Therapists in San Jose, CA

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Kathleen A Bonal
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95125
Struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, work issues, OCD, or stressful life circumstances is challenging and can be isolating and overwhelming. I can help you navigate through these challenges, gain insight and understanding of your situation, and develop ways of coping that are adaptive and empowering. Psychotherapy is an opportunity to learn more about yourself and your patterns of behavior, and to make changes that feel healthy for you.
Struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, work issues, OCD, or stressful life circumstances is challenging and can be isolating and overwhelming. I can help you navigate through these challenges, gain insight and understanding of your situation, and develop ways of coping that are adaptive and empowering. Psychotherapy is an opportunity to learn more about yourself and your patterns of behavior, and to make changes that feel healthy for you.
(408) 335-4535 View (408) 335-4535
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Gerardo Joshua Salinas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95112
My Goal is to provide a space that feels warm, non-judgmental and more importantly helpful. I work with adults, teens, and children who are experiencing trauma, depression, anxiety, and grief. I believe that navigating these experiences feels better when we get to work through them with someone else. I offer Talk Therapy, Play Therapy, Mindfulness Techniques, Art Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, to help resolve conflict, improve communication, and work to resolve trauma with a focus on early attachment and developmental needs. I also offer parent coaching to help with challenging behaviors at school or in the home.
My Goal is to provide a space that feels warm, non-judgmental and more importantly helpful. I work with adults, teens, and children who are experiencing trauma, depression, anxiety, and grief. I believe that navigating these experiences feels better when we get to work through them with someone else. I offer Talk Therapy, Play Therapy, Mindfulness Techniques, Art Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, to help resolve conflict, improve communication, and work to resolve trauma with a focus on early attachment and developmental needs. I also offer parent coaching to help with challenging behaviors at school or in the home.
(831) 263-4141 View (831) 263-4141
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Saskia Stockbroekx-Pinto
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95126
Life is a challenge...even if you don't have any major problems. When you experience one or more additional stressors, such as relationship issues with a child/partner, challenges with blending families, job, financial, health, mood, legal, or ex-partner issues, you might find yourself struggling to keep your sanity at times or realize that you are not living up to your potential. If you wish to feel more full-filled emotionally, physically, mentally, professionally, spiritually and/or in your relationships, I can help you explore which changes could be helpful to reach that goal or what is causing you to stay stuck and in pain.
Life is a challenge...even if you don't have any major problems. When you experience one or more additional stressors, such as relationship issues with a child/partner, challenges with blending families, job, financial, health, mood, legal, or ex-partner issues, you might find yourself struggling to keep your sanity at times or realize that you are not living up to your potential. If you wish to feel more full-filled emotionally, physically, mentally, professionally, spiritually and/or in your relationships, I can help you explore which changes could be helpful to reach that goal or what is causing you to stay stuck and in pain.
(408) 512-3572 View (408) 512-3572
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Sandra Macias
Psychologist, Sandra Macias, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95125
I know that we are living in unique and challenging times. It can sometimes be difficult to navigate the life stressors that come our way, especially when those stressors lead to disruptions in our ability to cope and function the way we wish to. I understand the importance we place on developing and maintaining strong and supportive interpersonal relationships with our families, our children, our partners, and our communities. I also am a strong believer in the need to have a therapist who can listen, support, and offer you real tools to manage stressors and mental health issues.
I know that we are living in unique and challenging times. It can sometimes be difficult to navigate the life stressors that come our way, especially when those stressors lead to disruptions in our ability to cope and function the way we wish to. I understand the importance we place on developing and maintaining strong and supportive interpersonal relationships with our families, our children, our partners, and our communities. I also am a strong believer in the need to have a therapist who can listen, support, and offer you real tools to manage stressors and mental health issues.
(408) 662-1558 View (408) 662-1558
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Thuy Tran
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95136  (Online Only)
Hello. I'm is a bilingual psychotherapist with over 16 years of clinical experiences. I have a passion to promote the integration of individual, family and community healing. Prior to being a therapist, I was a social worker supporting and advocating for survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, rape, or sexual abuse. I hope to offer support to those facing unprecedented challenges, have challenges with regulating emotions, and/or coping with trauma, depression, anxiety, and various life stressors. My goal is to help my client identify and utilize their own intrinsic motivation to emotionally heal and grow.
