Therapists in Amherst, MA

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Emily Bloch
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Amherst, MA 01004
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in working with people feeling challenged by relationships, work, parenting (from pregnancy through empty nest), and aging, as well as people struggling with trauma, grief, and loss. I start from the position that past experiences and attachments have profound effects on our everyday lives, and our abilities to move forward. I have an interest in working with those who navigate multiple cultures and communities (through, for example, racial identity, class background, immigration, religion, gender, and sexuality), as well as those who work in education, healthcare, nonprofit, and creative fields.
I specialize in working with people feeling challenged by relationships, work, parenting (from pregnancy through empty nest), and aging, as well as people struggling with trauma, grief, and loss. I start from the position that past experiences and attachments have profound effects on our everyday lives, and our abilities to move forward. I have an interest in working with those who navigate multiple cultures and communities (through, for example, racial identity, class background, immigration, religion, gender, and sexuality), as well as those who work in education, healthcare, nonprofit, and creative fields.
(413) 266-5262 View (413) 266-5262
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Theodore Chelmow
Counselor, PhD, MEd MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Amherst, MA 01002  (Online Only)
Providing Massachusetts statewide services. Mental health issues are at an all time high. It's ok to ask for help. Please don't struggle alone. Dr. Chelmow has > 30 years in the mental health field - focusing on work, family, education, financial & social problems to quickly help reduce anxiety, depression, family issues & substance abuse. He has worked as a business executive & in governance. He has taught at Harvard Medical School, the University of Massachusetts, Cambridge College & Springfield College & written many articles on health care. He provides training to business on difficult work situations, stigma & multiculturalism.
Providing Massachusetts statewide services. Mental health issues are at an all time high. It's ok to ask for help. Please don't struggle alone. Dr. Chelmow has > 30 years in the mental health field - focusing on work, family, education, financial & social problems to quickly help reduce anxiety, depression, family issues & substance abuse. He has worked as a business executive & in governance. He has taught at Harvard Medical School, the University of Massachusetts, Cambridge College & Springfield College & written many articles on health care. He provides training to business on difficult work situations, stigma & multiculturalism.
(617) 855-0317 View (617) 855-0317
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Ken Bernstein, LICSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Amherst, MA 01002
I work with adults, adolescents and children. I am especially interested in helping men improve their communication skills in intimate relationships, and, in parenting; fostering their ability to identify and articulate their feelings, and, being more empathic of the other person.
I work with adults, adolescents and children. I am especially interested in helping men improve their communication skills in intimate relationships, and, in parenting; fostering their ability to identify and articulate their feelings, and, being more empathic of the other person.
(413) 347-4398 View (413) 347-4398
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Eric Hopkins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Amherst, MA 01002  (Online Only)
Eric believes therapy is a collaborative process in which the client is the expert in themselves and steers the ship and he helps to support them through what can be difficult, though necessary and important change. At the base of Eric’s work is a collaborative, empathic, non-judgemental, hopeful and accepting approach in which a unique relationship can form to help facilitate change and allow a person to become more accepting, patient, curious and compassionate towards themselves.
Eric believes therapy is a collaborative process in which the client is the expert in themselves and steers the ship and he helps to support them through what can be difficult, though necessary and important change. At the base of Eric’s work is a collaborative, empathic, non-judgemental, hopeful and accepting approach in which a unique relationship can form to help facilitate change and allow a person to become more accepting, patient, curious and compassionate towards themselves.
(413) 331-7868 View (413) 331-7868
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Melinda Hermanson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Amherst, MA 01002
Melinda understands that reaching out for help can be challenging. Her wish is to make your experience less stressful, so that your transition into therapy is positive. She uses a goal oriented and solution-focused counseling approach. Melinda assures a professional, safe, and welcoming environment. Her clients often describe her as kind, supportive, compassionate, and funny. Her supportive style shows an in-depth understanding of the human condition and mental health issues. Melinda holds a deep respect for individual differences and human dignity. She will listen to what your goals are and help you to reach them.
Melinda understands that reaching out for help can be challenging. Her wish is to make your experience less stressful, so that your transition into therapy is positive. She uses a goal oriented and solution-focused counseling approach. Melinda assures a professional, safe, and welcoming environment. Her clients often describe her as kind, supportive, compassionate, and funny. Her supportive style shows an in-depth understanding of the human condition and mental health issues. Melinda holds a deep respect for individual differences and human dignity. She will listen to what your goals are and help you to reach them.
(413) 613-4703 View (413) 613-4703
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Jennifer Curiale
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Amherst, MA 01002  (Online Only)
There are times in all of our lives when we need extra support to face challenges, manage transitions and overcome adversities. As a caring and compassionate therapist I am committed to helping you explore the issues that may be holding you back and helping you uncover the innate potential within you to thrive and heal. I have a great deal of experience helping clients manage and overcome depression, anxiety, trauma histories, low self-esteem, and dysfunctional relationship patterns. I bring a wide variety of both professional and personal experience to my clinical work and believe in the strength and resilience of the human spirit.
