Therapists in Los Altos, CA

Photo of Ziba Taghipour, MS, MFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Ziba Taghipour
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94024
For more than a decade, I have successfully helped individuals, couples, and families find greater clarity about what they want their life to stand for and how to pursue that life. Within a supportive therapeutic relationship, I help my clients attain the vibrant and valued life they desire. My approach in therapy is active. I work based on the assumption that clients are able to achieve rapid and significant changes in their behaviors. The interventions used in this approach help clients access alternative ways of "problem solving" that utilize the resources beyond the "common-sense" mind. https://effective-therapy.com/
For more than a decade, I have successfully helped individuals, couples, and families find greater clarity about what they want their life to stand for and how to pursue that life. Within a supportive therapeutic relationship, I help my clients attain the vibrant and valued life they desire. My approach in therapy is active. I work based on the assumption that clients are able to achieve rapid and significant changes in their behaviors. The interventions used in this approach help clients access alternative ways of "problem solving" that utilize the resources beyond the "common-sense" mind. https://effective-therapy.com/
(408) 384-9959 View (408) 384-9959
Photo of Clark Hsu, MA, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Clark Hsu
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Los Altos, CA 94022  (Online Only)
I provide a warm and understanding atmosphere without judgment and pressure. Our work together is going to be about you and for you. I am not here to tell you what to do but allow you to become the owner of your life and regain the power of choice. You will be invited to explore through using traditional means of therapy(talk therapy) or more creative ways such as drama and expressive arts therapy. The choice will be yours and completely based on your level of comfort. I will be here to set up the creative stage for you to shine, cry, laugh, change and grow.
I provide a warm and understanding atmosphere without judgment and pressure. Our work together is going to be about you and for you. I am not here to tell you what to do but allow you to become the owner of your life and regain the power of choice. You will be invited to explore through using traditional means of therapy(talk therapy) or more creative ways such as drama and expressive arts therapy. The choice will be yours and completely based on your level of comfort. I will be here to set up the creative stage for you to shine, cry, laugh, change and grow.
(408) 512-1315 View (408) 512-1315
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Dr. Victoria Chan — Integrative Behavioral Health And Medicine
ND
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Altos, CA 94022  (Online Only)
Mental health care reimagined — Combining the best of modern science and natural medicine. Dr. Chan aims to discover and treat your unique root cause with the goals of helping people regain stability, be their most effective selves, and feel their best. She'll holistically evaluate your health and create a personalized plan for sustainable relief. Whether your goal is to avoid, lessen, or optimize your medications, Dr. Victoria Chan will create a customized plan for your specific goals, needs, and preferences.
Mental health care reimagined — Combining the best of modern science and natural medicine. Dr. Chan aims to discover and treat your unique root cause with the goals of helping people regain stability, be their most effective selves, and feel their best. She'll holistically evaluate your health and create a personalized plan for sustainable relief. Whether your goal is to avoid, lessen, or optimize your medications, Dr. Victoria Chan will create a customized plan for your specific goals, needs, and preferences.
(408) 620-6852 View (408) 620-6852
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Beth E Wolff
Counselor, MA, LPCC, PPS
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94022
My practice focuses on "what's right with you" and not "what's wrong with you." Too many people overlook positive effort and meaningful contributions, and instead focus on deficits. People do better when they feel better. Leveraging strengths against challenges, clients are much more able to grow and create manageable and satisfying lives. I have worked with neurodivergent and neurotypical K12 and college students for over 15 years on discovering their skills and assets, their learning styles, social styles, preferences, opinions and everything else that makes them uniquely who they are.
My practice focuses on "what's right with you" and not "what's wrong with you." Too many people overlook positive effort and meaningful contributions, and instead focus on deficits. People do better when they feel better. Leveraging strengths against challenges, clients are much more able to grow and create manageable and satisfying lives. I have worked with neurodivergent and neurotypical K12 and college students for over 15 years on discovering their skills and assets, their learning styles, social styles, preferences, opinions and everything else that makes them uniquely who they are.
(650) 885-9212 View (650) 885-9212
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Teen Adhd Specialist Carlo Catabijan
