Therapists in Columbia, MD

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Annette Harris
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-C, MEd
Columbia, MD 21044  (Online Only)
I am here to offer professional, supported, guided and solution-focused insight into life's many challenges. Through a variety of therapeutic approaches, I can help you with parenting, depression, anxiety, pre-marital and marital issues, as well as many other of life's obstacles. I am very empathetic, but I will also challenge you as appropriate. After all, I want you to be your best self.
I am here to offer professional, supported, guided and solution-focused insight into life's many challenges. Through a variety of therapeutic approaches, I can help you with parenting, depression, anxiety, pre-marital and marital issues, as well as many other of life's obstacles. I am very empathetic, but I will also challenge you as appropriate. After all, I want you to be your best self.
(301) 355-0373 View (301) 355-0373
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Cynthia Lengrand
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-C, LLC
Verified
Columbia, MD 21045
What keeps me growing as a professional and drives me to do what I do, are the individuals and families that I have the privilege to work with everyday. There are times in all of our lives when we need to reach out for support and encouragement and to know that we are not alone. I have extensive experience in the field of trauma, in particular with survivors of childhood sexual abuse, child abuse, and child neglect. When working with this population, I have treated issues ranging from but not limited to PTSD, depression, anxiety, attachment, and anger.
What keeps me growing as a professional and drives me to do what I do, are the individuals and families that I have the privilege to work with everyday. There are times in all of our lives when we need to reach out for support and encouragement and to know that we are not alone. I have extensive experience in the field of trauma, in particular with survivors of childhood sexual abuse, child abuse, and child neglect. When working with this population, I have treated issues ranging from but not limited to PTSD, depression, anxiety, attachment, and anger.
(410) 656-4272 View (410) 656-4272
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Daniel McCarthy
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Columbia, MD 21044  (Online Only)
Many people feel so alone with their problems. Central to my approach to counseling is my belief that the relationship between the client and the counselor is critical to effective counseling. Only when a client feels that they are fully heard, understood, accepted and valued without judgment, does change occur. These key factors are manifest through active listening, empathy, unconditional positive regard, and the development of a therapeutic alliance. That alliance is built around an agreement on the client’s goals. These goals must always be the client’s goals, no one else's. No problem is "too hard" and no revelation "too dark".
Many people feel so alone with their problems. Central to my approach to counseling is my belief that the relationship between the client and the counselor is critical to effective counseling. Only when a client feels that they are fully heard, understood, accepted and valued without judgment, does change occur. These key factors are manifest through active listening, empathy, unconditional positive regard, and the development of a therapeutic alliance. That alliance is built around an agreement on the client’s goals. These goals must always be the client’s goals, no one else's. No problem is "too hard" and no revelation "too dark".
(301) 381-1607 View (301) 381-1607
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Jayme Fund
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21046
Welcome, I am Jayme. I would like to take a moment to congratulate you on taking the first step to creating and defining your best self. For me, there is no greater pleasure than you allowing me to witness and take part in your journey of personal acceptance and growth. I will help you navigate the therapeutic process and hold client autonomy and right to self-determination in the highest regard. I work to develop and maintain a healing relationship that is collaborative and equal. I am now offering additional TELEHEALTH sessions to adapt to the growing demand during this time. Very much looking forward to hearing from you!
Welcome, I am Jayme. I would like to take a moment to congratulate you on taking the first step to creating and defining your best self. For me, there is no greater pleasure than you allowing me to witness and take part in your journey of personal acceptance and growth. I will help you navigate the therapeutic process and hold client autonomy and right to self-determination in the highest regard. I work to develop and maintain a healing relationship that is collaborative and equal. I am now offering additional TELEHEALTH sessions to adapt to the growing demand during this time. Very much looking forward to hearing from you!
