Therapists in Santa Cruz County, CA

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Photo of Helen Giffrow, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Cruz County, CA
Helen Giffrow
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Cruz, CA 95060  (Online Only)
These are turbulent times that place an extra burden on our mental health. In addition, perhaps you're in a role of caring for others and struggle to find enough time for yourself, or you're in the midst of a challenging life event or transition. You may be experiencing some symptoms that concern you. Stress, anxiety, depression, loss, or unresolved trauma can interfere with moving forward and put stress on our relationships. In my role as your witness and collaborator, I offer a comfortable and safe space for you to process, problem solve, and explore ways to re-connect with your own internal wisdom.
These are turbulent times that place an extra burden on our mental health. In addition, perhaps you're in a role of caring for others and struggle to find enough time for yourself, or you're in the midst of a challenging life event or transition. You may be experiencing some symptoms that concern you. Stress, anxiety, depression, loss, or unresolved trauma can interfere with moving forward and put stress on our relationships. In my role as your witness and collaborator, I offer a comfortable and safe space for you to process, problem solve, and explore ways to re-connect with your own internal wisdom.
(831) 201-1319 View (831) 201-1319
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Dr. Penelope Russell
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
I have over 30 years of experience helping with anxiety, depression, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, academic and attachment concerns, family and relationship issues, gender identity, substance use, and trauma.
I have over 30 years of experience helping with anxiety, depression, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, academic and attachment concerns, family and relationship issues, gender identity, substance use, and trauma.
(831) 432-7002 View (831) 432-7002
Photo of Janene Forsyth, LMFT, #: 111435, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Cruz County, CA
Janene Forsyth, LMFT, #: 111435
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Ben Lomond, CA 95005  (Online Only)
If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, a challenging transition, loss, trauma, or relationship issues, call me for a free 20 minute psychotherapy consultation. Along with being a licensed marriage family therapist, I am also a certified hypnotherapist. I am compassionate, and skilled to help you move through your path of healing. My sessions are through HIPPA compliant "TeleMentalHealth" technology or online therapy, so I'm as close as your phone or computer.
If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, a challenging transition, loss, trauma, or relationship issues, call me for a free 20 minute psychotherapy consultation. Along with being a licensed marriage family therapist, I am also a certified hypnotherapist. I am compassionate, and skilled to help you move through your path of healing. My sessions are through HIPPA compliant "TeleMentalHealth" technology or online therapy, so I'm as close as your phone or computer.
(831) 278-4126 View (831) 278-4126
Photo of Erin Williams-McNish, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Cruz County, CA
Erin Williams-McNish
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Santa Cruz, CA 95063
I hold the belief that humans possess the resiliency to return to their grounded internal place of peace. Each person has the inherent ability to explore and find their individual tools for healing. I will gently and safely guide you through life's discord and back to your place of peace.
I hold the belief that humans possess the resiliency to return to their grounded internal place of peace. Each person has the inherent ability to explore and find their individual tools for healing. I will gently and safely guide you through life's discord and back to your place of peace.
(831) 216-7972 View (831) 216-7972
Photo of Vanessa Magee, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Santa Cruz County, CA
Vanessa Magee
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
You or a loved one may be struggling with substance use, depression, anxiety, loss, or life transitions (emphasis on the life part). Maybe you just need someone to ask you how you are really doing and be able to hold space for that. You may try talking yourself out of your pain or experience by telling yourself “someone else has it worse” or “I don’t deserve to be happy after everything I’ve done”. We often tell ourselves that our feelings, conflicts, or stories must look a certain way for them to deserve attention. I am committed to allowing you to show up to therapy exactly as you need to without making any changes.
You or a loved one may be struggling with substance use, depression, anxiety, loss, or life transitions (emphasis on the life part). Maybe you just need someone to ask you how you are really doing and be able to hold space for that. You may try talking yourself out of your pain or experience by telling yourself “someone else has it worse” or “I don’t deserve to be happy after everything I’ve done”. We often tell ourselves that our feelings, conflicts, or stories must look a certain way for them to deserve attention. I am committed to allowing you to show up to therapy exactly as you need to without making any changes.
