Therapists in Chesapeake City, MD

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Kristine Hitchens
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW-C, LCADC, NBCCH
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chesapeake City, MD 21915
Not accepting new clients
Change starts with just one step in the right direction. However, the right direction can be hard to find. Therefore, the very first step often involves asking for help. With help from a compassionate, skilled therapist in a safe environment, internal and external obstacles are removed, balance is established and confidence grows. Then the right direction becomes more clear and the next step is more easily placed. If you are looking to make new steps forward, then I am here for you. With over 25 years of experience as a therapist, I have been able to master a variety of techniques. Therefore, therapy is individually tailored.
Change starts with just one step in the right direction. However, the right direction can be hard to find. Therefore, the very first step often involves asking for help. With help from a compassionate, skilled therapist in a safe environment, internal and external obstacles are removed, balance is established and confidence grows. Then the right direction becomes more clear and the next step is more easily placed. If you are looking to make new steps forward, then I am here for you. With over 25 years of experience as a therapist, I have been able to master a variety of techniques. Therefore, therapy is individually tailored.
(443) 251-3693 View (443) 251-3693
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Gabrielle Manske
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Chesapeake City, MD 21915
Everyone deserves to be their best self but life often interferes and we can pick up doubts, insecurities, overwhelming feelings and/or numbness. I have a passion for helping people find meaning and purpose in their life experiences and believe that we all have the natural ability to heal when given the right space and skills necessary for growth and transformation. I have over 20 years of experience working with adults and specialize in trauma treatment, including healing from adverse childhood experiences, physical and sexual traumas, combat traumas, workplace traumas, and everything in between.
Everyone deserves to be their best self but life often interferes and we can pick up doubts, insecurities, overwhelming feelings and/or numbness. I have a passion for helping people find meaning and purpose in their life experiences and believe that we all have the natural ability to heal when given the right space and skills necessary for growth and transformation. I have over 20 years of experience working with adults and specialize in trauma treatment, including healing from adverse childhood experiences, physical and sexual traumas, combat traumas, workplace traumas, and everything in between.
(410) 996-4878 View (410) 996-4878

