Therapists in Santa Monica, CA

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Sopagna Eap-Braje
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90404  (Online Only)
I have a compassionate, science-based, and direct approach toward helping people find psychological relief. I am passionate about helping people achieve the most authentic version of themselves. By gently challenging you to question and shift your mental framework, I want to help you make decisions and take actions that are consistent with your values. The journey towards change must start with compassion. Only when we feel seen and heard, can we begin the process of transformation.
I have a compassionate, science-based, and direct approach toward helping people find psychological relief. I am passionate about helping people achieve the most authentic version of themselves. By gently challenging you to question and shift your mental framework, I want to help you make decisions and take actions that are consistent with your values. The journey towards change must start with compassion. Only when we feel seen and heard, can we begin the process of transformation.
(310) 742-9425 View (310) 742-9425
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Dr. Margie Mirell
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT, AASECT, Imago
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Are you overwhelmed? Does it seem does it feel like something is holding you back from achieving your goals? Are you struggling with persistent negative thoughts or self-doubt? Together we can work to help equip you with the necessary tools to help you face and overcome your challenges. Whether you're struggling with trauma and PTSD, intimacy issues, overcoming addiction, or grief, it is important that you know you don't have to be alone in this journey. I have the experience to help you achieve your goals, overcome these struggles, and live a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
Are you overwhelmed? Does it seem does it feel like something is holding you back from achieving your goals? Are you struggling with persistent negative thoughts or self-doubt? Together we can work to help equip you with the necessary tools to help you face and overcome your challenges. Whether you're struggling with trauma and PTSD, intimacy issues, overcoming addiction, or grief, it is important that you know you don't have to be alone in this journey. I have the experience to help you achieve your goals, overcome these struggles, and live a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
(310) 773-0391 View (310) 773-0391
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James D Babl
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90404
I have a doctorate in clinical psychology from Purdue University, and most recently spent a number of years as the Clinical Director at the UCLA Counseling Center. I have worked in VA and Community Mental Health settings, and received additional extended training at the UCLA Human Sexuality Program. I come across as warm, down to earth, and easy to trust and talk to. I offer confidential, professional services to adults and couples in a relaxed Santa Monica setting, where I have an integrative approach (using insight-oriented, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and other orientations) tailored to your needs and concerns.
I have a doctorate in clinical psychology from Purdue University, and most recently spent a number of years as the Clinical Director at the UCLA Counseling Center. I have worked in VA and Community Mental Health settings, and received additional extended training at the UCLA Human Sexuality Program. I come across as warm, down to earth, and easy to trust and talk to. I offer confidential, professional services to adults and couples in a relaxed Santa Monica setting, where I have an integrative approach (using insight-oriented, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and other orientations) tailored to your needs and concerns.
(310) 829-2928 View (310) 829-2928
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Stephen J Kenneally
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MBA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Everyone's lives have been deeply impacted by the current Covid-19 outbreak. The sudden loss of income and the mandatory quarantine have left many people feeling overwhelmed and isolated. Although times of crisis are extremely challenging, they also provide us with opportunities to witness the profound resiliency of the human spirit and the extraordinary power of simple, genuine human kindness. If you are experiencing overwhelming anxiety or feelings of hopelessness, please remember that you are not alone. We have all been impacted by this crisis, and together we will find ways to help each other through this difficult time.
Everyone's lives have been deeply impacted by the current Covid-19 outbreak. The sudden loss of income and the mandatory quarantine have left many people feeling overwhelmed and isolated. Although times of crisis are extremely challenging, they also provide us with opportunities to witness the profound resiliency of the human spirit and the extraordinary power of simple, genuine human kindness. If you are experiencing overwhelming anxiety or feelings of hopelessness, please remember that you are not alone. We have all been impacted by this crisis, and together we will find ways to help each other through this difficult time.
(310) 896-4942 View (310) 896-4942
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Danielle C White
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90403
By facing our inner worlds, we may begin to quiet the past and change how we meet the future. As life inevitably presents us with transitions and loss, these experiences become an integral part of what awakens us into the fullness of our human experience. The collaborative and creative process of therapy can help you to shift your perspective so that new solutions and fulfilling growth can occur in your life.
By facing our inner worlds, we may begin to quiet the past and change how we meet the future. As life inevitably presents us with transitions and loss, these experiences become an integral part of what awakens us into the fullness of our human experience. The collaborative and creative process of therapy can help you to shift your perspective so that new solutions and fulfilling growth can occur in your life.
(917) 689-1033 View (917) 689-1033
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Kyana Barakett
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Do you find yourself at a loss for how to cope with your circumstances? You may find yourself in repetitive cycles or re-experiencing similar conflicts. In our work, we can explore how your internal world influences the external, and help you to name and integrate feelings and experiences that can be challenging to identify alone. Depression, anger, anxiety, or other feelings that are driving you to seek therapy are all messages to you. Together, we can begin to understand them.
