Therapists in Pinellas County, FL

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Photo of Lori Georgiou, Marriage & Family Therapist in Pinellas County, FL
Lori Georgiou
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Safety Harbor, FL 34695
There is no greater gift you can give to yourself than finding someone qualified to help you during this time of your life. If you are struggling with feelings of anxiety, self-worth, depression, overwhelmed by circumstances, relationship challenges, loneliness, or troubled by past events, just know that you don’t have to manage this alone and there are therapeutic models that are very effective. I am certified and trained in a number of proven modalities.
There is no greater gift you can give to yourself than finding someone qualified to help you during this time of your life. If you are struggling with feelings of anxiety, self-worth, depression, overwhelmed by circumstances, relationship challenges, loneliness, or troubled by past events, just know that you don’t have to manage this alone and there are therapeutic models that are very effective. I am certified and trained in a number of proven modalities.
(727) 304-1148 View (727) 304-1148
Photo of Natasha Schwinn, Counselor in Pinellas County, FL
Natasha Schwinn
Counselor, LPC, MHSP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, or other challenges in your daily life? As a counselor, I can help you identify your goals, develop coping skills, and navigate difficult situations in a supportive and non-judgmental environment.
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, or other challenges in your daily life? As a counselor, I can help you identify your goals, develop coping skills, and navigate difficult situations in a supportive and non-judgmental environment.
(727) 435-1877 View (727) 435-1877
Photo of Maria M Erickson, Counselor in Pinellas County, FL
Maria M Erickson
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Seminole, FL 33772
There are times in our lives when we find ourselves "stuck" and/or feeling like we are wading through quicksand to move forward. Our situations appear hopeless and sometimes overwhelming. They can be due to difficulties beyond our control, unresolved issues from our past that have resurfaced, or the consequence of wrong choices. We seek alternative methods for looking at ourselves, managing our situations, as well as the outside influences in our lives, but we don't know how to access them. We need someone to help us discover who we have become and how to move forward in a healthy manner mentally, spiritually, and physically.
There are times in our lives when we find ourselves "stuck" and/or feeling like we are wading through quicksand to move forward. Our situations appear hopeless and sometimes overwhelming. They can be due to difficulties beyond our control, unresolved issues from our past that have resurfaced, or the consequence of wrong choices. We seek alternative methods for looking at ourselves, managing our situations, as well as the outside influences in our lives, but we don't know how to access them. We need someone to help us discover who we have become and how to move forward in a healthy manner mentally, spiritually, and physically.
(727) 947-1483 View (727) 947-1483
Photo of Integrative Counsel, Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern in Pinellas County, FL
Integrative Counsel
Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern, RCSWI
Verified Verified
I remember going through the motions of living life how I thought others wanted me to live. I was always putting others first and myself second, and although I gained joy from some of these experiences, knowing that I was not true to myself and who I wanted to be made me feel lazy and unfulfilled. While I was working on my Masters, the teachings of martial arts and eastern philosophy coincided with my academic lessons in a way that gave me perspective on how I could better myself, my mood, and the lives of others. I have felt a great improvement on my outlook and my ability to assist others in battling their own crossroads.
I remember going through the motions of living life how I thought others wanted me to live. I was always putting others first and myself second, and although I gained joy from some of these experiences, knowing that I was not true to myself and who I wanted to be made me feel lazy and unfulfilled. While I was working on my Masters, the teachings of martial arts and eastern philosophy coincided with my academic lessons in a way that gave me perspective on how I could better myself, my mood, and the lives of others. I have felt a great improvement on my outlook and my ability to assist others in battling their own crossroads.
(727) 485-9402 View (727) 485-9402
Photo of Tasheika A Rivera, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Pinellas County, FL
Tasheika A Rivera
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified Verified
Largo, FL 33770
A compassionate, genuine therapist, who believes to live a full life one must be balanced physically, mentally, and emotionally. Since we are mind, body, and soul, being unbalanced in any area may cause a barrage of emotions. Are you confused? Overwhelmed? or Anxious? Do you feel responsible for everyone else's happiness? Perhaps you’re simply ready for change. My goal is to help my clients navigate through anxiety, depression, trauma, or life transitions. I also specialize in helping individuals find their passion and feel more purposeful.
