Therapists in San Francisco, CA

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Photo of Kathryn A R James, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
Kathryn A R James
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94109
Do you want to create a more balanced and meaningful life? Are your obstacles or patterns preventing you from achieving your goals and full potential in relationships & career? Are you trapped in the chains of depression, anxiety, or addiction? I work to help you attain your goals and aspirations in a stoic, no nonsense, proactive, and empathic manner with cognitive behavioral techniques. I have a general practice & specialize in relationships, life transitions such as motherhood/fatherhood, depression/anxiety, addiction/substance abuse, & grief.
Do you want to create a more balanced and meaningful life? Are your obstacles or patterns preventing you from achieving your goals and full potential in relationships & career? Are you trapped in the chains of depression, anxiety, or addiction? I work to help you attain your goals and aspirations in a stoic, no nonsense, proactive, and empathic manner with cognitive behavioral techniques. I have a general practice & specialize in relationships, life transitions such as motherhood/fatherhood, depression/anxiety, addiction/substance abuse, & grief.
(415) 367-0977 View (415) 367-0977
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Ingrid Tauber
Psychologist, PhD, MS
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94118
I have a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and obtained a M.S.in Psychopharmacology in 2001. I've been in private practice for 40 years and an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF since 2005. My practice includes individuals and couples seeking help with a wide variety of issues including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, loss, and grief. I work within a relational, psychodynamic theoretical model as a means of understanding and integrating the complex relationship that individuals and couples present. In my clinical work as a therapist and supervisor, I work collaboratively in pursuing goals and objectives.
I have a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and obtained a M.S.in Psychopharmacology in 2001. I've been in private practice for 40 years and an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF since 2005. My practice includes individuals and couples seeking help with a wide variety of issues including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, loss, and grief. I work within a relational, psychodynamic theoretical model as a means of understanding and integrating the complex relationship that individuals and couples present. In my clinical work as a therapist and supervisor, I work collaboratively in pursuing goals and objectives.
(415) 894-0981 View (415) 894-0981
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Meghan Crane
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94118
Welcome! Mindfulness is a practice of self awareness where one learns the significance of what I call the "emotional pause", this is essential in both individual and couples work. Being able to pause allows our minds and bodies to process and integrate information, creating space for self acceptance and making choices that support and align with our personal wellbeing. It also allows us to "respond" rather than "react" in relationship. My approach is direct yet compassionate,I use talk therapy and somatic practices to help couples and individuals fully get to know themselves and make choices that create lasting change.
Welcome! Mindfulness is a practice of self awareness where one learns the significance of what I call the "emotional pause", this is essential in both individual and couples work. Being able to pause allows our minds and bodies to process and integrate information, creating space for self acceptance and making choices that support and align with our personal wellbeing. It also allows us to "respond" rather than "react" in relationship. My approach is direct yet compassionate,I use talk therapy and somatic practices to help couples and individuals fully get to know themselves and make choices that create lasting change.
(415) 639-9917 View (415) 639-9917
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Zdravko Rozic
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, APCC, CCC
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94104  (Online Only)
I am Zdravko but I mostly go by Z. I was born in former Yugoslavia. At the age of 14, circumstances forced me to leave my homeland. After a few years in Germany, in the late 90's I embarked on a new chapter by moving to the United States. My journey through life and career has been marked by diverse experiences, including roles in mortgage banking, retail, and ride-sharing, as well as being a parent and getting diagnosed with ADHD as an adult, all of which have profoundly influenced my approach as a therapist.
I am Zdravko but I mostly go by Z. I was born in former Yugoslavia. At the age of 14, circumstances forced me to leave my homeland. After a few years in Germany, in the late 90's I embarked on a new chapter by moving to the United States. My journey through life and career has been marked by diverse experiences, including roles in mortgage banking, retail, and ride-sharing, as well as being a parent and getting diagnosed with ADHD as an adult, all of which have profoundly influenced my approach as a therapist.
(415) 842-4293 x5 View (415) 842-4293 x5
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Era A Loewenstein
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94114
Not accepting new clients
If you are reading this page then something is not working for you. Some aspect of your life feels disappointing or dissatisfying and you have likely exhausted your own efforts to resolve things independently. You may, for example, be baffled as to why the same relational problems are repeating themselves. Or you may be wondering why you don't seem to be able to achieve your work goals. Sometimes these challenges are impossible to resolve on our own and we need professional assistance. As a seasoned psychotherapist I bring over 30 years of experience working with clients who struggled with a range of emotional difficulties.
If you are reading this page then something is not working for you. Some aspect of your life feels disappointing or dissatisfying and you have likely exhausted your own efforts to resolve things independently. You may, for example, be baffled as to why the same relational problems are repeating themselves. Or you may be wondering why you don't seem to be able to achieve your work goals. Sometimes these challenges are impossible to resolve on our own and we need professional assistance. As a seasoned psychotherapist I bring over 30 years of experience working with clients who struggled with a range of emotional difficulties.
(415) 423-1938 View (415) 423-1938
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Shelly Messenger
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94102
Welcome and congratulations for taking this first step on your journey to change and growth! My name is Shelly and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I became a Social Worker because I am passionate about helping people. I became a therapist because I believe in the healing power of conversation, allowing me the privilege to help people overcome obstacles to being joyful, healthy, and connected. I believe we all carry within us the resources we need to enjoy life in a realistic and authentic way.
