Therapists in Westlake, LA

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Carla Reeves, MA, LPC, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Westlake, LA 70669  (Online Only)
I enjoy working with clients of all ages. I specialize in working on depression, anxiety, and trauma. Everyone needs a little help and comforting at least once in their lifetime. Many of us need someone to confide in on several occasions. Whether it's just you, or you and your loved ones, there are always ways to work things out. No problem is unsolvable. Call or text to make an appointment. We, together, can work it out.
I enjoy working with clients of all ages. I specialize in working on depression, anxiety, and trauma. Everyone needs a little help and comforting at least once in their lifetime. Many of us need someone to confide in on several occasions. Whether it's just you, or you and your loved ones, there are always ways to work things out. No problem is unsolvable. Call or text to make an appointment. We, together, can work it out.
(337) 508-0329 View (337) 508-0329
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Elizabeth Ogea
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CCTP
Verified Verified
Westlake, LA 70669
Waitlist for new clients
I am an LPC with 9 years of experience in the mental health field. I enjoy helping clients to thrive and live their best life. I believe with therapy, clients are able to develop the tools and various skills needed to find their full potential, be the best version of their self, and no longer have to suffer from their past experiences. We all experience hardships and obstacles in life, but we also have a choice to not let them weigh us down! I am experienced in and passionate for helping clients defeat codependency, trauma, abuse, depression, anxiety, and many other areas. I would love the opportunity to help you reach your goals!
I am an LPC with 9 years of experience in the mental health field. I enjoy helping clients to thrive and live their best life. I believe with therapy, clients are able to develop the tools and various skills needed to find their full potential, be the best version of their self, and no longer have to suffer from their past experiences. We all experience hardships and obstacles in life, but we also have a choice to not let them weigh us down! I am experienced in and passionate for helping clients defeat codependency, trauma, abuse, depression, anxiety, and many other areas. I would love the opportunity to help you reach your goals!
(337) 201-9469 View (337) 201-9469
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Paul Gonsoulin
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Westlake, LA 70669
You’re stuck and don’t know what else to do. You’ve tried everything, but your anxiety, depression or coping with past trauma is still getting in the way of your work and relationships. The voices of self-criticism and self-doubt are getting worse and striving for perfection to feel better is stressing you out beyond what you can handle. You don’t want to burden family and friends with your problems, because what right do you have to complain? You feel so alone, and you know it’s time to make a change. I am trained in EMDR, CBT, ACT, and Gottman relationship therapy among others.
You’re stuck and don’t know what else to do. You’ve tried everything, but your anxiety, depression or coping with past trauma is still getting in the way of your work and relationships. The voices of self-criticism and self-doubt are getting worse and striving for perfection to feel better is stressing you out beyond what you can handle. You don’t want to burden family and friends with your problems, because what right do you have to complain? You feel so alone, and you know it’s time to make a change. I am trained in EMDR, CBT, ACT, and Gottman relationship therapy among others.
(337) 202-2527 View (337) 202-2527
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Chase Walling
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Westlake, LA 70669
Not accepting new clients
Everybody struggles sometimes. Struggles are a normal part of the human experience, and I am grateful to be able to provide consistent help and support from a non-judgmental therapeutic position of acceptance and encouragement. As your counselor, I offer to engage with you using a holistic approach to mental health with a focus on destigmatizing self-care; after all, quality of life starts with your own self. My focus is on you with the goal of empowering you and improving your quality of life so that you may work towards life as the most happy and healthy individual that you can be.
Everybody struggles sometimes. Struggles are a normal part of the human experience, and I am grateful to be able to provide consistent help and support from a non-judgmental therapeutic position of acceptance and encouragement. As your counselor, I offer to engage with you using a holistic approach to mental health with a focus on destigmatizing self-care; after all, quality of life starts with your own self. My focus is on you with the goal of empowering you and improving your quality of life so that you may work towards life as the most happy and healthy individual that you can be.
