Therapists in Watsonville, CA

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Kristina Alexander
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Watsonville, CA 95076
My name is Kristina Alexander, and I am a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT) providing therapy in California via telehealth. I offer therapy and communication coaching to individuals, couples, and families across the lifespan for a range of presenting issues and concerns. Using an Integrative therapeutic approach, I seek to empower clients as they work through their challenges towards meaningful change and emotional wellness.
My name is Kristina Alexander, and I am a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT) providing therapy in California via telehealth. I offer therapy and communication coaching to individuals, couples, and families across the lifespan for a range of presenting issues and concerns. Using an Integrative therapeutic approach, I seek to empower clients as they work through their challenges towards meaningful change and emotional wellness.
(831) 480-2946 View (831) 480-2946
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Eileen Akiaten
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Watsonville, CA 95076
Hi there! My name is Eileen Akiaten and I've been an LMFT since 2011. I’m ready to dig in with anyone willing to put in the work. I’m committed to holding a safe, non-judgmental space for everyone, whether you are dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, need anger management, or are just feeling stuck in your life. I believe that there are different levels of transformation and healing because my hope is, we are evolving and growing daily. Along with the traditional modalities such as CBT, Narrative, and Family Systems therapy, I like to pull in mindfulness practices and consider your cultural background and environment.
Hi there! My name is Eileen Akiaten and I've been an LMFT since 2011. I’m ready to dig in with anyone willing to put in the work. I’m committed to holding a safe, non-judgmental space for everyone, whether you are dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, need anger management, or are just feeling stuck in your life. I believe that there are different levels of transformation and healing because my hope is, we are evolving and growing daily. Along with the traditional modalities such as CBT, Narrative, and Family Systems therapy, I like to pull in mindfulness practices and consider your cultural background and environment.
(831) 515-1861 View (831) 515-1861
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Kaela Bonafede
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Watsonville, CA 95076
I'm Kaela A. Bonafede a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) based in Southern California. I have been a practicing clinician for over 5 years tailoring my approach to meet my clients' needs. I have extensive experience working with anxiety, depression, life transitions, and relationship distress. When I'm not practicing therapy, you can find me spending time in nature.
I'm Kaela A. Bonafede a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) based in Southern California. I have been a practicing clinician for over 5 years tailoring my approach to meet my clients' needs. I have extensive experience working with anxiety, depression, life transitions, and relationship distress. When I'm not practicing therapy, you can find me spending time in nature.
(831) 318-3314 View (831) 318-3314
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Kelsey Hopson-Shiller
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Watsonville, CA 95076
I'm Kelsey Hopson-Shiller and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I think everyone should go to therapy because therapy makes life easier! I provide a warm, non-judgmental environment for my clients to work on the places where they feel like they're struggling. I work with individuals- especially members of the LGBTQIA+ community- of all ages. I do most of my work with members of the LGBTQIA+ community. I primarily see adults currently, but I have a lot of experience (and really enjoy) working with teens and young adults as well.
I'm Kelsey Hopson-Shiller and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I think everyone should go to therapy because therapy makes life easier! I provide a warm, non-judgmental environment for my clients to work on the places where they feel like they're struggling. I work with individuals- especially members of the LGBTQIA+ community- of all ages. I do most of my work with members of the LGBTQIA+ community. I primarily see adults currently, but I have a lot of experience (and really enjoy) working with teens and young adults as well.
(831) 244-9841 View (831) 244-9841
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Breanna Landa
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Watsonville, CA 95076
Hello, My name is Breanna Landa and I am a psychotherapist practicing in CA. I work with adults experiencing anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, and addictions. I use a holistic and integrative approach to help my clients progress in their treatment goals. Often times we let our past wounding and protective parts run our lives however our work together can help heal this and connect to your authentic self. My approach is eclectic and I tailor my approach to my client's unique needs. Interventions range from cognitive behavioral, client-centered, or humanistic.
Hello, My name is Breanna Landa and I am a psychotherapist practicing in CA. I work with adults experiencing anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, and addictions. I use a holistic and integrative approach to help my clients progress in their treatment goals. Often times we let our past wounding and protective parts run our lives however our work together can help heal this and connect to your authentic self. My approach is eclectic and I tailor my approach to my client's unique needs. Interventions range from cognitive behavioral, client-centered, or humanistic.
(831) 263-0243 View (831) 263-0243
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Cheryl Wharton
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Watsonville, CA 95076