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Jodi Willems
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPCMH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Elkton, MD 21921
I offer in-person sessions at my location in Newark. I am a trauma therapist trained and certified in EMDR. EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing. EMDR helps people work through traumatic experiences and begin the healing process. Trauma covers a wide array of experiences including physical trauma, emotional and verbal abuse, grief, sexual assault, combat, and so much more…. If you feel you have trauma or other life stressors, please contact me to set up a free consultation so we can talk about your unique life story and experiences.
I offer in-person sessions at my location in Newark. I am a trauma therapist trained and certified in EMDR. EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing. EMDR helps people work through traumatic experiences and begin the healing process. Trauma covers a wide array of experiences including physical trauma, emotional and verbal abuse, grief, sexual assault, combat, and so much more…. If you feel you have trauma or other life stressors, please contact me to set up a free consultation so we can talk about your unique life story and experiences.
(302) 303-5401 View (302) 303-5401
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Asia Amway
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Elkton, MD 21921
Have your thoughts dictated your life in a negative way? Do you feel misunderstood? Do you want to feel content & at peace? Many of us feel that way in so many aspects of our life including work/life balance, family issues, relationships, trauma, self-esteem, etc. leading us to develop symptoms of depression and anxiety. We feel as though we need to have control in our lives, fearing the unknown. We strive to be perfect, feel validated, needing love. We cannot have full control of our lives, yet, with the mind, body, and soul, we can navigate the unknown by learning healthy coping skills such as journaling, meditation, & self talk.
Have your thoughts dictated your life in a negative way? Do you feel misunderstood? Do you want to feel content & at peace? Many of us feel that way in so many aspects of our life including work/life balance, family issues, relationships, trauma, self-esteem, etc. leading us to develop symptoms of depression and anxiety. We feel as though we need to have control in our lives, fearing the unknown. We strive to be perfect, feel validated, needing love. We cannot have full control of our lives, yet, with the mind, body, and soul, we can navigate the unknown by learning healthy coping skills such as journaling, meditation, & self talk.
(302) 306-9548 View (302) 306-9548
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Barbara Kistenmacher, Ph.D., LLC
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Elkton, MD 21921  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
After receiving my doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with a focus on couples, I completed my internship in trauma at Cornell Medical School in NYC. My post-doctoral fellowship was in addictions at Mt. Sinai Hospital, NYC. I built my career in NYC, integrating & disseminating evidence-based treatment methods and models for multiple organizations including Columbia University's Faculty Practice, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, and the Hazelden-Betty Ford Foundation where I served as the Executive Director. I have taught and mentored undergraduates and psychiatry residents, as well as published on the topics of marriage and domestic violence.
After receiving my doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with a focus on couples, I completed my internship in trauma at Cornell Medical School in NYC. My post-doctoral fellowship was in addictions at Mt. Sinai Hospital, NYC. I built my career in NYC, integrating & disseminating evidence-based treatment methods and models for multiple organizations including Columbia University's Faculty Practice, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, and the Hazelden-Betty Ford Foundation where I served as the Executive Director. I have taught and mentored undergraduates and psychiatry residents, as well as published on the topics of marriage and domestic violence.
(917) 669-7938 View (917) 669-7938
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Francine Bouyett
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC, CMAC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Elkton, MD 21921  (Online Only)
It can be difficult to open up and talk about your life stressors to someone you don’t know. Sometimes we can feel unheard or alone and just need someone who can be a helping, nonjudgmental, and listening ear. The hardest part can be finding the words to express ourselves and process what can feel like a jumbled mess and you just need someone to help put the scattered puzzle pieces together to create a beautiful picture. Aristotle said it best, “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” I can help with building coping skills, work on effective communication, self-expression, processing trauma/grief, and mindfulness.
It can be difficult to open up and talk about your life stressors to someone you don’t know. Sometimes we can feel unheard or alone and just need someone who can be a helping, nonjudgmental, and listening ear. The hardest part can be finding the words to express ourselves and process what can feel like a jumbled mess and you just need someone to help put the scattered puzzle pieces together to create a beautiful picture. Aristotle said it best, “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” I can help with building coping skills, work on effective communication, self-expression, processing trauma/grief, and mindfulness.
(410) 650-6344 View (410) 650-6344
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Heather Ulrich
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Elkton, MD 21921