Welcome and congratulations for taking this first step on your journey to change and growth! My name is Shelly and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I became a Social Worker because I am passionate about helping people. I became a therapist because I believe in the healing power of conversation, allowing me the privilege to help people overcome obstacles to being joyful, healthy, and connected. I believe we all carry within us the resources we need to enjoy life in a realistic and authentic way.
(628) 345-3512 View (628) 345-3512
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Alex Pack
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94110
Hi! I'm Alex and I'm a licensed marriage and family therapist. My approach to therapy is integrative and eclectic, but it is individualized to each client because no two people are exactly the same. That being said, I have found my focus areas are largely anxiety, relationship challenges, life transitions and self-esteem. I work with a wide range of clients based on age, ethnicity, and other identifying characteristics. However, if I had to break it down more specifically, I believe the most common focuses of therapy are anxiety, relationships, life transitions (or change), and self-esteem building.
Hi! I'm Alex and I'm a licensed marriage and family therapist. My approach to therapy is integrative and eclectic, but it is individualized to each client because no two people are exactly the same. That being said, I have found my focus areas are largely anxiety, relationship challenges, life transitions and self-esteem. I work with a wide range of clients based on age, ethnicity, and other identifying characteristics. However, if I had to break it down more specifically, I believe the most common focuses of therapy are anxiety, relationships, life transitions (or change), and self-esteem building.
(415) 943-4202 View (415) 943-4202
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Alexandria Leedy
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94123
Feeling overwhelmed with life? Bombarded by critical, fear-based, or guilt-ridden thoughts and feelings? I can help. I specialize in helping women remove obstacles that inhibit authentic self-expression and personal growth -- enabling them to freely pursue their dreams and goals. I offer a warm, collaborative approach to treatment and believe change can happen. I see growth as an implicit function of human development. People are always striving to grow, connect, and relate to others in deeper more fulfilling ways. In essence, to live richer, more rewarding, and healthier lives.
Feeling overwhelmed with life? Bombarded by critical, fear-based, or guilt-ridden thoughts and feelings? I can help. I specialize in helping women remove obstacles that inhibit authentic self-expression and personal growth -- enabling them to freely pursue their dreams and goals. I offer a warm, collaborative approach to treatment and believe change can happen. I see growth as an implicit function of human development. People are always striving to grow, connect, and relate to others in deeper more fulfilling ways. In essence, to live richer, more rewarding, and healthier lives.
(650) 209-7785 View (650) 209-7785
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John Robles
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94109
Hi, my name is John Robles, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has engaged with people, by way of a client centered approach, to partner with them in continuing their self-improvement journey. I have worked with clients struggling with anxiety, stress, post-traumatic stress, depression, existential struggles and relational challenges. The conditions I am most comfortable treating are Anxiety, Depression, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Hi, my name is John Robles, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has engaged with people, by way of a client centered approach, to partner with them in continuing their self-improvement journey. I have worked with clients struggling with anxiety, stress, post-traumatic stress, depression, existential struggles and relational challenges. The conditions I am most comfortable treating are Anxiety, Depression, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
(415) 230-2644 View (415) 230-2644
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Orna Konig
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, MA
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94114
I work with a wide range of challenges and identities but am especially equipped to work with people with: Complex PTSD - relational struggles as a result of not getting what we need as children; Folks who inhabit multiple cultural identities and/or have lived experience of immigration and assimilation (first or second generation and more); Individuals affected by or struggling with relationships with Narcissists, with possible codependence tendencies; People who are pregnant, postpartum, or parenting; Teens (13+) and their Families.
I work with a wide range of challenges and identities but am especially equipped to work with people with: Complex PTSD - relational struggles as a result of not getting what we need as children; Folks who inhabit multiple cultural identities and/or have lived experience of immigration and assimilation (first or second generation and more); Individuals affected by or struggling with relationships with Narcissists, with possible codependence tendencies; People who are pregnant, postpartum, or parenting; Teens (13+) and their Families.
(415) 843-7419 View (415) 843-7419
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Paul Beirne
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94118
“Being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives.” ― Bessel A. van der Kolk. My approach to treatment helps people identify the core issues that have been avoided and pushed aside in an emotionally safe environment. Through the process of consciousness raising and self exploration, lasting changes in thought patterns are made, and overall life improvement occurs. I work with people of all ages and have a wealth of experience working with teens and young adults.
“Being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives.” ― Bessel A. van der Kolk. My approach to treatment helps people identify the core issues that have been avoided and pushed aside in an emotionally safe environment. Through the process of consciousness raising and self exploration, lasting changes in thought patterns are made, and overall life improvement occurs. I work with people of all ages and have a wealth of experience working with teens and young adults.
(415) 358-2498 View (415) 358-2498
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Maureen K Fisher
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94118
I treat clients whose daily functioning, self image and way of relating to others has been negatively impacted by anxiety, depression, and various external or situational stressors. Compassion and collaboration are crucial in facilitating healing and creating a functional therapeutic rapport that allows for increasingly greater presence of mind. Education and 15 years of clinical experience underscore my belief that people can feel better as they practice more adaptive thinking and behavior in the present.
I treat clients whose daily functioning, self image and way of relating to others has been negatively impacted by anxiety, depression, and various external or situational stressors. Compassion and collaboration are crucial in facilitating healing and creating a functional therapeutic rapport that allows for increasingly greater presence of mind. Education and 15 years of clinical experience underscore my belief that people can feel better as they practice more adaptive thinking and behavior in the present.
