Therapists in Santa Monica, CA

Photo of Laura Picard, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
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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Eleanore Baidoo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90403  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with your life and your emotions? Maybe you are experiencing difficulties in your relationships with others, trouble at home, anxiety, an addiction, or just a really challenging personal situation that you feel alone with. Perhaps you want your life to be different somehow but are feeling stuck. I would like to help you. It may feel hopeless right now, but you will have my years of experience and wisdom, skills and compassion with you - and together we will increase the quality of your life so that you may move forward with increased well-being , satisfaction, and meaning in your life.
Are you struggling with your life and your emotions? Maybe you are experiencing difficulties in your relationships with others, trouble at home, anxiety, an addiction, or just a really challenging personal situation that you feel alone with. Perhaps you want your life to be different somehow but are feeling stuck. I would like to help you. It may feel hopeless right now, but you will have my years of experience and wisdom, skills and compassion with you - and together we will increase the quality of your life so that you may move forward with increased well-being , satisfaction, and meaning in your life.
(310) 923-9451 View (310) 923-9451
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Joseph R McCowan
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Psychotherapist and researcher drawing from humanistic, mindfulness-based, and holistic approaches to help individuals discover their inner capacity to heal and grow.
Psychotherapist and researcher drawing from humanistic, mindfulness-based, and holistic approaches to help individuals discover their inner capacity to heal and grow.
(424) 234-2438 View (424) 234-2438
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Megan Cser Smith
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90405
I am committed to helping clients formulate and realize their goals for their lives and relationships based on the values that are important to them. Grounded in research and clinical experience, I view the therapeutic relationship as an active partnership through which I assist clients with better understanding themselves and the ways in which they relate to others and the world. From there, I work with clients to identify opportunities for change and to develop and implement new tools in line with their distinct objectives.
I am committed to helping clients formulate and realize their goals for their lives and relationships based on the values that are important to them. Grounded in research and clinical experience, I view the therapeutic relationship as an active partnership through which I assist clients with better understanding themselves and the ways in which they relate to others and the world. From there, I work with clients to identify opportunities for change and to develop and implement new tools in line with their distinct objectives.
(310) 861-3372 View (310) 861-3372
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The Saturday Center for Psychotherapy
Psychologist, PhD, PsyD, MA
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90403
"Being listened to." That is the experience of being at the Saturday Center: intensely, deeply, actively, empathically listened to; seen, heard and understood. For over 30 years we have provided this type of counseling and psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families. TSC is committed to dynamic psychotherapy and to providing treatment based on need rather than economics. The Center is staffed by advanced psychological interns, psychological assistants and marriage & family therapist interns who are supervised by a group of experienced, licensed private practitioners dedicated to the practice and teaching of psychotherapy.
"Being listened to." That is the experience of being at the Saturday Center: intensely, deeply, actively, empathically listened to; seen, heard and understood. For over 30 years we have provided this type of counseling and psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families. TSC is committed to dynamic psychotherapy and to providing treatment based on need rather than economics. The Center is staffed by advanced psychological interns, psychological assistants and marriage & family therapist interns who are supervised by a group of experienced, licensed private practitioners dedicated to the practice and teaching of psychotherapy.
(310) 879-5804 View (310) 879-5804
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Dr. Carrie Canales
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403  (Online Only)
As a full-time professor of psychology, I teach courses focused on human interactions, mental health, and how to grow as an individual. I remind students each semester that everyone needs help and support at some point in life. My private practice is based on the ideology of self-awareness, understanding cognitive patterns, changing behavior, and self-improvement. Click on the website, call, or email me to book an appointment.
As a full-time professor of psychology, I teach courses focused on human interactions, mental health, and how to grow as an individual. I remind students each semester that everyone needs help and support at some point in life. My private practice is based on the ideology of self-awareness, understanding cognitive patterns, changing behavior, and self-improvement. Click on the website, call, or email me to book an appointment.
(424) 395-4502 View (424) 395-4502
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Sally Hackman
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90402
People are my passion! Is life for you or your child not going the way you'd like? In a supportive and confidential environment we can work together to identify the obstacles that are in the way of life being all that you want for yourself, your relationships, or your child. There are many approaches to psychotherapy, but research indicates that the patient-therapist relationship is a crucial factor. The beginning of therapy is creating that relationship and building trust. My focus is the present but I use the past that lives inside you to free you from its influence.
