Therapists in Santa Monica, CA

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Paul Carter
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90405
My teenage clients report that I have greatly helped in reducing depression and anxiety by providing a non-judgmental space where they can explore communication challenges, self-esteem issues and work on difficulties that create a challenge in their day-to-day life. I work from an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy framework, which can help teens reframe negativity, develop long-term coping skills, and be more fully present in their lives. Clients can recognize that their thoughts and emotions do not have to get in the way of taking action toward meeting their goals and making meaningful connections.
My teenage clients report that I have greatly helped in reducing depression and anxiety by providing a non-judgmental space where they can explore communication challenges, self-esteem issues and work on difficulties that create a challenge in their day-to-day life. I work from an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy framework, which can help teens reframe negativity, develop long-term coping skills, and be more fully present in their lives. Clients can recognize that their thoughts and emotions do not have to get in the way of taking action toward meeting their goals and making meaningful connections.
(310) 620-1428 View (310) 620-1428
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Beverly Ibeh
Pre-Licensed Professional, PsyD
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Thrive Psychology is the premier therapy & counseling center dedicated to women’s wellness. We empower clients to overcome life’s toughest challenges and reach their highest potential. Thrive has helped thousands of clients live their best lives through a growing network of in-person and online services. Thrive therapists are the top of their field and use on.
Thrive Psychology is the premier therapy & counseling center dedicated to women’s wellness. We empower clients to overcome life’s toughest challenges and reach their highest potential. Thrive has helped thousands of clients live their best lives through a growing network of in-person and online services. Thrive therapists are the top of their field and use on.
(424) 284-7259 View (424) 284-7259
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Laura Picard
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90401  (Online Only)
Warm, open, and compassionate, I'd love to be your guide to holistic healing and transformation. With expertise in anxiety, trauma, and borderline personality disorder, I guide from a three prong approach considering the past, present and future. Rooted in a warm, eclectic approach, I'll help teach you evidence-based tools to reframe thoughts and regulate emotions, as well as explore root causes for symptom management including getting to know the different "parts" that make up each unique person. Let's empower you to achieve resilience and personal growth, leading to a more fulfilling future:)
Warm, open, and compassionate, I'd love to be your guide to holistic healing and transformation. With expertise in anxiety, trauma, and borderline personality disorder, I guide from a three prong approach considering the past, present and future. Rooted in a warm, eclectic approach, I'll help teach you evidence-based tools to reframe thoughts and regulate emotions, as well as explore root causes for symptom management including getting to know the different "parts" that make up each unique person. Let's empower you to achieve resilience and personal growth, leading to a more fulfilling future:)
(310) 340-1848 View (310) 340-1848
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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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Lisa A. Golden
Psychologist, EdD
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
I work with Adults of all ages, from 18 to the end of life. I have extensive experience treating couples and families, and have special skills around family adjustment to health crises. I like to work with parents of teens and parents of newborns as well as couples considering children and even coping with aging parents. I work with many individual adults facing normal life stressors as well as more significant issues such as chronic anxiety, and depression.I see Spanish speaking individuals and couples. I have worked with many families of Veterans and other patients with traumatic injuries of all kinds.
I work with Adults of all ages, from 18 to the end of life. I have extensive experience treating couples and families, and have special skills around family adjustment to health crises. I like to work with parents of teens and parents of newborns as well as couples considering children and even coping with aging parents. I work with many individual adults facing normal life stressors as well as more significant issues such as chronic anxiety, and depression.I see Spanish speaking individuals and couples. I have worked with many families of Veterans and other patients with traumatic injuries of all kinds.
(310) 853-6822 View (310) 853-6822
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Dr. Karla Arriaran
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, EdD, LCSW
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405  (Online Only)
Are you successful on the surface, but anxious or unhappy underneath? Are fear and stress robbing your ability to enjoy life and be present? We’ve all been there- overloaded, struggling to make decisions, wanting a work-life balance, feeling like an imposter, or having difficulty managing relationships. My clients are often overachievers who constantly add to their workload until they reach the point of total shutdown. I enjoy working with young adults and working professionals who are successful but need support to prevent burnout.
Are you successful on the surface, but anxious or unhappy underneath? Are fear and stress robbing your ability to enjoy life and be present? We’ve all been there- overloaded, struggling to make decisions, wanting a work-life balance, feeling like an imposter, or having difficulty managing relationships. My clients are often overachievers who constantly add to their workload until they reach the point of total shutdown. I enjoy working with young adults and working professionals who are successful but need support to prevent burnout.
