Therapists in Washington, DC

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Katie Burner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20036  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
You may be coming to therapy to address a long-standing concern that you are feeling ready to explore more and/or that is becoming too difficult to deal with on your own. Or you might be seeking help in the wake of a more immediate crisis or loss, and are looking for emotional stabilization and support. I strive to be warm, curious and non-judgmental in my approach, with the aim of building a safe and trusting relationship that serves as a foundation for deeper emotional work.
You may be coming to therapy to address a long-standing concern that you are feeling ready to explore more and/or that is becoming too difficult to deal with on your own. Or you might be seeking help in the wake of a more immediate crisis or loss, and are looking for emotional stabilization and support. I strive to be warm, curious and non-judgmental in my approach, with the aim of building a safe and trusting relationship that serves as a foundation for deeper emotional work.
(202) 883-7493 View (202) 883-7493
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Sahar Kabiri
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC , CSAC, CAADC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20007  (Online Only)
I am a therapist because I am passionate about accompanying individuals on their self-understanding, exploration, and healing journey. The environment I provide is nonjudgmental, open, and safe. It focuses on an integration of mind, body, and spirit. I believe each individual is unique so I use a variety of approaches to assist my clients, depending on individual needs. I completed my internship and residency in Community Mental Health (IOP), Juvenile Detention Center, Methadone Clinic, Private Practice (PHP), and Residential/Acute. Currently, I provide services in DC and Virginia, but I only provide virtual sessions at this time.
I am a therapist because I am passionate about accompanying individuals on their self-understanding, exploration, and healing journey. The environment I provide is nonjudgmental, open, and safe. It focuses on an integration of mind, body, and spirit. I believe each individual is unique so I use a variety of approaches to assist my clients, depending on individual needs. I completed my internship and residency in Community Mental Health (IOP), Juvenile Detention Center, Methadone Clinic, Private Practice (PHP), and Residential/Acute. Currently, I provide services in DC and Virginia, but I only provide virtual sessions at this time.
(703) 828-8830 View (703) 828-8830
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Laura Winn
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA , LPC , LHMC, NCC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20006  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Everyone deserves to live a life filled with happiness, health, and love. Whether you are within recovery, active addiction, experiencing relationship concerns, or looking for additional support with life stressors, I practice in the belief that every individual maintains unique strengths and positive qualities that assist in any stage of healing. Throughout the therapeutic process, I strive to empower individuals to identify and build on these strengths in order to reach their desired goals.
Everyone deserves to live a life filled with happiness, health, and love. Whether you are within recovery, active addiction, experiencing relationship concerns, or looking for additional support with life stressors, I practice in the belief that every individual maintains unique strengths and positive qualities that assist in any stage of healing. Throughout the therapeutic process, I strive to empower individuals to identify and build on these strengths in order to reach their desired goals.
(929) 205-8056 View (929) 205-8056
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Maria Athekame
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LGSW, LMSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20003  (Online Only)
My priority is to provide you with a safe place to bring your truth. Together we will work to create strategies and interventions to ease the challenges you face. I believe that you are the most important person in the room, and should feel heard, felt, and affirmed. For many people long term illness or sudden changes in physical abilities can leave you with a sudden shock of where to go from here? There is the physical work to grow and rebuild, but also the emotional component of grief. Reflecting on past abilities, friendships, romantic relationships, and the anxieties of what the future may hold as you learn a new everyday.
My priority is to provide you with a safe place to bring your truth. Together we will work to create strategies and interventions to ease the challenges you face. I believe that you are the most important person in the room, and should feel heard, felt, and affirmed. For many people long term illness or sudden changes in physical abilities can leave you with a sudden shock of where to go from here? There is the physical work to grow and rebuild, but also the emotional component of grief. Reflecting on past abilities, friendships, romantic relationships, and the anxieties of what the future may hold as you learn a new everyday.
