Therapists in Santa Barbara, CA

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Photo of Pauline Yeghnazar Peck, MA, MMFT, PhD, CYT, Psychologist
Pauline Yeghnazar Peck
Psychologist, MA, MMFT, PhD, CYT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
You are smart, hardworking, and psychologically-minded. Your wellbeing is important to you and objectively, most things in your life are going well. Yet, feelings of anxiety, sadness, loss, emptiness, or disappointment gnaw at you. From time to time, you think about your past, from your adolescence to relationships and choices. These things aren’t directly related to your life now so you wonder why they come up at all but you cannot reconcile them. Because you are busy with work, family, and staying connecting, these emotional blips get lost. You don’t make time to reflect and feel. You just keep plugging along … until next time.
You are smart, hardworking, and psychologically-minded. Your wellbeing is important to you and objectively, most things in your life are going well. Yet, feelings of anxiety, sadness, loss, emptiness, or disappointment gnaw at you. From time to time, you think about your past, from your adolescence to relationships and choices. These things aren’t directly related to your life now so you wonder why they come up at all but you cannot reconcile them. Because you are busy with work, family, and staying connecting, these emotional blips get lost. You don’t make time to reflect and feel. You just keep plugging along … until next time.
(805) 243-1445 View (805) 243-1445
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Erica Haines
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Not accepting new clients
Maybe you're not feeling like yourself or the person you want to be, you're confused, frustrated, and unsure what to do. Maybe you're struggling with understanding yourself, your relationships, or your path forward in life. You could be experiencing difficult emotions, overpowering thoughts, or you're doing things that don't align with what's important to you. I wonder if your past and your early experiences are beginning or continue to feel like a significant weight that you now need to lighten in order to live the life you want. We can work together to help you with these or other difficulties you're experiencing.
Maybe you're not feeling like yourself or the person you want to be, you're confused, frustrated, and unsure what to do. Maybe you're struggling with understanding yourself, your relationships, or your path forward in life. You could be experiencing difficult emotions, overpowering thoughts, or you're doing things that don't align with what's important to you. I wonder if your past and your early experiences are beginning or continue to feel like a significant weight that you now need to lighten in order to live the life you want. We can work together to help you with these or other difficulties you're experiencing.
(805) 572-7567 View (805) 572-7567
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Grace Tobin
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
All are welcome here! In my office I serve a diverse range of individuals and couples moving through life transitions, anxiety, grief, uncertainty, divorce, infidelity, anger, disappointment... the list goes on. I cultivate a space that heals, orients you toward growth, makes you feel safe and allows you to reflect inwards. If you're holding guilt, shame, resentment, fear... I welcome you. This space is yours. As a couples therapist I aim to teach you how to "fight right", move from gridlock to compromise, nurture the foundation of your relationship and rekindle your friendship.
All are welcome here! In my office I serve a diverse range of individuals and couples moving through life transitions, anxiety, grief, uncertainty, divorce, infidelity, anger, disappointment... the list goes on. I cultivate a space that heals, orients you toward growth, makes you feel safe and allows you to reflect inwards. If you're holding guilt, shame, resentment, fear... I welcome you. This space is yours. As a couples therapist I aim to teach you how to "fight right", move from gridlock to compromise, nurture the foundation of your relationship and rekindle your friendship.
(805) 334-8591 View (805) 334-8591
Photo of Taryn Lawrence, MS, MFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Taryn Lawrence
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
You may find that the harder you fight to stop painful emotions or thoughts, the stronger they get and the bigger the internal clash. An inner critic may start to attack you. You may struggle to control what seems bad, wrong and needing correction. You may hide or push others away, feeling lonely and out of touch with loved ones. I treat individuals who want to understand themselves better and feel more connected with the people around them. In therapy, we bring compassion and curiosity to learn the genesis of these confusing emotions, their intent and heal them.
You may find that the harder you fight to stop painful emotions or thoughts, the stronger they get and the bigger the internal clash. An inner critic may start to attack you. You may struggle to control what seems bad, wrong and needing correction. You may hide or push others away, feeling lonely and out of touch with loved ones. I treat individuals who want to understand themselves better and feel more connected with the people around them. In therapy, we bring compassion and curiosity to learn the genesis of these confusing emotions, their intent and heal them.
