Therapists in Oakland, CA

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Photo of Dr. Jacqueline Benson, Psychologist in Oakland, CA
Dr. Jacqueline Benson
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94612  (Online Only)
I’m excited to meet you! Therapy is a relationship. I believe in empowering my clients and helping them to take a collaborative role in their mental health care. Listening and getting to know you is crucial. I work with Black clients, LGBTQIA+ clients as well as clients from diverse backgrounds and use my training and understanding of human development to inform my therapeutic work and help my clients identify and understand their challenges so they can set meaningful goals. I work from an integrative perspective that incorporates diverse evidence based practices.
I’m excited to meet you! Therapy is a relationship. I believe in empowering my clients and helping them to take a collaborative role in their mental health care. Listening and getting to know you is crucial. I work with Black clients, LGBTQIA+ clients as well as clients from diverse backgrounds and use my training and understanding of human development to inform my therapeutic work and help my clients identify and understand their challenges so they can set meaningful goals. I work from an integrative perspective that incorporates diverse evidence based practices.
(562) 378-6987 View (562) 378-6987
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Mel McCrea
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94606  (Online Only)
I hold therapy as a human relationship rooted in care, respect, and remembering our freedom. I listen deeply and honor the wisdom and strength already present within you. At your own pace, we will gently explore painful and stuck places so that we can invite understanding, compassion, and new possibilities. We will also look critically at systems of oppression and their impact on you. Through awareness and self-trust, we will strive to unlock energy and imagination to build the life and relationships you long for. Optionally, we can bring in creative/artistic modalities, body-based practices, dreamwork, spirituality, and ritual.
I hold therapy as a human relationship rooted in care, respect, and remembering our freedom. I listen deeply and honor the wisdom and strength already present within you. At your own pace, we will gently explore painful and stuck places so that we can invite understanding, compassion, and new possibilities. We will also look critically at systems of oppression and their impact on you. Through awareness and self-trust, we will strive to unlock energy and imagination to build the life and relationships you long for. Optionally, we can bring in creative/artistic modalities, body-based practices, dreamwork, spirituality, and ritual.
(415) 936-8703 View (415) 936-8703
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Charmaine Ehrhart
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94610  (Online Only)
I invite you to visit my website: drehrhart.com for a comprehensive understanding of how I can help you, of who I am, and how I work. In brief, we would explore the dynamic terrain of your relationships - to your self (your emotions, your thoughts, your behavior) and to others. This is done in a relationship of genuine curiosity and compassion, so that understanding and change, can take place. This productive and curious environment or relationship that we foster together, can be internalized and taken with you as one if the many tools for your life journey.
I invite you to visit my website: drehrhart.com for a comprehensive understanding of how I can help you, of who I am, and how I work. In brief, we would explore the dynamic terrain of your relationships - to your self (your emotions, your thoughts, your behavior) and to others. This is done in a relationship of genuine curiosity and compassion, so that understanding and change, can take place. This productive and curious environment or relationship that we foster together, can be internalized and taken with you as one if the many tools for your life journey.
(415) 689-8383 View (415) 689-8383
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Grateful Heart Holistic Therapy Center
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94610
Therapy provides such a rich opportunity for growth and learning, helping persons to recover from the aftermaths of trauma, abuse and loss, meet the hardships of their lives and thrive. In times like this, with so much anxiety about our collective welfare, it can be an invaluable lifeline. In response to the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, we are now offering teletherapy (therapy by phone and online by video) for all our clients, whether new or established. Also called telehealth or telebehavioral health, teletherapy can provide vital care and support to individuals, couples and families.
Therapy provides such a rich opportunity for growth and learning, helping persons to recover from the aftermaths of trauma, abuse and loss, meet the hardships of their lives and thrive. In times like this, with so much anxiety about our collective welfare, it can be an invaluable lifeline. In response to the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, we are now offering teletherapy (therapy by phone and online by video) for all our clients, whether new or established. Also called telehealth or telebehavioral health, teletherapy can provide vital care and support to individuals, couples and families.