(831) 653-6125 View (831) 653-6125
Photo of Thistle Hofvendahl, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Santa Cruz County, CA
Thistle Hofvendahl
Associate Clinical Social Worker, MSW, ASW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
I support LGBTQ+ youth and families explore their identities and relationships. I help couples facing challenges such as parenting, major life decisions, or exploring relationship structures, to understand one another's perspective and reconnect with their shared values. I have an accepting, collaborative approach and incorporate your feedback throughout the therapy process. My clients learn to identify and express their emotions and develop healthy coping skills. As a result, their self esteem and communication improve and they feel less overwhelmed.
I support LGBTQ+ youth and families explore their identities and relationships. I help couples facing challenges such as parenting, major life decisions, or exploring relationship structures, to understand one another's perspective and reconnect with their shared values. I have an accepting, collaborative approach and incorporate your feedback throughout the therapy process. My clients learn to identify and express their emotions and develop healthy coping skills. As a result, their self esteem and communication improve and they feel less overwhelmed.
(831) 292-3441 View (831) 292-3441
Photo of Bruce L Ross, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Cruz County, CA
Bruce L Ross
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
I believe that being raised in the mid-west gives my work certain down-to-earth, practical qualities that most of my clients tell me they very much appreciate. I often hear clients say "you seem to get me." Some clients need to hear themselves speak out loud in order to help resolve their issues while others need some objective, impartial reflective insight. Still others benefit from my years of counseling experience and information targeted to help with their particular problems. I offer all of these to my clients and tailor my therapeutic approach to each person's specific needs.
I believe that being raised in the mid-west gives my work certain down-to-earth, practical qualities that most of my clients tell me they very much appreciate. I often hear clients say "you seem to get me." Some clients need to hear themselves speak out loud in order to help resolve their issues while others need some objective, impartial reflective insight. Still others benefit from my years of counseling experience and information targeted to help with their particular problems. I offer all of these to my clients and tailor my therapeutic approach to each person's specific needs.
(831) 231-1119 View (831) 231-1119
Photo of Rahel Sandra Price, Psychologist in Santa Cruz County, CA
Rahel Sandra Price
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Felton, CA 95018  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Hi I am Dr. Rahel Price, a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience. I have received my training and earned a Ph.D. at the University of Zurich, Switzerland and at the Professional School for Psychology in San Diego and am fluent in English and German. I am trained in a variety of evidence based treatment approaches providing mental including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Treatment, Motivational Interviewing as well as Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and has experience working with a broad variety of concerns and issues.
Hi I am Dr. Rahel Price, a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience. I have received my training and earned a Ph.D. at the University of Zurich, Switzerland and at the Professional School for Psychology in San Diego and am fluent in English and German. I am trained in a variety of evidence based treatment approaches providing mental including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Treatment, Motivational Interviewing as well as Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and has experience working with a broad variety of concerns and issues.
(831) 304-3753 View (831) 304-3753
Photo of Lauren Rosenthal, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Cruz County, CA
Lauren Rosenthal
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CMMT
Verified Verified
Soquel, CA 95073
All walks of life experience challenges, hardships, and discomfort. While it is human nature to want to avoid the discomfort, fix the pain, and escape the hardships, our attempts to do so often lead to more suffering and intensify our sense of fear and helplessness. Yet when we feel connected with our true selves, I believe we all have the power to make positive changes in our lives. With compassion and understanding, I strive to meet my clients where they are along life’s journey, providing tools and resources to help navigate the best path forward.
