Therapists in Chicago, IL

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Photo of Molly Porter, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Chicago, IL
Molly Porter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60657
I specialize in adult and teen clients navigating traumatic life experiences and transitions. When working with clients, I utilize Mindfulness-Based CBT, ACT, and Trauma-Informed modalities to gain a deeper understanding as to why clients may be experiencing certain symptoms. I believe that we all have complex and unique stories that require a similar starting treatment plan – honoring a person within their environment. I focus on supporting and empowering clients as they navigate who they are, what they want, and providing the tools and resources to get them there, while using evidence-based interventions.
I specialize in adult and teen clients navigating traumatic life experiences and transitions. When working with clients, I utilize Mindfulness-Based CBT, ACT, and Trauma-Informed modalities to gain a deeper understanding as to why clients may be experiencing certain symptoms. I believe that we all have complex and unique stories that require a similar starting treatment plan – honoring a person within their environment. I focus on supporting and empowering clients as they navigate who they are, what they want, and providing the tools and resources to get them there, while using evidence-based interventions.
(708) 734-2574 View (708) 734-2574
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Thrive for Life Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, BC-TMH
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60601  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW clients. Wendy Galyen & the counseling TEAM at Thrive for Life offer VIDEO &PHONE-based counseling. Online counseling services are great for busy professionals, college students, stay-at-home moms, retirees, or other clients who do not have time for traditional in-person sessions but who would benefit from counseling support in their daily lives. Free consultation available to determine if this type of counseling can meet your unique needs. Some insurances accepted or private pay from $75-$150/session. IL team includes: Wendy Galyen, Marilyn Verbiscer (couples), Emma Flores, & Lindsey Welch (life coach).
Accepting NEW clients. Wendy Galyen & the counseling TEAM at Thrive for Life offer VIDEO &PHONE-based counseling. Online counseling services are great for busy professionals, college students, stay-at-home moms, retirees, or other clients who do not have time for traditional in-person sessions but who would benefit from counseling support in their daily lives. Free consultation available to determine if this type of counseling can meet your unique needs. Some insurances accepted or private pay from $75-$150/session. IL team includes: Wendy Galyen, Marilyn Verbiscer (couples), Emma Flores, & Lindsey Welch (life coach).
(312) 300-2620 View (312) 300-2620
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Callie Reda
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60625  (Online Only)
We can all use a little help sometimes. Counseling can provide us with a space to explore our authentic selves and try out new strategies for coping with life's challenges, free from judgment. The individuals and families I support are typically seeking relief from feelings of sadness, anxiety or worry, shame, hopelessness, anger, or confusion. These feelings are often associated with divorce or separation, grief and loss, family issues, or childhood trauma. The feelings and circumstances can feel all consuming and difficult to manage, but you don't need to manage them alone.
We can all use a little help sometimes. Counseling can provide us with a space to explore our authentic selves and try out new strategies for coping with life's challenges, free from judgment. The individuals and families I support are typically seeking relief from feelings of sadness, anxiety or worry, shame, hopelessness, anger, or confusion. These feelings are often associated with divorce or separation, grief and loss, family issues, or childhood trauma. The feelings and circumstances can feel all consuming and difficult to manage, but you don't need to manage them alone.
(773) 389-1434 View (773) 389-1434
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Sarah Khazoum
Psychologist, PsyD, CGP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60601
Life can leave us dissatisfied, overwhelmed, and disconnected from ourselves and others. Painful feelings like these can lead us to feel isolated, lonely, and unseen. I want to help you feel seen and join you in creating the change you are looking for. In therapy we can unpack, make sense of, and create new insight to bring you closer to relationship satisfaction, feeling content in your day-to-day life, and a sense of self-understanding. I want therapy to be a co-created space that centers your needs. I hope to meet you with warmth, authenticity, and collaboration, honoring the strengths, values, and experiences you bring.
Life can leave us dissatisfied, overwhelmed, and disconnected from ourselves and others. Painful feelings like these can lead us to feel isolated, lonely, and unseen. I want to help you feel seen and join you in creating the change you are looking for. In therapy we can unpack, make sense of, and create new insight to bring you closer to relationship satisfaction, feeling content in your day-to-day life, and a sense of self-understanding. I want therapy to be a co-created space that centers your needs. I hope to meet you with warmth, authenticity, and collaboration, honoring the strengths, values, and experiences you bring.