(510) 858-0916 View (510) 858-0916
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Bridges Therapy Group of California
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LCSW, AMFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94610
At Bridges Therapy Group of California, we’re dedicated to matching you with the perfect therapist for you and ensuring that your insurance will truly pay for your sessions. We are contracted, in-network providers with all the insurers listed below. We verify your benefits before you start so there are no surprises to you.
At Bridges Therapy Group of California, we’re dedicated to matching you with the perfect therapist for you and ensuring that your insurance will truly pay for your sessions. We are contracted, in-network providers with all the insurers listed below. We verify your benefits before you start so there are no surprises to you.
(510) 756-2927 View (510) 756-2927
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Jules Peithman
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94611
I believe we all have the medicine we need to heal within us; I trust your own innate healing ability. I see my role as a therapist as accompanying you in finding your own inner healing ability. I hold my clients with love and passion for what I understand as sacred inner work. I approach my work with a wildly open heart. I help clients get in touch with their intuition and knowing. Every therapeutic relationship is unique to each client. As an integral therapist, I tailor my approach to your unique needs and draw upon a myriad of theories and techniques to work with you. My approach is heart-centered and intuition lead.
I believe we all have the medicine we need to heal within us; I trust your own innate healing ability. I see my role as a therapist as accompanying you in finding your own inner healing ability. I hold my clients with love and passion for what I understand as sacred inner work. I approach my work with a wildly open heart. I help clients get in touch with their intuition and knowing. Every therapeutic relationship is unique to each client. As an integral therapist, I tailor my approach to your unique needs and draw upon a myriad of theories and techniques to work with you. My approach is heart-centered and intuition lead.
(510) 851-9285 View (510) 851-9285
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Debra A Bronstein
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94608
I provide a down-to-earth approach to self-exploration and personal development, recognizing the universality of both human suffering and human potential. I take a non-pathological approach to therapy, coming from a core orientation that each person is inherently valuable and has an innate capacity for wisdom and wholeness. My approach is dynamic and relational, being informed by a lifetime of psychological and spiritual inquiry.
I provide a down-to-earth approach to self-exploration and personal development, recognizing the universality of both human suffering and human potential. I take a non-pathological approach to therapy, coming from a core orientation that each person is inherently valuable and has an innate capacity for wisdom and wholeness. My approach is dynamic and relational, being informed by a lifetime of psychological and spiritual inquiry.
(510) 858-2181 View (510) 858-2181
Photo of Jessica Tracy, Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
Jessica Tracy
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94610
Psychotherapy can be a truly life changing process. It works to gradually loosen stuck patterns in one's life, leaving more room for vitality and creativity. You may be trying to heal from past wounds, experiencing anxiety, loneliness, depression, or relationship difficulties. Or perhaps you feel relatively stable but have a sense that something deeper is missing.
Psychotherapy can be a truly life changing process. It works to gradually loosen stuck patterns in one's life, leaving more room for vitality and creativity. You may be trying to heal from past wounds, experiencing anxiety, loneliness, depression, or relationship difficulties. Or perhaps you feel relatively stable but have a sense that something deeper is missing.
(415) 969-9142 View (415) 969-9142
Photo of Deidre Abrons, Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
Deidre Abrons
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94607  (Online Only)
I enjoy working with individuals and couples in both short and long term therapy. I have extensive training in IFS, EMDR, CBT, and Relational Psychodynamic Therapy. My objective is to work with you using the appropriate approach that best fits your goals for therapy. I have a wide range of experience working with the effects of addiction on families, substance abuse, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, and depression. I also have considerable training in sleep disorders and enjoy working with clients to adjust their sleep schedules, thereby improving their daily mood and functioning.