Do you find yourself at a loss for how to cope with your circumstances? You may find yourself in repetitive cycles or re-experiencing similar conflicts. In our work, we can explore how your internal world influences the external, and help you to name and integrate feelings and experiences that can be challenging to identify alone. Depression, anger, anxiety, or other feelings that are driving you to seek therapy are all messages to you. Together, we can begin to understand them.
(310) 314-5067 View (310) 314-5067
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Robert Grossbard
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90403
People who see me for the first time are often feeling overwhelmed, confused, depressed or anxious. Some people are unable to sleep, have distressing thoughts, or cannot control troublesome habits and behaviors. Others have have struggled with chronic pain due to injuries or illnesses. Many have endured the stigma of having a major mental illness which created difficulties in daily functioning, mood swings, or poor judgement and distorted thinking. And others have functioned well with significant achievements in their careers, family, and relationships but still feel empty inside, and cannot experience pleasure, meaning, or fulfillment from their lives.
People who see me for the first time are often feeling overwhelmed, confused, depressed or anxious. Some people are unable to sleep, have distressing thoughts, or cannot control troublesome habits and behaviors. Others have have struggled with chronic pain due to injuries or illnesses. Many have endured the stigma of having a major mental illness which created difficulties in daily functioning, mood swings, or poor judgement and distorted thinking. And others have functioned well with significant achievements in their careers, family, and relationships but still feel empty inside, and cannot experience pleasure, meaning, or fulfillment from their lives.
(424) 570-1193 View (424) 570-1193
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Tylo James
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405  (Online Only)
Being and feeling seen is healing. I believe that healing is a deep understanding of our past and ownership of the future we are creating for ourselves. I support clients who feel unprepared for life, love, or parenting. Maybe you have found yourself noticing unhealed stuff; sensations, thoughts, urges or feelings that are too big to ignore? You're not alone, growing into our best self requires self awareness and now that you have that the rest can become clearer. Taking the first step toward a more fulfilling life takes courage, I am here to support you in evolving on purpose
Being and feeling seen is healing. I believe that healing is a deep understanding of our past and ownership of the future we are creating for ourselves. I support clients who feel unprepared for life, love, or parenting. Maybe you have found yourself noticing unhealed stuff; sensations, thoughts, urges or feelings that are too big to ignore? You're not alone, growing into our best self requires self awareness and now that you have that the rest can become clearer. Taking the first step toward a more fulfilling life takes courage, I am here to support you in evolving on purpose
(424) 346-9612 View (424) 346-9612
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Casey Jones
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405  (Online Only)
Welcome. If you’re here, likely something is going on in your life that you would like to change. Perhaps you’re overwhelmed, sad, anxious, tired, in pain, on edge, bingeing on a substance or the internet, or having sleep issues. Trouble communicating with loved ones? Disconnected rather than connected? Maybe you can’t quite put your finger on it, but life just isn’t what it was, what you thought it would be, or what you would like. Anger, sadness, anxiety, disappointment, worry all play a part in everyone’s life, but sometimes it increases to the point where it’s just too much to handle alone.
Welcome. If you’re here, likely something is going on in your life that you would like to change. Perhaps you’re overwhelmed, sad, anxious, tired, in pain, on edge, bingeing on a substance or the internet, or having sleep issues. Trouble communicating with loved ones? Disconnected rather than connected? Maybe you can’t quite put your finger on it, but life just isn’t what it was, what you thought it would be, or what you would like. Anger, sadness, anxiety, disappointment, worry all play a part in everyone’s life, but sometimes it increases to the point where it’s just too much to handle alone.
(818) 574-7523 View (818) 574-7523
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Roohinee Santram
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90402  (Online Only)
If you are reading this then you have already taken the first step to addressing whatever challenge you are facing or questions you may be asking yourself. Perhaps you are unsatisfied with your life and don’t know why or how to change it. Perhaps you know what the underlying issue is but are afraid to tackle it. Maybe you struggle with co-parenting after a divorce or your teenager is self-harming and you want to help but don’t know how. Maybe you struggle with addiction or self-medicate to avoid dealing with emotional pain.
If you are reading this then you have already taken the first step to addressing whatever challenge you are facing or questions you may be asking yourself. Perhaps you are unsatisfied with your life and don’t know why or how to change it. Perhaps you know what the underlying issue is but are afraid to tackle it. Maybe you struggle with co-parenting after a divorce or your teenager is self-harming and you want to help but don’t know how. Maybe you struggle with addiction or self-medicate to avoid dealing with emotional pain.