(312) 262-5385 View (312) 262-5385
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Katy O'Hanlon Bruns
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60613
I work with clients navigating ADHD, anxiety, depression, identity exploration, and life transitions. I also enjoy working with movement-based artists and therapists. My approach is relational, trauma-informed, & holistic—I strive to cater my skills to meet your specific needs. Often, I integrate my background in dance/movement therapy to help you process your feelings, gain insight, and move towards the growth and healing that you seek. While movement and creativity are helpful tools, I understand this can be challenging. My hope is to help you find deeper comfort in yourself while finding a supportive space to explore your world.
I work with clients navigating ADHD, anxiety, depression, identity exploration, and life transitions. I also enjoy working with movement-based artists and therapists. My approach is relational, trauma-informed, & holistic—I strive to cater my skills to meet your specific needs. Often, I integrate my background in dance/movement therapy to help you process your feelings, gain insight, and move towards the growth and healing that you seek. While movement and creativity are helpful tools, I understand this can be challenging. My hope is to help you find deeper comfort in yourself while finding a supportive space to explore your world.
(773) 923-2977 View (773) 923-2977
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Kris D Thomas
Pre-Licensed Professional, LPC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60605  (Online Only)
Understanding that the journey toward healing isn’t always glamorous and sometimes scary, I aim to provide clients with an emotionally safe environment to overcome the difficulties that plague them. I understand that choosing to start therapy isn't always an easy decision due to life’s demands and sociocultural stigma around seeking mental health care. I strive to create therapeutic relationships that are nonjudgmental, authentic, transparent, warm and collaborative. I provides a collaborative and objective platform to explore concerns, unlearn & replace thoughts or behaviors that no longer serve my clients.
Understanding that the journey toward healing isn’t always glamorous and sometimes scary, I aim to provide clients with an emotionally safe environment to overcome the difficulties that plague them. I understand that choosing to start therapy isn't always an easy decision due to life’s demands and sociocultural stigma around seeking mental health care. I strive to create therapeutic relationships that are nonjudgmental, authentic, transparent, warm and collaborative. I provides a collaborative and objective platform to explore concerns, unlearn & replace thoughts or behaviors that no longer serve my clients.
(312) 646-3988 View (312) 646-3988
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Chastity Owens
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MA
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60605
Are you feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, or misunderstood? You can feel better. My mission is to improve the lives of adolescents, families and individuals by providing effective mental and behavioral health services. I work with clients to set and achieve their treatment goals by cultivating intimacy with God. I believe that all healing happens in the context of relationship. My services are tailored to meet your needs.
Are you feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, or misunderstood? You can feel better. My mission is to improve the lives of adolescents, families and individuals by providing effective mental and behavioral health services. I work with clients to set and achieve their treatment goals by cultivating intimacy with God. I believe that all healing happens in the context of relationship. My services are tailored to meet your needs.
(773) 364-1588 View (773) 364-1588
Photo of Rob Gellman, MS, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist in Chicago, IL
Rob Gellman, MS, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60643
-Individual, Couple, & Family Therapy. Trained at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, Kansas State University's School of Family Studies, and The University of Chicago School of Medicine, Clinic Founder Rob Gellman has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for 14 years, and was a professor at Adler University from 2008-2011. He is a regularly invited speaker with local mental health agencies and national conferences. A recognized expert on families coping with chronic illness, infidelity, and the training of therapists and physicians, Rob's clinical practice is diverse, helping adults, children, couples and families on the path to wellness. ***Specializing in Anxiety Disorders, Relationship Distress, Infidelity, Sex Therapy, Young Couples, Depression, Chronic Illness, Grief and Loss, Family Conflict, and Lifecycle Transitions.
-Individual, Couple, & Family Therapy. Trained at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, Kansas State University's School of Family Studies, and The University of Chicago School of Medicine, Clinic Founder Rob Gellman has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for 14 years, and was a professor at Adler University from 2008-2011. He is a regularly invited speaker with local mental health agencies and national conferences. A recognized expert on families coping with chronic illness, infidelity, and the training of therapists and physicians, Rob's clinical practice is diverse, helping adults, children, couples and families on the path to wellness. ***Specializing in Anxiety Disorders, Relationship Distress, Infidelity, Sex Therapy, Young Couples, Depression, Chronic Illness, Grief and Loss, Family Conflict, and Lifecycle Transitions.