People are my passion! Is life for you or your child not going the way you'd like? In a supportive and confidential environment we can work together to identify the obstacles that are in the way of life being all that you want for yourself, your relationships, or your child. There are many approaches to psychotherapy, but research indicates that the patient-therapist relationship is a crucial factor. The beginning of therapy is creating that relationship and building trust. My focus is the present but I use the past that lives inside you to free you from its influence.
(310) 846-8118 View (310) 846-8118
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Samira Hosseini
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90403  (Online Only)
**Accepting New Clients** Many of my clients come to me during times of uncertainty and stress -- feeling lost or on edge, experiencing turmoil in their relationships, or generally overwhelmed and eager to find solutions. I believe that our problems have deeper roots and if not addressed can cause unconscious and unwanted patterns that affect our relationships with ourselves, others, and our perception of our reality. I hope to partner with you toward self-discovery, empowerment, self-compassion, and responding instead of reacting from a place of peace rather than urgency.
**Accepting New Clients** Many of my clients come to me during times of uncertainty and stress -- feeling lost or on edge, experiencing turmoil in their relationships, or generally overwhelmed and eager to find solutions. I believe that our problems have deeper roots and if not addressed can cause unconscious and unwanted patterns that affect our relationships with ourselves, others, and our perception of our reality. I hope to partner with you toward self-discovery, empowerment, self-compassion, and responding instead of reacting from a place of peace rather than urgency.
(401) 237-6421 View (401) 237-6421
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Sarah Araujo
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90404  (Online Only)
My approach to treatment depends mostly on the client and what brings them to therapy. I view the world through a dialectical lens, recognizing that though we wish things were black and white, we often live in the grey. I have worked with many populations and can adapt to clients to provide them with what they need from therapy, and to help them reach their therapeutic goals. I strive to provide a safe, comforting environment where clients feel seen and valued. I recognize that each client is an individual and that clients seek out treatment for a variety of reasons.
My approach to treatment depends mostly on the client and what brings them to therapy. I view the world through a dialectical lens, recognizing that though we wish things were black and white, we often live in the grey. I have worked with many populations and can adapt to clients to provide them with what they need from therapy, and to help them reach their therapeutic goals. I strive to provide a safe, comforting environment where clients feel seen and valued. I recognize that each client is an individual and that clients seek out treatment for a variety of reasons.
(424) 699-3288 View (424) 699-3288
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(Shayna) Jean Lester
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90402  (Online Only)
I am excited to add a new element to my practice! Soul Retrieval! Learn how to tap your intuition and your authentic self through the use of spiritual,not religious,tools. If you are suffering from past or present traumas,abuse, poor communication or just not feeling cherished, now is the time to seek help. I am able to serve you with solution based and spiritual counseling. I listen deeply with great intention as I work with individuals using techniques that are tailored for you and your situation. We will work toward new awareness for resolution and healing. My intention is to see the authenticity and ‘holy’ soul in everyone.
I am excited to add a new element to my practice! Soul Retrieval! Learn how to tap your intuition and your authentic self through the use of spiritual,not religious,tools. If you are suffering from past or present traumas,abuse, poor communication or just not feeling cherished, now is the time to seek help. I am able to serve you with solution based and spiritual counseling. I listen deeply with great intention as I work with individuals using techniques that are tailored for you and your situation. We will work toward new awareness for resolution and healing. My intention is to see the authenticity and ‘holy’ soul in everyone.
(424) 581-1822 View (424) 581-1822
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Tanya Gaum
Marriage & Family Therapist, MEd, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405  (Online Only)
I believe clients are the experts on their own lives. I take a strength-based and person-centered approach to therapy, meaning that while I see myself as a consultant in peoples' journeys toward enhanced wellness, I work in a collaborative way that keeps the client's goals and priorities front and center. During our time together, I will listen to your story, offer reflections, and ask creative questions to gain clarity and discover the deeper and richer meanings within your narrative. Together, we will work to understand your pain and to mutually identify your strengths, resources, and desired future.
I believe clients are the experts on their own lives. I take a strength-based and person-centered approach to therapy, meaning that while I see myself as a consultant in peoples' journeys toward enhanced wellness, I work in a collaborative way that keeps the client's goals and priorities front and center. During our time together, I will listen to your story, offer reflections, and ask creative questions to gain clarity and discover the deeper and richer meanings within your narrative. Together, we will work to understand your pain and to mutually identify your strengths, resources, and desired future.