Marriage & Family Therapist, MSc, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94024
You may have been called lazy, distracted, or unmotivated in the past. You struggle with delivering projects or assignments on time, or find it difficult to remember important tasks, such as taking out the trash. Despite these challenges, you know that deep inside you are intelligent, creative, and compassionate. It's possible that you may be experiencing symptoms of ADHD, and I am here to help you overcome these obstacles and achieve your goals. With my guidance, you can learn how to better manage your symptoms and take control of your life, whether it's in your relationships, school, or work.
You may have been called lazy, distracted, or unmotivated in the past. You struggle with delivering projects or assignments on time, or find it difficult to remember important tasks, such as taking out the trash. Despite these challenges, you know that deep inside you are intelligent, creative, and compassionate. It's possible that you may be experiencing symptoms of ADHD, and I am here to help you overcome these obstacles and achieve your goals. With my guidance, you can learn how to better manage your symptoms and take control of your life, whether it's in your relationships, school, or work.
(650) 585-0286 View (650) 585-0286
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Marina Dragovic ⭐ Self-Esteem And Social Anxiety Therapist ⭐
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94024
You right now: Using all your power to muster up the courage to finally go on that date; replaying unnecessary thoughts to excuse yourself from the invite from your friends; blaming yourself for not thinking you are not enough. You after therapy with me: Completely understanding of your worth; Acknowledge your anxiety and befriend it; Find perspective to help empower yourself in your day to day. Can you imagine it? If you can, that’s because that is a genuine reality. As a social anxiety therapist, my aim is to help you understand the root of your intrusive thoughts and find meaningful but realistic ways to address them so that you
You right now: Using all your power to muster up the courage to finally go on that date; replaying unnecessary thoughts to excuse yourself from the invite from your friends; blaming yourself for not thinking you are not enough. You after therapy with me: Completely understanding of your worth; Acknowledge your anxiety and befriend it; Find perspective to help empower yourself in your day to day. Can you imagine it? If you can, that’s because that is a genuine reality. As a social anxiety therapist, my aim is to help you understand the root of your intrusive thoughts and find meaningful but realistic ways to address them so that you
(650) 649-4337 View (650) 649-4337
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Dr. Heather Martarella
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Altos, CA 94024
Feeling Overwhelmed by Emotional Distress? You’re not alone, and seeking help is healthy. I specialize in helping individuals navigate the challenges that develop from chronic pain, illness, and sleep difficulties. With over 20 years of clinical experience, I understand the impact these conditions can have on your life - and I’m here to offer the information and support you need. I'm also a certified anxiety and trauma treatment provider.
Feeling Overwhelmed by Emotional Distress? You’re not alone, and seeking help is healthy. I specialize in helping individuals navigate the challenges that develop from chronic pain, illness, and sleep difficulties. With over 20 years of clinical experience, I understand the impact these conditions can have on your life - and I’m here to offer the information and support you need. I'm also a certified anxiety and trauma treatment provider.
(510) 892-3227 View (510) 892-3227
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Maria Porch
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94024
Are you struggling in your relationships with others, or with how you view yourself? Do you have problems at work, or are you grappling with a loss? Many times we may feel unhappy, or bland but are not clear about the causes and what we can do. Personal growth is a lifelong process, and at times, choosing to embark in a psychotherapeutic relationship can help. We all have the capacity to better understand ourselves and improve our lives. In our work together, you would begin to understand the relationship you have with yourself and how you navigate other relationships.
Are you struggling in your relationships with others, or with how you view yourself? Do you have problems at work, or are you grappling with a loss? Many times we may feel unhappy, or bland but are not clear about the causes and what we can do. Personal growth is a lifelong process, and at times, choosing to embark in a psychotherapeutic relationship can help. We all have the capacity to better understand ourselves and improve our lives. In our work together, you would begin to understand the relationship you have with yourself and how you navigate other relationships.
(408) 831-3959 View (408) 831-3959
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Cognitive Renewal Inc.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94022
As an experienced Licensed Clinical Social Worker, behavioral specialist and experienced therapist I work with a wide range of issues facing children, adolescents and adults. I specialize in working with parents and children struggling with challenges related to ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Nonverbal Learning Disorders.
