Therapists in Normal Heights, San Diego, CA

Hearthomes Healing
RN, CGSS, CT
Verified Verified
Normal Heights, San Diego, CA 92116  (Online Only)
We are currently accepting private clients for individual grief support sessions. We offer a range of support topics including substance-use disorder loss, anticipatory grief related to illness, accident, and substance use, and disenfranchised loss related to murder, suicide, or substance use. In addition, we offer support for other types of loss that may not be recognized by traditional therapies, such as the loss of a pet, job, co-worker, or dear friend. Sessions are ongoing and are offered via phone or Zoom. For Individual sessions, we work on a sliding scale fee. For more information: hearthomeshealing.gmail.com
We are currently accepting private clients for individual grief support sessions. We offer a range of support topics including substance-use disorder loss, anticipatory grief related to illness, accident, and substance use, and disenfranchised loss related to murder, suicide, or substance use. In addition, we offer support for other types of loss that may not be recognized by traditional therapies, such as the loss of a pet, job, co-worker, or dear friend. Sessions are ongoing and are offered via phone or Zoom. For Individual sessions, we work on a sliding scale fee. For more information: hearthomeshealing.gmail.com
(619) 777-5431 View (619) 777-5431
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Rachelle Ann Ramos
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS
Verified Verified
Normal Heights, San Diego, CA 92116  (Online Only)
Clients who seek me out for therapy often identify with historically underrepresented groups such as Black, Indigenous, people of transnational-immigrant diaspora, LGBTQIA+ individuals/couples/CNM configurations, sex workers, and more. My therapy services include but are not limited to supporting individuals/couples/CNM configurations navigating life transitions, processing trauma to release the influence of the past on the present, as well as finding/developing their emotional balance. I have experience working with Consensually Nonmonogamous Configurations as well as Kinky populations in regard to my relational work.
Clients who seek me out for therapy often identify with historically underrepresented groups such as Black, Indigenous, people of transnational-immigrant diaspora, LGBTQIA+ individuals/couples/CNM configurations, sex workers, and more. My therapy services include but are not limited to supporting individuals/couples/CNM configurations navigating life transitions, processing trauma to release the influence of the past on the present, as well as finding/developing their emotional balance. I have experience working with Consensually Nonmonogamous Configurations as well as Kinky populations in regard to my relational work.
(619) 732-3255 View (619) 732-3255
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Barbara Moncrieff
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Normal Heights, San Diego, CA 92108
Not accepting new clients
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, or relationships? Are you having difficulties with marriage, parenting, divorce, or work? It can be hard to deal with these issues alone and therapy can help. Choosing a therapist is an important decision, and it should be someone with whom you feel comfortable. My experience includes a five-year clinical position at UCSD Outpatient Psychiatric Services followed by nineteen years in private practice. Therapy is a collaborative process in which we work together to identify problems and find solutions. Therapy can provide you with the skills you need to make changes in your life.
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, or relationships? Are you having difficulties with marriage, parenting, divorce, or work? It can be hard to deal with these issues alone and therapy can help. Choosing a therapist is an important decision, and it should be someone with whom you feel comfortable. My experience includes a five-year clinical position at UCSD Outpatient Psychiatric Services followed by nineteen years in private practice. Therapy is a collaborative process in which we work together to identify problems and find solutions. Therapy can provide you with the skills you need to make changes in your life.
(619) 280-0183 View (619) 280-0183
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Martin A Ponciano
Marriage & Family Therapist, RN, LMFT
Verified Verified
Normal Heights, San Diego, CA 92116  (Online Only)
In my practice, I aim to support individuals facing various challenges, such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship issues. This is a safe space to explore your emotions, heal from past wounds, and develop effective coping strategies. Together, we will work towards building resilience, fostering self-acceptance, and promoting personal growth. My goal is to empower you to create meaningful and fulfilling connections, cultivate inner strength, and discover your true potential. Let's embark on a therapeutic journey toward healing, transformation, and a more authentic life.
In my practice, I aim to support individuals facing various challenges, such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship issues. This is a safe space to explore your emotions, heal from past wounds, and develop effective coping strategies. Together, we will work towards building resilience, fostering self-acceptance, and promoting personal growth. My goal is to empower you to create meaningful and fulfilling connections, cultivate inner strength, and discover your true potential. Let's embark on a therapeutic journey toward healing, transformation, and a more authentic life.
