Therapists in Cole Valley, San Francisco, CA

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Nathalie Paven
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cole Valley, San Francisco, CA 94117  (Online Only)
It's not always easy to be a person. My job as a therapist is helping you figure out what works for you. I'm particularly good with clients who feel they don't fit the mold of societal expectations. I enjoy working with people who may be cautious about psychotherapy. My areas of expertise include relationship issues; depression and anxiety; chronic illness and disability; the impact of illness on couples and families.
It's not always easy to be a person. My job as a therapist is helping you figure out what works for you. I'm particularly good with clients who feel they don't fit the mold of societal expectations. I enjoy working with people who may be cautious about psychotherapy. My areas of expertise include relationship issues; depression and anxiety; chronic illness and disability; the impact of illness on couples and families.
(415) 688-2069 View (415) 688-2069
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Adrian Rivera
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Cole Valley, San Francisco, CA 94117  (Online Only)
Some people struggle for weeks, months, or even years before considering psychotherapy. And it makes sense — it's hard to confide in a stranger and can take a while to find the right fit. We want authenticity and experience in a therapist but also someone relatable and easy to talk with. When couples counseling, family therapy, or child/adolescent support is needed, the search may seem even more daunting. We need a clinician with the interpersonal skills, temperament, and adaptability to forge a meaningful connection with our partners, children, and the networks who support them.
Some people struggle for weeks, months, or even years before considering psychotherapy. And it makes sense — it's hard to confide in a stranger and can take a while to find the right fit. We want authenticity and experience in a therapist but also someone relatable and easy to talk with. When couples counseling, family therapy, or child/adolescent support is needed, the search may seem even more daunting. We need a clinician with the interpersonal skills, temperament, and adaptability to forge a meaningful connection with our partners, children, and the networks who support them.
(510) 901-5736 View (510) 901-5736
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Ami E. Hartley
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CAS, ATR-BC
Verified Verified
Cole Valley, San Francisco, CA 94117
People come to therapy when they feel ready. Often they have gained some insight and are consciously seeking a happier, more balanced life. Many people are aware of a need for healing narcissistic abuse from family, partners or in the work environment. The motivation it takes to make that first phone call is a major step towards positive change. My style is interpersonal, supportive, open and communicative. Most people appreciate guidance, direction and practical feedback. I encourage exploration of unconscious repetitive patterns in relationships and making changes wherever possible.
People come to therapy when they feel ready. Often they have gained some insight and are consciously seeking a happier, more balanced life. Many people are aware of a need for healing narcissistic abuse from family, partners or in the work environment. The motivation it takes to make that first phone call is a major step towards positive change. My style is interpersonal, supportive, open and communicative. Most people appreciate guidance, direction and practical feedback. I encourage exploration of unconscious repetitive patterns in relationships and making changes wherever possible.
(415) 319-9740 View (415) 319-9740
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Samantha Ludin
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Cole Valley, San Francisco, CA 94117
These are really tough times, aren't they? Existing issues feel bigger and it can be that much harder to cope. Therapy can heIp. I approach therapy in a warm and collaborative manner to help couples, individuals, and families identify new and adaptive ways to deal with life's challenges. In couples therapy, I use Emotion-Focused and Gottman approaches to help partners learn to manage and repair conflict, rebuild trust and intimacy, and build emotional connections. In family treatment, I'll work with your family to develop adaptive and healthy communication patterns, as well as address parenting concerns and behavioral issues.