All walks of life experience challenges, hardships, and discomfort. While it is human nature to want to avoid the discomfort, fix the pain, and escape the hardships, our attempts to do so often lead to more suffering and intensify our sense of fear and helplessness. Yet when we feel connected with our true selves, I believe we all have the power to make positive changes in our lives. With compassion and understanding, I strive to meet my clients where they are along life’s journey, providing tools and resources to help navigate the best path forward.
(831) 273-4921 View (831) 273-4921
Photo of Laura Kurek, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Cruz County, CA
Laura Kurek
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Aptos, CA 95003
Are you tired of facing the same struggle, over and over again? The same marriage problems...the same anxious feeling when you wake up and go to sleep...the same stress that never leaves you in peace...the same sense of hopelessness and loneliness. You've tried to feel better - to improve things - but nothing ever changes and you're right back where you started. I can help. I specialize in helping people to leave behind the struggles, patterns and habits that keep their lives stuck on repeat, opening the door to a life of connection, wholeness and peace.
Are you tired of facing the same struggle, over and over again? The same marriage problems...the same anxious feeling when you wake up and go to sleep...the same stress that never leaves you in peace...the same sense of hopelessness and loneliness. You've tried to feel better - to improve things - but nothing ever changes and you're right back where you started. I can help. I specialize in helping people to leave behind the struggles, patterns and habits that keep their lives stuck on repeat, opening the door to a life of connection, wholeness and peace.
(831) 263-0773 x15 View (831) 263-0773 x15
Photo of Elio Scudieri, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate in Santa Cruz County, CA
Elio Scudieri
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Sometimes hurts get stacked on each other & we assemble a life that protects against the pain, so it doesn’t ever hurt like that again. But in that process of armoring ourselves, we build a structure that also limits our capacity to enjoy life. We each have a much more unconstrained life that wants us to live it. By knowing ourselves through discovery, we work to be accountable to our own position & condition in life, forgive ourselves & others, & create a life that rewards us for this beautiful & courageous effort. Sessions will likely include mindfulness, humor, creativity, compassion, empathy, accountability, & problem-solving.
Sometimes hurts get stacked on each other & we assemble a life that protects against the pain, so it doesn’t ever hurt like that again. But in that process of armoring ourselves, we build a structure that also limits our capacity to enjoy life. We each have a much more unconstrained life that wants us to live it. By knowing ourselves through discovery, we work to be accountable to our own position & condition in life, forgive ourselves & others, & create a life that rewards us for this beautiful & courageous effort. Sessions will likely include mindfulness, humor, creativity, compassion, empathy, accountability, & problem-solving.
(831) 298-8723 View (831) 298-8723
Photo of Patricia Dudley, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Cruz County, CA
Patricia Dudley
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Aptos, CA 95003
I work well with motivated clients who are looking to improve their daily lives through self-exploration, and are open to challenging their current patterns in order to reach your goals. Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, feeling stuck, work/life stress, relationship issues, past trauma, or managing the daily challenges we are facing during this COVID-19 global shift, I would love to be here to support you. I work primarily with individuals and groups.
I work well with motivated clients who are looking to improve their daily lives through self-exploration, and are open to challenging their current patterns in order to reach your goals. Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, feeling stuck, work/life stress, relationship issues, past trauma, or managing the daily challenges we are facing during this COVID-19 global shift, I would love to be here to support you. I work primarily with individuals and groups.
(831) 292-4073 View (831) 292-4073
Photo of Terry Edwards, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Cruz County, CA
Terry Edwards
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Cruz, CA 95062  (Online Only)
Do you have life relationship challenges and and can’t seem to figure out a solution? Or do you feel overwhelmed in your life? I will help you to discover the solutions in your internal world and in so doing the everyday world you live in changes also. I use cognitive behavioral skills, communication skills, active and reflective listening Skills. I believe you can work to find solutions to your issues.
Do you have life relationship challenges and and can’t seem to figure out a solution? Or do you feel overwhelmed in your life? I will help you to discover the solutions in your internal world and in so doing the everyday world you live in changes also. I use cognitive behavioral skills, communication skills, active and reflective listening Skills. I believe you can work to find solutions to your issues.
