Therapists in El Cajon, CA

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Balanced Life Therapy Center, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
El Cajon, CA 92020
Just being human can be hard, and with all that is expected of us in this life, it can seem almost impossible at times. The external world can feel overwhelming and unsafe and our internal world can feel chaotic and just as unsafe. At the heart of any therapeutic approach is the attempt to find peace within so we can learn to be at peace with what is beyond our control. At Balanced Life Therapy Center, our clinicians are trained, each in their own preferred approach to healing, to support the inner world of their clients and help them get connected to the power they hold to move towards the life they desire.
Just being human can be hard, and with all that is expected of us in this life, it can seem almost impossible at times. The external world can feel overwhelming and unsafe and our internal world can feel chaotic and just as unsafe. At the heart of any therapeutic approach is the attempt to find peace within so we can learn to be at peace with what is beyond our control. At Balanced Life Therapy Center, our clinicians are trained, each in their own preferred approach to healing, to support the inner world of their clients and help them get connected to the power they hold to move towards the life they desire.
(619) 382-2873 View (619) 382-2873
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Jonathan Kallis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
El Cajon, CA 92021
Hello, my name is Jonathan Kallis (Jon) and my friends know me. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker licensed by the state of California. My approach to therapy is to work with you to find the style that will work best for you. I tend to lean towards Cognitive Behavioral, but I am eclectic and well versed in other modalities. It would be my privilege to work with you. I have over 33 years of experience and I have treated many different conditions. Currently, I see a lot of Depression, Anxiety, and OCD as well as others. I also enjoy working with couples.
Hello, my name is Jonathan Kallis (Jon) and my friends know me. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker licensed by the state of California. My approach to therapy is to work with you to find the style that will work best for you. I tend to lean towards Cognitive Behavioral, but I am eclectic and well versed in other modalities. It would be my privilege to work with you. I have over 33 years of experience and I have treated many different conditions. Currently, I see a lot of Depression, Anxiety, and OCD as well as others. I also enjoy working with couples.
(619) 558-1332 View (619) 558-1332
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Tarina Griffin
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
El Cajon, CA 92021
What is stopping you from reaching your fullest potential? Sometimes we as human beings need to confront our past in order to regain our future in an assertive way. Therapy can be a helpful tool in empowering your life.
What is stopping you from reaching your fullest potential? Sometimes we as human beings need to confront our past in order to regain our future in an assertive way. Therapy can be a helpful tool in empowering your life.
(858) 375-5693 View (858) 375-5693
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David Hahn
Psychologist, PsyD, MEd
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
El Cajon, CA 92021
Not accepting new clients
I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, stress management, work issues, and anger problems. If you are feeling overwhelmed, experiencing sadness, low energy, insomnia, loneliness, relationship problems, anger, difficulty focusing, or helplessness, through our work together, you will be able to relieve those symptoms. I also provide relief for symptoms including constant worry, racing thoughts, nervousness, irrational fears, social anxiety, and panic attacks. Your individual needs are carefully evaluated, and I tailor my therapeutic style to best meet those needs. You will increase your awareness of and resolve problematic behaviors to alleviate symptoms, reduce stress, improve relationships, and increase overall quality of life.
I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, stress management, work issues, and anger problems. If you are feeling overwhelmed, experiencing sadness, low energy, insomnia, loneliness, relationship problems, anger, difficulty focusing, or helplessness, through our work together, you will be able to relieve those symptoms. I also provide relief for symptoms including constant worry, racing thoughts, nervousness, irrational fears, social anxiety, and panic attacks. Your individual needs are carefully evaluated, and I tailor my therapeutic style to best meet those needs. You will increase your awareness of and resolve problematic behaviors to alleviate symptoms, reduce stress, improve relationships, and increase overall quality of life.
(619) 324-3789 View (619) 324-3789
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Helen Greenbergs
Psychologist, PhD, PMH-C
Verified Verified
El Cajon, CA 92020  (Online Only)
Are you living with chronic health problems that seem to be taking over your life and stealing your happiness? Are you trying to get pregnant, currently pregnant, or raising a young child, wondering how you could be a more effective, confident and joyful parent? Are you a college student, or graduate student, feeling overwhelmed with multiple demands on your time and energy? I am a clinical psychologist, specializing in cognitive-behavioral therapy. In my practice I work with adults experiencing stress, anxiety, confusion, or depression, due to everyday life events or major life challenges.
Are you living with chronic health problems that seem to be taking over your life and stealing your happiness? Are you trying to get pregnant, currently pregnant, or raising a young child, wondering how you could be a more effective, confident and joyful parent? Are you a college student, or graduate student, feeling overwhelmed with multiple demands on your time and energy? I am a clinical psychologist, specializing in cognitive-behavioral therapy. In my practice I work with adults experiencing stress, anxiety, confusion, or depression, due to everyday life events or major life challenges.