(410) 469-1426 View (410) 469-1426
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Robin Barnes
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified
Columbia, MD 21046
Hi, I'm Robin and it is my humble privilege to work with you on your journey of growth and healing. Many people who come to counseling may feel nervous or unsure about the process at first. My goal is to provide a safe and welcoming space for you to share and work through the struggles and challenges you are facing. Whether it be anxiety, women's issues, life transitions, or parenting matters, together we will go at a pace that is right for you. I am a Clinical Mental Health Graduate intern at Anchor Counseling Centers and am accepting new clients in person and virtually.
Hi, I'm Robin and it is my humble privilege to work with you on your journey of growth and healing. Many people who come to counseling may feel nervous or unsure about the process at first. My goal is to provide a safe and welcoming space for you to share and work through the struggles and challenges you are facing. Whether it be anxiety, women's issues, life transitions, or parenting matters, together we will go at a pace that is right for you. I am a Clinical Mental Health Graduate intern at Anchor Counseling Centers and am accepting new clients in person and virtually.
(240) 466-9954 View (240) 466-9954
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Carilyn Rego
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Columbia, MD 21044  (Online Only)
Hi my name is Carilyn Rego, but I go by Carrie. I am a licensed clinical social worker in the states of Maryland and Florida who has been working in the mental health field for 17 years.
Hi my name is Carilyn Rego, but I go by Carrie. I am a licensed clinical social worker in the states of Maryland and Florida who has been working in the mental health field for 17 years.
(240) 698-2934 View (240) 698-2934
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Reginald Nettles
Psychologist, PhD, CGP
Verified
Columbia, MD 21045
People who are seeking to change dysfunctional patterns in their emotional lives and interpersonal relationships or are undergoing major life transitions and loss, may benefit from my approaches to psychotherapy. Working from interpersonal, psychodynamic and emotion focused frameworks, I emphasize the importance of relationships - developmentally and throughout the life span. I have many years of experience assisting people with emotional, interpersonal, achievement-related and existential dilemmas. Adults of diverse racial, ethnic, and spiritual backgrounds, gender orientations, physical abilities, and health statuses are seen in my practice.
People who are seeking to change dysfunctional patterns in their emotional lives and interpersonal relationships or are undergoing major life transitions and loss, may benefit from my approaches to psychotherapy. Working from interpersonal, psychodynamic and emotion focused frameworks, I emphasize the importance of relationships - developmentally and throughout the life span. I have many years of experience assisting people with emotional, interpersonal, achievement-related and existential dilemmas. Adults of diverse racial, ethnic, and spiritual backgrounds, gender orientations, physical abilities, and health statuses are seen in my practice.
(410) 205-1092 View (410) 205-1092
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Pamela Bel Anu
Marriage & Family Therapist, LGMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21044
Is there something holding you back from the experience of feeling fully alive, safe, and satisfied in your own life; in your own skin? Experiencing internal and external difficulties long enough and under enough stress, we become disconnected to what makes life worth living. I believe my job is to provide a safe space and be a supportive, caring, non-judgmental presence as a guide and collaborator. Together we can face what is hurting or not helping you. I have worked over the years in a variety of settings with adults, children, teens, families and couples from diverse backgrounds and identities.
Is there something holding you back from the experience of feeling fully alive, safe, and satisfied in your own life; in your own skin? Experiencing internal and external difficulties long enough and under enough stress, we become disconnected to what makes life worth living. I believe my job is to provide a safe space and be a supportive, caring, non-judgmental presence as a guide and collaborator. Together we can face what is hurting or not helping you. I have worked over the years in a variety of settings with adults, children, teens, families and couples from diverse backgrounds and identities.
(240) 209-9116 View (240) 209-9116
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Randall R Myers
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW-C
Verified
Columbia, MD 21046  (Online Only)
Glad you found me and I look forward to working with you! I enjoy working directly with people to allow a deeper connection on a personal level whether you're new to therapy or not. I actively engage honestly and authentically in the counseling and healing process, exploring and addressing issues directly as they arise. I allow time for deeper understanding to take place as the counseling process unfolds. I have been a successful clinical social work therapist for many years, working with a wide range of both hearing and deaf people (I sign fluently) on individual, children, youth, couple, and family issues.
