Therapists in Hayes Valley, San Francisco, CA

Photo of Andrea Dindinger, Marriage & Family Therapist in Hayes Valley, San Francisco, CA
Andrea Dindinger
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Hayes Valley, San Francisco, CA 94102
Are you interested in growing and looking at your patterns and the wisdom behind them? Are you struggling with anxiety or depression in a relationship or with the anxiety of not being in a relationship? Are you willing to risk making changes in your life? Together we will understand the intelligence behind your patterns and help you shift into more conscious life choices. I am active, direct and passionate about supporting you as you mature into a healthier, happier and more fulfilled you.
Are you interested in growing and looking at your patterns and the wisdom behind them? Are you struggling with anxiety or depression in a relationship or with the anxiety of not being in a relationship? Are you willing to risk making changes in your life? Together we will understand the intelligence behind your patterns and help you shift into more conscious life choices. I am active, direct and passionate about supporting you as you mature into a healthier, happier and more fulfilled you.
(415) 236-3083 View (415) 236-3083
Photo of Daphne Humes, Marriage & Family Therapist in Hayes Valley, San Francisco, CA
Daphne Humes
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Hayes Valley, San Francisco, CA 94146
Life comes with a lot of challenges and adversity that can sometimes feel overwhelming. Maybe you're noticing that you complain a lot about feeling stressed, tired, and unfulfilled or you know you'd be happier if you made changes but it feels too difficult. It’s possible to feel better. My clients discover that it's possible to manage their difficult feelings and be more engaged in their relationships. With over ten years of experience, I work with people who want to make changes in their lives, learn healthy coping strategies, heal past trauma, and improve their relationships with others.
Life comes with a lot of challenges and adversity that can sometimes feel overwhelming. Maybe you're noticing that you complain a lot about feeling stressed, tired, and unfulfilled or you know you'd be happier if you made changes but it feels too difficult. It’s possible to feel better. My clients discover that it's possible to manage their difficult feelings and be more engaged in their relationships. With over ten years of experience, I work with people who want to make changes in their lives, learn healthy coping strategies, heal past trauma, and improve their relationships with others.
(415) 964-1054 View (415) 964-1054
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Phern Hunt
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Hayes Valley, San Francisco, CA 94102
Waitlist for new clients
Psychotherapy with me will be a guided, supportive exploration of how you think, feel, act and relate to others. I am a relational therapist: an approach to therapy which combines self-understanding and self-acceptance in relationship to your significant others, both past and present. We all need to be understood. This is my primary job with you: to understand how you think and feel. Once you feel understood, together we can figure out what is getting in the way of living a happier, fulfilling life. I am an expressive therapist, and you will never go away from a session wondering what I think.
Psychotherapy with me will be a guided, supportive exploration of how you think, feel, act and relate to others. I am a relational therapist: an approach to therapy which combines self-understanding and self-acceptance in relationship to your significant others, both past and present. We all need to be understood. This is my primary job with you: to understand how you think and feel. Once you feel understood, together we can figure out what is getting in the way of living a happier, fulfilling life. I am an expressive therapist, and you will never go away from a session wondering what I think.
(415) 350-9480 View (415) 350-9480
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Julie Look
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hayes Valley, San Francisco, CA 94102
Life can be complicated and confusing. Making room for joy, for satisfaction – for even a deep breath – can get pushed aside amid the demands of family, school, work, and the flood of world news. You may be struggling with newness, such as new parenthood or going away to college, or with the loss of a loved one or a long-term way of living. You may have experienced a traumatic event, or be concerned with emotional eating. Or maybe you just feel that something isn’t quite right, as an individual or as a couple, even though life looks fine on the surface.
Life can be complicated and confusing. Making room for joy, for satisfaction – for even a deep breath – can get pushed aside amid the demands of family, school, work, and the flood of world news. You may be struggling with newness, such as new parenthood or going away to college, or with the loss of a loved one or a long-term way of living. You may have experienced a traumatic event, or be concerned with emotional eating. Or maybe you just feel that something isn’t quite right, as an individual or as a couple, even though life looks fine on the surface.
(415) 634-3993 View (415) 634-3993
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Sally King
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Hayes Valley, San Francisco, CA 94146  (Online Only)
I am currently accepting individual adult clients of all ages. My approach is warm and collaborative, drawing on different therapeutic models to target your specific needs. I use a psychodynamic lens to help you identify what past and present conditions are determining your choices and coming between you and a more satisfying way of life, cognitive and mindfulness approaches to help you regulate emotions and gain perspective on self-defeating thoughts, and Sandplay therapy to process trauma and explore states of mind that are difficult to put into words. I also use Ecotherapy perspectives and exercises.