I enjoy working with individuals and couples in both short and long term therapy. I have extensive training in IFS, EMDR, CBT, and Relational Psychodynamic Therapy. My objective is to work with you using the appropriate approach that best fits your goals for therapy. I have a wide range of experience working with the effects of addiction on families, substance abuse, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, and depression. I also have considerable training in sleep disorders and enjoy working with clients to adjust their sleep schedules, thereby improving their daily mood and functioning.
(510) 248-4138 View (510) 248-4138
Photo of Steven Herrmann, Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
Steven Herrmann
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94611
Jungian Analyst Steven Herrmann, Ph.D., MFT, Montclair, Oakland, California. Are you looking to find ways to make changes in order to live a more satisfying and meaningful life? Are you finding yourself in repetitive patterns that are no longer working for you? Then I may be of assistance to you. I bring an in-depth approach that builds on your strengths and aims to untangle the roots to what is causing problems. This may lead to a reduction in painful symptoms, an opening of vocational possibilities, a newly found sense of joy, and to the transformation of your personality. Please feel free to visit my website at stevenherrmann.com
Jungian Analyst Steven Herrmann, Ph.D., MFT, Montclair, Oakland, California. Are you looking to find ways to make changes in order to live a more satisfying and meaningful life? Are you finding yourself in repetitive patterns that are no longer working for you? Then I may be of assistance to you. I bring an in-depth approach that builds on your strengths and aims to untangle the roots to what is causing problems. This may lead to a reduction in painful symptoms, an opening of vocational possibilities, a newly found sense of joy, and to the transformation of your personality. Please feel free to visit my website at stevenherrmann.com
(510) 531-2534 View (510) 531-2534
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Barb McClung
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94606
Dear potential Client, Congratulations on making it this far! Choosing therapy is difficult and even more is taking steps to actually meet with a therapist. I have made this journey myself and found lots of reasons to procrastinate making "the call". If you choose to move forward and contact me, I am happy to consult with you about what you're looking for and how I can support you.
Dear potential Client, Congratulations on making it this far! Choosing therapy is difficult and even more is taking steps to actually meet with a therapist. I have made this journey myself and found lots of reasons to procrastinate making "the call". If you choose to move forward and contact me, I am happy to consult with you about what you're looking for and how I can support you.
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Andrés González
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94610  (Online Only)
Andrés is a 2S, queer, & trans Mestizo with Indigenous, Mexican, & European ancestries, and he’s also a domestic transracial adoptee. Andrés’ lived experience healing from complex childhood trauma and embodying multiple marginalized identities has largely informed his path as a medicine man, psychotherapist, & lay Dharma teacher. He honors the curanderxs in his ancestral lineages and the many wounded healers, plant teachers, spiritual abolitionists, Bodhisattvas, & healing justice practitioners he stands on the shoulders of in this work of liberation, without whom he would not have been empowered on this path of healership & Spirit.
Andrés is a 2S, queer, & trans Mestizo with Indigenous, Mexican, & European ancestries, and he’s also a domestic transracial adoptee. Andrés’ lived experience healing from complex childhood trauma and embodying multiple marginalized identities has largely informed his path as a medicine man, psychotherapist, & lay Dharma teacher. He honors the curanderxs in his ancestral lineages and the many wounded healers, plant teachers, spiritual abolitionists, Bodhisattvas, & healing justice practitioners he stands on the shoulders of in this work of liberation, without whom he would not have been empowered on this path of healership & Spirit.
(510) 288-3309 View (510) 288-3309
Photo of Sharon Frasier, Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
Sharon Frasier
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94609  (Online Only)
During challenging times, people often feel defeated and focus on what is wrong. I want to shift the focus from what is "not working" to identifying what is "working." We will work to uncover patterns (behavioral, thought beliefs, relationship), that will lead you to making better decisions. I want to offer a safe place to process thoughts and feelings around issues that can be challenging. I am interested in helping people who experience stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief/loss and challenges with relationships (social or romantic). Many conversations are around “adulting” and how to manage life, career, relationships, etc.
