Therapists in Costa Mesa, CA

Photo of Kelly Zander, Marriage & Family Therapist in Costa Mesa, CA
Kelly Zander
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Hi, I'm Kelly! I know the process of finding a therapist can feel overwhelming, let's see if I'm the right fit for your needs. I work with individuals looking for support in accessing the next version of themselves so they can grow into the life they're working towards. Growth is challenging when you feel there are parts of your story that are unresolved; despite your best efforts, you feel stuck. I take a collaborative approach with my clients to ensure they feel like the work we do together benefits them.
Hi, I'm Kelly! I know the process of finding a therapist can feel overwhelming, let's see if I'm the right fit for your needs. I work with individuals looking for support in accessing the next version of themselves so they can grow into the life they're working towards. Growth is challenging when you feel there are parts of your story that are unresolved; despite your best efforts, you feel stuck. I take a collaborative approach with my clients to ensure they feel like the work we do together benefits them.
(949) 658-3348 View (949) 658-3348
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Amber Kramer
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Life can often feel overwhelming and isolating. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, loneliness, and/or relationship troubles, you don't have to do this journey alone. Together, we can navigate through challenging and uncomfortable roads in order to discover the meaningful path you wish to be on. I will walk alongside you to identify your values, strengths, and preferences in a collaborative and empowering way. I look forward to embarking on this journey with you.
Life can often feel overwhelming and isolating. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, loneliness, and/or relationship troubles, you don't have to do this journey alone. Together, we can navigate through challenging and uncomfortable roads in order to discover the meaningful path you wish to be on. I will walk alongside you to identify your values, strengths, and preferences in a collaborative and empowering way. I look forward to embarking on this journey with you.
(657) 216-6668 View (657) 216-6668
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Taunya Taylor
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
My name is Taunya Taylor, and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in Los Angeles, California, working with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adults and specialize in mid-life stress, parenting, and self-esteem, using Positive Psychology, Humanistic, and Mindfulness-Based techniques to help my clients make progress and start feeling better. I most frequently use Humanistic Therapy and Mindfulness as both modalities help me and the client build an understanding of their current situation and allow us to work together to create a path toward healing.
My name is Taunya Taylor, and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in Los Angeles, California, working with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adults and specialize in mid-life stress, parenting, and self-esteem, using Positive Psychology, Humanistic, and Mindfulness-Based techniques to help my clients make progress and start feeling better. I most frequently use Humanistic Therapy and Mindfulness as both modalities help me and the client build an understanding of their current situation and allow us to work together to create a path toward healing.
(657) 571-3274 View (657) 571-3274
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Evelyn E. Escobar
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
You have taken a very important step in seeking therapy. Your mental health is perhaps the most important investment you can make. If you are feeling depressed or anxious, please know that you are not alone. Therapy is a powerful tool that can help you not only overcome your current distress but can also lead you to reach levels that you never imagined possible.
You have taken a very important step in seeking therapy. Your mental health is perhaps the most important investment you can make. If you are feeling depressed or anxious, please know that you are not alone. Therapy is a powerful tool that can help you not only overcome your current distress but can also lead you to reach levels that you never imagined possible.
(657) 216-7229 View (657) 216-7229
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Insight4Healing
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Hello! I'm a licensed therapist practicing in Costa Mesa, CA, who enjoys working with clients from diverse backgrounds and with a range of challenges, such as depression, anxiety, self/family acceptance, relationship conflicts, and trauma. If you are feeling stuck and wanting to change, therapy is an option worth exploring. Let me help you improve your emotional well being, enhance your ability to engage in relationships, and empower you with the tools necessary to restore balance in your life.
Hello! I'm a licensed therapist practicing in Costa Mesa, CA, who enjoys working with clients from diverse backgrounds and with a range of challenges, such as depression, anxiety, self/family acceptance, relationship conflicts, and trauma. If you are feeling stuck and wanting to change, therapy is an option worth exploring. Let me help you improve your emotional well being, enhance your ability to engage in relationships, and empower you with the tools necessary to restore balance in your life.
(949) 438-5597 View (949) 438-5597
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Eliott Gillooly
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ACSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
I work with children, teenagers, and adults, and I am especially passionate about working with LGBTQ, Disabled, and Neurodivergent individuals of all ages. I am here to create an empathetic and supportive space to assist clients in exploring a range of mental health concerns effectively, including depression, anxiety, gender dysphoria, ADHD, Autism, self-harm, suicidal ideation, trauma and PTSD.
