Therapists in Tampa Heights, Tampa, FL

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Dr. Le' Isaac J. Gardner Msc.D.
PhD, CTHT, ORDM
Verified Verified
Tampa Heights, Tampa, FL 33602
As a client of mine, you will reclaim your life by focusing on pulling your issues from the root so that they never occur again. I will walk you back to wholeness and health, leaving things such as the symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, depression, motivation, and family and relationship issues in the past. I also use the wonderful powers of your mind, body, and spirit to enhance your memory, sports performance, optimism, spirituality, ability to focus and more.
As a client of mine, you will reclaim your life by focusing on pulling your issues from the root so that they never occur again. I will walk you back to wholeness and health, leaving things such as the symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, depression, motivation, and family and relationship issues in the past. I also use the wonderful powers of your mind, body, and spirit to enhance your memory, sports performance, optimism, spirituality, ability to focus and more.
(813) 544-6494 View (813) 544-6494
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Gloria Milan
Pre-Licensed Professional, MCSW
Verified Verified
Tampa Heights, Tampa, FL 33610  (Online Only)
As a cultural competent bilingual, mental health therapist, I aim to create a safe, non-judgmental space where clients can explore their emotions and experiences. With a foundation in cognitive-behavioral and person-centered approaches, I prioritize tailoring therapy to each individual's unique needs. Through active listening, empathy, and evidence-based interventions I am committed to fostering a therapeutic alliance built on trust, compassion, and mutual respect, empowering clients on their journey toward healing and personal growth.
As a cultural competent bilingual, mental health therapist, I aim to create a safe, non-judgmental space where clients can explore their emotions and experiences. With a foundation in cognitive-behavioral and person-centered approaches, I prioritize tailoring therapy to each individual's unique needs. Through active listening, empathy, and evidence-based interventions I am committed to fostering a therapeutic alliance built on trust, compassion, and mutual respect, empowering clients on their journey toward healing and personal growth.
(813) 819-3729 View (813) 819-3729
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Julia Papesch
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tampa Heights, Tampa, FL 33602
Hi! I'm Julia and I'm a licensed therapist in the state of Florida. I really enjoy working with kids 9 and up, teens, and adults who suffer from feeling disconnected from themselves due to anxiety, depression, grief, relationship issues, addiction, or poor self esteem. I also enjoy working with those in the LGBTQ+ community or those who experience self harm or suicidal thoughts. Through my calm, warm and compassionate demeanor, I help guide clients to return home to themselves and find a place of calm despite the noise in their heads or bodies.
Hi! I'm Julia and I'm a licensed therapist in the state of Florida. I really enjoy working with kids 9 and up, teens, and adults who suffer from feeling disconnected from themselves due to anxiety, depression, grief, relationship issues, addiction, or poor self esteem. I also enjoy working with those in the LGBTQ+ community or those who experience self harm or suicidal thoughts. Through my calm, warm and compassionate demeanor, I help guide clients to return home to themselves and find a place of calm despite the noise in their heads or bodies.
(813) 690-0113 View (813) 690-0113
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Anne Marie Collier
Counselor, LMHC, CHT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tampa Heights, Tampa, FL 33602
It is time to stop avoiding painful and traumatic memories and to start living your life again. I strive to help my clients feel calm and secure within themselves and the world around them. As a licensed mental health counselor, my passion is helping people overcome challenges, make changes to become healthier and happier, and live their best lives. My goal is to help you prioritize your well-being and celebrate all aspects of your authentic self.
It is time to stop avoiding painful and traumatic memories and to start living your life again. I strive to help my clients feel calm and secure within themselves and the world around them. As a licensed mental health counselor, my passion is helping people overcome challenges, make changes to become healthier and happier, and live their best lives. My goal is to help you prioritize your well-being and celebrate all aspects of your authentic self.
(813) 536-5855 View (813) 536-5855
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Cultivated Counseling and Coaching, LLC
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Tampa Heights, Tampa, FL 33602  (Online Only)
Are you feeling overwhelmed or stressed? Are you having difficulties in relationships? Sometimes life gets hard. Seeking therapy is an important first step on the path to wellness. I am here to help you achieve wellness and accomplish your goals. I am committed to creating a comfortable and welcoming environment with you to be able to address your specific needs.