(818) 390-9986 View (818) 390-9986
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Rachael Katz
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90404
I want to extend a warm and empathetic welcome to you as you consider taking this important step towards healing and growth. Whether your goals are centered around personal growth, resolving family conflicts, or addressing your child's emotional needs, my commitment is to provide a safe, non-judgmental space where healing and positive change can occur. Often times, children lack the ability to communicate their internal state with words. I utilize play in child therapy to help them express their emotions, process traumatic experiences, and develop problem-solving skills in a safe and supportive environment.
I want to extend a warm and empathetic welcome to you as you consider taking this important step towards healing and growth. Whether your goals are centered around personal growth, resolving family conflicts, or addressing your child's emotional needs, my commitment is to provide a safe, non-judgmental space where healing and positive change can occur. Often times, children lack the ability to communicate their internal state with words. I utilize play in child therapy to help them express their emotions, process traumatic experiences, and develop problem-solving skills in a safe and supportive environment.
(424) 655-2359 View (424) 655-2359
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Layla Jillood
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90403  (Online Only)
"The greatest thing you can do in life is to overcome your insecurities and fears" Mahatma Gandhi. It is common for us to feel stuck in areas of our life that are not working. The primary task of psychotherapy, is to offer a different perspective in order to gain a deep level of self awareness. This awareness can challenge existing patterns that are no longer serving us. Together, we will explore areas in your life where you feel stuck/trapped, difficulty in relationships, unresolved early childhood issues and life transitions.
"The greatest thing you can do in life is to overcome your insecurities and fears" Mahatma Gandhi. It is common for us to feel stuck in areas of our life that are not working. The primary task of psychotherapy, is to offer a different perspective in order to gain a deep level of self awareness. This awareness can challenge existing patterns that are no longer serving us. Together, we will explore areas in your life where you feel stuck/trapped, difficulty in relationships, unresolved early childhood issues and life transitions.
(424) 268-2253 View (424) 268-2253
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Samy Harbert Gelfand
Marriage & Family Therapist, MMFT, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Using a psychodynamic foundation, I work together with clients to confront and navigate the challenges they may be facing in their daily lives. I emphasize going deep and looking inward to explore patterns of behavior. I care deeply about helping my clients slow down and understand their emotions. I have a warm and nurturing therapeutic style that allows my clients to feel safe and comfortable exploring their most difficult inner thoughts and feelings.
Using a psychodynamic foundation, I work together with clients to confront and navigate the challenges they may be facing in their daily lives. I emphasize going deep and looking inward to explore patterns of behavior. I care deeply about helping my clients slow down and understand their emotions. I have a warm and nurturing therapeutic style that allows my clients to feel safe and comfortable exploring their most difficult inner thoughts and feelings.
(310) 340-2262 View (310) 340-2262
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Itzel Molina-Kern
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MPH
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Hi, I’m Itzel. I am a licensed psychotherapist in California and my native Costa Rica. I have completed Intensive Plus DBT training in addition to working at Clearview, a full DBT fidelity program. I obtained my master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California (USC) and have spent 20 years in health and safety leadership roles in corporate and academic environments. In addition to my training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, I have extensive training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy and Solution-Driven Therapy,
Hi, I’m Itzel. I am a licensed psychotherapist in California and my native Costa Rica. I have completed Intensive Plus DBT training in addition to working at Clearview, a full DBT fidelity program. I obtained my master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California (USC) and have spent 20 years in health and safety leadership roles in corporate and academic environments. In addition to my training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, I have extensive training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy and Solution-Driven Therapy,
(424) 484-4524 View (424) 484-4524
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Ekaterini Constantine
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, EMDR
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Feeling fatigued, burnout, overwhelmed, or even confused are very common issues my clients describe as their chief complaint. These symptoms may have underlying causes that lead to the need to seek healing and the wish to carve one's own path in life in a safe and caring environment. I have extensive experience working with teens and adults who want to understand and overcome their issues related to post-traumatic stress disorder, attachment wounds, depression, anxiety, performance anxiety, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, grief and loss, low self-esteem, stress management.
Feeling fatigued, burnout, overwhelmed, or even confused are very common issues my clients describe as their chief complaint. These symptoms may have underlying causes that lead to the need to seek healing and the wish to carve one's own path in life in a safe and caring environment. I have extensive experience working with teens and adults who want to understand and overcome their issues related to post-traumatic stress disorder, attachment wounds, depression, anxiety, performance anxiety, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, grief and loss, low self-esteem, stress management.
