Therapists in San Francisco, CA

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Photo of Zak Forrest - Zak Forrest, LMFT, MA, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Zak Forrest, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94102
No issue is too small or unworthy of consideration and care. Sometimes the reasons for seeking therapy are beacons for something deeper. Together, we can focus on alleviating distress in the short term while beginning the more in-depth process of addressing issues at their core. In this process, many of the people I work with discover what is most important to them, what can be changed, and what can be actualized within their relationships and career.
No issue is too small or unworthy of consideration and care. Sometimes the reasons for seeking therapy are beacons for something deeper. Together, we can focus on alleviating distress in the short term while beginning the more in-depth process of addressing issues at their core. In this process, many of the people I work with discover what is most important to them, what can be changed, and what can be actualized within their relationships and career.
(415) 779-7169 View (415) 779-7169
Photo of Nicole Brahams, AMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Nicole Brahams
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94103  (Online Only)
Do you wake up feeling empty, with a sense of dread to take on the day? Are your negative thoughts about yourself, your life, and others around you keeping you stuck in a place you don’t want to be? Let’s talk. Life is too short and precious to be viewed through a prism of negativity and gloom. And suffering is not living. My general approach to therapy is to focus on the client’s strengths and seek solutions with positive reinforcement. I can work to help you access and strengthen your inner resources that are already there, even if you’re having trouble seeing it for yourself.
Do you wake up feeling empty, with a sense of dread to take on the day? Are your negative thoughts about yourself, your life, and others around you keeping you stuck in a place you don’t want to be? Let’s talk. Life is too short and precious to be viewed through a prism of negativity and gloom. And suffering is not living. My general approach to therapy is to focus on the client’s strengths and seek solutions with positive reinforcement. I can work to help you access and strengthen your inner resources that are already there, even if you’re having trouble seeing it for yourself.
(831) 346-1084 View (831) 346-1084
Photo of Dorothy Fitzer, MFT, GCFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Dorothy Fitzer
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, GCFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94122
I am a body-centered psychotherapist and shaman specializing in working with people with anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship issues. I especially love to work with people that wish to embark on the deep, transformational journey of core healing and living authentically. I have nearly 3 decades of body-centered experience including Chi Gung, Tai Chi, Taoist Breathing and Meditation, the Feldenkrais Method, and Somatic Experiencing. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in San Francisco. I work with clients via skype and the phone as well as in-person.
I am a body-centered psychotherapist and shaman specializing in working with people with anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship issues. I especially love to work with people that wish to embark on the deep, transformational journey of core healing and living authentically. I have nearly 3 decades of body-centered experience including Chi Gung, Tai Chi, Taoist Breathing and Meditation, the Feldenkrais Method, and Somatic Experiencing. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in San Francisco. I work with clients via skype and the phone as well as in-person.
(415) 423-2725 View (415) 423-2725
Photo of Margaret F Burkle, MA, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Margaret F Burkle
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94110
Are you looking to explore a part of yourself that’s been hidden or silenced? Have you come up against circumstances or emotions you’re having difficulty navigating? I’m a therapist with 13 years of experience working with depression, psychosis, trauma, grief, major life transitions, gender exploration, queer identity affirmation, and self-worth/assertiveness. Individuals and Couples will have the option to utilize different modalities including narrative approaches, drama therapy, family systems, and liberatory practice. My priority is a flexible, person- centered environment that considers intersections of identity, oppression,
Are you looking to explore a part of yourself that’s been hidden or silenced? Have you come up against circumstances or emotions you’re having difficulty navigating? I’m a therapist with 13 years of experience working with depression, psychosis, trauma, grief, major life transitions, gender exploration, queer identity affirmation, and self-worth/assertiveness. Individuals and Couples will have the option to utilize different modalities including narrative approaches, drama therapy, family systems, and liberatory practice. My priority is a flexible, person- centered environment that considers intersections of identity, oppression,
(415) 914-8810 View (415) 914-8810
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Kathleen Hoffman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94102
Kathleen Hoffman is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California who has been practicing since 2014. She graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Counseling in 2007. Kathleen is multifaceted in her experience working with individuals (adolescents and adults from young to the senior years), couples, children, and families. She began her therapist journey in equine assisted therapy and then transitioned to a clinic setting.
