Therapists in San Francisco, CA

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Photo of Thomas Meade - Brown Therapy Center, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate in San Francisco, CA
Thomas Meade - Brown Therapy Center
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94102
Often, our past relationships leave us wounded. The story that we tell ourselves becomes permeated with negative thoughts, low self-worth, and shame. As these feelings manifest, we become anxious and depressed. Therapy can help us discover perspectives that create a new narrative, one in which we have different ways to manage our emotions and lead a more enjoyable life.
Often, our past relationships leave us wounded. The story that we tell ourselves becomes permeated with negative thoughts, low self-worth, and shame. As these feelings manifest, we become anxious and depressed. Therapy can help us discover perspectives that create a new narrative, one in which we have different ways to manage our emotions and lead a more enjoyable life.
(415) 326-9802 View (415) 326-9802
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Amanda Terronez
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94105  (Online Only)
My belief is that we can all use someone to support us in processing our thoughts and feelings. It can be difficult finding time, money and energy to find the right therapist. I would love to be of service to you on your journey. I believe the therapeutic relationship is essential to therapy. Together we will work to accomplish the goals you have for yourself. I believe that your core beliefs about yourself will impact the way you behave and feel; therefore, by considering and examining these beliefs, you can gradually alter them and consequently, alter your behaviors and emotions.
My belief is that we can all use someone to support us in processing our thoughts and feelings. It can be difficult finding time, money and energy to find the right therapist. I would love to be of service to you on your journey. I believe the therapeutic relationship is essential to therapy. Together we will work to accomplish the goals you have for yourself. I believe that your core beliefs about yourself will impact the way you behave and feel; therefore, by considering and examining these beliefs, you can gradually alter them and consequently, alter your behaviors and emotions.
(415) 449-8134 View (415) 449-8134
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Lynn E O'Connor
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94114
My practice, Prosocial Consulting, Counseling, & Psychotherapy, specializes in helping other mental health providers and coaches, offering clinical and research consultation, along with psychotherapy. My approach is relational, integrative, and case-specific. My research and clinical work have been focused on empathy, compassion, guilt, pathological altruism, and psychological problems. Using skills and experience derived from 25 years teaching doctoral students how to conduct research and write, along with training in Allen's Getting Things Done (GTD) and Forte's Building a Second Brain have led to a specialty in productivity.
My practice, Prosocial Consulting, Counseling, & Psychotherapy, specializes in helping other mental health providers and coaches, offering clinical and research consultation, along with psychotherapy. My approach is relational, integrative, and case-specific. My research and clinical work have been focused on empathy, compassion, guilt, pathological altruism, and psychological problems. Using skills and experience derived from 25 years teaching doctoral students how to conduct research and write, along with training in Allen's Getting Things Done (GTD) and Forte's Building a Second Brain have led to a specialty in productivity.
(415) 236-2981 View (415) 236-2981
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Lu Peyre
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94131
My role as a therapist is that of an empathetic co-pilot. I work in a client-centered way, and I will support you in creating healthy choices and new resources for yourself. My approach is compassionate, intuitive, and interactive. I strive to meet each client's personality and goals in a safe and welcoming environment. I am multilingual and multicultural. My various life experiences provide a base that will help me support you as we work together to meet your goals.
My role as a therapist is that of an empathetic co-pilot. I work in a client-centered way, and I will support you in creating healthy choices and new resources for yourself. My approach is compassionate, intuitive, and interactive. I strive to meet each client's personality and goals in a safe and welcoming environment. I am multilingual and multicultural. My various life experiences provide a base that will help me support you as we work together to meet your goals.
(415) 857-0013 View (415) 857-0013
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McCandless Petty
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94107
I became a therapist because I love people and their stories. I appreciate the complexity of people, the therapeutic process, and the reality that multiple truths of the human experience don’t often fit together neatly. Part of my work as a therapist helps people dig down to their truths so they can better hold themselves and communicate honestly with others. In my practice, I have seen therapy facilitate deep personal growth and expansion. As we know and expand ourselves, we can all better hold complexity and bring more health and balance into our lives.
I became a therapist because I love people and their stories. I appreciate the complexity of people, the therapeutic process, and the reality that multiple truths of the human experience don’t often fit together neatly. Part of my work as a therapist helps people dig down to their truths so they can better hold themselves and communicate honestly with others. In my practice, I have seen therapy facilitate deep personal growth and expansion. As we know and expand ourselves, we can all better hold complexity and bring more health and balance into our lives.