Glad you found me and I look forward to working with you! I enjoy working directly with people to allow a deeper connection on a personal level whether you're new to therapy or not. I actively engage honestly and authentically in the counseling and healing process, exploring and addressing issues directly as they arise. I allow time for deeper understanding to take place as the counseling process unfolds. I have been a successful clinical social work therapist for many years, working with a wide range of both hearing and deaf people (I sign fluently) on individual, children, youth, couple, and family issues.
(301) 918-5780 View (301) 918-5780
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Soonhee Lee
Psychologist, PhD, ABPP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21044  (Online Only)
Life comes with various challenges. I believe that we cope with them as best as we can and that genuine and authentic relationship facilitates the healing process. As your psychologist, I will honor your unique contexts (e.g., intersecting identities, family background, interpersonal dynamics), support your strength to improve the quality of life, and help find inner peace and positive transformation. I welcome short-term and long-term therapy that focuses on building psychological and relational resilience. I am an Asian woman psychologist with global perspectives and provide clinical services both in English and Korean.
Life comes with various challenges. I believe that we cope with them as best as we can and that genuine and authentic relationship facilitates the healing process. As your psychologist, I will honor your unique contexts (e.g., intersecting identities, family background, interpersonal dynamics), support your strength to improve the quality of life, and help find inner peace and positive transformation. I welcome short-term and long-term therapy that focuses on building psychological and relational resilience. I am an Asian woman psychologist with global perspectives and provide clinical services both in English and Korean.
(410) 642-5795 View (410) 642-5795
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Gloria Mathis
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Columbia, MD 21045  (Online Only)
Dr. Mathis specializes in treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, anxiety disorders, and Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs), such as hair-pulling and skin-picking. She also works with individuals managing other areas of psychological difficulty, such as depression, stress management, sleep problems, and disruptive behavior. Dr. Mathis is trained in the Family Well-Being Approach for families of individuals who refuse treatment. Each individual has different goals for treatment, but generally Dr. Mathis focuses on collaboratively identifying goals to increase the client's quality of life in ways that matter to them.
Dr. Mathis specializes in treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, anxiety disorders, and Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs), such as hair-pulling and skin-picking. She also works with individuals managing other areas of psychological difficulty, such as depression, stress management, sleep problems, and disruptive behavior. Dr. Mathis is trained in the Family Well-Being Approach for families of individuals who refuse treatment. Each individual has different goals for treatment, but generally Dr. Mathis focuses on collaboratively identifying goals to increase the client's quality of life in ways that matter to them.
(410) 834-4889 x3 View (410) 834-4889 x3
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Asha Brown
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified
Columbia, MD 21046  (Online Only)
Let's be honest. Most of us have something that we could use additional help navigating. I'm passionate about providing support to teens and adults looking to gain awareness, understanding, and skills to manage life changes, interpersonal relationships, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, grief, and PTSD. My clients describe wanting to see sustainable change in their lives and are open to challenging their beliefs and disrupting current behavioral patterns to achieve that change. Additionally, I have a special interest in working with populations who are marginalized including racial/ethnic, sexual, and gender minorities.
Let's be honest. Most of us have something that we could use additional help navigating. I'm passionate about providing support to teens and adults looking to gain awareness, understanding, and skills to manage life changes, interpersonal relationships, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, grief, and PTSD. My clients describe wanting to see sustainable change in their lives and are open to challenging their beliefs and disrupting current behavioral patterns to achieve that change. Additionally, I have a special interest in working with populations who are marginalized including racial/ethnic, sexual, and gender minorities.
