Therapists in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

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Sarah Gogarty
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT, APCC
Verified Verified
Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92102  (Online Only)
I believe one of the bravest things an individual can do is to ask for help. Seeking support to better understand your own story is a life-changing decision. Finding a therapist can be overwhelming, and you are taking the first step today. I am here to help you overcome anxiety, depression, and challenging life transitions to improve your quality of life. I am always learning and am honored by the opportunity to collaborate with clients in finding creative solutions to their unique circumstances.
I believe one of the bravest things an individual can do is to ask for help. Seeking support to better understand your own story is a life-changing decision. Finding a therapist can be overwhelming, and you are taking the first step today. I am here to help you overcome anxiety, depression, and challenging life transitions to improve your quality of life. I am always learning and am honored by the opportunity to collaborate with clients in finding creative solutions to their unique circumstances.
(619) 547-1792 View (619) 547-1792
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Carrie Hill
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, EMDR, DBT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92104
Life can be challenging enough when we don't get in our own way. As it turns out, many of us never learned how to identify and manage our emotions, relate to our worries and self-judgments with compassion, or navigate relationships from a lens that considers how our past experiences might influence how we connect with others today. If you are seeking another way to live, with less suffering and more peace, you are in the right place.
Life can be challenging enough when we don't get in our own way. As it turns out, many of us never learned how to identify and manage our emotions, relate to our worries and self-judgments with compassion, or navigate relationships from a lens that considers how our past experiences might influence how we connect with others today. If you are seeking another way to live, with less suffering and more peace, you are in the right place.
(619) 304-0879 View (619) 304-0879
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Ruth Millican, Testing Psychologist: ADHD + Autism
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92102
Welcome to my page! I provide neurodiversity affirming testing for those wondering if they may be Autistic or ADHD, later in life. Many times, people who fall into these categories have been missed or mis-diagnosed (especially those who are assigned female at birth, or BIPOC). You may have also been missed if you are high masking or have low support needs. The testing I provide takes all of these factors into consideration to give you the most accurate understanding of your identity. Neurotypes (Autism/ADHD) are differences and not disorders, and I provide an evaluations in a way that honors the whole person.
Welcome to my page! I provide neurodiversity affirming testing for those wondering if they may be Autistic or ADHD, later in life. Many times, people who fall into these categories have been missed or mis-diagnosed (especially those who are assigned female at birth, or BIPOC). You may have also been missed if you are high masking or have low support needs. The testing I provide takes all of these factors into consideration to give you the most accurate understanding of your identity. Neurotypes (Autism/ADHD) are differences and not disorders, and I provide an evaluations in a way that honors the whole person.
(619) 745-5203 View (619) 745-5203
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Neo-Balance Mind Therapy & Recovery
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92102
Welcome to your first step toward healing & recovery! We all know that hurtful emotional experiences, trauma, stress and anger, confidence issues, complex life changes, depression, anxiety, and substance misuse impact our ability to thrive and form healthy relationships. I have acquired many years of behavioral health experience helping people overcome these issues. I have a strengths-focused, skills-based, integrated approach. I also use powerful transformative tools like hypnotic psychotherapy, 3rd wave therapies (DBT, ACT, CBT), EMDR, and other mindful reprocessing, to maximize treatment effects.
Welcome to your first step toward healing & recovery! We all know that hurtful emotional experiences, trauma, stress and anger, confidence issues, complex life changes, depression, anxiety, and substance misuse impact our ability to thrive and form healthy relationships. I have acquired many years of behavioral health experience helping people overcome these issues. I have a strengths-focused, skills-based, integrated approach. I also use powerful transformative tools like hypnotic psychotherapy, 3rd wave therapies (DBT, ACT, CBT), EMDR, and other mindful reprocessing, to maximize treatment effects.
(619) 637-3829 View (619) 637-3829
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Barbara Morett, Neurodiveristy Affirming Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92102
