Therapists in San Luis Obispo, CA

Photo of Deborah M Halpern in San Luis Obispo, CA
Deborah M Halpern
MA, MEd
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401  (Online Only)
I am a Certified Transformational Life Coach with Master's degrees in Psychology and Education. I help my clients to work through various life transitions: developing healthier habits, letting go of self-defeating behaviors, managing anxiety, and discovering how to create a life worth living! My unique gift is to help people learn the skills and practices they can use to move through fear and doubt to arrive at a place of authenticity and presence. I specialize in bringing together the body and the mind to bring my clients into a state of health, balance, and wholeness.
I am a Certified Transformational Life Coach with Master's degrees in Psychology and Education. I help my clients to work through various life transitions: developing healthier habits, letting go of self-defeating behaviors, managing anxiety, and discovering how to create a life worth living! My unique gift is to help people learn the skills and practices they can use to move through fear and doubt to arrive at a place of authenticity and presence. I specialize in bringing together the body and the mind to bring my clients into a state of health, balance, and wholeness.
(805) 590-8087 View (805) 590-8087
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Audrey DeFrisco
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Audrey offers therapy to adolescents, adults, and couples struggling with emotional and relational distress. A gentle and compassionate listener, you can rely on Audrey to explore your inner world and tap into your strengths. Her clinical experience includes working with children, adults, couples, and families struggling with emotional and relational difficulties. She's facilitated mindfulness-based coping skills groups for adults and teens, and spent two years serving elementary school students as a school-based counselor.
Audrey offers therapy to adolescents, adults, and couples struggling with emotional and relational distress. A gentle and compassionate listener, you can rely on Audrey to explore your inner world and tap into your strengths. Her clinical experience includes working with children, adults, couples, and families struggling with emotional and relational difficulties. She's facilitated mindfulness-based coping skills groups for adults and teens, and spent two years serving elementary school students as a school-based counselor.
(805) 590-4632 View (805) 590-4632
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Leonard Manzella
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Anxiety, Depression and Substance Abuse have reached epidemic proportions in today's world. They have become a way of life for many, causing undue anguish and pain, and jeopardizing the well-being of millions as well as the significant relationships in their lives. For over 25 years I have been helping people find a way back to themselves and on a path to living healthier and happier lives. It would be an honor to help you.
Anxiety, Depression and Substance Abuse have reached epidemic proportions in today's world. They have become a way of life for many, causing undue anguish and pain, and jeopardizing the well-being of millions as well as the significant relationships in their lives. For over 25 years I have been helping people find a way back to themselves and on a path to living healthier and happier lives. It would be an honor to help you.
(805) 214-6619 View (805) 214-6619
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Ryder Lewerenz
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified
3 Endorsed
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Hello and welcome. You are likely here because you are looking for support and compassion, either for yourself or a loved one and I am grateful to be a part of that journey. My hope is to uplift you as you move toward increased healing and wholeness in your life. I take a collaborative, wholistic, practical, and empathic approach. My aim is to empower you to work with your struggles and to utilize your strengths as a means of moving through anxiety, overwhelm, trauma and insecurities. Together, we will discover and explore new, integrated, more aligned ways of being and ultimately work to achieve increased peace and connection.
Hello and welcome. You are likely here because you are looking for support and compassion, either for yourself or a loved one and I am grateful to be a part of that journey. My hope is to uplift you as you move toward increased healing and wholeness in your life. I take a collaborative, wholistic, practical, and empathic approach. My aim is to empower you to work with your struggles and to utilize your strengths as a means of moving through anxiety, overwhelm, trauma and insecurities. Together, we will discover and explore new, integrated, more aligned ways of being and ultimately work to achieve increased peace and connection.
(805) 394-3988 View (805) 394-3988
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Brendan Kearns
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
For those who struggle with decision-regret and anxiety around making the perfect choice, picking a therapist on this website is work in itself - if you're here reading this and that's you, I commend you as your therapy has already begun. Anxious and seemingly uncontrollable thoughts, "imposter syndrome", endless struggles to be perfect, only to be met with guilt and regret; all uncomfortable things that we humans try to avoid and control, yet all of that avoiding and controlling just doesn't seem to do any good. You're here to learn better ways to manage these experiences, and that's where I can help.
For those who struggle with decision-regret and anxiety around making the perfect choice, picking a therapist on this website is work in itself - if you're here reading this and that's you, I commend you as your therapy has already begun. Anxious and seemingly uncontrollable thoughts, "imposter syndrome", endless struggles to be perfect, only to be met with guilt and regret; all uncomfortable things that we humans try to avoid and control, yet all of that avoiding and controlling just doesn't seem to do any good. You're here to learn better ways to manage these experiences, and that's where I can help.
(805) 303-2649 View (805) 303-2649
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Vicki M Matthews
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MA, PCCI
Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401  (Online Only)