(202) 946-4822 View (202) 946-4822
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Destinee Smith
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20005  (Online Only)
My approach to therapy integrates interventions from various theoretical frameworks like Gestalt Theory, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and Feminist Theory. I rely on my personal history to cultivate a safe, genuine, healing space for those on a wellness journey. I am a Black, Queer, Cis-gender counselor. Therefore, I utilize my intersectional identities to assist individuals and couples in skill-building to manage anxiety, interpersonal concerns, transitions, adjustments, and striving for self-actualization.
My approach to therapy integrates interventions from various theoretical frameworks like Gestalt Theory, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and Feminist Theory. I rely on my personal history to cultivate a safe, genuine, healing space for those on a wellness journey. I am a Black, Queer, Cis-gender counselor. Therefore, I utilize my intersectional identities to assist individuals and couples in skill-building to manage anxiety, interpersonal concerns, transitions, adjustments, and striving for self-actualization.
(202) 873-9851 View (202) 873-9851
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Mia Newell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20007
Sometimes the world can feel impossibly heavy, and it is exhausting to cope with underlying challenges like chronic stressors, depression, anxiety, or trauma. Having a space to fully vent your worries and frustrations without fear or guilt is so important for mental health, but often so difficult to find. I approach my clients with warmth and without judgment. I work to cultivate a collaborative connection with clients, while empowering them to make sustainable, long-term changes, beyond our time together.
Sometimes the world can feel impossibly heavy, and it is exhausting to cope with underlying challenges like chronic stressors, depression, anxiety, or trauma. Having a space to fully vent your worries and frustrations without fear or guilt is so important for mental health, but often so difficult to find. I approach my clients with warmth and without judgment. I work to cultivate a collaborative connection with clients, while empowering them to make sustainable, long-term changes, beyond our time together.
(202) 980-2626 View (202) 980-2626
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Elizabeth J Gomart
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd&HD, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20007
I enjoy working with individuals and couples who are curious and hungry for more connection to themselves and others in their lives. When you start therapy, I will talk with you about what brings you to therapy, the life you want to create and what you think holds you back. I will reflect with you on how it feels to be with and collaborate with you on your own thriving. You are likely to display the same intra- and inter-personal patterns with me that enhance or impede your progress in your relationships at work and home. Most of my clients start therapy because of depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties and work challenges.
I enjoy working with individuals and couples who are curious and hungry for more connection to themselves and others in their lives. When you start therapy, I will talk with you about what brings you to therapy, the life you want to create and what you think holds you back. I will reflect with you on how it feels to be with and collaborate with you on your own thriving. You are likely to display the same intra- and inter-personal patterns with me that enhance or impede your progress in your relationships at work and home. Most of my clients start therapy because of depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties and work challenges.
(202) 417-3158 View (202) 417-3158
Photo of Maggie Noojin, LICSW, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Maggie Noojin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20015
I believe people have the ability and strength to heal and change, sometimes we just need a little help in getting there. Through an integrative approach, I help clients recognize their strengths, and explore their patterns to help them realize their full potential. I believe that the core of therapy is a strong therapeutic relationship - my practice style is warm and empathic - I truly enjoy getting to know my clients, and I believe the relationship between therapist and client is essential in change.
I believe people have the ability and strength to heal and change, sometimes we just need a little help in getting there. Through an integrative approach, I help clients recognize their strengths, and explore their patterns to help them realize their full potential. I believe that the core of therapy is a strong therapeutic relationship - my practice style is warm and empathic - I truly enjoy getting to know my clients, and I believe the relationship between therapist and client is essential in change.
(202) 930-9796 View (202) 930-9796
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Lily Anderson LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20018  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Hello! I currently do telehealth therapy for DC, IL and SC. As an EMDR Certified Therapist and EMDR Approved Consultant, I understand our struggles are not about "what's wrong with us" but "what happened to us." Looking to resolve current symptoms sometimes means healing from the past, while strengthening resources in the present and preparing for the future. I work with children, adolescents, and adults - individually and in caregiver-child dynamics - and invite you to reach out for a free consultation!