These are really tough times, aren't they? Existing issues feel bigger and it can be that much harder to cope. Therapy can heIp. I approach therapy in a warm and collaborative manner to help couples, individuals, and families identify new and adaptive ways to deal with life's challenges. In couples therapy, I use Emotion-Focused and Gottman approaches to help partners learn to manage and repair conflict, rebuild trust and intimacy, and build emotional connections. In family treatment, I'll work with your family to develop adaptive and healthy communication patterns, as well as address parenting concerns and behavioral issues.
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Judith D Schiller
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified Verified
Cole Valley, San Francisco, CA 94117
I typically treat people with long-standing difficulties. They have usually made one or more attempts to resolve internal distress and conflict in relationships or work with varying degrees of success. I offer intensive therapy that provides you with tools to understand your patterns of behavior, decrease emotional distress, manage conflict, and adopt realistic expectations. I believe that the number one curative factor in psychotherapy is the relationship that develops between the therapist and the client and that becomes a safe context for learning and practicing new ways of being and disconfirming pathological beliefs.
I typically treat people with long-standing difficulties. They have usually made one or more attempts to resolve internal distress and conflict in relationships or work with varying degrees of success. I offer intensive therapy that provides you with tools to understand your patterns of behavior, decrease emotional distress, manage conflict, and adopt realistic expectations. I believe that the number one curative factor in psychotherapy is the relationship that develops between the therapist and the client and that becomes a safe context for learning and practicing new ways of being and disconfirming pathological beliefs.
(415) 858-6891 View (415) 858-6891
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Tina Stromsted
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, PhD, LPCC, BC-DMT, Jungian
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cole Valley, San Francisco, CA 94117  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
As a Jungian analyst and body-oriented psychotherapist, I work with individuals who wish to explore the roots of their issues and lead more fulfilling lives. My integrative approach incorporates dreamwork, Authentic Movement, Marion Woodman's BodySoul Rhythms approach and other embodied, creative disciplines, together with in-depth verbal psychotherapy. In a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere I assist people in reconnecting with their feelings, developing healthier relationships and exploring meaningful career paths. As a university professor and international trainer I support people's learning, change and growth and hold a profound respect for the uniqueness of each person's calling.
As a Jungian analyst and body-oriented psychotherapist, I work with individuals who wish to explore the roots of their issues and lead more fulfilling lives. My integrative approach incorporates dreamwork, Authentic Movement, Marion Woodman's BodySoul Rhythms approach and other embodied, creative disciplines, together with in-depth verbal psychotherapy. In a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere I assist people in reconnecting with their feelings, developing healthier relationships and exploring meaningful career paths. As a university professor and international trainer I support people's learning, change and growth and hold a profound respect for the uniqueness of each person's calling.
(415) 802-0351 View (415) 802-0351
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Garett Weinstein - Expansive Therapy
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, AMFT
Verified Verified
Cole Valley, San Francisco, CA 94117
I believe in the transformative power of genuine connection, acknowledging the unique intersections of each person's journey and creating an affirming environment where diverse identities are celebrated. Together we will navigate the intricacies of relationships, identity, and personal growth in a holistic and affirming manner.