(337) 427-7152 View (337) 427-7152
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Danielle Shamsie Prejean
MA, BCBA, LBA, CTP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Westlake, LA 70669
As a certified trauma professional, I am able to help individuals and families navigate life transitions and challenges. I am competent in adoption coaching and therapy for all stages with pre and post adoption. I am passionate in helping clients identify barriers in their functioning to help in creating growth. Helping clients grow in their coping skills and education of how life events can change our thought patterns, behavioral reactions, and and emotional responses. I am committed to the holistic approach and helping you become the version of yourself or your family. We can not change the past but grow our future.
As a certified trauma professional, I am able to help individuals and families navigate life transitions and challenges. I am competent in adoption coaching and therapy for all stages with pre and post adoption. I am passionate in helping clients identify barriers in their functioning to help in creating growth. Helping clients grow in their coping skills and education of how life events can change our thought patterns, behavioral reactions, and and emotional responses. I am committed to the holistic approach and helping you become the version of yourself or your family. We can not change the past but grow our future.
(337) 540-0713 View (337) 540-0713

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Leigh Boyer
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Lake Charles, LA 70605
Not accepting new clients
I enjoy working with adults who are looking to gain freedom from emotional pain in order to experience a more satisfying life. I work to create a safe, nonjudgmental and warm environment for my clients – an environment where you can feel comfortable to engage in open conversation. I believe that therapy should be a collaboration in order for you to reach your goals and create sustainable changes. My clients also find they gain a greater sense of self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-confidence through our work together.
I enjoy working with adults who are looking to gain freedom from emotional pain in order to experience a more satisfying life. I work to create a safe, nonjudgmental and warm environment for my clients – an environment where you can feel comfortable to engage in open conversation. I believe that therapy should be a collaboration in order for you to reach your goals and create sustainable changes. My clients also find they gain a greater sense of self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-confidence through our work together.
(337) 508-0346 View (337) 508-0346
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Mary Tobias
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPC
Verified Verified
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Hello! I would like to help you create the story for your life that you prefer. We can work to alleviate depression, anxiety, relational challenges, trauma, and any other challenges that prevent you from moving forward and reaching your goals. I believe that it takes lots of strength to reach out for assistance, and you have everything needed within to overcome these challenges. I am here to collaborate with you, the expert of your experience, to create the story that will enhance your life.
Hello! I would like to help you create the story for your life that you prefer. We can work to alleviate depression, anxiety, relational challenges, trauma, and any other challenges that prevent you from moving forward and reaching your goals. I believe that it takes lots of strength to reach out for assistance, and you have everything needed within to overcome these challenges. I am here to collaborate with you, the expert of your experience, to create the story that will enhance your life.
(504) 420-8309 View (504) 420-8309
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Gwendolyn M Smith
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Lake Charles, LA 70601  (Online Only)
Hi If you are a person looking for help with Relationships, Marriage, Addiction, Depression or Anxiety and you are ready and willing to do the work I would like to help you. If you have decided you want something different and better, I would like to help you. If you have decided you want to find happiness within and be your best self, I would like to help you. The reward of a happier, more fulfilling life at the end of this journey far outweighs your struggles and the work it takes to become your best self. I want to reassure you that people do heal and I want to assist you in creating your success story.
Hi If you are a person looking for help with Relationships, Marriage, Addiction, Depression or Anxiety and you are ready and willing to do the work I would like to help you. If you have decided you want something different and better, I would like to help you. If you have decided you want to find happiness within and be your best self, I would like to help you. The reward of a happier, more fulfilling life at the end of this journey far outweighs your struggles and the work it takes to become your best self. I want to reassure you that people do heal and I want to assist you in creating your success story.