A compassionate, genuine therapist, who believes to live a full life one must be balanced physically, mentally, and emotionally. Since we are mind, body, and soul, being unbalanced in any area may cause a barrage of emotions. Are you confused? Overwhelmed? or Anxious? Do you feel responsible for everyone else's happiness? Perhaps you’re simply ready for change. My goal is to help my clients navigate through anxiety, depression, trauma, or life transitions. I also specialize in helping individuals find their passion and feel more purposeful.
(727) 205-8037 View (727) 205-8037
Photo of Meredith Mechanik - Accepting New Clients!, Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern in Pinellas County, FL
Meredith Mechanik - Accepting New Clients!
Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern, MSW, MEd, RCSWI
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
As a social worker and native Floridian, I am passionate about support and advocacy for individuals in our community. My therapeutic approach is strengths-based and compassionate; I trust my clients as the experts on their own lives, and I strive to support their growth by building on their strengths.
As a social worker and native Floridian, I am passionate about support and advocacy for individuals in our community. My therapeutic approach is strengths-based and compassionate; I trust my clients as the experts on their own lives, and I strive to support their growth by building on their strengths.
(727) 594-9862 View (727) 594-9862
Photo of Amy M Enkling, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Pinellas County, FL
Amy M Enkling
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, MA, LMHC, BSP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Now accepting new clients. You're here because you've been through a lot. Your life and your relationships are being affected. Your feelings of anxiety, depression, or low self-esteem have left you exhausted, and it's been difficult to figure out how to move forward most days. Maybe you've tried therapy in the past, and you don't feel like you've been able to heal, so you still find yourself feeling stuck in the same emotions. You need an expert to work through your pains, from the inside out, to live the life you were meant for. Your life can change. I would love to help.
Now accepting new clients. You're here because you've been through a lot. Your life and your relationships are being affected. Your feelings of anxiety, depression, or low self-esteem have left you exhausted, and it's been difficult to figure out how to move forward most days. Maybe you've tried therapy in the past, and you don't feel like you've been able to heal, so you still find yourself feeling stuck in the same emotions. You need an expert to work through your pains, from the inside out, to live the life you were meant for. Your life can change. I would love to help.
(727) 308-6721 View (727) 308-6721
Photo of Sarah Grace Nadler, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Pinellas County, FL
Sarah Grace Nadler
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, MEd, EdS, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
You want to thrive, not just survive, while navigating challenges related to relationships, mood disorders, stress, and/or anxiety! I get it. I specialize in working with mostly women ages 18-45 who seek the full, authentic life that results from upgraded coping skills and a strong sense of self. I provide a balance of warm acceptance and also guidance in skill-building related to: insight development, mindfulness, communication, self-compassion, empathy, and stress management. My approach is educational, empowering, and very laid-back made easier by the regular presence of my therapy dog in-training: Orlo.
You want to thrive, not just survive, while navigating challenges related to relationships, mood disorders, stress, and/or anxiety! I get it. I specialize in working with mostly women ages 18-45 who seek the full, authentic life that results from upgraded coping skills and a strong sense of self. I provide a balance of warm acceptance and also guidance in skill-building related to: insight development, mindfulness, communication, self-compassion, empathy, and stress management. My approach is educational, empowering, and very laid-back made easier by the regular presence of my therapy dog in-training: Orlo.
(727) 379-8020 View (727) 379-8020
Photo of Noelle Walters, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Pinellas County, FL
Noelle Walters
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Petersburg, FL 33701  (Online Only)
Warmth, collaboration, and a focused, interactive style are among the most important qualities to look for in a psychotherapist, and these are what I strive to offer. Providing counseling since 1986, I believe that thoroughness, expertise, and clinical competence go together with kindness, respect and approachability. Over the years I have gained diverse experience working with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, couples and family issues, life transitions, stress management, women's issues, parenting and many more areas. Change for the better is possible, even in the most trying of circumstances. I work toward achieving this with every client I see.