Are you feeling overwhelmed or stressed? Are you having difficulties in relationships? Sometimes life gets hard. Seeking therapy is an important first step on the path to wellness. I am here to help you achieve wellness and accomplish your goals. I am committed to creating a comfortable and welcoming environment with you to be able to address your specific needs.
(813) 670-7244 View (813) 670-7244
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Kieara Pittman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tampa Heights, Tampa, FL 33602
Waitlist for new clients
NOT accepting new clients! Hey y'all! My name is Kieara Pittman and I am the owner of Sistahood & Wellness in Tampa, FL. Sistahood & Wellness is an empowering and culturally sensitive practice and I pride myself on being an inclusive therapist who proudly represents women of color. You are not perfect, and that is ok! In my practice, I love to highlight balance between healing and reality. Healing is not linear but, it is measurable by how you show up for yourself, how you feel, what you think, and what you choose to do. My ideal client is someone who is WILLING to do the work!
NOT accepting new clients! Hey y'all! My name is Kieara Pittman and I am the owner of Sistahood & Wellness in Tampa, FL. Sistahood & Wellness is an empowering and culturally sensitive practice and I pride myself on being an inclusive therapist who proudly represents women of color. You are not perfect, and that is ok! In my practice, I love to highlight balance between healing and reality. Healing is not linear but, it is measurable by how you show up for yourself, how you feel, what you think, and what you choose to do. My ideal client is someone who is WILLING to do the work!
(813) 607-2325 View (813) 607-2325
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Nicole Hunt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CAP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tampa Heights, Tampa, FL 33602
Does stress, worry, anxiety, or sadness get in the way of your day-to-day activities? Does it feel like no matter what you do, you are always carrying that weight on your shoulders? Perhaps there are specific things you are experiencing that are getting in the way of true inner happiness, which may include problems within a relationship, career dissatisfaction, or unresolved problems from your past.
Does stress, worry, anxiety, or sadness get in the way of your day-to-day activities? Does it feel like no matter what you do, you are always carrying that weight on your shoulders? Perhaps there are specific things you are experiencing that are getting in the way of true inner happiness, which may include problems within a relationship, career dissatisfaction, or unresolved problems from your past.
(813) 497-2604 View (813) 497-2604
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T Denise Echols
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Tampa Heights, Tampa, FL 33613  (Online Only)
Welcome to a new start. Have your relationships left you feeling anxious, depressed, frustrated, overwhelmed, disconnected, unseen, unheard, guilty, alone? Is your relationship falling apart & you don't know how to repair it? Growth, change & more happiness are a possibility. All it takes is learning new skills. I provide a safe, non-judgmental, culturally sensitive atmosphere that will allow you to express yourself & uncover the negative thoughts & behaviors that are interfering with the realization of your hopes & dreams. Send me an email or call and take the first step towards your new life.
Welcome to a new start. Have your relationships left you feeling anxious, depressed, frustrated, overwhelmed, disconnected, unseen, unheard, guilty, alone? Is your relationship falling apart & you don't know how to repair it? Growth, change & more happiness are a possibility. All it takes is learning new skills. I provide a safe, non-judgmental, culturally sensitive atmosphere that will allow you to express yourself & uncover the negative thoughts & behaviors that are interfering with the realization of your hopes & dreams. Send me an email or call and take the first step towards your new life.
(813) 851-2661 View (813) 851-2661
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Sushama Kirtikar
MA, LMHC, CMC, ACC
Verified Verified
Tampa Heights, Tampa, FL 33602
Welcome! You are here because you are ready for change, standing on a spectrum of mild curiosity, keen interest to sheer determination. Coaching provides a space for you to engage in a thought provoking and creative process to maximize your personal and professional potential. I work with clients from different walks of life with a focus on mental health professionals to recalibrate, women leaders to navigate challenges, cancer survivors to build resilience. You want to overcome barriers, leverage strengths, heighten well-being, improve performance and move towards sustainable transformation. The bottom line is your happiness!
Welcome! You are here because you are ready for change, standing on a spectrum of mild curiosity, keen interest to sheer determination. Coaching provides a space for you to engage in a thought provoking and creative process to maximize your personal and professional potential. I work with clients from different walks of life with a focus on mental health professionals to recalibrate, women leaders to navigate challenges, cancer survivors to build resilience. You want to overcome barriers, leverage strengths, heighten well-being, improve performance and move towards sustainable transformation. The bottom line is your happiness!