There are times in all of our lives when we need extra support to face challenges, manage transitions and overcome adversities. As a caring and compassionate therapist I am committed to helping you explore the issues that may be holding you back and helping you uncover the innate potential within you to thrive and heal. I have a great deal of experience helping clients manage and overcome depression, anxiety, trauma histories, low self-esteem, and dysfunctional relationship patterns. I bring a wide variety of both professional and personal experience to my clinical work and believe in the strength and resilience of the human spirit.
(413) 923-7753 View (413) 923-7753
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Dr. Min Cheng
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Amherst, MA 01002  (Online Only)
No one can be everything to everyone. Similarly, no therapist can be everything to every client. It is therefore vital for us to find our “fit” amongst what seem to be endless yet confusing options. I am originally from China and I trained with some of the most renowned multicultural psychologists during my Ph.D. career at Columbia University. Since then, I interned and worked as a bilingual therapist at Mt. Sinai-Roosevelt Hospital in NYC, Mt. Sinai-Beth Israel Medical Center in NYC, and Amherst College Counseling Center in Amherst, MA. My own cross-cultural and cross-lingual experiences continue to shape the way I work.
No one can be everything to everyone. Similarly, no therapist can be everything to every client. It is therefore vital for us to find our “fit” amongst what seem to be endless yet confusing options. I am originally from China and I trained with some of the most renowned multicultural psychologists during my Ph.D. career at Columbia University. Since then, I interned and worked as a bilingual therapist at Mt. Sinai-Roosevelt Hospital in NYC, Mt. Sinai-Beth Israel Medical Center in NYC, and Amherst College Counseling Center in Amherst, MA. My own cross-cultural and cross-lingual experiences continue to shape the way I work.
(413) 331-7409 View (413) 331-7409
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Geneva Schmitt
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Amherst, MA 01002  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
My primary goal is to empower my adult clients. I do this by helping them understand their personal patterns, triggers, and behaviors. I customize my methods to each person's individual needs while drawing on my training and experience. I offer an empathic, judgment-free space for clients to explore the issues that concern them. From this client-centered foundation we can identify clear goals, barriers, and strategies for change. My practice is LGBTQIA+-affirming and BIPOC-allied.
My primary goal is to empower my adult clients. I do this by helping them understand their personal patterns, triggers, and behaviors. I customize my methods to each person's individual needs while drawing on my training and experience. I offer an empathic, judgment-free space for clients to explore the issues that concern them. From this client-centered foundation we can identify clear goals, barriers, and strategies for change. My practice is LGBTQIA+-affirming and BIPOC-allied.
(413) 287-7909 View (413) 287-7909
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Rosemary Sheola
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Amherst, MA 01002  (Online Only)
As a counselor, Rosemary believes in unconditional positive regard, empathy, and encouragement. Her approach has been described as “relational, warm, and nurturing.” She understands that this is your journey and you must be the one to take those steps and reach your goals. She is honored to be a part of it and will walk beside you every step of the way- encouraging, supporting, and giving advice where her expertise allows it. Rosemary’s counseling approach is also more holistic in nature. She believes that true growth and healing comes from incorporating the whole individual.
As a counselor, Rosemary believes in unconditional positive regard, empathy, and encouragement. Her approach has been described as “relational, warm, and nurturing.” She understands that this is your journey and you must be the one to take those steps and reach your goals. She is honored to be a part of it and will walk beside you every step of the way- encouraging, supporting, and giving advice where her expertise allows it. Rosemary’s counseling approach is also more holistic in nature. She believes that true growth and healing comes from incorporating the whole individual.
(413) 323-3895 View (413) 323-3895
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Evan Shopper
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Amherst, MA 01002
Offering Parenting Consultations ONLY (sorry, I am not taking on new, individual clients). For 15 years, I've specialized in working with kids and their families, but I rarely have openings and often have to turn away parents who need help. I know how frustrating it is for parents to find therapists with openings, and with this in mind, I now am offering a series of three consultation sessions for parents to gain further insight into the roots of what their child is experiencing, and how parents can help. While my consultations are not a replacement for therapy, parents have said our meetings are extremely helpful.
Offering Parenting Consultations ONLY (sorry, I am not taking on new, individual clients). For 15 years, I've specialized in working with kids and their families, but I rarely have openings and often have to turn away parents who need help. I know how frustrating it is for parents to find therapists with openings, and with this in mind, I now am offering a series of three consultation sessions for parents to gain further insight into the roots of what their child is experiencing, and how parents can help. While my consultations are not a replacement for therapy, parents have said our meetings are extremely helpful.
(413) 269-5523 View (413) 269-5523
Nate Thorn
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Amherst, MA 01002
I have a few openings for adult psychotherapy clients. If you have masshealth insurance, you must be 21 years or older (because I am no longer chins certified). I trained mostly in outpatient settings and have been in private practice for approximately 10 years. I have experience working with many psychological issues, but am not set up to treat eating disorders or active substance / alcohol dependence. I am otherwise open to working with just about anyone, provided I think I can be helpful. I prefer email to make an initial appointment. I will respond to you within a few days if you reach out via email.