(323) 282-3272 View (323) 282-3272
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Ayala Ofek
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90404
In short, I love my work. I get to help individuals grow and become more of who they are. As they are better able to cope with obstacles such as stress, anxiety, and depression, I watch them find greater fulfillment in their relationships, career/academics, and overall wellbeing. In my practice I treat a breadth of concerns ranging from psychiatric symptoms (e.g., depression, anxiety, eating disorders) to relationship issues, family issues, low self confidence, trauma, and grief.
In short, I love my work. I get to help individuals grow and become more of who they are. As they are better able to cope with obstacles such as stress, anxiety, and depression, I watch them find greater fulfillment in their relationships, career/academics, and overall wellbeing. In my practice I treat a breadth of concerns ranging from psychiatric symptoms (e.g., depression, anxiety, eating disorders) to relationship issues, family issues, low self confidence, trauma, and grief.
(424) 373-3486 View (424) 373-3486
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Dr. Elnaz Mayeh
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, CST, EMDR
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90401  (Online Only)
I primarily work with individuals resorting to drugs and alcohol to cope, have experienced trauma, struggle with anxiety, and relationship issues. If you find yourself struggling to remain sober and are ready to take the next step, I might be a good fit. My clients are often highly functioning and motivated for change. They often report experiencing an increase in impulse control, adaptive coping skills, improved self-awareness and insight, communication skills, and a more positive outlook on life. If these are some areas you’re hoping to grow in, please don't hesitate to contact me. I am happy to provide a free phone consultation.
I primarily work with individuals resorting to drugs and alcohol to cope, have experienced trauma, struggle with anxiety, and relationship issues. If you find yourself struggling to remain sober and are ready to take the next step, I might be a good fit. My clients are often highly functioning and motivated for change. They often report experiencing an increase in impulse control, adaptive coping skills, improved self-awareness and insight, communication skills, and a more positive outlook on life. If these are some areas you’re hoping to grow in, please don't hesitate to contact me. I am happy to provide a free phone consultation.
(818) 649-5467 View (818) 649-5467
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Lori Shnorhokian
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405
I provide a safe environment and compassionate, non-judgmental counseling to help you explore the personal and relationship challenges you are facing and begin working toward lasting solutions. Whether you are looking for personal growth, relationship healing or overall support, I can help you to more clearly understand why you are struggling and what steps you can take to feel more confident and in control of your life. When you develop new coping skills, you give yourself the resources and confidence you need to effectively manage challenges rather than giving into unhealthy compulsions and negative self-talk.
I provide a safe environment and compassionate, non-judgmental counseling to help you explore the personal and relationship challenges you are facing and begin working toward lasting solutions. Whether you are looking for personal growth, relationship healing or overall support, I can help you to more clearly understand why you are struggling and what steps you can take to feel more confident and in control of your life. When you develop new coping skills, you give yourself the resources and confidence you need to effectively manage challenges rather than giving into unhealthy compulsions and negative self-talk.
(424) 276-6330 View (424) 276-6330
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Positive Psychology Ctr - Dr John Drimmer
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
I use Positive Psychology to inspire and help people thrive. I'm told I'm warm, down to earth, and that I have a good sense of humor. I believe therapy needs to show results. Not years later — but soon. I see both individuals and couples. My approach combines Positive Psychology and CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), with mindfulness and a powerful mix of the best approaches known to modern psychology. I take an uplifting holistic approach
I use Positive Psychology to inspire and help people thrive. I'm told I'm warm, down to earth, and that I have a good sense of humor. I believe therapy needs to show results. Not years later — but soon. I see both individuals and couples. My approach combines Positive Psychology and CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), with mindfulness and a powerful mix of the best approaches known to modern psychology. I take an uplifting holistic approach
(424) 383-5595 View (424) 383-5595
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Eliot Estrin
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, LMFT, MA
Not Verified Not Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90403
My work centers around depth psychology and mindfulness, which means I look beneath the surface and at the deeper patterns in one's life. I believe psychotherapy is about integrating and bringing to consciousness parts of ourselves that have been left behind or ignored. I see psychotherapy as a journey to move forward in life. I help clients gain an understanding of who they are, how life experiences shape patterns that govern their lives, and provide them with practical tools to change those patterns.
My work centers around depth psychology and mindfulness, which means I look beneath the surface and at the deeper patterns in one's life. I believe psychotherapy is about integrating and bringing to consciousness parts of ourselves that have been left behind or ignored. I see psychotherapy as a journey to move forward in life. I help clients gain an understanding of who they are, how life experiences shape patterns that govern their lives, and provide them with practical tools to change those patterns.
