Therapists in Washington, DC

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Photo of Wendy Meltzer, NCC, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Wendy Meltzer
Licensed Professional Counselor, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036  (Online Only)
My goal is to help both individuals and couples become "unstuck' from old patterns and develop the tools to live a more satisfying life. I will work with you to help find ways to cope with life's many challenges, including self-esteem issues, emotional distress, anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, and life transitions. Identifying the origins of your struggles is only one component of therapy. From there, we will work together to develop the skills necessary for you to navigate through these challenges.
My goal is to help both individuals and couples become "unstuck' from old patterns and develop the tools to live a more satisfying life. I will work with you to help find ways to cope with life's many challenges, including self-esteem issues, emotional distress, anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, and life transitions. Identifying the origins of your struggles is only one component of therapy. From there, we will work together to develop the skills necessary for you to navigate through these challenges.
(202) 618-4663 View (202) 618-4663
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Sevilla King
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20006
Are you new to the area and feel overwhelmed starting a new life? Are you ready to find love in your life, or breaking up/divorcing, or are you and you partner ready to repair and grow your relationship? Are you looking to find a new job, move up the ladder, or change professions completely? Did you just graduate from College or Grad school and feel lost as to what career aligns with your interests and values? Or maybe you're struggling with the death of a loved one and are wondering how to fill the void. Perhaps you've decided to investigate your spirituality or change your religious affiliation.
Are you new to the area and feel overwhelmed starting a new life? Are you ready to find love in your life, or breaking up/divorcing, or are you and you partner ready to repair and grow your relationship? Are you looking to find a new job, move up the ladder, or change professions completely? Did you just graduate from College or Grad school and feel lost as to what career aligns with your interests and values? Or maybe you're struggling with the death of a loved one and are wondering how to fill the void. Perhaps you've decided to investigate your spirituality or change your religious affiliation.
(202) 759-6446 View (202) 759-6446
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Lisa Smith-Couples Counselor
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC, CST
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20009
Are you experiencing relationship issues? Working together, I can help you resolve problems and feelings that may seem overwhelming. Whether you're seeking couples counseling or individual therapy, I'll listen deeply and will help you forge a path towards your goals. You'll find an affirming, supportive environment and strategies to enable you to live your life more fully and joyfully. Clients have told me that my warm, non-judgmental, and collaborative approach helps them feel comfortable working through difficult issues.
Are you experiencing relationship issues? Working together, I can help you resolve problems and feelings that may seem overwhelming. Whether you're seeking couples counseling or individual therapy, I'll listen deeply and will help you forge a path towards your goals. You'll find an affirming, supportive environment and strategies to enable you to live your life more fully and joyfully. Clients have told me that my warm, non-judgmental, and collaborative approach helps them feel comfortable working through difficult issues.
(202) 803-7244 View (202) 803-7244
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Dickson Tang
Psychological Associate, MA, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036
I specialize in treating adults with anxiety, OCD, trauma, and career concerns. As a Chinese-American immigrant, I have a strong interest in helping clients navigate issues related to their cultural identities or adjusting to different cultural environments. I also work well with those needing support around career transitions, as I shifted from a 16-year career at the World Bank to the mental health field.
I specialize in treating adults with anxiety, OCD, trauma, and career concerns. As a Chinese-American immigrant, I have a strong interest in helping clients navigate issues related to their cultural identities or adjusting to different cultural environments. I also work well with those needing support around career transitions, as I shifted from a 16-year career at the World Bank to the mental health field.
(833) 283-9006 View (833) 283-9006
Marc S. Feldman
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20015
I'm a licensed clinical psychologist/psychotherapist in Chevy Chase, DC. I've been serving the DC community for over 40 years, and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the people I help. I work in person and virtually with adult individuals and couples who seek personal growth and support for the inevitable stumbling blocks in life. I'm a family man, a good friend, a musician and a business owner. The people I work with know me to be very present, caring and actively involved in their therapy sessions. I want people to feel better and fulfill the promise of their lives as individuals and in their relationships.
I'm a licensed clinical psychologist/psychotherapist in Chevy Chase, DC. I've been serving the DC community for over 40 years, and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the people I help. I work in person and virtually with adult individuals and couples who seek personal growth and support for the inevitable stumbling blocks in life. I'm a family man, a good friend, a musician and a business owner. The people I work with know me to be very present, caring and actively involved in their therapy sessions. I want people to feel better and fulfill the promise of their lives as individuals and in their relationships.
(866) 718-6520 View (866) 718-6520
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Dallas Williams-Sierra
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, EMDR-C
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20009  (Online Only)
