Therapists in San Mateo, CA

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Photo of Dr. Vivian Lee Pichardo, PsyD, Psychologist
Dr. Vivian Lee Pichardo
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
San Mateo, CA 94401
Changes are hard, but not impossible. I believe lasting change occurs through profound self-understanding and awareness. This can be achieved through a collaborative relationship where we talk and think together to gain insights and meanings. My role is to provide a safe environment where a trusting relationship can be built. By listening to your stories, I will help you process the thoughts and feelings that emerge in order to develop a deeper understanding of your past traumas, inner conflicts, and destructive patterns. These newfound insights will then guide you to make changes in your current relationships or life situations.
Changes are hard, but not impossible. I believe lasting change occurs through profound self-understanding and awareness. This can be achieved through a collaborative relationship where we talk and think together to gain insights and meanings. My role is to provide a safe environment where a trusting relationship can be built. By listening to your stories, I will help you process the thoughts and feelings that emerge in order to develop a deeper understanding of your past traumas, inner conflicts, and destructive patterns. These newfound insights will then guide you to make changes in your current relationships or life situations.
(628) 258-7367 View (628) 258-7367
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Lynda Lynette Johnson-Basuino
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, BCPC
Verified Verified
San Mateo, CA 94401
"Sometimes a little insight makes all the difference." I'm an experienced counselor who overcomes the obstacles of every day living despite vision loss. My specialty is helping people navigate through life altering crises such as the trauma of chronic health issues, divorce, job loss, behavior concerns in children, adolescence and teens. In my practice, I see people who are experiencing depression, anxiety, anger, PTSD, and the emotional responses to vision loss and blindness. I've been counseling for 25 years and I'm in the examination process of licensure. This is my passion. I look forward to working with you.
"Sometimes a little insight makes all the difference." I'm an experienced counselor who overcomes the obstacles of every day living despite vision loss. My specialty is helping people navigate through life altering crises such as the trauma of chronic health issues, divorce, job loss, behavior concerns in children, adolescence and teens. In my practice, I see people who are experiencing depression, anxiety, anger, PTSD, and the emotional responses to vision loss and blindness. I've been counseling for 25 years and I'm in the examination process of licensure. This is my passion. I look forward to working with you.
(650) 504-1650 View (650) 504-1650
Photo of Louise Karr, MFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Louise Karr
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
San Mateo, CA 94401
Louise works with individuals, couples and families to help them improve their relationships and make healthy adjustments to change. She considers difficulties to be opportunities and catalysts for growth. She believes that people are often blocked from reaching their full potential in life by fears, resistances, and past conditioning. In a safe and caring environment, she helps people to explore these blockages, increase clarity, accept responsibility and develop greater awareness of themselves, others, and their environment.
Louise works with individuals, couples and families to help them improve their relationships and make healthy adjustments to change. She considers difficulties to be opportunities and catalysts for growth. She believes that people are often blocked from reaching their full potential in life by fears, resistances, and past conditioning. In a safe and caring environment, she helps people to explore these blockages, increase clarity, accept responsibility and develop greater awareness of themselves, others, and their environment.
(650) 603-0602 View (650) 603-0602
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Lori R. Levitt, MFT #43329
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Mateo, CA 94402
Are you or your teenager in need of support, understanding and new tools to facilitate life's demands and stress? My approach is to provide a supportive, encouraging and positive environment to offer alternative ways of coping. I work with clients using CBT and problem-solving techniques to reduce depression, anxiety, and relationship issues in a supportive and positive environment. My goal is to encourage personal growth by strengthening ones' ability to resolve problems, increase communication, manage mood and anxiety as well as increase self-esteem. My style is active, supportive, collaborative and compassionate.
Are you or your teenager in need of support, understanding and new tools to facilitate life's demands and stress? My approach is to provide a supportive, encouraging and positive environment to offer alternative ways of coping. I work with clients using CBT and problem-solving techniques to reduce depression, anxiety, and relationship issues in a supportive and positive environment. My goal is to encourage personal growth by strengthening ones' ability to resolve problems, increase communication, manage mood and anxiety as well as increase self-esteem. My style is active, supportive, collaborative and compassionate.