(424) 888-6207 View (424) 888-6207
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Tara Boucher
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Coming to therapy can be a scary prospect and carry unique challenges that can feel isolating. You don't have to climb this mountain alone. I approach each client with the wholehearted belief that you are the expert of your life. The work we do together is designed to allow you to further your own journey of growth for years to come. Utilizing a strengths based approach, we will focus on leveraging the parts of you that shine, so you can align with the best version of yourself. I take an integrative and human centered approach to therapy, which means that your goals and experiences will be the continued focus of our work together.
Coming to therapy can be a scary prospect and carry unique challenges that can feel isolating. You don't have to climb this mountain alone. I approach each client with the wholehearted belief that you are the expert of your life. The work we do together is designed to allow you to further your own journey of growth for years to come. Utilizing a strengths based approach, we will focus on leveraging the parts of you that shine, so you can align with the best version of yourself. I take an integrative and human centered approach to therapy, which means that your goals and experiences will be the continued focus of our work together.
(310) 928-9072 View (310) 928-9072
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Marlu Harris
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90403  (Online Only)
Marlu Harris offers loving support, kindness, guidance and education. Licensed for over 30 years, Marlu provides mindful psychotherapy to help people move through pain to self-love by assisting them in healing their emotional wounds while providing tools for self-help. She specializes in working with young adults who are carving out their identities as they separate from their family of origin, and anyone concentrating on creativity and identity, both spiritual and career development through bibliotherapy (reading) and journaling (writing) for those interested in expanding into the best version of themselves.
Marlu Harris offers loving support, kindness, guidance and education. Licensed for over 30 years, Marlu provides mindful psychotherapy to help people move through pain to self-love by assisting them in healing their emotional wounds while providing tools for self-help. She specializes in working with young adults who are carving out their identities as they separate from their family of origin, and anyone concentrating on creativity and identity, both spiritual and career development through bibliotherapy (reading) and journaling (writing) for those interested in expanding into the best version of themselves.
(310) 359-9425 View (310) 359-9425
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J. Lancaster
Psychologist, PsyD, MFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Generally, I treat groups, couples, and individuals--21 years of age or older. I am best suited to treat depression, anxiety, bipolar, alcohol/drug issues, personality disorders, anger, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder, adjustment disorders, grief/loss, employment difficulties, military/veterans, spiritual issues, and relationship problems.
Generally, I treat groups, couples, and individuals--21 years of age or older. I am best suited to treat depression, anxiety, bipolar, alcohol/drug issues, personality disorders, anger, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder, adjustment disorders, grief/loss, employment difficulties, military/veterans, spiritual issues, and relationship problems.
(661) 349-9328 View (661) 349-9328
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Laurie A Foy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90403  (Online Only)
Life can be overwhelming for all of us at different times.... whether it's feeling worthy that you deserve good things, struggling in relationships, not knowing which direction to take next, or feeling like the weight of the baggage from childhood trauma or loss will never be released. There is never a need to struggle alone. I believe that we all have inner resilience and strength at our authentic core and that it's possible to release the trauma, self doubt, and negative patterns that keep us from living life to our fullest potential.
Life can be overwhelming for all of us at different times.... whether it's feeling worthy that you deserve good things, struggling in relationships, not knowing which direction to take next, or feeling like the weight of the baggage from childhood trauma or loss will never be released. There is never a need to struggle alone. I believe that we all have inner resilience and strength at our authentic core and that it's possible to release the trauma, self doubt, and negative patterns that keep us from living life to our fullest potential.
(424) 484-2834 View (424) 484-2834
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Tracy R Zemansky
Psychologist, PhD, CSAT-S, MFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405
I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Sex Addiction Therapist - Supervisor, and licensed MFT with a private practice in Santa Monica, California since 1994. I offer interpersonal psychotherapy with individuals, families, and groups as well as psychological testing and assessment. My areas of expertise include: substance and process addictions, trauma/abuse, positive psychology, impaired professionals and first-responders, as well as grief/loss, disfigurement, and cross-cultural issues. I provide traditional, forensic, and pre-employment psychological assessment as well as Collaborative/Therapeutic evaluations.
I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Sex Addiction Therapist - Supervisor, and licensed MFT with a private practice in Santa Monica, California since 1994. I offer interpersonal psychotherapy with individuals, families, and groups as well as psychological testing and assessment. My areas of expertise include: substance and process addictions, trauma/abuse, positive psychology, impaired professionals and first-responders, as well as grief/loss, disfigurement, and cross-cultural issues. I provide traditional, forensic, and pre-employment psychological assessment as well as Collaborative/Therapeutic evaluations.
(424) 396-0349 View (424) 396-0349
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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
71% Trauma and PTSD
66% Grief
66% Stress

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

59% Aetna
47% 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

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.