I have a few openings for adult psychotherapy clients. If you have masshealth insurance, you must be 21 years or older (because I am no longer chins certified). I trained mostly in outpatient settings and have been in private practice for approximately 10 years. I have experience working with many psychological issues, but am not set up to treat eating disorders or active substance / alcohol dependence. I am otherwise open to working with just about anyone, provided I think I can be helpful. I prefer email to make an initial appointment. I will respond to you within a few days if you reach out via email.
(413) 338-5026 View (413) 338-5026
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Tim Hope
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Amherst, MA 01002
I am a clinician, consultant and evaluator for children, youth and young adults. I have helped families coping with trauma, divorce, behavior problems, substances, alcohol, eating disorders and other health-related difficulties, cognitive disorders or PDD. I have successfully helped individuals with anger, depression or anxiety, including OCD and PTSD. I work closely with families and schools treating those with ADHD, LD, and Developmental Disabilities, including Autism Spectrum disorders. I primarily use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Family Therapy. Finally, I have a special interest in issues concerning adoption and individuals in the GLBTQIA+ community.
I am a clinician, consultant and evaluator for children, youth and young adults. I have helped families coping with trauma, divorce, behavior problems, substances, alcohol, eating disorders and other health-related difficulties, cognitive disorders or PDD. I have successfully helped individuals with anger, depression or anxiety, including OCD and PTSD. I work closely with families and schools treating those with ADHD, LD, and Developmental Disabilities, including Autism Spectrum disorders. I primarily use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Family Therapy. Finally, I have a special interest in issues concerning adoption and individuals in the GLBTQIA+ community.
(413) 315-4417 View (413) 315-4417
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Lynne C Davis
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMHC, LMFT
Verified Verified
Amherst, MA 01002  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Psychotherapy is a doorway into new insights & perspectives that can be life changing. We learn how to get beyond our reactions, often shaped by our painful life experiences & create new ways of being in our lives. Therapy can help us see more possibilities & break free from the stuck & painful dilemmas that weigh us down. My practice is informed by spiritual and clinical perspectives. We all want to feel more love, more belonging & more wholeness. We do that by using what comes our way to grow wiser & experience more peace & balance. I work to help people release fear while developing more trust in their own unshakable center.
Psychotherapy is a doorway into new insights & perspectives that can be life changing. We learn how to get beyond our reactions, often shaped by our painful life experiences & create new ways of being in our lives. Therapy can help us see more possibilities & break free from the stuck & painful dilemmas that weigh us down. My practice is informed by spiritual and clinical perspectives. We all want to feel more love, more belonging & more wholeness. We do that by using what comes our way to grow wiser & experience more peace & balance. I work to help people release fear while developing more trust in their own unshakable center.
(413) 299-2492 View (413) 299-2492
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Corinne Olson LICSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Amherst, MA 01002  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
My passion is working with adult children of alcoholics and/or narcissists, generally anyone who suffered traumas that have made it feel your life is not your own, not good enough or out of control. You want to set more clear boundaries with others and likely, yourself. You always feel you can do better and never feel like enough. You do it all for everyone but you. You desire to live empowered and confidently. We can work together to support you in better understanding your needs and emotions and exploring and identifying effective toolsto meet those needs and manage your emotions in a healthy and effective way.
My passion is working with adult children of alcoholics and/or narcissists, generally anyone who suffered traumas that have made it feel your life is not your own, not good enough or out of control. You want to set more clear boundaries with others and likely, yourself. You always feel you can do better and never feel like enough. You do it all for everyone but you. You desire to live empowered and confidently. We can work together to support you in better understanding your needs and emotions and exploring and identifying effective toolsto meet those needs and manage your emotions in a healthy and effective way.
(413) 331-7645 View (413) 331-7645
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Patricia Gorman
Psychologist, EdD, LP, LMFT
Verified Verified
Amherst, MA 01002  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am a licensed psychologist and licensed marriage and family therapist with a private practice in Amherst. I work with individuals and couples who are feeling overwhelmed and troubled by symptoms such as anxiety or depression, or having difficulty with relationships. My therapy is collaborative and strength-based. I use the best practices emerging from current research and theory. I listen carefully to you to help identify the most effective approach that is personalized to your situation.
I am a licensed psychologist and licensed marriage and family therapist with a private practice in Amherst. I work with individuals and couples who are feeling overwhelmed and troubled by symptoms such as anxiety or depression, or having difficulty with relationships. My therapy is collaborative and strength-based. I use the best practices emerging from current research and theory. I listen carefully to you to help identify the most effective approach that is personalized to your situation.
(413) 349-4054 View (413) 349-4054
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Jialin Xiang
Pre-Licensed Professional, EdM
Verified Verified