(831) 406-5460 View (831) 406-5460
Photo of Elizabeth A. Wood, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Cruz County, CA
Elizabeth A. Wood
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
I love working with folks who are curious about the growth potential psychoanalytic psychotherapy can unveil. I believe in the curative elements of this approach and hope to generate positive change and wellness with you. Weaving a relational insight-oriented lens with art therapy, we can uncover areas of unconscious suffering, root causes, and establish goals for treatment. By increasing our self-understanding and meaning making capacities, we illuminate new perspectives and intentionality. Together, we can co-create effective pathways to integrate that knowledge towards personal growth and inner healing.
I love working with folks who are curious about the growth potential psychoanalytic psychotherapy can unveil. I believe in the curative elements of this approach and hope to generate positive change and wellness with you. Weaving a relational insight-oriented lens with art therapy, we can uncover areas of unconscious suffering, root causes, and establish goals for treatment. By increasing our self-understanding and meaning making capacities, we illuminate new perspectives and intentionality. Together, we can co-create effective pathways to integrate that knowledge towards personal growth and inner healing.
(415) 722-1199 View (415) 722-1199
Photo of Noelle Darling, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Cruz County, CA
Noelle Darling
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
I care deeply about supporting people when they feel lonely, stuck and hopeless, and the usual things just aren't working. My clients tend to be high functioning adults who have reached a critical point where something has to give. Often this becomes evident while undergoing a major life transition such as a break up, divorce, the death of a loved one, or a career change. These low points can be scary and painful, but they can also be incredible opportunities for growth and healing. But growing is hard work and sometimes we can't do it on our own.
I care deeply about supporting people when they feel lonely, stuck and hopeless, and the usual things just aren't working. My clients tend to be high functioning adults who have reached a critical point where something has to give. Often this becomes evident while undergoing a major life transition such as a break up, divorce, the death of a loved one, or a career change. These low points can be scary and painful, but they can also be incredible opportunities for growth and healing. But growing is hard work and sometimes we can't do it on our own.
(831) 400-3890 View (831) 400-3890
Photo of Katrina Tattenham, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Santa Cruz County, CA
Katrina Tattenham
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Have you ever wondered, "why did I just do that?" or felt a great conflict between different sides of yourself? My clients leave therapy with a better understanding of the parts of themselves at play, and feel relaxed and affirmed. I offer a safe space for people of all ages (3-103!) to be understood and held as we learn together what helps increase calm and improves life. Sometimes this is working through stress within a family and it's affect on family members. Sometimes this work looks like learning new ways to cope with anxiety or improve how we talk to ourselves.
Have you ever wondered, "why did I just do that?" or felt a great conflict between different sides of yourself? My clients leave therapy with a better understanding of the parts of themselves at play, and feel relaxed and affirmed. I offer a safe space for people of all ages (3-103!) to be understood and held as we learn together what helps increase calm and improves life. Sometimes this is working through stress within a family and it's affect on family members. Sometimes this work looks like learning new ways to cope with anxiety or improve how we talk to ourselves.
(510) 454-8872 View (510) 454-8872
Photo of Kristen M. VanKlootwyk, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate in Santa Cruz County, CA
Kristen M. VanKlootwyk
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, PCC
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Felton, CA 95018
2024 Specializing in couples and adult child and family work. If you are suffering in your relationship, or if you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression, therapy can provide immediate relief so that you can move beyond simply getting by. Being truly heard and offered evidence based tools to make change are available to you in therapy. Busy working professionals, new parents, the newly retired, of all genders and orientations are welcome in my practice. I can offer you a safe place to be witnessed, rest, restore and heal. Contact me for a free 20 minute session today.
2024 Specializing in couples and adult child and family work. If you are suffering in your relationship, or if you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression, therapy can provide immediate relief so that you can move beyond simply getting by. Being truly heard and offered evidence based tools to make change are available to you in therapy. Busy working professionals, new parents, the newly retired, of all genders and orientations are welcome in my practice. I can offer you a safe place to be witnessed, rest, restore and heal. Contact me for a free 20 minute session today.