As an experienced Licensed Clinical Social Worker, behavioral specialist and experienced therapist I work with a wide range of issues facing children, adolescents and adults. I specialize in working with parents and children struggling with challenges related to ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Nonverbal Learning Disorders.
(650) 825-6584 View (650) 825-6584
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Alessandra Landgraf
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94024
I am a psychotherapist who is committed to working with adolescents, adults, couples and families on their journey of self-discovery and improvement. I believe everyone could use support and guidance on that journey, and I would love to have the opportunity to be that person for you. As a bicultural person, I understand the importance of embracing the complexities of others’ experiences, and I strive to provide a safe, honest and supportive space to embrace your authentic-self and gain confidence.
I am a psychotherapist who is committed to working with adolescents, adults, couples and families on their journey of self-discovery and improvement. I believe everyone could use support and guidance on that journey, and I would love to have the opportunity to be that person for you. As a bicultural person, I understand the importance of embracing the complexities of others’ experiences, and I strive to provide a safe, honest and supportive space to embrace your authentic-self and gain confidence.
(650) 899-4235 View (650) 899-4235
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John McKellar
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94022
I am a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in Los Altos, CA. I have over 20 years of experience providing psychological services to individuals and couples. My specializations include treatment of depression, anxiety, addiction, chronic pain, insomnia, stress management, trauma, and couples therapy. I work with adolescents, adults, and couples.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in Los Altos, CA. I have over 20 years of experience providing psychological services to individuals and couples. My specializations include treatment of depression, anxiety, addiction, chronic pain, insomnia, stress management, trauma, and couples therapy. I work with adolescents, adults, and couples.
(650) 265-4745 View (650) 265-4745
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Dr. Kimberly Diorio
Pre-Licensed Professional, EdD, AMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94024  (Online Only)
Explore - Heal - Thrive. Whether you're feeling the pressures of a high-stress career, navigating personal challenges, or seeking a more balanced, authentic life, therapy offers a path toward less suffering & deeper self-discovery. It's a courageous process of unlearning old patterns & relearning healthier ways of being. I'm glad you are here. Together, we can explore possibilities & work towards the balanced & fulfilling life you deserve. With over 25 years of counseling experience in education & a doctorate in leading change, I've journeyed from the heart of Silicon Valley to offer psychotherapy throughout California.
Explore - Heal - Thrive. Whether you're feeling the pressures of a high-stress career, navigating personal challenges, or seeking a more balanced, authentic life, therapy offers a path toward less suffering & deeper self-discovery. It's a courageous process of unlearning old patterns & relearning healthier ways of being. I'm glad you are here. Together, we can explore possibilities & work towards the balanced & fulfilling life you deserve. With over 25 years of counseling experience in education & a doctorate in leading change, I've journeyed from the heart of Silicon Valley to offer psychotherapy throughout California.
(650) 487-1667 View (650) 487-1667
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Christina Morris
Psychologist, PsyD, MA
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94022
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in psychotherapy for children, adolescents and families. I support children and adolescents facing depression, anxiety, risky behaviors, school issues, self-esteem and identity issues. I also help with parent-child conflicts while providing parenting support to strengthen family relationships. I provide compassionate support to children with developmental disabilities and their families. I utilize evidenced-based treatments, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT) and family systems therapy (FST). I work collaboratively and empathetically with clients to encourage personal growth and allow clients to thrive.
I specialize in psychotherapy for children, adolescents and families. I support children and adolescents facing depression, anxiety, risky behaviors, school issues, self-esteem and identity issues. I also help with parent-child conflicts while providing parenting support to strengthen family relationships. I provide compassionate support to children with developmental disabilities and their families. I utilize evidenced-based treatments, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT) and family systems therapy (FST). I work collaboratively and empathetically with clients to encourage personal growth and allow clients to thrive.
(650) 825-9050 View (650) 825-9050
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Susan Zweig