Welcome to my practice! Have you been looking for a therapist to support you in your healing process who is affirming of your multiple identities? If so, I might be the right fit for you! I work with the LGBTQIA+ community, and have experience working with trans, non-binary and gender fluid clients. Additionally, I work with neurodiversity in my practice, specifically with Autism and ADHD. I work from a neurodiveristy affirming lens, meaning I see all neurotypes as equal and give them the respect they deserve in the therapeutic space. I have lived experience with neurodiveristy and I have a personal passion in this area.
Welcome to my practice! Have you been looking for a therapist to support you in your healing process who is affirming of your multiple identities? If so, I might be the right fit for you! I work with the LGBTQIA+ community, and have experience working with trans, non-binary and gender fluid clients. Additionally, I work with neurodiversity in my practice, specifically with Autism and ADHD. I work from a neurodiveristy affirming lens, meaning I see all neurotypes as equal and give them the respect they deserve in the therapeutic space. I have lived experience with neurodiveristy and I have a personal passion in this area.
(619) 439-1964 View (619) 439-1964
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Dr. James DiGloria, PsyD., LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92102
Are you or a loved one struggling with anxiety or depression? You may be in the process coming out for yourself or to loved ones. Dealing with issues related to sexuality and relationship issues. Do you struggle with issues related to your sexuality and/or gender expression? Whether you are single, married, poly or straight, gay, queer, or bi-, having difficulty in work, intimate or lifestyle relationships, or just stuck in what seems like a never ending struggle, I am fully committed to helping you find your authentic Self. Let's talk to see if we are a good match.
Are you or a loved one struggling with anxiety or depression? You may be in the process coming out for yourself or to loved ones. Dealing with issues related to sexuality and relationship issues. Do you struggle with issues related to your sexuality and/or gender expression? Whether you are single, married, poly or straight, gay, queer, or bi-, having difficulty in work, intimate or lifestyle relationships, or just stuck in what seems like a never ending struggle, I am fully committed to helping you find your authentic Self. Let's talk to see if we are a good match.
(619) 356-3455 View (619) 356-3455
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Lauren Goebel Neurodiversity Couples Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92102
Are you seeking a couples therapist that specifically works with ADHD, autism, and mixed neurotype couples? That's me! I am neurodivergent myself, and I love exploring with couples how they can learn to communicate in ways that are affirming for each other's neurotype. Our neurotype (ADHD, Autism) affects the way we perceive the world, communicate, regulate our emotions, and the ways we express love. I am trained in couples therapy methods (such as the Gottman Method, EFT) and I work intentionally to make these methods neurodiversity affirming. I love to help couples understand each other and have those lightbulb moments!
Are you seeking a couples therapist that specifically works with ADHD, autism, and mixed neurotype couples? That's me! I am neurodivergent myself, and I love exploring with couples how they can learn to communicate in ways that are affirming for each other's neurotype. Our neurotype (ADHD, Autism) affects the way we perceive the world, communicate, regulate our emotions, and the ways we express love. I am trained in couples therapy methods (such as the Gottman Method, EFT) and I work intentionally to make these methods neurodiversity affirming. I love to help couples understand each other and have those lightbulb moments!
(619) 514-1645 View (619) 514-1645
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Sarah Mace
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92102  (Online Only)
Whether you're adjusting to grief and loss, a major change in your life or healing from trauma, I can support you in breaking cycles that are keeping you stuck. I've worked with patients from different backgrounds and have seen that we can not only heal trauma, but THRIVE after it. Post traumatic growth is achievable through therapy and gaining healthy coping skills. Together we can look at things like family of origin and life history patterns that may be impeding your happiness and growth. I offer a warm, safe space for you to process what needs to be resolved and help you learn new ways to cope.
Whether you're adjusting to grief and loss, a major change in your life or healing from trauma, I can support you in breaking cycles that are keeping you stuck. I've worked with patients from different backgrounds and have seen that we can not only heal trauma, but THRIVE after it. Post traumatic growth is achievable through therapy and gaining healthy coping skills. Together we can look at things like family of origin and life history patterns that may be impeding your happiness and growth. I offer a warm, safe space for you to process what needs to be resolved and help you learn new ways to cope.
(619) 658-7081 View (619) 658-7081
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Amaya Tueller Eating Disorder Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92102