I am currently accepting individual adult clients of all ages. My approach is warm and collaborative, drawing on different therapeutic models to target your specific needs. I use a psychodynamic lens to help you identify what past and present conditions are determining your choices and coming between you and a more satisfying way of life, cognitive and mindfulness approaches to help you regulate emotions and gain perspective on self-defeating thoughts, and Sandplay therapy to process trauma and explore states of mind that are difficult to put into words. I also use Ecotherapy perspectives and exercises.
(415) 687-1149 View (415) 687-1149
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Melinda Gottesman
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Hayes Valley, San Francisco, CA 94102
Not accepting new clients
Do you find yourself ruminating about certain things? Are you unable to fall asleep at night because your mind keeps racing? Are there things you want to get off your chest but feel like nobody will understand? One way or another, you’re here because you want to feel better. You want to live your life to the fullest yet can’t quite seem to figure out how. This is where our work comes in.
Do you find yourself ruminating about certain things? Are you unable to fall asleep at night because your mind keeps racing? Are there things you want to get off your chest but feel like nobody will understand? One way or another, you’re here because you want to feel better. You want to live your life to the fullest yet can’t quite seem to figure out how. This is where our work comes in.
(415) 300-2459 View (415) 300-2459
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Elly Lin
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Hayes Valley, San Francisco, CA 94102
I believe that healing and growth are inherent functions of the psyche. Within the containment of a warm, compassionate and collaborative therapeutic relationship, I encourage and cultivate the emergence of these functions in my clients that can lead to positive change or even profound personal transformation. It is crucial to explore difficult feelings and thoughts in this process. In my experience, while these thoughts and feelings can lead to psychological symptoms when avoided and pushed into the unconscious, they hold great potential for change when experienced, confronted and reflected upon in a safe setting.
I believe that healing and growth are inherent functions of the psyche. Within the containment of a warm, compassionate and collaborative therapeutic relationship, I encourage and cultivate the emergence of these functions in my clients that can lead to positive change or even profound personal transformation. It is crucial to explore difficult feelings and thoughts in this process. In my experience, while these thoughts and feelings can lead to psychological symptoms when avoided and pushed into the unconscious, they hold great potential for change when experienced, confronted and reflected upon in a safe setting.
(415) 868-4849 View (415) 868-4849
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David Albright
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Hayes Valley, San Francisco, CA 94102  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Counselor and Therapist for Men: Gay, Straight, or Bi. Feeling stuck, depressed, isolated, or anxious? Escaping via porn or addictions? We live in a complicated world, a world where we often need a guide and trusted advisor to help us. I help men discover where they fit in the world, how to find love and acceptance from self and other, how to navigate life challenges, and how to find greater meaning and happiness in life. My work is one of my greatest passions and I have many success stories.
Counselor and Therapist for Men: Gay, Straight, or Bi. Feeling stuck, depressed, isolated, or anxious? Escaping via porn or addictions? We live in a complicated world, a world where we often need a guide and trusted advisor to help us. I help men discover where they fit in the world, how to find love and acceptance from self and other, how to navigate life challenges, and how to find greater meaning and happiness in life. My work is one of my greatest passions and I have many success stories.
(415) 969-2920 View (415) 969-2920
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Alpine Behavioral Health/Headway
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CADC II
Verified Verified
Hayes Valley, San Francisco, CA 94117  (Online Only)
Joseph has extensive experience treating depression, anxiety, ADHD, substance use disorders and working with the LGBTQIA+ community.
Joseph has extensive experience treating depression, anxiety, ADHD, substance use disorders and working with the LGBTQIA+ community.
(415) 903-1609 View (415) 903-1609
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Jasmine (Wai Ling) Khor
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Hayes Valley, San Francisco, CA 94102
I practice within a psychodynamic, relational framework, with a focus on issues of trauma, neglect, depression, anxiety and isolation. My clinical experience have been in hospital and hospice settings that surround anticipated grief and bereavement; community mental health outpatient settings and research institutes. Reaching out for help can be a daunting and vulnerable step, and understanding what it is you are entering into can help soften feelings of confusion and apprehension.
I practice within a psychodynamic, relational framework, with a focus on issues of trauma, neglect, depression, anxiety and isolation. My clinical experience have been in hospital and hospice settings that surround anticipated grief and bereavement; community mental health outpatient settings and research institutes. Reaching out for help can be a daunting and vulnerable step, and understanding what it is you are entering into can help soften feelings of confusion and apprehension.
(415) 969-4607 View (415) 969-4607
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Nika Ayat
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Hayes Valley, San Francisco, CA 94102
I work with passionate people who deeply want to feel connected and loved, but find themselves hurting in relationships. My clients come from backgrounds where they weren’t taught healthy relationship skills, and they realize they're stuck in patterns they want to change, such as self-judgment or blame, self-sabotage, avoidance, relational anxiety, codependency, or abuse. My mindset is everyone is doing the best they can with what they know. With a curious mind and multicultural lens, I help make meaning of your experiences, shed light on what exists outside your awareness, and help you learn new ways of feeling connected and loved.
