Therapists in Austin, Chicago, IL

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Veleka J Avant
Licensed Social Worker, LSW, CADC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, Chicago, IL 60651  (Online Only)
Do you feel like something needs to change in your life, but you can’t seem to figure out what that “something” is or where to begin? I would be honored to partner with you to access those things that bring you joy, clarity, and peace. I enjoy working with adults open to change and eager to develop patterns of thinking and behaviors that support the life they truly desire. Additionally, I specialize in addressing the unique challenges faced by BIPOC. You don’t have to do this alone. Let’s partner to create the blueprint for your next chapter. There is endless joy that lives within you, and it’s ready to be unleashed.
Do you feel like something needs to change in your life, but you can’t seem to figure out what that “something” is or where to begin? I would be honored to partner with you to access those things that bring you joy, clarity, and peace. I enjoy working with adults open to change and eager to develop patterns of thinking and behaviors that support the life they truly desire. Additionally, I specialize in addressing the unique challenges faced by BIPOC. You don’t have to do this alone. Let’s partner to create the blueprint for your next chapter. There is endless joy that lives within you, and it’s ready to be unleashed.
(773) 867-5362 View (773) 867-5362
Photo of Tasha K Young, Counselor in Austin, Chicago, IL
Tasha K Young
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Austin, Chicago, IL 60651  (Online Only)
You’ve just about had enough. Everyone needs something from you but when you need something? Crickets. Romantic relationships have only added to your stress, and you can never seem to do anything right in the eyes of your partner. Insecurities bring out the worst in you, and none of the changes you’ve tried to make to yourself—inside or out—make any difference. The ambitions you have for your career are big, but when you think about the future, you feel stuck in a rut. You feel lonely, even though you have family and friends around you all the time. And telling them how you feel? Not an option. They’d only use it against you later.
You’ve just about had enough. Everyone needs something from you but when you need something? Crickets. Romantic relationships have only added to your stress, and you can never seem to do anything right in the eyes of your partner. Insecurities bring out the worst in you, and none of the changes you’ve tried to make to yourself—inside or out—make any difference. The ambitions you have for your career are big, but when you think about the future, you feel stuck in a rut. You feel lonely, even though you have family and friends around you all the time. And telling them how you feel? Not an option. They’d only use it against you later.
(773) 207-3984 View (773) 207-3984
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Kate Hutson
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Austin, Chicago, IL 60644
I am committed to creating a safe and healthy environment for clients to grow in self-awareness, curiosity, responsibility and authenticity. I use a variety of client-centered treatment modalities in my work depending on the individual client's needs, including Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Somatic Experiencing. I believe in the mind-body connection and work to incorporate the body's knowledge in treating a variety of presenting concerns including anxiety, depression, trauma, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders and life transitions.
I am committed to creating a safe and healthy environment for clients to grow in self-awareness, curiosity, responsibility and authenticity. I use a variety of client-centered treatment modalities in my work depending on the individual client's needs, including Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Somatic Experiencing. I believe in the mind-body connection and work to incorporate the body's knowledge in treating a variety of presenting concerns including anxiety, depression, trauma, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders and life transitions.
(331) 225-1218 View (331) 225-1218
Photo of Meredith Farster, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Austin, Chicago, IL
Meredith Farster
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LISW
Verified Verified
Austin, Chicago, IL 60707
Therapy is a space to explore who you are, were & want to be. Change and growth can be scary & difficult but also beautiful & freeing. My hope is to help you move through that process in the way that works best for you. Working toward a greater insight and awareness of our experiences can help us to embrace and enhance connection to ourselves and others. I provide culturally & racially conscious therapy services using the social work adage of beginning where my client is. I see my role as being present with my clients as they face and navigate the grey areas of life, while increasing agency, sense of self & healthy coping skills.
Therapy is a space to explore who you are, were & want to be. Change and growth can be scary & difficult but also beautiful & freeing. My hope is to help you move through that process in the way that works best for you. Working toward a greater insight and awareness of our experiences can help us to embrace and enhance connection to ourselves and others. I provide culturally & racially conscious therapy services using the social work adage of beginning where my client is. I see my role as being present with my clients as they face and navigate the grey areas of life, while increasing agency, sense of self & healthy coping skills.
(708) 295-3237 View (708) 295-3237
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Chante Gamby
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Austin, Chicago, IL 60644
While I enjoy working with many different types of people, my ideal client is someone who is open to exploration and can view therapy as a journey and a process, rather than quick fix. I work best with someone who can see me as a support and can partner in uncovering solutions that work best for them, rather than looking to me for total direction. I have helped individuals in successfully transitioning to the next level in their lives, increase motivation and self-esteem to improve relationships and sense of self worth, and have helped individuals establish the identity that they desire.