(619) 345-5668 View (619) 345-5668
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Angelyna Lowe
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Normal Heights, San Diego, CA 92108  (Online Only)
Life has a way of handing us what feels like more than we can bear at times, and we can find ourselves stuck when our resources are thin and our tools seem inadequate. This is where I thrive – helping my clients get in touch with their strengths, build confidence and skills to get the life they want, all while exploring where they learned the unhelpful patterns to begin with. My goal is to help my clients learn to be defined not by their current or past circumstances, thoughts or feelings, but by the choices they commit to. My clients report they know themselves better and are more confident in their ability to handle stressors.
Life has a way of handing us what feels like more than we can bear at times, and we can find ourselves stuck when our resources are thin and our tools seem inadequate. This is where I thrive – helping my clients get in touch with their strengths, build confidence and skills to get the life they want, all while exploring where they learned the unhelpful patterns to begin with. My goal is to help my clients learn to be defined not by their current or past circumstances, thoughts or feelings, but by the choices they commit to. My clients report they know themselves better and are more confident in their ability to handle stressors.
(858) 358-5947 View (858) 358-5947
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Angel Vargas
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Normal Heights, San Diego, CA 92108  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
At times we feel overwhelmed, disconnected, and hopeless, searching for something beyond merely coping to survive. Some events in life are so impactful, stressful, and challenging that it seems almost impossible to function, as if we were stuck, thinking we cannot move forward. If this is you now, here's the truth, you do not have to deal with these burdens by yourself. Hope is available and healing is possible, these situations can be turned around. I have experienced this first-hand. You can create your path toward wellness, empowerment, and fulfillment, and I will honored to partner with you in this process.
At times we feel overwhelmed, disconnected, and hopeless, searching for something beyond merely coping to survive. Some events in life are so impactful, stressful, and challenging that it seems almost impossible to function, as if we were stuck, thinking we cannot move forward. If this is you now, here's the truth, you do not have to deal with these burdens by yourself. Hope is available and healing is possible, these situations can be turned around. I have experienced this first-hand. You can create your path toward wellness, empowerment, and fulfillment, and I will honored to partner with you in this process.
(619) 374-9628 View (619) 374-9628
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Adia Nembhard
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Normal Heights, San Diego, CA 92108
As a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, my practice is open to a diverse population ranging in ages and ethnicities. I invite clients to join with me to conquer unhealthy patterns and crutches which create feelings of being stuck, defeated and helpless. In therapy, clients will work towards creating a stronger, more confident and independent self. Treatment goals targeting symptoms of anxiety, depression and addressing conflictual relational patterns will ensure a happy and healthy life. My goal is that all of my clients feel 100% supported and confident that they are reaching their goals.
As a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, my practice is open to a diverse population ranging in ages and ethnicities. I invite clients to join with me to conquer unhealthy patterns and crutches which create feelings of being stuck, defeated and helpless. In therapy, clients will work towards creating a stronger, more confident and independent self. Treatment goals targeting symptoms of anxiety, depression and addressing conflictual relational patterns will ensure a happy and healthy life. My goal is that all of my clients feel 100% supported and confident that they are reaching their goals.
(951) 801-4028 View (951) 801-4028
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Jessica Hattersley
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Normal Heights, San Diego, CA 92108
I am passionate about working with individuals and couples, specifically those struggling with anxiety, trauma, and relational challenges. I believe each individual’s lived experience shapes who they are, and because of that, sometimes we get stuck in challenging patterns or with negative beliefs about ourselves. My aim is to help clients explore their past to inform their present and future, in order to bring clarity and relief to their life and their relationships.
I am passionate about working with individuals and couples, specifically those struggling with anxiety, trauma, and relational challenges. I believe each individual’s lived experience shapes who they are, and because of that, sometimes we get stuck in challenging patterns or with negative beliefs about ourselves. My aim is to help clients explore their past to inform their present and future, in order to bring clarity and relief to their life and their relationships.
(858) 331-8317 View (858) 331-8317
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Kathy J Gilbert
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Normal Heights, San Diego, CA 92108
