Therapists in District of Columbia

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Photo of Laura Lokker, Psychologist in District of Columbia
Laura Lokker
Psychologist, PsyD, JD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20036
Waitlist for new clients
At some point in our lives many of us will struggle with anxiety, depression, loss, relationship problems, career concerns or life transitions. If you are facing one or more of these challenges, I believe I can help. I am a licensed psychologist providing counseling and psychotherapy to adults in Washington DC. I have experience working with diverse clients on a wide range of issues. Depending on your needs and goals, I integrate various therapeutic approaches and treatment models, including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal and mindfulness.
At some point in our lives many of us will struggle with anxiety, depression, loss, relationship problems, career concerns or life transitions. If you are facing one or more of these challenges, I believe I can help. I am a licensed psychologist providing counseling and psychotherapy to adults in Washington DC. I have experience working with diverse clients on a wide range of issues. Depending on your needs and goals, I integrate various therapeutic approaches and treatment models, including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal and mindfulness.
(202) 760-2717 View (202) 760-2717
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Natalie Léger
Psychologist, PsyD, LP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20003  (Online Only)
As a performance and counseling psychologist, my passion is to help people reach their potential and make long-lasting change. I collaborate with my clients to work through life challenges and painful experiences in a way that allows them to let go of suffering and take control of their well-being. Worries about the future, your preformance, one's relationships, and busy work life can interfere with becoming the fullest version of oneself. In working with me, my clients can improve their capacity to experience the joys and healing that life has to offer while not feeling controlled by anxiety, depression, and relationship issues.
As a performance and counseling psychologist, my passion is to help people reach their potential and make long-lasting change. I collaborate with my clients to work through life challenges and painful experiences in a way that allows them to let go of suffering and take control of their well-being. Worries about the future, your preformance, one's relationships, and busy work life can interfere with becoming the fullest version of oneself. In working with me, my clients can improve their capacity to experience the joys and healing that life has to offer while not feeling controlled by anxiety, depression, and relationship issues.
(202) 800-9255 View (202) 800-9255
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Anna Colangelo
Psychologist, PhD, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036  (Online Only)
Seeking out therapy is the first step in your journey to healing and understanding. Through therapy, I will work with you to address present challenges, identify tools to navigate current and future difficult situations, and make changes to patterns of behavior or thoughts that are causing distress. Throughout our work, we will focus on broadening and deepening your awareness of yourself.   The foundation of successful therapeutic work is the therapist-client relationship. I understand the importance of this relationship, and I strive to establish a collaborative working connection filled with warmth and understanding.
Seeking out therapy is the first step in your journey to healing and understanding. Through therapy, I will work with you to address present challenges, identify tools to navigate current and future difficult situations, and make changes to patterns of behavior or thoughts that are causing distress. Throughout our work, we will focus on broadening and deepening your awareness of yourself.   The foundation of successful therapeutic work is the therapist-client relationship. I understand the importance of this relationship, and I strive to establish a collaborative working connection filled with warmth and understanding.
(844) 338-4927 View (844) 338-4927
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Luis C Marcano
Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20002  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
During these uncertain times, most people are reporting feeling anxious, helpless, and in need of connection. If you are struggling to manage any of these emotions or experiencing recurrent negative thoughts; there is hope. My goal is to provide a safe space for you to be able to express yourself in an authentic and truthful way. I've been providing counseling services for over 15 years in the DC Metro Area. Above all, I value our therapeutic relationship and your culture. I take time and care in getting to know what's important to you. I currently provide Telehealth counseling for the Virginia and Washington D.C. communities.
During these uncertain times, most people are reporting feeling anxious, helpless, and in need of connection. If you are struggling to manage any of these emotions or experiencing recurrent negative thoughts; there is hope. My goal is to provide a safe space for you to be able to express yourself in an authentic and truthful way. I've been providing counseling services for over 15 years in the DC Metro Area. Above all, I value our therapeutic relationship and your culture. I take time and care in getting to know what's important to you. I currently provide Telehealth counseling for the Virginia and Washington D.C. communities.
