Therapists in Gaithersburg, MD

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Genardra Pugh
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gaithersburg, MD 20878  (Online Only)
As we maneuver through life towards our best selves, experiencing challenges, pain, & negative emotions are inevitable. I believe that we should not allow obstacles and feelings to stop our growth & hinder our journeys. Are you currently going through transition in your life & having difficulty adjusting? Are you struggling to get through your day because you are sad, doubtful, & overwhelmed? Are you confused, frustrated, & tired of trying to figure out relationships & your place in the world? I understand the complexities of life can be difficult to manage, but you do not have to manage them alone.
As we maneuver through life towards our best selves, experiencing challenges, pain, & negative emotions are inevitable. I believe that we should not allow obstacles and feelings to stop our growth & hinder our journeys. Are you currently going through transition in your life & having difficulty adjusting? Are you struggling to get through your day because you are sad, doubtful, & overwhelmed? Are you confused, frustrated, & tired of trying to figure out relationships & your place in the world? I understand the complexities of life can be difficult to manage, but you do not have to manage them alone.
(240) 540-4929 View (240) 540-4929
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Yan Ni
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Not accepting new clients
Welcome! If you are struggling with stress, relationship concerns, perfectionism, self-esteem issues, anxiety, depression, or PTSD, I would like to help you on your journey. I enjoy working with high-functioning individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and different presenting concerns. I am passionate about helping survivors of trauma, which is why I pursued post-doctoral training in the treatment of trauma-related disorders. I am also dedicated to addressing the unique needs and concerns of those who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) and APIDA (Asian Pacific Islander Desi American).
Welcome! If you are struggling with stress, relationship concerns, perfectionism, self-esteem issues, anxiety, depression, or PTSD, I would like to help you on your journey. I enjoy working with high-functioning individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and different presenting concerns. I am passionate about helping survivors of trauma, which is why I pursued post-doctoral training in the treatment of trauma-related disorders. I am also dedicated to addressing the unique needs and concerns of those who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) and APIDA (Asian Pacific Islander Desi American).
(240) 774-2059 View (240) 774-2059
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Heidi Vanderwalde
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
As a therapist of more than 20 years, I have worked with individuals from all backgrounds & stages of life to help achieve their goals & experience more personal fulfillment. I have provided treatment to individuals anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, & trauma. Since the link between stress and the impact upon the body has been well documented, I incorporate mind-body techniques such as meditation, imagery and other stress management strategies into my practice. I operate from a strength-based perspective to move clients forward toward resolving issues. I listen attentively and customize the therapy to the unique needs of the individual.
As a therapist of more than 20 years, I have worked with individuals from all backgrounds & stages of life to help achieve their goals & experience more personal fulfillment. I have provided treatment to individuals anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, & trauma. Since the link between stress and the impact upon the body has been well documented, I incorporate mind-body techniques such as meditation, imagery and other stress management strategies into my practice. I operate from a strength-based perspective to move clients forward toward resolving issues. I listen attentively and customize the therapy to the unique needs of the individual.
(301) 761-1009 View (301) 761-1009
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Dena Alalfey
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MS, NCC, LCPC
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
During these difficult times, I will help you develop skills to tackle daily stressors, learn ways to cope with anxiety, depression or hardships of everyday life, and set personal goals and begin to achieve them. I'm passionate about helping individuals find their voice, become more assertive, increase self-esteem, and find their path in order to  start working on their life goals
During these difficult times, I will help you develop skills to tackle daily stressors, learn ways to cope with anxiety, depression or hardships of everyday life, and set personal goals and begin to achieve them. I'm passionate about helping individuals find their voice, become more assertive, increase self-esteem, and find their path in order to  start working on their life goals
(240) 434-0851 View (240) 434-0851
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Dr. Mitch and Lisa Marriages/Couples Workshops
PsyD, MSW, Life, Coach
Verified Verified
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Relationships in Crisis: We Have Several Private Couples/Marriage Workshops & Individual Sessions, in order to Rapidly Accelerate Your Healing & Your Communication Process (Traditional 45 min. session Simply Does Not Work). During these 2 to 4 weeks, we will see both of you Together & Individually, as well as Help each of you Learn the Art of Empathy, Sensitivity & Compassion. These Workshops are Informative & Powerful, in order to Accelerate the Healing Process & Stop any further Damage from Occurring. In Addition, Our Success RATE is 85% of Our Couples that have Successfully Completed Our Couples Workshops or Alcohol Treatment.
Relationships in Crisis: We Have Several Private Couples/Marriage Workshops & Individual Sessions, in order to Rapidly Accelerate Your Healing & Your Communication Process (Traditional 45 min. session Simply Does Not Work). During these 2 to 4 weeks, we will see both of you Together & Individually, as well as Help each of you Learn the Art of Empathy, Sensitivity & Compassion. These Workshops are Informative & Powerful, in order to Accelerate the Healing Process & Stop any further Damage from Occurring. In Addition, Our Success RATE is 85% of Our Couples that have Successfully Completed Our Couples Workshops or Alcohol Treatment.