Over the last 37 +years I have been a psychotherapist. I have worked with all ages of the life-cycle, including families who have loved ones that have been diagnosed with dementia. I have been a care-giver and daughter of a parent who had a diagnosis of Alzheimers. I have been married for 37 years, and the parent of 2 adult children. My lived and professional experiences , make me qualified to provide clients with a treatment plan and services specifically suited to meet their individual needs. I also limit the number of clients that I work with, so that I can be responsive and available for whatever support that may be needed.
Over the last 37 +years I have been a psychotherapist. I have worked with all ages of the life-cycle, including families who have loved ones that have been diagnosed with dementia. I have been a care-giver and daughter of a parent who had a diagnosis of Alzheimers. I have been married for 37 years, and the parent of 2 adult children. My lived and professional experiences , make me qualified to provide clients with a treatment plan and services specifically suited to meet their individual needs. I also limit the number of clients that I work with, so that I can be responsive and available for whatever support that may be needed.
(619) 574-0677 View (619) 574-0677
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Ian Lowe
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Normal Heights, San Diego, CA 92108
I work with clients who want change in their lives for the better, but find themselves going in circles with challenges (e.g. anxiety, low mood, lack of confidence, life stressors, feeling disconnected). Our therapy work together helps create new ways of dealing with problems effectively, encourages and empowers clients to live meaningful lives, while attuning to a person’s unique culture and background
I work with clients who want change in their lives for the better, but find themselves going in circles with challenges (e.g. anxiety, low mood, lack of confidence, life stressors, feeling disconnected). Our therapy work together helps create new ways of dealing with problems effectively, encourages and empowers clients to live meaningful lives, while attuning to a person’s unique culture and background
(619) 486-3878 View (619) 486-3878
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Leah Aguirre
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Normal Heights, San Diego, CA 92108
When you’ve been in a coercive, controlling or emotionally abusive relationship or have experienced narcissistic abuse, it’s very destabilizing. Not only do you have to go through the difficult process of ending the relationship, but now you also have to unlearn all those self-limiting beliefs and narratives that were imposed on you. You have to learn how to trust yourself again and rebuild your self-esteem and confidence. It’s incredibly overwhelming and can feel nearly impossible, but I promise you that it can and will get better. I can offer you the space to do this very work. My job is to help you heal from this complex trauma
When you’ve been in a coercive, controlling or emotionally abusive relationship or have experienced narcissistic abuse, it’s very destabilizing. Not only do you have to go through the difficult process of ending the relationship, but now you also have to unlearn all those self-limiting beliefs and narratives that were imposed on you. You have to learn how to trust yourself again and rebuild your self-esteem and confidence. It’s incredibly overwhelming and can feel nearly impossible, but I promise you that it can and will get better. I can offer you the space to do this very work. My job is to help you heal from this complex trauma
(619) 304-0927 View (619) 304-0927
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Pia Khandekar
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Normal Heights, San Diego, CA 92108
I understand that seeking therapy can be a difficult decision. It takes courage and strength to take the first steps to reach out to a clinician. I also know first-hand that therapy can be one of the most rewarding and transformative journeys you can embark upon. With over 18 years of clinical experience, I have treated hundreds of individual clients with conditions like anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, grief and loss, and insomnia. I also specialize in working with individuals in high stress fields (executives, attorneys, healthcare providers, Navy SEALs, and aviators) to manage occupational stress for peak performance.
I understand that seeking therapy can be a difficult decision. It takes courage and strength to take the first steps to reach out to a clinician. I also know first-hand that therapy can be one of the most rewarding and transformative journeys you can embark upon. With over 18 years of clinical experience, I have treated hundreds of individual clients with conditions like anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, grief and loss, and insomnia. I also specialize in working with individuals in high stress fields (executives, attorneys, healthcare providers, Navy SEALs, and aviators) to manage occupational stress for peak performance.
(858) 923-5102 View (858) 923-5102
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Milena Dun
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Normal Heights, San Diego, CA 92108  (Online Only)
I specialize in providing a trauma focused, individual psychotherapy for adults of various ages, applying psychodynamic and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) treatment modalities. My approach to therapy is collaborative in nature, with a great emphasis on establishing a warm supportive relationship. I utilize a context of therapeutic relationship to help clients develop insight and awareness of the unconscious elements of their psychology that have a strong impact on their lives. I assist every client in the quest to generate a deeper meaning and address internal obstacles to accomplishing personal goals.