(850) 304-9522 View (850) 304-9522
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Kimberly Hebert
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, 200RYT
Verified Verified
Lake Charles, LA 70601  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I utilize a variety of methods including cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, meditation, psychodynamic, yoga and others. We will explore and define present areas of unhappiness and feeling stuck. We will develop positive skills that will allow you to create the life you desire. I believe every individual is capable of healing from within. We will work on removing patterns of thinking and behavior that are self harming. So that you can move forward through learning about yourself.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I utilize a variety of methods including cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, meditation, psychodynamic, yoga and others. We will explore and define present areas of unhappiness and feeling stuck. We will develop positive skills that will allow you to create the life you desire. I believe every individual is capable of healing from within. We will work on removing patterns of thinking and behavior that are self harming. So that you can move forward through learning about yourself.
(337) 944-0960 View (337) 944-0960
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Britni H Broussard
Pre-Licensed Professional, Intern
Verified Verified
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Two of the most important things we need in our own lives are joy and contentment. This is often difficult to achieve with life's constant demands on our time and energy. Without balance, life becomes joyless, unfulfilling, and at times, unmanageable. We begin to wonder if there is meaning in our lives or even if there's "a purpose." In the effort to find relief or push through, we may find ourselves drawn to counter productive and even self-destructive behaviors that only offer temporary relief. There are other options, a different perspective may help. I offer just this to my clients.
Two of the most important things we need in our own lives are joy and contentment. This is often difficult to achieve with life's constant demands on our time and energy. Without balance, life becomes joyless, unfulfilling, and at times, unmanageable. We begin to wonder if there is meaning in our lives or even if there's "a purpose." In the effort to find relief or push through, we may find ourselves drawn to counter productive and even self-destructive behaviors that only offer temporary relief. There are other options, a different perspective may help. I offer just this to my clients.
(337) 427-8610 View (337) 427-8610
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Eddie Windham
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Lake Charles, LA 70601
I have experience dealing with a broad range of issues. I offer discreet and effective treatment of Sexual Addiction, working both with the addict and their spouse or partner. I treat internet, gaming and other addictions using the many of the same techniques I use with sexual addiction. Treatment is done in both individual and couples sessions. I offer several ways of treating addicts with initial intensive out-patient treatment including weekly or bi-weekly appointments, daily appointments for three weeks, or a three day intensive treatment. relationship issues.
I have experience dealing with a broad range of issues. I offer discreet and effective treatment of Sexual Addiction, working both with the addict and their spouse or partner. I treat internet, gaming and other addictions using the many of the same techniques I use with sexual addiction. Treatment is done in both individual and couples sessions. I offer several ways of treating addicts with initial intensive out-patient treatment including weekly or bi-weekly appointments, daily appointments for three weeks, or a three day intensive treatment. relationship issues.
(337) 565-1257 View (337) 565-1257
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Dwayne Jacobs
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-S, NCC, THCC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Lake Charles, LA 70601  (Online Only)
I am a mental health professional with experience working in various settings; to include: residential addiction, correctional, community, and school based agencies. Those experiences have been rewarding in the opportunities they have provided for me to facilitate and witness client growth. My view of the therapeutic relationship is that of a process in which the client and the therapist build a therapeutic alliance to: explore and identify areas for improvement, develop goals, and work together realizing those goals and optimizing quality of life.
I am a mental health professional with experience working in various settings; to include: residential addiction, correctional, community, and school based agencies. Those experiences have been rewarding in the opportunities they have provided for me to facilitate and witness client growth. My view of the therapeutic relationship is that of a process in which the client and the therapist build a therapeutic alliance to: explore and identify areas for improvement, develop goals, and work together realizing those goals and optimizing quality of life.
(337) 324-1902 View (337) 324-1902
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Mary E Dix
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MA, NCC
Verified Verified
Lake Charles, LA 70601  (Online Only)
Life can be tough but it is also an opportunity to dream, do, and be your best self. Unfortunately, difficulties like stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, and heartbreak can also be a part of life. Giving up doesn't have to be an option. I am not a superhero but I love providing therapeutic services to clients to aid them in uncovering and uprooting challenges so that they may increase their self-awareness, insight, and ability to heal. Utilizing a compassionate but direct approach, I come alongside the individual to offer support and therapeutic interventions as we work together to increase their ability to heal.