I believe in the transformative power of genuine connection, acknowledging the unique intersections of each person's journey and creating an affirming environment where diverse identities are celebrated. Together we will navigate the intricacies of relationships, identity, and personal growth in a holistic and affirming manner.
(212) 655-9817 View (212) 655-9817
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Michael Boykin
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist, AMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
Cole Valley, San Francisco, CA 94117
Feeling overwhelmed? Disempowered? Lost? How we respond to life's challenges is often determined by the tools and perspectives we have at our disposal. Sometimes, particularly when we find ourselves stuck and feeling low, it is helpful to call on the support of a mental health therapist to empower us with the insights and coping skills necessary to navigate through those challenges. In my work, I support teens, young adults, and adults — all experiencing a broad range of mental health concerns — seeking to unpack, make sense of, and find meaningful ways to address the underlying issues contributing to their current struggles.
Feeling overwhelmed? Disempowered? Lost? How we respond to life's challenges is often determined by the tools and perspectives we have at our disposal. Sometimes, particularly when we find ourselves stuck and feeling low, it is helpful to call on the support of a mental health therapist to empower us with the insights and coping skills necessary to navigate through those challenges. In my work, I support teens, young adults, and adults — all experiencing a broad range of mental health concerns — seeking to unpack, make sense of, and find meaningful ways to address the underlying issues contributing to their current struggles.
(415) 985-6852 View (415) 985-6852
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Dr. Richie Koenig
Registered Psychological Associate, PsyD
Verified Verified
Cole Valley, San Francisco, CA 94117  (Online Only)
Dr. Richie Koenig specializes in treating ADHD, queer issues, depression, anxiety, and trauma related disorders. He has worked in a variety of clinical settings throughout California and has experience working with a wide range of presenting concerns, including life transitions, family conflict, and grief. His therapeutic approach is both neurodiverse and queer affirming, trauma-informed, and culturally responsive; he centers psychodynamic, multicultural, somatic, and relational approaches that continuously integrated with the instrumental features of evidence-based modalities including CBT and DBT.
Dr. Richie Koenig specializes in treating ADHD, queer issues, depression, anxiety, and trauma related disorders. He has worked in a variety of clinical settings throughout California and has experience working with a wide range of presenting concerns, including life transitions, family conflict, and grief. His therapeutic approach is both neurodiverse and queer affirming, trauma-informed, and culturally responsive; he centers psychodynamic, multicultural, somatic, and relational approaches that continuously integrated with the instrumental features of evidence-based modalities including CBT and DBT.
(310) 356-3793 View (310) 356-3793
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Lindsey Brooks
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Cole Valley, San Francisco, CA 94143
Are you a person of color, LGBTQ, or woman-identified professional in a high demand field? Have you been wearing that superhero cape for far too long? Ready to feel more peace in your life? You’ve come to the right place. I’m Dr. Lindsey Brooks and I work with underrepresented achievers. I’ll help you feel more grounded, balanced, and resilient. You might be thinking to yourself: "I need to keep it all together”, “If I just work harder and push myself more, then everything will be okay”, or “I have to stay strong for my family”. Everyone around you sees you as a success, yet something still feels like it’s missing.
Are you a person of color, LGBTQ, or woman-identified professional in a high demand field? Have you been wearing that superhero cape for far too long? Ready to feel more peace in your life? You’ve come to the right place. I’m Dr. Lindsey Brooks and I work with underrepresented achievers. I’ll help you feel more grounded, balanced, and resilient. You might be thinking to yourself: "I need to keep it all together”, “If I just work harder and push myself more, then everything will be okay”, or “I have to stay strong for my family”. Everyone around you sees you as a success, yet something still feels like it’s missing.
(415) 592-6568 View (415) 592-6568