I specialize in providing a trauma focused, individual psychotherapy for adults of various ages, applying psychodynamic and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) treatment modalities. My approach to therapy is collaborative in nature, with a great emphasis on establishing a warm supportive relationship. I utilize a context of therapeutic relationship to help clients develop insight and awareness of the unconscious elements of their psychology that have a strong impact on their lives. I assist every client in the quest to generate a deeper meaning and address internal obstacles to accomplishing personal goals.
(619) 393-5837 View (619) 393-5837
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Janina Scarlet
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Normal Heights, San Diego, CA 92108  (Online Only)
Do you often feel disconnected from others? Do you pretend to be “fine” while you’re actually struggling on the inside? Do you have a hard time managing your symptoms? I understand your pain. I specialize in working with people with trauma and PTSD, as well as grief, burnout, and stress. I have many years of experience working with mental health providers and other healthcare professionals. I am a LGBTQIA-affirming provider; I also work with creatives (artists, writers, illustrators, musicians, etc) who struggle with the “Imposter Syndrome.”
Do you often feel disconnected from others? Do you pretend to be “fine” while you’re actually struggling on the inside? Do you have a hard time managing your symptoms? I understand your pain. I specialize in working with people with trauma and PTSD, as well as grief, burnout, and stress. I have many years of experience working with mental health providers and other healthcare professionals. I am a LGBTQIA-affirming provider; I also work with creatives (artists, writers, illustrators, musicians, etc) who struggle with the “Imposter Syndrome.”
(858) 260-3499 View (858) 260-3499
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Erin Miggantz - Adult Autism Assessment
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Normal Heights, San Diego, CA 92108
Our understanding of how autism presents in adults has increased exponentially in the last few years. We now know that autism can look very different in adults than it does in children, especially when someone has spent their lifetime trying to hide (or mask) their "non-neurotypical" traits. My speciality is in identifying autism among highly-masked adults who have been undiagnosed, or more commonly, misdiagnosed. I believe that correct diagnosis, no matter how late in life, can be meaningful, validating, and useful in planning for the future.
Our understanding of how autism presents in adults has increased exponentially in the last few years. We now know that autism can look very different in adults than it does in children, especially when someone has spent their lifetime trying to hide (or mask) their "non-neurotypical" traits. My speciality is in identifying autism among highly-masked adults who have been undiagnosed, or more commonly, misdiagnosed. I believe that correct diagnosis, no matter how late in life, can be meaningful, validating, and useful in planning for the future.
(858) 377-6022 View (858) 377-6022
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Priscilla B. Chen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Normal Heights, San Diego, CA 92108
⯌Attachment focused dating & parenting ⯌Codependency & emotional maturity ⯌Personal processing for healthcare workers (therapists, doctors, nurses, etc.) ⯌Grief & loss, life stage transitions ⯌Trauma & EMDR therapy ⯌Eating disorders, anorexia, bulimia, & binge eating / / / / Welcome! I currently provide therapy through telehealth only. My clinical focus is on how difficult issues like mental illness and relationship conflict are influenced by your family of origin and early attachment experiences. My therapy approach is discussion based, with the goal of improving your understanding of yourself and becoming emotionally independent.
⯌Attachment focused dating & parenting ⯌Codependency & emotional maturity ⯌Personal processing for healthcare workers (therapists, doctors, nurses, etc.) ⯌Grief & loss, life stage transitions ⯌Trauma & EMDR therapy ⯌Eating disorders, anorexia, bulimia, & binge eating / / / / Welcome! I currently provide therapy through telehealth only. My clinical focus is on how difficult issues like mental illness and relationship conflict are influenced by your family of origin and early attachment experiences. My therapy approach is discussion based, with the goal of improving your understanding of yourself and becoming emotionally independent.
(909) 316-5311 View (909) 316-5311
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Larisa Cicila
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Normal Heights, San Diego, CA 92108
My first goal as a clinician is to cultivate a warm, friendly and nonjudgmental therapeutic environment that will help YOU reach YOUR treatment goals. Through building a strong, collaborative relationship with you, I hope to empower you to develop more effective strategies to cope with whatever brings you to therapy. I work collaboratively with you to identify goals and develop a treatment plan, while also being flexible enough during treatment to re-calibrate goals, change the focus of treatment and/or test out other approaches to reaching your goals. I am really excited about the opportunity to work with you!
