Therapists in San Francisco, CA

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Photo of Randolph D Badler, Psychologist in San Francisco, CA
Randolph D Badler
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94118
I look forward to working with any psychological issues, but especially with clients expressing a sincere, motivating desire to change their life. I work with individuals (children & adults) and couples experiencing both deeper, long-term difficulties as well as more situational, short-term problems. While I work to help patients alleviate acute symptoms, it is often possible & advantageous to resolve the underlying causes of anxiety & depression in particular. My doctoral work also focused on Organizational Development. Clients facing work-related issues usually find this added perspective and training helpful.
I look forward to working with any psychological issues, but especially with clients expressing a sincere, motivating desire to change their life. I work with individuals (children & adults) and couples experiencing both deeper, long-term difficulties as well as more situational, short-term problems. While I work to help patients alleviate acute symptoms, it is often possible & advantageous to resolve the underlying causes of anxiety & depression in particular. My doctoral work also focused on Organizational Development. Clients facing work-related issues usually find this added perspective and training helpful.
(650) 918-5092 View (650) 918-5092
Photo of Ilya Parizhsky, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
Ilya Parizhsky
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94104  (Online Only)
As a licensed therapist, I have dedicated my career to helping people thrive. But the uneven nature of the process always struck me as limiting the human potential. Each of my clients has an incredible power to heal other people, but they’re not being empowered to use it when they see me for 1-1 therapy. I now specialize in an innovative and transformative small-group approach called Effective Listening. This unique method is taught in groups of 6 people, and each person gets to learn to use their awesome healing power and to be an instrumental part of each other person’s transformational journey.
As a licensed therapist, I have dedicated my career to helping people thrive. But the uneven nature of the process always struck me as limiting the human potential. Each of my clients has an incredible power to heal other people, but they’re not being empowered to use it when they see me for 1-1 therapy. I now specialize in an innovative and transformative small-group approach called Effective Listening. This unique method is taught in groups of 6 people, and each person gets to learn to use their awesome healing power and to be an instrumental part of each other person’s transformational journey.
(510) 876-4835 View (510) 876-4835
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Maria Holden
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94115  (Online Only)
Are you working through trauma or a difficult life transition? Are you in relationship with a toxic or narcissistic person? Are you facing painful loss? Do you want to use principles of spirituality to strengthen you and answer life's deepest questions? Do you suffer from DID or dissociative disorder? For 30 years, I have guided people toward authentic ways of living and relating. Through many types of treatment, I help people to understand how traumatic life events change us and how to transform thoughts, feelings, and relationships. We focus on real actions you can take to find the power to reverse the effects of pain and trauma.
Are you working through trauma or a difficult life transition? Are you in relationship with a toxic or narcissistic person? Are you facing painful loss? Do you want to use principles of spirituality to strengthen you and answer life's deepest questions? Do you suffer from DID or dissociative disorder? For 30 years, I have guided people toward authentic ways of living and relating. Through many types of treatment, I help people to understand how traumatic life events change us and how to transform thoughts, feelings, and relationships. We focus on real actions you can take to find the power to reverse the effects of pain and trauma.
(510) 216-1317 View (510) 216-1317
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Susan E Boxer
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94102
If you've come to a crisis point in your life, it can make such a difference to talk with someone who can help you not only with your immediate concern, but with understanding what it can tell you about yourself. I have an exploratory approach -- listening for what you say but haven't yet heard and speaking up for what you allude to but haven't yet articulated. This process requires privacy, safety, curiosity, and attention.
If you've come to a crisis point in your life, it can make such a difference to talk with someone who can help you not only with your immediate concern, but with understanding what it can tell you about yourself. I have an exploratory approach -- listening for what you say but haven't yet heard and speaking up for what you allude to but haven't yet articulated. This process requires privacy, safety, curiosity, and attention.