During challenging times, people often feel defeated and focus on what is wrong. I want to shift the focus from what is "not working" to identifying what is "working." We will work to uncover patterns (behavioral, thought beliefs, relationship), that will lead you to making better decisions. I want to offer a safe place to process thoughts and feelings around issues that can be challenging. I am interested in helping people who experience stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief/loss and challenges with relationships (social or romantic). Many conversations are around “adulting” and how to manage life, career, relationships, etc.
(510) 756-4628 View (510) 756-4628
Photo of Cambria Lowe, Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
Cambria Lowe
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT, CHom
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94610
As a Somatic Psychotherapist and Homeopath, I can support you in creating more wellness and integrity in your life. My work with you is Integrative, Collaborative and Transformative. As a licensed MFT, I can support you in a therapeutic process that can transform your life by: Moving from hopelessness, despair and aimlessness into revitalized energy and a new passion for the life you want to live; Changing feelings of anxiety and fear into a renewed sense of possibility and action; Shifting feelings of disconnection and loneliness into a restored sense of self-confidence and the potential for creating meaningful connections.
As a Somatic Psychotherapist and Homeopath, I can support you in creating more wellness and integrity in your life. My work with you is Integrative, Collaborative and Transformative. As a licensed MFT, I can support you in a therapeutic process that can transform your life by: Moving from hopelessness, despair and aimlessness into revitalized energy and a new passion for the life you want to live; Changing feelings of anxiety and fear into a renewed sense of possibility and action; Shifting feelings of disconnection and loneliness into a restored sense of self-confidence and the potential for creating meaningful connections.
(408) 217-0747 View (408) 217-0747
Photo of Tami Linde, Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
Tami Linde
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94618
My therapy practice will provide you with a safe environment to examine thoughts and behaviors that may be holding you back from the happiness, peace, and success that you want. I specialize in working with adults in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and relationship problems. Additionally, I am a certified anger management facilitator.
My therapy practice will provide you with a safe environment to examine thoughts and behaviors that may be holding you back from the happiness, peace, and success that you want. I specialize in working with adults in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and relationship problems. Additionally, I am a certified anger management facilitator.
(510) 859-4303 View (510) 859-4303
Photo of Kristina Modeste, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate in Oakland, CA
Kristina Modeste
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94610
I offer my services to individuals, couples, and all polyamorous configurations. This is an affirming space for clients identifying as 2LGBTQIA+, kinksters, sex workers, and non-monogamous. My aim is not just to return you to functioning, but to amplify the innate wisdom existing in you, while guiding you towards an authentic version of wellness in alignment with your goals. Together, we will collaborate on how to best Our work together will be collaborative, prioritize your psychological safety, and hold space for curiosity, play, and self-celebration!
I offer my services to individuals, couples, and all polyamorous configurations. This is an affirming space for clients identifying as 2LGBTQIA+, kinksters, sex workers, and non-monogamous. My aim is not just to return you to functioning, but to amplify the innate wisdom existing in you, while guiding you towards an authentic version of wellness in alignment with your goals. Together, we will collaborate on how to best Our work together will be collaborative, prioritize your psychological safety, and hold space for curiosity, play, and self-celebration!
(510) 254-3783 View (510) 254-3783
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Megan Rees
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94605  (Online Only)
Sunday Scaries got you down? Experiencing gaslighting, bullying, or microaggressions at work? Feel like you’re failing or don’t belong? Feel it in your body? (Aches, pains, changes in eating or sleeping?) Changes in mood or outlook? (Feeling helpless, overwhelmed, numb, moody, anxious, or irritable?) Difficulty focusing or remembering? Too tired and beat down to look for a new job? Maybe you’re using food, alcohol, drugs, or shopping to feel better. You could be distancing yourself from the people in your life or having trouble getting along with them. Maybe you’re sick of hearing yourself tell them how much you hate your job.