I have had a passion for helping people since I was very young. I have been providing professional counseling for almost 30 years. I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in California. I’m an experienced facilitator of health and healing for individuals, couples, and families. With 27 years of experience in counseling, I know what it takes to move one into their desired path. My proven methods will help you build and live a more authentic and powerful life. I create a place for individuals to talk about their experiences, feel heard, know they’re valued, and feel a sense of belonging.
I have had a passion for helping people since I was very young. I have been providing professional counseling for almost 30 years. I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in California. I’m an experienced facilitator of health and healing for individuals, couples, and families. With 27 years of experience in counseling, I know what it takes to move one into their desired path. My proven methods will help you build and live a more authentic and powerful life. I create a place for individuals to talk about their experiences, feel heard, know they’re valued, and feel a sense of belonging.
(831) 244-9035 View (831) 244-9035
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Patricia Gordan
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Watsonville, CA 95076
Tricia Gordan, LMFT Lic 85484, is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in various clinical settings for more than a decade. Because of her personal experience with a physical difference, Tricia has a uniquely empathetic way of relating to clients and helping them overcome adversity. Her areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, trauma, life stressors, and parenting challenges. Tricia particularly enjoys sharing her knowledge about respectful parenting and supporting new parents in the many adjustments that come with welcoming new family members.
Tricia Gordan, LMFT Lic 85484, is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in various clinical settings for more than a decade. Because of her personal experience with a physical difference, Tricia has a uniquely empathetic way of relating to clients and helping them overcome adversity. Her areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, trauma, life stressors, and parenting challenges. Tricia particularly enjoys sharing her knowledge about respectful parenting and supporting new parents in the many adjustments that come with welcoming new family members.
(831) 228-8549 View (831) 228-8549
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Yvette Arroyo
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
Watsonville, CA 95076
My name is Yvette Angelina Arroyo and I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) based in Los Angeles, California and working with client's statewide via telehealth. I work with young adults and adults, and specialize in Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Anger Management, Grief and Loss, Low Self-Esteem, and with Addictions. I use a variety of therapeutic methods including but not limited to: Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Humanistic Therapy, with a focus to provide my client's an individualized treatment based on their specific needs.
My name is Yvette Angelina Arroyo and I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) based in Los Angeles, California and working with client's statewide via telehealth. I work with young adults and adults, and specialize in Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Anger Management, Grief and Loss, Low Self-Esteem, and with Addictions. I use a variety of therapeutic methods including but not limited to: Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Humanistic Therapy, with a focus to provide my client's an individualized treatment based on their specific needs.
(831) 387-4807 View (831) 387-4807
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Kelly Newbill
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Watsonville, CA 95076
My name is Kelly Newbill and I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I take a person-centered approach to therapy. I meet my clients where they are at each session. I will help be your guide to a happier and more peaceful you. Individual adult clients who are looking to find more peace in their lives. Clients who are wanting help with life transitions, processing of past life experiences to help create a happier life today.
My name is Kelly Newbill and I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I take a person-centered approach to therapy. I meet my clients where they are at each session. I will help be your guide to a happier and more peaceful you. Individual adult clients who are looking to find more peace in their lives. Clients who are wanting help with life transitions, processing of past life experiences to help create a happier life today.
(831) 400-5020 View (831) 400-5020
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Juanita Smith
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Watsonville, CA 95076
I am a highly experienced Licensed Clinical Therapist with over 20 years of practice in Illinois, Texas, California, and Nebraska. Throughout my career, I have successfully helped numerous individuals and families navigate life's challenges, including personal, peer, work, school, and family-related issues. With a strong foundation in strength-based and client-centered principles, I prioritize collaboration and active participation between myself and my clients. By fostering a supportive and empowering therapeutic environment, we work together to identify strengths, overcome obstacles, and create positive change.
I am a highly experienced Licensed Clinical Therapist with over 20 years of practice in Illinois, Texas, California, and Nebraska. Throughout my career, I have successfully helped numerous individuals and families navigate life's challenges, including personal, peer, work, school, and family-related issues. With a strong foundation in strength-based and client-centered principles, I prioritize collaboration and active participation between myself and my clients. By fostering a supportive and empowering therapeutic environment, we work together to identify strengths, overcome obstacles, and create positive change.
(831) 604-2645 View (831) 604-2645
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Shine a Light Counseling Center
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Watsonville, CA 95076