(213) 372-0264 View (213) 372-0264
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Alana Fineo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90405  (Online Only)
Alana supports children, teens, and adults to navigate tricky situations. She utilizes a holistic and trauma-informed approach to assist client’s at verbalizing thoughts and feelings, to gain insight into their functioning, their triggers and to develop healthy coping skills. Her kind and gentle nature facilitates a safe space where client’s feel empowered to commence their healing journey.
Alana supports children, teens, and adults to navigate tricky situations. She utilizes a holistic and trauma-informed approach to assist client’s at verbalizing thoughts and feelings, to gain insight into their functioning, their triggers and to develop healthy coping skills. Her kind and gentle nature facilitates a safe space where client’s feel empowered to commence their healing journey.
(310) 362-6545 View (310) 362-6545
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Healista Holistic Psychotherapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405
At Healista, we believe everyone has the power within themselves to make a change in their lives. They just sometimes need a little help along the way. And that’s where we come in. We help our clients connect to their inner safety by nurturing their intuitive skills to cope with challenges, stressors, and traumas to feel more at ease and resilient in their daily lives. We believe in the power of slowing down and focusing on the whole picture of one’s socioemotional well being to regain embodied ease, overcome feelings of shame and loneliness, and find clarity on how to move forward.
At Healista, we believe everyone has the power within themselves to make a change in their lives. They just sometimes need a little help along the way. And that’s where we come in. We help our clients connect to their inner safety by nurturing their intuitive skills to cope with challenges, stressors, and traumas to feel more at ease and resilient in their daily lives. We believe in the power of slowing down and focusing on the whole picture of one’s socioemotional well being to regain embodied ease, overcome feelings of shame and loneliness, and find clarity on how to move forward.
(310) 499-2640 View (310) 499-2640
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Monica Farassat, Psy.D.
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT, CGP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Many people shy away from asking for help when in emotional and psychological pain. It is not easy to ask for help. Perhaps there are feelings of shame underlying the recognition of one's vulnerability. But in essence these are the times that important and life-altering changes can occur. I am invested in establishing a safe, supportive, and truthful interaction with you towards improving your life, your choices, and your relationships, & have over 25 years of experience as proof. The concerns that I have worked with extensively include depression, anxiety, grief, life transitions, substance-abuse, adjustment, crisis intervention, & individuation.
Many people shy away from asking for help when in emotional and psychological pain. It is not easy to ask for help. Perhaps there are feelings of shame underlying the recognition of one's vulnerability. But in essence these are the times that important and life-altering changes can occur. I am invested in establishing a safe, supportive, and truthful interaction with you towards improving your life, your choices, and your relationships, & have over 25 years of experience as proof. The concerns that I have worked with extensively include depression, anxiety, grief, life transitions, substance-abuse, adjustment, crisis intervention, & individuation.
(310) 737-8975 View (310) 737-8975
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Sharon Margaret Friedman
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90402
I encourage you to get help when you need it despite how difficult it feels. As an experienced, professional psychotherapist, I can work with you in an individual or group setting to help you get through your issues and make changes in your life. You may come see me in my Santa Monica, California office or in my New York City office where I see clients once a month. I can also work with you online using Skype. I have clients as far away as London and Hong Kong. Call me if you would like a consultation.
I encourage you to get help when you need it despite how difficult it feels. As an experienced, professional psychotherapist, I can work with you in an individual or group setting to help you get through your issues and make changes in your life. You may come see me in my Santa Monica, California office or in my New York City office where I see clients once a month. I can also work with you online using Skype. I have clients as far away as London and Hong Kong. Call me if you would like a consultation.
(310) 736-1423 View (310) 736-1423
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Hayden Hunter
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS, AMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90404
I am happy you are here! Lotus flowers bloom after traversing through thick layers of mud. My goal is to help you understand blockages in your life holding you back from living an authentic and full life, help you make sense and create meaning from your experiences that propel you forward with purpose! My clients face anxiety/depression, life/career transitions, complex family/relationship dynamics, trauma related to dysfunctional dynamics present across family/professional/social/intimate relationships, families navigating divorce, individuals healing from narcissistic abuse, and parents looking to improve their parenting skills.