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, BCD, CEAP
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94022
It has been my privilege to provide counseling and psychotherapy services to individuals and couples for over 20 years. I work with clients experiencing a wide variety of issues including anxiety, depression, life transitions, stress related to work, family, or relationships, parenting, grief and loss, addiction, and medical and aging concerns. I view therapy as an active partnership in which my clients and I work together to identify core concerns, solve problems, and reach goals. With guidance and support, my clients make the changes they desire to feel healthy and satisfied.
It has been my privilege to provide counseling and psychotherapy services to individuals and couples for over 20 years. I work with clients experiencing a wide variety of issues including anxiety, depression, life transitions, stress related to work, family, or relationships, parenting, grief and loss, addiction, and medical and aging concerns. I view therapy as an active partnership in which my clients and I work together to identify core concerns, solve problems, and reach goals. With guidance and support, my clients make the changes they desire to feel healthy and satisfied.
(650) 209-7914 View (650) 209-7914
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Vera Kugel
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94022
Congratulations! You have made a very important decision in your life - you decided to invite professional help into your life. The reasons behind your decision can vary. It can be your feeling of loneliness, difficulties to "fit in", or maybe the demons from the past affecting your life today and you feel like you stuck? Or the main goal you've had all your life seems more and more unreachable and you feel like a failure? Whatever it is, you are the only one who has the answers. You are the only expert of you. But sometimes these answers are buried too deep, so you need professional help to reach them.
Congratulations! You have made a very important decision in your life - you decided to invite professional help into your life. The reasons behind your decision can vary. It can be your feeling of loneliness, difficulties to "fit in", or maybe the demons from the past affecting your life today and you feel like you stuck? Or the main goal you've had all your life seems more and more unreachable and you feel like a failure? Whatever it is, you are the only one who has the answers. You are the only expert of you. But sometimes these answers are buried too deep, so you need professional help to reach them.
(408) 717-4116 View (408) 717-4116
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Aska Yoshizu
Marriage & Family Therapist, SEP, E-RYT, CMT, LMFT
Verified Verified
16 Endorsed
Los Altos, CA 94022  (Online Only)
Have you been feeling not heard or understood, and isolated or ashamed? You may be wondering, “what’s wrong with me?” I know how painful it is to feel that way because I’ve been there many times, too. And I’ve come out of it with a few nuggets of knowledge and tools each time. For 16 years I’ve been helping people feel more connected to and loved by people around them as well as themselves by sharing knowledge and tools accumulated through my personal and professional journey. Human beings are social animals that need connection with others whom we trust and feel safe with to survive and thrive. That's why isolation is so painful.
Have you been feeling not heard or understood, and isolated or ashamed? You may be wondering, “what’s wrong with me?” I know how painful it is to feel that way because I’ve been there many times, too. And I’ve come out of it with a few nuggets of knowledge and tools each time. For 16 years I’ve been helping people feel more connected to and loved by people around them as well as themselves by sharing knowledge and tools accumulated through my personal and professional journey. Human beings are social animals that need connection with others whom we trust and feel safe with to survive and thrive. That's why isolation is so painful.
(650) 749-7527 View (650) 749-7527
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Nancy Andersen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Altos, CA 94024
It's time to start feeling better. You've tried distraction, talking to friends. But like a ball pushed underwater, your feelings of anxiety, unhappiness or being overwhelmed keep surfacing. This distress impacts everything. Worst of all, these bad feelings, like a shameful secret, isolate you. It doesn't have to be this way. Asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. I am dedicated to helping individuals and couples recognize and overcome the obstacles between them and their dreams. Personal growth and increased self-confidence are natural outcomes of successful therapy.
It's time to start feeling better. You've tried distraction, talking to friends. But like a ball pushed underwater, your feelings of anxiety, unhappiness or being overwhelmed keep surfacing. This distress impacts everything. Worst of all, these bad feelings, like a shameful secret, isolate you. It doesn't have to be this way. Asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. I am dedicated to helping individuals and couples recognize and overcome the obstacles between them and their dreams. Personal growth and increased self-confidence are natural outcomes of successful therapy.
(650) 534-2904 View (650) 534-2904
