Therapists in San Francisco, CA

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Photo of Dr. Jennifer Musselman, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
Dr. Jennifer Musselman
Marriage & Family Therapist, EdD, LMFT, MA
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94104
LIFE CAN BE TOUGH. Who has your back? Are you bored in your life or career? Do you feel alone and lonely, despite that you love your partner and your two adorable kids? Are you the last single one left in your group and are questioning if you will ever meet the love of your life? Do you feel misunderstood, not good enough, scared? Are you escaping your feelings with drugs and alcohol, elaborate vacations, shopping, work? What plays out in your personal life plays out in your work life, causing stress, depression and anxiety. I also executive coach CEOs and entrepreneurs, as well as being a team facilitator for corporate change
LIFE CAN BE TOUGH. Who has your back? Are you bored in your life or career? Do you feel alone and lonely, despite that you love your partner and your two adorable kids? Are you the last single one left in your group and are questioning if you will ever meet the love of your life? Do you feel misunderstood, not good enough, scared? Are you escaping your feelings with drugs and alcohol, elaborate vacations, shopping, work? What plays out in your personal life plays out in your work life, causing stress, depression and anxiety. I also executive coach CEOs and entrepreneurs, as well as being a team facilitator for corporate change
(310) 421-2985 View (310) 421-2985
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Elizabeth Miller
Counselor, MA, PPS, LPCC
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94115
I’ve been working as a Mental Health Clinician in various roles for over a decade. I’ve had the privilege of connecting and supporting humans from all ages and backgrounds. I have an integrative holistic approach with an emphasis in bottom-up body-based modalities. I believe everyone has their own unique path to finding balance and healing. I make it a priority to provide a space that is trauma informed, culturally inclusive, and LGBTQIA+ safe. EMDR. IFS. Somatic. Mindfulness. Self-Compassion. Attachment. Reiki.
I’ve been working as a Mental Health Clinician in various roles for over a decade. I’ve had the privilege of connecting and supporting humans from all ages and backgrounds. I have an integrative holistic approach with an emphasis in bottom-up body-based modalities. I believe everyone has their own unique path to finding balance and healing. I make it a priority to provide a space that is trauma informed, culturally inclusive, and LGBTQIA+ safe. EMDR. IFS. Somatic. Mindfulness. Self-Compassion. Attachment. Reiki.
(415) 319-9913 View (415) 319-9913
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Mariya Mykhaylova
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94110
The people who come to me are curious to get to know themselves in a deeper away. I support my clients with improving connection and conflict resolution in their relationships, embracing authenticity, managing perfectionism, setting healthy boundaries, interrupting unhelpful patterns, mindfully managing anxiety, and healing from trauma. Together, we can work toward both short-term and long-term change.
The people who come to me are curious to get to know themselves in a deeper away. I support my clients with improving connection and conflict resolution in their relationships, embracing authenticity, managing perfectionism, setting healthy boundaries, interrupting unhelpful patterns, mindfully managing anxiety, and healing from trauma. Together, we can work toward both short-term and long-term change.
(415) 527-3458 View (415) 527-3458
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Anne Diedrich
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94107
I trust that people come to therapy seeking a more authentic happiness; and I work as best as I can to help clients let go of concepts and mistaken views of themselves that have led to more pain and confusion. I work with individuals, couples, children and families, bringing warmth and understanding to the relationships and life problems that surround us. Sometimes the first call is the most difficult. I am often available to speak briefly or will return your call as soon as possible, making the next steps and new perspectives possible.
I trust that people come to therapy seeking a more authentic happiness; and I work as best as I can to help clients let go of concepts and mistaken views of themselves that have led to more pain and confusion. I work with individuals, couples, children and families, bringing warmth and understanding to the relationships and life problems that surround us. Sometimes the first call is the most difficult. I am often available to speak briefly or will return your call as soon as possible, making the next steps and new perspectives possible.
(415) 944-3945 View (415) 944-3945
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Sandra Stevenson, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94102
As a solution-oriented depth therapist, I intend to promote your capacity to reveal your true potential and embrace your life as worthy of celebrating. While we cannot alter problematic or painful events from the past, we can work together to restructure their impact on the present. Through the use of complementary therapy approaches, we will adjust adverse perceptions and behavior patterns that may be binding you from fully living your life. If you are seeking professional direction through rough circumstances or traumatic crises, and if you aim to enhance your emotional well-being, I look forward to working with you to accomplish your objectives.
As a solution-oriented depth therapist, I intend to promote your capacity to reveal your true potential and embrace your life as worthy of celebrating. While we cannot alter problematic or painful events from the past, we can work together to restructure their impact on the present. Through the use of complementary therapy approaches, we will adjust adverse perceptions and behavior patterns that may be binding you from fully living your life. If you are seeking professional direction through rough circumstances or traumatic crises, and if you aim to enhance your emotional well-being, I look forward to working with you to accomplish your objectives.
