Therapists in San Diego County, CA

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Patricia Cline
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92104  (Online Only)
I am a licensed psychotherapist focused on working with adults and elders (65+). I work with clients to help them be better able to manage life's challenges, increase self esteem and improve communication skills. In my work, I favor a holistic approach, where all aspects of the person - mental, emotional, behavioral, physical - are addressed, and I employ a blend of psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and mindfulness methods, to enable people to learn to shift their thinking, change their behavior, and live in the present with a more balanced life, and a deeper sense of well being.
I am a licensed psychotherapist focused on working with adults and elders (65+). I work with clients to help them be better able to manage life's challenges, increase self esteem and improve communication skills. In my work, I favor a holistic approach, where all aspects of the person - mental, emotional, behavioral, physical - are addressed, and I employ a blend of psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and mindfulness methods, to enable people to learn to shift their thinking, change their behavior, and live in the present with a more balanced life, and a deeper sense of well being.
(619) 651-9297 View (619) 651-9297
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Valerie Christian
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92130
Valerie Christian is a licensed Psychologist who earned her Ph.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology in 1997. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship at Scripps Clinic: Division of Mental Health. Dr. Christian has experience in the treatment of childhood abuse and trauma. Having completed a pre-doctoral internship with San Diego Court Child Protective Services' Child Sexual Abuse Treatment Program, she is well versed at treating complex and difficult cases. Dr. Christian also has expertise in treating children, adolescents, teens, and adults who suffer from chronic illness.
Valerie Christian is a licensed Psychologist who earned her Ph.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology in 1997. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship at Scripps Clinic: Division of Mental Health. Dr. Christian has experience in the treatment of childhood abuse and trauma. Having completed a pre-doctoral internship with San Diego Court Child Protective Services' Child Sexual Abuse Treatment Program, she is well versed at treating complex and difficult cases. Dr. Christian also has expertise in treating children, adolescents, teens, and adults who suffer from chronic illness.
(858) 326-9614 View (858) 326-9614
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Elizabeth Sparks
Associate Clinical Social Worker, MSW, ASW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chula Vista, CA 91915  (Online Only)
I'm dedicated and deeply committed to helping individuals navigate the challenges of anxiety, depression, trauma and life stressors. With a compassionate and client-centered approach, I provide support and guidance to adults seeking to reclaim their mental well-being and thrive in their daily lives. Whether you are grappling with past traumas, navigating life transitions or seeking relief from overwhelming stress, I am here to walk alongside you every step of the way. Together, we will work collaboratively to uncover underlying issues, challenge negative thought patterns and cultivate a sense of hope.
I'm dedicated and deeply committed to helping individuals navigate the challenges of anxiety, depression, trauma and life stressors. With a compassionate and client-centered approach, I provide support and guidance to adults seeking to reclaim their mental well-being and thrive in their daily lives. Whether you are grappling with past traumas, navigating life transitions or seeking relief from overwhelming stress, I am here to walk alongside you every step of the way. Together, we will work collaboratively to uncover underlying issues, challenge negative thought patterns and cultivate a sense of hope.
(619) 745-4797 View (619) 745-4797
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Michelle Powers
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Fallbrook, CA 92028  (Online Only)
I look forward to working with you so that you may experience the best version of yourself. If you need support with coping in healthier ways with the challenges you are experiencing, let's talk. I offer a safe, supportive, strength based, client centered approach. We build on your existing strengths & support network.
I look forward to working with you so that you may experience the best version of yourself. If you need support with coping in healthier ways with the challenges you are experiencing, let's talk. I offer a safe, supportive, strength based, client centered approach. We build on your existing strengths & support network.
(760) 618-0683 View (760) 618-0683
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Jaqueline Kiefer
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Not accepting new clients
I work collaboratively with clients to help you identify and pursue your goals, improve the quality of your relationships, and achieve a greater sense of life satisfaction. I provide a safe and supportive atmosphere to discuss whatever you wish. My style is interactive, and I offer guidance and direction, and use humor when appropriate. My approach often focuses on how past experiences affect the choices we make and who we are in our current life. We will work together to understand your strengths, limitations and any obstacles that prevent you from being fully satisfied in your life.
I work collaboratively with clients to help you identify and pursue your goals, improve the quality of your relationships, and achieve a greater sense of life satisfaction. I provide a safe and supportive atmosphere to discuss whatever you wish. My style is interactive, and I offer guidance and direction, and use humor when appropriate. My approach often focuses on how past experiences affect the choices we make and who we are in our current life. We will work together to understand your strengths, limitations and any obstacles that prevent you from being fully satisfied in your life.
(858) 215-1911 View (858) 215-1911
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Gayle Henry
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, SEP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92103