Are you feeling a loss of joy in your life? Are you depressed, anxious, and emotional? Do you have problems with drugs or alcohol and suffering alone? I can help! I am a compassionate, empathetic and motivated Licensed Professional Clinical Counseling who wants to be a part of restoring the happiness in those struggling with life difficulties in my own community. I believe in a creative solution-focused and strength based approach to therapy. Together, I will help you identify fitting healing interventions; finding the source of your concerns and issues in a safe, non-judgmental and supportive atmosphere.
Are you feeling a loss of joy in your life? Are you depressed, anxious, and emotional? Do you have problems with drugs or alcohol and suffering alone? I can help! I am a compassionate, empathetic and motivated Licensed Professional Clinical Counseling who wants to be a part of restoring the happiness in those struggling with life difficulties in my own community. I believe in a creative solution-focused and strength based approach to therapy. Together, I will help you identify fitting healing interventions; finding the source of your concerns and issues in a safe, non-judgmental and supportive atmosphere.
(805) 977-6117 View (805) 977-6117
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Karen Schneller
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CEDS
Verified
1 Endorsed
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
You are living a daily battle in your head about what you can eat, how much you should exercise, if you are worthy of taking up space. You are consumed by counting calories and by the negative voice inside that tells you, you’ll never be good enough or thin enough, smart enough or pretty enough. You are fed up with how the society/culture tells you how you should look and feel and behave. Your behaviors have you feeling exhausted and depleted and you wonder how you can go on another day. Others may think you have it all together on the outside, but the mental torture inside is killing you and feel like your life is shrinking.
You are living a daily battle in your head about what you can eat, how much you should exercise, if you are worthy of taking up space. You are consumed by counting calories and by the negative voice inside that tells you, you’ll never be good enough or thin enough, smart enough or pretty enough. You are fed up with how the society/culture tells you how you should look and feel and behave. Your behaviors have you feeling exhausted and depleted and you wonder how you can go on another day. Others may think you have it all together on the outside, but the mental torture inside is killing you and feel like your life is shrinking.
(805) 316-7124 View (805) 316-7124
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Christina Dee
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
11 Endorsed
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Connecting with yourself can bring a greater calm and balance to your life. I provide a warm presence to help you nourish, strengthen and restore yourself to emotional, physical and spiritual wellness. Whether you wish you heal a broken heart, process grief and loss, resolve a work challenge or discover ways to fine-tune your beliefs and attitudes, I am ready to journey by your side as a source of support, guidance and insight.
Connecting with yourself can bring a greater calm and balance to your life. I provide a warm presence to help you nourish, strengthen and restore yourself to emotional, physical and spiritual wellness. Whether you wish you heal a broken heart, process grief and loss, resolve a work challenge or discover ways to fine-tune your beliefs and attitudes, I am ready to journey by your side as a source of support, guidance and insight.
(805) 316-7104 View (805) 316-7104
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Rachel Quigley
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
4 Endorsed
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
I imagine you're here seeking support in navigating a challenge, gaining understanding about yourself, or to grow and enhance your quality of life. I aim to provide compassion, safety, curiosity and perspective to have you leave feeling more equipped with tools, greater self-compassion and overall improved wellbeing. I utilize a holistic, mindful and relational approach focused on developing insights, self-compassion and, if you so choose, tools for growth. As a Somatically trained therapist I gather information from your thoughts, feelings and beliefs as well as from you body (sensations, pain, tension, movements). All are welcome.
I imagine you're here seeking support in navigating a challenge, gaining understanding about yourself, or to grow and enhance your quality of life. I aim to provide compassion, safety, curiosity and perspective to have you leave feeling more equipped with tools, greater self-compassion and overall improved wellbeing. I utilize a holistic, mindful and relational approach focused on developing insights, self-compassion and, if you so choose, tools for growth. As a Somatically trained therapist I gather information from your thoughts, feelings and beliefs as well as from you body (sensations, pain, tension, movements). All are welcome.
(805) 316-7167 View (805) 316-7167
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Jaclyn Woods
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
15 Endorsed
San Luis Obispo, CA 93402
Not accepting new clients
Painful feelings, experiences, losses, and transitions in your life and those around you can sometimes feel too overwhelming to walk through alone, my job as your therapist is to walk with you. Together we can create a path on your journey towards healing and wholeness. If you have felt deep sadness, then you also have the capacity to feel great joy. I am continually humbled by the human spirit and it's ability to seek integration and healing and I believe therapy can be one of the most powerful practices available to create transformations from the inside out.
Painful feelings, experiences, losses, and transitions in your life and those around you can sometimes feel too overwhelming to walk through alone, my job as your therapist is to walk with you. Together we can create a path on your journey towards healing and wholeness. If you have felt deep sadness, then you also have the capacity to feel great joy. I am continually humbled by the human spirit and it's ability to seek integration and healing and I believe therapy can be one of the most powerful practices available to create transformations from the inside out.
(805) 209-0595 View (805) 209-0595
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Laura Weronski