(650) 794-4828 View (650) 794-4828
Photo of Yael Gonicman, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Yael Gonicman
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Mateo, CA 94404  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Your therapeutic journey can be incredibly rewarding and difficult at the same time. Anxiety, trauma, and depression can make us feel lost and the road through is muddy and overwhelming. This is why having a guide that can understand you and meet you where you are, is incredibly important. It is my goal to help you navigate this voyage as well as hold and work through complex emotions as they fight with each other while at the same time cohabitating in the same space. I look forward to taking those first steps with you and take this journey together.
Your therapeutic journey can be incredibly rewarding and difficult at the same time. Anxiety, trauma, and depression can make us feel lost and the road through is muddy and overwhelming. This is why having a guide that can understand you and meet you where you are, is incredibly important. It is my goal to help you navigate this voyage as well as hold and work through complex emotions as they fight with each other while at the same time cohabitating in the same space. I look forward to taking those first steps with you and take this journey together.
(650) 729-9867 View (650) 729-9867
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Diana Moore (Formerly Diana To)
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MBA, LMFT, LPCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Mateo, CA 94404
I found my calling to become a psychotherapist out of a desire to help people live happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives. I work with individuals, couples and families to help them resolve the impact of abuse and trauma, as well as problems of depression, anxiety, anger, grief, couples' discord, family conflicts, behavioral issues, low self-esteem, and life transitions. I am passionate about helping my clients who feel lost about their life directions with career exploration and identity development. As a Christian, I also love integrating spirituality with psychological well-being with clients for whom spirituality is relevant.
I found my calling to become a psychotherapist out of a desire to help people live happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives. I work with individuals, couples and families to help them resolve the impact of abuse and trauma, as well as problems of depression, anxiety, anger, grief, couples' discord, family conflicts, behavioral issues, low self-esteem, and life transitions. I am passionate about helping my clients who feel lost about their life directions with career exploration and identity development. As a Christian, I also love integrating spirituality with psychological well-being with clients for whom spirituality is relevant.
(650) 419-4581 View (650) 419-4581
Photo of Caroline Leon Williams, MS, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Caroline Leon Williams
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Mateo, CA 94401  (Online Only)
Self-discovery is a unique journey that we all take. Our experiences, intersectional identities and environments are constantly shaping who we are. This can be an exciting and challenging time in which we tend to engage in a reflective process as various questions arise. “Will I fit in here?” “Who is there to turn to for guidance?” “What does this experience mean for me?” Individual, couple and family therapy can be an integral part of working through challenges, all of which I fully embrace on the therapeutic journey.
Self-discovery is a unique journey that we all take. Our experiences, intersectional identities and environments are constantly shaping who we are. This can be an exciting and challenging time in which we tend to engage in a reflective process as various questions arise. “Will I fit in here?” “Who is there to turn to for guidance?” “What does this experience mean for me?” Individual, couple and family therapy can be an integral part of working through challenges, all of which I fully embrace on the therapeutic journey.
(510) 781-9207 View (510) 781-9207
Photo of Carolee Stabno, PsyD, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Carolee Stabno
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Mateo, CA 94402
As a solution-focused, culturally sensitive therapist, my treatment approach is to provide support and feedback to clients to help them resolve current problems, and work through life transitions and issues. Additionally, I have had extensive experience in the treatment of depression, panic disorder, anxiety, addiction, trauma, and loss & grief. With sensitivity and compassion, I help clients find solutions to a wide range of life challenges and psychological issues.
As a solution-focused, culturally sensitive therapist, my treatment approach is to provide support and feedback to clients to help them resolve current problems, and work through life transitions and issues. Additionally, I have had extensive experience in the treatment of depression, panic disorder, anxiety, addiction, trauma, and loss & grief. With sensitivity and compassion, I help clients find solutions to a wide range of life challenges and psychological issues.
(650) 209-7713 View (650) 209-7713
Photo of Mitchell Eckstein, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Mitchell Eckstein
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Mateo, CA 94402