(415) 423-1152 View (415) 423-1152
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Marielle Ferreboeuf
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94118
At times we may feel that our lives lack meaning. Or we wake up one day to realize that we find very little joy in our daily routine. We yearn for deeper connections to others or more fulfilling work/home lives. We may feel as if our lives have become unmanageable - what was once an ideal life has become burdensome and challenging. Whether it's uncertainty about the future, lack of direction in life, challenging relationships or unhealthy patterns of behavior that get in our way, I believe that life's difficulties can provide us with golden opportunities for growth.
At times we may feel that our lives lack meaning. Or we wake up one day to realize that we find very little joy in our daily routine. We yearn for deeper connections to others or more fulfilling work/home lives. We may feel as if our lives have become unmanageable - what was once an ideal life has become burdensome and challenging. Whether it's uncertainty about the future, lack of direction in life, challenging relationships or unhealthy patterns of behavior that get in our way, I believe that life's difficulties can provide us with golden opportunities for growth.
(415) 630-8444 View (415) 630-8444
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Dr. Gina M. Smith
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94111
Welcome to my practice! I am a Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist. Currently, I am a Licensed Psychologist in California & New York states specializing in clinical and health psychology, working with teens and adults. I work collaboratively to promote wellness and individualize treatment to target and foster achieving your desired therapy goals. I successfully treat concerns with self-worth, adjustment to life stressors, teach effective communication and coping strategies for depression, grief, anxiety, interpersonal relationships, and can help you build more satisfying relationships, including the relationship with yourself.
Welcome to my practice! I am a Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist. Currently, I am a Licensed Psychologist in California & New York states specializing in clinical and health psychology, working with teens and adults. I work collaboratively to promote wellness and individualize treatment to target and foster achieving your desired therapy goals. I successfully treat concerns with self-worth, adjustment to life stressors, teach effective communication and coping strategies for depression, grief, anxiety, interpersonal relationships, and can help you build more satisfying relationships, including the relationship with yourself.
(415) 966-2341 View (415) 966-2341
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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
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Ron Rohlfes
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94123
Waitlist for new clients
Welcome and thank you for viewing my profile. I know that finding the right therapist is a very important decision. At various times in our lives it is common to experience circumstances that seem too difficult to solve on one's own. I work with people who are having problems in their relationships with partners, family and with work related concerns. Depression, anxiety, stress, and feeling stuck in life make what is already difficult more complicated to navigate alone.
Welcome and thank you for viewing my profile. I know that finding the right therapist is a very important decision. At various times in our lives it is common to experience circumstances that seem too difficult to solve on one's own. I work with people who are having problems in their relationships with partners, family and with work related concerns. Depression, anxiety, stress, and feeling stuck in life make what is already difficult more complicated to navigate alone.
(415) 800-2486 View (415) 800-2486
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Randi-Marie Owens
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94102
Randi-Marie Owens is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California who started practicing in 2018. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Psychology from Brandman University. Randi-Marie believes in guiding others to increase happiness and meet their mental health goals through an authentic therapeutic relationship, education, and skill building. In her spare time, Randi-Marie enjoys riding motorcycles, cooking, baking, and working out.
Randi-Marie Owens is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California who started practicing in 2018. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Psychology from Brandman University. Randi-Marie believes in guiding others to increase happiness and meet their mental health goals through an authentic therapeutic relationship, education, and skill building. In her spare time, Randi-Marie enjoys riding motorcycles, cooking, baking, and working out.
(628) 345-8546 View (628) 345-8546
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Brittany Gilmore
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94105  (Online Only)
My therapy style is warm, engaging, and collaborative and I believe that authentic and supportive relationships are key to healing. My philosophy is to seek to understand the whole person with genuine interest, care, and compassion. I use a tailored approach to help you reach your goals, typically combining several modalities including Humanistic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy. Providing client-centered and trauma-informed care that is culturally sensitive, strength-based, and rooted in compassion is at the heart of my work.
My therapy style is warm, engaging, and collaborative and I believe that authentic and supportive relationships are key to healing. My philosophy is to seek to understand the whole person with genuine interest, care, and compassion. I use a tailored approach to help you reach your goals, typically combining several modalities including Humanistic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy. Providing client-centered and trauma-informed care that is culturally sensitive, strength-based, and rooted in compassion is at the heart of my work.
(415) 702-3804 View (415) 702-3804
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Ashley Boyer
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94122
Waitlist for new clients
Hi, I am a San Francisco Bay Area Child Psychologist. I specialize in anxiety and other related concerns such as perfectionism and difficult life adjustments. In my practice, I focus on the relationship and making you and your child feel comfortable through developmentally appropriate interventions. I want to help you work through your worries and achieve your best life.
Hi, I am a San Francisco Bay Area Child Psychologist. I specialize in anxiety and other related concerns such as perfectionism and difficult life adjustments. In my practice, I focus on the relationship and making you and your child feel comfortable through developmentally appropriate interventions. I want to help you work through your worries and achieve your best life.
(628) 228-6535 View (628) 228-6535
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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