(510) 660-0689 View (510) 660-0689
Photo of Natalie Hanneman, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Cruz County, CA
Natalie Hanneman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA
Verified Verified
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
My work centers around helping people achieve their goals. I enjoy working with people of all ages and backgrounds and I easily connect with others and believe that through relationship building you are able to facilitate positive changes in your life. My varied experience over the past twenty years as a school counselor, parent, Therapeutic Foster Parent, Equine Assisted Psychotherapist and Challenge Course Facilitator have shaped my eclectic style of working with people. Based on your specific needs and areas of desired growth, together we will tailor a plan to best meet your needs as we move forward through the therapy.
My work centers around helping people achieve their goals. I enjoy working with people of all ages and backgrounds and I easily connect with others and believe that through relationship building you are able to facilitate positive changes in your life. My varied experience over the past twenty years as a school counselor, parent, Therapeutic Foster Parent, Equine Assisted Psychotherapist and Challenge Course Facilitator have shaped my eclectic style of working with people. Based on your specific needs and areas of desired growth, together we will tailor a plan to best meet your needs as we move forward through the therapy.
(831) 607-9717 View (831) 607-9717
Photo of Luann Peitz, Pre-Licensed Professional in Santa Cruz County, CA
Luann Peitz
Pre-Licensed Professional, ACSW, SUDC-IV, EMDR
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
Are you feeling isolated? Are you lacking true connection with others? Do you often have behaviors that negatively impact you and your loved ones? With over a decade of experience as a Substance Use Disorder counselor, I have witnessed the connection between trauma and destructive behaviors, like drug use. I have found that tailoring therapy to a client's needs is crucial for healing to happen, and I will always invite you to show up as your authentic self. As a lifelong learner, I see great value in teaching a new skill or tool at each session that can be applied in your everyday life.
Are you feeling isolated? Are you lacking true connection with others? Do you often have behaviors that negatively impact you and your loved ones? With over a decade of experience as a Substance Use Disorder counselor, I have witnessed the connection between trauma and destructive behaviors, like drug use. I have found that tailoring therapy to a client's needs is crucial for healing to happen, and I will always invite you to show up as your authentic self. As a lifelong learner, I see great value in teaching a new skill or tool at each session that can be applied in your everyday life.
(831) 480-9390 View (831) 480-9390
Photo of Sylvie Stein, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Cruz County, CA
Sylvie Stein
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Hi there! My name's Sylvie and my pronouns are she/her and they/them. As a therapist, I am tender with people, tough on systems, and committed to our collective liberation. I've been a mental health worker for over eight years in schools, at a crisis center, and as a family therapist. I'm particularly experienced in and passionate about working with trauma in its many forms, and partnering with you to transform harm into what serves you, your beloved relationships, and the world you want to see. I offer individual counseling with youth and adults and relationship counseling with loved ones of all kinds.
Hi there! My name's Sylvie and my pronouns are she/her and they/them. As a therapist, I am tender with people, tough on systems, and committed to our collective liberation. I've been a mental health worker for over eight years in schools, at a crisis center, and as a family therapist. I'm particularly experienced in and passionate about working with trauma in its many forms, and partnering with you to transform harm into what serves you, your beloved relationships, and the world you want to see. I offer individual counseling with youth and adults and relationship counseling with loved ones of all kinds.
(408) 766-2985 View (408) 766-2985

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Number of Therapists in Santa Cruz County, CA

700+

Average cost per session

$165

Therapists in Santa Cruz County, CA who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
85% Depression
80% Relationship Issues
77% Self Esteem
72% Trauma and PTSD
69% Stress
68% Grief

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

51% Aetna
48% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
46% MHN | Health Net

How Therapists in Santa Cruz County, CA see their clients

76% In Person and Online
24% Online Only

Gender breakdown

81% Female
17% Male
2% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Santa Cruz County?

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.