Therapists in West Oakland, Oakland, CA

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Vast Love
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
West Oakland, Oakland, CA 94607
I offer therapy in CA and coaching internationally through an online format. My primary focus is supporting people with issues related to non-monogamy through a trauma informed lens. My practice is kink, queer, trans, monogamy, poly, open relationship, RA, neurodivergent, and quirk friendly. I’m passionate about sharing tools that can help others experience secure relationships in whatever structures feel like the best fit for the unique values, desires, and ways of being of the individuals involved. My ideal clients are simply people who want to show up as their most authentic & actualized selves.
I offer therapy in CA and coaching internationally through an online format. My primary focus is supporting people with issues related to non-monogamy through a trauma informed lens. My practice is kink, queer, trans, monogamy, poly, open relationship, RA, neurodivergent, and quirk friendly. I’m passionate about sharing tools that can help others experience secure relationships in whatever structures feel like the best fit for the unique values, desires, and ways of being of the individuals involved. My ideal clients are simply people who want to show up as their most authentic & actualized selves.
(510) 880-4195 View (510) 880-4195
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Luke Dowling
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
West Oakland, Oakland, CA 94608  (Online Only)
My ideal client is navigating life's complexities, dealing with stress, anxiety, or depression, or facing challenges in relationships and life transitions. They seek understanding, wish to improve their mental health, and are motivated towards personal growth. Their goal is to find balance, develop coping strategies, and build a more fulfilling life.
My ideal client is navigating life's complexities, dealing with stress, anxiety, or depression, or facing challenges in relationships and life transitions. They seek understanding, wish to improve their mental health, and are motivated towards personal growth. Their goal is to find balance, develop coping strategies, and build a more fulfilling life.
(415) 942-6876 View (415) 942-6876
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Ryan Sweat
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Oakland, Oakland, CA 94607  (Online Only)
Hi, I’m Ryan. I’m a somatic therapist with an empathetic, solution-focused, and results-driven approach. I work with adults and teens struggling with anxiety, depression, and life changes. I also work with couples, moresomes, and families, focusing on improving communication and connection. I have experience working with a diverse range of clients, including neurodivergent, neurotypical, poly, mono, straight, and LGBTQIA+ folx. My mission is to help people find freedom from limiting beliefs and patterns that hold them back. I seek to empower people to access and activate their own inner strengths and wisdom for change and agency
Hi, I’m Ryan. I’m a somatic therapist with an empathetic, solution-focused, and results-driven approach. I work with adults and teens struggling with anxiety, depression, and life changes. I also work with couples, moresomes, and families, focusing on improving communication and connection. I have experience working with a diverse range of clients, including neurodivergent, neurotypical, poly, mono, straight, and LGBTQIA+ folx. My mission is to help people find freedom from limiting beliefs and patterns that hold them back. I seek to empower people to access and activate their own inner strengths and wisdom for change and agency
(510) 738-2974 View (510) 738-2974
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Catherine Morelix
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LSCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
West Oakland, Oakland, CA 94607  (Online Only)
Do you struggle to feel safe and secure in relationships? Do shame, guilt, and anxiety cause you to avoid talking about your own needs? Trauma from our past can affect how we relate to others. My approach is to build a warm, peaceful, shame free space for people to share their story and discover in creative ways to heal the hurt that they carry. I support people as they open doors of their hearts with compassion and care. Whether you are coming to therapy as an individual or a couple, I work to build up your inner resources and hope for your future.
Do you struggle to feel safe and secure in relationships? Do shame, guilt, and anxiety cause you to avoid talking about your own needs? Trauma from our past can affect how we relate to others. My approach is to build a warm, peaceful, shame free space for people to share their story and discover in creative ways to heal the hurt that they carry. I support people as they open doors of their hearts with compassion and care. Whether you are coming to therapy as an individual or a couple, I work to build up your inner resources and hope for your future.
(415) 329-7865 View (415) 329-7865
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Jacqueline Esquer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
West Oakland, Oakland, CA 94609  (Online Only)