(872) 206-3435 View (872) 206-3435
Photo of People’s Therapy of Chicago, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Chicago, IL
People’s Therapy of Chicago
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CADC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60611
People’s Therapy of Chicago treats people struggling with: addictive use of substances or behaviors, anxiety, depression, relationship stress, job stress and the lasting impact of trauma. If you're considering therapy but aren't sure, then you've come to the right place. Most people who see us have little to no experience with therapists or therapy. Many are uncomfortable asking for help, believing it is a sign of "weakness." Others come from families where "staying strong," and keeping "personal business" in the family was the norm. Whatever the story, they are able to open up to us.
People’s Therapy of Chicago treats people struggling with: addictive use of substances or behaviors, anxiety, depression, relationship stress, job stress and the lasting impact of trauma. If you're considering therapy but aren't sure, then you've come to the right place. Most people who see us have little to no experience with therapists or therapy. Many are uncomfortable asking for help, believing it is a sign of "weakness." Others come from families where "staying strong," and keeping "personal business" in the family was the norm. Whatever the story, they are able to open up to us.
(773) 328-8720 View (773) 328-8720
Photo of T'cia Chatman, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Chicago, IL
T'cia Chatman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60625
As a licensed social worker with a 25-year career, my practice is enriched by my identity as a Black professional and dedication to serving diverse communities, including LGBTQ+ and those navigating intersectionality. Understanding the adversities life presents, I embrace compassion and empathy to offer a therapeutic space where individuals feel empowered to lead emotionally healthier lives. My approach is holistic, tailored to each person's unique experiences and challenges, including anxiety, depression, parenting issues, marital conflicts, life skills, anger management, and trauma.
As a licensed social worker with a 25-year career, my practice is enriched by my identity as a Black professional and dedication to serving diverse communities, including LGBTQ+ and those navigating intersectionality. Understanding the adversities life presents, I embrace compassion and empathy to offer a therapeutic space where individuals feel empowered to lead emotionally healthier lives. My approach is holistic, tailored to each person's unique experiences and challenges, including anxiety, depression, parenting issues, marital conflicts, life skills, anger management, and trauma.
(773) 985-4198 x704 View (773) 985-4198 x704
Photo of Angela Tsai, Licensed Professional Counselor in Chicago, IL
Angela Tsai
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60615
Not accepting new clients
As a first generation Asian American woman, I believe in the importance of cultural humility, anti-racism, and gender affirmation in my practice, paying attention to power structures and systems that affect us all. I view clients as equals, where social hierarchies and identities are addressed to practice true cultural humility and understanding. Using the power of art as a tool of justice and healing to create opportunities for inclusion and human connection, each individual’s human potential will be supported, regardless of identity or ability.
As a first generation Asian American woman, I believe in the importance of cultural humility, anti-racism, and gender affirmation in my practice, paying attention to power structures and systems that affect us all. I view clients as equals, where social hierarchies and identities are addressed to practice true cultural humility and understanding. Using the power of art as a tool of justice and healing to create opportunities for inclusion and human connection, each individual’s human potential will be supported, regardless of identity or ability.
(872) 206-9309 View (872) 206-9309
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Samantha Gehr
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60601  (Online Only)
To schedule sessions, please book a call with our Client Care Coordinator here: www.calendly.com/adminccbh Starting this process can feel overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. Using warmth, empathy, direct feedback and skill building I can help you more fully understand yourself and your relationships and therefore feel empowered to start living the life you want to live. I firmly believe that healing comes from exploring how our past experiences have affected the ways in which we interpret and interact with our world in the present.
To schedule sessions, please book a call with our Client Care Coordinator here: www.calendly.com/adminccbh Starting this process can feel overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. Using warmth, empathy, direct feedback and skill building I can help you more fully understand yourself and your relationships and therefore feel empowered to start living the life you want to live. I firmly believe that healing comes from exploring how our past experiences have affected the ways in which we interpret and interact with our world in the present.
(872) 215-4639 View (872) 215-4639
