Therapists in Grand Rapids, MI

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Photo of Erin VanVeen, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Grand Rapids, MI
Erin VanVeen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
My philosophy, We all need a little help at times. Mental health is very important and takes work. I will be there to help along the way; to be a listening ear, or teach coping skills, or whatever support may be needed. My passion is to help others, help themselves.
My philosophy, We all need a little help at times. Mental health is very important and takes work. I will be there to help along the way; to be a listening ear, or teach coping skills, or whatever support may be needed. My passion is to help others, help themselves.
(616) 389-0165 View (616) 389-0165
Photo of Liz Aldrich, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Grand Rapids, MI
Liz Aldrich
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Not accepting new clients at this time. Whether you're looking for expertise in sex or couples therapy, or general psychotherapy, I can help. Together we'll discuss the nature of your concerns, explore how they affect you and relationships, and most importantly, help you gain insight and skills to better navigate life. There is no single "right" way to tackle a problem, sexual or otherwise. I am direct, empathic, and focused on your goals. Please note: I offer teletherapy for individuals, and in-person therapy for individuals and couples.
Not accepting new clients at this time. Whether you're looking for expertise in sex or couples therapy, or general psychotherapy, I can help. Together we'll discuss the nature of your concerns, explore how they affect you and relationships, and most importantly, help you gain insight and skills to better navigate life. There is no single "right" way to tackle a problem, sexual or otherwise. I am direct, empathic, and focused on your goals. Please note: I offer teletherapy for individuals, and in-person therapy for individuals and couples.
(773) 295-7546 View (773) 295-7546
Photo of Robb Kornoelje, Licensed Professional Counselor in Grand Rapids, MI
Robb Kornoelje
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Therapy doesn't have to last forever but the benefits will. Most issues people face are relational in nature. There are emotions and behaviors that are problematic. These might include feelings of shame, discontentment, apathy, anger or even numbness. The behaviors might range from avoidance to compulsive and addictive. Are you experiencing problems with yourself or others? In therapy, you'll learn to be challenged and gain tools to handle difficult feelings while making decisions to do the hard work to change behaviors.
Therapy doesn't have to last forever but the benefits will. Most issues people face are relational in nature. There are emotions and behaviors that are problematic. These might include feelings of shame, discontentment, apathy, anger or even numbness. The behaviors might range from avoidance to compulsive and addictive. Are you experiencing problems with yourself or others? In therapy, you'll learn to be challenged and gain tools to handle difficult feelings while making decisions to do the hard work to change behaviors.
(616) 236-2735 View (616) 236-2735
Photo of Courteney Reed, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Grand Rapids, MI
Courteney Reed
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, CAADC
Verified Verified
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
Investing in your mental health is an investment of your whole self. Life can bring joy but can also present challenges that are too difficult to endure alone. Therapy can be a turning point to help you overcome limiting mindsets, get unstuck from unwanted behaviors, and find joy again. I offer a person-centered, integrated therapeutic experience to help facilitate intentional change and growth while honoring your values and strengths. I am honored to walk alongside those seeking healing and peace.
Investing in your mental health is an investment of your whole self. Life can bring joy but can also present challenges that are too difficult to endure alone. Therapy can be a turning point to help you overcome limiting mindsets, get unstuck from unwanted behaviors, and find joy again. I offer a person-centered, integrated therapeutic experience to help facilitate intentional change and growth while honoring your values and strengths. I am honored to walk alongside those seeking healing and peace.
(616) 580-1199 View (616) 580-1199
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Krystal Strotbaum
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Grand Rapids, MI 49504  (Online Only)
(As a couple or individual) - Experiencing a traumatic event, anxiety/ past pain can send you into a panic, tearful, angry, shut down. Feeling disconnected from yourself or from your partner. Stress feels so intense that sometimes it moves you to withdrawal. Or it rises into agitation: why doesn't my partner see my pain? Why did this/does this conflict/"bad thing" happen? What if it happens again? Feeling distrustful that anyone will be there for you either because you have been let down by someone before (maybe your partner) or have experienced something painful/traumatic & fear it will happen again. Feeling lonely and ignored.