(619) 505-3881 View (619) 505-3881
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Mysty Higgins
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MEd
Verified Verified
El Cajon, CA 92021  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with emotions that you don't know what to do with? Are you stuck in thought processes that are unhelpful, yet you are not sure how to change them? Do you want to learn how to regulate emotion, reduce stress, improve relationships, improve communication, reduce unwanted emotion, and feel comfortable in your own body? These are just a few of the things that I work with clients on, and I can work with you as well. I believe we are all humans doing the best that we can, and sometimes the best thing we can do is ask for help.
Are you struggling with emotions that you don't know what to do with? Are you stuck in thought processes that are unhelpful, yet you are not sure how to change them? Do you want to learn how to regulate emotion, reduce stress, improve relationships, improve communication, reduce unwanted emotion, and feel comfortable in your own body? These are just a few of the things that I work with clients on, and I can work with you as well. I believe we are all humans doing the best that we can, and sometimes the best thing we can do is ask for help.
(949) 771-7021 View (949) 771-7021
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Psychological Solutions, Inc.
Registered Psychological Assistant, Intern, PSB
Verified Verified
El Cajon, CA 92019  (Online Only)
I am Dr. Lydia Williams, a Post-Doctoral Associate of Psychology since 2019, and serving mental health since 1984. Like many, I want the best for those I hold dear to me. In fact, that's what pushed me into a mental health career. I saw the pain my own family had to endure and I wanted it to stop, and quickly. No one should have to suffer.
I am Dr. Lydia Williams, a Post-Doctoral Associate of Psychology since 2019, and serving mental health since 1984. Like many, I want the best for those I hold dear to me. In fact, that's what pushed me into a mental health career. I saw the pain my own family had to endure and I wanted it to stop, and quickly. No one should have to suffer.
(619) 333-5702 x2043 View (619) 333-5702 x2043
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Brande Vargas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
El Cajon, CA 92020
I am passionate about my work and consider it an honor to help people navigate and move forward to lead happier and more fulfilled lives. My goal as a therapist is to provide a safe environment to help guide you through life's challenges and the often-unpredictable ups and downs. I utilize a variety of treatment modalities and adapt treatment to fit your individual needs. I work from a strengths-based perspective and have a warm, gentle, supportive, non-judgmental, therapeutic style.
I am passionate about my work and consider it an honor to help people navigate and move forward to lead happier and more fulfilled lives. My goal as a therapist is to provide a safe environment to help guide you through life's challenges and the often-unpredictable ups and downs. I utilize a variety of treatment modalities and adapt treatment to fit your individual needs. I work from a strengths-based perspective and have a warm, gentle, supportive, non-judgmental, therapeutic style.
(619) 308-6354 View (619) 308-6354
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Brooke Serrano
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
El Cajon, CA 92021
Hello! My name is Brooke Serrano, and I am Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I have a drive for working with young adults, adolescents, and teens. By using a client-centered approach, I focus on your individual goals and exactly what you want from therapy. Therapy is what you make it! I have a lot of experience working with different diagnoses including GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder), Major Depression Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Trauma, Domestic Violence, PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), Grief, DID (dissociative identity disorder), and LGBTIA+ communities.
Hello! My name is Brooke Serrano, and I am Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I have a drive for working with young adults, adolescents, and teens. By using a client-centered approach, I focus on your individual goals and exactly what you want from therapy. Therapy is what you make it! I have a lot of experience working with different diagnoses including GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder), Major Depression Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Trauma, Domestic Violence, PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), Grief, DID (dissociative identity disorder), and LGBTIA+ communities.
(858) 758-3232 View (858) 758-3232
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Denika Chacon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
El Cajon, CA 92019
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 18 years of experience in the mental health, and child welfare world. I offer support for a wide range of mental health and life issues such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, ADD/ADHD, and grief/loss among others for individuals aged 13-25. I have my bachelor's degree in Psychology and Child Development from California State University, Northridge, and a master's degree in Social Work from California State University, Bakersfield. I believe that it is important to find a therapist that is a good fit for you.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 18 years of experience in the mental health, and child welfare world. I offer support for a wide range of mental health and life issues such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, ADD/ADHD, and grief/loss among others for individuals aged 13-25. I have my bachelor's degree in Psychology and Child Development from California State University, Northridge, and a master's degree in Social Work from California State University, Bakersfield. I believe that it is important to find a therapist that is a good fit for you.
(818) 873-7816 View (818) 873-7816
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April Pearl Gutierrez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