Hello! I currently do telehealth therapy for DC, IL and SC. As an EMDR Certified Therapist and EMDR Approved Consultant, I understand our struggles are not about "what's wrong with us" but "what happened to us." Looking to resolve current symptoms sometimes means healing from the past, while strengthening resources in the present and preparing for the future. I work with children, adolescents, and adults - individually and in caregiver-child dynamics - and invite you to reach out for a free consultation!
(844) 524-0902 View (844) 524-0902
Photo of Noelle Stabler, LMSW, LICSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Noelle Stabler
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20009  (Online Only)
Using a non-judgmental, empathic, and warm approach, I like to meet each client where they are at and utilize the modalities that best suit their needs. I believe that by creating a safe space to feel heard and understood, the therapeutic relationship can foster increased self-awareness, acceptance, and personal growth in many ways. I enjoy working with women, including college/graduate students and young adults. I have experience treating anxiety, depression, women’s issues, body image/self-esteem issues, relationship issues/insecure attachment and managing life stressors and transitions.
Using a non-judgmental, empathic, and warm approach, I like to meet each client where they are at and utilize the modalities that best suit their needs. I believe that by creating a safe space to feel heard and understood, the therapeutic relationship can foster increased self-awareness, acceptance, and personal growth in many ways. I enjoy working with women, including college/graduate students and young adults. I have experience treating anxiety, depression, women’s issues, body image/self-esteem issues, relationship issues/insecure attachment and managing life stressors and transitions.
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Photo of Emily Hamberger, MA, EdM , LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Emily Hamberger
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, EdM , LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20016
Are you struggling to have a healthy relationship with yourself or with others? Does it often feel like happiness comes more easily to other people than it does to you? Or that somewhere along the way, you stumbled or lost your way, and are fighting to find it again? Let me assure you that you deserve and are capable of joy and growth. My work has shown me that happiness does not mean feeling "good" all the time, but rather being strong enough to tolerate all that life throws at us. Maybe you have been thrown an awful lot.
Are you struggling to have a healthy relationship with yourself or with others? Does it often feel like happiness comes more easily to other people than it does to you? Or that somewhere along the way, you stumbled or lost your way, and are fighting to find it again? Let me assure you that you deserve and are capable of joy and growth. My work has shown me that happiness does not mean feeling "good" all the time, but rather being strong enough to tolerate all that life throws at us. Maybe you have been thrown an awful lot.
(202) 335-3128 View (202) 335-3128
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Stephen Holland
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20009
I am Founder and Director of the Capital Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Since 2003, the Institute has been a leading provider of research-proven treatments and compassionate care. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown to be effective for a number of problems, including: depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), hoarding, phobias, social anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, insomnia, chronic pain, personality disorders, and relationship problems. Studies find most patients in CBT have significant reduction in symptoms and distress.
I am Founder and Director of the Capital Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Since 2003, the Institute has been a leading provider of research-proven treatments and compassionate care. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown to be effective for a number of problems, including: depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), hoarding, phobias, social anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, insomnia, chronic pain, personality disorders, and relationship problems. Studies find most patients in CBT have significant reduction in symptoms and distress.
(202) 759-2884 View (202) 759-2884
Photo of Ann K Ewing, MSW, LICSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Ann K Ewing
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20016
Waitlist for new clients
Do you feel like you're stuck in in any of your current relationships - spouse or partner, family, friends, or with work? Are you still seeking healthy relationships? Would you like to improve your relationship with yourself? Do you have sexual orientation or gender identity concerns, either for yourself or for someone you care about? Are you working to adjust to a significant change in your life - navigating a break-up, divorce, or move, grieving a loss, or becoming a parent? Do you strive to live authentically while struggling with the vulnerability needed to do so? Whatever your relational concerns or issues are, I can help.