(443) 960-7757 View (443) 960-7757
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Lauren Ilene Mirkin
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LPCP, NCC, LDN, NBC-HWC
Verified
Columbia, MD 21044
Are you feeling stuck, down, depressed, unmotivated, unfocused? Are you trapped in overwhelming emotions or unhelpful thinking? Are your relationships causing you distress? I am here to help you on your journey to greater inner harmony, balance, joy, and aliveness. I am an experienced psychotherapist who finds great fulfillment in helping my clients overcome their emotional hurdles and enabling them to live more productive and fulfilling lives. I work with adults, adolescents, couples, and families. I am here to help you discover your strengths and see the sunny side of life more often.
Are you feeling stuck, down, depressed, unmotivated, unfocused? Are you trapped in overwhelming emotions or unhelpful thinking? Are your relationships causing you distress? I am here to help you on your journey to greater inner harmony, balance, joy, and aliveness. I am an experienced psychotherapist who finds great fulfillment in helping my clients overcome their emotional hurdles and enabling them to live more productive and fulfilling lives. I work with adults, adolescents, couples, and families. I am here to help you discover your strengths and see the sunny side of life more often.
(410) 472-5625 View (410) 472-5625
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Abby Holland
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21046  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Are you ready to begin your journey towards wellness and healing? I believe that the start of healing begins with finding balance. Balance can be found through compassion, forgiveness, empathy, genuine joy, and exploring your innermost thoughts. Therapy is a safe space where I can help you to find harmony by providing support without judgement and bias. I have worked with adults and adolescents in navigating life's challenges including depression, anxiety, gender and sexuality concerns, addiction recovery, stress management, and more.
Are you ready to begin your journey towards wellness and healing? I believe that the start of healing begins with finding balance. Balance can be found through compassion, forgiveness, empathy, genuine joy, and exploring your innermost thoughts. Therapy is a safe space where I can help you to find harmony by providing support without judgement and bias. I have worked with adults and adolescents in navigating life's challenges including depression, anxiety, gender and sexuality concerns, addiction recovery, stress management, and more.
(443) 412-8702 View (443) 412-8702
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Ana Maria Garcia
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Columbia, MD 21044
My counseling philosophy is based on the empathic understanding of the individual's circumstances and challenges impacting their functioning in life. I believe that insight, working in the “here and now,” addressing short and long-term goals, and acquiring healthy coping mechanisms are crucial to overcome emotional distress and acquire emotional growth. My philosophy as a therapist is that the clients are the EXPERTS and that the therapist is the one that follows the clients’ lead helping them to understand and solve in a healthy way their inner struggles and conflicts.
My counseling philosophy is based on the empathic understanding of the individual's circumstances and challenges impacting their functioning in life. I believe that insight, working in the “here and now,” addressing short and long-term goals, and acquiring healthy coping mechanisms are crucial to overcome emotional distress and acquire emotional growth. My philosophy as a therapist is that the clients are the EXPERTS and that the therapist is the one that follows the clients’ lead helping them to understand and solve in a healthy way their inner struggles and conflicts.
(443) 687-8830 View (443) 687-8830
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Michael Spaulding
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21046
Generally, I use a combination of traditional cognitive behavioral techniques with strategies to improve motivation. Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Hypnotherapy are used for an integrated reinforcement of behavioral change. These blended techniques work on the goals through both a conscious behavioral and a subconscious level so that each aspect of the mind and being are congruent and working together. These techniques are indicated for addictions, mood disorders, stress relief, and wellness goals such as smoking cessation and weight reduction, or other compulsive behaviors.
Generally, I use a combination of traditional cognitive behavioral techniques with strategies to improve motivation. Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Hypnotherapy are used for an integrated reinforcement of behavioral change. These blended techniques work on the goals through both a conscious behavioral and a subconscious level so that each aspect of the mind and being are congruent and working together. These techniques are indicated for addictions, mood disorders, stress relief, and wellness goals such as smoking cessation and weight reduction, or other compulsive behaviors.