(415) 241-9211 View (415) 241-9211
Photo of Leslie Elwell, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate in San Francisco, CA
Leslie Elwell
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS, AMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94122
I became a therapist because of the transformative experience I had as a client. I know firsthand how powerful and healing the therapeutic relationship can be and this is the experience I aim to give my clients. It is possible to create the life and the relationships that nourish and inspire you, but most of us get stuck somewhere along the way and need help figuring out how to get back on track and how to heal the parts of ourselves that keep us in unhealthy and ultimately unfulfilling patterns of thought, feeling or behavior. My approach emphasizes acceptance of, and compassion for, the whole person.
I became a therapist because of the transformative experience I had as a client. I know firsthand how powerful and healing the therapeutic relationship can be and this is the experience I aim to give my clients. It is possible to create the life and the relationships that nourish and inspire you, but most of us get stuck somewhere along the way and need help figuring out how to get back on track and how to heal the parts of ourselves that keep us in unhealthy and ultimately unfulfilling patterns of thought, feeling or behavior. My approach emphasizes acceptance of, and compassion for, the whole person.
(628) 210-3135 View (628) 210-3135
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Angela Horng
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94121  (Online Only)
I specialize in processing intergenerational trauma, untangling the complex nuances of cultural and generational differences in parent-child relationships. I am passionate about working with clients feeling motivated to develop more insight into their patterns of emotion, behavior, and relationships in order to progress towards healthier and more fulfilling patterns. I love working with adults, especially young adults, on resolving depression, anxiety, early childhood trauma, and relationship difficulties. Visit my website (www.drangelahorng.com) to learn more!
I specialize in processing intergenerational trauma, untangling the complex nuances of cultural and generational differences in parent-child relationships. I am passionate about working with clients feeling motivated to develop more insight into their patterns of emotion, behavior, and relationships in order to progress towards healthier and more fulfilling patterns. I love working with adults, especially young adults, on resolving depression, anxiety, early childhood trauma, and relationship difficulties. Visit my website (www.drangelahorng.com) to learn more!
(650) 881-2711 View (650) 881-2711
Photo of Toni Brooks, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
Toni Brooks
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94118  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I have been practicing psychotherapy for over 40 years. I am an active therapist, committed to staying deeply engaged in our moment-to-moment exchange. I am able to go to the depths of a client's experience, allowing for the release of tangled feelings, and the breaking open of psychological "knots." I employ EFT, and EMDR and Flash (for trauma), as well as guided imagery, which allows clients to access and make use of the expansive and healing capacities of the unconscious mind. I am also skilled in working pragmatically, helping people communicate better, shift habits of negative thinking, and solve troubling life concerns.
I have been practicing psychotherapy for over 40 years. I am an active therapist, committed to staying deeply engaged in our moment-to-moment exchange. I am able to go to the depths of a client's experience, allowing for the release of tangled feelings, and the breaking open of psychological "knots." I employ EFT, and EMDR and Flash (for trauma), as well as guided imagery, which allows clients to access and make use of the expansive and healing capacities of the unconscious mind. I am also skilled in working pragmatically, helping people communicate better, shift habits of negative thinking, and solve troubling life concerns.
(415) 779-7843 View (415) 779-7843
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Graham Gallivan
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94102
Thank you for stopping by my profile! I'm a queer-identified therapist practicing in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco. In my practice, I bring a comprehensive, holistic approach to healing, integrating all domains of life - from relationship, to spirituality, to work, and beyond - and draw on my own experience of healing in these areas to support your well-being. I have a strong belief in the positive power of change and am passionate about helping you find your strengths and achieve true healing.
Thank you for stopping by my profile! I'm a queer-identified therapist practicing in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco. In my practice, I bring a comprehensive, holistic approach to healing, integrating all domains of life - from relationship, to spirituality, to work, and beyond - and draw on my own experience of healing in these areas to support your well-being. I have a strong belief in the positive power of change and am passionate about helping you find your strengths and achieve true healing.
