Therapists in Ventura County, CA

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Ashley Ribeiro
PsyD, BCBA
Verified Verified
Camarillo, CA 93010
Dr. Ashley Ribeiro earned her BA in Psychology from UCSB and went on to complete her Masters and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at CLU. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the CARD Assessment Center and her two year post-doctoral fellowship at UCLA in the Center for Autism Research & Treatment. She has held positions in both clinical and research settings. Dr. Ribeiro worked at UCLA as a postdoctoral scholar and clinical instructor for a pioneering NIH funded autism biomarkers study. She currently has her own private practice in Ventura County and is also an adjunct professor in both graduate and undergraduate programs at CLU.
Dr. Ashley Ribeiro earned her BA in Psychology from UCSB and went on to complete her Masters and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at CLU. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the CARD Assessment Center and her two year post-doctoral fellowship at UCLA in the Center for Autism Research & Treatment. She has held positions in both clinical and research settings. Dr. Ribeiro worked at UCLA as a postdoctoral scholar and clinical instructor for a pioneering NIH funded autism biomarkers study. She currently has her own private practice in Ventura County and is also an adjunct professor in both graduate and undergraduate programs at CLU.
(805) 324-6921 View (805) 324-6921
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Stephen Spiegel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
I am Licensed Clinical Social Worker licensed in California with over 20 years of experience working as Social Worker in Adult Protective Services, Emergency Room Trauma Social Worker, Mental Health Inpatient Clinician, and life coach, and the state prison system. My approach is styled to fit what you will feel will meet your needs, you are the expert in you. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, career challenges, justice system and military issues .
I am Licensed Clinical Social Worker licensed in California with over 20 years of experience working as Social Worker in Adult Protective Services, Emergency Room Trauma Social Worker, Mental Health Inpatient Clinician, and life coach, and the state prison system. My approach is styled to fit what you will feel will meet your needs, you are the expert in you. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, career challenges, justice system and military issues .
(805) 900-4526 View (805) 900-4526
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Debra Thomas
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, EMDR
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Both becoming a licensed MFT, and my life experiences, have led me on a journey of self-discovery and compassion for the collaborative, intuitive, team-oriented healing journey. I began my recovery in 2006 and am passionate about helping others navigate their journey towards self-empowerment as they gain inner strength.
Both becoming a licensed MFT, and my life experiences, have led me on a journey of self-discovery and compassion for the collaborative, intuitive, team-oriented healing journey. I began my recovery in 2006 and am passionate about helping others navigate their journey towards self-empowerment as they gain inner strength.
(805) 723-2613 View (805) 723-2613
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Elizabeth Alvarez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Ventura, CA 93003
Elizabeth Alvarez is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in California who has been practicing since 2006. Elizabeth has spent her 15+ year career working in Community Mental Health and College Counseling. Her previous roles include titles such as Bilingual Clinician, Adjunct Faculty and Director of College Counseling. Elizabeth loves the work she does and honestly can't imagine doing anything else. At times, she has tried other roles, but the love and respect she has for people always leads her back to doing individual therapy.
Elizabeth Alvarez is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in California who has been practicing since 2006. Elizabeth has spent her 15+ year career working in Community Mental Health and College Counseling. Her previous roles include titles such as Bilingual Clinician, Adjunct Faculty and Director of College Counseling. Elizabeth loves the work she does and honestly can't imagine doing anything else. At times, she has tried other roles, but the love and respect she has for people always leads her back to doing individual therapy.
(805) 420-7846 View (805) 420-7846
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Norine Vander Hooven
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
You’ve struggled to find time to make a weekly therapy appointment to cope with the isolation, overwhelm, anxiety, and so many other feelings. Taking a really good deep breath sounds so simple, yet you often forget to take 10-seconds in order to care for yourself. You’re tired of taking care of everyone else, feeling overwhelmed, unorganized, heart constantly racing, or have an unending headache. Your shoulders and neck are so tight. Your stomach has it's own issues. It is exhausting to try to function this way.This is where EMDR Intensive come into play. About a week of your time, compared to one time a week for who knows how long.
You’ve struggled to find time to make a weekly therapy appointment to cope with the isolation, overwhelm, anxiety, and so many other feelings. Taking a really good deep breath sounds so simple, yet you often forget to take 10-seconds in order to care for yourself. You’re tired of taking care of everyone else, feeling overwhelmed, unorganized, heart constantly racing, or have an unending headache. Your shoulders and neck are so tight. Your stomach has it's own issues. It is exhausting to try to function this way.This is where EMDR Intensive come into play. About a week of your time, compared to one time a week for who knows how long.
(805) 716-6384 View (805) 716-6384
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Philip Kufek
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