(202) 935-7064 View (202) 935-7064
Photo of Rashanta Aneisha Bledman, Psychologist in District of Columbia
Rashanta Aneisha Bledman
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036
We provide multicultural trauma-informed therapy to adults hoping to better understand themselves and their unique experiences. We use a collaborative approach to highlight strength and resilience while helping clients manage depression, anxiety, body image dissatisfaction, racial trauma, and interpersonal relationship difficulties. We specialize in women's issues, LGBTQIA+ concerns, racial/ethnic identity, religious/spirituality concerns, gender identity and experiences of people of color. Our practice reflects diversity and commitment to cultural humility and awareness. Associate info at drbledman.com. Fees vary.
We provide multicultural trauma-informed therapy to adults hoping to better understand themselves and their unique experiences. We use a collaborative approach to highlight strength and resilience while helping clients manage depression, anxiety, body image dissatisfaction, racial trauma, and interpersonal relationship difficulties. We specialize in women's issues, LGBTQIA+ concerns, racial/ethnic identity, religious/spirituality concerns, gender identity and experiences of people of color. Our practice reflects diversity and commitment to cultural humility and awareness. Associate info at drbledman.com. Fees vary.
(202) 335-5637 View (202) 335-5637
Photo of Matthew Vialva, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in District of Columbia
Matthew Vialva
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, EdD, LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20002  (Online Only)
MULTIVIOUS Behavioral and Leadership Group provides mental health services operating from a holistic, strengths-based approach supported by research and evidence-based practices. This approach to therapy does not focus on the negative problem areas but on the positive characteristics and strengths of clients to resolve and work through presenting areas of concern and troubling behaviors. MULTIVIOUS provides quality service ensuring confidentiality, privacy, and authenticity while treating clients with the utmost respect, dignity, and professionalism. We also provide executive coaching and consulting services.
MULTIVIOUS Behavioral and Leadership Group provides mental health services operating from a holistic, strengths-based approach supported by research and evidence-based practices. This approach to therapy does not focus on the negative problem areas but on the positive characteristics and strengths of clients to resolve and work through presenting areas of concern and troubling behaviors. MULTIVIOUS provides quality service ensuring confidentiality, privacy, and authenticity while treating clients with the utmost respect, dignity, and professionalism. We also provide executive coaching and consulting services.
(202) 410-8870 View (202) 410-8870
Photo of Nicole Brzozowski, Licensed Professional Counselor in District of Columbia
Nicole Brzozowski
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20005  (Online Only)
I support clients' healing goals through self-compassion and mindfulness skills. Through compassionate reflection on relationships with self, family, friends, and society, I work with clients to identify and heal patterns of painful self-talk; patterns that can make us feel stuck and overwhelmed. I specialize in anxiety, depression, and trauma and have served diverse clients of all races, genders, and sexual orientations. As a mixed race Korean-American who has worked domestically and abroad, I also welcome the opportunity to work with clients facing challenges related to culture, identity, and intergenerational issues.
I support clients' healing goals through self-compassion and mindfulness skills. Through compassionate reflection on relationships with self, family, friends, and society, I work with clients to identify and heal patterns of painful self-talk; patterns that can make us feel stuck and overwhelmed. I specialize in anxiety, depression, and trauma and have served diverse clients of all races, genders, and sexual orientations. As a mixed race Korean-American who has worked domestically and abroad, I also welcome the opportunity to work with clients facing challenges related to culture, identity, and intergenerational issues.
(844) 763-2011 View (844) 763-2011
Photo of Amy Fuhrmann, Psychologist in District of Columbia
Amy Fuhrmann
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
14 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036
Accepting clients. Sometimes we have trouble finding our way through life's challenges. I specialize in helping you navigate anxiety/stress, relationships, your relationship with yourself. I can help you to identify and lower your anxiety, address challenges in your relationships, and find lasting change. I work collaboratively with clients to achieve their goals through evidence-based treatments while using my experience and flexibility to tailor treatment to individual challenges and solutions. My clients tell me they appreciate my warmth, skill, insights and compassion as I help them address the unique challenges in their lives.
Accepting clients. Sometimes we have trouble finding our way through life's challenges. I specialize in helping you navigate anxiety/stress, relationships, your relationship with yourself. I can help you to identify and lower your anxiety, address challenges in your relationships, and find lasting change. I work collaboratively with clients to achieve their goals through evidence-based treatments while using my experience and flexibility to tailor treatment to individual challenges and solutions. My clients tell me they appreciate my warmth, skill, insights and compassion as I help them address the unique challenges in their lives.