Online Therapists

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Rachel M Cleveland
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, ATR-P
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94110
**Accepting New Clients** Feel cared for and heard, experience a safe and authentic connection, find clarity, heal from a past or more recent traumatic event. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Provisional Art Therapist and Mindfulness-based Practitioner, I offer a person-centered, strength-based holistic approach to healing. In addition to traditional talk therapy, I work with the creative mind, this work includes art and expressive mediums to understand how our earliest experiences in life create the implicit, behavioral patterns that we can potentially carry with us for a lifetime.
**Accepting New Clients** Feel cared for and heard, experience a safe and authentic connection, find clarity, heal from a past or more recent traumatic event. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Provisional Art Therapist and Mindfulness-based Practitioner, I offer a person-centered, strength-based holistic approach to healing. In addition to traditional talk therapy, I work with the creative mind, this work includes art and expressive mediums to understand how our earliest experiences in life create the implicit, behavioral patterns that we can potentially carry with us for a lifetime.
(650) 249-9418 View (650) 249-9418
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Brittany Olsen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94104
I am a seasoned licensed psychotherapist practicing for over 15 years in downtown San Francisco. I provide counseling and therapy for adult individuals, couples, and older adolescents with an expertise in mood disorders (anxiety, depression, OCD), relationships, and the general difficulties that one may experience from major and minor life transitions.
I am a seasoned licensed psychotherapist practicing for over 15 years in downtown San Francisco. I provide counseling and therapy for adult individuals, couples, and older adolescents with an expertise in mood disorders (anxiety, depression, OCD), relationships, and the general difficulties that one may experience from major and minor life transitions.
(415) 799-8100 View (415) 799-8100
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Leopoldo F. Villela
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94110
The issues on spirituality, mental health and psychology are part of my practice and interests. The frames I use are Psychodynamic and Tibetan Buddhism. How to overcome psychological conditioning and personal narratives that are too extreme and unrealistic. Many times some people find themselves in situations that aggravate their emotional pain, no way out but rather than look inside of themselves look out there, hoping that their live will change.
The issues on spirituality, mental health and psychology are part of my practice and interests. The frames I use are Psychodynamic and Tibetan Buddhism. How to overcome psychological conditioning and personal narratives that are too extreme and unrealistic. Many times some people find themselves in situations that aggravate their emotional pain, no way out but rather than look inside of themselves look out there, hoping that their live will change.
(650) 530-0977 View (650) 530-0977
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Jordan Long
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94119
Individuals affected by cancer or other physical illnesses often do not realize the influence that the illness has on their mental health until the emotions are all consuming. This is where I step in: to help you deal with life-altering, overwhelming changes that come with the diagnosis, treatment, recovery, and grief of physical illness. I have a wealth of experience working with individuals, couples, and families impacted by physical illness, and believe that physical illness affects the entire family system in a multitude of ways. Whether you are a survivor, caregiver, are grieving, or in the midst of illness, you are not alone.
Individuals affected by cancer or other physical illnesses often do not realize the influence that the illness has on their mental health until the emotions are all consuming. This is where I step in: to help you deal with life-altering, overwhelming changes that come with the diagnosis, treatment, recovery, and grief of physical illness. I have a wealth of experience working with individuals, couples, and families impacted by physical illness, and believe that physical illness affects the entire family system in a multitude of ways. Whether you are a survivor, caregiver, are grieving, or in the midst of illness, you are not alone.
(323) 693-7814 View (323) 693-7814
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Jessica L Davis
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94114  (Online Only)
I work with couples, groups, and individuals that feel ready to examine their inner world and outer relationships, perhaps feeling stuck in low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, or confusion. Clients who wish to explore issues around stress, overwhelm, relationships, identity, sexuality, spirituality, psychedelics, or trauma often resonate with my style of psychotherapy. I offer couples and individuals a warm environment that is supportive, collaborative, and direct. Building a relationship that has a safe space for tough and untouchable topics is essential to my work.
I work with couples, groups, and individuals that feel ready to examine their inner world and outer relationships, perhaps feeling stuck in low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, or confusion. Clients who wish to explore issues around stress, overwhelm, relationships, identity, sexuality, spirituality, psychedelics, or trauma often resonate with my style of psychotherapy. I offer couples and individuals a warm environment that is supportive, collaborative, and direct. Building a relationship that has a safe space for tough and untouchable topics is essential to my work.
(341) 999-7319 View (341) 999-7319
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Audrey Redfield
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94114
I believe that we all have an inner healing intelligence that is a source of wisdom and guidance toward the expression of our unique gifts and fulfillment of our aspirations. The light of our inner healer is often clouded by various stressors, trauma, conditioning, and roles we took on as children to survive that we continue to enact as adults. I hold a safe, non-judgmental space of compassion and curiosity to support you with accessing this light and feel the self-love and self-acceptance that radiate from it. I am trained in and utilize Internal Family Systems and Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy to help facilitate healing.