(301) 691-4094 View (301) 691-4094
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Integrative Psychological Services, LLC
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Dr. Thomas and her team of evaluators strives to provide a comfortable environment where people receive support, guidance, and direction based on their presenting concerns. Psychological evaluation can be utilized as a tool and resource for individuals who have challenges in academic, social, or occupational areas. Testing may be sought for the purpose of clarifying diagnoses, accommodations for school or work, and for understanding executive difficulties. Assessment services include: ADHD/Executive concerns, Developmental Disorders, Mood/Personality Disorders, Learning Disorders, Immigration Evaluation, and Admissions (IQ).
Dr. Thomas and her team of evaluators strives to provide a comfortable environment where people receive support, guidance, and direction based on their presenting concerns. Psychological evaluation can be utilized as a tool and resource for individuals who have challenges in academic, social, or occupational areas. Testing may be sought for the purpose of clarifying diagnoses, accommodations for school or work, and for understanding executive difficulties. Assessment services include: ADHD/Executive concerns, Developmental Disorders, Mood/Personality Disorders, Learning Disorders, Immigration Evaluation, and Admissions (IQ).
(301) 284-3742 View (301) 284-3742
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Mitra Khanjani
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
My approach to healing is based upon a non-invasive experience rather than prolonged processes, which incorporates EMDR, Guided Imagery, and traditional psychotherapy. Each session provides an atmosphere for nurturing, heart-opening, and confidentiality that will help you successfully achieve your goals in less time than talk therapy. The outcome of this success will help you feel less anxious, sad, fearful, stuck and/or enhance your confidence, ability to perform, love openly, commit when you want/let go when you want, be fully present and connected in whatever you do.
My approach to healing is based upon a non-invasive experience rather than prolonged processes, which incorporates EMDR, Guided Imagery, and traditional psychotherapy. Each session provides an atmosphere for nurturing, heart-opening, and confidentiality that will help you successfully achieve your goals in less time than talk therapy. The outcome of this success will help you feel less anxious, sad, fearful, stuck and/or enhance your confidence, ability to perform, love openly, commit when you want/let go when you want, be fully present and connected in whatever you do.
(301) 304-4019 View (301) 304-4019
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Dr. Leda Kaveh
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Dr. Kaveh is the owner/director of Washington Psychological Wellness. Dr. Kaveh is passionate about helping people live the lives they have envisioned by bringing values of honesty, kindness, humor & compassion to the practice. She works to inspire change, create greater self-awareness & improve one's life. She provides a comfortable and collaborative environment in which you can take risks and explore different ways of thinking, feeling & being. Her aim is to help you gain clarity about the underlying causes of your problems, provide strategies to help you cope & empower you to trust your inner voice & live each day authentically.
Dr. Kaveh is the owner/director of Washington Psychological Wellness. Dr. Kaveh is passionate about helping people live the lives they have envisioned by bringing values of honesty, kindness, humor & compassion to the practice. She works to inspire change, create greater self-awareness & improve one's life. She provides a comfortable and collaborative environment in which you can take risks and explore different ways of thinking, feeling & being. Her aim is to help you gain clarity about the underlying causes of your problems, provide strategies to help you cope & empower you to trust your inner voice & live each day authentically.
(240) 209-9124 View (240) 209-9124
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Gabriela Rios-Martinez
Counselor, MS, LCPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Gaithersburg, MD 20877  (Online Only)
I am a very compassionate and empathetic therapist that values the importance of a positive client-therapist relationship. I work to create a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere in which healing and self-exploration can occur. I am LGBTQ+ affirming and knowledgeable about specific topics such as exploring relationships, gender, sexuality, coming out, and transitioning. I particularly enjoy working with clients who would like to find out more about their true selves and their place in the world.
I am a very compassionate and empathetic therapist that values the importance of a positive client-therapist relationship. I work to create a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere in which healing and self-exploration can occur. I am LGBTQ+ affirming and knowledgeable about specific topics such as exploring relationships, gender, sexuality, coming out, and transitioning. I particularly enjoy working with clients who would like to find out more about their true selves and their place in the world.
(240) 641-0662 View (240) 641-0662
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Brad Bryk
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Gaithersburg, MD 20877  (Online Only)
I work with adolescents and adults who struggle with anxiety, relationship distress, identity development, perfectionism, and managing change. One area of specialization is working with current and former athletes, coaches, caregivers of athletes, and individuals in high-stress jobs, particularly individuals who experience physical injury, burnout, relationship issues on and off the field, performance anxiety, self-esteem struggles, and body image concerns. My goal as a therapist is to create a supportive and collaborative space and relationship with my clients to allow for in-depth exploration and perspective taking.