Life can be tough but it is also an opportunity to dream, do, and be your best self. Unfortunately, difficulties like stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, and heartbreak can also be a part of life. Giving up doesn't have to be an option. I am not a superhero but I love providing therapeutic services to clients to aid them in uncovering and uprooting challenges so that they may increase their self-awareness, insight, and ability to heal. Utilizing a compassionate but direct approach, I come alongside the individual to offer support and therapeutic interventions as we work together to increase their ability to heal.
(337) 448-4196 View (337) 448-4196
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Jody M Davidson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Lake Charles, LA 70605
Are you coping with Grief, the loss a loved-one? Or, PTSD? Traumatic experience of any kind, whether it happened a long time ago, or recently? Do you get Triggered easily? Angry, Sad, Tearful, Guilt-Stricken, or other unpleasant feelings? Or, Neg. intrusive beliefs? I provide compassionate EMDR Therapy for survivors of Traumatic experiences & Loss. Certified as an Induced After-Death Communication therapist. IADC Tx. heals grief & loss through a powerful modified-EMDR process that reconnects a person to the Spirit of a deceased loved-one, or close friend. IADC Therapy can resolve old wounds and provided healing & closure.
Are you coping with Grief, the loss a loved-one? Or, PTSD? Traumatic experience of any kind, whether it happened a long time ago, or recently? Do you get Triggered easily? Angry, Sad, Tearful, Guilt-Stricken, or other unpleasant feelings? Or, Neg. intrusive beliefs? I provide compassionate EMDR Therapy for survivors of Traumatic experiences & Loss. Certified as an Induced After-Death Communication therapist. IADC Tx. heals grief & loss through a powerful modified-EMDR process that reconnects a person to the Spirit of a deceased loved-one, or close friend. IADC Therapy can resolve old wounds and provided healing & closure.
(337) 794-1141 View (337) 794-1141
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Frank Hood
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Lake Charles, LA 70605  (Online Only)
Sometimes life and things get to be "a bit too much." We all deal with things differently. My focus is helping clients chart a path towards greater wellbeing and fulfillment, so that they can ultimately live a happy and healthy life that matters. This means an individualized treatment plan and goals which we will collaborate together. My work is insight driven. I am passionate about helping others develop deeper understanding and acceptance for themselves, the world and the experiences which we encounter.
Sometimes life and things get to be "a bit too much." We all deal with things differently. My focus is helping clients chart a path towards greater wellbeing and fulfillment, so that they can ultimately live a happy and healthy life that matters. This means an individualized treatment plan and goals which we will collaborate together. My work is insight driven. I am passionate about helping others develop deeper understanding and acceptance for themselves, the world and the experiences which we encounter.
(281) 214-6912 View (281) 214-6912
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Stacy Welch
Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Not accepting new clients
No one escapes the challenges of the human experience, we all just need the tools to learn to heal! I specialize in trauma (PTSD) and offer Brainspotting Therapy. Brainspotting is a psychotherapy tool that utilizes less thought-based talk therapy and more focused mindfulness on your somatic (body) experience - the window into our natural healing process. Research shows Brainspotting can lessen symptom burden in one session. It’s highly effective for trauma, anxiety, anger, performance and creative blocks, or sports enhancement.
No one escapes the challenges of the human experience, we all just need the tools to learn to heal! I specialize in trauma (PTSD) and offer Brainspotting Therapy. Brainspotting is a psychotherapy tool that utilizes less thought-based talk therapy and more focused mindfulness on your somatic (body) experience - the window into our natural healing process. Research shows Brainspotting can lessen symptom burden in one session. It’s highly effective for trauma, anxiety, anger, performance and creative blocks, or sports enhancement.
(337) 222-3288 View (337) 222-3288
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E'shereca Mills
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, LCDCi
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Are you finding that life's unexpected twists are disrupting your relationships, stalling your progress, and adding emotional weight? Do feelings of anger, pain, anxiety, or fear shape how you see the world and connect with others? In therapy, we'll work closely together to develop effective coping skills, explore new perspectives, and regain control over your life's direction. It's about embracing innovative approaches, shifting your perspective, and uncovering what truly supports your well-being and growth. Are you ready to navigate these challenges with renewed confidence and empowerment?