My first goal as a clinician is to cultivate a warm, friendly and nonjudgmental therapeutic environment that will help YOU reach YOUR treatment goals. Through building a strong, collaborative relationship with you, I hope to empower you to develop more effective strategies to cope with whatever brings you to therapy. I work collaboratively with you to identify goals and develop a treatment plan, while also being flexible enough during treatment to re-calibrate goals, change the focus of treatment and/or test out other approaches to reaching your goals. I am really excited about the opportunity to work with you!
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San Diego Therapy Center & Neurofeedback
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Normal Heights, San Diego, CA 92108
Neurofeedback is able to help children, teenagers, and adults who have experienced Trauma, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), ADHD and Anxiety disorders as well as a variety of other mental health symptoms. Neurofeedback, also called EEG Biofeedback or brain training, helps train your brain to self-regulate and correct issues that impact your optimal functioning. A self-regulated brain improves the functioning of the central nervous system, mental performance, emotional regulation, and physiological stability. A dysregulated brain has difficulty calming down at appropriate moments, adding physiological symptoms.
Neurofeedback is able to help children, teenagers, and adults who have experienced Trauma, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), ADHD and Anxiety disorders as well as a variety of other mental health symptoms. Neurofeedback, also called EEG Biofeedback or brain training, helps train your brain to self-regulate and correct issues that impact your optimal functioning. A self-regulated brain improves the functioning of the central nervous system, mental performance, emotional regulation, and physiological stability. A dysregulated brain has difficulty calming down at appropriate moments, adding physiological symptoms.
(619) 304-6506 View (619) 304-6506
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Ana Viss
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, Ana, Viss, AMFT
Verified Verified
Normal Heights, San Diego, CA 92108
If you are battling stress and anxiety, depression, general life dissatisfaction and unmet expectations, relational difficulties, disordered eating patterns or body dysmorphia, you are tasting the bitterness of what it means to struggle with your mental health. It's heavy and it's difficult to figure it out by yourself. Or maybe you're not alone, but the people around you don't seem to understand or empathize? I believe these experiences in my own life shaped my understanding and ability to extend empathy and compassion to others dealing with similar issues. Having someone else to help you navigate it all can be so helpful!
If you are battling stress and anxiety, depression, general life dissatisfaction and unmet expectations, relational difficulties, disordered eating patterns or body dysmorphia, you are tasting the bitterness of what it means to struggle with your mental health. It's heavy and it's difficult to figure it out by yourself. Or maybe you're not alone, but the people around you don't seem to understand or empathize? I believe these experiences in my own life shaped my understanding and ability to extend empathy and compassion to others dealing with similar issues. Having someone else to help you navigate it all can be so helpful!
(619) 396-2199 View (619) 396-2199
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Fernando Garcia
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Normal Heights, San Diego, CA 92116
Dr. Fernando Garcia III, Ed. D, LMFT. I'm a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and also have a doctorate degree in Sports & Performance Psychology. I have much experience working with trauma/complex trauma disorders and performance issues. I have experience working with children to older adults (65+) but I now typically work with clients ages 12 and up. I'm most comfortable treating conditions that involve anxiety or depressive symptoms, lack of motivation, history of trauma, or performance issues (school, sports, work, etc.)
Dr. Fernando Garcia III, Ed. D, LMFT. I'm a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and also have a doctorate degree in Sports & Performance Psychology. I have much experience working with trauma/complex trauma disorders and performance issues. I have experience working with children to older adults (65+) but I now typically work with clients ages 12 and up. I'm most comfortable treating conditions that involve anxiety or depressive symptoms, lack of motivation, history of trauma, or performance issues (school, sports, work, etc.)
(619) 637-3061 View (619) 637-3061

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Number of Therapists in Normal Heights, San Diego, CA

200+

Average cost per session

$175

Therapists in Normal Heights, San Diego, CA who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
88% Depression
81% Relationship Issues
74% Trauma and PTSD
67% Self Esteem
65% Grief
64% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

72% Aetna
68% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
66% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Normal Heights, San Diego, CA see their clients

78% In Person and Online
22% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
21% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Normal Heights, San Diego?

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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.