(310) 496-8837 View (310) 496-8837
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Adriana Garcia
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Change is possible and I believe therapy is a place where you can explore the challenges and achievements that make our lives feel more fulfilled. My approach to therapy is one of empathy, collaboration and practicality. I like to make therapy fun, engaging, and a safe place for you to comfortably explore your emotions and learn new healthy coping skills to support your growth. I have a passion for helping others achieve more fulfillment and balance in their lives. My goal is to provide a safe space to explore feelings that may contribute to ongoing difficulties, re-process experiences, and ultimately co-create your next chapter.
Change is possible and I believe therapy is a place where you can explore the challenges and achievements that make our lives feel more fulfilled. My approach to therapy is one of empathy, collaboration and practicality. I like to make therapy fun, engaging, and a safe place for you to comfortably explore your emotions and learn new healthy coping skills to support your growth. I have a passion for helping others achieve more fulfillment and balance in their lives. My goal is to provide a safe space to explore feelings that may contribute to ongoing difficulties, re-process experiences, and ultimately co-create your next chapter.
(424) 672-3668 View (424) 672-3668
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Kim MacKay
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
The foundation of our programming is our team of compassionate and highly experienced behavioral healthcare professionals. The Newport staff is comprised of the best mental health leaders in the country, surrounding each client with 360-degree care. Because Newport’s philosophy of care views family as central to long-term, sustainable healing, the groundbreaking Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT) methodology is also a central component of our approach. ABFT is proven to be successful in addressing adolescent and young adult suicidality by repairing ruptures in the parent-child relationship.
The foundation of our programming is our team of compassionate and highly experienced behavioral healthcare professionals. The Newport staff is comprised of the best mental health leaders in the country, surrounding each client with 360-degree care. Because Newport’s philosophy of care views family as central to long-term, sustainable healing, the groundbreaking Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT) methodology is also a central component of our approach. ABFT is proven to be successful in addressing adolescent and young adult suicidality by repairing ruptures in the parent-child relationship.
(310) 919-2329 View (310) 919-2329
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Brittny McCarthy
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90403
It takes courage to discover personal insight, to address current challenges, and/or to heal past wounds. And, we arrive to therapy for various reasons. Sometimes, we come as individuals, sometimes as a couple or a family. Together, we address your goals so that you can gain a better understanding of what may need to transform in order to live your best life-- whether it's a life transition, such as divorce or career change, the desire for different coping skills, addressing compulsions or addictions, experiencing loss and moving through the grief process, identifying a sense of purpose, or making sense of a traumatic experience.
It takes courage to discover personal insight, to address current challenges, and/or to heal past wounds. And, we arrive to therapy for various reasons. Sometimes, we come as individuals, sometimes as a couple or a family. Together, we address your goals so that you can gain a better understanding of what may need to transform in order to live your best life-- whether it's a life transition, such as divorce or career change, the desire for different coping skills, addressing compulsions or addictions, experiencing loss and moving through the grief process, identifying a sense of purpose, or making sense of a traumatic experience.
(310) 254-9361 View (310) 254-9361
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Brittni Brooks
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, EMDR, ERP, KAP
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401  (Online Only)
Do you struggle with low self-worth, addiction, or intrusive thoughts? EMDR helps to process trauma, negative self-talk, reduces cravings, and allows you to live your life with more ease and regulation. I work with adults and teens to relieve symptoms of PTSD, OCD, addiction, and insomnia. I utilize internal family systems/ego-state parts work and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy as needed. Throughout the healing process, you will notice increased self-trust and a release of old coping strategies. You deserve to live life fully, free from the distraction and pain of old wounds.
Do you struggle with low self-worth, addiction, or intrusive thoughts? EMDR helps to process trauma, negative self-talk, reduces cravings, and allows you to live your life with more ease and regulation. I work with adults and teens to relieve symptoms of PTSD, OCD, addiction, and insomnia. I utilize internal family systems/ego-state parts work and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy as needed. Throughout the healing process, you will notice increased self-trust and a release of old coping strategies. You deserve to live life fully, free from the distraction and pain of old wounds.
(323) 970-2856 View (323) 970-2856
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Saundra Diana
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC, LPC, CAADC, RYT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Life is filled with challenges that affect each of us in different ways. I believe that how we approach and overcome those challenges helps shape us and allow us to experience life to the fullest. I began my psychotherapy practice out of a desire to use my life experience, education, and passion to help serve others in their healing journey. Through my clinical experience, I discovered that building a supportive relationship through therapy creates a safe place to explore life struggles, understand difficult issues, learn new skills, enrich relationships and work through situations to lead a more authentic life.