When we think about all the pain and suffering we endure during our lifetime, how much of it is necessary, and how much of it is avoidable? It is my belief that most individuals have the power to drastically change their own circumstances; yet we may falter by falling victim to our old routines and habits. The therapeutic journey is about questioning these automatic responses, while empowering you to take the steps needed to create long-lasting change. “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” - Viktor Frankl
When we think about all the pain and suffering we endure during our lifetime, how much of it is necessary, and how much of it is avoidable? It is my belief that most individuals have the power to drastically change their own circumstances; yet we may falter by falling victim to our old routines and habits. The therapeutic journey is about questioning these automatic responses, while empowering you to take the steps needed to create long-lasting change. “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” - Viktor Frankl
(805) 243-2149 View (805) 243-2149
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Ben Hummell
Licensed Professional Counselor, LMFT, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Newbury Park, CA 91320  (Online Only)
I work with individuals and couples who are experiencing difficult life transitions by helping them to turn their challenges into sources of individual growth and strength. I use a Psychodynamic/Integrative approach, utilizing Mindfulness, Cognitive therapies, Imaginal/Dreamwork, and EMDR. My areas of focus include Grief and Loss, Depression, Anxiety, Panic disorders and Midlife Transitions. I also have specific experience with Cult Recovery and Spiritual Crisis issues. I offer online and phone sessions for anyone who would like to work with me from their home, and have found this to be an extremely beneficial platform for therapy.
I work with individuals and couples who are experiencing difficult life transitions by helping them to turn their challenges into sources of individual growth and strength. I use a Psychodynamic/Integrative approach, utilizing Mindfulness, Cognitive therapies, Imaginal/Dreamwork, and EMDR. My areas of focus include Grief and Loss, Depression, Anxiety, Panic disorders and Midlife Transitions. I also have specific experience with Cult Recovery and Spiritual Crisis issues. I offer online and phone sessions for anyone who would like to work with me from their home, and have found this to be an extremely beneficial platform for therapy.
(805) 852-1660 View (805) 852-1660
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Uchenna Nnaji
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Westlake Village, CA 91362  (Online Only)
I have over 12 years of experience working with individuals, families, and intimate partners in various settings including field-based, inpatient, and outpatient settings who present with moderate to severe mental health conditions that include mood disorders, existential and codependency issues, schizophrenia disorders and substance use disorders. I also have extensive experience working with victims of human trafficking, sex and relationship issues, life phase changes, daily-living issues and vocational stressors, LGTBQ+, domestic violence victims, trauma, self-harming behaviors, suicidality, grief and loss.
I have over 12 years of experience working with individuals, families, and intimate partners in various settings including field-based, inpatient, and outpatient settings who present with moderate to severe mental health conditions that include mood disorders, existential and codependency issues, schizophrenia disorders and substance use disorders. I also have extensive experience working with victims of human trafficking, sex and relationship issues, life phase changes, daily-living issues and vocational stressors, LGTBQ+, domestic violence victims, trauma, self-harming behaviors, suicidality, grief and loss.
(424) 625-7385 View (424) 625-7385
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Jarah Haley Trenier
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, Trenier
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Simi Valley, CA 93063
Maybe you’ve been asking yourself, “Am I broken?” “What’s wrong with me?” You’re stuck between unbearable emotions and trying to maintain control…But it’s not working. You're likely having overpowering emotions of intense anxiety, depression, or rage. Holding on to trauma is crippling. When left unattended it can start tearing away at your physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual life. Are you or your spouse experiencing these feelings based on current or past trauma from childhood, adolescence, or adulthood? I invite you to a safe space where you can feel at ease to begin looking at where these difficulties began.
Maybe you’ve been asking yourself, “Am I broken?” “What’s wrong with me?” You’re stuck between unbearable emotions and trying to maintain control…But it’s not working. You're likely having overpowering emotions of intense anxiety, depression, or rage. Holding on to trauma is crippling. When left unattended it can start tearing away at your physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual life. Are you or your spouse experiencing these feelings based on current or past trauma from childhood, adolescence, or adulthood? I invite you to a safe space where you can feel at ease to begin looking at where these difficulties began.
(805) 303-5251 x1 View (805) 303-5251 x1
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Xochitl Roman-Canales
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in the treatment of children. I work closely with children and their parents to ensure a feeling of safety and connection. I strive to create a nonjudgmental space where children and their parents can feel safe to express their authentic selves. In sessions, I will utilize play-based and art-based techniques to support the therapeutic process while acknowledging that every individual is unique. I support clients with communication, self-expression, self-awareness, managing feelings of anxiety, and growing their toolbox of coping skills.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in the treatment of children. I work closely with children and their parents to ensure a feeling of safety and connection. I strive to create a nonjudgmental space where children and their parents can feel safe to express their authentic selves. In sessions, I will utilize play-based and art-based techniques to support the therapeutic process while acknowledging that every individual is unique. I support clients with communication, self-expression, self-awareness, managing feelings of anxiety, and growing their toolbox of coping skills.