(805) 214-8892 View (805) 214-8892
Photo of Kristine Freck, Freck Kristine, PhD, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Kristine Freck
Marriage & Family Therapist, Freck Kristine, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93111
Waitlist for new clients
I have over 35 years of experience as a therapist and educator in the Santa Barbara area. I work with: individuals, couples and families, teens - elderly. My clients are struggling with ADDICTION (alcoholism, drugs, {pre and post-inpatient addiction assistance}, weight, sex et.al), MENTAL HEALTH (depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, identity, sexual orientation, couples and family issues et.al), and/or SPIRITUAL JOURNEY challenges in their current lives.
I have over 35 years of experience as a therapist and educator in the Santa Barbara area. I work with: individuals, couples and families, teens - elderly. My clients are struggling with ADDICTION (alcoholism, drugs, {pre and post-inpatient addiction assistance}, weight, sex et.al), MENTAL HEALTH (depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, identity, sexual orientation, couples and family issues et.al), and/or SPIRITUAL JOURNEY challenges in their current lives.
(805) 919-8631 View (805) 919-8631
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Sarah Newell
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Are you here because you feel called? Perhaps you’re looking to explore unlived potential, let go of patterns that no longer work, or process something that’s been on your mind for as long as you can remember. At the same time, you may feel stuck, anxious, ambivalent, or even resistant. Answering the call to live an examined life is a courageous act. Further, neuroscience has proven we all have the capacity for change, regardless of age. I’m here to act as a guide and accompany you on your journey; to listen deeply, to hold space for you, and to ask meaningful questions that empower you to awaken and embody your own inner healer.
Are you here because you feel called? Perhaps you’re looking to explore unlived potential, let go of patterns that no longer work, or process something that’s been on your mind for as long as you can remember. At the same time, you may feel stuck, anxious, ambivalent, or even resistant. Answering the call to live an examined life is a courageous act. Further, neuroscience has proven we all have the capacity for change, regardless of age. I’m here to act as a guide and accompany you on your journey; to listen deeply, to hold space for you, and to ask meaningful questions that empower you to awaken and embody your own inner healer.
(805) 434-6642 View (805) 434-6642
Photo of Meghan Turner, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Meghan Turner
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
I enjoy working with clients who are seeking a more authentic connection to self and their loved ones. My intention is for clients to free themselves of old beliefs and ways of being that keep them trapped in a sense of inadequacy and separateness. As we move through the continual challenges of life we acquire imprints from others and society that can suppress our deepest knowing. I work with clients who are ready and willing to dive deep into the unknown to rekindle their inner fire and walk this earth with purpose and belonging.
I enjoy working with clients who are seeking a more authentic connection to self and their loved ones. My intention is for clients to free themselves of old beliefs and ways of being that keep them trapped in a sense of inadequacy and separateness. As we move through the continual challenges of life we acquire imprints from others and society that can suppress our deepest knowing. I work with clients who are ready and willing to dive deep into the unknown to rekindle their inner fire and walk this earth with purpose and belonging.
(925) 258-2867 View (925) 258-2867
Photo of Bonnie Dooms, MA, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Bonnie Dooms
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Everyone can use a little help at times. We often experience difficult emotions, such as anxiety, depression and anger that are hard to handle and interfere with relationships and quality of life. With 15 years of experience in practice, I will help you alleviate these unwanted symptoms, improve functioning and improve your relationships. I work with adults and couples who are having struggles in their personal lives. I also specialize in working with those who have experienced sexual trauma.
Everyone can use a little help at times. We often experience difficult emotions, such as anxiety, depression and anger that are hard to handle and interfere with relationships and quality of life. With 15 years of experience in practice, I will help you alleviate these unwanted symptoms, improve functioning and improve your relationships. I work with adults and couples who are having struggles in their personal lives. I also specialize in working with those who have experienced sexual trauma.
(805) 590-7764 View (805) 590-7764
Photo of Dr. Marie Grancourt, PsyD, MSIO, Psychologist
Dr. Marie Grancourt
Psychologist, PsyD, MSIO
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