*At this time, I am only accepting new clients for EMDR treatment* Are you struggling with processing past traumatic events? EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. EMDR provides a proven approach to address the symptoms of trauma that can interfere with thriving in your everyday life. EMDR allows individuals to process incredible amounts of material in a shockingly short time.
*At this time, I am only accepting new clients for EMDR treatment* Are you struggling with processing past traumatic events? EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. EMDR provides a proven approach to address the symptoms of trauma that can interfere with thriving in your everyday life. EMDR allows individuals to process incredible amounts of material in a shockingly short time.
(202) 556-3451 View (202) 556-3451
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Jeremy Ayers
Counselor, LGPC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20036
I believe you’re stronger and wiser than your current struggles might lead you to believe. It’s just that sometimes our core strength gets covered up by the stress of life and the difficulties we’ve faced. With me, therapy is about helping your best self emerge, which often takes a big dose of compassion and a much-needed break. I work with clients on a variety of issues, including anxiety and depression, relationships and sex, career changes, grief, trauma, and growing up in dysfunctional families. I'm also passionate about supporting LGBTQ, trans, and gender expansive clients.
I believe you’re stronger and wiser than your current struggles might lead you to believe. It’s just that sometimes our core strength gets covered up by the stress of life and the difficulties we’ve faced. With me, therapy is about helping your best self emerge, which often takes a big dose of compassion and a much-needed break. I work with clients on a variety of issues, including anxiety and depression, relationships and sex, career changes, grief, trauma, and growing up in dysfunctional families. I'm also passionate about supporting LGBTQ, trans, and gender expansive clients.
(202) 979-9503 View (202) 979-9503
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Dr. David Keuler
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20010  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Years of experience often matter when people are anxious or otherwise distraught. For 25 years, I have specialized in the cognitive-behavioral (CBT) treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) as well as a range of anxiety and depressive disorders in late adolescents and adults. These disorders include Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Disorder, and Illness Anxiety Disorder as well as persistent depression. I frequently work with relationship challenges, stressful life circumstances, and a broad range of outpatient mental health issues. I see clients in DC, MD, VA and nationally in all participating PsyPact states.
Years of experience often matter when people are anxious or otherwise distraught. For 25 years, I have specialized in the cognitive-behavioral (CBT) treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) as well as a range of anxiety and depressive disorders in late adolescents and adults. These disorders include Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Disorder, and Illness Anxiety Disorder as well as persistent depression. I frequently work with relationship challenges, stressful life circumstances, and a broad range of outpatient mental health issues. I see clients in DC, MD, VA and nationally in all participating PsyPact states.
(202) 952-8940 View (202) 952-8940
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Kelly Mahoney
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20036
Kelly is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Washington DC, Maryland & Virginia. She received her Masters Degree in Social Work from New York University. Kelly has completed her externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT) and received advanced training at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies in New York City and The Washington School of Psychiatry in Washington, DC.
Kelly is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Washington DC, Maryland & Virginia. She received her Masters Degree in Social Work from New York University. Kelly has completed her externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT) and received advanced training at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies in New York City and The Washington School of Psychiatry in Washington, DC.
(202) 953-1929 View (202) 953-1929
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DC Stress & Anxiety Clinic
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20006  (Online Only)
Are you feeling anxious and stressed? Do you have panic attacks? Do you feel parts of your life are out of control? If you live or work in the DMV area, you are very familiar with stress and anxiety. Chances are your work-life balance isn't at all balanced. Maybe you are a perfectionist always trying to do more. Maybe you are a people pleaser who struggles to say "No". Meaningful pursuits such as fulfilling relationships, staying healthy and personal interests can be hard to maintain. All these factors can intensify your level of stress and anxiety. There are a number of things we can do together to help you with these issues.
Are you feeling anxious and stressed? Do you have panic attacks? Do you feel parts of your life are out of control? If you live or work in the DMV area, you are very familiar with stress and anxiety. Chances are your work-life balance isn't at all balanced. Maybe you are a perfectionist always trying to do more. Maybe you are a people pleaser who struggles to say "No". Meaningful pursuits such as fulfilling relationships, staying healthy and personal interests can be hard to maintain. All these factors can intensify your level of stress and anxiety. There are a number of things we can do together to help you with these issues.
(202) 999-3892 View (202) 999-3892
Photo of Jo Pittman, MT-BC, Pre-Licensed Professional
Jo Pittman
Pre-Licensed Professional, MT-BC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20009
Hi! I’m Jo, a Graduate Counseling Intern at Urban Playology, a mental health private practice based in DC. I work under the direct clinical supervision of Xanthia Johnson, LPC, LCPC-S. I am a graduate counseling student at the University of Pennsylvania. I believe that healing, albeit challenging at times, is a beautiful and attainable experience. My compass for social justice holds my belief that everyone deserves to have a high-quality therapy experience with a compassionate and skilled psychotherapist. It is an honor to partner with human beings who come from diverse backgrounds on their journey toward mental health wellness.