While I enjoy working with many different types of people, my ideal client is someone who is open to exploration and can view therapy as a journey and a process, rather than quick fix. I work best with someone who can see me as a support and can partner in uncovering solutions that work best for them, rather than looking to me for total direction. I have helped individuals in successfully transitioning to the next level in their lives, increase motivation and self-esteem to improve relationships and sense of self worth, and have helped individuals establish the identity that they desire.
(773) 993-1389 View (773) 993-1389
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Amaryllis Rivera
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, Chicago, IL 60651  (Online Only)
Taking the initial step to seek therapy can bring a roller coaster of emotions and even hesitation. It's ok - you are not alone. The fact you made it to this sentence is an amazing first step. Welcome! Everyone is different with different needs, and I believe in tailoring my modalities based on my client's specific goals. This is about you and what you need.
Taking the initial step to seek therapy can bring a roller coaster of emotions and even hesitation. It's ok - you are not alone. The fact you made it to this sentence is an amazing first step. Welcome! Everyone is different with different needs, and I believe in tailoring my modalities based on my client's specific goals. This is about you and what you need.
(847) 558-7601 View (847) 558-7601
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Yahaira Garcia
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC, LPC, CCTP, CGP
Verified Verified
Austin, Chicago, IL 60644  (Online Only)
The first step to a successful self-enhancing journey is recognizing that action needs to be taken. Sometimes we just need a person that is open to listening and guiding us through this journey of improvement. I can assist you with understanding, organizing, and making sense of your thoughts and emotions. I am an art therapist and clinical counselor experienced in working with clients with a range of stressors and obstacles such as: anxiety, depression, anger, communication concerns, parenting concerns, self-esteem, self-identity, educational stressors, and trauma.
The first step to a successful self-enhancing journey is recognizing that action needs to be taken. Sometimes we just need a person that is open to listening and guiding us through this journey of improvement. I can assist you with understanding, organizing, and making sense of your thoughts and emotions. I am an art therapist and clinical counselor experienced in working with clients with a range of stressors and obstacles such as: anxiety, depression, anger, communication concerns, parenting concerns, self-esteem, self-identity, educational stressors, and trauma.
(773) 362-2092 View (773) 362-2092
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Andrianna N Johnson
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, QMHP
Verified Verified
Austin, Chicago, IL 60651
I have always wanted to help people, and in my community I have seen people who look like me battle with various symptoms of depression, anxiety, and trauma. I dedicated myself to loving and continuously learning all things mental health, so that I can help those that need the most support doing difficult times in their lives. There comes a time in our lives where we want something to change. We have been trying things different ways for a while; nothing seems to be working. Let's give therapy a try. Let's try a new approach that can help you be the you envision for yourself.
I have always wanted to help people, and in my community I have seen people who look like me battle with various symptoms of depression, anxiety, and trauma. I dedicated myself to loving and continuously learning all things mental health, so that I can help those that need the most support doing difficult times in their lives. There comes a time in our lives where we want something to change. We have been trying things different ways for a while; nothing seems to be working. Let's give therapy a try. Let's try a new approach that can help you be the you envision for yourself.
(773) 985-4370 View (773) 985-4370
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Michael Purcell
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Austin, Chicago, IL 60707
Not accepting new clients
We all naturally strive towards happiness, growth, and development. Sometimes, however, there are obstacles along the way: depression, anxiety, loss, financial strain, illness, relationship turmoil, addiction, or the impacts of prejudice and inequality. I will partner with you, get to know and understand who you are, where you come from. Together, we will explore solutions to get you back on track, to help you overcome suffering, to help you live more fully, more intentionally, and more effectively.
We all naturally strive towards happiness, growth, and development. Sometimes, however, there are obstacles along the way: depression, anxiety, loss, financial strain, illness, relationship turmoil, addiction, or the impacts of prejudice and inequality. I will partner with you, get to know and understand who you are, where you come from. Together, we will explore solutions to get you back on track, to help you overcome suffering, to help you live more fully, more intentionally, and more effectively.
(773) 362-5296 View (773) 362-5296
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Debra Stambaugh
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, MSW, LCSW, CT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, Chicago, IL 60651
Waitlist for new clients
My experience includes working with grief, loss, anticipatory grief and trauma. Anxiety, panic and mood disorders. Lifestyle concerns and modifications including chronic illness, pain and co-occurring (mental health and substance abuse) disorders. I am certified in thanatology (death, dying & bereavement) from the Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). I am certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) from EMDRA.
My experience includes working with grief, loss, anticipatory grief and trauma. Anxiety, panic and mood disorders. Lifestyle concerns and modifications including chronic illness, pain and co-occurring (mental health and substance abuse) disorders. I am certified in thanatology (death, dying & bereavement) from the Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). I am certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) from EMDRA.
(847) 278-9406 View (847) 278-9406
Photo of Sheila Cory, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Austin, Chicago, IL
Sheila Cory
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, Chicago, IL 60639