Are you finding that life's unexpected twists are disrupting your relationships, stalling your progress, and adding emotional weight? Do feelings of anger, pain, anxiety, or fear shape how you see the world and connect with others? In therapy, we'll work closely together to develop effective coping skills, explore new perspectives, and regain control over your life's direction. It's about embracing innovative approaches, shifting your perspective, and uncovering what truly supports your well-being and growth. Are you ready to navigate these challenges with renewed confidence and empowerment?
(409) 215-2519 View (409) 215-2519
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Kristen M Sison
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CST
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Waitlist for new clients
Hi there! I'm Kristen, and my interest is people. I love getting to know about other's passions, feelings, attitudes, and ideas. And that's exactly what brought me to therapy! I get excited when others are looking to explore their own lives for ways to improve, no matter how small. I work well with clients who ruminate and tend to get caught in the vicious cycles of depression and anxiety by examining daily behaviors and thoughts. I like to be direct to maximize productivity in our time together, but will always treat you with the respect and compassion we all deserve. I'm always open to collaboration, feedback, and creativity.
Hi there! I'm Kristen, and my interest is people. I love getting to know about other's passions, feelings, attitudes, and ideas. And that's exactly what brought me to therapy! I get excited when others are looking to explore their own lives for ways to improve, no matter how small. I work well with clients who ruminate and tend to get caught in the vicious cycles of depression and anxiety by examining daily behaviors and thoughts. I like to be direct to maximize productivity in our time together, but will always treat you with the respect and compassion we all deserve. I'm always open to collaboration, feedback, and creativity.
(337) 210-7331 View (337) 210-7331
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Kelley Taylor
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, LAC
Verified Verified
Lake Charles, LA 70605
As a drug and alcohol counselor, my purpose is rooted in a deep passion for helping individuals overcome the grip of addiction and reclaim their lives. Witnessing the destructive power of substance abuse firsthand has driven me to dedicate my career to providing support, guidance, and hope to those struggling with addiction. Each day, I am committed to creating a safe and nonjudgmental space where my patients can heal, grow, and find their path to recovery.
As a drug and alcohol counselor, my purpose is rooted in a deep passion for helping individuals overcome the grip of addiction and reclaim their lives. Witnessing the destructive power of substance abuse firsthand has driven me to dedicate my career to providing support, guidance, and hope to those struggling with addiction. Each day, I am committed to creating a safe and nonjudgmental space where my patients can heal, grow, and find their path to recovery.
(337) 508-1540 View (337) 508-1540
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Sheena Stakes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Hi! My name is, Sheena Stakes, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with many years of experience working with those with depression, anxiety, addiction, and trauma related issues. If you are looking for a therapist with compassion, empathy, non-judgmental mentality, and supportive of personal goals, then let's chat. I have a passion for people and find fulfillment in helping others succeed. And I want that for you too. I would love the opportunity to be a part of your healing journey and help empower you to recognize your own strengths and capabilities. NOW offering weekly GROUP therapy sessions.
Hi! My name is, Sheena Stakes, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with many years of experience working with those with depression, anxiety, addiction, and trauma related issues. If you are looking for a therapist with compassion, empathy, non-judgmental mentality, and supportive of personal goals, then let's chat. I have a passion for people and find fulfillment in helping others succeed. And I want that for you too. I would love the opportunity to be a part of your healing journey and help empower you to recognize your own strengths and capabilities. NOW offering weekly GROUP therapy sessions.
(337) 227-9357 View (337) 227-9357

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Number of Therapists in Westlake, LA

< 10

Therapists in Westlake, LA who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Anger Management
100% Stress
80% ADHD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

75% BlueCross and BlueShield
50% Aetna
50% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Westlake, LA see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

60% Female
40% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Westlake?

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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.