the most rewarding aspects of life for me. My name's Glenn and thank you for visiting my profile. I can't wait for you to turn life's challenges from stumbling blocks into stepping stones to a much better life than you ever thought possible. I look forward to our meeting, until then, take care. Your journey to a better life awaits. Call for a free phone consultation: 442-888-0873. Glenn Farr
(442) 244-9159 View (442) 244-9159
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Elizabeth R. Becker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PAT
Not Verified Not Verified
1 Endorsed
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Mind Matters: Empower, Transform, Evolve. The highest form of healing is empowerment! All people can heal themselves, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Unfortunately, most of us have not been taught how to get better or do better. It requires self-awareness, a willingness to reflect and struggle with ourselves, including un-learning, re-learning and re-wiring both, our brain and our behaviors. It also involves knowing and understanding some basic, but essential, aspects of human behavior and neuroscience. But change, growth, and transformation is possible. My goal is to support you in moving towards your best life ever!
Mind Matters: Empower, Transform, Evolve. The highest form of healing is empowerment! All people can heal themselves, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Unfortunately, most of us have not been taught how to get better or do better. It requires self-awareness, a willingness to reflect and struggle with ourselves, including un-learning, re-learning and re-wiring both, our brain and our behaviors. It also involves knowing and understanding some basic, but essential, aspects of human behavior and neuroscience. But change, growth, and transformation is possible. My goal is to support you in moving towards your best life ever!
(760) 840-2149 View (760) 840-2149
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Rachel Levinson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Carlsbad, CA 92008  (Online Only)
Do you struggle with being connected with parts of yourself and others? Perhaps different parts of you know how to get what you want, but something inside prevents you from making changes. Sex Therapy is a window into the mind, body, and spirit, allowing you to identify places in which healing needs to take place, and highlighting your deepest desires. Together, we’ll explore your past and present, create intentions for the future and set you up with skills in order to meet your goals.
Do you struggle with being connected with parts of yourself and others? Perhaps different parts of you know how to get what you want, but something inside prevents you from making changes. Sex Therapy is a window into the mind, body, and spirit, allowing you to identify places in which healing needs to take place, and highlighting your deepest desires. Together, we’ll explore your past and present, create intentions for the future and set you up with skills in order to meet your goals.
(858) 221-9433 View (858) 221-9433
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Angela Medrano
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, ACSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Carlsbad, CA 92008  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Angela (she/her), an associate social worker at Diaspora Therapy Group. Wishing you a warm welcome on this path towards healing and self-discovery. As a queer filipina-mexican therapist, I'm here to create a safe and inclusive space for folks of all intersections, with a primary focus on those at the intersections of BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+. Embracing your natural strengths, we'll work together to rediscover and reconstruct your personal narratives, nurturing trust within your body, mind, and spirit.
Hi, I'm Angela (she/her), an associate social worker at Diaspora Therapy Group. Wishing you a warm welcome on this path towards healing and self-discovery. As a queer filipina-mexican therapist, I'm here to create a safe and inclusive space for folks of all intersections, with a primary focus on those at the intersections of BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+. Embracing your natural strengths, we'll work together to rediscover and reconstruct your personal narratives, nurturing trust within your body, mind, and spirit.
(619) 853-4410 View (619) 853-4410
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Laura McDaniel
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Are you worried about your child? Are they struggling with social-emotional or behavioral difficulties? Reaching out for help is the first step. I have experience working with children in both therapeutic and academic settings. I have a relaxed, easygoing demeanor and quickly build rapport with children, as trust is the first step toward building a strong therapeutic relationship. Ultimately, I believe the relationship is what heals and the child intrinsically knows how to and has the capacity to heal.
Are you worried about your child? Are they struggling with social-emotional or behavioral difficulties? Reaching out for help is the first step. I have experience working with children in both therapeutic and academic settings. I have a relaxed, easygoing demeanor and quickly build rapport with children, as trust is the first step toward building a strong therapeutic relationship. Ultimately, I believe the relationship is what heals and the child intrinsically knows how to and has the capacity to heal.
(442) 200-2216 View (442) 200-2216
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Dr. Brooke Bellomio
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Carlsbad, CA 92008
I am a CA licensed psychologist who specializes in anxiety and identity based disorders. I have 10 yrs of experience as an expert in eating disorders and body image issues, particularly with college populations. In addition to this I have experience with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, OCD, LGBTQIA identity issues, trauma, grief, etc. I consider my approach to be holistic and collaborative. I work with each client to create an individualized treatment plan to best meet their needs. If you are ready to make changes in your life the first step is reaching out for help.
I am a CA licensed psychologist who specializes in anxiety and identity based disorders. I have 10 yrs of experience as an expert in eating disorders and body image issues, particularly with college populations. In addition to this I have experience with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, OCD, LGBTQIA identity issues, trauma, grief, etc. I consider my approach to be holistic and collaborative. I work with each client to create an individualized treatment plan to best meet their needs. If you are ready to make changes in your life the first step is reaching out for help.
(760) 878-5196 View (760) 878-5196

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Carlsbad, CA

600+

Average cost per session

$165

Therapists in Carlsbad, CA who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
88% Depression
77% Relationship Issues
72% Self Esteem
70% Trauma and PTSD
65% Stress
64% Grief

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

70% Aetna
58% Cigna and Evernorth
50% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Carlsbad, CA see their clients

71% In Person and Online
29% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
19% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Carlsbad?

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.