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, PMH-C
Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Not accepting new clients
Making the decision to begin therapy can be tough & finding a therapist even harder. I'm so glad you're here! I am a Licensed Therapist with over 12 years of experience. I provide a safe & supportive environment to help you walk through difficult life circumstances. I use evidence based practices and work collaboratively with you to teach skills and support you in meeting your goals. I have a passion for young adults and those struggling with issues related to family building and parenthood. I hold a certificate in perinatal mental health-one of a handful on the central coast -and have lived experience as a mother to two young boys.
Making the decision to begin therapy can be tough & finding a therapist even harder. I'm so glad you're here! I am a Licensed Therapist with over 12 years of experience. I provide a safe & supportive environment to help you walk through difficult life circumstances. I use evidence based practices and work collaboratively with you to teach skills and support you in meeting your goals. I have a passion for young adults and those struggling with issues related to family building and parenthood. I hold a certificate in perinatal mental health-one of a handful on the central coast -and have lived experience as a mother to two young boys.
(805) 410-9837 View (805) 410-9837
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Allison Trujillo
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401  (Online Only)
You’re someone who strives to be the best version of yourself but struggles to know how to get there. This might present as anxiety, depression, anger, unprocessed trauma, or low self-esteem. You may need help with processing emotions or learning healthy coping techniques. Within the context of a compassionate space, you can gain tools for emotional regulation, increased insight, and self compassion. With this sense of safety, we can unpack specific traumas and heal your past to help you experience more ease and wholeness in your life.
You’re someone who strives to be the best version of yourself but struggles to know how to get there. This might present as anxiety, depression, anger, unprocessed trauma, or low self-esteem. You may need help with processing emotions or learning healthy coping techniques. Within the context of a compassionate space, you can gain tools for emotional regulation, increased insight, and self compassion. With this sense of safety, we can unpack specific traumas and heal your past to help you experience more ease and wholeness in your life.
(805) 600-0346 View (805) 600-0346
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Dr. Adare Toral
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, PhD, MA, LPCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Thank you for taking an interest in my practice. I am a trauma and forensic specialist with specialties in EMDR and threat assessment. My work centers on providing care for teens and adults with trauma through evidenced based practices. I utilize various therapeutic methods including art therapy, DBT, and somatic experiencing in order to provide the best care for each individual. Evening and weekend appointments are available.
Thank you for taking an interest in my practice. I am a trauma and forensic specialist with specialties in EMDR and threat assessment. My work centers on providing care for teens and adults with trauma through evidenced based practices. I utilize various therapeutic methods including art therapy, DBT, and somatic experiencing in order to provide the best care for each individual. Evening and weekend appointments are available.
(805) 316-7023 View (805) 316-7023
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Amber Gambel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
3 Endorsed
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401  (Online Only)
Navigating life is exhausting and complex, it makes total sense that you are seeking support in managing life's stressors and how to cope with the changing world and society's expectations. You may be finding yourself living a life with extensive pressure, guilt, shame and difficulty living the life you want to live. I work with individuals who are often exhausted by their current situations in unhealthy relationships with themselves and others. However, we will work together in smashing societies expectations and creating your own, setting boundaries, learning to love yourself, and exploring and living within your value system.
Navigating life is exhausting and complex, it makes total sense that you are seeking support in managing life's stressors and how to cope with the changing world and society's expectations. You may be finding yourself living a life with extensive pressure, guilt, shame and difficulty living the life you want to live. I work with individuals who are often exhausted by their current situations in unhealthy relationships with themselves and others. However, we will work together in smashing societies expectations and creating your own, setting boundaries, learning to love yourself, and exploring and living within your value system.
(805) 633-3126 x93445 View (805) 633-3126 x93445
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Amy Liston
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
2 Endorsed
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401  (Online Only)
Hello and thank you for visiting my profile. I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 33 years of practice. I currently provide individual psychotherapy to college students and adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief/bereavement, family issues, peer issues, relationship issues and/or life transitions. I offer a personalized therapy experience in a safe and inclusive space that honors your uniqueness as an individual. My approach is strength-based and client-centered with a humanistic/existential orientation.
Hello and thank you for visiting my profile. I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 33 years of practice. I currently provide individual psychotherapy to college students and adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief/bereavement, family issues, peer issues, relationship issues and/or life transitions. I offer a personalized therapy experience in a safe and inclusive space that honors your uniqueness as an individual. My approach is strength-based and client-centered with a humanistic/existential orientation.
(805) 334-8522 View (805) 334-8522
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Catherine G Currie