(202) 217-1724 View (202) 217-1724
Photo of Caitlin Eshelman, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in District of Columbia
Caitlin Eshelman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20019  (Online Only)
I am licensed in District of Columbia with 14 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with relationship issues & trauma and abuse. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I specialize in working with ENM, polyamorous and LGBTQ+ couples and individuals. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.
I am licensed in District of Columbia with 14 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with relationship issues & trauma and abuse. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I specialize in working with ENM, polyamorous and LGBTQ+ couples and individuals. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.
(866) 805-8678 View (866) 805-8678
Photo of Emily Harter, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in District of Columbia
Emily Harter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20008
Together you and I will reflect honestly on the challenges you face and work collaboratively to navigate a meaningful path forward. I work with a range of individuals, some of whom are brand new to therapy and others very familiar with the process. Clients who are self-reflective and curious about themselves often are a good fit. Usually my clients are struggling with interpersonal relationships and/or disillusionment with their professional circumstances. Many of my clients are struggling with physical manifestations of stress as well. While I enjoy work with all gender identities, I am well-versed in men's mental health issues.
Together you and I will reflect honestly on the challenges you face and work collaboratively to navigate a meaningful path forward. I work with a range of individuals, some of whom are brand new to therapy and others very familiar with the process. Clients who are self-reflective and curious about themselves often are a good fit. Usually my clients are struggling with interpersonal relationships and/or disillusionment with their professional circumstances. Many of my clients are struggling with physical manifestations of stress as well. While I enjoy work with all gender identities, I am well-versed in men's mental health issues.
(202) 517-2465 View (202) 517-2465
Photo of Adult ADHD Center of Washington, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in District of Columbia
Adult ADHD Center of Washington
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20009
Identified as "Top Therapists" treating ADHD by "Washingtonian" magazine. Our focus and expertise is helping you recognize if you have adult ADHD and learn the most effective strategies for dealing with ADHD in your work, home, and in relationships. Our approach is positive and based on your unique set of strengths and talents. We are committed to helping you achieve personal goals that no longer need to be out of your reach.
Identified as "Top Therapists" treating ADHD by "Washingtonian" magazine. Our focus and expertise is helping you recognize if you have adult ADHD and learn the most effective strategies for dealing with ADHD in your work, home, and in relationships. Our approach is positive and based on your unique set of strengths and talents. We are committed to helping you achieve personal goals that no longer need to be out of your reach.
(202) 232-3766 View (202) 232-3766
Photo of Lisa S Oakley, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in District of Columbia
Lisa S Oakley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20015
I provide a positive and supportive approach to helping children, adolescents, adults and families who are navigating a variety of emotional or transitional challenges, including anxiety, mood disorders, school issues, family conflict and other sources of stress or disruption that may affect daily functioning or emotional well-being. I apply a person-centered and strength-based approach which involves respecting and encouraging a client's own goals and perspectives. I also work closely with parents to help identify practical and personalized strategies and interventions to address the many challenges that come with raising children and teenagers.
I provide a positive and supportive approach to helping children, adolescents, adults and families who are navigating a variety of emotional or transitional challenges, including anxiety, mood disorders, school issues, family conflict and other sources of stress or disruption that may affect daily functioning or emotional well-being. I apply a person-centered and strength-based approach which involves respecting and encouraging a client's own goals and perspectives. I also work closely with parents to help identify practical and personalized strategies and interventions to address the many challenges that come with raising children and teenagers.
(202) 759-3472 View (202) 759-3472
Photo of Melanie Dalton, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in District of Columbia
Melanie Dalton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20007  (Online Only)
Let me share a little bit about myself and my education, professional background, and experiences. I have Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Sociology, then obtained a Master's of Social Work. Once I graduated with my Masters, I started working in the area of adotption and attachment. Then, I worked with adolescents and families for 8 years, where many clients had histories of trauma an abuse. Following that work, I decided to entirely switch my focus and worked in health care for 8 years in a variety of roles. Once the pandemic hit, I decided to get back to my "roots" and start seeing clients for therapy services again and h
