Therapists in Santa Monica, CA

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Barbara Dreyfus
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90404
I work with individuals and couples on a variety of relationship and interpersonal issues. I believe that each of has the innate desire and ability to lead satisfying and fulfilling lives. We are often stuck in old patterns of behavior and relating. Working together we can explore those patterns and how to move beyond them. There are times in our lives when feelings of isolation, depression, loneliness pervade. It is helpful to have a trained professional to discuss these feelings with.
I work with individuals and couples on a variety of relationship and interpersonal issues. I believe that each of has the innate desire and ability to lead satisfying and fulfilling lives. We are often stuck in old patterns of behavior and relating. Working together we can explore those patterns and how to move beyond them. There are times in our lives when feelings of isolation, depression, loneliness pervade. It is helpful to have a trained professional to discuss these feelings with.
(310) 452-2260 View (310) 452-2260
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Dawn Pesso
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90404  (Online Only)
Something big is happening. You could even call it a crisis. It can be overwhelming when you're going through a big change in your life or when you feel you are at a crossroads. This can happen because you realize a relationship that you're in just isn't good for you, or worse, that it's toxic. This can also happen when you're considering a career change, or choosing a career for the first time? Big decisions can leave you feeling confused, stuck/frustrated, fearful, sad, angry, lonely, and more.
Something big is happening. You could even call it a crisis. It can be overwhelming when you're going through a big change in your life or when you feel you are at a crossroads. This can happen because you realize a relationship that you're in just isn't good for you, or worse, that it's toxic. This can also happen when you're considering a career change, or choosing a career for the first time? Big decisions can leave you feeling confused, stuck/frustrated, fearful, sad, angry, lonely, and more.
(310) 484-5943 View (310) 484-5943
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Dafi Shanti
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90402
My work is about helping you change your automatic patterns that keep you stuck and suffering. The story of your life that may have caused you pain & isn’t serving you anymore. Creating awareness will lead to creating change, a shift you from the way you used to deal w/ whatever challenges you are facing in the present: depression, anxiety, grief & relationship. By changing your beliefs, you will recalibrate. I’m passionate about empowering individuals in their journey to better their life quality into a life they deserve. I’m an Integrative Coach. I'm certified in Past Life Regression Therapy (PLR) from Dr. Brian Weiss.
My work is about helping you change your automatic patterns that keep you stuck and suffering. The story of your life that may have caused you pain & isn’t serving you anymore. Creating awareness will lead to creating change, a shift you from the way you used to deal w/ whatever challenges you are facing in the present: depression, anxiety, grief & relationship. By changing your beliefs, you will recalibrate. I’m passionate about empowering individuals in their journey to better their life quality into a life they deserve. I’m an Integrative Coach. I'm certified in Past Life Regression Therapy (PLR) from Dr. Brian Weiss.
(424) 587-2147 View (424) 587-2147
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Rebekah Tayebi
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
I work with motivated, loving clients and with folks who are ready to heal from childhood wounding. My clients engage in self-study, discovering who they are and how to love and re-parent themselves. I work with teens, young adults, and families. I offer parent coaching to parents who want to learn how to effectively communicate and intervene with their children. My style is warm, curious, direct, and relationship focused. In the course of our work together, my clients learn skills that are accessible yet powerful. I've been in the field over eighteen years and feel lucky to support such incredible people on their healing path.
I work with motivated, loving clients and with folks who are ready to heal from childhood wounding. My clients engage in self-study, discovering who they are and how to love and re-parent themselves. I work with teens, young adults, and families. I offer parent coaching to parents who want to learn how to effectively communicate and intervene with their children. My style is warm, curious, direct, and relationship focused. In the course of our work together, my clients learn skills that are accessible yet powerful. I've been in the field over eighteen years and feel lucky to support such incredible people on their healing path.
(657) 306-5712 View (657) 306-5712
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Christopher E Getto
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Welcome. Sometimes things are complicated. We keep feeling a certain way or doing something and don't understand why. Sometimes things are more simple. We understand what we want, maybe even how to get there but just need a little support along the way. I work with individuals, couples and families to help them achieve the changes they wish to see in their lives, big or small, complicated or not.
Welcome. Sometimes things are complicated. We keep feeling a certain way or doing something and don't understand why. Sometimes things are more simple. We understand what we want, maybe even how to get there but just need a little support along the way. I work with individuals, couples and families to help them achieve the changes they wish to see in their lives, big or small, complicated or not.
(323) 431-5155 View (323) 431-5155
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Yael Adef Eiserike
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, JD, LCSW
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90407  (Online Only)