I work with children, teenagers, and adults, and I am especially passionate about working with LGBTQ, Disabled, and Neurodivergent individuals of all ages. I am here to create an empathetic and supportive space to assist clients in exploring a range of mental health concerns effectively, including depression, anxiety, gender dysphoria, ADHD, Autism, self-harm, suicidal ideation, trauma and PTSD.
(657) 837-5832 View (657) 837-5832
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Teri Stroop
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Costa Mesa, CA 92626  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has worked with Amen Clinics for nearly ten years. After completing my Bachelor’s degree in psychology at Chapman University, I decided to change careers and pursue a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. Working for the clinic has provided an extraordinary learning environment and allowed me to benefit from collaboration with amazing clinicians who share my passion to help others.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has worked with Amen Clinics for nearly ten years. After completing my Bachelor’s degree in psychology at Chapman University, I decided to change careers and pursue a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. Working for the clinic has provided an extraordinary learning environment and allowed me to benefit from collaboration with amazing clinicians who share my passion to help others.
(657) 571-3856 View (657) 571-3856
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Dr. Falguni Chauhan
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Costa Mesa, CA 92626  (Online Only)
Is your relationship at an impasse? Are you dealing with issues of trust & infidelity, lack of intimacy, emotional turbulence, communication difficulty, and overall sense anxiety & grief? I offer a safe and welcoming environment for couples and individuals to talk through their emotional experiences, internal turmoil, and conflicts to begin the journey to healing. Through therapy, I help partners of all diverse backgrounds and orientation move from gridlock by learning healthier communication skills, love languages styles, time-outs and self-soothing strategies to foster an environment of growth towards a meaningful relationship.
Is your relationship at an impasse? Are you dealing with issues of trust & infidelity, lack of intimacy, emotional turbulence, communication difficulty, and overall sense anxiety & grief? I offer a safe and welcoming environment for couples and individuals to talk through their emotional experiences, internal turmoil, and conflicts to begin the journey to healing. Through therapy, I help partners of all diverse backgrounds and orientation move from gridlock by learning healthier communication skills, love languages styles, time-outs and self-soothing strategies to foster an environment of growth towards a meaningful relationship.
(747) 319-4928 View (747) 319-4928
Photo of Stephenie Champlin, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Costa Mesa, CA
Stephenie Champlin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Are you going through something that has become overwhelming and difficult to handle? Are you afraid to share your thoughts and feelings with friends or family because you're worried about what they will say or think about you? Are you embarrassed that you can't handle it on your own? I am so sorry that you are struggling right now. You are not alone. Many people doubt themselves and the choices they've made. Having someone to talk to outside of your usual circles for an objective perspective is helpful and comforting.
Are you going through something that has become overwhelming and difficult to handle? Are you afraid to share your thoughts and feelings with friends or family because you're worried about what they will say or think about you? Are you embarrassed that you can't handle it on your own? I am so sorry that you are struggling right now. You are not alone. Many people doubt themselves and the choices they've made. Having someone to talk to outside of your usual circles for an objective perspective is helpful and comforting.
(714) 432-9856 View (714) 432-9856
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Mark Howerton
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Costa Mesa, CA 92626  (Online Only)
Taking new clients. Start with a phone call TODAY! Feeling stressed or overwhelmed, depressed, unmotivated, or scattered? Are you struggling with direction or the next steps in what seems like a crazy world? Let me help. My clients are good people doing their best in the face of real-life challenges. I help individuals, couples, and families move forward in their lives. Whether you are seeking therapy for personal growth, relationship issues, divorce, parenting challenges, or life stage transitions my clients would tell you that the practical interventions they receive in our sessions significantly helped progress in their lives.
Taking new clients. Start with a phone call TODAY! Feeling stressed or overwhelmed, depressed, unmotivated, or scattered? Are you struggling with direction or the next steps in what seems like a crazy world? Let me help. My clients are good people doing their best in the face of real-life challenges. I help individuals, couples, and families move forward in their lives. Whether you are seeking therapy for personal growth, relationship issues, divorce, parenting challenges, or life stage transitions my clients would tell you that the practical interventions they receive in our sessions significantly helped progress in their lives.
(949) 401-9248 View (949) 401-9248
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Alysha Aiello
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Costa Mesa, CA 92626  (Online Only)
I believe that a successful therapeutic relationship comes from collaboration, mutual respect, and authenticity. I aim to provide a supportive, collaborative, and affirming space to all people and relationships. I use a strengths-based, Integrative, trauma informed and inclusive approach to healing. I value supportive, and client-centered relationships as a necessary foundation for the therapeutic process. I am passionate about supporting people experiencing depression, anxiety, life transitions, LGBTQIA+ issues, and interpersonal relationship struggles