Welcome to my page! I specialize in working with teens and adults who are struggling with eating and body image. I work with a variety of eating issues including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, ARFID, and body image issues. I work from a compassion focused and trauma informed lens, supporting my clients in better understanding themselves and building tools to help them get to their goals. I work with many issues that tend to overlap with eating difficulties, such as depression, anxiety, trauma, OCD, self harm and substance use.
Welcome to my page! I specialize in working with teens and adults who are struggling with eating and body image. I work with a variety of eating issues including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, ARFID, and body image issues. I work from a compassion focused and trauma informed lens, supporting my clients in better understanding themselves and building tools to help them get to their goals. I work with many issues that tend to overlap with eating difficulties, such as depression, anxiety, trauma, OCD, self harm and substance use.
(619) 878-3201 View (619) 878-3201
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Center for Anxiety Sleep and Trauma (CAST)
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92102
You are a highly motivated, hard-working, and responsible person. You value your relationships and achieving your goals. However, your anxiety often keeps you from taking the necessary steps to do the things that are important to you. You have spent so long fighting and struggling to feel better that you feel completely out of control in your life and with your emotions. You are exhausted, overwhelmed, and are ready to stop struggling and start living the life you imagined for yourself. You have tried everything under the sun to manage your anxiety but it only brings temporary relief. You are ready for lasting change.
You are a highly motivated, hard-working, and responsible person. You value your relationships and achieving your goals. However, your anxiety often keeps you from taking the necessary steps to do the things that are important to you. You have spent so long fighting and struggling to feel better that you feel completely out of control in your life and with your emotions. You are exhausted, overwhelmed, and are ready to stop struggling and start living the life you imagined for yourself. You have tried everything under the sun to manage your anxiety but it only brings temporary relief. You are ready for lasting change.
(619) 452-2544 View (619) 452-2544
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Miranda Millican, Couples Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92102
Welcome! I work with communication issues, trust issues, infidelity, intimacy issues, LGBTQIA+ couples and couples practicing ENM/polyamory. I also work with couples practicing kink/BDSM. I am a queer and neurodivergent therapist, and I have specialized experience working with ADHD and autism in the context of relationships and mixed-neurotype couples. I love to see my couples walking out of my office holding hands, looking at each other with more gratitude, with a new hope for the future. I have a trauma informed approach that helps my couples understand the origins of their thoughts and behavior within the relationship.
Welcome! I work with communication issues, trust issues, infidelity, intimacy issues, LGBTQIA+ couples and couples practicing ENM/polyamory. I also work with couples practicing kink/BDSM. I am a queer and neurodivergent therapist, and I have specialized experience working with ADHD and autism in the context of relationships and mixed-neurotype couples. I love to see my couples walking out of my office holding hands, looking at each other with more gratitude, with a new hope for the future. I have a trauma informed approach that helps my couples understand the origins of their thoughts and behavior within the relationship.
(510) 272-7281 View (510) 272-7281
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Erin E Powers
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92102
I am strengths-based and believe strongly that we are all trying our best! My goal is to establish a strong therapeutic relationship with you to provide a safe space where you can be heard. I also teach practical strategies to achieve goals. Therapy can be intimidating and scary at times, so laughter and levity are often interwoven in my sessions with patients. In my practice, I specialize in Grief and Loss, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Relationship Challenges, Setting Boundaries and Expectations, and Stress Management.
I am strengths-based and believe strongly that we are all trying our best! My goal is to establish a strong therapeutic relationship with you to provide a safe space where you can be heard. I also teach practical strategies to achieve goals. Therapy can be intimidating and scary at times, so laughter and levity are often interwoven in my sessions with patients. In my practice, I specialize in Grief and Loss, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Relationship Challenges, Setting Boundaries and Expectations, and Stress Management.
(619) 949-3266 View (619) 949-3266
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Dr. Tslil Feinberg
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92102