Do you feel like you're stuck in in any of your current relationships - spouse or partner, family, friends, or with work? Are you still seeking healthy relationships? Would you like to improve your relationship with yourself? Do you have sexual orientation or gender identity concerns, either for yourself or for someone you care about? Are you working to adjust to a significant change in your life - navigating a break-up, divorce, or move, grieving a loss, or becoming a parent? Do you strive to live authentically while struggling with the vulnerability needed to do so? Whatever your relational concerns or issues are, I can help.
(202) 670-4933 View (202) 670-4933
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Makira Holder
Counselor, MA, LGPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20006  (Online Only)
Hello! My Name is Makira. I am a therapist with Arelis Perez Psychotherapy Services. We are a multicultural and multi-lingual practice offering therapeutic services to children, teenager, and adults. Our clinicians are trained to utilize a variety of therapeutic modalities to support and empower a diverse population. At Arelis Perez Psychotherapy Services, our mission is to deliver exceptional, patient-centered care to individuals of all ages who are facing mental health challenges or experiencing stress. We approach our work with understanding, respect, and genuine care, aiming to provide the best possible support.
Hello! My Name is Makira. I am a therapist with Arelis Perez Psychotherapy Services. We are a multicultural and multi-lingual practice offering therapeutic services to children, teenager, and adults. Our clinicians are trained to utilize a variety of therapeutic modalities to support and empower a diverse population. At Arelis Perez Psychotherapy Services, our mission is to deliver exceptional, patient-centered care to individuals of all ages who are facing mental health challenges or experiencing stress. We approach our work with understanding, respect, and genuine care, aiming to provide the best possible support.
(202) 946-3741 View (202) 946-3741
Photo of Amy Feeser, LGSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Amy Feeser
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LGSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20009
Are you feeling overwhelmed by anxiety, stress, or money? Maybe you don't quite feel like yourself anymore, and you're not sure what to do. I'm here to support you in creating new coping skills and building the bridge to connect to yourself and your relationships fully again. I value leaning into our strengths and understanding how the systems we live in impact our daily lives. I utilize an eclectic mix of trauma informed approaches including CBT, mindfulness, interpersonal, and somatic tools. I especially welcome humor in our sessions as a tool to find relief in our daily struggles
Are you feeling overwhelmed by anxiety, stress, or money? Maybe you don't quite feel like yourself anymore, and you're not sure what to do. I'm here to support you in creating new coping skills and building the bridge to connect to yourself and your relationships fully again. I value leaning into our strengths and understanding how the systems we live in impact our daily lives. I utilize an eclectic mix of trauma informed approaches including CBT, mindfulness, interpersonal, and somatic tools. I especially welcome humor in our sessions as a tool to find relief in our daily struggles
(888) 594-2877 View (888) 594-2877
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Genevieve Loving
Counselor, MS, LGPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20009  (Online Only)
I'm skilled in helping clients who are dealing with but not limited to anxiety, depression, eating disorders, relationship issues, anger and stress management. My theorectical approaches help my clients acquire new, necessary skills and ways of learning how to be more self aware in order to promote self actualization to help change behaviors that cause problems in their daily lives. My therapeutic practices help my clients look at their own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I help my clients replace negative thoughts with more positive and realistic ones. Everyday is a second chance!
I'm skilled in helping clients who are dealing with but not limited to anxiety, depression, eating disorders, relationship issues, anger and stress management. My theorectical approaches help my clients acquire new, necessary skills and ways of learning how to be more self aware in order to promote self actualization to help change behaviors that cause problems in their daily lives. My therapeutic practices help my clients look at their own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I help my clients replace negative thoughts with more positive and realistic ones. Everyday is a second chance!