Let me share a little bit about myself and my education, professional background, and experiences. I have Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Sociology, then obtained a Master's of Social Work. Once I graduated with my Masters, I started working in the area of adotption and attachment. Then, I worked with adolescents and families for 8 years, where many clients had histories of trauma an abuse. Following that work, I decided to entirely switch my focus and worked in health care for 8 years in a variety of roles. Once the pandemic hit, I decided to get back to my "roots" and start seeing clients for therapy services again and h
(703) 552-5470 View (703) 552-5470
Photo of Victoria Steele - Wanderwell Therapy, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in District of Columbia
Victoria Steele - Wanderwell Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036  (Online Only)
Feeling lost or disconnected? Ready to explore, discover, or embrace your true self? My work is to guide and inspire; giving you the freedom to wander, appreciate the meaning you make from your adventures, and notice the patterns in your life from a place of curiosity and compassion. We examine your interactions with others, the experiences that have shaped you, and identify your unique strengths to help you achieve your goals. Together, we will foster healing from pain-whether that pain looks like depression, anxiety, trauma, sexual dysfunction, or dissatisfaction in your relationships.
Feeling lost or disconnected? Ready to explore, discover, or embrace your true self? My work is to guide and inspire; giving you the freedom to wander, appreciate the meaning you make from your adventures, and notice the patterns in your life from a place of curiosity and compassion. We examine your interactions with others, the experiences that have shaped you, and identify your unique strengths to help you achieve your goals. Together, we will foster healing from pain-whether that pain looks like depression, anxiety, trauma, sexual dysfunction, or dissatisfaction in your relationships.
(202) 517-2910 View (202) 517-2910
Photo of Sean Penny, Licensed Professional Counselor in District of Columbia
Sean Penny
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036
Do you feel anxious, sad, lonely, or isolated? Do you struggle with pain connected to racism, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or one of the many ways we can be made to feel less than or not ourselves? Whatever the reason, your decision to seek out therapy is courageous because it is filled with emotional risk. As we build a relationship together, your thoughts, feelings, experiences, fears, and fantasies will be heard and treated with respect, curiosity, and care. You’ll find a gentle, affirming, and nonjudgmental space where we can better understand what brought you here and how you might move forward.
Do you feel anxious, sad, lonely, or isolated? Do you struggle with pain connected to racism, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or one of the many ways we can be made to feel less than or not ourselves? Whatever the reason, your decision to seek out therapy is courageous because it is filled with emotional risk. As we build a relationship together, your thoughts, feelings, experiences, fears, and fantasies will be heard and treated with respect, curiosity, and care. You’ll find a gentle, affirming, and nonjudgmental space where we can better understand what brought you here and how you might move forward.
(202) 759-4803 View (202) 759-4803
Photo of Brian Heenan, MSW, LGSW @Our Collective, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in District of Columbia
Brian Heenan, MSW, LGSW @Our Collective
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LGSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20036
Are anxious thoughts causing your thoughts and feelings to spiral? Does the mention of conflict make your stomach churn? Are you just overall feeling stuck? These problems are complex and painful, affecting your emotions and your personal and professional life.
Are anxious thoughts causing your thoughts and feelings to spiral? Does the mention of conflict make your stomach churn? Are you just overall feeling stuck? These problems are complex and painful, affecting your emotions and your personal and professional life.
(202) 935-7907 View (202) 935-7907
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Jade Clinical Services
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20019  (Online Only)
At Jade Clinical Services we specialize in working with women of color who struggle with life transitions, anxiety, & trauma in the DMV area. We believe women need a supportive environment and it is our goal to support women’s ability to effectively manage stress independently. Our therapeutic approach is client-centered & integrates a variety of therapeutic models to best meet each client’s needs. I want to work with people who want to: improve their overall quality of life, learn to face and cope with stress & difficult emotions, & learn how to be more mindful of the world around themselves.
At Jade Clinical Services we specialize in working with women of color who struggle with life transitions, anxiety, & trauma in the DMV area. We believe women need a supportive environment and it is our goal to support women’s ability to effectively manage stress independently. Our therapeutic approach is client-centered & integrates a variety of therapeutic models to best meet each client’s needs. I want to work with people who want to: improve their overall quality of life, learn to face and cope with stress & difficult emotions, & learn how to be more mindful of the world around themselves.