You are a highly motivated, hard-working, and responsible person. You value your relationships and achieving your goals. However, your anxiety often keeps you from taking the necessary steps to do the things that are important to you. You have spent so long fighting and struggling to feel better that you feel completely out of control in your life and with your emotions. You are exhausted, overwhelmed, and are ready to stop struggling and start living the life you imagined for yourself. You have tried everything under the sun to manage your anxiety but it only brings temporary relief. You are ready for lasting change.
You are a highly motivated, hard-working, and responsible person. You value your relationships and achieving your goals. However, your anxiety often keeps you from taking the necessary steps to do the things that are important to you. You have spent so long fighting and struggling to feel better that you feel completely out of control in your life and with your emotions. You are exhausted, overwhelmed, and are ready to stop struggling and start living the life you imagined for yourself. You have tried everything under the sun to manage your anxiety but it only brings temporary relief. You are ready for lasting change.
(619) 452-2544 View (619) 452-2544
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Encomium Psychology
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92108  (Online Only)
Dr. Adeniranye is a dually licensed clinical psychologist. Using a combination of DBT, postmodern, and psychodynamic approaches, Dr. Adeniranye tailors treatment specific to the needs of his clients. Dr. Adeniranye works with adult clients 18 and over in search of individual sessions. Dr. Adeniranye also conducts comprehensive psychological evaluations which can be requested for myriad reasons including but not limited to diagnostic clarification, specific court proceedings, and appropriate treatment recommendations.
Dr. Adeniranye is a dually licensed clinical psychologist. Using a combination of DBT, postmodern, and psychodynamic approaches, Dr. Adeniranye tailors treatment specific to the needs of his clients. Dr. Adeniranye works with adult clients 18 and over in search of individual sessions. Dr. Adeniranye also conducts comprehensive psychological evaluations which can be requested for myriad reasons including but not limited to diagnostic clarification, specific court proceedings, and appropriate treatment recommendations.
(619) 514-3320 View (619) 514-3320
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Martina Nittra Savedra
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92102  (Online Only)
Courage, dear heart, as life will present you with surprises and in time, you will manage each one with bravery. Our families can push our boundaries; our relationships can challenge us; and our careers can stretch us so thin. Negative self-thoughts can keep us in our heads and repeating old patterns can feel like a roller coaster of emotions. Past traumas can intrude our present; social injustices can break our community down; and gender and cultural inequalities can be an exhausting battle. Our self-care can plummet and suddenly we are not our first priority. However, you are leaning in today and making an investment in YOU!
Courage, dear heart, as life will present you with surprises and in time, you will manage each one with bravery. Our families can push our boundaries; our relationships can challenge us; and our careers can stretch us so thin. Negative self-thoughts can keep us in our heads and repeating old patterns can feel like a roller coaster of emotions. Past traumas can intrude our present; social injustices can break our community down; and gender and cultural inequalities can be an exhausting battle. Our self-care can plummet and suddenly we are not our first priority. However, you are leaning in today and making an investment in YOU!
(619) 762-3083 View (619) 762-3083
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Gracie Madero
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92102
Hello! I am Dr. Gracie Madero and am a queer-identified Clinical Psychologist who obtained her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. My specialties include gender and sexuality, young adults, identity development, the coming out process, relationship issues and trauma. I have experience working with long term patients utilizing a Psychodynamic approach and have specialized training in working with gender and sexuality, including completing numerous practicums and positions working within the LGBTQ+ community.
Hello! I am Dr. Gracie Madero and am a queer-identified Clinical Psychologist who obtained her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. My specialties include gender and sexuality, young adults, identity development, the coming out process, relationship issues and trauma. I have experience working with long term patients utilizing a Psychodynamic approach and have specialized training in working with gender and sexuality, including completing numerous practicums and positions working within the LGBTQ+ community.
(619) 848-1372 View (619) 848-1372
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Katie Flanigan
Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92102
My counseling approach is based on resilience, and I strive to help people identify their own personal power. I believe that we have everything we need inside of us to rise above personal challenges and to reach our goals. I build authentic and honest relationships with my clients by creating a space that offers candor, humor, and a normalizing approach to challenges. My approach is eclectic, and I will work with you to support and understand your unique needs in a direct yet empathetic way.
