Therapists in Bristol, CT

Photo of Melissa Leigh Costanzo, Marriage & Family Therapist in Bristol, CT
Melissa Leigh Costanzo
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Bristol, CT 06010  (Online Only)
I have been a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist since 2002. Much of my career has been working with children & teens in conjunction with their families as well as individual adult clients & couples, providing clinical treatment, support & psyho-education. As a graduate of University St Joseph, West Hartford, CT in Marriage & Family Therapy, I gained a greater understanding of the effects symptoms have on & are effected by family members. I utilize a Solution Focused therapy approach providing short term goal oriented sessions. In addition, I seek to establish boundaries & open communication in families increasing functionlevel
I have been a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist since 2002. Much of my career has been working with children & teens in conjunction with their families as well as individual adult clients & couples, providing clinical treatment, support & psyho-education. As a graduate of University St Joseph, West Hartford, CT in Marriage & Family Therapy, I gained a greater understanding of the effects symptoms have on & are effected by family members. I utilize a Solution Focused therapy approach providing short term goal oriented sessions. In addition, I seek to establish boundaries & open communication in families increasing functionlevel
(475) 242-0414 View (475) 242-0414
Photo of Kayla Lukes, Licensed Professional Counselor in Bristol, CT
Kayla Lukes
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Bristol, CT 06010  (Online Only)
Currently telehealth only! Feeling a little lost and disconnected? Struggling through another work or school day? Having difficulty feeling understood? I get it, I'm a millennial who has lived through several "once in a lifetime" economic crises, student loans, the fear of being a forever renter, social injustices, and the pressure to hit certain life milestones in a society that hasn't caught up with our needs. I'm here to help you develop the tools that you need to navigate these new and challenging terrains. My goal is to help my clients combat symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma, everyday stress, and more!
Currently telehealth only! Feeling a little lost and disconnected? Struggling through another work or school day? Having difficulty feeling understood? I get it, I'm a millennial who has lived through several "once in a lifetime" economic crises, student loans, the fear of being a forever renter, social injustices, and the pressure to hit certain life milestones in a society that hasn't caught up with our needs. I'm here to help you develop the tools that you need to navigate these new and challenging terrains. My goal is to help my clients combat symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma, everyday stress, and more!
(860) 362-2611 View (860) 362-2611
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Within Reach (Shauna Figueroa)
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Bristol, CT 06010
We all have life experience, some more difficult than others. What is troubling you? What would you like to change? Is now the best time to address your concerns? I am sure these are a few questions you have asked yourself at one time or another, I assure you are NOT alone! If you are looking for a nonjudgmental, compassionate, and solution focused therapist look no further. For over 15 years, I have worked with individuals, couples and family’s addressing some of life’s most challenging circumstances.
We all have life experience, some more difficult than others. What is troubling you? What would you like to change? Is now the best time to address your concerns? I am sure these are a few questions you have asked yourself at one time or another, I assure you are NOT alone! If you are looking for a nonjudgmental, compassionate, and solution focused therapist look no further. For over 15 years, I have worked with individuals, couples and family’s addressing some of life’s most challenging circumstances.
(860) 362-3191 View (860) 362-3191
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Brian J Lussier
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol, CT 06010
Helping people who seek healing and self-improvement has been the focus of my professional life. Much of my work has been with individuals trying to deal with challenges related to conditions such as anxiety, depression and ADHD. I also have considerable experience helping parents, especially those whose children have disabilities of all kinds. My approach is eclectic. It begins with learning about you (e.g., your feelings, thoughts/beliefs, actions, life experiences, stage of life & health). I also consider other factors that influence your well-being (e.g., family, relationships, work, societal pressures).
Helping people who seek healing and self-improvement has been the focus of my professional life. Much of my work has been with individuals trying to deal with challenges related to conditions such as anxiety, depression and ADHD. I also have considerable experience helping parents, especially those whose children have disabilities of all kinds. My approach is eclectic. It begins with learning about you (e.g., your feelings, thoughts/beliefs, actions, life experiences, stage of life & health). I also consider other factors that influence your well-being (e.g., family, relationships, work, societal pressures).
(860) 943-4923 View (860) 943-4923
Photo of Katelyn Trauger, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Bristol, CT
Katelyn Trauger
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Bristol, CT 06010
I became a Clinical Social Worker because I strongly believe in its principles of social justice and social equality; I mindfully incorporate these principles into every session. I believe everyone deserves empathy, compassion, healing, and has the capacity for change... if they're open to it. Does now feel like it's TIME? Enough is enough? The weight of depression, anxiety, trauma, society, family issues, distorted eating/body image struggles, the power of shame, the sleepless nights; all can be addressed and healed. I am passionate about empowering clients with the tools and insight to heal themselves.