New Clients Welcome! I offer a Free 15-minute consultation. I'm glad you are taking these first steps in seeking help and investing in your mental health. I can assist you with decreasing and managing any psychologically distressing symptoms and increasing and improving your overall mental health and well-being. I specialize in anxiety, depression, sex therapy, psychedelic-assisted therapy, sexual trauma, and all types of trauma. I also specialize in working with bipolar disorder, OCD, LGBTQ+ issues, PTSD and more. I hold a Doctorate degree (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology and am a licensed Psychologist.
New Clients Welcome! I offer a Free 15-minute consultation. I'm glad you are taking these first steps in seeking help and investing in your mental health. I can assist you with decreasing and managing any psychologically distressing symptoms and increasing and improving your overall mental health and well-being. I specialize in anxiety, depression, sex therapy, psychedelic-assisted therapy, sexual trauma, and all types of trauma. I also specialize in working with bipolar disorder, OCD, LGBTQ+ issues, PTSD and more. I hold a Doctorate degree (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology and am a licensed Psychologist.
(805) 758-6732 View (805) 758-6732
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Vanessa Massel
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW, MSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Barbara, CA 93105  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Together we will work to create the life you want. I provide a safe environment, and you decide what we talk about. I am an active participant, offering a different perspective, and providing insight into the way you think and feel. I use various therapeutic orientations, including psychodynamic. We will work to discover how your past influences your life, to help increase self-awareness and reach your goals. If we find that you are unaware of certain thoughts and feelings, our discussions could help you make choices that lead to building the life you want. I also use strength-based therapy, to identify and develop your strengths.
Together we will work to create the life you want. I provide a safe environment, and you decide what we talk about. I am an active participant, offering a different perspective, and providing insight into the way you think and feel. I use various therapeutic orientations, including psychodynamic. We will work to discover how your past influences your life, to help increase self-awareness and reach your goals. If we find that you are unaware of certain thoughts and feelings, our discussions could help you make choices that lead to building the life you want. I also use strength-based therapy, to identify and develop your strengths.
(805) 301-9691 View (805) 301-9691
Photo of Linda S Wells, LCSW, CEDS, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Linda S Wells
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CEDS
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Linda Wells - Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Eating Disorders Specialist, LCSW, CEDS. I specialize in the clinical treatment of eating disorders, with 25 years of experience in the field. I work closely with a team of providers in Santa Barbara County, and inpatient programs, to assist in obtaining the best care for you or your family member. In addition to eating disorders, my practice focuses on the clinical treatment of child abuse, depression, and anxiety. I offer individual counseling & family counseling.
Linda Wells - Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Eating Disorders Specialist, LCSW, CEDS. I specialize in the clinical treatment of eating disorders, with 25 years of experience in the field. I work closely with a team of providers in Santa Barbara County, and inpatient programs, to assist in obtaining the best care for you or your family member. In addition to eating disorders, my practice focuses on the clinical treatment of child abuse, depression, and anxiety. I offer individual counseling & family counseling.
(805) 918-4815 View (805) 918-4815
Photo of Nicole A. Botaitis, LMFT, LPCC, Marriage & Family Therapist
Nicole A. Botaitis
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPCC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Do you feel like you are in a dark space, disconnected in your relationships, or experiencing a life change that is devastating or overwhelming? I am a life transition & relationship therapist and help clients overcome emotionally taxing times in order to achieve fulfilling lives. Throughout the counseling process I’m a non-judgmental support & guide. I help my clients successfully move out of being stuck & stagnant & bring balance to their life. Upon completion you will gain clarity around what you really want, achieve empowerment & ultimately transformation so that you can be free of angst & attain fulfillment & peace.
Do you feel like you are in a dark space, disconnected in your relationships, or experiencing a life change that is devastating or overwhelming? I am a life transition & relationship therapist and help clients overcome emotionally taxing times in order to achieve fulfilling lives. Throughout the counseling process I’m a non-judgmental support & guide. I help my clients successfully move out of being stuck & stagnant & bring balance to their life. Upon completion you will gain clarity around what you really want, achieve empowerment & ultimately transformation so that you can be free of angst & attain fulfillment & peace.