Shine a Light Counseling Center offers quality, affordable therapy in Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Scotts Valley, Monterey and San Francisco. Our diverse staff of therapists can help with a wide range of personal difficulties, including difficult emotions, conflicted relationships, and problematic behaviors. We believe in your good intentions. And we would like to help you self-reflect to discover how to move through the challenges you face, so you can emerge with a more satisfying life.
Shine a Light Counseling Center offers quality, affordable therapy in Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Scotts Valley, Monterey and San Francisco. Our diverse staff of therapists can help with a wide range of personal difficulties, including difficult emotions, conflicted relationships, and problematic behaviors. We believe in your good intentions. And we would like to help you self-reflect to discover how to move through the challenges you face, so you can emerge with a more satisfying life.
(408) 409-8508 View (408) 409-8508
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Kristen Johnson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Watsonville, CA 95076
My name is Kristen Johnson. I am an LCSW and have been licensed since 2000. I work with youth and adults who struggle with stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, relational problems and phase of life problems. I work with youth, adults, and the Veteran population. I help people who struggle with stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, and phase of life problems. When working with someone, I individualize my approach to help them achieve their goal(s) for treatment. I draw from CBT, DBT, ACT and Interpersonal psychotherapy as my theoretical approaches to treatment.
My name is Kristen Johnson. I am an LCSW and have been licensed since 2000. I work with youth and adults who struggle with stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, relational problems and phase of life problems. I work with youth, adults, and the Veteran population. I help people who struggle with stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, and phase of life problems. When working with someone, I individualize my approach to help them achieve their goal(s) for treatment. I draw from CBT, DBT, ACT and Interpersonal psychotherapy as my theoretical approaches to treatment.
(831) 319-5137 View (831) 319-5137
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Gisselle Padilla-Johnson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Watsonville, CA 95076
As a psychotherapist, parent educator, bi-cultural, bi-lingual trauma informed specialist; I bring incredible passion to my work of connecting you authentically to your inner strengths and desires. Together we can create strategies and develop the skills you need to develop and grow into your fullest self, capable of not just surviving but thriving. My focus is on connection and relationships, takes YOU as you are, in a safe inclusive space to nurture and heal for opportunities to find belonging and significance for yourself and others. I am so excited for your arrival to this moment. Deep breaths, YES you are ready.
As a psychotherapist, parent educator, bi-cultural, bi-lingual trauma informed specialist; I bring incredible passion to my work of connecting you authentically to your inner strengths and desires. Together we can create strategies and develop the skills you need to develop and grow into your fullest self, capable of not just surviving but thriving. My focus is on connection and relationships, takes YOU as you are, in a safe inclusive space to nurture and heal for opportunities to find belonging and significance for yourself and others. I am so excited for your arrival to this moment. Deep breaths, YES you are ready.
(831) 246-7193 View (831) 246-7193
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Cheryl Williams
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Watsonville, CA 95076  (Online Only)
There comes a time in everyone’s life when they really need someone safe to talk to. They need someone who will not use their pain against them. So often they end up holding that pain inside, masking it with a smile or adherent behavior. I can provide a safe place for you to empty your pain and take off the mask so that your quality of life can improve. I use various evidence-based approaches, I am skilled in cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic, mindfulness, solution focused therapy, narrative therapy, positive therapy, and biblical counseling.
There comes a time in everyone’s life when they really need someone safe to talk to. They need someone who will not use their pain against them. So often they end up holding that pain inside, masking it with a smile or adherent behavior. I can provide a safe place for you to empty your pain and take off the mask so that your quality of life can improve. I use various evidence-based approaches, I am skilled in cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic, mindfulness, solution focused therapy, narrative therapy, positive therapy, and biblical counseling.
(831) 218-7292 View (831) 218-7292
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Elizabeth Cowell
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Watsonville, CA 95076
My name is Elizabeth Cowell. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I utilized CBT and EMDR mainly to work with trauma, anxiety, depression, and grief. I also use Gottman and EFT to work with couples. My approach to therapy is influenced by Aaron Beck who founded Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Many people struggle with misconceptions about themselves. These misconceptions are created by the environment. I use CBT to help people change those misconceptions so that they can feel better about themselves and have a more positive outlook on life.
My name is Elizabeth Cowell. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I utilized CBT and EMDR mainly to work with trauma, anxiety, depression, and grief. I also use Gottman and EFT to work with couples. My approach to therapy is influenced by Aaron Beck who founded Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Many people struggle with misconceptions about themselves. These misconceptions are created by the environment. I use CBT to help people change those misconceptions so that they can feel better about themselves and have a more positive outlook on life.
(831) 292-3342 View (831) 292-3342
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Hayley Mauro