Feeling stuck? I'm here to help. As a caring, licensed mental health therapist with over 30 years of experience, I specialize in helping individuals navigate trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and feelings of loneliness. Whether you're grappling with your identity, family dynamics, or dissatisfaction at work, you don't have to face it alone. If you're seeking a safe space to share and grow, let's connect and explore how I can support your journey toward healing and fulfillment.
Feeling stuck? I'm here to help. As a caring, licensed mental health therapist with over 30 years of experience, I specialize in helping individuals navigate trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and feelings of loneliness. Whether you're grappling with your identity, family dynamics, or dissatisfaction at work, you don't have to face it alone. If you're seeking a safe space to share and grow, let's connect and explore how I can support your journey toward healing and fulfillment.
(415) 969-2712 View (415) 969-2712
Photo of Dora Dui Chen, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Dora Dui Chen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
San Mateo, CA 94402  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Overwhelmed with the fear of not being good enough? Worrying about how to build and maintain relationships? Feeling stuck, even though you're trying so hard to move forward? Difficulties in life are painful and frustrating. However, these challenging moments can also be the “trailheads” leading to a self-discovery path. The essential goal of my work is to help you discover, access, and trust your inner wisdom and strength. So you will get unstuck, reach personal goals, and continue personal growth, even after the therapy session ends.
Overwhelmed with the fear of not being good enough? Worrying about how to build and maintain relationships? Feeling stuck, even though you're trying so hard to move forward? Difficulties in life are painful and frustrating. However, these challenging moments can also be the “trailheads” leading to a self-discovery path. The essential goal of my work is to help you discover, access, and trust your inner wisdom and strength. So you will get unstuck, reach personal goals, and continue personal growth, even after the therapy session ends.
(650) 679-7223 View (650) 679-7223
Photo of Joanna May Tozer, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Joanna May Tozer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Mateo, CA 94401
With over 17 years of professional mental health experience, I have a unique set of skills in treating teens and adults with mild, moderate and severe mental health needs. I have served a diverse population in California including inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings. I developed expertise in treating anxiety, depression and addiction. In psychotherapy I develop a nurturing and supportive relationship. My psychotherapeutic approach is collaborative and action based. I received certifications in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.
With over 17 years of professional mental health experience, I have a unique set of skills in treating teens and adults with mild, moderate and severe mental health needs. I have served a diverse population in California including inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings. I developed expertise in treating anxiety, depression and addiction. In psychotherapy I develop a nurturing and supportive relationship. My psychotherapeutic approach is collaborative and action based. I received certifications in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.
(650) 747-6443 View (650) 747-6443
Photo of Marcia Avila, MS, MFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marcia Avila
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Mateo, CA 94401
Not accepting new clients
I am a practical therapist helping clients deal with their relationships, addiction, depression, anxiety,job stress, loneliness, anger, grief. I work with women as they face their unique challenges including childbirth, miscarriage, menopause, and so much more. I have extended experience and compassion working with those who struggle with addiction or live with someone who does. I also focus my practice to help individuals, couples, and families cope with life challenges. I offer a warm and nonjudgmental atmosphere where you can share your dreams and hopes. Although there may be tears, I also believe in sharing laughter. Both are healing.
I am a practical therapist helping clients deal with their relationships, addiction, depression, anxiety,job stress, loneliness, anger, grief. I work with women as they face their unique challenges including childbirth, miscarriage, menopause, and so much more. I have extended experience and compassion working with those who struggle with addiction or live with someone who does. I also focus my practice to help individuals, couples, and families cope with life challenges. I offer a warm and nonjudgmental atmosphere where you can share your dreams and hopes. Although there may be tears, I also believe in sharing laughter. Both are healing.
(650) 400-5293 View (650) 400-5293
Photo of Christine Trigeiro, Psy, Psychologist
Christine Trigeiro
Psychologist, Psy
Verified Verified
San Mateo, CA 94401
As a clinical psychologist with over 30 years of experience, I offer an individualized combination of person-centered therapy with practical techniques, such as cognitive behavior therapy, for improving your mental and emotional life and daily function. In person-centered therapy, the basic idea is that individuals have great resources for understanding themselves and for changing self-concepts and attitudes that can lead to positive changes in behavior. This understanding can be life-changing and even life-saving. During therapy, we explore your relevant history, current situation, emotional responses, and life view.