Hi! I’m Jo, a Graduate Counseling Intern at Urban Playology, a mental health private practice based in DC. I work under the direct clinical supervision of Xanthia Johnson, LPC, LCPC-S. I am a graduate counseling student at the University of Pennsylvania. I believe that healing, albeit challenging at times, is a beautiful and attainable experience. My compass for social justice holds my belief that everyone deserves to have a high-quality therapy experience with a compassionate and skilled psychotherapist. It is an honor to partner with human beings who come from diverse backgrounds on their journey toward mental health wellness.
(888) 689-4339 x100 View (888) 689-4339 x100
Photo of Jeff Rosenberg, PhD, MBA, MA, Psychologist
Jeff Rosenberg
Psychologist, PhD, MBA, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20015
You are suffering and looking for resolution. This may manifest in myriad ways ---finding, communicating, separating from, or being more intimate in relationships; depression/anxiety sucking the energy/pleasure/novelty from life... Let's be curious together and understand the causes of your suffering. Let's see if there can be a change in perspective, in some ways a psychic paradigm shift, that lifts you out of the matrix of your current reality and relieves suffering. Let's learn from this therapeutic process an ongoing path for being with and exploring life so that it may be fuller and happier.
You are suffering and looking for resolution. This may manifest in myriad ways ---finding, communicating, separating from, or being more intimate in relationships; depression/anxiety sucking the energy/pleasure/novelty from life... Let's be curious together and understand the causes of your suffering. Let's see if there can be a change in perspective, in some ways a psychic paradigm shift, that lifts you out of the matrix of your current reality and relieves suffering. Let's learn from this therapeutic process an ongoing path for being with and exploring life so that it may be fuller and happier.
(202) 681-9923 View (202) 681-9923
Photo of John W Cornelius, MS, MSW, LCSW-C, LICSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
John W Cornelius
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MS, MSW, LCSW-C, LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20036
I help individuals work on life issues tied to anxiety and depression, relationship difficulties, stress symptoms tied to childhood trauma, and families struggling with behavioral challenges. I teach communication skills that help with difficult relationships. These skills include helping my clients improve their power, voice, and contact with significant others. I employ many approaches in psychotherapy, including psychodynamic, gestalt, somatic experiencing (SE), accelerated experiential dynamic (AEDP), cognitive behavioral (CBT) and emotionally focused couples therapy (EFT).
I help individuals work on life issues tied to anxiety and depression, relationship difficulties, stress symptoms tied to childhood trauma, and families struggling with behavioral challenges. I teach communication skills that help with difficult relationships. These skills include helping my clients improve their power, voice, and contact with significant others. I employ many approaches in psychotherapy, including psychodynamic, gestalt, somatic experiencing (SE), accelerated experiential dynamic (AEDP), cognitive behavioral (CBT) and emotionally focused couples therapy (EFT).
(202) 600-9053 View (202) 600-9053
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Robert J. Adamski
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20007
After more than 35 years of practice, I believe that intellectual and emotional insight must lead to behavioral change for psychotherapy to have true value for the client. The process of self-discovery allows the client to make clear and informed choices and to take responsibility for the results. I prefer clients who are courageous enough to seek the truth and change how they behave in order to create a better life.
After more than 35 years of practice, I believe that intellectual and emotional insight must lead to behavioral change for psychotherapy to have true value for the client. The process of self-discovery allows the client to make clear and informed choices and to take responsibility for the results. I prefer clients who are courageous enough to seek the truth and change how they behave in order to create a better life.
(202) 643-0962 View (202) 643-0962
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Kathryn Kline
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036
Not accepting new clients
I am a warm, engaged and genuine therapist. My patients often tell me that they appreciate my investment in understanding their unique experiences and problems, as well as my perspective in helping them find solutions. Together, we will identify core issues that are keeping you dissatisfied with life and start to make helpful changes from the get-go. We will explore the roots of your problems and how they are maintained today, as well as important social identities that shape your lived experience. Our work will deepen your self-insight, alleviate your distress, and improve your relationships and well-being.
I am a warm, engaged and genuine therapist. My patients often tell me that they appreciate my investment in understanding their unique experiences and problems, as well as my perspective in helping them find solutions. Together, we will identify core issues that are keeping you dissatisfied with life and start to make helpful changes from the get-go. We will explore the roots of your problems and how they are maintained today, as well as important social identities that shape your lived experience. Our work will deepen your self-insight, alleviate your distress, and improve your relationships and well-being.
(202) 931-0983 View (202) 931-0983
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Deborah A Newmark
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20007  (Online Only)
Psychotherapy is a process of finding meaning in life and developing a sense of purpose. I believe that people can reach their full potential within a safe, empathic and confidential therapeutic relationship. I am a seasoned clinician with 35 years in the field, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to the work. My style is interactive and collaborative. My task is to work with you to change negative beliefs and behaviors that are preventing you from enjoying a life of personal satisfaction and fulfillment.