I work with adolescents and adults who struggle with anxiety, relationship distress, identity development, perfectionism, and managing change. One area of specialization is working with current and former athletes, coaches, caregivers of athletes, and individuals in high-stress jobs, particularly individuals who experience physical injury, burnout, relationship issues on and off the field, performance anxiety, self-esteem struggles, and body image concerns. My goal as a therapist is to create a supportive and collaborative space and relationship with my clients to allow for in-depth exploration and perspective taking.
(240) 209-9662 View (240) 209-9662
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Jacinta Casey
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
I work with those struggling with confidence/self-esteem/self-compassion, those interested in working on emotion identification and regulation, and those struggling with inattentiveness/focus difficulties. I help those who want to build up their coping skills toolkit. I am interested in working with those striving to identify and live aligned with their values and eager to engage in therapy. I am comfortable with people who might be the first generation willing to engage and trust the therapeutic relationship. I want to work with someone who wants to find balance and acceptance in a life of suffering and joy.
I work with those struggling with confidence/self-esteem/self-compassion, those interested in working on emotion identification and regulation, and those struggling with inattentiveness/focus difficulties. I help those who want to build up their coping skills toolkit. I am interested in working with those striving to identify and live aligned with their values and eager to engage in therapy. I am comfortable with people who might be the first generation willing to engage and trust the therapeutic relationship. I want to work with someone who wants to find balance and acceptance in a life of suffering and joy.
(240) 363-3874 View (240) 363-3874
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Sharon Khen Life Skills Coaching
MA, CMLC
Verified Verified
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
I am a Certified Master Life Coach and work with clients to develop practical strategies to manage life challenges. I strongly believe that YOU are the most capable, resourceful, powerful force in your life, regardless of your circumstances, and that YOU have the ability to change your life by realigning your goals and committing to change. I will be your partner on your journey. I will listen, and help you nurture yourself and your plans by using my practical and results-oriented coaching approach.
I am a Certified Master Life Coach and work with clients to develop practical strategies to manage life challenges. I strongly believe that YOU are the most capable, resourceful, powerful force in your life, regardless of your circumstances, and that YOU have the ability to change your life by realigning your goals and committing to change. I will be your partner on your journey. I will listen, and help you nurture yourself and your plans by using my practical and results-oriented coaching approach.
(301) 945-7020 View (301) 945-7020
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Restorative Focus Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Gaithersburg, MD 20878  (Online Only)
Currently accepting new clients! Restorative Focus Counseling Services has a passionate commitment for helping others make positive changes in their lives. The primary passions are helping individuals work through their problems and issues utilizing positive self-talk, mindfulness and grounding. We believe establishing a strong therapeutic rapport with her clients fosters a trusting, collaborative relationship in which clients begin to overcome their obstacles, developing positive coping skills, and achieve their goals.
Currently accepting new clients! Restorative Focus Counseling Services has a passionate commitment for helping others make positive changes in their lives. The primary passions are helping individuals work through their problems and issues utilizing positive self-talk, mindfulness and grounding. We believe establishing a strong therapeutic rapport with her clients fosters a trusting, collaborative relationship in which clients begin to overcome their obstacles, developing positive coping skills, and achieve their goals.
(240) 873-2385 View (240) 873-2385
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Taylor White
Counselor, LCPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
I am more interested in what you are experiencing than anything I could tell you about myself. Generally, individuals come to therapy because they have reached a personal impasse and would like an outside perspective.
I am more interested in what you are experiencing than anything I could tell you about myself. Generally, individuals come to therapy because they have reached a personal impasse and would like an outside perspective.
(240) 753-6844 View (240) 753-6844
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Alta Healthcare Services
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Gaithersburg, MD 20877  (Online Only)
Finding and connecting with a therapist is one of the hardest thing to do because you are looking for someone who will see you, hear you, and help you navigate in areas you may be struggling with. Here at Alta Healthcare Services, we pride ourselves on having a variety of clinicians that have come from different walks of life to help you achieve your overall goal. No matter what you are going through you will find someone to give you a helping hand. Here your success and growth is our priority.
Finding and connecting with a therapist is one of the hardest thing to do because you are looking for someone who will see you, hear you, and help you navigate in areas you may be struggling with. Here at Alta Healthcare Services, we pride ourselves on having a variety of clinicians that have come from different walks of life to help you achieve your overall goal. No matter what you are going through you will find someone to give you a helping hand. Here your success and growth is our priority.
(240) 201-6521 View (240) 201-6521
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Amy H Gates
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Making the decision to see a therapist is never easy and takes great courage. I try to provide a safe, trusting environment for adults who may be feeling overwhelmed, anxious and/or depressed. In my practice I use a supportive, solution-focused approach, which is practical and results oriented. I see therapy as a process for change rather than merely an exercise in insight.