Warmth, collaboration, and a focused, interactive style are among the most important qualities to look for in a psychotherapist, and these are what I strive to offer. Providing counseling since 1986, I believe that thoroughness, expertise, and clinical competence go together with kindness, respect and approachability. Over the years I have gained diverse experience working with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, couples and family issues, life transitions, stress management, women's issues, parenting and many more areas. Change for the better is possible, even in the most trying of circumstances. I work toward achieving this with every client I see.
(727) 498-5097 View (727) 498-5097
Photo of Montrella Cowan, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Pinellas County, FL
Montrella Cowan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Petersburg, FL 33702  (Online Only)
Are you ready to ditch the anxiety, overwhelm and worry you feel about the year ahead? Are you ready for more thoughtful, more loving relationships? Are you ready to earn money doing the kind of work that you love? Are you ready to embrace faith and spirituality? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then now is the time to get the support you need to heal and move on. If you’re ready to have a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life, click the link below to schedule your complimentary consultation.
Are you ready to ditch the anxiety, overwhelm and worry you feel about the year ahead? Are you ready for more thoughtful, more loving relationships? Are you ready to earn money doing the kind of work that you love? Are you ready to embrace faith and spirituality? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then now is the time to get the support you need to heal and move on. If you’re ready to have a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life, click the link below to schedule your complimentary consultation.
(727) 594-8004 View (727) 594-8004
Photo of Melissa C Smetzer, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Pinellas County, FL
Melissa C Smetzer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Safety Harbor, FL 34695
Are you feeling overwhelmed and like you are all alone? Are you worried that you will never experience happiness, joy, or peace again? Maybe you feel like you are just barely surviving, and you do not want to feel like you need to fight to accomplish daily tasks. There is good news, you do not have to face life’s problems alone. We can work together to help you get from surviving in life to thriving. It shows great strength and courage to reach out for help and start on your therapy journey.
Are you feeling overwhelmed and like you are all alone? Are you worried that you will never experience happiness, joy, or peace again? Maybe you feel like you are just barely surviving, and you do not want to feel like you need to fight to accomplish daily tasks. There is good news, you do not have to face life’s problems alone. We can work together to help you get from surviving in life to thriving. It shows great strength and courage to reach out for help and start on your therapy journey.
(727) 756-8146 View (727) 756-8146
Photo of Kalah Barlow, Pre-Licensed Professional in Pinellas County, FL
Kalah Barlow
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
Kalah's approach to therapy is grounded in empathy, respect, and a deep understanding of the complexities that individuals and families face in today’s world. She holds a bachelor’s degree in human services from Southern New Hampshire University, and a Masters of Social Work from the University of South Florida. Kalah is Trauma informed and ACT (adoption competency training) certified and has experience in working with individuals and families that have been exposed to trauma.
Kalah's approach to therapy is grounded in empathy, respect, and a deep understanding of the complexities that individuals and families face in today’s world. She holds a bachelor’s degree in human services from Southern New Hampshire University, and a Masters of Social Work from the University of South Florida. Kalah is Trauma informed and ACT (adoption competency training) certified and has experience in working with individuals and families that have been exposed to trauma.
(727) 605-5476 View (727) 605-5476
Photo of Beth Thomas in Pinellas County, FL
Beth Thomas
LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Palm Harbor, FL 34685
Waitlist for new clients
I have more than 20 years experience working as a counselor in Pasco County schools helping youth, adults, and families who have been affected by some very real issues including substance abuse, physical/emotional/sexual abuse, trauma, body dysmorphia, anxiety, depression, and a host of other issues.
I have more than 20 years experience working as a counselor in Pasco County schools helping youth, adults, and families who have been affected by some very real issues including substance abuse, physical/emotional/sexual abuse, trauma, body dysmorphia, anxiety, depression, and a host of other issues.
(727) 594-7410 View (727) 594-7410