(415) 735-4744 View (415) 735-4744
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Melissa Eaton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94112  (Online Only)
I'm here to provide a safe and non-judgmental space for your healing and personal growth. With 10 years of experience in treating individuals in psychotherapy, I am passionate about working with clients dealing with trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and substance misuse. I believe that everyone has the inner strength and resilience to overcome obstacles and create positive change in their lives.
I'm here to provide a safe and non-judgmental space for your healing and personal growth. With 10 years of experience in treating individuals in psychotherapy, I am passionate about working with clients dealing with trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and substance misuse. I believe that everyone has the inner strength and resilience to overcome obstacles and create positive change in their lives.
(415) 968-8966 View (415) 968-8966
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Sara Budin
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94110
Do you find yourself overwhelmed and paralyzed with anxiety as you navigate life? Are you tired of feeling exhausted from constant worry, feeling isolated in grief, or feeling lost. You might not even remember a time when things didn’t feel this way, and you’re ready for some relief. You’re ready to experience calm and explore making some changes in your life. You’re ready to find acceptance, discover resilience, and embody confidence in your choices. Most of all you are ready to gain deeper insight into yourself as you cultivate your healing and growth while discovering purpose and meaning in your life.
Do you find yourself overwhelmed and paralyzed with anxiety as you navigate life? Are you tired of feeling exhausted from constant worry, feeling isolated in grief, or feeling lost. You might not even remember a time when things didn’t feel this way, and you’re ready for some relief. You’re ready to experience calm and explore making some changes in your life. You’re ready to find acceptance, discover resilience, and embody confidence in your choices. Most of all you are ready to gain deeper insight into yourself as you cultivate your healing and growth while discovering purpose and meaning in your life.
(628) 210-8722 View (628) 210-8722
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Smadar Salzman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
27 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94102  (Online Only)
Do you keep getting hurt in relationships? Keep attracting the same toxic, unavailable partners that make you doubt yourself & leave you feeling anxious & depressed? If you grew up with family dysfunction, neglect, abuse, addicted, or mentally ill parents- adult relationships can be hard! Sometimes what you're drawn to isn't good for you. You're tired of feeling stuck in the same painful patterns. You're ready to finally heal. Ready to stop feeling hurt, damaged, & broken and start feeling loved and connected. Let's address the real impact of your past trauma on your relationships and take practical steps to free you from your past!
Do you keep getting hurt in relationships? Keep attracting the same toxic, unavailable partners that make you doubt yourself & leave you feeling anxious & depressed? If you grew up with family dysfunction, neglect, abuse, addicted, or mentally ill parents- adult relationships can be hard! Sometimes what you're drawn to isn't good for you. You're tired of feeling stuck in the same painful patterns. You're ready to finally heal. Ready to stop feeling hurt, damaged, & broken and start feeling loved and connected. Let's address the real impact of your past trauma on your relationships and take practical steps to free you from your past!
(415) 702-0360 View (415) 702-0360
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Carson Oberst
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94114  (Online Only)
Life is a continual process of establishing and reestablishing various identities for ourselves, and sometimes that gets messy or confusing. Sometimes the ways we think and behave become incongruent with what we want and value. Sometimes we have a hard time knowing what we want and value. Sometimes external events or unforeseen challenges disrupt what we envisioned for ourselves and the future. It can feel tricky to navigate issues of identity development, change, grief, loss, anxiety, decision-making, relationship stress, disillusionment, and life transitions alone. But that's what therapy is for.
Life is a continual process of establishing and reestablishing various identities for ourselves, and sometimes that gets messy or confusing. Sometimes the ways we think and behave become incongruent with what we want and value. Sometimes we have a hard time knowing what we want and value. Sometimes external events or unforeseen challenges disrupt what we envisioned for ourselves and the future. It can feel tricky to navigate issues of identity development, change, grief, loss, anxiety, decision-making, relationship stress, disillusionment, and life transitions alone. But that's what therapy is for.
(415) 915-2208 View (415) 915-2208
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Carolyn B Cooper
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, SEP, SAP, EMDR
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94104
Somatic Experiencing (SE) takes healing to a deeper level. Combined with 'top-down' approaches, SE helps identify strengths and intentions beneath painful survival patterns. Shame, fear and anger transform into vital life energy. Surviving becomes thriving. As a private practice psychotherapist based in SF & Marin, I primarily work with adults, but also love to assist children in the healing process.
Somatic Experiencing (SE) takes healing to a deeper level. Combined with 'top-down' approaches, SE helps identify strengths and intentions beneath painful survival patterns. Shame, fear and anger transform into vital life energy. Surviving becomes thriving. As a private practice psychotherapist based in SF & Marin, I primarily work with adults, but also love to assist children in the healing process.