I became a Clinical Social Worker because I strongly believe in its principles of social justice and social equality; I mindfully incorporate these principles into every session. I believe everyone deserves empathy, compassion, healing, and has the capacity for change... if they're open to it. Does now feel like it's TIME? Enough is enough? The weight of depression, anxiety, trauma, society, family issues, distorted eating/body image struggles, the power of shame, the sleepless nights; all can be addressed and healed. I am passionate about empowering clients with the tools and insight to heal themselves.
(860) 406-5912 View (860) 406-5912
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Pamela R. Aiken
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, RN
Verified Verified
Bristol, CT 06010
Waitlist for new clients
I have had the privilege and the pleasure of working with families,couples and individuals of all ages for more than 25 years, initially as a Registered Nurse and currently as a Marriage and Family Therapist. In my practice I strive to instill hope in all of the individuals I work with, that healing and change can occur. This is done by creating a safe, non-judgmental, warm and supportive environment. I want to offer you the therapy that you deserve, as we work together to help you reach your goals.
I have had the privilege and the pleasure of working with families,couples and individuals of all ages for more than 25 years, initially as a Registered Nurse and currently as a Marriage and Family Therapist. In my practice I strive to instill hope in all of the individuals I work with, that healing and change can occur. This is done by creating a safe, non-judgmental, warm and supportive environment. I want to offer you the therapy that you deserve, as we work together to help you reach your goals.
(860) 531-3138 View (860) 531-3138
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Within Reach (Chantell Paris)
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol, CT 06010  (Online Only)
*****ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS!! Please contact us to schedule a telephone or video session today! “When we talk about our feelings they become less overwhelming, less upsetting and less scary.” My name is Chantell Paris and I am passionate about working with individuals to help them gain the confidence, independence and happiness we all desire by discovering inner strengths and resilience to overcome life’s challenges. I work with adults, adolescents, children and families with a variety of needs such as anxiety, depression, addiction, ADHD, conduct disorder, emotional disturbances and more.
*****ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS!! Please contact us to schedule a telephone or video session today! “When we talk about our feelings they become less overwhelming, less upsetting and less scary.” My name is Chantell Paris and I am passionate about working with individuals to help them gain the confidence, independence and happiness we all desire by discovering inner strengths and resilience to overcome life’s challenges. I work with adults, adolescents, children and families with a variety of needs such as anxiety, depression, addiction, ADHD, conduct disorder, emotional disturbances and more.
(860) 397-6506 View (860) 397-6506
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Peaceful Mind Behavioral Health & Wellness LLC
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol, CT 06010
Our Therapists and Medication Providers at Peaceful Mind implement effective psychotherapy methods to instill self-understanding among clients and encourage them to adopt new attitudes and feelings towards life situations. Perhaps you're down or anxious - maybe you're unsure about the future of a relationship, or just feel that you aren't living the life you were meant to lead. Therapy is a process of growth and self-discovery, and at Peaceful Mind we promote behavioral transformation by encouraging a positive outlook and the adoption of new attitudes and reactions.
Our Therapists and Medication Providers at Peaceful Mind implement effective psychotherapy methods to instill self-understanding among clients and encourage them to adopt new attitudes and feelings towards life situations. Perhaps you're down or anxious - maybe you're unsure about the future of a relationship, or just feel that you aren't living the life you were meant to lead. Therapy is a process of growth and self-discovery, and at Peaceful Mind we promote behavioral transformation by encouraging a positive outlook and the adoption of new attitudes and reactions.
(860) 390-4768 View (860) 390-4768
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Matthew J Bastiaanse
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Bristol, CT 06010
Openings Bristol (M 5pm) and Wallingford (Friday 1pm ). Hello, my name is Matt and I have significant experience working with adults who are struggling with finding balance in their lives due to stress, addiction, and emotional health (Trauma, Anxiety, Depression). I have training in multiple therapeutic models and will work with you on a plan that meets your needs, identifies your strengths, and works on improving areas you struggle in. If your looking for personal growth, anger management, or to simply get yourself back on track from the 4 year long pandemic, I would be happy to help!
Openings Bristol (M 5pm) and Wallingford (Friday 1pm ). Hello, my name is Matt and I have significant experience working with adults who are struggling with finding balance in their lives due to stress, addiction, and emotional health (Trauma, Anxiety, Depression). I have training in multiple therapeutic models and will work with you on a plan that meets your needs, identifies your strengths, and works on improving areas you struggle in. If your looking for personal growth, anger management, or to simply get yourself back on track from the 4 year long pandemic, I would be happy to help!
(860) 724-4077 View (860) 724-4077
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Rita Brzozowski
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Bristol, CT 06010
Waitlist for new clients
At this time I am only taking referrals from providers in the community. Please refer to Psychology Today for a list of other clinicians in your area who may have some availability. When my schedule opens up I will post an update on this website. Anyone in crisis can call or text 988 to be connected with a local health professional from the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, formerly known as the national Suicide prevention Lifeline. You may also text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.