(805) 870-8844 View (805) 870-8844
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Christie Limcaco
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Human beings are complex and unique. We go through challenges that we cannot always see our way though on our own. My experience and interest includes working with children, adolescents, individuals and families on a variety of different issues; including depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, multi-cultural families and trauma.
Human beings are complex and unique. We go through challenges that we cannot always see our way though on our own. My experience and interest includes working with children, adolescents, individuals and families on a variety of different issues; including depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, multi-cultural families and trauma.
(818) 942-6917 View (818) 942-6917
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Kim Oliva
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Sometimes life events throw us into a tailspin & other times it may seem like nothing at all has occurred but life isn't what it should be. Regardless of how you got there, therapy can be a safe place to figure things out, get unstuck, & move forward towards a better life. I specialize in working with adults and adolescents on the everyday problems that get in the way of really living life.
Sometimes life events throw us into a tailspin & other times it may seem like nothing at all has occurred but life isn't what it should be. Regardless of how you got there, therapy can be a safe place to figure things out, get unstuck, & move forward towards a better life. I specialize in working with adults and adolescents on the everyday problems that get in the way of really living life.
(818) 572-9505 View (818) 572-9505
Photo of Laura Shore, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Ventura County, CA
Laura Shore
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ventura, CA 93003
Not accepting new clients
The decision to pursue counseling is an extremely important and personal one. And, finding the right therapist is a crucial part of the process. I have been practicing in the field over 25 years and have worked in a variety of settings with adults and adolescents. In addition to having extensive experience in helping those who have suffered grief and loss, I am particularly skilled at working with highly sensitive individuals who are struggling with anxiety, depression, life transitions, interpersonal relationships, developmental issues, and identifying, understanding, and changing repetitive patterns that do not serve them.
The decision to pursue counseling is an extremely important and personal one. And, finding the right therapist is a crucial part of the process. I have been practicing in the field over 25 years and have worked in a variety of settings with adults and adolescents. In addition to having extensive experience in helping those who have suffered grief and loss, I am particularly skilled at working with highly sensitive individuals who are struggling with anxiety, depression, life transitions, interpersonal relationships, developmental issues, and identifying, understanding, and changing repetitive patterns that do not serve them.
(805) 354-5711 View (805) 354-5711
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Nancy J Bates
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, SEP
Verified Verified
Camarillo, CA 93010
As your therapist, I will provide empathy,awareness and education. I am a therapist who listens compassionately to identify keys factors that are important in understanding your life journey. I will help you develop skills and resources that will increase the quality of your life. I will assist you in exploring relationship issues in a safe, supportive atmosphere. You can heal from traumatic life events,learn to cope with anxiety or depression or process your grief and loss issues. You can learn communication skills develop your personal self-worth or learn to face life transitions with more confidence.
As your therapist, I will provide empathy,awareness and education. I am a therapist who listens compassionately to identify keys factors that are important in understanding your life journey. I will help you develop skills and resources that will increase the quality of your life. I will assist you in exploring relationship issues in a safe, supportive atmosphere. You can heal from traumatic life events,learn to cope with anxiety or depression or process your grief and loss issues. You can learn communication skills develop your personal self-worth or learn to face life transitions with more confidence.
(805) 367-5418 View (805) 367-5418
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Patricia VanBuskirk
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, CYT-E
Verified Verified
Simi Valley, CA 93063
If you are feeling unfulfilled, stuck, anxious, sad or resentful, or if you find yourself continuing to react to external events in a pattern which does not bring you (or those around you) peace and harmony, the practice of Mindfulness can help reduce your habitual patterns of reactivity and guide you to a more harmonious and peaceful life. We will examine your present needs and personal goals, and together we will determine the best course of action. I highly respect your integrity and belief system, and we will work together to uncover the wisdom that lies within you.
If you are feeling unfulfilled, stuck, anxious, sad or resentful, or if you find yourself continuing to react to external events in a pattern which does not bring you (or those around you) peace and harmony, the practice of Mindfulness can help reduce your habitual patterns of reactivity and guide you to a more harmonious and peaceful life. We will examine your present needs and personal goals, and together we will determine the best course of action. I highly respect your integrity and belief system, and we will work together to uncover the wisdom that lies within you.