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Brigid Oram
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Los Altos, CA 94024
Not accepting new clients
Hello! I work with adults, adolescents and families. I believe we all have unique, innate strengths that we can rely upon to get us through tough situations but that sometimes it is hard for us to find them on our own. I work with my clients to uncover and support each individual's own innate strengths while integrating a variety of research-based interventions to reduce anxiety, improve mood, process trauma, and improve relationships.
Hello! I work with adults, adolescents and families. I believe we all have unique, innate strengths that we can rely upon to get us through tough situations but that sometimes it is hard for us to find them on our own. I work with my clients to uncover and support each individual's own innate strengths while integrating a variety of research-based interventions to reduce anxiety, improve mood, process trauma, and improve relationships.
(408) 716-3416 View (408) 716-3416
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Dr. Rachael M Rosenberg
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Altos, CA 94024
Are you ready to rediscover inner peace, perhaps for the first time? Do you crave the confidence to embrace and express your authentic self? I'm here to guide you on this healing Journey. Hi, I'm Dr. Rachael Rosenberg, a dedicated therapist serving the Bay Area since 2009. My passion lies in helping girls and women reignite their path to becoming the person they aspire to be. Life often throws emotional curveballs, doubts, and challenges our way. I'm your steadfast companion in navigating the unknown, guiding you towards a place where you can feel truly grounded within yourself.
Are you ready to rediscover inner peace, perhaps for the first time? Do you crave the confidence to embrace and express your authentic self? I'm here to guide you on this healing Journey. Hi, I'm Dr. Rachael Rosenberg, a dedicated therapist serving the Bay Area since 2009. My passion lies in helping girls and women reignite their path to becoming the person they aspire to be. Life often throws emotional curveballs, doubts, and challenges our way. I'm your steadfast companion in navigating the unknown, guiding you towards a place where you can feel truly grounded within yourself.
(650) 435-4476 View (650) 435-4476
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Ruthie Ayzenberg
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPCC, PMH-C, RYT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Altos, CA 94024  (Online Only)
If you are struggling with mood, anxiety, motivation, energy, sleep, preparing for or adjusting to a new baby, having relationship turbulence, or difficulties at work or school, I may be able to help. I work with a lot of college students, parents, and corporate workers to help gain clarity, resolve symptoms, build resiliency skills, and get unstuck from unhelpful patterns. I have a specialty interest and intensive training experience in prenatal and postpartum issues and enjoy helping moms and dads navigate the beginning of parenthood. As a yoga student and teacher, I'm a big fan of using yoga practices to assist with healing.
If you are struggling with mood, anxiety, motivation, energy, sleep, preparing for or adjusting to a new baby, having relationship turbulence, or difficulties at work or school, I may be able to help. I work with a lot of college students, parents, and corporate workers to help gain clarity, resolve symptoms, build resiliency skills, and get unstuck from unhelpful patterns. I have a specialty interest and intensive training experience in prenatal and postpartum issues and enjoy helping moms and dads navigate the beginning of parenthood. As a yoga student and teacher, I'm a big fan of using yoga practices to assist with healing.
(650) 667-8842 View (650) 667-8842

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Los Altos, CA

300+

Average cost per session

$200

Therapists in Los Altos, CA who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
87% Depression
86% Relationship Issues
77% Self Esteem
65% Stress
64% Trauma and PTSD
62% Grief

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

46% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
45% Cigna and Evernorth
43% Aetna

How Therapists in Los Altos, CA see their clients

68% In Person and Online
32% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
19% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Los Altos?

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

Learn more about how to find a therapist

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

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

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

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

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

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

What type of therapy is right for me?

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

How much does therapy cost?

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

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

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

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

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

Is online therapy a good option?

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

Are therapy sessions confidential?

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