As a lawyer-turned-therapist, I know the power of a good question. My clients are anxious professionals who have taken all the “right” steps only to wonder why they aren’t feeling satisfied. They share that I have helped them work through anxiety, insomnia, or stress from high-intensity careers. I enjoy helping people find sustainable work-life balance, in addition to moving through grief and loss. Whether it be the loss of a loved one, a career, or way of life, I can be a strong partner for you. My pragmatic approach is tailored and collaborative, helping you identify and implement strategies to both resolve and prevent problems.
As a lawyer-turned-therapist, I know the power of a good question. My clients are anxious professionals who have taken all the “right” steps only to wonder why they aren’t feeling satisfied. They share that I have helped them work through anxiety, insomnia, or stress from high-intensity careers. I enjoy helping people find sustainable work-life balance, in addition to moving through grief and loss. Whether it be the loss of a loved one, a career, or way of life, I can be a strong partner for you. My pragmatic approach is tailored and collaborative, helping you identify and implement strategies to both resolve and prevent problems.
(747) 247-9418 View (747) 247-9418
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Araceli Hirtle
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401  (Online Only)
I help women to better manage parenting, while maintaining her work/life balance. Is this you? Marriage and parenting are difficult. Often it is hard to find the energy to be patient, creative or loving. Do you struggle with solo parenting and feeling unseen? Do you want to feel more connected with your spouse? Do you want to feel like "you" again? Do you struggle with anxiety, depression and / or have experienced trauma but haven't "faced" it because "there is not enough time" or because you've "dealt with it this long", I get it and I can help you find the joy in your life again.
I help women to better manage parenting, while maintaining her work/life balance. Is this you? Marriage and parenting are difficult. Often it is hard to find the energy to be patient, creative or loving. Do you struggle with solo parenting and feeling unseen? Do you want to feel more connected with your spouse? Do you want to feel like "you" again? Do you struggle with anxiety, depression and / or have experienced trauma but haven't "faced" it because "there is not enough time" or because you've "dealt with it this long", I get it and I can help you find the joy in your life again.
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Andrea Dyer
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90402  (Online Only)
You are anxious, depressed, overwhelmed, and feeling disconnected. It might be difficult to express what and how you have been feeling, which perpetuates the original distress. Sources of these feelings may begin with trauma, life transitions, or conflict with yourself or loved ones. These feelings can make us feel stagnant, but there is hope. The beautiful part of this is that you are willing to seek help and ultimately find meaning and purpose in your human experience. I will meet you right where you are at.
You are anxious, depressed, overwhelmed, and feeling disconnected. It might be difficult to express what and how you have been feeling, which perpetuates the original distress. Sources of these feelings may begin with trauma, life transitions, or conflict with yourself or loved ones. These feelings can make us feel stagnant, but there is hope. The beautiful part of this is that you are willing to seek help and ultimately find meaning and purpose in your human experience. I will meet you right where you are at.
(310) 861-3571 View (310) 861-3571
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Lisa Osborn
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Are you struggling to put your life back to together after the birth of your baby? Are you just not feeling the way you expected? Or, like yourself? Are you iritable and overwhelmed? Possibly your relationship with your partner is suffering as well. Are these feelings robbing you of the joy of being with your infant? If so, you may be suffering from postpartum stress.
Are you struggling to put your life back to together after the birth of your baby? Are you just not feeling the way you expected? Or, like yourself? Are you iritable and overwhelmed? Possibly your relationship with your partner is suffering as well. Are these feelings robbing you of the joy of being with your infant? If so, you may be suffering from postpartum stress.
(310) 579-2867 View (310) 579-2867
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Mike Lane
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Congratulations on taking action! We both know that if things are going to change for you in a positive direction, you will need to be brave, open-minded and willing to do things you have resisted doing for one reason or another. I can be most helpful in that regard. Now is the perfect time. Your life is about to change dramatically. Together, in a collaborative and supportive relationship, we will identify your critical needs, uncover and resolve resistances, and map out the incremental steps to getting your needs met. Make the call that will change your life.
Congratulations on taking action! We both know that if things are going to change for you in a positive direction, you will need to be brave, open-minded and willing to do things you have resisted doing for one reason or another. I can be most helpful in that regard. Now is the perfect time. Your life is about to change dramatically. Together, in a collaborative and supportive relationship, we will identify your critical needs, uncover and resolve resistances, and map out the incremental steps to getting your needs met. Make the call that will change your life.
(424) 277-3885 View (424) 277-3885
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Zobra Hemphill-Ward
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Are you or your child struggling with anxiety, depression, or behavioral issues? Have you found yourself feeling stuck or unable to create change? Therapy can help you cope with these challenges and set you up for future success. I find a positive and trusting client-therapist relationship to be the most essential component of the therapeutic process and place an emphasis on creating a safe and non-judgmental space for effective reflection and growth. Incorporating humanistic, mindfulness, and strengths-based approaches, I work with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, oppositional defiance, high-risk behavior, and family dynamics.