As a clinical psychologist with over 30 years of experience, I offer an individualized combination of person-centered therapy with practical techniques, such as cognitive behavior therapy, for improving your mental and emotional life and daily function. In person-centered therapy, the basic idea is that individuals have great resources for understanding themselves and for changing self-concepts and attitudes that can lead to positive changes in behavior. This understanding can be life-changing and even life-saving. During therapy, we explore your relevant history, current situation, emotional responses, and life view.
(650) 844-1092 View (650) 844-1092
Photo of Alexi Arvanitidis, MA, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Alexi Arvanitidis
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
San Mateo, CA 94402
Life is filled with challenging transitions, relationships, and experiences. One of my favorite sayings is – nothing in this life worth having comes easy. I use it, myself, as a reminder and motivator when things get hard. Because they do, and that’s okay! It is okay to be stressed, frustrated, sad, angry, excited, and any other emotion you feel. The challenge comes when those emotions lead to unfortunate circumstances. I believe the things we want will test us before conceding and opening the door to success and personal fulfillment. Resilience is a core trait to develop and can provide everyone with the opportunity for happiness.
Life is filled with challenging transitions, relationships, and experiences. One of my favorite sayings is – nothing in this life worth having comes easy. I use it, myself, as a reminder and motivator when things get hard. Because they do, and that’s okay! It is okay to be stressed, frustrated, sad, angry, excited, and any other emotion you feel. The challenge comes when those emotions lead to unfortunate circumstances. I believe the things we want will test us before conceding and opening the door to success and personal fulfillment. Resilience is a core trait to develop and can provide everyone with the opportunity for happiness.
(650) 525-2799 View (650) 525-2799
Photo of Edna Avraham, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Edna Avraham
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Mateo, CA 94401  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I bring into my practice over 30 years of experience and extensive training in couple's dynamics, attachment style, and sexuality. I help unhappy couples resolve their issues with practical counseling. Individually or together, I can help you with challenges in emotional closeness, intimacy, sexual or other relationship conflicts. Whether you tend to fight without resolution, get angry, sad or numb, or give up and pull away, I offer many effective tools to help you grow your relationship and deepen your connection. In a warm and interactive manner I will help you transform obstacles into the relationship you want.
I bring into my practice over 30 years of experience and extensive training in couple's dynamics, attachment style, and sexuality. I help unhappy couples resolve their issues with practical counseling. Individually or together, I can help you with challenges in emotional closeness, intimacy, sexual or other relationship conflicts. Whether you tend to fight without resolution, get angry, sad or numb, or give up and pull away, I offer many effective tools to help you grow your relationship and deepen your connection. In a warm and interactive manner I will help you transform obstacles into the relationship you want.
(650) 353-3196 View (650) 353-3196
Photo of Mimi Maslan, MA, MFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Mimi Maslan
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
San Mateo, CA 94402
Waitlist for new clients
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist whose specialty is helping others improve their relationships. I believe that we all aspire to have deep, loving connections in our lives. I will help you to remove hurdles that may be impeding such connections in your life. Often, among these hurdles may be unhealed childhood experiences, baggage from previous relationships, and dysfunctional relating styles. Becoming more clear on what you have inherited from your family and what you developed as coping mechanisms will be the first step in aligning with your authentic self.
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist whose specialty is helping others improve their relationships. I believe that we all aspire to have deep, loving connections in our lives. I will help you to remove hurdles that may be impeding such connections in your life. Often, among these hurdles may be unhealed childhood experiences, baggage from previous relationships, and dysfunctional relating styles. Becoming more clear on what you have inherited from your family and what you developed as coping mechanisms will be the first step in aligning with your authentic self.
(650) 242-8097 View (650) 242-8097
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Carol Wong
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Mateo, CA 94401