Amherst, MA 01002  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am a compassionate and dedicated Chinese counselor. Being a Chinese woman myself, I have a profound understanding of the unique challenges that Asian individuals face in the American context. I strongly believe that culture plays a significant role in shaping our mental health. It influences our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Recognizing this, I am committed to empowering Asian individuals living in the United States.
I am a compassionate and dedicated Chinese counselor. Being a Chinese woman myself, I have a profound understanding of the unique challenges that Asian individuals face in the American context. I strongly believe that culture plays a significant role in shaping our mental health. It influences our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Recognizing this, I am committed to empowering Asian individuals living in the United States.
(413) 414-4863 View (413) 414-4863
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David Levit
Psychologist, PhD, ABPP
Verified Verified
Amherst, MA 01002
I am a clinical psychologist in practice in Amherst since 1989. I work with a wide range of people, from college aged through older adults, and with a wide range of problems and issues including: negative or vulnerable self-image, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, losses, and life transitions. I strive to provide a warm, safe, collaborative, open atmosphere in which to help people find relief from suffering and enhanced vital engagement in living. I believe that pathways to growth and healing often involve increasing awareness of underlying self-defeating patterns in the ways people experience and live their lives.
I am a clinical psychologist in practice in Amherst since 1989. I work with a wide range of people, from college aged through older adults, and with a wide range of problems and issues including: negative or vulnerable self-image, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, losses, and life transitions. I strive to provide a warm, safe, collaborative, open atmosphere in which to help people find relief from suffering and enhanced vital engagement in living. I believe that pathways to growth and healing often involve increasing awareness of underlying self-defeating patterns in the ways people experience and live their lives.
(413) 248-4536 View (413) 248-4536
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Anna Kogan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Amherst, MA 01002
At times we find ourselves confronted by stressful situations, like an impasse with a boss, conflict at home, financial or school-related pressures, major life transitions, losses and health issues, to name a few. How can one find the strength and courage needed to deal with a complex problem at hand, without giving up and succumbing to pain and suffering? I would like to offer you supportive compassionate guidance and professional knowledge to help you succeed in dealing with challenges in your life.
At times we find ourselves confronted by stressful situations, like an impasse with a boss, conflict at home, financial or school-related pressures, major life transitions, losses and health issues, to name a few. How can one find the strength and courage needed to deal with a complex problem at hand, without giving up and succumbing to pain and suffering? I would like to offer you supportive compassionate guidance and professional knowledge to help you succeed in dealing with challenges in your life.
(413) 944-0965 View (413) 944-0965
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Sarah Presson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Amherst, MA 01002  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who is dedicated to providing trauma-informed, compassionate care to those I work with. I am committed to meeting people where they are, and being present for them in times of stress and need. I provide an open and affirming space for all to feel welcomed. I walk with folks as they make their journey to improving the quality of their mental health, and empowers them to make the changes they are striving for!
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who is dedicated to providing trauma-informed, compassionate care to those I work with. I am committed to meeting people where they are, and being present for them in times of stress and need. I provide an open and affirming space for all to feel welcomed. I walk with folks as they make their journey to improving the quality of their mental health, and empowers them to make the changes they are striving for!
(413) 200-3560 View (413) 200-3560
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Jeffrey Paul Kassis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Amherst, MA 01002  (Online Only)
I work with clients that experience relationship issues with partners, family, friends and at work. Helping individuals decrease the intensity of their anxiety and depression in therapy we explore options and choices for growth and resolving difficulties. The goal is to create clarity regarding better communication and how to assert their needs.
I work with clients that experience relationship issues with partners, family, friends and at work. Helping individuals decrease the intensity of their anxiety and depression in therapy we explore options and choices for growth and resolving difficulties. The goal is to create clarity regarding better communication and how to assert their needs.
(413) 324-5114 View (413) 324-5114
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Number of Therapists in Amherst, MA

300+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Amherst, MA who prioritize treating:

88% Anxiety
86% Depression
77% Relationship Issues
70% Trauma and PTSD
68% Self Esteem
64% Grief
63% Stress

Average years in practice

16 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% BlueCross and BlueShield
55% Optum
52% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Amherst, MA see their clients

59% In Person and Online
41% Online Only

Gender breakdown

76% Female
21% Male
3% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Amherst?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What type of therapy is right for me?

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

How much does therapy cost?

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

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

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

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

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

Is online therapy a good option?

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

Are therapy sessions confidential?

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