Are you or your child struggling with anxiety, depression, or behavioral issues? Have you found yourself feeling stuck or unable to create change? Therapy can help you cope with these challenges and set you up for future success. I find a positive and trusting client-therapist relationship to be the most essential component of the therapeutic process and place an emphasis on creating a safe and non-judgmental space for effective reflection and growth. Incorporating humanistic, mindfulness, and strengths-based approaches, I work with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, oppositional defiance, high-risk behavior, and family dynamics.
(424) 233-1039 View (424) 233-1039
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Sam Miller
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90401
The relationship between client and therapist is essential for meaningful work to take place. To honor your process, I will approach our discussions with warmth, empathy, sometimes humor, and realness, all with the intent to challenge you as we create the space to face your experience of the world. My therapeutic approach is integrative and relational, rooted in the idea that our past experiences influence our reflexive responses to the world around us as we continue to grow. In our work we will focus on the present and past to discover and adapt what hasn’t historically worked, as you navigate relationships, stressors, and change.
The relationship between client and therapist is essential for meaningful work to take place. To honor your process, I will approach our discussions with warmth, empathy, sometimes humor, and realness, all with the intent to challenge you as we create the space to face your experience of the world. My therapeutic approach is integrative and relational, rooted in the idea that our past experiences influence our reflexive responses to the world around us as we continue to grow. In our work we will focus on the present and past to discover and adapt what hasn’t historically worked, as you navigate relationships, stressors, and change.
(424) 310-1203 View (424) 310-1203
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Negar Afshar
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90403
I've always been passionate about working with children and appreciate the opportunity to make a difference in an individual's life from an early age. I hope to provide the space, comfort, and time for children to foster their resilience and thrive to their full potential. I pride myself on being relatable, while also offering the guidance and expertise that parents hope for. I provide child-centered play therapy, art therapy, and conduct assessments focusing on Autism Spectrum Disorders and ADHD.
I've always been passionate about working with children and appreciate the opportunity to make a difference in an individual's life from an early age. I hope to provide the space, comfort, and time for children to foster their resilience and thrive to their full potential. I pride myself on being relatable, while also offering the guidance and expertise that parents hope for. I provide child-centered play therapy, art therapy, and conduct assessments focusing on Autism Spectrum Disorders and ADHD.
(310) 861-4636 View (310) 861-4636
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Ruth Gatt
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405  (Online Only)
Hi, I’m Dr. Ruth Gatt, and I’m your ally in healing relational trauma—that is, any trauma that happened in the context of a relationship with another person or group. If you’re trying to create space from a relationship that has felt all-consuming, yearning to feel like yourself again, I can help. Narcissistic and other turbulent relationships—whether with a person or religious group—can leave you feeling turned out, upside down, and unsure of who you are or where to go next. I hope that my expertise in this area can support you in untangling the knots, finding your footing, and rediscovering your core self.
Hi, I’m Dr. Ruth Gatt, and I’m your ally in healing relational trauma—that is, any trauma that happened in the context of a relationship with another person or group. If you’re trying to create space from a relationship that has felt all-consuming, yearning to feel like yourself again, I can help. Narcissistic and other turbulent relationships—whether with a person or religious group—can leave you feeling turned out, upside down, and unsure of who you are or where to go next. I hope that my expertise in this area can support you in untangling the knots, finding your footing, and rediscovering your core self.
(424) 435-2737 View (424) 435-2737
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Jamie Feldstein
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Are you looking for a safe place where you can access and explore your emotions without shame or judgment? Are you feeling frustrated, stuck or disappointed with the quality of your life? I can help you learn how to access your inner wisdom, build and bolster resiliency and connect more effectively with yourself and others.
Are you looking for a safe place where you can access and explore your emotions without shame or judgment? Are you feeling frustrated, stuck or disappointed with the quality of your life? I can help you learn how to access your inner wisdom, build and bolster resiliency and connect more effectively with yourself and others.
(805) 669-9917 View (805) 669-9917
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Natalie Badawy
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, MA, APCC, AMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90403  (Online Only)
Many of us carry our emotional wounds in our bodies and only when we create a connection between the mind and the body can we feel whole again. I utilize a blend of therapeutic techniques that include shadow work, inner child healing, internal family systems (IFS), somatic therapy, and reparenting in order to create a safe connection within the body and mind. When you are in connection with your whole self you are then equipped to heal your relationship with others and the planet. I help clients struggling with sexual trauma, grief, codependency, depression, and relationship challenges.
Many of us carry our emotional wounds in our bodies and only when we create a connection between the mind and the body can we feel whole again. I utilize a blend of therapeutic techniques that include shadow work, inner child healing, internal family systems (IFS), somatic therapy, and reparenting in order to create a safe connection within the body and mind. When you are in connection with your whole self you are then equipped to heal your relationship with others and the planet. I help clients struggling with sexual trauma, grief, codependency, depression, and relationship challenges.