I am a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of preschoolers, school-age children, teenagers, college students, and young adults who are experiencing social and emotional problems associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders (e.g., previously known as Asperger's Disorder, High Functioning Autism), Anxiety Disorders (e.g., Social Anxiety, Selective Mutism), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), cultural and identity development, and stressful transitions. I provide consultations, individual therapy, parent support, and social skills groups for school-age children and teens.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of preschoolers, school-age children, teenagers, college students, and young adults who are experiencing social and emotional problems associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders (e.g., previously known as Asperger's Disorder, High Functioning Autism), Anxiety Disorders (e.g., Social Anxiety, Selective Mutism), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), cultural and identity development, and stressful transitions. I provide consultations, individual therapy, parent support, and social skills groups for school-age children and teens.
(650) 762-6917 View (650) 762-6917
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Sarah T. Harkness
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, RDT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
San Mateo, CA 94402
Reaching out for help often takes time--there are so many reasons we give ourselves for putting it off! I recognize your courage for being here at this time. You are at the point in your life or in your relationship, in which taking action towards healing feels necessary. With warmth, creativity and insight, I help people who are yearning to live an authentic life - a life that is real, instead of perfect. One in which you learn to listen to your inner wisdom, to express your thoughts and feelings, and to face challenges with courage and integrity.
Reaching out for help often takes time--there are so many reasons we give ourselves for putting it off! I recognize your courage for being here at this time. You are at the point in your life or in your relationship, in which taking action towards healing feels necessary. With warmth, creativity and insight, I help people who are yearning to live an authentic life - a life that is real, instead of perfect. One in which you learn to listen to your inner wisdom, to express your thoughts and feelings, and to face challenges with courage and integrity.
(650) 362-8116 View (650) 362-8116
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Rami Mogannam
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Mateo, CA 94403
I specialize in psychological assessments and psychotherapy for adolescents and adults. Assessments are often conducted to assess for ADHD, autism, learning disorders, cognitive problems, and psychiatric disorders. I use an evidence based approach to assessment and provides treatment recommendations that make the evaluation meaningful to each individual. I also have extensive experience working with individuals struggling with substance use and mental health problems. I explore underlying reasons for the development of these psychiatric problems and provide treatment that focuses both on reducing use and living a life worth living.
I specialize in psychological assessments and psychotherapy for adolescents and adults. Assessments are often conducted to assess for ADHD, autism, learning disorders, cognitive problems, and psychiatric disorders. I use an evidence based approach to assessment and provides treatment recommendations that make the evaluation meaningful to each individual. I also have extensive experience working with individuals struggling with substance use and mental health problems. I explore underlying reasons for the development of these psychiatric problems and provide treatment that focuses both on reducing use and living a life worth living.
(650) 437-1506 View (650) 437-1506
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Megan Gustlin
Pre-Licensed Professional, AMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Mateo, CA 94404
Welcome! It takes courage to seek help and confront the parts of ourselves that we are most afraid of. I will partner with you and support you so that you do not have to do it alone. I am an attentive and welcoming therapist who is honored to walk alongside you as you make positive changes in your life. I am passionate about helping others become the best versions of themselves and focus on providing tools that empower you to break unhealthy habits in your life.
Welcome! It takes courage to seek help and confront the parts of ourselves that we are most afraid of. I will partner with you and support you so that you do not have to do it alone. I am an attentive and welcoming therapist who is honored to walk alongside you as you make positive changes in your life. I am passionate about helping others become the best versions of themselves and focus on providing tools that empower you to break unhealthy habits in your life.
(650) 670-3129 x180 View (650) 670-3129 x180

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in San Mateo, CA

500+

Average cost per session

$195

Therapists in San Mateo, CA who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
89% Depression
80% Relationship Issues
76% Self Esteem
67% Trauma and PTSD
64% Coping Skills
64% Stress

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

59% Aetna
52% Cigna and Evernorth
48% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in San Mateo, 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 Mateo?

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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.