(628) 277-5796 View (628) 277-5796
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Triona Coyle
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94115  (Online Only)
I'm a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in working with adults and teens in the Bay Area. I utilize evidence based practices stemming from an integrative approach to encourage and provide support, comfort, and productivity within the therapeutic process. I work with each client to develop healthy goals to support positive change. My expertise includes depression, anxiety, adjustment difficulties, ADHD, relationship issues, perinatal support, trauma, grief and loss, as well as life phase transitions.
I'm a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in working with adults and teens in the Bay Area. I utilize evidence based practices stemming from an integrative approach to encourage and provide support, comfort, and productivity within the therapeutic process. I work with each client to develop healthy goals to support positive change. My expertise includes depression, anxiety, adjustment difficulties, ADHD, relationship issues, perinatal support, trauma, grief and loss, as well as life phase transitions.
(415) 963-3718 View (415) 963-3718
Photo of Veronica Ghabour, Counselor in San Francisco, CA
Veronica Ghabour
Counselor, APCC
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94114
Mental health challenges are due to the aftereffects of traumatic experiences. Trauma can place a strain on your family, work, relationships, and even cause issues with self-worth. I specialize in trauma therapy along with treating personality disorders, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and addiction. All these disorders can look different from person to person, and that is where our therapeutic journey of empowerment and self-exploration begins. I concentrate on creating a safe space of growth and self-discovery through unconditional positive regard, emotional regulation, and guided activities.
Mental health challenges are due to the aftereffects of traumatic experiences. Trauma can place a strain on your family, work, relationships, and even cause issues with self-worth. I specialize in trauma therapy along with treating personality disorders, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and addiction. All these disorders can look different from person to person, and that is where our therapeutic journey of empowerment and self-exploration begins. I concentrate on creating a safe space of growth and self-discovery through unconditional positive regard, emotional regulation, and guided activities.
(415) 936-8843 View (415) 936-8843
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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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Christian Hodges
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94116  (Online Only)
My passion as a mental health clinician is an intentional one: To help navigate your wellness journey in a way that’s effective and authentic. I sincerely believe that no matter what we’ve been through we are in control of how we narrate our lives. It is my goal to help you find and accept your true self. Everyone’s path to recovery is different, which is why I help facilitate growth by creating custom treatment plans designed to reduce symptoms and stabilize mood. I use a comprehensive mental health model that addresses the whole person, including the physical, mental, emotional, and physiological aspects of each client.
My passion as a mental health clinician is an intentional one: To help navigate your wellness journey in a way that’s effective and authentic. I sincerely believe that no matter what we’ve been through we are in control of how we narrate our lives. It is my goal to help you find and accept your true self. Everyone’s path to recovery is different, which is why I help facilitate growth by creating custom treatment plans designed to reduce symptoms and stabilize mood. I use a comprehensive mental health model that addresses the whole person, including the physical, mental, emotional, and physiological aspects of each client.
(415) 366-3044 View (415) 366-3044
Photo of Jim Christrup, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in San Francisco, CA
Jim Christrup
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94114
Are you struggling with anxiety, panic, phobias, OCD, stress, self-criticism, shyness, or excessive worry? My goal is to help you break out of old, unproductive ways of dealing with these problems and find more flexible and effective ways of responding and healing. I am an experienced and caring therapist who is supportive, engaged, and interactive. Together we focus on what matters most to you and help you move towards what you care about most deeply in your life.
Are you struggling with anxiety, panic, phobias, OCD, stress, self-criticism, shyness, or excessive worry? My goal is to help you break out of old, unproductive ways of dealing with these problems and find more flexible and effective ways of responding and healing. I am an experienced and caring therapist who is supportive, engaged, and interactive. Together we focus on what matters most to you and help you move towards what you care about most deeply in your life.
(415) 702-3775 View (415) 702-3775
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Tameko Jones
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CHT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94114  (Online Only)
As a licensed psychotherapist and certified hypnotherapist with over 20 + years of experience empowering women, my life’s purpose is to provide women a sanctuary. Whether easing anxiety, depression, grief, working through trauma or grappling with life’s hardest questions - I bring an open heart, deep compassion and proven therapy tools to ignite positive change. Having faced struggles myself, I have profound understanding for the issues my clients face on their journeys toward healing. My goal is to help women live their best lives.
As a licensed psychotherapist and certified hypnotherapist with over 20 + years of experience empowering women, my life’s purpose is to provide women a sanctuary. Whether easing anxiety, depression, grief, working through trauma or grappling with life’s hardest questions - I bring an open heart, deep compassion and proven therapy tools to ignite positive change. Having faced struggles myself, I have profound understanding for the issues my clients face on their journeys toward healing. My goal is to help women live their best lives.