(310) 564-7308 View (310) 564-7308
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Couples Counseling of Santa Monica/Dr John Drimmer
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
I teach couples tools and I give homework. My background is in Positive Psychology. People describe me as warm, down-to-earth and they say I have a good sense of humor. I think couples therapy should be uplifting -- and show results. I help all kinds of couples: married and unmarried, straight, gay, and couples soon to marry. I'm dedicated to helping couples overcome their problems. I'm even-handed and I find solutions. (And on a personal note, I've been happily married for 30 years). I combine Positive Psychology, CBT, mindfulness, Gottman, and the best of contemporary psychology. I taught in the medical school at UCLA.
I teach couples tools and I give homework. My background is in Positive Psychology. People describe me as warm, down-to-earth and they say I have a good sense of humor. I think couples therapy should be uplifting -- and show results. I help all kinds of couples: married and unmarried, straight, gay, and couples soon to marry. I'm dedicated to helping couples overcome their problems. I'm even-handed and I find solutions. (And on a personal note, I've been happily married for 30 years). I combine Positive Psychology, CBT, mindfulness, Gottman, and the best of contemporary psychology. I taught in the medical school at UCLA.
(310) 307-3585 View (310) 307-3585
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Colleen O'Brien
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90401
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist. My practice focuses on trauma, addiction & recovery, mood disorders, life transitions, and relationships. I work with adult women and men. In addition to traditional talk therapy, I have been practicing Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) for over 4 years with an emphasis on treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, and trauma. I trained as a KAP therapist at the Ketamine Training Center in San Rafael, California with Phil Wolfson. I also studied under the direction of Jeffrey Becker, MD. I am trained by MAPS in MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy and by Fluence in Psychedelic Therapy.
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist. My practice focuses on trauma, addiction & recovery, mood disorders, life transitions, and relationships. I work with adult women and men. In addition to traditional talk therapy, I have been practicing Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) for over 4 years with an emphasis on treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, and trauma. I trained as a KAP therapist at the Ketamine Training Center in San Rafael, California with Phil Wolfson. I also studied under the direction of Jeffrey Becker, MD. I am trained by MAPS in MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy and by Fluence in Psychedelic Therapy.
(805) 608-5593 View (805) 608-5593
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Olya Baramidze - Couples - Sex Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Not accepting new clients
Are you getting overwhelmed trying to cultivate healthy relationships and a balanced life? Challenges in life and relationships often create stress and uncertainty, leaving us feeling disconnected and anxious. However, through self-compassion and mindfulness, we can find our way to feeling more connected and grounded. Imagine rediscovering that sense of calm and connection within yourself and with others. I incorporate a holistic and collaborative approach in guiding individuals and couples to process their experiences and gain skills to live a more authentic life.
Are you getting overwhelmed trying to cultivate healthy relationships and a balanced life? Challenges in life and relationships often create stress and uncertainty, leaving us feeling disconnected and anxious. However, through self-compassion and mindfulness, we can find our way to feeling more connected and grounded. Imagine rediscovering that sense of calm and connection within yourself and with others. I incorporate a holistic and collaborative approach in guiding individuals and couples to process their experiences and gain skills to live a more authentic life.
(424) 417-6179 View (424) 417-6179
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Pamela J. Warren
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90404
"YOUR VISION WILL BECOME CLEAR WHEN YOU LOOK INTO YOUR HEART. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens." Carl Jung. As a therapist, I am here to support each individual define his or her vision and life's purpose. When one feels stuck, sometimes the idea of change or transition can seem overwhelming. Issues such as anxiety, depression, addiction, relationship distress, loneliness and low-self esteem can be an indicator that a shift is imminent. I am here to provide gentle guidance, by providing a safe, warm and compassionate space to explore these issues.
"YOUR VISION WILL BECOME CLEAR WHEN YOU LOOK INTO YOUR HEART. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens." Carl Jung. As a therapist, I am here to support each individual define his or her vision and life's purpose. When one feels stuck, sometimes the idea of change or transition can seem overwhelming. Issues such as anxiety, depression, addiction, relationship distress, loneliness and low-self esteem can be an indicator that a shift is imminent. I am here to provide gentle guidance, by providing a safe, warm and compassionate space to explore these issues.
(424) 273-8413 View (424) 273-8413

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Number of Therapists in Santa Monica, CA

1,000+

Average cost per session

$200

Therapists in Santa Monica, CA who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
89% Depression
84% Relationship Issues
76% Self Esteem
72% Trauma and PTSD
66% Stress
65% Grief

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

58% Aetna
49% Cigna and Evernorth
42% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Santa Monica, CA see their clients

66% In Person and Online
34% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a therapist in Santa Monica?

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.