Therapists in Outer Mission, San Francisco, CA

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Cinthya Islas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Outer Mission, San Francisco, CA 94110
Hi, I'm Cinthya Islas and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. My main focus over the last 10 years has been working with individuals who have experienced different types of traumas in their lives. I understand how difficult it may be to talk about the things that impact life in more ways than one, my goal is to create a space where you can explore your feelings and gain insight into how these wounds have impacted your life and hopefully identify the coping skills that work for you to continue on this healing journey.
Hi, I'm Cinthya Islas and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. My main focus over the last 10 years has been working with individuals who have experienced different types of traumas in their lives. I understand how difficult it may be to talk about the things that impact life in more ways than one, my goal is to create a space where you can explore your feelings and gain insight into how these wounds have impacted your life and hopefully identify the coping skills that work for you to continue on this healing journey.
(415) 936-7874 View (415) 936-7874
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Tamara Hagy-Lopez
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Outer Mission, San Francisco, CA 94110
Tamara Hagy-Lopez is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist with over 20 years of experience working with children, teens, parents, adults, and families in a variety of clinical and school settings. Tamara's focus is on building a safe and validating environment that allows families and individuals to increase self-awareness and helps them create a narrative that supports their growth.
Tamara Hagy-Lopez is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist with over 20 years of experience working with children, teens, parents, adults, and families in a variety of clinical and school settings. Tamara's focus is on building a safe and validating environment that allows families and individuals to increase self-awareness and helps them create a narrative that supports their growth.
(415) 870-3873 View (415) 870-3873
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Carol Mills
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Outer Mission, San Francisco, CA 94131  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Have you been struggling with feelings of anxiety or loss or sadness? Do you have questions and concerns about relationships with a spouse or a partner or a child? Are you recovering from substance abuse? Psychotherapy can offer a path to change and personal growth. We will engage in a conversation that will be shaped by you and your own unique goals and hopes for the future. I will be your ally, supporting your self-discovery and healing, looking for what is going right in your life and encouraging experimentation toward something new.
Have you been struggling with feelings of anxiety or loss or sadness? Do you have questions and concerns about relationships with a spouse or a partner or a child? Are you recovering from substance abuse? Psychotherapy can offer a path to change and personal growth. We will engage in a conversation that will be shaped by you and your own unique goals and hopes for the future. I will be your ally, supporting your self-discovery and healing, looking for what is going right in your life and encouraging experimentation toward something new.
(415) 635-0417 View (415) 635-0417
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Jodi Larman
Psychologist, CP
Verified Verified
Outer Mission, San Francisco, CA 94112
I am a Ph.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of California. I received my undergraduate degree from UCLA, an M.S. degree in Counseling Psychology, with a certification in Behavior Therapy and Healthy Psychology from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Health Psychology from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara. My dissertation research focused on Conjugal Bereavement in Older and Younger Widows and Widowers: Influences of Social Support and Health.
I am a Ph.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of California. I received my undergraduate degree from UCLA, an M.S. degree in Counseling Psychology, with a certification in Behavior Therapy and Healthy Psychology from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Health Psychology from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara. My dissertation research focused on Conjugal Bereavement in Older and Younger Widows and Widowers: Influences of Social Support and Health.
(628) 266-4153 View (628) 266-4153
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Juliet McNeil
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Outer Mission, San Francisco, CA 94110
Hi, my name is Juliet McNeil, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in Apple Valley, California and work with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adults and specialize in stress, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationship issues, and parenting issues. I modify my approach to treatment based on the needs of my clients so they can progress and gain the skills needed to feel better. My approach varies on the needs of the client. I utilize a strengths-based approach in order to build upon the individual skills of each client.
Hi, my name is Juliet McNeil, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in Apple Valley, California and work with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adults and specialize in stress, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationship issues, and parenting issues. I modify my approach to treatment based on the needs of my clients so they can progress and gain the skills needed to feel better. My approach varies on the needs of the client. I utilize a strengths-based approach in order to build upon the individual skills of each client.
(415) 488-8726 View (415) 488-8726
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Lindsay Hesser
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, PhD-c
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Outer Mission, San Francisco, CA 94131  (Online Only)