(805) 360-4265 View (805) 360-4265
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Monica Stoker
LPCC, EMDR
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Today you are one step closer to a new you, where you feel encouraged and strengthened as you make your way on a positive path to growth and well-being. I focus on counseling and therapies that produce long-term health by helping clients identify and resolve the emotional, mental, spiritual, relational, and physical root causes of the pain in their lives, while attending to their immediate concerns. It is my hope that we create a safe environment for honest sharing to gain perspective and growth.
Today you are one step closer to a new you, where you feel encouraged and strengthened as you make your way on a positive path to growth and well-being. I focus on counseling and therapies that produce long-term health by helping clients identify and resolve the emotional, mental, spiritual, relational, and physical root causes of the pain in their lives, while attending to their immediate concerns. It is my hope that we create a safe environment for honest sharing to gain perspective and growth.
(805) 403-9111 View (805) 403-9111
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Joseph 'greg' de Roulhac
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
My areas of expertise include addiction and recovery, relationship issues, depression, trauma, anxiety, and older adults. I provide a compassionate, supportive, collaborative counseling environment to assist individuals and couples in working through challenging life issues.
My areas of expertise include addiction and recovery, relationship issues, depression, trauma, anxiety, and older adults. I provide a compassionate, supportive, collaborative counseling environment to assist individuals and couples in working through challenging life issues.
(805) 618-2443 View (805) 618-2443
Photo of Adrienne Oxton, MA, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Adrienne Oxton
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
In-person and telehealth available. I work with adolescents, adults and couples. We all experience anxiety, depression, anger, stress and sometimes the trauma that can occur in our families, our relationships, our friendships, our workplaces and our everyday lives. Some of these stressors are triggered when we break-up, begin a new relationship, start a new job, start at a new school etc. Some individuals need to be sat with and have a space held for them, some are looking for collaborative support and guidance on their life's struggles.
In-person and telehealth available. I work with adolescents, adults and couples. We all experience anxiety, depression, anger, stress and sometimes the trauma that can occur in our families, our relationships, our friendships, our workplaces and our everyday lives. Some of these stressors are triggered when we break-up, begin a new relationship, start a new job, start at a new school etc. Some individuals need to be sat with and have a space held for them, some are looking for collaborative support and guidance on their life's struggles.
(805) 219-7878 View (805) 219-7878
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Kristine M Jacquin
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Not accepting new clients
My practice is focused on psychological assessments for people of all ages. A psychological assessment is helpful to determine what is causing problems for you. I specialize in neuropsychological assessments, which include evaluations for ADHD, learning disabilities, head injuries, etc. I also specialize in forensic assessments, which are used to make legal decisions. After many years of conducting psychotherapy, I am currently only doing assessments. For psychotherapy, I recommend Dr. Dara Goldyne, who also has a profile on Psychology Today.
My practice is focused on psychological assessments for people of all ages. A psychological assessment is helpful to determine what is causing problems for you. I specialize in neuropsychological assessments, which include evaluations for ADHD, learning disabilities, head injuries, etc. I also specialize in forensic assessments, which are used to make legal decisions. After many years of conducting psychotherapy, I am currently only doing assessments. For psychotherapy, I recommend Dr. Dara Goldyne, who also has a profile on Psychology Today.
(805) 601-8186 View (805) 601-8186
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Sullivan House
MA
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Sullivan House is the solution to your housing needs. We offer group-home living, as well as partially supervised, independent apartment living services. If you or a loved one have been struggling to find a place to call home, or you want to help an adult-child feel more independent while also getting your life back, Sullivan House offers a secure and stable living option for you. You can feel secure knowing that your loved one is supported with medication management, driven to outpatient services/school/work, enjoys group outings with other residents, has nightly family-style dinners and always has someone to talk to.