(805) 285-3923 View (805) 285-3923
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Lacey Jimenez
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Camarillo, CA 93010
I believe in working collaboratively with clients and building a trusting therapeutic relationship. My goal is to create a supportive and non-judgmental environment that encourages growth and change. My background in dual diagnosis treatment facilities, Department of Mental Health facilities, and a school district provides a foundation for me to assist clients who are struggling with various obstacles, including but not limited to: dual diagnosis disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, life transitions, stress management, relational challenges, behavioral issues, and more.
I believe in working collaboratively with clients and building a trusting therapeutic relationship. My goal is to create a supportive and non-judgmental environment that encourages growth and change. My background in dual diagnosis treatment facilities, Department of Mental Health facilities, and a school district provides a foundation for me to assist clients who are struggling with various obstacles, including but not limited to: dual diagnosis disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, life transitions, stress management, relational challenges, behavioral issues, and more.
(805) 334-8823 View (805) 334-8823
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Cindy Stark Winfrey Utt
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ventura, CA 93001
Not accepting new clients
Would you like to work with a professional who will truly listen? Within a space of safety and acceptance, you will explore ways in which your past experience is connected to your present beliefs and behaviors. You will develop a keener awareness of the thought processes which may be perpetuating and creating disabling conditions, such as anxiety and depression. You will develop a more balanced perspective of your life and others around you. You will learn coping skills and how to apply them to manage difficult emotions.
Would you like to work with a professional who will truly listen? Within a space of safety and acceptance, you will explore ways in which your past experience is connected to your present beliefs and behaviors. You will develop a keener awareness of the thought processes which may be perpetuating and creating disabling conditions, such as anxiety and depression. You will develop a more balanced perspective of your life and others around you. You will learn coping skills and how to apply them to manage difficult emotions.
(805) 335-8574 View (805) 335-8574
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Nadine Lujan
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Newbury Park, CA 91320
Are you feeling depressed, anxious or fearful due to life experiences or changes past or present? Let me help you get through your sadness, worries and fears using compassionate empathic listening and helping you use techniques that help empower you.
Are you feeling depressed, anxious or fearful due to life experiences or changes past or present? Let me help you get through your sadness, worries and fears using compassionate empathic listening and helping you use techniques that help empower you.
(805) 819-5865 View (805) 819-5865
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Angela N Sorensen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Ventura, CA 93001
Hi. I'm Angela. I'm so glad you've taken the first step of exploring the idea of therapy. I've been in practice in various settings for over 15 years. I have served various populations including adults, children, adolescents, couples and families. I'm passionate about helping individuals on their journey of healing and health. I believe this happens through addressing the mind, body and spirit. I specialize in working with adoption, guardianship, spirituality, veterans, and issues of grief and loss. I also have a lot of experience working with anxiety and depression. I look forward to partnering with you on your journey of healing.
Hi. I'm Angela. I'm so glad you've taken the first step of exploring the idea of therapy. I've been in practice in various settings for over 15 years. I have served various populations including adults, children, adolescents, couples and families. I'm passionate about helping individuals on their journey of healing and health. I believe this happens through addressing the mind, body and spirit. I specialize in working with adoption, guardianship, spirituality, veterans, and issues of grief and loss. I also have a lot of experience working with anxiety and depression. I look forward to partnering with you on your journey of healing.
(805) 954-9331 View (805) 954-9331
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Patrick English McCaslin
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ventura, CA 93003
Are life's struggles and difficulties interfering or holding you back from being the person you want to be. If so, join me in seeking perspective and solutions to the obstacles in your life. Throughout my pre-license training and post licensure practice I have worked along side individuals who experienced anxiety, depression, and/or relationship difficulties, as well as victims of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. I specialize in helping those who struggle with addiction and/or anger issues, which often have undertones of anxiety, depression, or trauma sustaining the problem.
Are life's struggles and difficulties interfering or holding you back from being the person you want to be. If so, join me in seeking perspective and solutions to the obstacles in your life. Throughout my pre-license training and post licensure practice I have worked along side individuals who experienced anxiety, depression, and/or relationship difficulties, as well as victims of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. I specialize in helping those who struggle with addiction and/or anger issues, which often have undertones of anxiety, depression, or trauma sustaining the problem.
(805) 516-0596 View (805) 516-0596