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
I'm glad your curiosity about finding a therapist has led you here. My experience in mental health work includes Gestalt, CBT, psycho-dynamic, humanistic, client-centered, mindfulness based and self-acceptance training. Please call with specific questions. We may be a good fit if you are open to exploring your inner-space, learning new ways of thinking and new coping strategies, and connecting with your own personal wisdom while addressing life's inevitable challenges. I've been doing psychotherapy for 30 years and, in addition to seeing my private clients, I have supervised MFT and MSW interns in clinic settings.
I'm glad your curiosity about finding a therapist has led you here. My experience in mental health work includes Gestalt, CBT, psycho-dynamic, humanistic, client-centered, mindfulness based and self-acceptance training. Please call with specific questions. We may be a good fit if you are open to exploring your inner-space, learning new ways of thinking and new coping strategies, and connecting with your own personal wisdom while addressing life's inevitable challenges. I've been doing psychotherapy for 30 years and, in addition to seeing my private clients, I have supervised MFT and MSW interns in clinic settings.
(805) 322-8995 View (805) 322-8995
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Jenilee Sneed
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Do you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, no matter what you do? You may be fed up with having anxiety or panic attacks, feeling like you’re always getting triggered, or feeling like you are no longer yourself. You might not even remember a time things didn’t feel this way. You want to be able to function in your day to day life again without feeling anxious and on edge. You’re ready to find tools to feel calm, stable, and at ease. You’re ready to understand why you feel the way you do. Most of all, you’re ready to reclaim your life.
Do you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, no matter what you do? You may be fed up with having anxiety or panic attacks, feeling like you’re always getting triggered, or feeling like you are no longer yourself. You might not even remember a time things didn’t feel this way. You want to be able to function in your day to day life again without feeling anxious and on edge. You’re ready to find tools to feel calm, stable, and at ease. You’re ready to understand why you feel the way you do. Most of all, you’re ready to reclaim your life.
(805) 232-5911 View (805) 232-5911
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Angela Bothwell
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
If you are struggling through life's challenges, it can be helpful to engage the company of a skilled listener who can serve as a mirror and a process guide. Finding meaningful support for your healing journey can make a big difference. This includes a safe, non-judgmental space where you can talk through difficulties, experience new possibilities, and to move into desired growth and change. I offer integrative counseling therapy that welcomes you in your uniqueness. Mental health is an integral part of the whole body, not just a product of what happens in the mind. A variety of targeted approaches can be included in your sessions.
If you are struggling through life's challenges, it can be helpful to engage the company of a skilled listener who can serve as a mirror and a process guide. Finding meaningful support for your healing journey can make a big difference. This includes a safe, non-judgmental space where you can talk through difficulties, experience new possibilities, and to move into desired growth and change. I offer integrative counseling therapy that welcomes you in your uniqueness. Mental health is an integral part of the whole body, not just a product of what happens in the mind. A variety of targeted approaches can be included in your sessions.
(805) 977-6673 View (805) 977-6673
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Seventh Wave Counseling-Lisa Huet, LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
3 Endorsed
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Life brings some challenges to all of us and sorting these out can be difficult for the most competent of individuals. My hope is to help you find the clarity you seek so you can enjoy your life to the fullest by creating an accepting environment to support your journey to a better life. I have always been curious about people and what makes us think one way or another. I have had the opportunity to serve people in this area for over 20 years at different agencies and have worked with very diverse folks. I would love the opportunity to help you discover some unexplored part of yourself that can deepen satisfaction in your life.
Life brings some challenges to all of us and sorting these out can be difficult for the most competent of individuals. My hope is to help you find the clarity you seek so you can enjoy your life to the fullest by creating an accepting environment to support your journey to a better life. I have always been curious about people and what makes us think one way or another. I have had the opportunity to serve people in this area for over 20 years at different agencies and have worked with very diverse folks. I would love the opportunity to help you discover some unexplored part of yourself that can deepen satisfaction in your life.
(805) 262-8434 View (805) 262-8434
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Erin P. MacIntyre PsyD Clinical Psychologist
Psychologist, MA, PsyD
Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
If looking to become a new patient, please email me for the fastest response!
If looking to become a new patient, please email me for the fastest response!
(805) 506-5001 View (805) 506-5001

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Number of Therapists in San Luis Obispo, CA

400+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in San Luis Obispo, CA who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
88% Depression
81% Relationship Issues
77% Trauma and PTSD
77% Self Esteem
69% Coping Skills
66% Stress

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

55% Other
44% Aetna
36% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in San Luis Obispo, CA see their clients

76% In Person and Online
24% Online Only

Gender breakdown

82% Female
17% Male
1% Non-Binary

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How can I find a therapist in San Luis Obispo?

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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.