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Taja-Nia Horne, EMDR and Psychotherapy
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60605  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with challenging emotions on a daily basis? Maybe you’re feeling irritable and anxious. Sometimes you find yourself overthinking and not clicking with the people closest to you. Have you tried everything but can't seem to move past one situation? If any of this describes your experience, you’re in the right place! I help clients control their response to challenging emotions, effectively adjust to change, and let go of things that seem to be holding them back.
Are you struggling with challenging emotions on a daily basis? Maybe you’re feeling irritable and anxious. Sometimes you find yourself overthinking and not clicking with the people closest to you. Have you tried everything but can't seem to move past one situation? If any of this describes your experience, you’re in the right place! I help clients control their response to challenging emotions, effectively adjust to change, and let go of things that seem to be holding them back.
(312) 345-6250 View (312) 345-6250
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John Frampton
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60640
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a lifelong mission of helping children and adults improve their social and emotional well-being. I am the co-founder of Formative Psychological Services, a family-run practice in Chicago. I have over 15 years of experience working in the schools and in private practice, and provide individual therapy, assessments, school consultation, and presentations.
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a lifelong mission of helping children and adults improve their social and emotional well-being. I am the co-founder of Formative Psychological Services, a family-run practice in Chicago. I have over 15 years of experience working in the schools and in private practice, and provide individual therapy, assessments, school consultation, and presentations.
(872) 814-6122 View (872) 814-6122
Photo of Dr. Monica Zabinski, Counselor in Chicago, IL
Dr. Monica Zabinski
Counselor, PsyD, MA, LCPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60622
A metaphor I feel that encapsulates therapy: When cleaning out the garage, you often begin by pulling everything down to see what you have. You initially make a bigger mess. Yet this is an important step that allows you to see everything, sort through items individually, and decide whether it is something you still need in your life. As you progress through the clean out, you may find you have more space to rearrange the remaining pieces and make room for new experiences. The goal is to have the garage more comfortable, accessible, and organized so you not only know what you have but you can also find what you need when you need it.
A metaphor I feel that encapsulates therapy: When cleaning out the garage, you often begin by pulling everything down to see what you have. You initially make a bigger mess. Yet this is an important step that allows you to see everything, sort through items individually, and decide whether it is something you still need in your life. As you progress through the clean out, you may find you have more space to rearrange the remaining pieces and make room for new experiences. The goal is to have the garage more comfortable, accessible, and organized so you not only know what you have but you can also find what you need when you need it.
(773) 692-0150 View (773) 692-0150
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Martha Christensen
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60660
Not accepting new clients
Achieving personal growth is a commitment of time and effort: change is hard work! That's why my style is warm, open, and direct. A sense of humor helps too. Whether you're interested in brief, solution-focused assistance or longer term work, I'll help you uncover the causes of your current challenges by examining how past experiences, thought patterns, or other issues prevent you from having a more fulfilling life. Everyone comes to therapy for unique reasons. I feel I've done my job when my clients can leave with a greater sense of satisfaction and self-confidence.
Achieving personal growth is a commitment of time and effort: change is hard work! That's why my style is warm, open, and direct. A sense of humor helps too. Whether you're interested in brief, solution-focused assistance or longer term work, I'll help you uncover the causes of your current challenges by examining how past experiences, thought patterns, or other issues prevent you from having a more fulfilling life. Everyone comes to therapy for unique reasons. I feel I've done my job when my clients can leave with a greater sense of satisfaction and self-confidence.
(773) 669-7977 View (773) 669-7977
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Logan Stohle
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60657
Therapy can be a place to explore where you are and where you want to go. By blending present moment awareness of emotions, thoughts and sensations with in-depth exploration of touchstone experiences, we can learn more about what’s shaped who you are and what stands in the way of who you want to become. I seek to understand patterns of disruption, discomfort, and distress that can strain opportunities to connect with one's self, community, and the world.