FREE consultations! Are you feeling stuck in negative thoughts, intense emotions, or behavioral patterns that don't serve your best interest? Are you hoping to build more meaning and joy in your life? You may feel hesitant about reaching out for help, especially with pressure from all directions to "have it all together". I'm here to join you on this journey to discover healing and build a balanced life. My goal is to help you find compassion for yourself, develop skills to help you navigate life stressors, and be confident in the resilient person you are.
FREE consultations! Are you feeling stuck in negative thoughts, intense emotions, or behavioral patterns that don't serve your best interest? Are you hoping to build more meaning and joy in your life? You may feel hesitant about reaching out for help, especially with pressure from all directions to "have it all together". I'm here to join you on this journey to discover healing and build a balanced life. My goal is to help you find compassion for yourself, develop skills to help you navigate life stressors, and be confident in the resilient person you are.
(646) 798-4463 View (646) 798-4463
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Kathiana Edouard
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Austin, Chicago, IL 60644
Hello, Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me. My name is Kathiana Edouard, and I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with over 9 years of experience working with individuals with issues such as Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, PTSD, Women's Issues, Racial Identity, Cultural Stress, and Spirituality. My therapeutic process involves a holistic combination of Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Mindfulness-Based (MBCT), Trauma Focused, Culturally Sensitive, and Holistic therapies. I believe in creating a safe space for my clients and everyone I work with during treatment.
Hello, Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me. My name is Kathiana Edouard, and I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with over 9 years of experience working with individuals with issues such as Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, PTSD, Women's Issues, Racial Identity, Cultural Stress, and Spirituality. My therapeutic process involves a holistic combination of Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Mindfulness-Based (MBCT), Trauma Focused, Culturally Sensitive, and Holistic therapies. I believe in creating a safe space for my clients and everyone I work with during treatment.
(708) 797-7649 View (708) 797-7649
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Victoria Hudson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, Chicago, IL 60644  (Online Only)
People want to feel sure of themselves. They want to feel confident in what they are doing without second guessing themselves. The problem is, failed relationships, lack of promotions, or a mediocre life has led them to believe that they have no control. In life, there are some things that we cannot control but there sure are a lot of things that we can. I know how easy it is to feel unpretty when an ex has cheated on you OR how easy it is to self sabotage when past events did not end in your favor. The uncertainty surrounding a new transition (newly married/divorced; entering/graduating college; changing careers; single parenting)
People want to feel sure of themselves. They want to feel confident in what they are doing without second guessing themselves. The problem is, failed relationships, lack of promotions, or a mediocre life has led them to believe that they have no control. In life, there are some things that we cannot control but there sure are a lot of things that we can. I know how easy it is to feel unpretty when an ex has cheated on you OR how easy it is to self sabotage when past events did not end in your favor. The uncertainty surrounding a new transition (newly married/divorced; entering/graduating college; changing careers; single parenting)
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Photo of Cara Ugolino, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Austin, Chicago, IL
Cara Ugolino
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Austin, Chicago, IL 60707  (Online Only)
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker I am passionate about supporting individuals through challenges while utilizing a warm, non-judgmental, and relational approach. My professional journey is anchored in working to understand the unique challenges that face each individual while acknowledging the ways in which systemic barriers can hinder personal growth. My work with clients is to support them in recognizing and harnessing their strengths in the face of oppressive systems. I am driven by a commitment to social justice and to create spaces that foster safety and transformation.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker I am passionate about supporting individuals through challenges while utilizing a warm, non-judgmental, and relational approach. My professional journey is anchored in working to understand the unique challenges that face each individual while acknowledging the ways in which systemic barriers can hinder personal growth. My work with clients is to support them in recognizing and harnessing their strengths in the face of oppressive systems. I am driven by a commitment to social justice and to create spaces that foster safety and transformation.
(708) 734-2869 View (708) 734-2869
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LaTasha T Merkerson-Miller
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Austin, Chicago, IL 60644  (Online Only)
My ideal client would like help working on their goals, self-esteem, coping skills, personal growth, day to day stressors, racial trauma, sexual trauma, and military trauma. They are people that are hopeful, and they know that life can be better, but they need assistance with working through things.
My ideal client would like help working on their goals, self-esteem, coping skills, personal growth, day to day stressors, racial trauma, sexual trauma, and military trauma. They are people that are hopeful, and they know that life can be better, but they need assistance with working through things.
(708) 231-0708 View (708) 231-0708
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Centro Castillo for Personal & Family Wellbeing
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Austin, Chicago, IL 60639
At Centro Castillo for Personal and Family Wellbeing, our therapists strongly believe that we understand a person as part of their culture and family upbringing. Together we will discover what motivates you and use this knowledge to increase self-awareness in how you feel, think and act. With this insight, the ultimate goal is make the best decisions that will leave you feeling better and live a happier life. With 14 therapist in 3 offices throughout the city (Lakeview, Pilsen, and near Oak Park) we look forward to helping you and your family.