Dr. Ulrich is using the latest technology to provide a new way to support separated or divorced parents navigating their separation for the best interest of their children including co-parenting therapy and parenting coordination. Using secure video conferencing, Dr. Ulrich assists parents and families in navigating their current environments in a healthy, adaptive manner to minimize further conflict or trauma. Dr. Ulrich also provides remote parent coaching for a wide range of child problems and specializes in parenting support for developmental trauma, reactive attachment disorder, and adoption/foster care families.
Dr. Ulrich is using the latest technology to provide a new way to support separated or divorced parents navigating their separation for the best interest of their children including co-parenting therapy and parenting coordination. Using secure video conferencing, Dr. Ulrich assists parents and families in navigating their current environments in a healthy, adaptive manner to minimize further conflict or trauma. Dr. Ulrich also provides remote parent coaching for a wide range of child problems and specializes in parenting support for developmental trauma, reactive attachment disorder, and adoption/foster care families.
(828) 668-5332 View (828) 668-5332
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Nichole Jones
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
North East, MD 21901
Not accepting new clients
(Currently Full but please check back). I am so grateful you chose to continue your journey towards healing. I say continue rather than begin because I believe we all have innate strengths towards inner healing. You reading this right here, right now, demonstrates to yourself that you have internal strength, motivation, and realization that you deserve a meaningful and joyful life. I chose this career because I have learned to appreciate how beautiful life can be and I want to help others see that as well. Sometimes we just need the assistance of a compassionate 3rd party to help us view life through a lens we haven’t yet before.
(Currently Full but please check back). I am so grateful you chose to continue your journey towards healing. I say continue rather than begin because I believe we all have innate strengths towards inner healing. You reading this right here, right now, demonstrates to yourself that you have internal strength, motivation, and realization that you deserve a meaningful and joyful life. I chose this career because I have learned to appreciate how beautiful life can be and I want to help others see that as well. Sometimes we just need the assistance of a compassionate 3rd party to help us view life through a lens we haven’t yet before.
(443) 227-4381 View (443) 227-4381
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Ashley Mattix
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Elkton, MD 21921
Not accepting new clients
The path towards healing takes our minds and hearts on a journey that brings up memories of early adversity, past traumas, and present-day challenges. In the face of adversity and trauma, we are biologically wired to adapt, leading to creative ways of coping that often no longer serve us in healthy, supportive, loving environments. I know this can feel overwhelming to process and navigate given the complexity of your lived experiences and the impact on well-being. I strive to provide a space for clients that gives them permission to explore what is still serving them as well as what they would like to let go of.
The path towards healing takes our minds and hearts on a journey that brings up memories of early adversity, past traumas, and present-day challenges. In the face of adversity and trauma, we are biologically wired to adapt, leading to creative ways of coping that often no longer serve us in healthy, supportive, loving environments. I know this can feel overwhelming to process and navigate given the complexity of your lived experiences and the impact on well-being. I strive to provide a space for clients that gives them permission to explore what is still serving them as well as what they would like to let go of.
(410) 449-7238 View (410) 449-7238
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Thriveworks Newark
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPCMH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Elkton, MD 21921
Karl (he/his) is a National Board-Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor, licensed in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and the District of Columbia. He earned a Master's Degree and Educational Specialist in Community Counseling from James Madison University. He has over twenty years of counseling experience in a variety of settings, including mental health clinics, private practice, community-based, and telehealth. He specializes in the areas of anxiety, depression and mood disorders, stress management, trauma, and LBTQIA+ and/or DEI-related issues.
Karl (he/his) is a National Board-Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor, licensed in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and the District of Columbia. He earned a Master's Degree and Educational Specialist in Community Counseling from James Madison University. He has over twenty years of counseling experience in a variety of settings, including mental health clinics, private practice, community-based, and telehealth. He specializes in the areas of anxiety, depression and mood disorders, stress management, trauma, and LBTQIA+ and/or DEI-related issues.
(302) 202-0988 View (302) 202-0988
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Raenisha Williams
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, LACMH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Elkton, MD 21921
Struggling to swim neck deep in all aspects of our life including work/life balance, family issues, relationships, past trauma, low self-esteem, etc. leading us to develop a strong need for control. Now we are irritable, angry, sad. "If I do it, I can feel safe. If I think ahead w/plan A/B/C then we good. We strive to be perfect, feel validated, needing love. We cannot have full control of our lives, but, w/attention to the mind, body & soul, we can create a new safe zone. Utilizing healthy coping skills which can include journaling, mediation, yoga, mindfulness, exercise which helps us in creating internal peace within ourselves.