(813) 708-1615 View (813) 708-1615
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Amy Parks-Urrutia
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tampa Heights, Tampa, FL 33602
It is my experience that an empathic approach that is strength-based and grounded in science provides the most optimal therapeutic outcomes. While the foundations of my therapeutic approach are behavioral and cognitive- behavioral, I view compassion as an integral component to the way in which I practice. I believe that growth and change are fostered in environments in which individuals are seen and heard and differences are honored. It is therefore my primary mission to provide a safe and supportive environment for each individual and family member that I work with.
It is my experience that an empathic approach that is strength-based and grounded in science provides the most optimal therapeutic outcomes. While the foundations of my therapeutic approach are behavioral and cognitive- behavioral, I view compassion as an integral component to the way in which I practice. I believe that growth and change are fostered in environments in which individuals are seen and heard and differences are honored. It is therefore my primary mission to provide a safe and supportive environment for each individual and family member that I work with.
(727) 231-5759 View (727) 231-5759
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Heather R. Harding
Counselor, MSEdS, LMHC, LLC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Tampa Heights, Tampa, FL 33602
Are you struggling with the daily tasks of work, marriage, and/or parenting? Do you get frustrated easily with your kids or partner and worry if you are making the right choices? Do you feel that everyday is a fight with your adolescent and you have been told you don't understand them? Ever wonder how you are going to manage without losing yourself or your mind? Do you wake up sometimes and are unhappy with your life and/or your marriage? If "yes" to any or all of these questions, I am the right person to help you.
Are you struggling with the daily tasks of work, marriage, and/or parenting? Do you get frustrated easily with your kids or partner and worry if you are making the right choices? Do you feel that everyday is a fight with your adolescent and you have been told you don't understand them? Ever wonder how you are going to manage without losing yourself or your mind? Do you wake up sometimes and are unhappy with your life and/or your marriage? If "yes" to any or all of these questions, I am the right person to help you.
(813) 358-2048 View (813) 358-2048
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Marie L. Fahringer, MA, LMHC
Counselor, MA, LMHC, NCC, CCMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tampa Heights, Tampa, FL 33602
Hello. I can help you to move towards a richer, more rewarding life ...are you struggling with a particular issue, or just can't shake the feeling that there should be more to life? There is help right here. I provide a nonjudgemental caring environment in which you can identify and explore those issues that may be getting in the way of a more rewarding home life, career, or a more fulfilling relationship. Specializing in Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Mood Disorders, Parenting issues, Relationship Issues, Military Lifestyle, Gerontology, Pet Loss, Crisis Intervention, Cancer, Grief and Loss.
Hello. I can help you to move towards a richer, more rewarding life ...are you struggling with a particular issue, or just can't shake the feeling that there should be more to life? There is help right here. I provide a nonjudgemental caring environment in which you can identify and explore those issues that may be getting in the way of a more rewarding home life, career, or a more fulfilling relationship. Specializing in Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Mood Disorders, Parenting issues, Relationship Issues, Military Lifestyle, Gerontology, Pet Loss, Crisis Intervention, Cancer, Grief and Loss.
(813) 703-1221 View (813) 703-1221
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Life Focus Group
Counselor, PhD, LMHC, CHT
Verified Verified
Tampa Heights, Tampa, FL 33602
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Master Hypnotherapist. I provide a safe, non judgmental and down to earth environment for my clients to express themselves. I offer individual, couple and family therapy. I assist my clients in developing new coping skills to deal with their presenting issues. I believe that developing new, healthy ways of thinking and living can lead to a healthy mind and body. I incorporate nutrition and exercise consultation as related to mental health.I specialize but not limited to depression, anxiety,relationship issues, grief, child/adolescent issues,and eating disorders. I am fluent in Spanish.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Master Hypnotherapist. I provide a safe, non judgmental and down to earth environment for my clients to express themselves. I offer individual, couple and family therapy. I assist my clients in developing new coping skills to deal with their presenting issues. I believe that developing new, healthy ways of thinking and living can lead to a healthy mind and body. I incorporate nutrition and exercise consultation as related to mental health.I specialize but not limited to depression, anxiety,relationship issues, grief, child/adolescent issues,and eating disorders. I am fluent in Spanish.