(415) 480-7106 View (415) 480-7106
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Bay Area Center For Anxiety
Psychologist
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94123
Anxiety is the most common mental health problem, with an estimated 18% suffering from anxiety disorders at any one time. Fortunately, anxiety disorders are one of the most researched areas of mental health and have numerous treatments with strong research showing its effectiveness. Anxiety can come in many different forms from specific phobias to an inability to stop worrying about most everything. Anxiety can cause physical illness, pain, difficulty sleeping, weight gain, distress in relationships with partners, children, or parents, and can have a profoundly negative effect on work and school.
Anxiety is the most common mental health problem, with an estimated 18% suffering from anxiety disorders at any one time. Fortunately, anxiety disorders are one of the most researched areas of mental health and have numerous treatments with strong research showing its effectiveness. Anxiety can come in many different forms from specific phobias to an inability to stop worrying about most everything. Anxiety can cause physical illness, pain, difficulty sleeping, weight gain, distress in relationships with partners, children, or parents, and can have a profoundly negative effect on work and school.
(415) 594-4145 View (415) 594-4145
Photo of Ana Dubey, Psychologist in San Francisco, CA
Ana Dubey
Psychologist, MA, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94123
I offer you 20+ years of client experience and, diverse life experience (6 countries, 3 languages). I am a good listener, and will work hard to help you achieve a happier, healthier balance. My clients have spanned different ages (child/family, students, adults, elders), incomes (homeless, professionals), sexual orientations (Hetero, LGBT), and different backgrounds ("American", Asian, Latino, African American). My client's issues have included trauma, depression, chronic mental illness, anxiety, grief, relationships, life transitions, dissatisfaction, adjustment challenges, and creative block
I offer you 20+ years of client experience and, diverse life experience (6 countries, 3 languages). I am a good listener, and will work hard to help you achieve a happier, healthier balance. My clients have spanned different ages (child/family, students, adults, elders), incomes (homeless, professionals), sexual orientations (Hetero, LGBT), and different backgrounds ("American", Asian, Latino, African American). My client's issues have included trauma, depression, chronic mental illness, anxiety, grief, relationships, life transitions, dissatisfaction, adjustment challenges, and creative block
(415) 877-4792 View (415) 877-4792
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Amanda Ollis
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94105  (Online Only)
I believe growth happens through healthy relationships and the foundation of good therapeutic work is in the quality of the relationship we build together. I strive to bring warmth, honesty, and occasional humor to the therapeutic relationship. I understand my role as supporting your growth by working relationally to develop greater insight and understanding, while building skills that support healthy shifts in how you think, feel, and respond.
I believe growth happens through healthy relationships and the foundation of good therapeutic work is in the quality of the relationship we build together. I strive to bring warmth, honesty, and occasional humor to the therapeutic relationship. I understand my role as supporting your growth by working relationally to develop greater insight and understanding, while building skills that support healthy shifts in how you think, feel, and respond.
(415) 741-2727 View (415) 741-2727
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Wendy C. Ong
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94115  (Online Only)
I work with people in various stages of their lives—from young adults to those in or nearing retirement. Some come to therapy when serious, distressing symptoms disrupt their home, school or professional life. Consequent to these trying times, many find themselves alone facing unexpected, painful losses and separations. Life may have become structured around chronic stress, conflictual relationships or managing a debilitating illness. The demands of daily living can become overwhelming, and a new way through is essential to gaining, or regaining, wellness and stability.
I work with people in various stages of their lives—from young adults to those in or nearing retirement. Some come to therapy when serious, distressing symptoms disrupt their home, school or professional life. Consequent to these trying times, many find themselves alone facing unexpected, painful losses and separations. Life may have become structured around chronic stress, conflictual relationships or managing a debilitating illness. The demands of daily living can become overwhelming, and a new way through is essential to gaining, or regaining, wellness and stability.