Hello. I'm is a bilingual psychotherapist with over 16 years of clinical experiences. I have a passion to promote the integration of individual, family and community healing. Prior to being a therapist, I was a social worker supporting and advocating for survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, rape, or sexual abuse. I hope to offer support to those facing unprecedented challenges, have challenges with regulating emotions, and/or coping with trauma, depression, anxiety, and various life stressors. My goal is to help my client identify and utilize their own intrinsic motivation to emotionally heal and grow.
(909) 316-3613 View (909) 316-3613
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Kirsten Haney
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95128
"As therapists, we are public servants. We have devoted our lives to making something from nothing, to find complex solutions to complex problems. To care and hold space in the face of disaster, trauma and fear. To give assurance and strength and help others rise." - Kirsten Haney LMFT
"As therapists, we are public servants. We have devoted our lives to making something from nothing, to find complex solutions to complex problems. To care and hold space in the face of disaster, trauma and fear. To give assurance and strength and help others rise." - Kirsten Haney LMFT
(408) 834-7325 View (408) 834-7325
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Chris Claytor
Counselor, PhD, LPCC
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95128
Someday is Today! As a therapist, I employ a holistic view. I respectfully explore behavioral, emotional, cognitive, physical, and spiritual aspects of my client's life. My style is warm and active. My work uses an existential-integrative here-and -now approach that is grounded in proven methodologies including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TEAM-CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Attachment, and Choice Theory. I give feedback, suggestions, ideas, and psychoeducation. I am skilled in working with multi-disciplinary teams to help you get the fullest benefits from treatment.
Someday is Today! As a therapist, I employ a holistic view. I respectfully explore behavioral, emotional, cognitive, physical, and spiritual aspects of my client's life. My style is warm and active. My work uses an existential-integrative here-and -now approach that is grounded in proven methodologies including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TEAM-CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Attachment, and Choice Theory. I give feedback, suggestions, ideas, and psychoeducation. I am skilled in working with multi-disciplinary teams to help you get the fullest benefits from treatment.
(408) 676-4090 View (408) 676-4090
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Cynthia Corona
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95125
Therapy can benefit anyone. If you are seeking a therapist, it must mean that you are ready or getting ready to create change in your life. Whether you are trying to overcome something stressful or looking to develop healthy habits, therapy is one way to reach these goals. My clients tend to be more successful when they utilize what they learn outside of therapy to develop a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle. Therapy is a tool for those who are willing to reflect and confront difficult feelings in order to theoretically come out on the other side with more courage and self-awareness than before.
Therapy can benefit anyone. If you are seeking a therapist, it must mean that you are ready or getting ready to create change in your life. Whether you are trying to overcome something stressful or looking to develop healthy habits, therapy is one way to reach these goals. My clients tend to be more successful when they utilize what they learn outside of therapy to develop a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle. Therapy is a tool for those who are willing to reflect and confront difficult feelings in order to theoretically come out on the other side with more courage and self-awareness than before.
(408) 214-6253 View (408) 214-6253
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Deborah Johnson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95112
Greetings, my name is Deborah Johnson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I work with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adolescents, adults, and couples. My areas of expertise are working with depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, trauma-informed and focused, and co-occurring disorders. My typical client population is comprised of mood disorders, including Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder, a spectrum of Anxiety Disorders, including Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Panic Disorder.
Greetings, my name is Deborah Johnson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I work with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adolescents, adults, and couples. My areas of expertise are working with depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, trauma-informed and focused, and co-occurring disorders. My typical client population is comprised of mood disorders, including Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder, a spectrum of Anxiety Disorders, including Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Panic Disorder.
(408) 715-1383 View (408) 715-1383
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Mariann C. Tymn, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95125
Do you need help to make changes in your life? My main areas of interest & experience include parenting issues, LGBTQ issues, sexual abuse, trauma (childhood & recent), marriage/relationship problems, depression, ADHD, & career counseling. I have worked with individuals, couples, and families from diverse cultures, ethnicities, and sexual/gender orientation. My work with you begins by providing a safe and non-judging place for you to talk about your needs. We will work together to help you make positive changes in your life. I am happy to answer any questions about how I work and how therapy might work for you.
Do you need help to make changes in your life? My main areas of interest & experience include parenting issues, LGBTQ issues, sexual abuse, trauma (childhood & recent), marriage/relationship problems, depression, ADHD, & career counseling. I have worked with individuals, couples, and families from diverse cultures, ethnicities, and sexual/gender orientation. My work with you begins by providing a safe and non-judging place for you to talk about your needs. We will work together to help you make positive changes in your life. I am happy to answer any questions about how I work and how therapy might work for you.