(202) 360-4208 View (202) 360-4208
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Charles Martinez | Anxiety Depression Ptsd | Sgb | Ketamine Therapy
FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20005
I am a Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of experience as a family nurse practitioner and I and oversee Stella Center DC. We support clients experiencing anxiety, depression, PTSD, and TBI. We offer in-office medical treatments for mental health paired with trauma-informed integration therapy to bring dramatic healing in the window of transformation following treatment. Our protocols include medical and biopsychosocial assessments, ketamine infusions, the dual sympathetic reset (an advanced stellate ganglion block (SGB), integration therapy, and more.
I am a Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of experience as a family nurse practitioner and I and oversee Stella Center DC. We support clients experiencing anxiety, depression, PTSD, and TBI. We offer in-office medical treatments for mental health paired with trauma-informed integration therapy to bring dramatic healing in the window of transformation following treatment. Our protocols include medical and biopsychosocial assessments, ketamine infusions, the dual sympathetic reset (an advanced stellate ganglion block (SGB), integration therapy, and more.
(202) 933-9267 View (202) 933-9267
Photo of Mayra Figueroa-Clark, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in District of Columbia
Mayra Figueroa-Clark
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, CCTP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20010  (Online Only)
Are you so exhausted? Feel emotionally drain? Numb? Depression? Anxious? Insomnia? Lost your YOU, in this process of HELPING others? Everyone gets the best of you but; YOU? Are you simply tired, only to get up and show up for others the next day, with a coke and smile? Yes? You don't have to do "this" alone! I am here! Schedule an appointment today, I look forward to meeting you. I specialized in working creating a holding space for us, helpers/healers/givers. I use Somatic practices, Mindfulness, CBT, Meditations and EMDR as tools to move away from these symptoms and begin the HEALING process. See you soon!
Are you so exhausted? Feel emotionally drain? Numb? Depression? Anxious? Insomnia? Lost your YOU, in this process of HELPING others? Everyone gets the best of you but; YOU? Are you simply tired, only to get up and show up for others the next day, with a coke and smile? Yes? You don't have to do "this" alone! I am here! Schedule an appointment today, I look forward to meeting you. I specialized in working creating a holding space for us, helpers/healers/givers. I use Somatic practices, Mindfulness, CBT, Meditations and EMDR as tools to move away from these symptoms and begin the HEALING process. See you soon!
(202) 953-2511 View (202) 953-2511
Photo of Suzanne A. Black, Psychologist in District of Columbia
Suzanne A. Black
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20009
Clinical Psychologist licensed in CA, NY, Washington, DC, over 25 years experience nationally/internationally. Eclectic approach tailored to the individual. Various modalities, solution-focused. Conduct online therapy. Training: Medical Ctr: Neuropsychology; UCLA postdoctoral fellowship: Emergency Room Psychiatry. Fmr Asst Clinical Professor of Psychiatry UCSF. Work w large range of cultures internationally, with embassies, international treaty organisations, university abroad programs, terrorist attack victims, PTSD, bipolar, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, medical challenges, couples, group therapies, adults, adolescents.
Clinical Psychologist licensed in CA, NY, Washington, DC, over 25 years experience nationally/internationally. Eclectic approach tailored to the individual. Various modalities, solution-focused. Conduct online therapy. Training: Medical Ctr: Neuropsychology; UCLA postdoctoral fellowship: Emergency Room Psychiatry. Fmr Asst Clinical Professor of Psychiatry UCSF. Work w large range of cultures internationally, with embassies, international treaty organisations, university abroad programs, terrorist attack victims, PTSD, bipolar, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, medical challenges, couples, group therapies, adults, adolescents.
(347) 754-3945 View (347) 754-3945

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How does your Therapist compare?

Average cost per session

$180

Therapists in District of Columbia who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
89% 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
54% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in District of Columbia see their clients

55% In Person and Online
45% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
19% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in District of Columbia?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What type of therapy is right for me?

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

How much does therapy cost?

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

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

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

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

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

Is online therapy a good option?

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

Are therapy sessions confidential?

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