Life is filled with challenges that affect each of us in different ways. I believe that how we approach and overcome those challenges helps shape us and allow us to experience life to the fullest. I began my psychotherapy practice out of a desire to use my life experience, education, and passion to help serve others in their healing journey. Through my clinical experience, I discovered that building a supportive relationship through therapy creates a safe place to explore life struggles, understand difficult issues, learn new skills, enrich relationships and work through situations to lead a more authentic life.
(724) 856-0875 View (724) 856-0875
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Rishelle Maman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90404  (Online Only)
At times we may experience challenging emotional situations. When these situations arise we can benefit from the support of a person outside of our inner circle of family and friends. Whether you are struggling or you are watching your child struggle, it can take a toll on all aspects of your life. Everyone can benefit from working with a therapist and feeling heard. No problem is too common, severe, or unusual to be explored and healed.
At times we may experience challenging emotional situations. When these situations arise we can benefit from the support of a person outside of our inner circle of family and friends. Whether you are struggling or you are watching your child struggle, it can take a toll on all aspects of your life. Everyone can benefit from working with a therapist and feeling heard. No problem is too common, severe, or unusual to be explored and healed.
(424) 392-6813 View (424) 392-6813
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Pacific Marriage & Family Therapy Network
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Pacific MFT Network is a group of highly skilled, diverse, and well-trained therapists. Our mission is to empower you to live the life you want. We do so by creating supportive, caring, and non-judgmental relationships with our clients. We work to provide you with the best care possible and reduce obstacles to participation. Additional benefits to working with us include a unique concierge billing service and a wide range of scheduling options (all weekdays, weekends, day and evening appointments are available). We work with children, teens, and adults of all ages.
Pacific MFT Network is a group of highly skilled, diverse, and well-trained therapists. Our mission is to empower you to live the life you want. We do so by creating supportive, caring, and non-judgmental relationships with our clients. We work to provide you with the best care possible and reduce obstacles to participation. Additional benefits to working with us include a unique concierge billing service and a wide range of scheduling options (all weekdays, weekends, day and evening appointments are available). We work with children, teens, and adults of all ages.
(424) 246-2494 View (424) 246-2494
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Triva Ponder
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Are you and your partner struggling with conflict in your relationship that remains unresolved, escalates quickly and recurs frequently? Has trust been broken through infidelity or dishonesty? Are you finding it difficult to communicate effectively? It can be challenging to navigate issues that crack the foundation of our relationships and hurt our trust, but with some work and the right therapist, there is hope. I use the 'Gottman Relationship Checkup' to help get a baseline of a relationship’s strengths and challenges and determine specific tried and true, evidence-based interventions we can integrate in our treatment.
Are you and your partner struggling with conflict in your relationship that remains unresolved, escalates quickly and recurs frequently? Has trust been broken through infidelity or dishonesty? Are you finding it difficult to communicate effectively? It can be challenging to navigate issues that crack the foundation of our relationships and hurt our trust, but with some work and the right therapist, there is hope. I use the 'Gottman Relationship Checkup' to help get a baseline of a relationship’s strengths and challenges and determine specific tried and true, evidence-based interventions we can integrate in our treatment.
(424) 452-2583 View (424) 452-2583
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My Therapy Corner
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, CGT
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90404  (Online Only)
My Therapy Corner is a boutique practice helping individuals and couples heal through a trauma-informed, attachment-focused lens. We work primarily with individuals struggling with anxiety, big and small traumas, addiction, relationship problems, attachment wounds, etc. We work with adults 18+ and couples. It's important to us that you feel very comfortable in our sessions. We are on this journey of your healing together and our style is collaborative and warm. Together, we can work on letting go of past traumas or anything else that's been hurtful to you and your relationship.
My Therapy Corner is a boutique practice helping individuals and couples heal through a trauma-informed, attachment-focused lens. We work primarily with individuals struggling with anxiety, big and small traumas, addiction, relationship problems, attachment wounds, etc. We work with adults 18+ and couples. It's important to us that you feel very comfortable in our sessions. We are on this journey of your healing together and our style is collaborative and warm. Together, we can work on letting go of past traumas or anything else that's been hurtful to you and your relationship.
(818) 287-6035 View (818) 287-6035

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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
85% Relationship Issues
76% Self Esteem
73% Trauma and PTSD
66% Grief
65% Stress

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

58% Aetna
48% 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

79% Female
20% 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.