My counseling approach is based on resilience, and I strive to help people identify their own personal power. I believe that we have everything we need inside of us to rise above personal challenges and to reach our goals. I build authentic and honest relationships with my clients by creating a space that offers candor, humor, and a normalizing approach to challenges. My approach is eclectic, and I will work with you to support and understand your unique needs in a direct yet empathetic way.
(619) 592-7750 View (619) 592-7750
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Dr. Dominic J. DiMaggio
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92102
I specialize in adult individual psychotherapy. I have worked in multiple outpatient treatment facilities, including community mental health, public high school, federal career training facility, and university counseling centers. I am interested in and have experience in the treatment of anxiety, depression, eating disorders, trauma, emotion regulation, and relationship difficulties. I enjoy providing mental health services to the San Diego community, where there are many people with diverse life experiences.
I specialize in adult individual psychotherapy. I have worked in multiple outpatient treatment facilities, including community mental health, public high school, federal career training facility, and university counseling centers. I am interested in and have experience in the treatment of anxiety, depression, eating disorders, trauma, emotion regulation, and relationship difficulties. I enjoy providing mental health services to the San Diego community, where there are many people with diverse life experiences.
(858) 412-1427 View (858) 412-1427
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Kelly Hutton Chronic Pain and Illness Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92102
Welcome! Do you have chronic pain, chronic fatigue, or chronic illness you are managing? Or, do you love someone or care for someone with these issues? If so, you are in the right place. I specialize in working with chronic pain, chronic illness, medical trauma, neurocognitive issues (memory). Living with pain/illness comes with enormous grief, and it can be incredibly lonely. You might find you are irritable, have trouble with sleeping, can't concentrate or focus or struggle with daily tasks that used to be easy. Your relationships might be suffering as you can't show up how you used to. I am here to support you.
Welcome! Do you have chronic pain, chronic fatigue, or chronic illness you are managing? Or, do you love someone or care for someone with these issues? If so, you are in the right place. I specialize in working with chronic pain, chronic illness, medical trauma, neurocognitive issues (memory). Living with pain/illness comes with enormous grief, and it can be incredibly lonely. You might find you are irritable, have trouble with sleeping, can't concentrate or focus or struggle with daily tasks that used to be easy. Your relationships might be suffering as you can't show up how you used to. I am here to support you.
(619) 853-5083 View (619) 853-5083
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Elevation Therapy Center
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT, CEAP, SAP
Verified Verified
Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92102
Hello, My name is Hermin Youssefian Phd, LMFT, CEAP, SAP. I am a LMFT (LIC 45270). I began my training as a psychotherapist in 1994, with a focus on working with couples, children and families, particularly clients with a history of trauma and significant losses. I obtained my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and my Master's Degree in Marriage Family and Child Therapy in 1998. Since then I have acquired 25+ years of experience in the field and can say I am truly living out my purpose. I am genuinely passionate and extremely dedicated to helping couples, families and children grow and heal from their pain and live fulfilling lives
Hello, My name is Hermin Youssefian Phd, LMFT, CEAP, SAP. I am a LMFT (LIC 45270). I began my training as a psychotherapist in 1994, with a focus on working with couples, children and families, particularly clients with a history of trauma and significant losses. I obtained my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and my Master's Degree in Marriage Family and Child Therapy in 1998. Since then I have acquired 25+ years of experience in the field and can say I am truly living out my purpose. I am genuinely passionate and extremely dedicated to helping couples, families and children grow and heal from their pain and live fulfilling lives
(619) 273-0521 View (619) 273-0521

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Number of Therapists in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

50+

Average cost per session

$180

Therapists in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA who prioritize treating:

90% Anxiety
82% Depression
76% Trauma and PTSD
72% Relationship Issues
62% Stress
58% Other
54% Family Conflict

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

60% Aetna
50% Cigna and Evernorth
50% TRICARE

How Therapists in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

88% Female
10% Male
2% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Balboa Park, San Diego?

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.