(408) 622-0746 View (408) 622-0746
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Monica Misuraca Burton
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95123  (Online Only)
I am a California Indigenous (Ohlone) and third generation Mexican- and Sicilian-American Psychotherapist in the San Francisco Bay Area, currently providing therapeutic services online. I specialize in supporting teens and adults that are struggling with issues of anxiety and depression, low self-esteem, negative thinking, self criticism, difficulties with life transitions and postpartum issues.
I am a California Indigenous (Ohlone) and third generation Mexican- and Sicilian-American Psychotherapist in the San Francisco Bay Area, currently providing therapeutic services online. I specialize in supporting teens and adults that are struggling with issues of anxiety and depression, low self-esteem, negative thinking, self criticism, difficulties with life transitions and postpartum issues.
(408) 669-4733 View (408) 669-4733
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Estrella A Ramirez
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95113
My clients have been trying to make changes for a long time. Sometimes their struggles take over and cause them to do drastic things like over-exercise, binge, purge, or restrict. For a moment they feel better. But over time, their struggles begin to take on a life of their own. By the time my clients find me, they feel very distant from who they are and the life they used to enjoy. The people I work with want to stop obsessing about food and appearance. Many struggle with anxiety, depression, or traumatic histories. A small part of them believes life can be better and is searching for guidance on how to get there.
My clients have been trying to make changes for a long time. Sometimes their struggles take over and cause them to do drastic things like over-exercise, binge, purge, or restrict. For a moment they feel better. But over time, their struggles begin to take on a life of their own. By the time my clients find me, they feel very distant from who they are and the life they used to enjoy. The people I work with want to stop obsessing about food and appearance. Many struggle with anxiety, depression, or traumatic histories. A small part of them believes life can be better and is searching for guidance on how to get there.
(669) 222-8571 View (669) 222-8571
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Bea Armstrong
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95117
Hi! Thanks for considering me as your therapist. Whether you are struggling with a past trauma or current relationship, I have more than 30 years of helping people learn to live the best life possible. Areas of expertise: cult recovery (religious, other); ACA, PTSD, addictions, and narcissistic relationships, grief and loss.
Hi! Thanks for considering me as your therapist. Whether you are struggling with a past trauma or current relationship, I have more than 30 years of helping people learn to live the best life possible. Areas of expertise: cult recovery (religious, other); ACA, PTSD, addictions, and narcissistic relationships, grief and loss.
(669) 271-7662 View (669) 271-7662
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Mary K Miller
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95125
I am a licensed psychologist who has over 20 years experience working with adolescents and adults. Therapy is a collaborative process between therapist and client. I strive to create a supportive environment in which clients can feel safe to explore their feelings and address barriers that are interfering with their quality of life. I draw from a variety of treatment approaches that match your own personal needs and goals. I believe our thoughts influence our feelings and ultimately our behavior so I also work from a cognitive behavioral approach.
I am a licensed psychologist who has over 20 years experience working with adolescents and adults. Therapy is a collaborative process between therapist and client. I strive to create a supportive environment in which clients can feel safe to explore their feelings and address barriers that are interfering with their quality of life. I draw from a variety of treatment approaches that match your own personal needs and goals. I believe our thoughts influence our feelings and ultimately our behavior so I also work from a cognitive behavioral approach.
(408) 796-4273 View (408) 796-4273
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Bea Armstrong
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95117
Hi! Thanks for considering me as your therapist. Whether you are struggling with a past trauma or current relationship, I have more than 30 years of helping people learn to live the best life possible. Areas of expertise: cult recovery (religious, other); ACA, PTSD, addictions, and narcissistic relationships, grief and loss. All of us hit speed bumps -- sometimes mountains -- that keep us from moving forward. Our beliefs about how life works can block happiness. We can't always change what's happening, but we can change our perception of it. I work exclusively online. See my web site: www.beaarmstrong.com
Hi! Thanks for considering me as your therapist. Whether you are struggling with a past trauma or current relationship, I have more than 30 years of helping people learn to live the best life possible. Areas of expertise: cult recovery (religious, other); ACA, PTSD, addictions, and narcissistic relationships, grief and loss. All of us hit speed bumps -- sometimes mountains -- that keep us from moving forward. Our beliefs about how life works can block happiness. We can't always change what's happening, but we can change our perception of it. I work exclusively online. See my web site: www.beaarmstrong.com
(408) 351-1879 View (408) 351-1879
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Randy Cruz
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95116