I work with passionate people who deeply want to feel connected and loved, but find themselves hurting in relationships. My clients come from backgrounds where they weren’t taught healthy relationship skills, and they realize they're stuck in patterns they want to change, such as self-judgment or blame, self-sabotage, avoidance, relational anxiety, codependency, or abuse. My mindset is everyone is doing the best they can with what they know. With a curious mind and multicultural lens, I help make meaning of your experiences, shed light on what exists outside your awareness, and help you learn new ways of feeling connected and loved.
(415) 914-9238 View (415) 914-9238
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Curiosity Meets Compassion - Ketamine And Counseling With Chris Restivo
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Hayes Valley, San Francisco, CA 94102
As we embark on this journey together, I aspire to provide you with my full attention and engagement, allowing you to experience the benefits of gentle, generous focus. With nearly a decade of experience working with non-ordinary states of consciousness (e.g. psychotic, manic, dissociative, ecstatic, etc.), I'm confident that I can help you manage most anything you're experiencing. You will find our time together has depth due to my background in Jungian theory; yet the somatic (embodied) and trauma-informed approach underlying everything we focus your curious attention on will remain rooted in your felt-sense of the present moment.
As we embark on this journey together, I aspire to provide you with my full attention and engagement, allowing you to experience the benefits of gentle, generous focus. With nearly a decade of experience working with non-ordinary states of consciousness (e.g. psychotic, manic, dissociative, ecstatic, etc.), I'm confident that I can help you manage most anything you're experiencing. You will find our time together has depth due to my background in Jungian theory; yet the somatic (embodied) and trauma-informed approach underlying everything we focus your curious attention on will remain rooted in your felt-sense of the present moment.
(415) 800-4621 View (415) 800-4621
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Dr. Fariba Monfared
Psychological Associate, PsyD
Verified Verified
Hayes Valley, San Francisco, CA 94103  (Online Only)
In my approach to therapy, I work collaboratively with my clients to explore and address their unique needs. My mission is to illuminate the unique strengths and inherent values often obscured by the challenges of crisis. My therapeutic style is empathic and nonjudgmental, with unconditional respect to create a safe space for self-discovery and growth. In our journey together, I draw upon diverse evidence-based interventions tailored to your unique needs.
In my approach to therapy, I work collaboratively with my clients to explore and address their unique needs. My mission is to illuminate the unique strengths and inherent values often obscured by the challenges of crisis. My therapeutic style is empathic and nonjudgmental, with unconditional respect to create a safe space for self-discovery and growth. In our journey together, I draw upon diverse evidence-based interventions tailored to your unique needs.
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Xanthe Asher/EMDR
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Hayes Valley, San Francisco, CA 94102
My ideal client is a person with a growth mindset who wants to work on their internal narrative. I want to be a witness and facilitate transformation. I am trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Attachment-focused- EMDR. Eye Movement, Desensitization, Reprocessing. Attachment-focused- EMDR is an effective relational modality to reprocess old negative memories/trauma and come to embody a positive more functional internal narrative. I work with people on addiction issues like alcohol, drugs, food, and self-destructive behavior that is getting in the way of a more stable existence.
My ideal client is a person with a growth mindset who wants to work on their internal narrative. I want to be a witness and facilitate transformation. I am trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Attachment-focused- EMDR. Eye Movement, Desensitization, Reprocessing. Attachment-focused- EMDR is an effective relational modality to reprocess old negative memories/trauma and come to embody a positive more functional internal narrative. I work with people on addiction issues like alcohol, drugs, food, and self-destructive behavior that is getting in the way of a more stable existence.
(415) 968-1633 View (415) 968-1633
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Dax Glasson-Darling
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW, MT-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hayes Valley, San Francisco, CA 94102  (Online Only)
I am an associate social worker and board-certified music therapist. I aim to provide therapy that is anti-racist, accessible, queer affirming, sex and body positive, kink aware, trauma informed, and accepting of all relationship styles. My current focus is providing individual teletherapy to LGBTQIA2S+ adults experiencing life transitions and wanting to heal from trauma, depression, and anxiety. I am also passionate about working with people who are exploring sexuality, gender expression, and gender identity. I am able to provide letters for gender-affirming medical services if that is a part of your journey.
I am an associate social worker and board-certified music therapist. I aim to provide therapy that is anti-racist, accessible, queer affirming, sex and body positive, kink aware, trauma informed, and accepting of all relationship styles. My current focus is providing individual teletherapy to LGBTQIA2S+ adults experiencing life transitions and wanting to heal from trauma, depression, and anxiety. I am also passionate about working with people who are exploring sexuality, gender expression, and gender identity. I am able to provide letters for gender-affirming medical services if that is a part of your journey.
(510) 680-2176 View (510) 680-2176
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Rima Danielle Jomaa