Kathleen Hoffman is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California who has been practicing since 2014. She graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Counseling in 2007. Kathleen is multifaceted in her experience working with individuals (adolescents and adults from young to the senior years), couples, children, and families. She began her therapist journey in equine assisted therapy and then transitioned to a clinic setting.
(628) 277-5080 View (628) 277-5080
Photo of Sandra Salatich, PsyD, Psychologist
Sandra Salatich
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94115
I am an experienced psychologist serving people of different racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds. As a psychologist, I am interested in and dedicated to the understanding of people. As a therapist, I help individuals, couples, adolescents and children with problems such as depression and sadness, anxiety and worry, grief and loss, challenges in relationships, work-related issues, and difficulty during transitional periods in life. As a person, I am an open-mined female who is comfortable working with people of different genders, orientation and identifications. I emphasize a balance between compassion and critical thinking to meet my clients with a kind and attentive approach.
I am an experienced psychologist serving people of different racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds. As a psychologist, I am interested in and dedicated to the understanding of people. As a therapist, I help individuals, couples, adolescents and children with problems such as depression and sadness, anxiety and worry, grief and loss, challenges in relationships, work-related issues, and difficulty during transitional periods in life. As a person, I am an open-mined female who is comfortable working with people of different genders, orientation and identifications. I emphasize a balance between compassion and critical thinking to meet my clients with a kind and attentive approach.
(415) 969-3792 View (415) 969-3792
Photo of Laura Picard, LMFT, 135100, Marriage & Family Therapist
Laura Picard
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, 135100
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94109
Warm, open, and compassionate, I'd love to be your guide to holistic healing and transformation. With expertise in anxiety, trauma, and borderline personality disorder, I guide from a three prong approach considering the past, present and future. Rooted in a warm, eclectic approach, I'll help teach you evidence-based tools to reframe thoughts and regulate emotions, as well as explore root causes for symptom management including getting to know the different "parts" that make up each unique person. Let's empower you to achieve resilience and personal growth, leading to a more fulfilling future:)
Warm, open, and compassionate, I'd love to be your guide to holistic healing and transformation. With expertise in anxiety, trauma, and borderline personality disorder, I guide from a three prong approach considering the past, present and future. Rooted in a warm, eclectic approach, I'll help teach you evidence-based tools to reframe thoughts and regulate emotions, as well as explore root causes for symptom management including getting to know the different "parts" that make up each unique person. Let's empower you to achieve resilience and personal growth, leading to a more fulfilling future:)
(415) 877-9215 View (415) 877-9215
Photo of Jerome Braun, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Jerome Braun
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94104
Depth Psychotherapy helps you to create a safe space to focus on the invisible-yet-real forces underlying your actions, thoughts and feelings. Through Depth Psychotherapy, troublesome patterns and dilemmas are not just dealt with to "fix it" but can be held as allies that teach and guide you to deeper levels of consciousness and integration of parts of yourself. Tapping those underlying forces can release new found creativity and meaning. Depth Psychotherapy can include your meditation practice, dream work, intuition, our greater ecology, the imagination, and the mystical, moving you toward wholeness.
Depth Psychotherapy helps you to create a safe space to focus on the invisible-yet-real forces underlying your actions, thoughts and feelings. Through Depth Psychotherapy, troublesome patterns and dilemmas are not just dealt with to "fix it" but can be held as allies that teach and guide you to deeper levels of consciousness and integration of parts of yourself. Tapping those underlying forces can release new found creativity and meaning. Depth Psychotherapy can include your meditation practice, dream work, intuition, our greater ecology, the imagination, and the mystical, moving you toward wholeness.