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Watsonville, CA 95076
My name is Hayley Mauro; I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California. I have an open and warm therapeutic method and aim to meet clients where they are at. I am passionate about working with teens and adults dealing with depression, anxiety, life’s transitions, grief, and trauma. I offer a client-centered, strengths-based approach to therapy to help you move through life’s difficulties. I offer a space free from judgement, so you feel safe and supported. My tone is compassionate and easy-going. I am open-minded and flexible to meet your needs.
My name is Hayley Mauro; I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California. I have an open and warm therapeutic method and aim to meet clients where they are at. I am passionate about working with teens and adults dealing with depression, anxiety, life’s transitions, grief, and trauma. I offer a client-centered, strengths-based approach to therapy to help you move through life’s difficulties. I offer a space free from judgement, so you feel safe and supported. My tone is compassionate and easy-going. I am open-minded and flexible to meet your needs.
(831) 282-2631 View (831) 282-2631
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Shohreh White
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Watsonville, CA 95076
Hello! My name is Shohreh but I go by Sho for short. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor who has a passion to help others achieve their best life. Sometimes life can leave one feeling lost or powerless, you may be wondering what your next steps should be. I would be honored to help you navigate and walk with you in your journey to finding and reclaiming your true self.
Hello! My name is Shohreh but I go by Sho for short. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor who has a passion to help others achieve their best life. Sometimes life can leave one feeling lost or powerless, you may be wondering what your next steps should be. I would be honored to help you navigate and walk with you in your journey to finding and reclaiming your true self.
(831) 208-3411 View (831) 208-3411
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Sylvia Joyner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Watsonville, CA 95076
My name is Sylvia Joyner, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) working with clients Statewide via telehealth. My focus is working with adult women facing challenges with relationships, life transitions, intimate partner violence, child abuse, parenting, grief, depression, and anxiety. Using Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) my work has helped clients heal and progress towards living a more fulfilled, empowered, and purposeful life.
My name is Sylvia Joyner, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) working with clients Statewide via telehealth. My focus is working with adult women facing challenges with relationships, life transitions, intimate partner violence, child abuse, parenting, grief, depression, and anxiety. Using Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) my work has helped clients heal and progress towards living a more fulfilled, empowered, and purposeful life.
(831) 661-9650 View (831) 661-9650
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Hugo Sanchez
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Watsonville, CA 95076
My name is Hugo Sanchez, and I am licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I consider myself a compassionate and nonjudgemental therapist that provides a safe space for others. I have worked with individuals who are dealing with adjustment concerns due to life changes that have impacted their day-to-day functioning. A majority of my experience has been working with those individuals that have experience anger concerns, depression, and anxiety.
My name is Hugo Sanchez, and I am licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I consider myself a compassionate and nonjudgemental therapist that provides a safe space for others. I have worked with individuals who are dealing with adjustment concerns due to life changes that have impacted their day-to-day functioning. A majority of my experience has been working with those individuals that have experience anger concerns, depression, and anxiety.
(831) 319-5161 View (831) 319-5161
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Alham Rodriguez (Bilingual)
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Watsonville, CA 95076  (Online Only)
Hello and bienvenidos. I have over 11 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. My approach to practice is tailored to the individual needs and style of each client. I enjoy working with people of all ages and backgrounds. My style is authentic, attentive, warm, yet playful and humorous. I strive to provide a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere where you can feel heard and understood. I enjoy working from an integrated approach that is person-centered, mindfulness-based, and rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
Hello and bienvenidos. I have over 11 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. My approach to practice is tailored to the individual needs and style of each client. I enjoy working with people of all ages and backgrounds. My style is authentic, attentive, warm, yet playful and humorous. I strive to provide a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere where you can feel heard and understood. I enjoy working from an integrated approach that is person-centered, mindfulness-based, and rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
(831) 387-6689 View (831) 387-6689
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How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Watsonville, CA

90+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Watsonville, CA who prioritize treating:

97% Anxiety
88% Depression
81% Relationship Issues
79% Self Esteem
77% Coping Skills
73% Stress
70% Grief

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

81% Aetna
77% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
77% Optum

How Therapists in Watsonville, CA see their clients

86% In Person and Online
14% Online Only

Gender breakdown

81% Female
19% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Watsonville?

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.