I am a LCSW and Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner. I specialize in the treatment of PTSD, addiction, attachment/relational problems, chronic pain, & mood management. You may be interested in decreasing stress & increasing more embodiment. By getting more in touch with your sensations, emotions & thoughts you will not only increase body awareness, but will decrease the physical tension that results from trauma. Whether you are struggling from stress, unhelpful behaviors or difficulty managing your mood, together we can work to increase your resiliency, self-regulation skills and capacity to connect more easily with self & others.
I am a LCSW and Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner. I specialize in the treatment of PTSD, addiction, attachment/relational problems, chronic pain, & mood management. You may be interested in decreasing stress & increasing more embodiment. By getting more in touch with your sensations, emotions & thoughts you will not only increase body awareness, but will decrease the physical tension that results from trauma. Whether you are struggling from stress, unhelpful behaviors or difficulty managing your mood, together we can work to increase your resiliency, self-regulation skills and capacity to connect more easily with self & others.
(619) 762-3659 View (619) 762-3659
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Lyssia Porter; Emdr And Brainspotting Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Coronado, CA 92118  (Online Only)
My name is Lyssia and I am an EMDR & Brainspotting trained therapist offering therapy across California for individuals age 13+ and couples. I bring experience from working with the US Navy, medical settings, and school based programs as well as more intensive depth work, attachment theory, and humanistic leanings to my clients. My hope is to create a space where you can be your authentic self, feel heard, understood and supported however you're showing up. Whether you're going through life stage or relationship challenges or dealing with anxiety, trauma, depression, or other concerns, I am here to help you move forward.
My name is Lyssia and I am an EMDR & Brainspotting trained therapist offering therapy across California for individuals age 13+ and couples. I bring experience from working with the US Navy, medical settings, and school based programs as well as more intensive depth work, attachment theory, and humanistic leanings to my clients. My hope is to create a space where you can be your authentic self, feel heard, understood and supported however you're showing up. Whether you're going through life stage or relationship challenges or dealing with anxiety, trauma, depression, or other concerns, I am here to help you move forward.
(925) 666-7980 View (925) 666-7980
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Michele R Manker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Poway, CA 92064
I like working with individuals, couples, or families who are motivated to examine patterns in their thinking or behavior for positive change. I enjoy working in a collaborative manner where there is an active exchange and where my client is open to feeling some discomfort for change - no pain/no gain. I believe that we are all capable of change through insight and that our upbringing can result in both good and bad habits that are flexible as long as we are conscious. I enjoy bringing in spirituality/meaning of life discussions to further my clients self awareness and growth.
I like working with individuals, couples, or families who are motivated to examine patterns in their thinking or behavior for positive change. I enjoy working in a collaborative manner where there is an active exchange and where my client is open to feeling some discomfort for change - no pain/no gain. I believe that we are all capable of change through insight and that our upbringing can result in both good and bad habits that are flexible as long as we are conscious. I enjoy bringing in spirituality/meaning of life discussions to further my clients self awareness and growth.
(619) 346-4349 View (619) 346-4349
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Cathy Coffman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Do you feel depressed and anxious much of the time? Do you feel drained and angry? Do the people who mean the most to you in the world often get the worst of you? Let me help you reconnect in a way that restores your emotions and the misery of broken relationships. I specialize in conflicted relationships, depression, anxiety, all forms of trauma as well as adult children of abuse or neglect. I have combined years as a Christian counselor with experience working with military families and individuals. I specialize in trauma with a focus on EMDR as a standard of care for most traumas.
Do you feel depressed and anxious much of the time? Do you feel drained and angry? Do the people who mean the most to you in the world often get the worst of you? Let me help you reconnect in a way that restores your emotions and the misery of broken relationships. I specialize in conflicted relationships, depression, anxiety, all forms of trauma as well as adult children of abuse or neglect. I have combined years as a Christian counselor with experience working with military families and individuals. I specialize in trauma with a focus on EMDR as a standard of care for most traumas.
(619) 432-4473 View (619) 432-4473
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Autumn Backhaus
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92122
I believe that people have the capacity for amazing feats of growth and change and as a psychologist my role is to partner with my clients as they take this great journey. Change and growth are not always easy, doing something different than what you used to can feel overwhelming. I am here to provide a affirming, culturally humble, supportive, safe, nonjudgmental therapeutic environment that allows for you to further explore the issues you are struggling with and to make the most effective changes to better handle life's challenges, while also striving toward living a meaningful and fulfilling life.
I believe that people have the capacity for amazing feats of growth and change and as a psychologist my role is to partner with my clients as they take this great journey. Change and growth are not always easy, doing something different than what you used to can feel overwhelming. I am here to provide a affirming, culturally humble, supportive, safe, nonjudgmental therapeutic environment that allows for you to further explore the issues you are struggling with and to make the most effective changes to better handle life's challenges, while also striving toward living a meaningful and fulfilling life.
(858) 251-7091 View (858) 251-7091
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Nissrine Habhab
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92123