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Number of Therapists in Ventura County, CA

1,000+

Average cost per session

$169

Therapists in Ventura County, CA who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
89% Depression
75% Relationship Issues
71% Self Esteem
68% Coping Skills
64% Trauma and PTSD
64% Stress

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

71% Cigna and Evernorth
70% Aetna
67% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Ventura County, CA see their clients

77% In Person and Online
23% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
19% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Ventura County?

Search for nearby therapists or counselors by inputting your city, town, or suburb; or zip code; or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or zip code into the search bar.

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Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors.

Many have been licensed by the country or state where they practice; providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some clinicians or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counselor?

Therapists, psychologists, and counselors are all licensed mental health professionals. In the US, psychologists have earned a doctoral degree. The terms “therapist” and “counselor” are used somewhat interchangeably, but generally therapists offer longer-term, mental health care, while counselors offer shorter-term care that may focus on one domain, such as marriage, career, or academic challenges.

Clients should consider factors such as insurance coverage and their primary reason(s) for seeking therapy to determine the type of professional best suited to their needs. Someone struggling with mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety, for example, may wish to seek out a clinical psychologist or therapist, while someone navigating career obstacles or marital upheaval may benefit from seeing a counselor who can offer short-term, targeted support.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the United States could cost between $100 and $200 or more. If you have insurance, the expense of mental health care is typically lower, but it varies based on your insurance plan details and whether you choose an in-network or out-of-network mental healthcare provider.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your zip code.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship. Therapists in the United States are bound by the regulations set out by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which aims to protect sensitive health information. With very few exceptions, a therapist will only discuss their client with others when the client has given their written permission. The instances in which a therapist would be required to disclose personal information are: if a client poses a danger to themselves or others, if the therapist suspects the abuse of a child or an elderly or otherwise dependent adult, or if they are legally forced to by court order. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed with a client before their first session.