I believe shared humor and relational connection are key for effective therapy. My goal is to meet you where you are, with a grounded, pragmatic approach. Together, we will collaborate to make your daily life more manageable and fulfilling by addressing outdated coping skills, self-sabotaging behaviors, overwhelming emotions, stressful situations, and lingering traumas. I also offer coaching services for professionals, those in the healthcare/wellness field, and graduate students. I enjoy supporting clients through the processes of self-development, self-innovation, radical acceptance, and growth.
I believe shared humor and relational connection are key for effective therapy. My goal is to meet you where you are, with a grounded, pragmatic approach. Together, we will collaborate to make your daily life more manageable and fulfilling by addressing outdated coping skills, self-sabotaging behaviors, overwhelming emotions, stressful situations, and lingering traumas. I also offer coaching services for professionals, those in the healthcare/wellness field, and graduate students. I enjoy supporting clients through the processes of self-development, self-innovation, radical acceptance, and growth.
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Michael Stample
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Outer Mission, San Francisco, CA 94110
Hello, I'm Michael F. Stample, PhD, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. I work extensively with individual adults, couples and families. My primary expertise is in mood and anxiety disorders, OCD, dual diagnosis, LGBTQ+ and transgender healthcare. I mostly work with adults over age 17 or 18, through the later years. While psychiatric diagnoses have their uses, I prefer to see my clients as dealing with "problems of living." I work comfortably with psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and other evidence-based therapies. My early training included internship at the Jung Institute of Los Angeles.
Hello, I'm Michael F. Stample, PhD, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. I work extensively with individual adults, couples and families. My primary expertise is in mood and anxiety disorders, OCD, dual diagnosis, LGBTQ+ and transgender healthcare. I mostly work with adults over age 17 or 18, through the later years. While psychiatric diagnoses have their uses, I prefer to see my clients as dealing with "problems of living." I work comfortably with psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and other evidence-based therapies. My early training included internship at the Jung Institute of Los Angeles.
(415) 639-5417 View (415) 639-5417
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Brigitte Knight
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PPSC
Verified Verified
Outer Mission, San Francisco, CA 94112
I specialize in therapeutic services for children 0-12, teens, families & adults. I use a trauma-sensitive, strengths-based approach & believe that through the therapeutic relationship one develops the ability to make change, process past & present challenges, and learn coping skills for specific needs and overall wellness. I support and respect clients to develop goals & intentions for their wellness, at their own comfort level and pace. I've provided therapeutic for 25+ years with families in the SF Bay area in English and Spanish, working closely with Latine communities.
I specialize in therapeutic services for children 0-12, teens, families & adults. I use a trauma-sensitive, strengths-based approach & believe that through the therapeutic relationship one develops the ability to make change, process past & present challenges, and learn coping skills for specific needs and overall wellness. I support and respect clients to develop goals & intentions for their wellness, at their own comfort level and pace. I've provided therapeutic for 25+ years with families in the SF Bay area in English and Spanish, working closely with Latine communities.
(415) 366-3636 View (415) 366-3636
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Katie Ortiz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Outer Mission, San Francisco, CA 94110
Katie Ortiz, LCSW 117653 I am here merely as a guiding tool, a means to an end. My purpose is to assist you on your journey, helping you navigate through your experiences and empowering you to apply the insights gained in therapy to your life. My approach to therapy draws from a variety of models, tailored to meet your specific needs. These may include CBT/TF-CBT, interpersonal psychotherapy, solution-focused, structural family therapy, and strength-based therapy.
Katie Ortiz, LCSW 117653 I am here merely as a guiding tool, a means to an end. My purpose is to assist you on your journey, helping you navigate through your experiences and empowering you to apply the insights gained in therapy to your life. My approach to therapy draws from a variety of models, tailored to meet your specific needs. These may include CBT/TF-CBT, interpersonal psychotherapy, solution-focused, structural family therapy, and strength-based therapy.
(415) 993-7875 View (415) 993-7875
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Maritza Del Rio
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Outer Mission, San Francisco, CA 94110
Hi, my name is Maritza Del Rio. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. My approach is a mindful one, in which I help clients explore their internal thoughts and emotions and guide them so they can have greater self-awareness and make healthier conscious choices. Clients who work with me tend to need support to break out of negative patterns, have a better understanding of themselves, have a need to find purpose in their life, be able to engage and have healthy relationships, and have a desire to achieve a higher quality of life.
Hi, my name is Maritza Del Rio. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. My approach is a mindful one, in which I help clients explore their internal thoughts and emotions and guide them so they can have greater self-awareness and make healthier conscious choices. Clients who work with me tend to need support to break out of negative patterns, have a better understanding of themselves, have a need to find purpose in their life, be able to engage and have healthy relationships, and have a desire to achieve a higher quality of life.
(415) 727-4681 View (415) 727-4681
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Don Ross
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Outer Mission, San Francisco, CA 94110