As a psychotherapist, I enjoy working with clients facing daily challenges. I aim to assist my clients find their path, develop healthy interpersonal relationships and lead healthy lives where they can function within their community and become self reliant. I support my clients in facing struggles, developing autonomy, and empower them to discover their strengths.
As a psychotherapist, I enjoy working with clients facing daily challenges. I aim to assist my clients find their path, develop healthy interpersonal relationships and lead healthy lives where they can function within their community and become self reliant. I support my clients in facing struggles, developing autonomy, and empower them to discover their strengths.
(858) 465-4598 View (858) 465-4598
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Pamuela Halliwell
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92103
Waitlist for new clients
I think we all can have a time in our lives where we reach a problem or a series of problems and are faced with the question of "how do I get through this?" or "what should I do?" Regardless of what brought you to that crossroad, therapy is a useful means to help you figure out what to do next. Your time is important and your life is meant to be full of happiness. We all are transitioning from something and have to make the choice about what is best for us. Live your life and enjoy it.
I think we all can have a time in our lives where we reach a problem or a series of problems and are faced with the question of "how do I get through this?" or "what should I do?" Regardless of what brought you to that crossroad, therapy is a useful means to help you figure out what to do next. Your time is important and your life is meant to be full of happiness. We all are transitioning from something and have to make the choice about what is best for us. Live your life and enjoy it.
(619) 389-3124 View (619) 389-3124
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Carol Swanson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Encinitas, CA 92024
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in California and Arizona. I specialize in childhood trauma, family relationships, and life stressors. My approach is client-centered. I believe everyone has personal strengths they can use to overcome any obstacles. I will collaborate with you to identify those strengths and help guide you to live a fulfilling life. I have extensive experience working with adults who are working through their own childhood traumas. I use the humanistic approach of therapy to meet you where you are in life. I will not judge you, I will only support you and help lead you to live the life you want.
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in California and Arizona. I specialize in childhood trauma, family relationships, and life stressors. My approach is client-centered. I believe everyone has personal strengths they can use to overcome any obstacles. I will collaborate with you to identify those strengths and help guide you to live a fulfilling life. I have extensive experience working with adults who are working through their own childhood traumas. I use the humanistic approach of therapy to meet you where you are in life. I will not judge you, I will only support you and help lead you to live the life you want.
(760) 313-3257 View (760) 313-3257
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Kimiko Castle
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92117
Kimiko Miller, LMFT 90382. I am interested in helping individuals, couples, and families to communicate more effectively. I utilize somatic release, breathwork, as well as the creative process in my therapy technique, such as dreams, art, writing, and various creative expressions you choose to explore. I specialize in relationship issues such as dating, divorce, substance abuse, mental health, and marital challenges. I am here to help clients who struggle with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma, and how to work through various issues that may be affecting one's life negatively.
Kimiko Miller, LMFT 90382. I am interested in helping individuals, couples, and families to communicate more effectively. I utilize somatic release, breathwork, as well as the creative process in my therapy technique, such as dreams, art, writing, and various creative expressions you choose to explore. I specialize in relationship issues such as dating, divorce, substance abuse, mental health, and marital challenges. I am here to help clients who struggle with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma, and how to work through various issues that may be affecting one's life negatively.
(619) 374-8776 View (619) 374-8776
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Individual & Family Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92108
I'm a therapist that specializes in helping people resolve relationship issues, depression and anxiety. I offer tools to help people develop coping skills to handle difficult situations and navigate through stressful life changes. I teach techniques to assist in effective communication, boundary setting, stress management and conflict resolution. I help clients to manage difficult emotions, overcome negative thinking, feel more confident, and create loving relationships. I work with adults, couples, adolescents, and families. I will return emails within 24 hours in regards to openings. Please provide your email address information.
I'm a therapist that specializes in helping people resolve relationship issues, depression and anxiety. I offer tools to help people develop coping skills to handle difficult situations and navigate through stressful life changes. I teach techniques to assist in effective communication, boundary setting, stress management and conflict resolution. I help clients to manage difficult emotions, overcome negative thinking, feel more confident, and create loving relationships. I work with adults, couples, adolescents, and families. I will return emails within 24 hours in regards to openings. Please provide your email address information.
(619) 419-0672 View (619) 419-0672
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Rachael Polokoff
Psychologist
Verified Verified
La Jolla, CA 92037
Many of us feel overwhelmed with demands of work, health issues, family life, financial pressures and ask- "Where is the space for self-care? " Maladaptive coping skills (addictive behaviors, substance use issues, avoidance of activities) can easily take the place of healthy self-care techniques. However, there is a healthier path to walk down, which I can help you to master. I have spent my career helping teenagers and adults cope with difficult behavior patterns, and I can attest that once the source is uncovered, these behaviors can be changed to more accurately reflect your authentic self (artistic, creative, social, etc).