I’m Randy Cruz; a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. My passion is to provide support to adults who are experiencing difficulties reaching their full potential in life due to both internal and external hardships. I hold a genuine passion for helping adults who are struggling with depression, grief, anxiety, and those who are experiencing difficulties adjusting to significant life changes.
I’m Randy Cruz; a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. My passion is to provide support to adults who are experiencing difficulties reaching their full potential in life due to both internal and external hardships. I hold a genuine passion for helping adults who are struggling with depression, grief, anxiety, and those who are experiencing difficulties adjusting to significant life changes.
(408) 883-4472 View (408) 883-4472
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Karen D Kochenburg
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95110
Waitlist for new clients
Hello! Please send me a message and I will reply promptly! I currently have openings during the day on weekdays. I love working with people finding their way with neurodivergence/ADHD/ASD and/or sexual/gender identity. These issues affect everything in life, including relationships, moods, and work, so please feel free to contact me if any of this applies to you. I am also delighted to address other issues listed as my specialties with anyone 13 and over. I look forward to meeting you!
Hello! Please send me a message and I will reply promptly! I currently have openings during the day on weekdays. I love working with people finding their way with neurodivergence/ADHD/ASD and/or sexual/gender identity. These issues affect everything in life, including relationships, moods, and work, so please feel free to contact me if any of this applies to you. I am also delighted to address other issues listed as my specialties with anyone 13 and over. I look forward to meeting you!
(408) 583-5357 View (408) 583-5357
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Christine Minakakis
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95126  (Online Only)
Have you struggled to get and stay organized - despite trying every possible planner, routine, and system? Have you noticed that you have difficulty relaxing, even when you have time to yourself? Have you ever been told that you move around or space out a lot? I specialize in working with adults with ADHD and I can help. You might have been diagnosed with ADHD as a child or you might have gotten diagnosed just last week. Our work together can help you process any anxiety or shame around ADHD symptoms. I can help you navigate social, relationship, and work settings, and help you better understand your brilliant neurodivergent brain.
Have you struggled to get and stay organized - despite trying every possible planner, routine, and system? Have you noticed that you have difficulty relaxing, even when you have time to yourself? Have you ever been told that you move around or space out a lot? I specialize in working with adults with ADHD and I can help. You might have been diagnosed with ADHD as a child or you might have gotten diagnosed just last week. Our work together can help you process any anxiety or shame around ADHD symptoms. I can help you navigate social, relationship, and work settings, and help you better understand your brilliant neurodivergent brain.
(408) 676-5158 View (408) 676-5158
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Camerina (Sunshine) Del Rio
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95131
Attention Young Adults! Are you struggling with coworkers or even family members who still treat you like you're too young to know anything? You've handled the pressure of school, work, and relationships, but don't seem to get credit from people who ought to be taking your side and supporting you. I get it – and adulting can be hard because of this!
Attention Young Adults! Are you struggling with coworkers or even family members who still treat you like you're too young to know anything? You've handled the pressure of school, work, and relationships, but don't seem to get credit from people who ought to be taking your side and supporting you. I get it – and adulting can be hard because of this!
(408) 872-8710 View (408) 872-8710
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Donald Bender
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95124
I have been doing individual and couple therapy for over thirty years. I use a variety of therapeutic approaches, always choosing the one that best suits the client's immediate needs. These modalities range from psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral to narrative and existential. There is even some dream and hypnotherapy added when helpful. In addition to my clinical practice, I have extensive forensic psychology experience, including resolving workplace disputes, custody issues, and trial consulting. My goal is to help clients find meaningful solutions to challenging life problems.
I have been doing individual and couple therapy for over thirty years. I use a variety of therapeutic approaches, always choosing the one that best suits the client's immediate needs. These modalities range from psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral to narrative and existential. There is even some dream and hypnotherapy added when helpful. In addition to my clinical practice, I have extensive forensic psychology experience, including resolving workplace disputes, custody issues, and trial consulting. My goal is to help clients find meaningful solutions to challenging life problems.
(408) 878-1791 View (408) 878-1791

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in San Jose, CA

2,000+

Average cost per session

$180

Therapists in San Jose, CA who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
87% Depression
75% Relationship Issues
72% Self Esteem
70% Stress
67% Coping Skills
64% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

77% Aetna
72% Cigna and Evernorth
67% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in San Jose, CA see their clients

69% In Person and Online
31% Online Only

Gender breakdown

81% Female
18% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in San Jose?

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.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

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.