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Hayes Valley, San Francisco, CA 94102  (Online Only)
I create a confidential space for you to safely explore your mental health concerns & gain practical tools to apply to your daily life. I offer short- & long-term therapy. I collaborate with you to understand your needs & goals. Then I create a treatment plan that is unique for you, based on what you need. I teach tools that have been proven to work in the past for my clients or for me. My clients tend to struggle with anxiety, depression, self-comparison, body image/EDs, trauma, abuse, substance use/addiction, relationship issues, spirituality questions, lack of self-esteem/confidence, stress, setting boundaries, & communication.
I create a confidential space for you to safely explore your mental health concerns & gain practical tools to apply to your daily life. I offer short- & long-term therapy. I collaborate with you to understand your needs & goals. Then I create a treatment plan that is unique for you, based on what you need. I teach tools that have been proven to work in the past for my clients or for me. My clients tend to struggle with anxiety, depression, self-comparison, body image/EDs, trauma, abuse, substance use/addiction, relationship issues, spirituality questions, lack of self-esteem/confidence, stress, setting boundaries, & communication.
(442) 255-7027 View (442) 255-7027
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Lauren Blumer
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Hayes Valley, San Francisco, CA 94114  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in working with young adults ages 16-30 as they navigate the exciting, yet often stressful transitions within early adulthood. Many of my clients have experienced trauma and find that this impacts their relationships, school, work, and general sense of self. This can lead to feelings of sadness, anxiety, low self-esteem, and difficulty trusting yourself. These feelings can impact all relationships, but many encounter challenges when dating and getting involved in romantic relationships, as they may experience attachment concerns, intimacy challenges, and difficulty choosing good partners.
I specialize in working with young adults ages 16-30 as they navigate the exciting, yet often stressful transitions within early adulthood. Many of my clients have experienced trauma and find that this impacts their relationships, school, work, and general sense of self. This can lead to feelings of sadness, anxiety, low self-esteem, and difficulty trusting yourself. These feelings can impact all relationships, but many encounter challenges when dating and getting involved in romantic relationships, as they may experience attachment concerns, intimacy challenges, and difficulty choosing good partners.
(415) 322-1636 View (415) 322-1636
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Zak Forrest, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hayes Valley, 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
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Dima Dashevsky
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Hayes Valley, San Francisco, CA 94102  (Online Only)
Starting therapy for the first time or returning after a long break can feel intimidating. You might have even had bad experiences before. I'm here to help. We will go at your pace because your experience is important to me. I believe that lasting change and healing can only happen when our whole selves are seen and welcomed. I provide a safe healing space and bring a strong, grounded presence so that you can begin to cultivate more love and compassion for yourself, connect with your inner wisdom and become more whole and authentic in your relationship with others.
Starting therapy for the first time or returning after a long break can feel intimidating. You might have even had bad experiences before. I'm here to help. We will go at your pace because your experience is important to me. I believe that lasting change and healing can only happen when our whole selves are seen and welcomed. I provide a safe healing space and bring a strong, grounded presence so that you can begin to cultivate more love and compassion for yourself, connect with your inner wisdom and become more whole and authentic in your relationship with others.
(831) 900-4916 View (831) 900-4916
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Nick Zwerdling
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Hayes Valley, San Francisco, CA 94102  (Online Only)
Your life has meaning. There are moments in life when this doesn't feel so obvious. We can find ourselves feeling stuck, like there is no way out. Repeating old patterns can lead to feeling unfulfilled and discouraged. Change is possible. Therapy offers the opportunity to redefine your past, create a better present and ensure a meaningful future. I meet my clients where they are at, offering a safe and judgement-free space to share what is going on. Together, we can remove the roadblocks in your way and get back on track.
Your life has meaning. There are moments in life when this doesn't feel so obvious. We can find ourselves feeling stuck, like there is no way out. Repeating old patterns can lead to feeling unfulfilled and discouraged. Change is possible. Therapy offers the opportunity to redefine your past, create a better present and ensure a meaningful future. I meet my clients where they are at, offering a safe and judgement-free space to share what is going on. Together, we can remove the roadblocks in your way and get back on track.
(415) 886-0272 View (415) 886-0272

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Number of Therapists in Hayes Valley, San Francisco, CA

1,000+

Average cost per session

$180

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

93% Anxiety
86% Depression
85% Relationship Issues
79% Self Esteem
73% Trauma and PTSD
69% Stress
67% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

69% Aetna
55% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
50% Cigna and Evernorth

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

52% Online Only
48% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

75% Female
23% Male
2% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Hayes Valley, San Francisco?

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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.