(410) 514-5922 View (410) 514-5922
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Erica Jones
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified
Columbia, MD 21045  (Online Only)
Life can make you feel overwhelmed and disconnected from the most authentic version of yourself. It might feel like you're getting pulled in too many directions and none of them even feel like you. Deep down, I believe we are all looking for connection and understanding. Seeking therapy can help you begin making the changes needed to live life on your terms. I believe every person is the ultimate expert in themselves and that therapy is a powerful opportunity to explore a new sense of self, identify values, and heal. If you feel stuck, there's hope. Let's start the journey now, the best is yet to come.
Life can make you feel overwhelmed and disconnected from the most authentic version of yourself. It might feel like you're getting pulled in too many directions and none of them even feel like you. Deep down, I believe we are all looking for connection and understanding. Seeking therapy can help you begin making the changes needed to live life on your terms. I believe every person is the ultimate expert in themselves and that therapy is a powerful opportunity to explore a new sense of self, identify values, and heal. If you feel stuck, there's hope. Let's start the journey now, the best is yet to come.
(240) 748-0806 View (240) 748-0806
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Ashleigh Roberts
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21045  (Online Only)
You are so brave for stepping up to the plate to improve your life; to attain greater balance, achieve your goals, enhance your self-assurance, learn your strengths, and to feel empowered to live fully! I love working with adults who struggle with trying to manage it all. Between work, parenting, relationships, socializing with friends, and maintaining a meaningful spiritual life, many adults are just plain exhausted. You desire to feel greater peace with it all and to start enjoying life again. I see you and I hear you, and I cannot wait for us to work together so you can discover your needs and finally meet your goals.
You are so brave for stepping up to the plate to improve your life; to attain greater balance, achieve your goals, enhance your self-assurance, learn your strengths, and to feel empowered to live fully! I love working with adults who struggle with trying to manage it all. Between work, parenting, relationships, socializing with friends, and maintaining a meaningful spiritual life, many adults are just plain exhausted. You desire to feel greater peace with it all and to start enjoying life again. I see you and I hear you, and I cannot wait for us to work together so you can discover your needs and finally meet your goals.
(410) 417-8228 View (410) 417-8228
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Heidi M Woods
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MS, LCPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21044  (Online Only)
I specialize in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders in children, adolescents and adults as well as behavior problems in children and adolescents. I also treat those who have experienced trauma. I utilize cognitive behavioral, behavior modification, relaxation, and solution focused therapies to help clients achieve a better life. My treatment approach is to listen carefully, develop treatment goals that are important and achieveable for the client, build on the client's current skills and help to develop new life skills as well as helping the client to achieve life balance.
I specialize in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders in children, adolescents and adults as well as behavior problems in children and adolescents. I also treat those who have experienced trauma. I utilize cognitive behavioral, behavior modification, relaxation, and solution focused therapies to help clients achieve a better life. My treatment approach is to listen carefully, develop treatment goals that are important and achieveable for the client, build on the client's current skills and help to develop new life skills as well as helping the client to achieve life balance.
(443) 701-5772 View (443) 701-5772
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Toyin Fasosin
Counselor, MA, LGPC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21045  (Online Only)
Congratulations! Acknowledgment is the first step to change, and the fact that you are reading this in your search for a therapist is that first step. I celebrate your transparency and boldness. I believe every human is worthy of respect and strive to provide a safe, warm, and non-judgmental therapeutic space.
Congratulations! Acknowledgment is the first step to change, and the fact that you are reading this in your search for a therapist is that first step. I celebrate your transparency and boldness. I believe every human is worthy of respect and strive to provide a safe, warm, and non-judgmental therapeutic space.
(443) 315-2874 View (443) 315-2874

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Number of Therapists in Columbia, MD

700+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Columbia, MD who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
88% Depression
76% Self Esteem
75% Relationship Issues
71% Coping Skills
69% Stress
62% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

75% BlueCross and BlueShield
74% CareFirst
71% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Columbia, MD see their clients

56% In Person and Online
44% Online Only

Gender breakdown

81% Female
18% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Columbia?

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.