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Number of Therapists in San Francisco, CA

3,000+

Average cost per session

$189

Therapists in San Francisco, CA who prioritize treating:

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

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Therapists in San Francisco, CA see their clients

55% In Person and Online
45% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
23% Male
2% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in San Francisco?

Search for nearby therapists or counselors by inputting your city, town, or suburb; or zip code; or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or zip code into the search bar.

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Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors.

Many have been licensed by the country or state where they practice; providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some clinicians or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counselor?

Therapists, psychologists, and counselors are all licensed mental health professionals. In the US, psychologists have earned a doctoral degree. The terms “therapist” and “counselor” are used somewhat interchangeably, but generally therapists offer longer-term, mental health care, while counselors offer shorter-term care that may focus on one domain, such as marriage, career, or academic challenges.

Clients should consider factors such as insurance coverage and their primary reason(s) for seeking therapy to determine the type of professional best suited to their needs. Someone struggling with mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety, for example, may wish to seek out a clinical psychologist or therapist, while someone navigating career obstacles or marital upheaval may benefit from seeing a counselor who can offer short-term, targeted support.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the United States could cost between $100 and $200 or more. If you have insurance, the expense of mental health care is typically lower, but it varies based on your insurance plan details and whether you choose an in-network or out-of-network mental healthcare provider.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your zip code.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship. Therapists in the United States are bound by the regulations set out by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which aims to protect sensitive health information. With very few exceptions, a therapist will only discuss their client with others when the client has given their written permission. The instances in which a therapist would be required to disclose personal information are: if a client poses a danger to themselves or others, if the therapist suspects the abuse of a child or an elderly or otherwise dependent adult, or if they are legally forced to by court order. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed with a client before their first session.