El Cajon, CA 92020
Hello, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker w/ over 11 years of experience in the mental health field. I received my master’s degree in social work from San Diego State University in 2012 and I have worked with children, adults, and families in Community Mental Health Setting in both Riverside County and San Diego County. I am currently providing telehealth services on a HIPPA compliant platform as well as in person sessions. My practice specialties include treating depression, anxiety, panic disorders and tough life transitions as well post-traumatic stress disorders.
Hello, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker w/ over 11 years of experience in the mental health field. I received my master’s degree in social work from San Diego State University in 2012 and I have worked with children, adults, and families in Community Mental Health Setting in both Riverside County and San Diego County. I am currently providing telehealth services on a HIPPA compliant platform as well as in person sessions. My practice specialties include treating depression, anxiety, panic disorders and tough life transitions as well post-traumatic stress disorders.
(619) 273-0817 View (619) 273-0817
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Accepting Me Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
El Cajon, CA 92020
The population I generally provide services for struggle with the following issues and symptoms: depression, anxiety, anger management, relationship issues/conflicts, social/peer challenges, parenting difficulties, LGBTQ challenges, trauma, parent-child conflicts, behavioral problems, adjustment issues, mood disregulation, grief & loss. Most clients, like everyone in life, are looking for relief from difficult situations and troubling symptoms, a sense of comfort within their own skin. They have the desire towards alleviating their distress and looking for professional help.
The population I generally provide services for struggle with the following issues and symptoms: depression, anxiety, anger management, relationship issues/conflicts, social/peer challenges, parenting difficulties, LGBTQ challenges, trauma, parent-child conflicts, behavioral problems, adjustment issues, mood disregulation, grief & loss. Most clients, like everyone in life, are looking for relief from difficult situations and troubling symptoms, a sense of comfort within their own skin. They have the desire towards alleviating their distress and looking for professional help.
(619) 305-0780 View (619) 305-0780
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Jacqueline Eyerly
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
El Cajon, CA 92021
My name is Jacqueline Eyerly, and I am a (M.S.) Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) , and (M.A.) Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), and have additional education, as an Ed.D in Counseling Psychologist. I am based in Playa Vista, California and working with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adults/couples and specialize in anxiety, stress, marriage counseling, ADHD, Trauma Issues, Intimacy and sexual issues. I have also worked with LBGTQ+ community for a number of years in the West Hollywood area.
My name is Jacqueline Eyerly, and I am a (M.S.) Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) , and (M.A.) Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), and have additional education, as an Ed.D in Counseling Psychologist. I am based in Playa Vista, California and working with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adults/couples and specialize in anxiety, stress, marriage counseling, ADHD, Trauma Issues, Intimacy and sexual issues. I have also worked with LBGTQ+ community for a number of years in the West Hollywood area.
(619) 975-4255 View (619) 975-4255
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Clara Robles-Guerrero
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
El Cajon, CA 92020  (Online Only)
Cultivating mindful awareness, embracing our needs and strengths, and connecting to the opportunities around us can help increase our sense of peace and joy in our life. I am a client-centered therapist, I see my role as that of an empowering support and an ally in this process. I specialize in individual work with adults who are dealing with a mental health condition or who seek support for parenting, relationship conflict or transition into adulthood (single life, dating, career, relocation, cultural identity).
Cultivating mindful awareness, embracing our needs and strengths, and connecting to the opportunities around us can help increase our sense of peace and joy in our life. I am a client-centered therapist, I see my role as that of an empowering support and an ally in this process. I specialize in individual work with adults who are dealing with a mental health condition or who seek support for parenting, relationship conflict or transition into adulthood (single life, dating, career, relocation, cultural identity).
(619) 648-4157 View (619) 648-4157
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Amy Lynn Kabler
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
El Cajon, CA 92020
Does your self esteem need a boost? Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, or trauma? Do you have a child struggling with their behavior, which may be affecting their learning or relationships? You may need some support for yourself, your primary relationship, or your family. Everyone needs a little extra help sometimes. There is joy in the solving and you are already on your way.
Does your self esteem need a boost? Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, or trauma? Do you have a child struggling with their behavior, which may be affecting their learning or relationships? You may need some support for yourself, your primary relationship, or your family. Everyone needs a little extra help sometimes. There is joy in the solving and you are already on your way.
(619) 937-2818 View (619) 937-2818
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Mary Colmenares
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
El Cajon, CA 92021