Do you feel alone in your emotions and challenges? Do negative thoughts, anxieties and worries sometimes seem uncontrollable and overwhelming? Or maybe you are curious about how your past experiences may be showing up in your present....Grief, anxiety and life transitions can cause us to feel so many uncomfortable, difficult feelings that at times feel unbearable. As the world turns on, it can be difficult to find the time to understand how life's ups and downs impact how we show up for ourselves and others every day. Therapy is a great way to broaden this understanding.
Do you feel alone in your emotions and challenges? Do negative thoughts, anxieties and worries sometimes seem uncontrollable and overwhelming? Or maybe you are curious about how your past experiences may be showing up in your present....Grief, anxiety and life transitions can cause us to feel so many uncomfortable, difficult feelings that at times feel unbearable. As the world turns on, it can be difficult to find the time to understand how life's ups and downs impact how we show up for ourselves and others every day. Therapy is a great way to broaden this understanding.
(510) 319-0132 View (510) 319-0132
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Darius L Taylor
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
West Oakland, Oakland, CA 94607  (Online Only)
Therapy is difficult enough without having to deal with stigma and a lack of understanding from your mental healthcare provider. I aim to meet my clients where they're at, supporting them with a warm, empathic, non-judgmental approach and delivering on functional and tangible strategies to navigate the myriad of challenges that life throws at them.
Therapy is difficult enough without having to deal with stigma and a lack of understanding from your mental healthcare provider. I aim to meet my clients where they're at, supporting them with a warm, empathic, non-judgmental approach and delivering on functional and tangible strategies to navigate the myriad of challenges that life throws at them.
(415) 216-0383 View (415) 216-0383
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Danika Grundemann
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Oakland, Oakland, CA 94608  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with folx who identify with the following communities: ethical non-monogamy (ENM), polyamory, kink, BDSM, and LGBTQA+ and who are struggling with anxiety, depression and a history of trauma. I think of psychotherapy as a necessary form of social activism toward a larger goal of equity for people of all races, genders, sexual/relational orientations, levels of ability, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Let's work together to bring you back to yourself, your relationships and your community!
I specialize in working with folx who identify with the following communities: ethical non-monogamy (ENM), polyamory, kink, BDSM, and LGBTQA+ and who are struggling with anxiety, depression and a history of trauma. I think of psychotherapy as a necessary form of social activism toward a larger goal of equity for people of all races, genders, sexual/relational orientations, levels of ability, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Let's work together to bring you back to yourself, your relationships and your community!
(415) 650-4946 View (415) 650-4946
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Sara Bisikirski
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
West Oakland, Oakland, CA 94607
With 20 years of experience, I work with individual adults, adolescents and couples from a trauma-informed model that integrates DBT, psychodynamic, family systems and Mindful Self-Compassion perspectives. Through therapy I can help you to achieve your goals, develop an increased understanding of yourself and build new ways of coping with life’s challenges. As a Certified Mediator with a background in divorce mediation I can lend informed support to those struggling with divorce-related challenges. Furthermore as a transracially adoptive mom of two I hold a strong interest in helping others navigate the world of parenting.
With 20 years of experience, I work with individual adults, adolescents and couples from a trauma-informed model that integrates DBT, psychodynamic, family systems and Mindful Self-Compassion perspectives. Through therapy I can help you to achieve your goals, develop an increased understanding of yourself and build new ways of coping with life’s challenges. As a Certified Mediator with a background in divorce mediation I can lend informed support to those struggling with divorce-related challenges. Furthermore as a transracially adoptive mom of two I hold a strong interest in helping others navigate the world of parenting.
(510) 880-1983 View (510) 880-1983
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Melinda White
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified Verified
West Oakland, Oakland, CA 94607
I currently provide telehealth services for anyone residing in California or Utah. I believe the core self knows what we need in order to heal if we listen. I have experience with teens/adults who struggle with suicidality/self-injury, trauma, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, life-transitions, and spiritual/religious crises. We apply in-depth DBT, and also (importantly) what comes after DBT. I am trained in Mindfulness, DBT Foundations, EMDR, and Sand Tray work. I work well with spiritual orientations, behavioral approaches, narrative and strengths-based work. My doctoral research focused on self-injury.