Psychotherapy is a process of finding meaning in life and developing a sense of purpose. I believe that people can reach their full potential within a safe, empathic and confidential therapeutic relationship. I am a seasoned clinician with 35 years in the field, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to the work. My style is interactive and collaborative. My task is to work with you to change negative beliefs and behaviors that are preventing you from enjoying a life of personal satisfaction and fulfillment.
(202) 759-4231 View (202) 759-4231
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Allison Miller
Psychological Associate, PsyD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20009  (Online Only)
There are many challenges we face throughout life and I aim to create a safe, supportive space to process and find solutions for them together. I aim to use empirically supported methods for treatment. I take an integrated approach to therapy, drawing from my training in Cognitive-Behavioral therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and relational approaches. I also incorporate methods from Acceptance and Commitment therapy and mindfulness. I work with adults; individuals and couples.
There are many challenges we face throughout life and I aim to create a safe, supportive space to process and find solutions for them together. I aim to use empirically supported methods for treatment. I take an integrated approach to therapy, drawing from my training in Cognitive-Behavioral therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and relational approaches. I also incorporate methods from Acceptance and Commitment therapy and mindfulness. I work with adults; individuals and couples.
(434) 215-0225 View (434) 215-0225
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Jennifer A Crumlish
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20036
Waitlist for new clients
My treatment approach is flexible and pragmatic, based upon a core belief that gaining insight into one's self and others will lead to desired behavioral changes and an overall sense of well-being. I enjoy working with individuals and couples. I am particularly skilled at helping those who feel frustrated or discouraged with relationships and/or progress toward life goals. I utilize insight-oriented, cognitive, and behavioral approaches with an emphasis on tailoring treatment to each individual.
My treatment approach is flexible and pragmatic, based upon a core belief that gaining insight into one's self and others will lead to desired behavioral changes and an overall sense of well-being. I enjoy working with individuals and couples. I am particularly skilled at helping those who feel frustrated or discouraged with relationships and/or progress toward life goals. I utilize insight-oriented, cognitive, and behavioral approaches with an emphasis on tailoring treatment to each individual.
(202) 618-4076 View (202) 618-4076
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Nicolle Castro Caroca
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20009  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Originally from Chile, I am a bilingual culturally-conscious and trauma-informed therapist helping individuals heal from intergenerational trauma, migratory and cultural issues, family dysfunction, sex and relational issues, and mood disorders. Whether this is your first time or not, if you’re here you’re taking an active step to dedicate time and invest in you and your wellbeing. That is AWESOME. I value the co-creation of a strong relationship that allows reconnection with your emotional self, all the intersections of your existence, and the life experiences that informed your view of self and the world.
Originally from Chile, I am a bilingual culturally-conscious and trauma-informed therapist helping individuals heal from intergenerational trauma, migratory and cultural issues, family dysfunction, sex and relational issues, and mood disorders. Whether this is your first time or not, if you’re here you’re taking an active step to dedicate time and invest in you and your wellbeing. That is AWESOME. I value the co-creation of a strong relationship that allows reconnection with your emotional self, all the intersections of your existence, and the life experiences that informed your view of self and the world.
(202) 846-2337 View (202) 846-2337
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Massimo Scano
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CAC II , CSAC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20009
In my practice I am guided by the belief that change is possible and that every person has the capacity for healthy growth and development but may at times need help in accessing inner resources for positive change. I believe a therapist-client relationship that is characterized by empathy, curiosity, acceptance and caring is what facilitates the therapeutic process. I aim to provide an environment where my clients feel safe and free to explore their feelings, thoughts, needs and goals - an environment where we can work together at understanding what is keeping them from living a more fulfilling life.
In my practice I am guided by the belief that change is possible and that every person has the capacity for healthy growth and development but may at times need help in accessing inner resources for positive change. I believe a therapist-client relationship that is characterized by empathy, curiosity, acceptance and caring is what facilitates the therapeutic process. I aim to provide an environment where my clients feel safe and free to explore their feelings, thoughts, needs and goals - an environment where we can work together at understanding what is keeping them from living a more fulfilling life.
(202) 618-5440 View (202) 618-5440

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Washington, DC

3,000+

Average cost per session

$180

Therapists in Washington, DC who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
89% Depression
82% Relationship Issues
77% Self Esteem
68% Trauma and PTSD
68% Stress
65% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

62% BlueCross and BlueShield
57% CareFirst
53% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Washington, DC see their clients

54% In Person and Online
46% Online Only

Gender breakdown

81% Female
18% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Washington?

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.