In the therapy session, I work to create a safe place to be our true, human selves—where both our worst and best qualities will in time be revealed. I work in the here-and-now: exploring your present concerns and goals more than your past history. I know that empathy promotes healing and ask for feedback to be sure my clients feel understood. I provide resources, tools and skills clients can use between sessions. I also work to help people learn self-compassion (see www.self-compassion.org), since that ability is necessary to heal and grow.
In the therapy session, I work to create a safe place to be our true, human selves—where both our worst and best qualities will in time be revealed. I work in the here-and-now: exploring your present concerns and goals more than your past history. I know that empathy promotes healing and ask for feedback to be sure my clients feel understood. I provide resources, tools and skills clients can use between sessions. I also work to help people learn self-compassion (see www.self-compassion.org), since that ability is necessary to heal and grow.
(415) 855-3709 View (415) 855-3709
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Carolyn Josephine Sidhu
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Outer Mission, San Francisco, CA 94110
I was born and raised in North Carolina and have lived in California for over 20 years. I am a single mother of 2 daughters and have first-hand experience navigating through a divorce and parenthood. My passions include being a mother, spending time with family and friends, playing beach volleyball, and traveling to new places. I consider myself a kind person who is honest, open-minded, emphatic, and always ready for an adventure. I have been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) for over 12 years and began my career as a Recreation Therapist working in a psychiatric inpatient unit for adults with mental health issues.
I was born and raised in North Carolina and have lived in California for over 20 years. I am a single mother of 2 daughters and have first-hand experience navigating through a divorce and parenthood. My passions include being a mother, spending time with family and friends, playing beach volleyball, and traveling to new places. I consider myself a kind person who is honest, open-minded, emphatic, and always ready for an adventure. I have been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) for over 12 years and began my career as a Recreation Therapist working in a psychiatric inpatient unit for adults with mental health issues.
(415) 687-2429 View (415) 687-2429
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Janelle Klaas
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Outer Mission, San Francisco, CA 94131  (Online Only)
Most folks who find their way to me are incredibly hard workers. They’ve survived by striving to manage their emotions, overcome their fears, and hold back problematic impulses. By the time they meet me, they may be exhausted, or they may be so entrenched in the endless struggle to feel well that it just feels normal. But they’re stuck because the level of effort is not sustainable, and they need something else. They need a soft place to land. To slow down and be present. To listen and feel heard. To heal, so that wellness blooms naturally rather than as a constant project.
Most folks who find their way to me are incredibly hard workers. They’ve survived by striving to manage their emotions, overcome their fears, and hold back problematic impulses. By the time they meet me, they may be exhausted, or they may be so entrenched in the endless struggle to feel well that it just feels normal. But they’re stuck because the level of effort is not sustainable, and they need something else. They need a soft place to land. To slow down and be present. To listen and feel heard. To heal, so that wellness blooms naturally rather than as a constant project.
(408) 816-1154 View (408) 816-1154
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John Mark Krejci
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Outer Mission, San Francisco, CA 94131  (Online Only)
Hello! What if you woke up tomorrow and all your difficulties disappeared? Though hard to imagine, envisioning how you'd like your life to be is the first step in finding solutions. After hearing your story, I focus on strengths (in individuals and couples), and help you see the possibilities for positive change. This can be difficult for anxious or depressed clients, but I find it a good start. I embrace the role of authentic, non-judgmental collaborator. I use techniques that can immediately reduce anxiety, and I show clients that depression is treatable.
Hello! What if you woke up tomorrow and all your difficulties disappeared? Though hard to imagine, envisioning how you'd like your life to be is the first step in finding solutions. After hearing your story, I focus on strengths (in individuals and couples), and help you see the possibilities for positive change. This can be difficult for anxious or depressed clients, but I find it a good start. I embrace the role of authentic, non-judgmental collaborator. I use techniques that can immediately reduce anxiety, and I show clients that depression is treatable.
(341) 444-2386 View (341) 444-2386
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Leah Chalofsky
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Outer Mission, 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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Zoe Becker
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Outer Mission, San Francisco, CA 94131
Not accepting new clients
We all need special attention at times in our lives. Working on emotional problems by yourself can be hard, even when you have support in your life. If you are feeling lost, overwhelmed or are searching for self-understanding, therapy is an excellent choice. Just as finding the deeper meaning in suffering may be important, sometimes simply solving day to day practical issues is as well. Either way, the value of inner work far exceeds what we can imagine.
We all need special attention at times in our lives. Working on emotional problems by yourself can be hard, even when you have support in your life. If you are feeling lost, overwhelmed or are searching for self-understanding, therapy is an excellent choice. Just as finding the deeper meaning in suffering may be important, sometimes simply solving day to day practical issues is as well. Either way, the value of inner work far exceeds what we can imagine.