Hi...my name is Mary T. Colmenares, and I am a Licensed Mental Health Clinician, as well as a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor. I am located in San Diego, CA, and see clients in person or via teletherapy. I work with children, ages 3-17, as well as adults. I provide Play Therapy and a Client-Centered approach, which allows the client to share their story. I specialize in Grief Therapy, Anxiety, Depression, and the numerous life transitions that we all face. I find that children as well as adults often present with the above.
Hi...my name is Mary T. Colmenares, and I am a Licensed Mental Health Clinician, as well as a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor. I am located in San Diego, CA, and see clients in person or via teletherapy. I work with children, ages 3-17, as well as adults. I provide Play Therapy and a Client-Centered approach, which allows the client to share their story. I specialize in Grief Therapy, Anxiety, Depression, and the numerous life transitions that we all face. I find that children as well as adults often present with the above.
(619) 457-6868 View (619) 457-6868
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Veronica Wahba
Psychologist, PsyD, LCP
Verified Verified
El Cajon, CA 92021  (Online Only)
I am a licensed clinical psychologist with over 17 years of experience in treating adult clients with a variety of difficulties including anxiety & panic, mood disorders, grief & loss, ADHD, relationship problems, stress management, & personal growth & development. I have a passion for helping my clients gain a better understanding of themselves, triumph over obstacles in their lives, & lead healthier, happier, & more fulfilling lives overall. My treatment approaches are integrative & holistic & include various somatic (mind-body) therapy, solution-focused, positive psychology, & cognitive behavior therapy techniques.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist with over 17 years of experience in treating adult clients with a variety of difficulties including anxiety & panic, mood disorders, grief & loss, ADHD, relationship problems, stress management, & personal growth & development. I have a passion for helping my clients gain a better understanding of themselves, triumph over obstacles in their lives, & lead healthier, happier, & more fulfilling lives overall. My treatment approaches are integrative & holistic & include various somatic (mind-body) therapy, solution-focused, positive psychology, & cognitive behavior therapy techniques.
(619) 458-3553 View (619) 458-3553
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Tanya Frausto
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
El Cajon, CA 92020  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Tanya Frausto. I proudly identify as a bilingual, first-generation Latina college graduate, daughter of immigrants, who comes from a low-income background. I earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of San Diego, a master’s degree in social work from San Diego State University, and am licensed in the state of California. From my own lived experience, I understand that many of my clients were not raised in a home that fostered mental health practices. My goal is to support my clients as they find their inner strength to face the stressors of daily life with grace and courage.
Hello, my name is Tanya Frausto. I proudly identify as a bilingual, first-generation Latina college graduate, daughter of immigrants, who comes from a low-income background. I earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of San Diego, a master’s degree in social work from San Diego State University, and am licensed in the state of California. From my own lived experience, I understand that many of my clients were not raised in a home that fostered mental health practices. My goal is to support my clients as they find their inner strength to face the stressors of daily life with grace and courage.
(562) 741-6954 View (562) 741-6954
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Shannan Oconnor
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
El Cajon, CA 92019
I am licensed in California, and I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & intimacy related issues. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey. Stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy related issues, low self-esteem, low/depressed mood, and emotional dysregulation.
I am licensed in California, and I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & intimacy related issues. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey. Stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy related issues, low self-esteem, low/depressed mood, and emotional dysregulation.
(858) 358-6161 View (858) 358-6161
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Tina Louise Mayes
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
El Cajon, CA 92020  (Online Only)
I seek to help people who are ready for real change. Not just the same old conversation about what’s bothering you; we will work together to come to an understanding of why you’re not thriving. Certain issues such as OCD, Hoarding Disorder, and PTSD all impact functioning on a deep level. I strive to help people with these challenges to recognize what’s getting in their way of change and come up with practical steps to enrich their lives.
I seek to help people who are ready for real change. Not just the same old conversation about what’s bothering you; we will work together to come to an understanding of why you’re not thriving. Certain issues such as OCD, Hoarding Disorder, and PTSD all impact functioning on a deep level. I strive to help people with these challenges to recognize what’s getting in their way of change and come up with practical steps to enrich their lives.
(858) 358-7507 View (858) 358-7507

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in El Cajon, CA

100+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in El Cajon, CA who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
84% Depression
70% Coping Skills
70% Self Esteem
66% Relationship Issues
65% Stress
60% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

87% Aetna
84% Cigna and Evernorth
84% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in El Cajon, CA see their clients

85% In Person and Online
15% Online Only

Gender breakdown

83% Female
17% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in El Cajon?

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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.