At Centro Castillo for Personal and Family Wellbeing, our therapists strongly believe that we understand a person as part of their culture and family upbringing. Together we will discover what motivates you and use this knowledge to increase self-awareness in how you feel, think and act. With this insight, the ultimate goal is make the best decisions that will leave you feeling better and live a happier life. With 14 therapist in 3 offices throughout the city (Lakeview, Pilsen, and near Oak Park) we look forward to helping you and your family.
(773) 622-6218 View (773) 622-6218
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Joshua Afram
Counselor, LPC, MA
Verified Verified
Austin, Chicago, IL 60644
All of my vocational career has been spent caring for the family system from kids and youth to couples and parents. My passion is to helping teens navigate their world that is ever evolving, provide support to emerging adults as they grow in their independence, and support couples to become the healthiest version of themselves. With a background in ministry, I love to help those who suffered from religious trauma and help them figure out their way forward.
All of my vocational career has been spent caring for the family system from kids and youth to couples and parents. My passion is to helping teens navigate their world that is ever evolving, provide support to emerging adults as they grow in their independence, and support couples to become the healthiest version of themselves. With a background in ministry, I love to help those who suffered from religious trauma and help them figure out their way forward.
(630) 454-0602 View (630) 454-0602
Photo of Bertha Davis, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Austin, Chicago, IL
Bertha Davis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, Chicago, IL 60651
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is committed to partnering with clients to identify strategies that can help them work through life’s difficulties. I understand the complex relationship between thinking and emotions, as well as the impact it can have on mood. I treat issues of anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, and (sexual) trauma, substance use/abuse, grief/ loss and complex family dynamics. I have many years of experience of working with diverse populations and assisting them with developing and reaching their goals. I identify as a social work first focusing on life issues to mitigate mental health issues.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is committed to partnering with clients to identify strategies that can help them work through life’s difficulties. I understand the complex relationship between thinking and emotions, as well as the impact it can have on mood. I treat issues of anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, and (sexual) trauma, substance use/abuse, grief/ loss and complex family dynamics. I have many years of experience of working with diverse populations and assisting them with developing and reaching their goals. I identify as a social work first focusing on life issues to mitigate mental health issues.
(708) 970-7512 View (708) 970-7512
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Theresa L Waters
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified Verified
Austin, Chicago, IL 60707
Are you searching for a change? The weight of yesterday may have been heavy, but today you chose to commit to growth, self exploration and bringing past trauma to a resolution. Congratulations on choosing to focus on yourself, you deserve it! My goal is to cultivate a warm and safe space for you to water your own garden. Together, we will work at your pace to find peace, joy and a better understanding of yourself. I am here to be of encouragement , gently challenge you to obtain your goals and assist with navigating life challenges.
Are you searching for a change? The weight of yesterday may have been heavy, but today you chose to commit to growth, self exploration and bringing past trauma to a resolution. Congratulations on choosing to focus on yourself, you deserve it! My goal is to cultivate a warm and safe space for you to water your own garden. Together, we will work at your pace to find peace, joy and a better understanding of yourself. I am here to be of encouragement , gently challenge you to obtain your goals and assist with navigating life challenges.
(773) 389-1511 View (773) 389-1511
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Seth W. Allison
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, Chicago, IL 60644
In a word, my approach to therapy is relational. I am at my best when I am centered, curious and genuinely engaged in my client's experience... exploring, nuancing and understanding their unique perspective and the struggles they are facing. I believe in the importance of finding the right "fit" between client and therapist and it is for that reason that I strive to be authentic and fully engaged in every session. My training, areas of specialization and personal style are well suited for those who might be seeking to go deeper in their understanding of themselves and their relationships.
In a word, my approach to therapy is relational. I am at my best when I am centered, curious and genuinely engaged in my client's experience... exploring, nuancing and understanding their unique perspective and the struggles they are facing. I believe in the importance of finding the right "fit" between client and therapist and it is for that reason that I strive to be authentic and fully engaged in every session. My training, areas of specialization and personal style are well suited for those who might be seeking to go deeper in their understanding of themselves and their relationships.
(630) 672-0783 View (630) 672-0783

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Number of Therapists in Austin, Chicago, IL

50+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Austin, Chicago, IL who prioritize treating:

88% Depression
88% Anxiety
75% Self Esteem
72% Relationship Issues
68% Stress
67% Trauma and PTSD
67% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

96% BlueCross and BlueShield
63% Aetna
53% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Austin, Chicago, IL see their clients

74% In Person and Online
26% Online Only

Gender breakdown

81% Female
18% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Austin, 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.