(415) 799-8904 View (415) 799-8904
Photo of Luke (Frank Luke) Adams, LMFT, ABS, Marriage & Family Therapist
Luke (Frank Luke) Adams
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, ABS
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94114  (Online Only)
Do other therapists seem judgmental? Don't understand? Won't listen to you? If you need to talk about anything and everything, clients tell me I have a strong capacity for compassion, empathy, and care. At the same time, I’m forthright and candid. I see you and hear you—a whole person (body, mind, spirit) living in an interactive and interconnected world. I believe you're the expert in you - even if you're not yet aware of it. My role is to help you find that, and bring my own holistic vision, experience, training, expertise, and tools to the table, so you can work to be the best possible version of you. I am a trauma specialist.
Do other therapists seem judgmental? Don't understand? Won't listen to you? If you need to talk about anything and everything, clients tell me I have a strong capacity for compassion, empathy, and care. At the same time, I’m forthright and candid. I see you and hear you—a whole person (body, mind, spirit) living in an interactive and interconnected world. I believe you're the expert in you - even if you're not yet aware of it. My role is to help you find that, and bring my own holistic vision, experience, training, expertise, and tools to the table, so you can work to be the best possible version of you. I am a trauma specialist.
(415) 666-2381 View (415) 666-2381
Photo of Kyle Celio, MFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Kyle Celio
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94110  (Online Only)
Are things just not going quite right? Are parts of your life feeling out of your control? Do you need a safe and loving place to talk about what's really going on? I believe we all do sometimes and my goal is to provide this place for you so that you may share your story to someone who is warm, approachable and non-judgmental. Together let's look at what is and isn't working in your life right now in a calm and interactive way increasing your self-awareness and building upon the strengths you already have.
Are things just not going quite right? Are parts of your life feeling out of your control? Do you need a safe and loving place to talk about what's really going on? I believe we all do sometimes and my goal is to provide this place for you so that you may share your story to someone who is warm, approachable and non-judgmental. Together let's look at what is and isn't working in your life right now in a calm and interactive way increasing your self-awareness and building upon the strengths you already have.
(415) 637-9699 View (415) 637-9699
Photo of Katherine Meek, LMFT, LPCC, Marriage & Family Therapist
Katherine Meek
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPCC
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94105  (Online Only)
I am a straightforward and honest individual who challenges clients to make changes and set goals to better themselves. My approach focuses on exploring a client's experience, helping them identify problematic behavior, then work towards a solution. I utilize tools such as in-session exercises, take-home activities, and process time to create a holistic plan to improve overall wellbeing. I focus on creating a safe place that fosters openness and confidence.
I am a straightforward and honest individual who challenges clients to make changes and set goals to better themselves. My approach focuses on exploring a client's experience, helping them identify problematic behavior, then work towards a solution. I utilize tools such as in-session exercises, take-home activities, and process time to create a holistic plan to improve overall wellbeing. I focus on creating a safe place that fosters openness and confidence.
(310) 984-7265 View (310) 984-7265
Photo of Monica Nunez, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Monica Nunez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94104  (Online Only)
Telehealth appts available now anywhere in CA! I'm a psychoanalyst certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and Eating Disorders. My niche is couples, control issues, communication issues, intimacy issues, guilt, anger, codependency, and trying to please others. My mission is to help you achieve self actualization!
Telehealth appts available now anywhere in CA! I'm a psychoanalyst certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and Eating Disorders. My niche is couples, control issues, communication issues, intimacy issues, guilt, anger, codependency, and trying to please others. My mission is to help you achieve self actualization!