(415) 918-5490 View (415) 918-5490
Photo of Niki Khanna, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
Niki Khanna
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94110  (Online Only)
I take a very straightforward, yet warm and non-judgmental approach to my work. I offer client-centered therapy with an emphasis on helping individuals reach wholeness and authenticity. I do not believe I can be an authority on anyone else’s experience, but I might be able to offer a perspective that helps someone see their life in another way. We can explore together not just the thoughts you are having, but also the way you relate to others and the way you relate to your body and what it expresses.
I take a very straightforward, yet warm and non-judgmental approach to my work. I offer client-centered therapy with an emphasis on helping individuals reach wholeness and authenticity. I do not believe I can be an authority on anyone else’s experience, but I might be able to offer a perspective that helps someone see their life in another way. We can explore together not just the thoughts you are having, but also the way you relate to others and the way you relate to your body and what it expresses.
(415) 886-0547 View (415) 886-0547
Photo of Jari Russell, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
Jari Russell
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94118
I believe that "what has been broken in relationship must be healed in relationship." (unattributed) Often what brings us to consider therapy is some part of us that feels broken. I see my role as therapist to be a person in your life who listens with curiosity and compassion, while honestly reflecting what may be standing in your way. My hope is to walk along side you to support the journey you are on.
I believe that "what has been broken in relationship must be healed in relationship." (unattributed) Often what brings us to consider therapy is some part of us that feels broken. I see my role as therapist to be a person in your life who listens with curiosity and compassion, while honestly reflecting what may be standing in your way. My hope is to walk along side you to support the journey you are on.
(415) 619-5207 View (415) 619-5207
Photo of Leslie Michelle Gallagher, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in San Francisco, CA
Leslie Michelle Gallagher
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, RMHI, MSLPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94103  (Online Only)
Have you ever found yourself so dedicated to supporting others that you forgot to prioritize your own well-being? Overlooking your need for rest, support, and self-validation can result in heightened stress and mental exhaustion. Symptoms like anxiety and depression often emerge when self-care is neglected. When was the last time you experienced true wholeness? By tending to ourselves regularly, everyday stressors lose their power to overwhelm us. Past traumas no longer have to incapacitate us for days when we have the right coping mechanisms in place.
Have you ever found yourself so dedicated to supporting others that you forgot to prioritize your own well-being? Overlooking your need for rest, support, and self-validation can result in heightened stress and mental exhaustion. Symptoms like anxiety and depression often emerge when self-care is neglected. When was the last time you experienced true wholeness? By tending to ourselves regularly, everyday stressors lose their power to overwhelm us. Past traumas no longer have to incapacitate us for days when we have the right coping mechanisms in place.
(415) 301-7862 View (415) 301-7862
Photo of Paula Pulizzi, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
Paula Pulizzi
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94117  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Do you desire change but feel ambivalent and/or stuck?  I believe this is a perfect place to explore because underneath is a great seed for transformation. Whether you are experiencing major or minor life transitions, loss, betrayal or need some guidance, I’m here to support you and offer insight without judgment. If you’re ready for more inner peace, flexibility, or perhaps problem solving, I’m here to support you.  By being courageous and doing this deeper work, you will feel more clarity, ease, and purpose.
Do you desire change but feel ambivalent and/or stuck?  I believe this is a perfect place to explore because underneath is a great seed for transformation. Whether you are experiencing major or minor life transitions, loss, betrayal or need some guidance, I’m here to support you and offer insight without judgment. If you’re ready for more inner peace, flexibility, or perhaps problem solving, I’m here to support you.  By being courageous and doing this deeper work, you will feel more clarity, ease, and purpose.
(415) 942-6036 View (415) 942-6036
Photo of Alison Zarrow, Pre-Licensed Professional in San Francisco, CA
Alison Zarrow
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW, ACSW
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94104  (Online Only)
Are you trying to figure out your next move in life? Are you in the midst of a break up or struggling to set boundaries with family? Perhaps you're contemplating whether to leave a job, but feeling overwhelmed, anxious, scared, stuck, or depressed? Maybe you don't even know what you're feeling, but you know that you don't feel good. Perhaps you're burned out, but can't place your finger on what is making you feel that way. I will help you to get to the core of these feelings and we will work together to get you in a place where you feel like you are in the driver's seat of your own life with a clear road map of where to go next.