I currently provide telehealth services for anyone residing in California or Utah. I believe the core self knows what we need in order to heal if we listen. I have experience with teens/adults who struggle with suicidality/self-injury, trauma, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, life-transitions, and spiritual/religious crises. We apply in-depth DBT, and also (importantly) what comes after DBT. I am trained in Mindfulness, DBT Foundations, EMDR, and Sand Tray work. I work well with spiritual orientations, behavioral approaches, narrative and strengths-based work. My doctoral research focused on self-injury.
(385) 526-3729 View (385) 526-3729
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Rebecca Hines
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Oakland, Oakland, CA 94612
Finding the right therapist can be a daunting process. There are a lot of people to choose from but connecting with the person who will be right for you is extremely important. In fact, research shows that the biggest predictor of successful therapy is the relationship that you have with your therapist. I am passionate about building a strong alliance with my clients, teaching them positive coping skills, and helping them to fully explore their current and past experiences to promote growth and bring about lasting change. I work from a person-centered perspective, which simply means that I take an empathetic, empowering approach.
Finding the right therapist can be a daunting process. There are a lot of people to choose from but connecting with the person who will be right for you is extremely important. In fact, research shows that the biggest predictor of successful therapy is the relationship that you have with your therapist. I am passionate about building a strong alliance with my clients, teaching them positive coping skills, and helping them to fully explore their current and past experiences to promote growth and bring about lasting change. I work from a person-centered perspective, which simply means that I take an empathetic, empowering approach.
(707) 532-0658 View (707) 532-0658
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Liberty Star Velez
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
West Oakland, Oakland, CA 94607
Are you ready to make changes? Are you feeling stuck? Does it feel like the same story in your mind? I am here to help you create a different chapter. I utilize evidence based approached grounded in attachment/internal family sytems based therapy to help you heal your hurts parts and develop tools that help address your situation. I am an attachment focused EMDR therapist. I am authentic, provide feedback, and consider myself an engaged thought partner in your process. I also treat addiction issues as well.
Are you ready to make changes? Are you feeling stuck? Does it feel like the same story in your mind? I am here to help you create a different chapter. I utilize evidence based approached grounded in attachment/internal family sytems based therapy to help you heal your hurts parts and develop tools that help address your situation. I am an attachment focused EMDR therapist. I am authentic, provide feedback, and consider myself an engaged thought partner in your process. I also treat addiction issues as well.
(626) 466-3497 View (626) 466-3497
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Justin Harris
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, MA
Verified Verified
West Oakland, Oakland, CA 94607
I want to thank you for being here, for taking this very large step towards your growth and towards enhancing your wellbeing. Whether you're looking for support with a specific issue or to build on your insights and quality of life, I am here for you. I am a queer therapist and enjoy working with other LGBTQ+ individuals. I also enjoy working with adults, teens, and couples of all identities and intersections. I look forward to connecting with you.
I want to thank you for being here, for taking this very large step towards your growth and towards enhancing your wellbeing. Whether you're looking for support with a specific issue or to build on your insights and quality of life, I am here for you. I am a queer therapist and enjoy working with other LGBTQ+ individuals. I also enjoy working with adults, teens, and couples of all identities and intersections. I look forward to connecting with you.
(510) 422-1031 View (510) 422-1031
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DeVonna Jacobs
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Oakland, Oakland, CA 94607  (Online Only)
I believe that mental health is a journey and I hope to join you on that journey. My work is based in community wisdom, social justice, cultural humility, sex-positivity, and care and respect for all my client’s identities. I believe that therapy is a personal experience that can be supported by a mental health professional. I hope to be a part of that journey. I hold licensure in Maryland, Washington, DC and California.