I believe that a successful therapeutic relationship comes from collaboration, mutual respect, and authenticity. I aim to provide a supportive, collaborative, and affirming space to all people and relationships. I use a strengths-based, Integrative, trauma informed and inclusive approach to healing. I value supportive, and client-centered relationships as a necessary foundation for the therapeutic process. I am passionate about supporting people experiencing depression, anxiety, life transitions, LGBTQIA+ issues, and interpersonal relationship struggles
(657) 837-5606 View (657) 837-5606
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Shanel Rodriguez Castrejon
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Therapy is about removing obstacles and finding your inner wisdom that has been lost or suppressed along the way. Many of us break off from our authentic selves in order to survive difficult experiences in life. My approach to therapy is client-centered and collaborative to help you build strength and confidence. Utilizing an integrative approach I incorporate modalities such as mind-body connection, attachment theory, CBT and ACT.
Therapy is about removing obstacles and finding your inner wisdom that has been lost or suppressed along the way. Many of us break off from our authentic selves in order to survive difficult experiences in life. My approach to therapy is client-centered and collaborative to help you build strength and confidence. Utilizing an integrative approach I incorporate modalities such as mind-body connection, attachment theory, CBT and ACT.
(949) 676-5440 View (949) 676-5440
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Allie Brody Runkel
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
It is a true honor to be able to provide a warm and safe space for healing. In therapy, we work collaboratively to discover whatever you may be facing and find transformation through identifying thoughts and behavior patterns that may be interrupting access to your essential self. Together we will disentangle from old patterns and invite healthier choices through authentic connection to get closer to what lies beneath the surface.
It is a true honor to be able to provide a warm and safe space for healing. In therapy, we work collaboratively to discover whatever you may be facing and find transformation through identifying thoughts and behavior patterns that may be interrupting access to your essential self. Together we will disentangle from old patterns and invite healthier choices through authentic connection to get closer to what lies beneath the surface.
(949) 229-4833 View (949) 229-4833
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Sasha M. James
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Costa Mesa, CA 92626  (Online Only)
I specialize in trauma, addiction, anxiety, and anger management. I also treat depression, bipolar, ADHD, stress, and many other concerns. Taking a multi-faceted approach, I use humor, candor, compassion, and connection to shift perspectives and ease anxieties, allowing you to make healthier decisions, gain more control over the direction of your life, and feel more empowered. I've spent the past decade helping people navigate the pitfalls and challenges of sobriety, along with mental health struggles, and I would love to help you make progress on your journey.
I specialize in trauma, addiction, anxiety, and anger management. I also treat depression, bipolar, ADHD, stress, and many other concerns. Taking a multi-faceted approach, I use humor, candor, compassion, and connection to shift perspectives and ease anxieties, allowing you to make healthier decisions, gain more control over the direction of your life, and feel more empowered. I've spent the past decade helping people navigate the pitfalls and challenges of sobriety, along with mental health struggles, and I would love to help you make progress on your journey.
(949) 524-7788 View (949) 524-7788
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Rita Lekhtsikava, EMDR Therapist
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Verified Verified
Costa Mesa, CA 92626  (Online Only)
Trauma can leave you feeling disconnected from others, like you are daydreaming or walking through fog. Stressors can become too overwhelming to deal with, even seemingly simple task can feel too much. I can provide you with the opportunity to identify and challenge difficult thoughts and emotions, while creating new ways to effectively cope with stressors. I provide a safe, non-judgmental environment that allows space for self-expression and self-discovery while revisiting the past. Together, we can face the challenges of the past and find new a new way forward.
Trauma can leave you feeling disconnected from others, like you are daydreaming or walking through fog. Stressors can become too overwhelming to deal with, even seemingly simple task can feel too much. I can provide you with the opportunity to identify and challenge difficult thoughts and emotions, while creating new ways to effectively cope with stressors. I provide a safe, non-judgmental environment that allows space for self-expression and self-discovery while revisiting the past. Together, we can face the challenges of the past and find new a new way forward.
(424) 677-1825 View (424) 677-1825
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Inner Wisdom Psychotherapy Associates
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
I am Naomi Babcock LCSW, owner of the group practice Inner Wisdom Psychotherapy Associates, INC. and I consider my work to be a collaborative process to help adolescents and adults find the most effective ways to cope with emotional experiences that might arise as a result of various life situations or trauma. I have an extensive background in working with children and parenting concerns.
I am Naomi Babcock LCSW, owner of the group practice Inner Wisdom Psychotherapy Associates, INC. and I consider my work to be a collaborative process to help adolescents and adults find the most effective ways to cope with emotional experiences that might arise as a result of various life situations or trauma. I have an extensive background in working with children and parenting concerns.
(714) 613-0602 View (714) 613-0602
Photo of Sobia Saleem Psychotherapist, Marriage & Family Therapist in Costa Mesa, CA