I believe that we all have an inner healing intelligence that is a source of wisdom and guidance toward the expression of our unique gifts and fulfillment of our aspirations. The light of our inner healer is often clouded by various stressors, trauma, conditioning, and roles we took on as children to survive that we continue to enact as adults. I hold a safe, non-judgmental space of compassion and curiosity to support you with accessing this light and feel the self-love and self-acceptance that radiate from it. I am trained in and utilize Internal Family Systems and Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy to help facilitate healing.
(415) 663-5517 View (415) 663-5517
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Carisse Cronquist
Psychological Associate, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94117  (Online Only)
Hello and sending you a warm welcome! Making the decision to seek support takes an abundance of strength and can be immensely empowering. We all possess a blend of values, identities, dreams, thoughts, fears, and experiences; together, we will partner in creating an individualized plan for meaningful change and growth in alignment with your cultural identities, goals, and values. Life, stress, relationships, transitions, grief/loss, and everything in between can be challenging and wear us down. I would be honored to support you through all the things.
Hello and sending you a warm welcome! Making the decision to seek support takes an abundance of strength and can be immensely empowering. We all possess a blend of values, identities, dreams, thoughts, fears, and experiences; together, we will partner in creating an individualized plan for meaningful change and growth in alignment with your cultural identities, goals, and values. Life, stress, relationships, transitions, grief/loss, and everything in between can be challenging and wear us down. I would be honored to support you through all the things.
(415) 965-4603 View (415) 965-4603
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Kristen Krauel, LCSW, LPCC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LPCC
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94115  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Difficult life events or trauma may have shaped your past, but you have the power to define your future. Let’s rewrite your story together, focusing on your innate strengths and building your capacity to create a fulfilling life. Together, we can make sense of overwhelming emotions, work through relationship challenges, and transform shame into self-esteem.
Difficult life events or trauma may have shaped your past, but you have the power to define your future. Let’s rewrite your story together, focusing on your innate strengths and building your capacity to create a fulfilling life. Together, we can make sense of overwhelming emotions, work through relationship challenges, and transform shame into self-esteem.
(415) 968-4128 View (415) 968-4128
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Leah Chalofsky
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94112
Are you a pregnant person or new parent? Are you struggling with an unhealthy relationship or are you a survivor of an abusive relationship? Are you looking for a therapist who is warm and supportive? Do you want to feel truly heard? You might be nervous to start therapy, so finding a therapist who will collaborate with you is important. I will focus on your strengths to help you heal and grow, while providing you with tools and a safe place to explore. I believe the relationship between the therapist and client offers opportunities for healing and transformation.
Are you a pregnant person or new parent? Are you struggling with an unhealthy relationship or are you a survivor of an abusive relationship? Are you looking for a therapist who is warm and supportive? Do you want to feel truly heard? You might be nervous to start therapy, so finding a therapist who will collaborate with you is important. I will focus on your strengths to help you heal and grow, while providing you with tools and a safe place to explore. I believe the relationship between the therapist and client offers opportunities for healing and transformation.
(415) 625-5491 View (415) 625-5491
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Brian King
Psychologist, PsyD, QME
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94118  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I seek to provide a thoughtful and reflective setting where clients develop greater understanding of their problems and limitations through honest exploration of themselves, and to bolster strengths/foster growth. I provide a friendly and open atmosphere to invite sharing of whatever thought or feeling that comes up so that they can be explored, analyzed and ultimately changed if you want. I work in a collaborative way and do not necessarily see my role as an advice giver, but as a thoughtful companion in helping you find your own solutions and understanding. I use a flexible blend of clinical techniques and theories.
I seek to provide a thoughtful and reflective setting where clients develop greater understanding of their problems and limitations through honest exploration of themselves, and to bolster strengths/foster growth. I provide a friendly and open atmosphere to invite sharing of whatever thought or feeling that comes up so that they can be explored, analyzed and ultimately changed if you want. I work in a collaborative way and do not necessarily see my role as an advice giver, but as a thoughtful companion in helping you find your own solutions and understanding. I use a flexible blend of clinical techniques and theories.
(415) 991-3069 View (415) 991-3069

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Cole Valley, San Francisco, CA

10+

Average cost per session

$200

Therapists in Cole Valley, San Francisco, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
90% Anxiety
80% Trauma and PTSD
70% Depression
70% Grief
70% Self Esteem
60% Family Conflict

Average years in practice

24 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

75% Other
25% Aetna
25% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Therapists in Cole Valley, San Francisco, CA see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

60% Female
40% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Cole Valley, 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.