I believe that mental health is a journey and I hope to join you on that journey. My work is based in community wisdom, social justice, cultural humility, sex-positivity, and care and respect for all my client’s identities. I believe that therapy is a personal experience that can be supported by a mental health professional. I hope to be a part of that journey. I hold licensure in Maryland, Washington, DC and California.
(410) 498-7590 View (410) 498-7590
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Bradlisia Dixon
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
West Oakland, Oakland, CA 94607  (Online Only)
Are you a black woman who's checked many of the boxes of societal standards of success, but have found yourself in a less than ideal relationship? One day it’s all good, and for the next week it's all bad. You feel alone, isolated…like you can’t talk to anyone about what’s going on. You might feel embarrassed or what’s happening might just feel indescribable? You wish you could talk to your partner about it, but his mood is so unpredictable, you’re not sure if that’s even safe. Not to mention, sharing your experience with family or friends could mean having to face their judgment and receive unhelpful advice to "just leave."
Are you a black woman who's checked many of the boxes of societal standards of success, but have found yourself in a less than ideal relationship? One day it’s all good, and for the next week it's all bad. You feel alone, isolated…like you can’t talk to anyone about what’s going on. You might feel embarrassed or what’s happening might just feel indescribable? You wish you could talk to your partner about it, but his mood is so unpredictable, you’re not sure if that’s even safe. Not to mention, sharing your experience with family or friends could mean having to face their judgment and receive unhelpful advice to "just leave."
(424) 414-0292 View (424) 414-0292
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Marissa Cotter
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
West Oakland, Oakland, CA 94607
I provide relational somatic therapy for adults, kids & teens. Therapy with me is integrative, including woven layers of modalities designed with your specific needs in mind. Our work is a collaboration with your mind, body, and soul. Non-judgement. Warmth. Active conversations and appropriate humor. Integrative therapy works successfully to treat mental health issues, emotional distress, and trauma triggers, and is great for kids/teens through art-therapy, body-awareness, and non-directive play. Psychotherapy, to me, is personal, political, & social. It takes courage, strength, and hope to live into who you really are.
I provide relational somatic therapy for adults, kids & teens. Therapy with me is integrative, including woven layers of modalities designed with your specific needs in mind. Our work is a collaboration with your mind, body, and soul. Non-judgement. Warmth. Active conversations and appropriate humor. Integrative therapy works successfully to treat mental health issues, emotional distress, and trauma triggers, and is great for kids/teens through art-therapy, body-awareness, and non-directive play. Psychotherapy, to me, is personal, political, & social. It takes courage, strength, and hope to live into who you really are.
(628) 888-6059 View (628) 888-6059
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Clancy Cavnar
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
West Oakland, Oakland, CA 94607  (Online Only)
I have years of experience working with people of all ages experiencing depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, addictions, and other clinical issues. My style is to create a safe space for clients to explore feelings, address emotional pain, and try new conceptions of themselves. I can also support people who have had experiences with expanded states and wish to integrate them; I have many years of experience in psychedelic research and publications. I am also trained as a level 1 IFS therapist., and am excited about this work.
I have years of experience working with people of all ages experiencing depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, addictions, and other clinical issues. My style is to create a safe space for clients to explore feelings, address emotional pain, and try new conceptions of themselves. I can also support people who have had experiences with expanded states and wish to integrate them; I have many years of experience in psychedelic research and publications. I am also trained as a level 1 IFS therapist., and am excited about this work.
(415) 801-3689 View (415) 801-3689
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Lee M Schuster
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
West Oakland, Oakland, CA 94607
Are you at a turning point in your life? Struggling with life's daily complexities? I focus on: Trauma and PTSD, Substance Abuse and Dual Diagnosis, Grief and Loss and much more. I use an eclectic model of healing from a person-centered, strengths-based perspective that is Anti-Racist and Anti- Systems of Oppression in its foundation. To allow oneself to show up as our best selves in and out of the therapy room. Each person brings a multi-faceted expression of their true selves to therapy that can be unlocked with strength, courage, and the acknowledgment of one's right to self-determination and self-efficacy.