Sullivan House is the solution to your housing needs. We offer group-home living, as well as partially supervised, independent apartment living services. If you or a loved one have been struggling to find a place to call home, or you want to help an adult-child feel more independent while also getting your life back, Sullivan House offers a secure and stable living option for you. You can feel secure knowing that your loved one is supported with medication management, driven to outpatient services/school/work, enjoys group outings with other residents, has nightly family-style dinners and always has someone to talk to.
(805) 222-7514 View (805) 222-7514
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Theo Aaron Grondahl
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Hi! Welcome. If you are looking for a therapeutic experience in which you can feel as safe and free to be yourself as possible, I would love to co-create that space with you. I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families. If you identify as being neurodivergent, living in a nonconforming way, having trauma, feeling shame, carrying grief, struggling in relationship, or experiencing a particularly difficult journey of any kind, I wholeheartedly welcome you. I want to hear and understand you exactly as you are. And I want to support you to experience the changes you most wish for in your life and your relationships.
Hi! Welcome. If you are looking for a therapeutic experience in which you can feel as safe and free to be yourself as possible, I would love to co-create that space with you. I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families. If you identify as being neurodivergent, living in a nonconforming way, having trauma, feeling shame, carrying grief, struggling in relationship, or experiencing a particularly difficult journey of any kind, I wholeheartedly welcome you. I want to hear and understand you exactly as you are. And I want to support you to experience the changes you most wish for in your life and your relationships.
(805) 386-9822 View (805) 386-9822
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Gerry (Gerald) Schroeder
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Are you in a challenging or painful situation? Are you not sure how to resolve your dilemma? Have you turned to your usual sources of information, support, love, and guidance only to discover they are not always available when you need them-or they are no longer working for you? In our work together, we will listen closely to discover the source of your pain, the desires of your heart, and the choices that are in your best interest. I welcome you to contact me to find out if the therapeutic services I offer can meet your particular needs.
Are you in a challenging or painful situation? Are you not sure how to resolve your dilemma? Have you turned to your usual sources of information, support, love, and guidance only to discover they are not always available when you need them-or they are no longer working for you? In our work together, we will listen closely to discover the source of your pain, the desires of your heart, and the choices that are in your best interest. I welcome you to contact me to find out if the therapeutic services I offer can meet your particular needs.
(805) 244-5541 View (805) 244-5541
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Diana M Ferrari
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Not accepting new clients
There are expereinces in our lives that leave us feeling disconnected and ill at ease. Feeling misunderstood in our realtionships can be painful and confusing. Psychotherapy provides the oppertunity for self discovery and understanding. A safe environment to explore our thougths and feelings and make sense of our emotions. Resulting in increased self understanding and compassion. This experience is the basis for developing positive relationships in other areas of your life. Each of us wants to connect with family members, friends and co-workers in a meaningful way, leaving us feeling understood and accepted.
There are expereinces in our lives that leave us feeling disconnected and ill at ease. Feeling misunderstood in our realtionships can be painful and confusing. Psychotherapy provides the oppertunity for self discovery and understanding. A safe environment to explore our thougths and feelings and make sense of our emotions. Resulting in increased self understanding and compassion. This experience is the basis for developing positive relationships in other areas of your life. Each of us wants to connect with family members, friends and co-workers in a meaningful way, leaving us feeling understood and accepted.
(805) 324-6684 View (805) 324-6684
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Number of Therapists in Santa Barbara, CA

900+

Average cost per session

$175

Therapists in Santa Barbara, CA who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
86% Depression
76% Relationship Issues
75% Self Esteem
69% Trauma and PTSD
65% Coping Skills
63% Stress

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

65% Aetna
51% Cigna and Evernorth
51% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Santa Barbara, CA see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
19% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Santa Barbara?

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.

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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.