Making the decision to see a therapist is never easy and takes great courage. I try to provide a safe, trusting environment for adults who may be feeling overwhelmed, anxious and/or depressed. In my practice I use a supportive, solution-focused approach, which is practical and results oriented. I see therapy as a process for change rather than merely an exercise in insight.
(240) 813-9054 View (240) 813-9054
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Dyanne Dunlap
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Gaithersburg, MD 20878  (Online Only)
As a therapist, I have 23 years of experience in the mental health field. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Work, my mission is to help you identify goals, focus on your future, and empower you to succeed. As a trauma survivor, I naturally relate to others as I empower and encourage you to be the best version of yourself. I have worked in a variety of settings including mental health agencies, residential centers, and psychiatric hospitals. I am accepting new patients exclusively through Telehealth to help people in a safe and convenient way.
As a therapist, I have 23 years of experience in the mental health field. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Work, my mission is to help you identify goals, focus on your future, and empower you to succeed. As a trauma survivor, I naturally relate to others as I empower and encourage you to be the best version of yourself. I have worked in a variety of settings including mental health agencies, residential centers, and psychiatric hospitals. I am accepting new patients exclusively through Telehealth to help people in a safe and convenient way.
(301) 835-2570 View (301) 835-2570
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Life Support Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
As a result of COVID-19, all therapeutic services will be provided using Telehealth, by video conference. Telehealth makes mental health care more accessible. It brings mental health care options to those with limited mobility, those who lack transportation, and those with limited mental health care options in their community. It also allows those who would ordinarily be reluctant to seek treatment because of the perceived stigma associated with receiving mental health care' to get the help they need. Flexible scheduling, evenings and weekends available, all from the comfort of your home, car, wherever you are.
As a result of COVID-19, all therapeutic services will be provided using Telehealth, by video conference. Telehealth makes mental health care more accessible. It brings mental health care options to those with limited mobility, those who lack transportation, and those with limited mental health care options in their community. It also allows those who would ordinarily be reluctant to seek treatment because of the perceived stigma associated with receiving mental health care' to get the help they need. Flexible scheduling, evenings and weekends available, all from the comfort of your home, car, wherever you are.
(410) 376-5614 View (410) 376-5614
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Alem Asefa
Counselor, LGPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gaithersburg, MD 20878  (Online Only)
Individuals looking to manage or eliminate depression, trauma, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, low self-esteem, health challenges, career stress, relationship issues, grief and loss, identity/immigrant experiences and transitions work with me to identify and implement strategies to manage or eliminate stress and distress. Through identifying, understanding and evaluating emotional states, thinking and behavior patterns we eliminate and replace unproductive habits with more adaptive patterns toward an increased sense of well-being and ability to thrive and function satisfactorily.
Individuals looking to manage or eliminate depression, trauma, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, low self-esteem, health challenges, career stress, relationship issues, grief and loss, identity/immigrant experiences and transitions work with me to identify and implement strategies to manage or eliminate stress and distress. Through identifying, understanding and evaluating emotional states, thinking and behavior patterns we eliminate and replace unproductive habits with more adaptive patterns toward an increased sense of well-being and ability to thrive and function satisfactorily.
(240) 221-5216 View (240) 221-5216
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Cindy W Styles
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MS, LCPC, NCC
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
If you are looking for a therapist who is a calm presence and can help you sort out your current life situation, you may have found the right person. I am someone who is "in the moment" with clients, attending to what they need now and eventually challenging them to look at past patterns of thoughts and behaviors to gain insight into making changes that will help them achieve their goals in life. This is done in collaboration with my clients and at a comfortable pace for them.
If you are looking for a therapist who is a calm presence and can help you sort out your current life situation, you may have found the right person. I am someone who is "in the moment" with clients, attending to what they need now and eventually challenging them to look at past patterns of thoughts and behaviors to gain insight into making changes that will help them achieve their goals in life. This is done in collaboration with my clients and at a comfortable pace for them.
(301) 861-0085 View (301) 861-0085

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Number of Therapists in Gaithersburg, MD

400+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Gaithersburg, MD who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
92% Depression
82% Relationship Issues
82% Self Esteem
77% Coping Skills
72% Trauma and PTSD
71% Stress

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

83% BlueCross and BlueShield
77% CareFirst
63% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Gaithersburg, MD see their clients

57% In Person and Online
43% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
19% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Gaithersburg?

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.