Sobia Saleem Psychotherapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Costa Mesa, CA 92626  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients! Are you a trans, non-binary, or poly person looking for a therapist who understands and reflects your identity? Are you a newly diagnosed neurodivergent or neuroqueer adult? Are you chronically ill and tired of educating your therapists about your medical conditions? If so, you're in the right place! I want to give you the care you deserve. I want to work with you on the unique challenges you might be facing, like navigating your transitioning experience, exploring sexual dynamics with partner(s), dealing with a new diagnosis, and needing an HRT or surgery letter. Therapy should cater to you and your needs.
Accepting New Clients! Are you a trans, non-binary, or poly person looking for a therapist who understands and reflects your identity? Are you a newly diagnosed neurodivergent or neuroqueer adult? Are you chronically ill and tired of educating your therapists about your medical conditions? If so, you're in the right place! I want to give you the care you deserve. I want to work with you on the unique challenges you might be facing, like navigating your transitioning experience, exploring sexual dynamics with partner(s), dealing with a new diagnosis, and needing an HRT or surgery letter. Therapy should cater to you and your needs.
(657) 286-7337 View (657) 286-7337
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Claire Sfregola
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
When deciding if your child or adolescent could benefit from therapy services, it can be a stressful experience fueled by uncertainty. Whether your child is struggling with issues such as anxiety, depression, managing emotions/behavior, social skills, or issues at school, the goal of therapy is to identify the underlying cause and help the child develop the skills and tools necessary to better manage life's challenges. While addressing an individual child's specific challenges, it is also important to engage parents and other family members to identify how to best support long term positive change within the family unit.
When deciding if your child or adolescent could benefit from therapy services, it can be a stressful experience fueled by uncertainty. Whether your child is struggling with issues such as anxiety, depression, managing emotions/behavior, social skills, or issues at school, the goal of therapy is to identify the underlying cause and help the child develop the skills and tools necessary to better manage life's challenges. While addressing an individual child's specific challenges, it is also important to engage parents and other family members to identify how to best support long term positive change within the family unit.
(657) 214-4653 View (657) 214-4653
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OC Teen Center- Adolescent and Teen Mental Health
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Dr. Lauren Armstrong is a highly passionate licensed clinical psychologist and Clinical Director with a PsyD from Pepperdine University, and has been working with children and adolescents for the past ten years. She is an expert in working with challenging psychological presentations such as trauma, self harm, mood changes, aggression, and other unsafe or maladaptive coping mechanisms. Dr. Lauren always believes in her patients, even when everyone else has stopped believing in them. She never loses hope, and tirelessly works with patients and their families on improving their relationships, coping skills, and positive change.
Dr. Lauren Armstrong is a highly passionate licensed clinical psychologist and Clinical Director with a PsyD from Pepperdine University, and has been working with children and adolescents for the past ten years. She is an expert in working with challenging psychological presentations such as trauma, self harm, mood changes, aggression, and other unsafe or maladaptive coping mechanisms. Dr. Lauren always believes in her patients, even when everyone else has stopped believing in them. She never loses hope, and tirelessly works with patients and their families on improving their relationships, coping skills, and positive change.
(714) 646-1580 View (714) 646-1580
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Rachel Adams
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Rachel is passionate about walking alongside others to help them on their path to healing. She believes in creating a warm and empathetic environment for clients to help them feel cared for and seen. Rachel enjoys working with adolescents, young adults, adults and couples regarding various issues, including: anxiety, depression, trauma, postpartum and parenting struggles, foster parents, relationship distress, grief and loss, life transitions, ministry and spiritual issues. Rachel loves utilizing attachment styles and life stories to help facilitate insight and growth in the healing journey of her clients.
Rachel is passionate about walking alongside others to help them on their path to healing. She believes in creating a warm and empathetic environment for clients to help them feel cared for and seen. Rachel enjoys working with adolescents, young adults, adults and couples regarding various issues, including: anxiety, depression, trauma, postpartum and parenting struggles, foster parents, relationship distress, grief and loss, life transitions, ministry and spiritual issues. Rachel loves utilizing attachment styles and life stories to help facilitate insight and growth in the healing journey of her clients.
(657) 385-7798 x274 View (657) 385-7798 x274

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Costa Mesa, CA

600+

Average cost per session

$175

Therapists in Costa Mesa, CA who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
89% Depression
80% Relationship Issues
74% Self Esteem
69% Trauma and PTSD
68% Stress
67% Grief

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

71% Cigna and Evernorth
68% Aetna
51% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Costa Mesa, CA see their clients

77% In Person and Online
23% Online Only

Gender breakdown

77% Female
22% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Costa Mesa?

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.