Many of us feel overwhelmed with demands of work, health issues, family life, financial pressures and ask- "Where is the space for self-care? " Maladaptive coping skills (addictive behaviors, substance use issues, avoidance of activities) can easily take the place of healthy self-care techniques. However, there is a healthier path to walk down, which I can help you to master. I have spent my career helping teenagers and adults cope with difficult behavior patterns, and I can attest that once the source is uncovered, these behaviors can be changed to more accurately reflect your authentic self (artistic, creative, social, etc).
(858) 331-8189 View (858) 331-8189
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Nina A Stark
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PsyD, LCSW
Verified Verified
La Jolla, CA 92037
You're here because fully living the life you envision remains out of reach despite your best efforts. You know that something is getting in the way of achieving your passion & purpose. But you haven't yet found a way to get free of those blocks, or you're searching for ways to step fully into peak performance. As a therapist since 1974, I combine the best ingredients of conventional therapies with the speed of the newer "power" therapies (like EMDR & EFT) & an integrative health orientation. The result: you get faster more effective results & better solutions. Free phone consult.
You're here because fully living the life you envision remains out of reach despite your best efforts. You know that something is getting in the way of achieving your passion & purpose. But you haven't yet found a way to get free of those blocks, or you're searching for ways to step fully into peak performance. As a therapist since 1974, I combine the best ingredients of conventional therapies with the speed of the newer "power" therapies (like EMDR & EFT) & an integrative health orientation. The result: you get faster more effective results & better solutions. Free phone consult.
(760) 496-5298 View (760) 496-5298
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Tracy Sanna
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, NCC, LPCC, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Given a safe environment, authentic connection, and the necessary tools, you can integrate your past, create your future, and live in the present moment. I work best with clients who want to feel more freedom and authenticity. Symptoms such as anxiety, obsession, compulsion, depression, relationship issues, lack of self worth, and negative thinking patterns are difficult to hold on your own. It is my passion and privilege to walk with you through these challenges. I create a safe space to explore your feelings so that you can reclaim your true essence and experience more joy.
Given a safe environment, authentic connection, and the necessary tools, you can integrate your past, create your future, and live in the present moment. I work best with clients who want to feel more freedom and authenticity. Symptoms such as anxiety, obsession, compulsion, depression, relationship issues, lack of self worth, and negative thinking patterns are difficult to hold on your own. It is my passion and privilege to walk with you through these challenges. I create a safe space to explore your feelings so that you can reclaim your true essence and experience more joy.
(619) 554-0479 View (619) 554-0479
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Susie Morgan
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, BCETS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Encinitas, CA 92024
I specialize in the treatment of trauma. My approach moves beyond being an empathetic listener to using state-of-the-art, evidenced-based strategies for creating relief and change. I have found EMDR Therapy to be a powerful, neurologically-based approach to address memories that have become "stuck". These frozen memories can be either severe traumas (abuse, rape, or life-threatening injury) or small but significant adverse life events. EMDR can effectively resolve memories that have made the past feel very much present and have forced current life experiences to be filtered through a negative, distorted lense.
I specialize in the treatment of trauma. My approach moves beyond being an empathetic listener to using state-of-the-art, evidenced-based strategies for creating relief and change. I have found EMDR Therapy to be a powerful, neurologically-based approach to address memories that have become "stuck". These frozen memories can be either severe traumas (abuse, rape, or life-threatening injury) or small but significant adverse life events. EMDR can effectively resolve memories that have made the past feel very much present and have forced current life experiences to be filtered through a negative, distorted lense.
(760) 452-2776 View (760) 452-2776
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Alexis Johnson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92101  (Online Only)
My experiences in the past have taught me the importance of witnessing great pain and great joy. I believe we cannot have one without the other. I want to equip my clients with the hope that it is normal to feel any and every kind of emotion but also give them tools to cope effectively and learn from those emotions.
My experiences in the past have taught me the importance of witnessing great pain and great joy. I believe we cannot have one without the other. I want to equip my clients with the hope that it is normal to feel any and every kind of emotion but also give them tools to cope effectively and learn from those emotions.
(510) 804-2495 View (510) 804-2495
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Number of Therapists in San Diego County, CA

3,000+

Average cost per session

$160

Therapists in San Diego County, CA who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
87% Depression
69% Self Esteem
66% Coping Skills
64% Relationship Issues
64% Trauma and PTSD
60% Stress

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

81% Aetna
76% Cigna and Evernorth
72% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in San Diego County, CA see their clients

59% In Person and Online
41% Online Only

Gender breakdown

81% Female
18% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in San Diego County?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What type of therapy is right for me?

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

How much does therapy cost?

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

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

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

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

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

Is online therapy a good option?

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

Are therapy sessions confidential?

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