Struggling to swim neck deep in all aspects of our life including work/life balance, family issues, relationships, past trauma, low self-esteem, etc. leading us to develop a strong need for control. Now we are irritable, angry, sad. "If I do it, I can feel safe. If I think ahead w/plan A/B/C then we good. We strive to be perfect, feel validated, needing love. We cannot have full control of our lives, but, w/attention to the mind, body & soul, we can create a new safe zone. Utilizing healthy coping skills which can include journaling, mediation, yoga, mindfulness, exercise which helps us in creating internal peace within ourselves.
(302) 532-4816 View (302) 532-4816
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Sharon Rogers
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
North East, MD 21901
I believe that everyone deserves to feel their best. Mental and emotional challenges are barriers to living your best life. I understand it takes courage to take the first steps toward restoring or finding life balance and being the best you. My approach is to create a safe and comfortable environment, enabling my clients to gain personal fulfillment, self-confidence, and enhanced relationships. My genuineness and life experiences contribute to my therapeutic style. Through the therapeutic process, my clients will benefit from my objective and non-judgmental perspective on a problem.
I believe that everyone deserves to feel their best. Mental and emotional challenges are barriers to living your best life. I understand it takes courage to take the first steps toward restoring or finding life balance and being the best you. My approach is to create a safe and comfortable environment, enabling my clients to gain personal fulfillment, self-confidence, and enhanced relationships. My genuineness and life experiences contribute to my therapeutic style. Through the therapeutic process, my clients will benefit from my objective and non-judgmental perspective on a problem.
(443) 256-4148 View (443) 256-4148
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Lamont Josey
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, CAADC, CCFC, CSSOTS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Elkton, MD 21921
It is my primary focus to help empower my clients to make meaningful changes in their lives through goal-directed interventions and strategic planning. With twenty plus years of experience working with adults, children, adolescents, families and various mental health & addiction populations, I encourage the use of one's own strengths to overcome challenging issues. I have been trained to treat various mental health and addictions issues. I use evidence-based, goal oriented and measurable techniques to assist in the therapeutic process. This journey I promise to take with you will achieve positive outcomes and results.
It is my primary focus to help empower my clients to make meaningful changes in their lives through goal-directed interventions and strategic planning. With twenty plus years of experience working with adults, children, adolescents, families and various mental health & addiction populations, I encourage the use of one's own strengths to overcome challenging issues. I have been trained to treat various mental health and addictions issues. I use evidence-based, goal oriented and measurable techniques to assist in the therapeutic process. This journey I promise to take with you will achieve positive outcomes and results.
(302) 504-4898 View (302) 504-4898
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Elizabeth Lynne Ohara
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-C, LCSW
Verified Verified
North East, MD 21901  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Do you believe that events from your past get in the way of experiencing joy in the present? Do you wish to have healthier and more satisfying relationships? Do you struggle with ways of thinking that you have a hard time changing? I believe I can help. I am a licensed clinical social worker with 27 years of experience and have helped many people find increased life satisfaction by challenging old beliefs and finding new ways of thinking about themselves.
Do you believe that events from your past get in the way of experiencing joy in the present? Do you wish to have healthier and more satisfying relationships? Do you struggle with ways of thinking that you have a hard time changing? I believe I can help. I am a licensed clinical social worker with 27 years of experience and have helped many people find increased life satisfaction by challenging old beliefs and finding new ways of thinking about themselves.
(717) 553-2314 View (717) 553-2314
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Dr. Berkeley Antonioli
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW-C, MEd
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Elkton, MD 21921  (Online Only)
I am in awe of how our nervous systems adapt to survive overwhelming situations. I love teaching my clients about their innate resilience & abilities to heal, and connect to self & others. I believe that understanding why we respond the way we do is paramount in building the self-compassion necessary to live in line with our values. I specialize in helping adults work through relational & sexual trauma, shame, high-functioning anxiety & people-pleasing, & parenting concerns. I collaborate with my clients to cultivate self-compassion, confidence, emotional intelligence, healthy sexual expression, and communication & intimacy skills.
I am in awe of how our nervous systems adapt to survive overwhelming situations. I love teaching my clients about their innate resilience & abilities to heal, and connect to self & others. I believe that understanding why we respond the way we do is paramount in building the self-compassion necessary to live in line with our values. I specialize in helping adults work through relational & sexual trauma, shame, high-functioning anxiety & people-pleasing, & parenting concerns. I collaborate with my clients to cultivate self-compassion, confidence, emotional intelligence, healthy sexual expression, and communication & intimacy skills.
(302) 343-1739 View (302) 343-1739
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Speak Life - Laura Dahl
Counselor, MPA, LCPC-S
Verified Verified
North East, MD 21901