(628) 262-2567 View (628) 262-2567
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Maria Burch
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PMH-C
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94117  (Online Only)
Are anxiety (constant worry), depression, and imposter syndrome getting in the way of having clarity, peace of mind, and a sense of direction? As you go through life transitions such as the birth of a child, experienced a miscarriage, have marital stress, work stress and/or relationship concerns (friend and/or family), imposter syndrome, and social anxiety — it is essential to have someone who can provide you with solid and impartial support. I’m a warm, interactive, directive and solution focused therapist. My mission is to provide you with life-changing & actionable tools to help you move forward.
Are anxiety (constant worry), depression, and imposter syndrome getting in the way of having clarity, peace of mind, and a sense of direction? As you go through life transitions such as the birth of a child, experienced a miscarriage, have marital stress, work stress and/or relationship concerns (friend and/or family), imposter syndrome, and social anxiety — it is essential to have someone who can provide you with solid and impartial support. I’m a warm, interactive, directive and solution focused therapist. My mission is to provide you with life-changing & actionable tools to help you move forward.
(415) 799-1379 View (415) 799-1379
Photo of Carolyn H. Bray, Ph.D., Psychologist in San Francisco, CA
Carolyn H. Bray, Ph.D.
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94118
In my 30+ years practicing psychotherapy, I have had extensive experience working with adults who are trying to adjust to the problems that life presents to us---a difficult childhood, trauma, anxiety, depression, postpartum depression, stress, working with a child who has a difficult mental illness, sexual abuse,couples' relationship struggles (heterosexual, gay, and lesbian), and grief from the loss of someone treasured. Always my treatment goal is to facilitate the improvement in the quality of life for each individual and to look for the creative aspect within the destruction. Healing is a natural process, but sometimes it is difficult to remember that fact.
In my 30+ years practicing psychotherapy, I have had extensive experience working with adults who are trying to adjust to the problems that life presents to us---a difficult childhood, trauma, anxiety, depression, postpartum depression, stress, working with a child who has a difficult mental illness, sexual abuse,couples' relationship struggles (heterosexual, gay, and lesbian), and grief from the loss of someone treasured. Always my treatment goal is to facilitate the improvement in the quality of life for each individual and to look for the creative aspect within the destruction. Healing is a natural process, but sometimes it is difficult to remember that fact.
(415) 689-1012 View (415) 689-1012
Photo of Gloria Saltzman, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
Gloria Saltzman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFA, MFT
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94114  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
For the times you feel you have thoughts and feelings you cannot share with anyone, meeting with a therapist offers a contained space to reveal these parts of yourself. In my office, there is no right way to be in therapy. You are not the only person who might feel like a fraud in your own life.The unending thoughts about yourself or your life that are not so kind can stop. I welcome the full expression of the complexity of your emotions and experience.
For the times you feel you have thoughts and feelings you cannot share with anyone, meeting with a therapist offers a contained space to reveal these parts of yourself. In my office, there is no right way to be in therapy. You are not the only person who might feel like a fraud in your own life.The unending thoughts about yourself or your life that are not so kind can stop. I welcome the full expression of the complexity of your emotions and experience.
(415) 702-0962 View (415) 702-0962
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Rebecca Small
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94117
My name is Rebecca Small. I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) from Los Angeles. I believe in taking an individualized approach with every client and tailoring therapy to your individual needs. I believe in meeting my clients where they are and providing a warm and safe space for them to work through what they are ready to. I focus on changing thoughts and behaviors as well as increasing utilization of positive coping skills to help improve your overall functioning and enhance your quality of life!
My name is Rebecca Small. I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) from Los Angeles. I believe in taking an individualized approach with every client and tailoring therapy to your individual needs. I believe in meeting my clients where they are and providing a warm and safe space for them to work through what they are ready to. I focus on changing thoughts and behaviors as well as increasing utilization of positive coping skills to help improve your overall functioning and enhance your quality of life!
(415) 942-8389 View (415) 942-8389
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Maritza Del Rio
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94110
Hi, my name is Maritza Del Rio. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. My approach is a mindful one, in which I help clients explore their internal thoughts and emotions and guide them so they can have greater self-awareness and make healthier conscious choices. Clients who work with me tend to need support to break out of negative patterns, have a better understanding of themselves, have a need to find purpose in their life, be able to engage and have healthy relationships, and have a desire to achieve a higher quality of life.