(951) 355-2694 View (951) 355-2694
Photo of Raquel Garcia - www.raquelgarciapsychotherapy.com, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
www.raquelgarciapsychotherapy.com
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94109
I offer Individual, Couples and Family Psychotherapy, in English and Spanish. I honor the principles of compassion, openness, acceptance, non judgment, equality for all. I use inquiry and mindfulness of emotions, thoughts and body to welcome and receive what wants to be seen; consider the multigenerational, biological, psychosocial and internal aspects of the human being as a way to better understand ourselves. I use Mindfulness, Attachment Focused therapy, (EFT) Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Somatics, EMDR, transpersonal modalities. I offer EFT intensives for couples and families, and workshops for couples
I offer Individual, Couples and Family Psychotherapy, in English and Spanish. I honor the principles of compassion, openness, acceptance, non judgment, equality for all. I use inquiry and mindfulness of emotions, thoughts and body to welcome and receive what wants to be seen; consider the multigenerational, biological, psychosocial and internal aspects of the human being as a way to better understand ourselves. I use Mindfulness, Attachment Focused therapy, (EFT) Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Somatics, EMDR, transpersonal modalities. I offer EFT intensives for couples and families, and workshops for couples
(415) 234-4692 View (415) 234-4692
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Dr Shahr Nouraini
Psychologist, PsyD, MSc, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94102
Maybe you're feeling frustrated that your successes have not reduced your experiences of self-doubt, discontent, imbalance or disconnectedness. You may feel burdened by old fears and traumas and unsure of how to break old patterns. Perhaps the uncertainty in the world is making it hard to hold hope for the future. Through our therapeutic journey together we deepen our understanding of these challenges, how they developed and how we can work towards creating a greater sense of freedom, balance, connection and joy while reducing feelings of anxiety and self-judgment.
Maybe you're feeling frustrated that your successes have not reduced your experiences of self-doubt, discontent, imbalance or disconnectedness. You may feel burdened by old fears and traumas and unsure of how to break old patterns. Perhaps the uncertainty in the world is making it hard to hold hope for the future. Through our therapeutic journey together we deepen our understanding of these challenges, how they developed and how we can work towards creating a greater sense of freedom, balance, connection and joy while reducing feelings of anxiety and self-judgment.
(415) 985-0183 View (415) 985-0183
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Lgbtqia+ Therapist Miranda Young
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC, MA, PPS
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94114
I put an emphasis on the working relationship between client and clinician. This allows me to have a warm, interactive, strength-based and client-centered approach using a variety of modalities. In my work with youth, I also gained experience and insight into the patterns we fall into as children/young adults (based on a multitude of events or traumas in our lives) and how these can later have an effect on our adult selves. I believe that bringing awareness to these patterns and unpacking their origins can be incredibly helpful. I also bring a queer, feminist, trauma-informed, and culturally sensitive/curious lens my work.
I put an emphasis on the working relationship between client and clinician. This allows me to have a warm, interactive, strength-based and client-centered approach using a variety of modalities. In my work with youth, I also gained experience and insight into the patterns we fall into as children/young adults (based on a multitude of events or traumas in our lives) and how these can later have an effect on our adult selves. I believe that bringing awareness to these patterns and unpacking their origins can be incredibly helpful. I also bring a queer, feminist, trauma-informed, and culturally sensitive/curious lens my work.
(415) 798-9548 View (415) 798-9548
Photo of Alina Liu, PsyD, MSW, Psychologist
Alina Liu
Psychologist, PsyD, MSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94122
Are you burned out from "imposter syndrome" at work, stuck in an unfulfilling relationship, or feeling perpetually disconnected and isolated? Living inauthentically can feel exhausting. I work with individuals and couples to provide a range of therapy services from short-term evidence-based treatment for anxiety/depression to long-term relational work. Mental health is about having choices; in our first session, I am excited to get to know you and walk you through the process of therapy. My goal is to help you release painful emotions, reflect on patterns of thoughts and behaviors, and reconnect with a deeper sense of inner freedom.
Are you burned out from "imposter syndrome" at work, stuck in an unfulfilling relationship, or feeling perpetually disconnected and isolated? Living inauthentically can feel exhausting. I work with individuals and couples to provide a range of therapy services from short-term evidence-based treatment for anxiety/depression to long-term relational work. Mental health is about having choices; in our first session, I am excited to get to know you and walk you through the process of therapy. My goal is to help you release painful emotions, reflect on patterns of thoughts and behaviors, and reconnect with a deeper sense of inner freedom.