Are you trying to figure out your next move in life? Are you in the midst of a break up or struggling to set boundaries with family? Perhaps you're contemplating whether to leave a job, but feeling overwhelmed, anxious, scared, stuck, or depressed? Maybe you don't even know what you're feeling, but you know that you don't feel good. Perhaps you're burned out, but can't place your finger on what is making you feel that way. I will help you to get to the core of these feelings and we will work together to get you in a place where you feel like you are in the driver's seat of your own life with a clear road map of where to go next.
(628) 265-4793 View (628) 265-4793
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Dr. Rick Pomfret
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94102
You’re overthinking things, second-guessing yourself all the time, worried you’re not keeping up with your friends/peers. You want to be your best self, but not sure exactly what that is or how to get there. You’re afraid to do the wrong things at times and do nothing as a result. When you and your partner talk about your relationship you mean well, but say the wrong things or it comes out the wrong way. Falling short on friendships, dating and your career and you’re not sure why. You need clarity and a way to move forward, but turning to friends or family doesn’t feel like the way to go.
You’re overthinking things, second-guessing yourself all the time, worried you’re not keeping up with your friends/peers. You want to be your best self, but not sure exactly what that is or how to get there. You’re afraid to do the wrong things at times and do nothing as a result. When you and your partner talk about your relationship you mean well, but say the wrong things or it comes out the wrong way. Falling short on friendships, dating and your career and you’re not sure why. You need clarity and a way to move forward, but turning to friends or family doesn’t feel like the way to go.
(415) 802-0602 View (415) 802-0602
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Connie Micale
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94123
I am a licensed therapist (conniemicale.com) that brings over 20 years of clinical experience w/ extensive training in a range of therapeutic methods, from foundational psychology to holistic approaches (EMDR, hypnotherapy, NLP, sound therapy, Internal Family Systems, meditation, CBT and more) which supports my unique ability to quickly “get” people in both the patterns of their distress and who they really know themselves to be. My work honors the importance of therapies based on the heart, body, mind and spirit connection, which gets you out of your head & into your heart and body to encourage & instill deep and lasting change.
I am a licensed therapist (conniemicale.com) that brings over 20 years of clinical experience w/ extensive training in a range of therapeutic methods, from foundational psychology to holistic approaches (EMDR, hypnotherapy, NLP, sound therapy, Internal Family Systems, meditation, CBT and more) which supports my unique ability to quickly “get” people in both the patterns of their distress and who they really know themselves to be. My work honors the importance of therapies based on the heart, body, mind and spirit connection, which gets you out of your head & into your heart and body to encourage & instill deep and lasting change.
(415) 254-6565 View (415) 254-6565
Photo of Emily Ryan: Emdr Intensives, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in San Francisco, CA
Emily Ryan: Emdr Intensives
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94115
I am committed to you and to transformation in your life. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who provides specialized treatment in the areas of PTSD, anxiety, cancer care, depression and addiction. I have been providing therapy and counseling services to individuals, groups and families since 1999. Together we will focus on real solutions to problems and accessing your personal strengths. My background in mindfulness, IFS, EMDR and CBT based practices provides a framework for healing that is focused on both the internal strengths and resources of the individual, and the dynamic interplay between the person and their environment.
I am committed to you and to transformation in your life. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who provides specialized treatment in the areas of PTSD, anxiety, cancer care, depression and addiction. I have been providing therapy and counseling services to individuals, groups and families since 1999. Together we will focus on real solutions to problems and accessing your personal strengths. My background in mindfulness, IFS, EMDR and CBT based practices provides a framework for healing that is focused on both the internal strengths and resources of the individual, and the dynamic interplay between the person and their environment.
(415) 787-4246 View (415) 787-4246

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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
53% 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.