Hi, my name is Maritza Del Rio. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. My approach is a mindful one, in which I help clients explore their internal thoughts and emotions and guide them so they can have greater self-awareness and make healthier conscious choices. Clients who work with me tend to need support to break out of negative patterns, have a better understanding of themselves, have a need to find purpose in their life, be able to engage and have healthy relationships, and have a desire to achieve a higher quality of life.
(415) 727-4681 View (415) 727-4681
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Gregory Desierto
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94102
Growing up did you experience painful or confusing boundary violations? Did someone whom you trusted, respected, or even loved touch you or fondle you in a way that made you feel uncomfortable, scared, or perhaps even made you feel confused and pleasured? Do you feel embarrassed and bothered by your experience, and worry that others will not understand how you have been sexually violated and abused? Do you struggle with managing your romantic relationships, your friendships, as well as your emotions and thoughts because your past uncomfortable experience with sex have made sex and your sexuality confusing, uncomfortable or even overstimulating? You are not alone.
Growing up did you experience painful or confusing boundary violations? Did someone whom you trusted, respected, or even loved touch you or fondle you in a way that made you feel uncomfortable, scared, or perhaps even made you feel confused and pleasured? Do you feel embarrassed and bothered by your experience, and worry that others will not understand how you have been sexually violated and abused? Do you struggle with managing your romantic relationships, your friendships, as well as your emotions and thoughts because your past uncomfortable experience with sex have made sex and your sexuality confusing, uncomfortable or even overstimulating? You are not alone.
(415) 569-1434 View (415) 569-1434
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Corey Datz-Greenberg
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94102
Welcome! I'm always struck by how therapy helps us unstick. It's worth it. We just weren't meant to solve all our problems alone. In our work, I'll meet you where you're at, at your pace. Together, we'll create the space where you feel safe to share, solutions can emerge, and you can know yourself better. The skills I bring help things shift over time, combining present listening with eliciting and sharing insights. And while I'll bring my own perspectives, I also welcome pushback. This is a collaborative project. I work with people 1-3x/week.
Welcome! I'm always struck by how therapy helps us unstick. It's worth it. We just weren't meant to solve all our problems alone. In our work, I'll meet you where you're at, at your pace. Together, we'll create the space where you feel safe to share, solutions can emerge, and you can know yourself better. The skills I bring help things shift over time, combining present listening with eliciting and sharing insights. And while I'll bring my own perspectives, I also welcome pushback. This is a collaborative project. I work with people 1-3x/week.
(415) 301-3508 View (415) 301-3508
Photo of Sandra Hall, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in San Francisco, CA
Sandra Hall
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LICSW, QCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94122
Not accepting new clients
Are you seeking an experienced provider who can assist you in your gender-affirming surgeries goals? I would love to help! I have years of experience navigating many different insurance companies' and surgeons' requirements for mental health assessments for a variety of different procedures. I work to make you as comfortable as possible and informed every step of the way. (Sliding scale available.)
Are you seeking an experienced provider who can assist you in your gender-affirming surgeries goals? I would love to help! I have years of experience navigating many different insurance companies' and surgeons' requirements for mental health assessments for a variety of different procedures. I work to make you as comfortable as possible and informed every step of the way. (Sliding scale available.)
(971) 351-2449 View (971) 351-2449
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Stanley E. Wipfli
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MAC
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94102  (Online Only)
If you feel stuck, anxious or depressed, I can help. You may be exhausted due to the stress of worrying all the time. Or, you lack energy and motivation and struggle with feelings of low self-worth. Perhaps you've had a traumatic experience or suffer from PTSD. You might be using substances such as alcohol or drugs to cope. You're tired of struggling, and you want to find a way out of the turmoil. You long to feel more in control. You wish you could move through life with more ease and experience more joy. If only you could feel good about yourself and have more fulfilling relationships. The good news is that I can help you achieve
If you feel stuck, anxious or depressed, I can help. You may be exhausted due to the stress of worrying all the time. Or, you lack energy and motivation and struggle with feelings of low self-worth. Perhaps you've had a traumatic experience or suffer from PTSD. You might be using substances such as alcohol or drugs to cope. You're tired of struggling, and you want to find a way out of the turmoil. You long to feel more in control. You wish you could move through life with more ease and experience more joy. If only you could feel good about yourself and have more fulfilling relationships. The good news is that I can help you achieve
(510) 756-4991 View (510) 756-4991

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Number of Therapists in San Francisco, CA

3,000+

Average cost per session

$188

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.