(415) 799-3470 View (415) 799-3470
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Leonora Gorelik
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Outer Mission, San Francisco, CA 94110
Leonora Gorelik, LCSW I like to focus on your strengths & skills you already have to help you overcome life challenges on your journey towards healing, growth & self-empowerment. I believe everyone is capable of gaining insight & introspection to live a happier life. I prefer a person-centered, supportive environment. I'm here to assist you on your journey towards understanding your emotions, restructured thoughts, and self-compassion. I want to help you heal challenging past experiences while creating room for growth and change in your life.
Leonora Gorelik, LCSW I like to focus on your strengths & skills you already have to help you overcome life challenges on your journey towards healing, growth & self-empowerment. I believe everyone is capable of gaining insight & introspection to live a happier life. I prefer a person-centered, supportive environment. I'm here to assist you on your journey towards understanding your emotions, restructured thoughts, and self-compassion. I want to help you heal challenging past experiences while creating room for growth and change in your life.
(415) 891-0253 View (415) 891-0253
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Susan Diane Utter
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Outer Mission, San Francisco, CA 94112  (Online Only)
Today many people are wondering what in the world is happening out there. People seem to be separating into two very different camps; and have lost the ability to consider point of view except for their own. Families are divided, friendships ended, as we hang on to the diminishing picture of how things used to be. There is no returning to how it used to be, everything is changing. Helpers such as myself can offer a space of no judgement to explore how to navigate these times. One of my favorite sayings is "just when you think it's falling apart, it's really falling together." Does this resonate with you? If so, I may be your helper.
Today many people are wondering what in the world is happening out there. People seem to be separating into two very different camps; and have lost the ability to consider point of view except for their own. Families are divided, friendships ended, as we hang on to the diminishing picture of how things used to be. There is no returning to how it used to be, everything is changing. Helpers such as myself can offer a space of no judgement to explore how to navigate these times. One of my favorite sayings is "just when you think it's falling apart, it's really falling together." Does this resonate with you? If so, I may be your helper.
(805) 395-4318 View (805) 395-4318
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Theresa Rodriguez
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Outer Mission, San Francisco, CA 94110
My name is Theresa Rodriguez, CADC, LMFT. I have been in the helping field for over 14 years. My experience and background are with individuals who need further assistance with mental health, substance use, trauma, LGBTQ+. Using Acceptance and Commitment therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Relapse Prevention techniques to help clients make progress and start feeling better about where they are and where they have yet to go. I have experience working with the LGBTQ+ community, individuals struggling with co-occurring disorders, substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, and trauma.
My name is Theresa Rodriguez, CADC, LMFT. I have been in the helping field for over 14 years. My experience and background are with individuals who need further assistance with mental health, substance use, trauma, LGBTQ+. Using Acceptance and Commitment therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Relapse Prevention techniques to help clients make progress and start feeling better about where they are and where they have yet to go. I have experience working with the LGBTQ+ community, individuals struggling with co-occurring disorders, substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, and trauma.
(415) 949-2885 View (415) 949-2885
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Cynthia Nakoski
Psychologist, LCP
Verified Verified
Outer Mission, San Francisco, CA 94110
Dr. Cynthia (Cyndi) Nakoski, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist whose passion is assisting people with healing from traumatic/stressful experiences. Whether it be a sudden health crisis, a traumatic event, the loss of a loved one, or any other traumatic/stressful experience that causes life to unravel, Dr. Nakoski's vast experience with trauma work has solidified her understanding that finding healthy ways to cope and strengthen is possible. Dr. Nakoski specializes in the treatment of chronic pain, health challenges, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and co-occurring addiction issues.
Dr. Cynthia (Cyndi) Nakoski, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist whose passion is assisting people with healing from traumatic/stressful experiences. Whether it be a sudden health crisis, a traumatic event, the loss of a loved one, or any other traumatic/stressful experience that causes life to unravel, Dr. Nakoski's vast experience with trauma work has solidified her understanding that finding healthy ways to cope and strengthen is possible. Dr. Nakoski specializes in the treatment of chronic pain, health challenges, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and co-occurring addiction issues.
(415) 818-9791 View (415) 818-9791
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Number of Therapists in Outer Mission, San Francisco, CA

200+

Average cost per session

$175

Therapists in Outer Mission, San Francisco, CA who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
82% Stress
75% Life Transitions
70% Grief
63% Family Conflict
62% Women's Issues

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% Aetna
83% Anthem | Elevance
79% Health Net

How Therapists in Outer Mission, San Francisco, CA see their clients

65% Online Only
35% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

82% Female
17% Male
1% Non-Binary
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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.