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Dr. Amber Samuels
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20005  (Online Only)
I believe that no matter where you’re starting from — transformation is possible. This means that, as your therapist, I recognize that you have unique strengths and needs, so I tailor my approach to your specific circumstances. Research indicates that therapy is most successful when it happens within the context of a strong therapeutic relationship. It’s important to me that I work to build an atmosphere that’s rooted in safety, openness, and mutual respect, in which you feel heard and understood. Within the safety of a therapeutic relationship, I will work with you to develop new ways to cope with life's challenges.
I believe that no matter where you’re starting from — transformation is possible. This means that, as your therapist, I recognize that you have unique strengths and needs, so I tailor my approach to your specific circumstances. Research indicates that therapy is most successful when it happens within the context of a strong therapeutic relationship. It’s important to me that I work to build an atmosphere that’s rooted in safety, openness, and mutual respect, in which you feel heard and understood. Within the safety of a therapeutic relationship, I will work with you to develop new ways to cope with life's challenges.
(202) 980-1178 View (202) 980-1178
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Zachary Rothwell
PMHNP
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20016
I work with adults struggling with relationship issues, addiction, depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Many of my clients are high performers who have become successful despite a difficult childhood. If you are curious how therapy can help you reduce your suffering, improve your relationships, and help you heal from past traumas, I encourage you to reach out for a free consultation. I use elements of EMDR therapy in my approach. I am kink allied and sex positive. I invite you to come as you are. I will respect, support, and encourage you during our time in therapy.
I work with adults struggling with relationship issues, addiction, depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Many of my clients are high performers who have become successful despite a difficult childhood. If you are curious how therapy can help you reduce your suffering, improve your relationships, and help you heal from past traumas, I encourage you to reach out for a free consultation. I use elements of EMDR therapy in my approach. I am kink allied and sex positive. I invite you to come as you are. I will respect, support, and encourage you during our time in therapy.
(202) 953-5174 View (202) 953-5174
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Monique A. Bhalla
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20036  (Online Only)
Reaching out and taking steps to improve your life takes real courage! As a social worker and therapist I see resilience and the capacity for change every day, and I am inspired to witness how renewal and strength can come out of pain, difficulty, and struggle.
Reaching out and taking steps to improve your life takes real courage! As a social worker and therapist I see resilience and the capacity for change every day, and I am inspired to witness how renewal and strength can come out of pain, difficulty, and struggle.
(202) 866-4402 View (202) 866-4402
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Judson Richardson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, CBIS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20009  (Online Only)
Are you anxious that you might not be able to handle this big life challenge with your physical & emotional wellbeing, authenticity & integrity, and values & serenity still intact? Are you hopeful that maybe, just maybe, you can come out on the other side of it with new growth & wisdom? Are you struggling to navigate life and find fulfillment, love, & belonging as someone who's “different”, even from some of the people & communities you love most? Are you feeling overwhelmed, disconnected, unseen, unheard, or unfulfilled in your relationships? Do you wrestle with inner whispers of shame, and wonder “Am I enough? Am I good enough?"
Are you anxious that you might not be able to handle this big life challenge with your physical & emotional wellbeing, authenticity & integrity, and values & serenity still intact? Are you hopeful that maybe, just maybe, you can come out on the other side of it with new growth & wisdom? Are you struggling to navigate life and find fulfillment, love, & belonging as someone who's “different”, even from some of the people & communities you love most? Are you feeling overwhelmed, disconnected, unseen, unheard, or unfulfilled in your relationships? Do you wrestle with inner whispers of shame, and wonder “Am I enough? Am I good enough?"
(202) 968-3279 View (202) 968-3279
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Number of Therapists in Washington, DC

3,000+

Average cost per session

$180

Therapists in Washington, DC who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
88% Depression
81% Relationship Issues
77% Self Esteem
68% Trauma and PTSD
68% Stress
65% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

63% BlueCross and BlueShield
57% CareFirst
53% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Washington, DC see their clients

55% In Person and Online
45% 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.