(415) 639-5225 View (415) 639-5225
Photo of Ryan Noble, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Ryan Noble
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94114
Everyone has the potential for growth, healing, and self-discovery. As a therapist, I have been fortunate to work with individuals, couples, and families from diverse backgrounds and experiences. I have witnessed the resilience in each person and seen how therapy can help people channel their unique strengths, resources, and insights to make positive changes. In the therapeutic relationship, I aim to create a safe and supportive environment that empowers those I work with to explore their emotions and experiences and work towards developing greater self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-confidence.
Everyone has the potential for growth, healing, and self-discovery. As a therapist, I have been fortunate to work with individuals, couples, and families from diverse backgrounds and experiences. I have witnessed the resilience in each person and seen how therapy can help people channel their unique strengths, resources, and insights to make positive changes. In the therapeutic relationship, I aim to create a safe and supportive environment that empowers those I work with to explore their emotions and experiences and work towards developing greater self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-confidence.
(415) 941-3496 View (415) 941-3496
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Octave - Financial District SF Clinic
Psychologist, PhD, PsyD, LCSW, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94104  (Online Only)
Octave is a modern practice creating a new standard for mental health care that’s both high-quality and accessible. With in-person and virtual clinics in California, Connecticut, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Texas, and Washington D.C., we partner with you to develop personalized plans that can include individual, couples, and family therapy to best suit your needs. Grounded in science, our approach enables you to experience profound change that is just as measurable as it is meaningful. Learn more at www.findoctave.com
Octave is a modern practice creating a new standard for mental health care that’s both high-quality and accessible. With in-person and virtual clinics in California, Connecticut, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Texas, and Washington D.C., we partner with you to develop personalized plans that can include individual, couples, and family therapy to best suit your needs. Grounded in science, our approach enables you to experience profound change that is just as measurable as it is meaningful. Learn more at www.findoctave.com
(415) 634-1043 View (415) 634-1043
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Root & Rise Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94109  (Online Only)
Hi! I'm Larsa, and my private practice is Root & Rise Therapy. My passion is for people to believe in their inherent worth and value, and to walk alongside them during that part of their journey. If you are struggling with: thinking that you aren't "enough", first generation issues and other multicultural issues, the impacts of trauma, depression, or anxiety, please reach out to me. I use an empathetic, compassionate, and trauma-informed approach to support my clients, with sprinkles of humor as needed!
Hi! I'm Larsa, and my private practice is Root & Rise Therapy. My passion is for people to believe in their inherent worth and value, and to walk alongside them during that part of their journey. If you are struggling with: thinking that you aren't "enough", first generation issues and other multicultural issues, the impacts of trauma, depression, or anxiety, please reach out to me. I use an empathetic, compassionate, and trauma-informed approach to support my clients, with sprinkles of humor as needed!
(415) 941-0667 View (415) 941-0667
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Anya Rome
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94110
There are important reasons why you are struggling, and they deserve attention and understanding. I work with people who find themselves overwhelmed by the demands of everyday life and demoralized by the struggle just to keep up. People who have ever felt defective, or like there is something wrong with the way that they are. These feelings may be due to, or manifest as: anxiety, depression, relationship problems, substance-use issues, or ADHD-related issues like difficulty with time management, organization, and motivation.
There are important reasons why you are struggling, and they deserve attention and understanding. I work with people who find themselves overwhelmed by the demands of everyday life and demoralized by the struggle just to keep up. People who have ever felt defective, or like there is something wrong with the way that they are. These feelings may be due to, or manifest as: anxiety, depression, relationship problems, substance-use issues, or ADHD-related issues like difficulty with time management, organization, and motivation.
(510) 851-9836 View (510) 851-9836
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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

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

71% Aetna
56% Cigna and Evernorth
54% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

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
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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.