Photo of Mind Mechanic Rapid Resolution Therapy, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Pinellas County, FL
Mind Mechanic Rapid Resolution Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Petersburg, FL 33702  (Online Only)
If you could let go of anything, what would it be? I provide short-term, intensive therapy that resolves the cause of your issue. I am a practitioner of Mimetic Therapies. This means I facilitate profound and transformational experiences in the resolution of Trauma/PTSD and Grief/Loss, as well as panic, depression, phobia, and pain for anyone- regardless of background- interested in feeling better. My ideal client is done talking about it, done doing workbooks, done understanding the cause. I connect deeply and directly with the parts of you that have been trying so hard to protect and heal your self and cause them to collaborate.
If you could let go of anything, what would it be? I provide short-term, intensive therapy that resolves the cause of your issue. I am a practitioner of Mimetic Therapies. This means I facilitate profound and transformational experiences in the resolution of Trauma/PTSD and Grief/Loss, as well as panic, depression, phobia, and pain for anyone- regardless of background- interested in feeling better. My ideal client is done talking about it, done doing workbooks, done understanding the cause. I connect deeply and directly with the parts of you that have been trying so hard to protect and heal your self and cause them to collaborate.
(727) 295-4919 View (727) 295-4919
Photo of Dolores T Puterbaugh, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Pinellas County, FL
Dolores T Puterbaugh
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, PhD, LMHC, LMFT, BCC
Verified Verified
Safety Harbor, FL 34695
Perhaps you want to make changes, but feel stuck or overwhelmed. You may feel burned out, stressed, restless and anxious. Short term, strength-based counseling will help you rediscover your strengths, tap into your natural resiliency, and build the healing and growth you want in your life and relationships. I bring 25+ years of experience with individuals, couples and families, and focus on collaboratively building creative solutions with clients. Call or email today.
Perhaps you want to make changes, but feel stuck or overwhelmed. You may feel burned out, stressed, restless and anxious. Short term, strength-based counseling will help you rediscover your strengths, tap into your natural resiliency, and build the healing and growth you want in your life and relationships. I bring 25+ years of experience with individuals, couples and families, and focus on collaboratively building creative solutions with clients. Call or email today.
(727) 233-5527 View (727) 233-5527
Photo of Sierra Rozmenoski, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Pinellas County, FL
Sierra Rozmenoski
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Saint Petersburg, FL 33702  (Online Only)
If you are in the beginning stages of reaching out for support or are ready to make changes in your life, my emphasis is always on meeting you where you exactly where are. I have experience working with those who have concerns with depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma, those who struggle with impulsive behaviors and I love working with those with concerns about relationships and attachment. My priority is to focus on your needs and ensuring that you see our sessions as helpful and bring hope. It’s important that you feel heard and understood. Our relationship is the foundation for your healing and I take that very seriously.
If you are in the beginning stages of reaching out for support or are ready to make changes in your life, my emphasis is always on meeting you where you exactly where are. I have experience working with those who have concerns with depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma, those who struggle with impulsive behaviors and I love working with those with concerns about relationships and attachment. My priority is to focus on your needs and ensuring that you see our sessions as helpful and bring hope. It’s important that you feel heard and understood. Our relationship is the foundation for your healing and I take that very seriously.
(727) 273-7067 View (727) 273-7067
Photo of Dr. Katherine Isaza, Psychologist in Pinellas County, FL
Dr. Katherine Isaza
Psychologist, PsyD, PsyM, MA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Dunedin, FL 34698  (Online Only)
I work exclusively with adults who live in FL and are looking for individual psychotherapy via telehealth. My clients tend to be professionals, entrepreneurs and young adults who are interested in finding work-life (or school-life) balance, having more meaningful interactions and fulfilling relationships with others, and adjusting to ongoing changes and/or life events (e.g., unexpected losses, cohabitation, marriage, death of a loved one, becoming a parent, among others). I also work with clients experiencing distress in one or more of their interpersonal relationships who want a safe space to explore feelings & think about options.