At this time I am only taking referrals from providers in the community. Please refer to Psychology Today for a list of other clinicians in your area who may have some availability. When my schedule opens up I will post an update on this website. Anyone in crisis can call or text 988 to be connected with a local health professional from the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, formerly known as the national Suicide prevention Lifeline. You may also text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.
(860) 772-0482 View (860) 772-0482
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Within Reach (Eric Brysgel)
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSCW
Verified Verified
Bristol, CT 06010  (Online Only)
****Accepting New Clients** I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received my Master’s Degree in Social Work from Smith College. I completed my graduate level internship and psychiatric training at Yale Psychiatric Institute. I received my License in Clinical Social Work through clinical supervision at the Institute of Living. I have worked with children, adolescents, young adults in inpatient, partial hospital program, outpatient, mobile crisis and community act team psychiatric settings. I was involved with the formation and program development of the Schizophrenia Rehabilitation Center at the Institute of Living.
****Accepting New Clients** I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received my Master’s Degree in Social Work from Smith College. I completed my graduate level internship and psychiatric training at Yale Psychiatric Institute. I received my License in Clinical Social Work through clinical supervision at the Institute of Living. I have worked with children, adolescents, young adults in inpatient, partial hospital program, outpatient, mobile crisis and community act team psychiatric settings. I was involved with the formation and program development of the Schizophrenia Rehabilitation Center at the Institute of Living.
(959) 230-0848 View (959) 230-0848
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Eliza Pezzulo (Nienna Counseling)
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol, CT 06010
Waitlist for new clients
I'm Eliza Pezzulo, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and I would love to support you on your journey to healing and well-being. I specialize in working with individuals, couples and families who have experienced trauma, are navigating life's challenges, or are grappling with anxiety and depression. My experience spans across various age groups - children, adolescents, families, and adults.
I'm Eliza Pezzulo, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and I would love to support you on your journey to healing and well-being. I specialize in working with individuals, couples and families who have experienced trauma, are navigating life's challenges, or are grappling with anxiety and depression. My experience spans across various age groups - children, adolescents, families, and adults.
(860) 971-2295 View (860) 971-2295
Yajahira Mendez-Johnson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPCA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol, CT 06010
I have multiple speciality areas including, abuse, addiction, codependency, trauma, behavioral need and co-occurring disorders. I utilize treatment modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma focused, solution focused brief therapy, DBT and motivational interviewing. In addition, I have also trained as a circle of security facilitator in both Spanish and English. My main focus is to utilize all my training and professional experience to provide you with safe opportunities to discover your strengths in a way that's personal and effective to you and your needs. I am a bilingual, goal-oriented professional who aims to perso
I have multiple speciality areas including, abuse, addiction, codependency, trauma, behavioral need and co-occurring disorders. I utilize treatment modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma focused, solution focused brief therapy, DBT and motivational interviewing. In addition, I have also trained as a circle of security facilitator in both Spanish and English. My main focus is to utilize all my training and professional experience to provide you with safe opportunities to discover your strengths in a way that's personal and effective to you and your needs. I am a bilingual, goal-oriented professional who aims to perso
(860) 419-4321 View (860) 419-4321
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Merissa Thompson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS ED, SYC, LPC
Verified Verified
Bristol, CT 06010  (Online Only)
There are times in life where we realize that having someone to help us navigate through the challenges may be necessary. Having a therapist you can trust help you process through big emotions, life changes, or mental health struggles may be what’s needed. A strong therapeutic relationship, where you are accepted and seen, creates a safe space to explore these issues. Together we can explore the hard feelings, resolve past and current wounds, improve communication with self and others, increase self-esteem, and develop stronger and more meaningful relationships.
There are times in life where we realize that having someone to help us navigate through the challenges may be necessary. Having a therapist you can trust help you process through big emotions, life changes, or mental health struggles may be what’s needed. A strong therapeutic relationship, where you are accepted and seen, creates a safe space to explore these issues. Together we can explore the hard feelings, resolve past and current wounds, improve communication with self and others, increase self-esteem, and develop stronger and more meaningful relationships.
(860) 775-6693 View (860) 775-6693
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Ian Zettervall
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LADC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Bristol, CT 06010
I work with people who feel overwhelmed with stress, anxiety, depression, attention deficit, outbursts of anger, thoughts about the past (regret, remorse, traumatic experiences), thoughts about the future (fear, anxiety, catastrophizing 'what if' scenarios), insomnia, lack of purpose, past relationship experiences impacting present relationships, self-sabotage, and general sense of meaninglessness. The work I do is collaborative and the results are real. As a person in personal recovery for over 24 years and a Iraq war infantry-combat veteran, I have lived experience maintaining sobriety while making strategic adjustments.