Therapy can be a place to explore where you are and where you want to go. By blending present moment awareness of emotions, thoughts and sensations with in-depth exploration of touchstone experiences, we can learn more about what’s shaped who you are and what stands in the way of who you want to become. I seek to understand patterns of disruption, discomfort, and distress that can strain opportunities to connect with one's self, community, and the world.
(872) 401-6561 View (872) 401-6561
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Juan Contreras
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AM, LSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60637
In periods of overwhelming feelings and emotions, we might find ourselves consumed by the noise in our minds. Whether the noise is negative thoughts of the past, present, or future, it all can become so loud that we lose sight of what’s important to us. We lose sight of our resilience, values, present moment, others around us, or even ourselves. We might even find ourselves feeling and behaving inconsistently to who we are or want to be during these periods that we might call anxiety or depression. As your therapist, I will support you in understanding and learning how to respond to these experiences.
In periods of overwhelming feelings and emotions, we might find ourselves consumed by the noise in our minds. Whether the noise is negative thoughts of the past, present, or future, it all can become so loud that we lose sight of what’s important to us. We lose sight of our resilience, values, present moment, others around us, or even ourselves. We might even find ourselves feeling and behaving inconsistently to who we are or want to be during these periods that we might call anxiety or depression. As your therapist, I will support you in understanding and learning how to respond to these experiences.
(872) 278-1972 x222 View (872) 278-1972 x222
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K'nya Trimble
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, ALMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60602  (Online Only)
Cheers to seeking out assistance with the wrenches that life throws! I am committed to your growth and progress, and together we will collaborate to get you to the place you strive to be! My goal is not to hold your hand indefinitely! My goal is to equip and empower you with tools on how to navigate your circumstance, so that you are not dependent on the therapeutic space. If you are truly motivated to “do the work”, I am the therapist for you!
Cheers to seeking out assistance with the wrenches that life throws! I am committed to your growth and progress, and together we will collaborate to get you to the place you strive to be! My goal is not to hold your hand indefinitely! My goal is to equip and empower you with tools on how to navigate your circumstance, so that you are not dependent on the therapeutic space. If you are truly motivated to “do the work”, I am the therapist for you!
(312) 635-5781 x529 View (312) 635-5781 x529
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Michael Atella
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60602
When you contact our practice, we aim to provide a comfortable, professional, and pleasant experience for you to grow and freely process. We want you to feel heard, so we listen carefully and deeply. We commit to be proactive and help create a safe and welcoming place for you to connect with your thoughts and feelings, your values, and even your dreams. We help build an alliance with you to grow in understanding and wisdom, to help you find and become yourself, and to develop more meaningful relationships and work.
When you contact our practice, we aim to provide a comfortable, professional, and pleasant experience for you to grow and freely process. We want you to feel heard, so we listen carefully and deeply. We commit to be proactive and help create a safe and welcoming place for you to connect with your thoughts and feelings, your values, and even your dreams. We help build an alliance with you to grow in understanding and wisdom, to help you find and become yourself, and to develop more meaningful relationships and work.
(847) 457-1714 x2 View (847) 457-1714 x2

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Chicago, IL

3,000+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Chicago, IL who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
88% Depression
78% Relationship Issues
77% Self Esteem
70% Trauma and PTSD
67% Coping Skills
67% Stress

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% BlueCross and BlueShield
61% Aetna
49% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Chicago, IL see their clients

63% In Person and Online
37% Online Only

Gender breakdown

79% Female
18% Male
3% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Chicago?

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

Learn more about how to find a therapist

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

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

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

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

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

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

What type of therapy is right for me?

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

How much does therapy cost?

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

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

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

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

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

Is online therapy a good option?

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

Are therapy sessions confidential?

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