(813) 452-4986 View (813) 452-4986
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Marissa Geraci
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Tampa Heights, Tampa, FL 33602
Accepting new clients, telehealth only until Oct. I guide clients to gain insight, clarity and practical solutions to better navigate life. Together, we will explore finding a balance between feeling peaceful, living passionately, and having a sense of purpose. My approach is based on the belief that the quality of your life can be improved by focusing not only on your mind, but your body and soul as well. Struggling with uncomfortable feelings that seem unmanageable is common when dealing with stress. Self-esteem, self-worth, and well-being are often compromised by everyday experiences and relationships. Change is possible.
Accepting new clients, telehealth only until Oct. I guide clients to gain insight, clarity and practical solutions to better navigate life. Together, we will explore finding a balance between feeling peaceful, living passionately, and having a sense of purpose. My approach is based on the belief that the quality of your life can be improved by focusing not only on your mind, but your body and soul as well. Struggling with uncomfortable feelings that seem unmanageable is common when dealing with stress. Self-esteem, self-worth, and well-being are often compromised by everyday experiences and relationships. Change is possible.
(813) 773-2584 View (813) 773-2584
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Suchithra Hirode
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Tampa Heights, Tampa, FL 33603  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
If Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Stress, Trauma or Relationship Problems are some issues that you are frequently dealing with, I will help you resolve them. With over 15 years of experience, the main focus of my treatment is to help resolve difficult issues effectively and rapidly using a holistic approach. I treat teens, young adults and adults. My main therapy orientation is CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). I incorporate relaxation techniques, such as 'Breathing', 'Progressive Muscle Relaxation' and 'Mindfulness' in my sessions as part of the holistic approach to treatment. I am also trained in DBT techniques.
If Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Stress, Trauma or Relationship Problems are some issues that you are frequently dealing with, I will help you resolve them. With over 15 years of experience, the main focus of my treatment is to help resolve difficult issues effectively and rapidly using a holistic approach. I treat teens, young adults and adults. My main therapy orientation is CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). I incorporate relaxation techniques, such as 'Breathing', 'Progressive Muscle Relaxation' and 'Mindfulness' in my sessions as part of the holistic approach to treatment. I am also trained in DBT techniques.
(813) 400-2734 View (813) 400-2734
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An Awakened Heart, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, ACHT, PSEP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Tampa Heights, Tampa, FL 33602
An Awakened Heart is the result of love and dedication in wanting to therapeutically serve others in their desire toward psychological well-being. Utilizing cognitive & transpersonal approaches specific to individual needs, the work lends toward a more whole and integrated sense of self. Through purposeful focus on self-recovery, the vision is to bring forth the best of whom we are, despite challenges, traumas & the emotional pain we are so often identifying. By reconnecting to ourselves we can begin to understand the themes roles & behavioral patterns that interfere and sabotage the changes we are trying to engage.
An Awakened Heart is the result of love and dedication in wanting to therapeutically serve others in their desire toward psychological well-being. Utilizing cognitive & transpersonal approaches specific to individual needs, the work lends toward a more whole and integrated sense of self. Through purposeful focus on self-recovery, the vision is to bring forth the best of whom we are, despite challenges, traumas & the emotional pain we are so often identifying. By reconnecting to ourselves we can begin to understand the themes roles & behavioral patterns that interfere and sabotage the changes we are trying to engage.
(727) 498-2784 View (727) 498-2784
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Joshua E. Shannon
Counselor, LMHC, MCAP, CRC, NCC, SAP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Tampa Heights, Tampa, FL 33602
I am a Ph.D. level Licensed Mental Health Counselor LMHC with specialties in Workers' Compensation, Trauma, PTSD, Addictions, Individual/Group Therapy. DOT/SAP/DUI evaluations. Certified Addictions Professional CAP, Certified Sexual Addictions Specialist.CSAS, I personalize treatment plans to a client's needs. .DUI/SAP Evaluation and treatment. Return to Duty Evaluations. Vocational Expert Witness, Workers Compensation CBT/EMDR Therapy for Pain Management and Substance Abuse. Experience in Veterans Issues.