I work with people who feel overwhelmed with stress, anxiety, depression, attention deficit, outbursts of anger, thoughts about the past (regret, remorse, traumatic experiences), thoughts about the future (fear, anxiety, catastrophizing 'what if' scenarios), insomnia, lack of purpose, past relationship experiences impacting present relationships, self-sabotage, and general sense of meaninglessness. The work I do is collaborative and the results are real. As a person in personal recovery for over 24 years and a Iraq war infantry-combat veteran, I have lived experience maintaining sobriety while making strategic adjustments.
(860) 845-6834 View (860) 845-6834
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Natasha Bush (Nienna Counseling)
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol, CT 06010
Waitlist for new clients
If you have ever experienced the feeling of not belonging or felt that you and your experiences were beyond the realm of help, then you have come to the right place! I specialize in working with children, teens, adults, and families dealing with anxiety, depression, ADHD, self-esteem issues, life transitions, and who have experienced trauma. In our work together, we will collaborate and I will meet you where you are at so that you can leverage your strengths, interests, and natural support systems to change your life for the better.
If you have ever experienced the feeling of not belonging or felt that you and your experiences were beyond the realm of help, then you have come to the right place! I specialize in working with children, teens, adults, and families dealing with anxiety, depression, ADHD, self-esteem issues, life transitions, and who have experienced trauma. In our work together, we will collaborate and I will meet you where you are at so that you can leverage your strengths, interests, and natural support systems to change your life for the better.
(860) 407-5149 View (860) 407-5149
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Ewa Lojewska
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LPC
Verified Verified
Bristol, CT 06010
As a licensed professional counselor, I believe in helping clients collaboratively work through the course of their treatment, regardless of where they are in their healing process. I provide a welcoming environment and assist with improving overall quality of life utilizing a strengths-based, person- centered approach. I am trained in and utilize various treatment modalities, inclusive of CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing. Those that work with me find that I am enthusiastic and deeply compassionate. I strive to create a comfortable, safe and nonjudgemental environment.
As a licensed professional counselor, I believe in helping clients collaboratively work through the course of their treatment, regardless of where they are in their healing process. I provide a welcoming environment and assist with improving overall quality of life utilizing a strengths-based, person- centered approach. I am trained in and utilize various treatment modalities, inclusive of CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing. Those that work with me find that I am enthusiastic and deeply compassionate. I strive to create a comfortable, safe and nonjudgemental environment.
(860) 792-4983 View (860) 792-4983
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Renewed Mind Therapy LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Bristol, CT 06010
The clients I have and continue to work with deal with different stress levels and anxiety. Many of my clients also have dual diagnoses, with some dealing with psychosis, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, and severe depression. My client's needs have always been to find coping skills and processing techniques to navigate their lives with mental illness. If you would like a free phone consultation, please email me, and we can get started.
The clients I have and continue to work with deal with different stress levels and anxiety. Many of my clients also have dual diagnoses, with some dealing with psychosis, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, and severe depression. My client's needs have always been to find coping skills and processing techniques to navigate their lives with mental illness. If you would like a free phone consultation, please email me, and we can get started.
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Melinda Sullivan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LADC
Verified Verified
Bristol, CT 06010
I am a licensed clinical social worker, a licensed drug and alcohol counselor and have a person centered approach to work with you. I work in a non-judgmental environment where you can feel safe, get vulnerable and make the changes you want to see in your life.
I am a licensed clinical social worker, a licensed drug and alcohol counselor and have a person centered approach to work with you. I work in a non-judgmental environment where you can feel safe, get vulnerable and make the changes you want to see in your life.
(860) 637-5762 View (860) 637-5762
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(Within Reach) Aemir Lopez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol, CT 06010  (Online Only)
“I am an experienced Bilingual Licensed Master Social Worker, specializing in individual psychotherapy with children, teens and adults with trauma-related disorders, anxiety and depression. I also work closely with the immigrant/ refugees population. My philosophy is to help clients create a more hopeful outlook, as well as finding joy and meaning in the little things in life.
“I am an experienced Bilingual Licensed Master Social Worker, specializing in individual psychotherapy with children, teens and adults with trauma-related disorders, anxiety and depression. I also work closely with the immigrant/ refugees population. My philosophy is to help clients create a more hopeful outlook, as well as finding joy and meaning in the little things in life.
(860) 530-2462 View (860) 530-2462

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Bristol, CT

100+

Average cost per session

$125

Therapists in Bristol, CT who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
89% Depression
80% Trauma and PTSD
76% Self Esteem
75% Relationship Issues
75% Coping Skills
75% Stress

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

87% Cigna and Evernorth
79% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
74% Aetna

How Therapists in Bristol, CT see their clients

71% In Person and Online
29% Online Only

Gender breakdown

87% Female
13% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Bristol?

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.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

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.