Sunday Scaries got you down? Experiencing gaslighting, bullying, or microaggressions at work? Feel like you’re failing or don’t belong? Feel it in your body? (Aches, pains, changes in eating or sleeping?) Changes in mood or outlook? (Feeling helpless, overwhelmed, numb, moody, anxious, or irritable?) Difficulty focusing or remembering? Too tired and beat down to look for a new job? Maybe you’re using food, alcohol, drugs, or shopping to feel better. You could be distancing yourself from the people in your life or having trouble getting along with them. Maybe you’re sick of hearing yourself tell them how much you hate your job.
(341) 999-2983 View (341) 999-2983
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Sara Ouimette Grief Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94611
You're here because you want more from life after loss and/or disappointment. Perhaps you've accomplished all you hoped for, and still feel incomplete. Or maybe nothing went as planned, and you're grappling with the loss of the life you so wanted for yourself. I work with high achievers and creatives who are used to making things happen for themselves, yet feel a general lack of joy and satisfaction (especially after achieving their goals or having arrived in mid-life). You might be asking yourself if this is all there is. I'm so glad you're here, because there absolutely is more if you're willing to go within to find it.
You're here because you want more from life after loss and/or disappointment. Perhaps you've accomplished all you hoped for, and still feel incomplete. Or maybe nothing went as planned, and you're grappling with the loss of the life you so wanted for yourself. I work with high achievers and creatives who are used to making things happen for themselves, yet feel a general lack of joy and satisfaction (especially after achieving their goals or having arrived in mid-life). You might be asking yourself if this is all there is. I'm so glad you're here, because there absolutely is more if you're willing to go within to find it.
(510) 447-1443 View (510) 447-1443
Photo of Molly Williams, Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
Molly Williams
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, PPS, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94609  (Online Only)
Living with anxiety can be overwhelming. Anxiety can take over our lives and infiltrate our relationships, our ability to do our work, our self-esteem...leaving us feeling exhausted and alone. My goal is to help my clients feel empowered and in control, and to establish healthy and caring relationships with themselves and others. I use a mix of proven effective, evidence-based interventions, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused, and Person-Centered Therapy.
Living with anxiety can be overwhelming. Anxiety can take over our lives and infiltrate our relationships, our ability to do our work, our self-esteem...leaving us feeling exhausted and alone. My goal is to help my clients feel empowered and in control, and to establish healthy and caring relationships with themselves and others. I use a mix of proven effective, evidence-based interventions, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused, and Person-Centered Therapy.
(747) 246-7501 View (747) 246-7501
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Kara A Schmitt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PPSC
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94602  (Online Only)
I specialize in treating adult and adolescent anxiety, life transitions (including divorce/separation, career changes, and geographical moves), parenting and co-parenting, and postpartum anxiety/depression. I’m also a certified couples therapist. I draw heavily on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Somatic Therapy to support my clients. I have broad professional experience, including Behavioral Health Lead at Santa Cruz Community Health Centers, extensive work in community mental health, clinical supervision, and program lead at Kaiser Permanente.
I specialize in treating adult and adolescent anxiety, life transitions (including divorce/separation, career changes, and geographical moves), parenting and co-parenting, and postpartum anxiety/depression. I’m also a certified couples therapist. I draw heavily on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Somatic Therapy to support my clients. I have broad professional experience, including Behavioral Health Lead at Santa Cruz Community Health Centers, extensive work in community mental health, clinical supervision, and program lead at Kaiser Permanente.
(415) 991-7802 View (415) 991-7802

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Oakland, CA

2,000+

Average cost per session

$184

Therapists in Oakland, CA who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
88% Depression
81% Relationship Issues
74% Self Esteem
73% Trauma and PTSD
68% Grief
66% Stress

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

59% Aetna
48% Cigna and Evernorth
44% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Oakland, CA see their clients

62% In Person and Online
38% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
21% Male
4% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Oakland?

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.