I am happy you are here! Lotus flowers bloom after traversing through thick layers of mud. My goal is to help you understand blockages in your life holding you back from living an authentic and full life, help you make sense and create meaning from your experiences that propel you forward with purpose! My clients face anxiety/depression, life/career transitions, complex family/relationship dynamics, trauma related to dysfunctional dynamics present across family/professional/social/intimate relationships, families navigating divorce, individuals healing from narcissistic abuse, and parents looking to improve their parenting skills.
(310) 362-4760 View (310) 362-4760
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Amada Battista
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403  (Online Only)
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I will collaborate with you in developing problem-solving skills to enhance the coping strategies that will help you deal with depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and other anxiety-producing experiences. I focus on understanding your symptoms within the context of your interpersonal relationships.
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I will collaborate with you in developing problem-solving skills to enhance the coping strategies that will help you deal with depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and other anxiety-producing experiences. I focus on understanding your symptoms within the context of your interpersonal relationships.
(424) 383-7690 View (424) 383-7690
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Aviv Michael Linden
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90403  (Online Only)
I work with people from all walks of life. Everyone is unique and so each client has a treatment plan that is tailored to their individual needs. People who see me for psychological treatment are often experiencing low mood, anxiety, difficulty relaxing, excessive criticism and low self esteem. Many have experienced a significant loss or a traumatic life event.​ I will help you to better understand how your present responses (emotional, behavioral, emotional and physical) are influenced by your past experiences. Working collaboratively with you, I will facilitate a safe space for you to reflect, process and grow.
I work with people from all walks of life. Everyone is unique and so each client has a treatment plan that is tailored to their individual needs. People who see me for psychological treatment are often experiencing low mood, anxiety, difficulty relaxing, excessive criticism and low self esteem. Many have experienced a significant loss or a traumatic life event.​ I will help you to better understand how your present responses (emotional, behavioral, emotional and physical) are influenced by your past experiences. Working collaboratively with you, I will facilitate a safe space for you to reflect, process and grow.
(628) 200-2396 View (628) 200-2396
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Katie Chaudry
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PPSC
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Hi! Whether you’re new to therapy, returning, or trying to find a new therapist that is a better fit for you, you’re going in the right direction! I know that searching for the right fit can feel daunting but it is an important step in the process. If you prioritize compatibility and find someone that you connect with and who you truly believe understands what you’re going through, therapy will feel enjoyable and effective! With that in mind, if you’re looking for an authentic and relatable therapist, we may be a good fit for each other. I am direct, playful and value bringing my genuine personality to the therapeutic relationship.
Hi! Whether you’re new to therapy, returning, or trying to find a new therapist that is a better fit for you, you’re going in the right direction! I know that searching for the right fit can feel daunting but it is an important step in the process. If you prioritize compatibility and find someone that you connect with and who you truly believe understands what you’re going through, therapy will feel enjoyable and effective! With that in mind, if you’re looking for an authentic and relatable therapist, we may be a good fit for each other. I am direct, playful and value bringing my genuine personality to the therapeutic relationship.
(424) 398-8548 View (424) 398-8548
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Georgea Robin Muschel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
I am interested in seeing anyone who needs help with major life transitions or who is in the midst of a life crisis. I also encourage people who are not in crisis but interested in improving the quality of their life and to enhance their overall well being. Besides being in private practice I have also worked in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings. I believe in using an eclectic approach, with a multitude of modalities, to help people, in a safe setting, clarify their issues, gain greater insight and assist them in finding their own solutions and coping skills. Most of my clients report feeling better in a short time.
I am interested in seeing anyone who needs help with major life transitions or who is in the midst of a life crisis. I also encourage people who are not in crisis but interested in improving the quality of their life and to enhance their overall well being. Besides being in private practice I have also worked in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings. I believe in using an eclectic approach, with a multitude of modalities, to help people, in a safe setting, clarify their issues, gain greater insight and assist them in finding their own solutions and coping skills. Most of my clients report feeling better in a short time.
(310) 494-2973 View (310) 494-2973
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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
90% Depression
85% Relationship Issues
76% Self Esteem
71% Trauma and PTSD
66% Grief
66% Stress

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

59% Aetna
48% Cigna and Evernorth
41% 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.