I work exclusively with adults who live in FL and are looking for individual psychotherapy via telehealth. My clients tend to be professionals, entrepreneurs and young adults who are interested in finding work-life (or school-life) balance, having more meaningful interactions and fulfilling relationships with others, and adjusting to ongoing changes and/or life events (e.g., unexpected losses, cohabitation, marriage, death of a loved one, becoming a parent, among others). I also work with clients experiencing distress in one or more of their interpersonal relationships who want a safe space to explore feelings & think about options.
(727) 998-1807 View (727) 998-1807
Photo of Suzan Alexander, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Pinellas County, FL
Suzan Alexander
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Clearwater, FL 33763
As your therapist we are a team that together find ways to take action towards living the life you want. For forty years I have been working with adolescents and adults. I treat a wide variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, mood disorders, stress, relationship concerns, and caretaking issues. I specialize in the treatment of Eating Disorders with both male and female adolescents and adults. My integrative therapy approach spans psychodynamic, CBT, ACT, psychodrama, and mindfulness based treatment. Together we will create a path that will allow you to move forward towards your values and goals.
As your therapist we are a team that together find ways to take action towards living the life you want. For forty years I have been working with adolescents and adults. I treat a wide variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, mood disorders, stress, relationship concerns, and caretaking issues. I specialize in the treatment of Eating Disorders with both male and female adolescents and adults. My integrative therapy approach spans psychodynamic, CBT, ACT, psychodrama, and mindfulness based treatment. Together we will create a path that will allow you to move forward towards your values and goals.
(727) 346-6153 View (727) 346-6153
Photo of Cora Burke, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Pinellas County, FL
Cora Burke
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC, LCPC, MCAP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Petersburg, FL 33702  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Are you feeling lost? That no one understands? Are you exhausted from constantly masking and are feeling burnt out? As an unapologetically unashamed fat, queer, geeky, AuDHD, and chronically ill therapist, I firmly believe in creating a safe, inclusive, and respectful space, where no subject is taboo. I work well with folx who are seeking a provider familiar with and understands neurodiversity (ADHD and Autism), LGBTQIA2S+, polyamory, kink, sex work, fat body liberation, and chronic illness/disability.
Are you feeling lost? That no one understands? Are you exhausted from constantly masking and are feeling burnt out? As an unapologetically unashamed fat, queer, geeky, AuDHD, and chronically ill therapist, I firmly believe in creating a safe, inclusive, and respectful space, where no subject is taboo. I work well with folx who are seeking a provider familiar with and understands neurodiversity (ADHD and Autism), LGBTQIA2S+, polyamory, kink, sex work, fat body liberation, and chronic illness/disability.
(207) 492-4946 View (207) 492-4946
Photo of Mary E George, Counselor in Pinellas County, FL
Mary E George
Counselor, LMHC, CCH
Verified Verified
Not accepting new clients
Are you suffering from trauma or PTSD? That is my main focus is treatment. It can be successfully treated with a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I have had a lot of success with this treatment combination. I also treat substance abuse since the underlying cause is usually trauma. I treat all sexes, ages 18 and up. I treat all races. English only. I am a veteran. Note: Teletherapy for Florida residents only. I use Zoom. I also see clients in office. My license is for Florida only. The first session is a free assessment and intro to my methods of treatment.
Are you suffering from trauma or PTSD? That is my main focus is treatment. It can be successfully treated with a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I have had a lot of success with this treatment combination. I also treat substance abuse since the underlying cause is usually trauma. I treat all sexes, ages 18 and up. I treat all races. English only. I am a veteran. Note: Teletherapy for Florida residents only. I use Zoom. I also see clients in office. My license is for Florida only. The first session is a free assessment and intro to my methods of treatment.
(727) 240-2323 View (727) 240-2323

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Number of Therapists in Pinellas County, FL

1,000+

Average cost per session

$146

Therapists in Pinellas County, FL who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
86% Depression
78% Self Esteem
75% Relationship Issues
73% Coping Skills
72% Stress
70% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

80% Aetna
76% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
72% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Pinellas County, FL see their clients

58% In Person and Online
42% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
15% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Pinellas County?

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.