(415) 342-5196 View (415) 342-5196
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Troy Wood
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94114
Are you a gay, bi or queer man struggling with a major life transition, anxiety, depression relationship issues, or feel isolated and disconnected from our community? If so, I can help. As a gay therapist, I understand our experiences are as diverse as everyone else's, and at the same time, there are aspects of our lives and community that our unique to us. During our work together, I will help you gain deeper insight into your problems, develop the skills necessary to change unhelpful patterns, improve your ability to cope with challenging situations and emotions and ultimately achieve the happiness and fulfillment you want.
Are you a gay, bi or queer man struggling with a major life transition, anxiety, depression relationship issues, or feel isolated and disconnected from our community? If so, I can help. As a gay therapist, I understand our experiences are as diverse as everyone else's, and at the same time, there are aspects of our lives and community that our unique to us. During our work together, I will help you gain deeper insight into your problems, develop the skills necessary to change unhelpful patterns, improve your ability to cope with challenging situations and emotions and ultimately achieve the happiness and fulfillment you want.
(415) 985-7476 View (415) 985-7476
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Andrea Mar
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94105  (Online Only)
I create a compassionate space to help you connect with your true self, the life you want to live, and the relationships you want to have. Therapy is not always easy, but I’ll offer guidance and support. We’ll discuss strategies to help you develop more agency in life. With couples, my style is interactive and focused. I help partners recognize patterns that keep them “stuck”, teach strategies to cool down intense emotions, and communicate with intention.
I create a compassionate space to help you connect with your true self, the life you want to live, and the relationships you want to have. Therapy is not always easy, but I’ll offer guidance and support. We’ll discuss strategies to help you develop more agency in life. With couples, my style is interactive and focused. I help partners recognize patterns that keep them “stuck”, teach strategies to cool down intense emotions, and communicate with intention.
(510) 588-3125 View (510) 588-3125
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Scott Carollo
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94102
People come to see me when they feel challenged by life circumstances, by depression, anxiety, or because they know that life holds more for them than they are currently experiencing. We can come to understand the roots of these experiences and to see where the blocks are to either living a life that feels like your own, or being more of yourself in the life that you have. I have found there to be a wide range of people who feel comfortable working with me, quite varied with regard to gender, age, stage of life, cultural background and sexual orientation.
People come to see me when they feel challenged by life circumstances, by depression, anxiety, or because they know that life holds more for them than they are currently experiencing. We can come to understand the roots of these experiences and to see where the blocks are to either living a life that feels like your own, or being more of yourself in the life that you have. I have found there to be a wide range of people who feel comfortable working with me, quite varied with regard to gender, age, stage of life, cultural background and sexual orientation.
(415) 860-0769 View (415) 860-0769
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Davi Weisberger
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94118
Over the past 30+ years I have helped people with a wide range of problems and challenges. These may include anxiety and worry, depression and sadness, relationship difficulties, work related stress, loss of a loved one, loss of a relationship, and difficulty with life transitions such as divorce, losing or changing jobs, becoming a parent, moving to a new city, facing an empty nest, and aging. I also see people who are struggling with old feelings from an earlier difficulty or trauma that are being triggered by some current life situation or event.
Over the past 30+ years I have helped people with a wide range of problems and challenges. These may include anxiety and worry, depression and sadness, relationship difficulties, work related stress, loss of a loved one, loss of a relationship, and difficulty with life transitions such as divorce, losing or changing jobs, becoming a parent, moving to a new city, facing an empty nest, and aging. I also see people who are struggling with old feelings from an earlier difficulty or trauma that are being triggered by some current life situation or event.
(628) 214-4749 View (628) 214-4749
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Nina Eisenberg @ The Connective
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94102
I work with adolescents and adults who have identified something in their lives that is causing distress or interfering with their goals. These may be uncomfortable thoughts or feelings, or stressful life circumstances both past or present. Or, they may have a more general discomfort, a sense that something just isn’t “right” and feeling “stuck.” Major life transitions, relationship changes, and illness may be catalysts for psychological distress. Regardless, there is usually a desire to understand themselves better, make meaning of their experiences, and to change grow.
I work with adolescents and adults who have identified something in their lives that is causing distress or interfering with their goals. These may be uncomfortable thoughts or feelings, or stressful life circumstances both past or present. Or, they may have a more general discomfort, a sense that something just isn’t “right” and feeling “stuck.” Major life transitions, relationship changes, and illness may be catalysts for psychological distress. Regardless, there is usually a desire to understand themselves better, make meaning of their experiences, and to change grow.