Waitlist for new clients
Are you or a loved one facing challenges with substance use or alcohol? Struggling with family or relationship conflicts? Living in constant fear of uncertain outcomes? Feeling hopeless, lonely, or disconnected? As a Christian counselor, I recognize our inherent need for connection and relationships. My goal is to support individuals, couples and families, guiding them to develop healthy coping mechanisms and empowering them to cultivate fulfilling and meaningful relationships in their lives.
Are you or a loved one facing challenges with substance use or alcohol? Struggling with family or relationship conflicts? Living in constant fear of uncertain outcomes? Feeling hopeless, lonely, or disconnected? As a Christian counselor, I recognize our inherent need for connection and relationships. My goal is to support individuals, couples and families, guiding them to develop healthy coping mechanisms and empowering them to cultivate fulfilling and meaningful relationships in their lives.
(443) 693-7189 View (443) 693-7189
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Gretchen Anderton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Elkton, MD 21921
Not accepting new clients
Maybe you want to strengthen your relationship with an intimate partner, are having difficulty adjusting to new parenthood or want to have a more fulfilling sex life after trauma. Perhaps current events are leading to anxiety, or you’re not able to take joy in the things you used to. Whatever challenges you’re facing, you deserve support.
Maybe you want to strengthen your relationship with an intimate partner, are having difficulty adjusting to new parenthood or want to have a more fulfilling sex life after trauma. Perhaps current events are leading to anxiety, or you’re not able to take joy in the things you used to. Whatever challenges you’re facing, you deserve support.
(302) 286-9612 View (302) 286-9612
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Megan Lynn Mullins
Counselor, LCPC, LPCMH, ACE CPT, Pn1
Verified Verified
Elkton, MD 21921
Waitlist for new clients
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with 14 years of experience. I specialize in the use of EMDR, BSP (Brain Spotting), Internal Family Systems Therapy as well as RLT, AEDP, DBT, and ERP. I am also an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Precision Nutrition Certified Nutrition Coach. As a former D1 athlete, my approach to psychotherapy is a holistic one. My clients have specifically appreciated the rate at which they are able to experience benefits from therapy. I work out of two offices, one on Main Street in Newark (within walking distance of University of Delaware), the other in Elkton.
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with 14 years of experience. I specialize in the use of EMDR, BSP (Brain Spotting), Internal Family Systems Therapy as well as RLT, AEDP, DBT, and ERP. I am also an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Precision Nutrition Certified Nutrition Coach. As a former D1 athlete, my approach to psychotherapy is a holistic one. My clients have specifically appreciated the rate at which they are able to experience benefits from therapy. I work out of two offices, one on Main Street in Newark (within walking distance of University of Delaware), the other in Elkton.
(302) 587-8395 View (302) 587-8395
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Simone R Gillis
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Elkton, MD 21921
We strive to be perfect, feel validated in a world where expressing this "softer" side of you makes you less than. Where society emphasizes self sacrifce as heroic, self care seems to be selfish in a bad way. The pressures to walk/talk like "them".The money, violence, sex, drugs, disloyalty heavy in social media reels; has blurred reality for many. Now increased pressure in our life including work/life balance, family issues, relationships, past trauma, low self-esteem, etc. leading us to develop symptoms of depression, anxiety. Who are you oustide of the fad? What do you want for you? Is there ANYBODY else who wants their own path?
We strive to be perfect, feel validated in a world where expressing this "softer" side of you makes you less than. Where society emphasizes self sacrifce as heroic, self care seems to be selfish in a bad way. The pressures to walk/talk like "them".The money, violence, sex, drugs, disloyalty heavy in social media reels; has blurred reality for many. Now increased pressure in our life including work/life balance, family issues, relationships, past trauma, low self-esteem, etc. leading us to develop symptoms of depression, anxiety. Who are you oustide of the fad? What do you want for you? Is there ANYBODY else who wants their own path?
(302) 587-8162 View (302) 587-8162
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Trish Maslar
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Elkton, MD 21921
I see clients in Newark and Lewes Delaware. I am seasoned clinician of thirty five years. I have been in private practice for 25 years and am within walking distance of the University of Delaware. I also have a in person practice in Lewes De. I am successful with issues of anxiety, depression, grief, eating disorders, addictions, and relational concerns.
I see clients in Newark and Lewes Delaware. I am seasoned clinician of thirty five years. I have been in private practice for 25 years and am within walking distance of the University of Delaware. I also have a in person practice in Lewes De. I am successful with issues of anxiety, depression, grief, eating disorders, addictions, and relational concerns.
(302) 691-9772 View (302) 691-9772

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Number of Therapists in Chesapeake City, MD

< 10

Therapists in Chesapeake City, MD who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Grief
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Emotional Disturbance
100% Peer Relationships

Average years in practice

25 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Other
100% CareFirst

How Therapists in Chesapeake City, MD see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Chesapeake City?

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.