Are you at a turning point in your life? Struggling with life's daily complexities? I focus on: Trauma and PTSD, Substance Abuse and Dual Diagnosis, Grief and Loss and much more. I use an eclectic model of healing from a person-centered, strengths-based perspective that is Anti-Racist and Anti- Systems of Oppression in its foundation. To allow oneself to show up as our best selves in and out of the therapy room. Each person brings a multi-faceted expression of their true selves to therapy that can be unlocked with strength, courage, and the acknowledgment of one's right to self-determination and self-efficacy.
(415) 323-3910 View (415) 323-3910
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Allison Zamani
Counselor, JD, MACP, LPCC
Verified Verified
West Oakland, Oakland, CA 94607  (Online Only)
My style is compassionate yet direct, soft yet forceful. I combine traditional talk therapy with somatic therapy (i.e., therapy involving awareness and work with the body). I have a background working in the corporate world and understand the challenges unique to that space. I trained at the California Institute of Integral Studies and incorporate not only that training but my years of post-graduate education and time spent studying different energetic and intuitive healing techniques into the work I do with you. Visit my website at www.allisonzamani.com for more information.
My style is compassionate yet direct, soft yet forceful. I combine traditional talk therapy with somatic therapy (i.e., therapy involving awareness and work with the body). I have a background working in the corporate world and understand the challenges unique to that space. I trained at the California Institute of Integral Studies and incorporate not only that training but my years of post-graduate education and time spent studying different energetic and intuitive healing techniques into the work I do with you. Visit my website at www.allisonzamani.com for more information.
(415) 843-7416 View (415) 843-7416
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Sonia Telle
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
West Oakland, Oakland, CA 94607
I strongly believe that the most healing aspect of therapy is directly related to the safe connection with the therapist. Trainings inform the therapy but only feeling safe and seen will provide the ground for deep exploration and emergence of the new... almost like a birthing process. Client based, my style is warm, compassionate, nonetheless, assertive. Experience and various trainings keep supporting the importance of breath, grounded presence and mindfulness in any therapeutic setting and healing/life process. Therefore, those are central to my work. My sessions combines several psychotherapy approaches together with various somatic practices such as bioenergetics, movement, mindfulness & trauma work.
I strongly believe that the most healing aspect of therapy is directly related to the safe connection with the therapist. Trainings inform the therapy but only feeling safe and seen will provide the ground for deep exploration and emergence of the new... almost like a birthing process. Client based, my style is warm, compassionate, nonetheless, assertive. Experience and various trainings keep supporting the importance of breath, grounded presence and mindfulness in any therapeutic setting and healing/life process. Therefore, those are central to my work. My sessions combines several psychotherapy approaches together with various somatic practices such as bioenergetics, movement, mindfulness & trauma work.
(510) 788-2703 View (510) 788-2703
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Rob Gross
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
West Oakland, Oakland, CA 94607  (Online Only)
As a therapist, I am concerned with the emotional or physical injuries that have happened to us. I’m interested in harm that is family based, societally based, or both. I see the thoughts, feelings and behaviors that don't serve us well now as having been required in our past for survival in a traumatic environment. Many of my clients are neurodivergent, and have been subject to harm ranging from ongoing lack of support to severe abuse because of this.
As a therapist, I am concerned with the emotional or physical injuries that have happened to us. I’m interested in harm that is family based, societally based, or both. I see the thoughts, feelings and behaviors that don't serve us well now as having been required in our past for survival in a traumatic environment. Many of my clients are neurodivergent, and have been subject to harm ranging from ongoing lack of support to severe abuse because of this.
(510) 900-5368 View (510) 900-5368

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Number of Therapists in West Oakland, Oakland, CA

60+

Average cost per session

$187

Therapists in West Oakland, Oakland, CA who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
80% Depression
80% Trauma and PTSD
77% Relationship Issues
72% Self Esteem
64% Life Transitions
61% Grief

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

55% Aetna
52% Other
45% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in West Oakland, Oakland, CA see their clients

61% In Person and Online
39% Online Only

Gender breakdown

77% Female
23% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in West Oakland, Oakland?

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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.