(628) 200-4029 View (628) 200-4029
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Ruth Krumbhaar
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, MA, CYT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94118
Do you want to feel comfortable in your skin? Do you need support dealing with overwhelming emotions, a traumatic life event, or a life transition. I offer a grounding space where you can let your guard down and get to the heart of your personal work. With years of experience and training paired with a warm, playful, and pragmatic spirit. I encourage clients to explore their edge and find the connection between mind, body, behavior, and heart. Clients' unique cultural identity is honored throughout this process. I believe you are the expert on You and I help you connect with this innate wisdom to find your balance and potential.
Do you want to feel comfortable in your skin? Do you need support dealing with overwhelming emotions, a traumatic life event, or a life transition. I offer a grounding space where you can let your guard down and get to the heart of your personal work. With years of experience and training paired with a warm, playful, and pragmatic spirit. I encourage clients to explore their edge and find the connection between mind, body, behavior, and heart. Clients' unique cultural identity is honored throughout this process. I believe you are the expert on You and I help you connect with this innate wisdom to find your balance and potential.
(415) 528-5711 View (415) 528-5711
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Virginia Blue
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, FAE
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94115
I specialize in working with individuals, couples, and families going through major life changes, such as birth and death, and confronting challenges related to anxiety, trauma, grief, and addiction of all kinds. 
I specialize in working with individuals, couples, and families going through major life changes, such as birth and death, and confronting challenges related to anxiety, trauma, grief, and addiction of all kinds. 
(415) 202-5546 View (415) 202-5546
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Radical Roots Psychotherapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94115
Ruby (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW 101630) who brings a decade of experience supporting youth, young adults, caregivers, families, and individuals navigate loss and attachment ruptures, anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, family conflict, life stressors, and the life cycle. Ruby approaches her sessions with warmth, humility, and a strengths-based lens, valuing collaboration, authenticity, and creativity.
Ruby (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW 101630) who brings a decade of experience supporting youth, young adults, caregivers, families, and individuals navigate loss and attachment ruptures, anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, family conflict, life stressors, and the life cycle. Ruby approaches her sessions with warmth, humility, and a strengths-based lens, valuing collaboration, authenticity, and creativity.
(510) 491-0155 View (510) 491-0155
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Jennifer Newnam
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94142  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Life and personal challenges can feel overwhelming and be difficult to navigate alone. I believe in providing you a safe and supportive space to share your story and work with you to find healing and a new way forward. Together, we will work on strategies to address the root causes of your difficulties while deepening your self-awareness and self-compassion.
Life and personal challenges can feel overwhelming and be difficult to navigate alone. I believe in providing you a safe and supportive space to share your story and work with you to find healing and a new way forward. Together, we will work on strategies to address the root causes of your difficulties while deepening your self-awareness and self-compassion.
(628) 245-0394 View (628) 245-0394
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Beverly Wong
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94115
I am so glad you're here. I understand how daunting it can be to take steps towards healing. Perhaps you feel misunderstood by the people around you. Or perhaps you are accustomed to confronting problems alone, without the help of others. Whatever you might be facing, I am here to assure you that you are not alone. I am honored to walk alongside you as you step outside of your comfort zone to embark on your journey to growth and self-discovery. I offer warm and collaborative therapy services to individuals and couples who are seeking to work through past traumas and challenges with identity.
I am so glad you're here. I understand how daunting it can be to take steps towards healing. Perhaps you feel misunderstood by the people around you. Or perhaps you are accustomed to confronting problems alone, without the help of others. Whatever you might be facing, I am here to assure you that you are not alone. I am honored to walk alongside you as you step outside of your comfort zone to embark on your journey to growth and self-discovery. I offer warm and collaborative therapy services to individuals and couples who are seeking to work through past traumas and challenges with identity.
(415) 366-1124 View (415) 366-1124

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Number of Therapists in San Francisco, CA

3,000+

Average cost per session

$189

Therapists in San Francisco, CA who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
87% Depression
81% Relationship Issues
75% Self Esteem
70% Trauma and PTSD
68% Stress
66% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

69% Aetna
55% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
54% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in San Francisco, CA see their clients

55% In Person and Online
45% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
23% Male
2% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in San Francisco?

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.