I am a Ph.D. level Licensed Mental Health Counselor LMHC with specialties in Workers' Compensation, Trauma, PTSD, Addictions, Individual/Group Therapy. DOT/SAP/DUI evaluations. Certified Addictions Professional CAP, Certified Sexual Addictions Specialist.CSAS, I personalize treatment plans to a client's needs. .DUI/SAP Evaluation and treatment. Return to Duty Evaluations. Vocational Expert Witness, Workers Compensation CBT/EMDR Therapy for Pain Management and Substance Abuse. Experience in Veterans Issues.
(855) 235-7097 View (855) 235-7097
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Kathleen M Ledbetter
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tampa Heights, Tampa, FL 33602
Hello. I'm Kathleen Ledbetter and offer my services with the benefit of having helped many others during 17 years of counseling. If your problems concern relationships,grief or loss, trauma, anxiety, depression, personal challenges or divorce, I welcome you. If we meet, we can talk and probably change things around so that you can see more possibilities for your future. An important part of the process is recognizing your own inner wisdom and resources. Then, I would like to work with you, as you practice using your abilities and resources to deal with your challenges.
Hello. I'm Kathleen Ledbetter and offer my services with the benefit of having helped many others during 17 years of counseling. If your problems concern relationships,grief or loss, trauma, anxiety, depression, personal challenges or divorce, I welcome you. If we meet, we can talk and probably change things around so that you can see more possibilities for your future. An important part of the process is recognizing your own inner wisdom and resources. Then, I would like to work with you, as you practice using your abilities and resources to deal with your challenges.
(813) 434-1580 View (813) 434-1580
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Tampa Bay Ctr for Cognitive Behavior Therapy Inc.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Tampa Heights, Tampa, FL 33602
Thank you for your interest; I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Qualified Supervisor who has 30 years of experience working with the most seriously ill children, teens, adults and families in hospital, residential and Community Mental Health Center outpatient settings. I founded TBCforCBT in order to provide you with high quality, exceptional evidence-based treatment. The therapists and student interns on our team are dedicated to continued training in DBT, and other proven methods of treatment that will help you with your recovery much more effectively and quickly than typical counseling approaches. Call/write and let us help!
Thank you for your interest; I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Qualified Supervisor who has 30 years of experience working with the most seriously ill children, teens, adults and families in hospital, residential and Community Mental Health Center outpatient settings. I founded TBCforCBT in order to provide you with high quality, exceptional evidence-based treatment. The therapists and student interns on our team are dedicated to continued training in DBT, and other proven methods of treatment that will help you with your recovery much more effectively and quickly than typical counseling approaches. Call/write and let us help!
(813) 704-0946 View (813) 704-0946
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Cyd Charrow
DSW, CPC
Not Verified Not Verified
1 Endorsed
Tampa Heights, Tampa, FL 33602
You can be more than Okay. As a Certified Life Coach, I empower clients to uncover what they really want from life and then develop a step-by-step plan to achieve it. Whether you have a specific issue; are experiencing a life transition or challenge; or want to reboot and recharge yourself, life coaching can help you move to a positive future. I draw from a variety of methodologies, to tailor sessions to meet your individual needs. Whether you are in my private office or meeting over the internet or by telephone, my mission is to partner with you to achieve the life you want..
You can be more than Okay. As a Certified Life Coach, I empower clients to uncover what they really want from life and then develop a step-by-step plan to achieve it. Whether you have a specific issue; are experiencing a life transition or challenge; or want to reboot and recharge yourself, life coaching can help you move to a positive future. I draw from a variety of methodologies, to tailor sessions to meet your individual needs. Whether you are in my private office or meeting over the internet or by telephone, my mission is to partner with you to achieve the life you want..
(813) 906-1538 View (813) 906-1538

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Number of Therapists in Tampa Heights, Tampa, FL

100+

Average cost per session

$140

Therapists in Tampa Heights, Tampa, FL who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
88% Depression
82% Self Esteem
78% Relationship Issues
76% Coping Skills
74% Stress
68% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

85% Aetna
78% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
66% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Tampa Heights, Tampa, FL see their clients

54% In Person and Online
46% Online Only

Gender breakdown

85% Female
14% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Tampa Heights, Tampa?

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.