(As a couple or individual) - Experiencing a traumatic event, anxiety/ past pain can send you into a panic, tearful, angry, shut down. Feeling disconnected from yourself or from your partner. Stress feels so intense that sometimes it moves you to withdrawal. Or it rises into agitation: why doesn't my partner see my pain? Why did this/does this conflict/"bad thing" happen? What if it happens again? Feeling distrustful that anyone will be there for you either because you have been let down by someone before (maybe your partner) or have experienced something painful/traumatic & fear it will happen again. Feeling lonely and ignored.
(616) 723-9597 View (616) 723-9597
Photo of Matt Rajnish Counseling, Counselor in Grand Rapids, MI
Matt Rajnish Counseling
Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I have over five years of experience diagnosing and treating various mental health conditions. My areas of focus include depression, anxiety, grief/loss, and working through traumatic experiences. I strive to provide a calm, empathetic, open, non-judgmental, honest, respectful, and most importantly, genuine therapeutic environment with an emphasis on rapport building and maintaining a strong client/therapist relationship. I believe meeting the needs of each client individually is imperative in determining the best therapeutic approach for success. Techniques utilized consist of cognitive behavioral therapy, applied behavioral analysis, solution-focused, person centered approach, or Adlerian
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I have over five years of experience diagnosing and treating various mental health conditions. My areas of focus include depression, anxiety, grief/loss, and working through traumatic experiences. I strive to provide a calm, empathetic, open, non-judgmental, honest, respectful, and most importantly, genuine therapeutic environment with an emphasis on rapport building and maintaining a strong client/therapist relationship. I believe meeting the needs of each client individually is imperative in determining the best therapeutic approach for success. Techniques utilized consist of cognitive behavioral therapy, applied behavioral analysis, solution-focused, person centered approach, or Adlerian
(616) 213-1553 View (616) 213-1553
Photo of Chris Bardelli, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Grand Rapids, MI
Chris Bardelli
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, ACSW
Verified Verified
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Not accepting new clients
The clients that I have had the opportunity to work with are among the bravest people I have met. It is that courage that leads people to reach out and ask for help with what they are unable to do themselves. I am humbled to be a part of that process. Using a combination of cognitive behavioral techniques, mindfulness, empathy and levity, we can work through issues of anxiety, depression, and eating disorders of any kind.
The clients that I have had the opportunity to work with are among the bravest people I have met. It is that courage that leads people to reach out and ask for help with what they are unable to do themselves. I am humbled to be a part of that process. Using a combination of cognitive behavioral techniques, mindfulness, empathy and levity, we can work through issues of anxiety, depression, and eating disorders of any kind.
(616) 723-8315 View (616) 723-8315
Photo of Jennifer Bedford, Limited Licensed Psychologist in Grand Rapids, MI
Jennifer Bedford
Limited Licensed Psychologist, MA, LLP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Waitlist for new clients
Jennifer has been working in the field since 2008 with children, adolescents and adults. She has experience in the areas of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, family adjustment and life change events. She has a special interest in the LGBTQIA+ populations. She enjoys partnering clients as they navigate life’s many challenges. Jennifer often works from a balance of interpersonal, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapies. She appreciates that a therapeutic relationship is built on trust and respect.
Jennifer has been working in the field since 2008 with children, adolescents and adults. She has experience in the areas of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, family adjustment and life change events. She has a special interest in the LGBTQIA+ populations. She enjoys partnering clients as they navigate life’s many challenges. Jennifer often works from a balance of interpersonal, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapies. She appreciates that a therapeutic relationship is built on trust and respect.
(616) 449-2935 View (616) 449-2935
Photo of Hannah Reed, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Grand Rapids, MI
Hannah Reed
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, CAADC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
I believe that therapy and support are essential to every person; everyone deserves to have a safe space where they can be open and honest about their feelings, experiences, hopes, and fears. I am a therapist who will meet you where you're at, provide non-judgmental spaces that allow you to be honest with yourself and with the world about what you need and how you can get where you want to go. I work with most ages and backgrounds, take most insurances, and consider it an honor to be included in your journey to better mental health.
I believe that therapy and support are essential to every person; everyone deserves to have a safe space where they can be open and honest about their feelings, experiences, hopes, and fears. I am a therapist who will meet you where you're at, provide non-judgmental spaces that allow you to be honest with yourself and with the world about what you need and how you can get where you want to go. I work with most ages and backgrounds, take most insurances, and consider it an honor to be included in your journey to better mental health.
(616) 300-2584 View (616) 300-2584
Photo of Jaleesa Williams, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Grand Rapids, MI
Jaleesa Williams
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Asking for help can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be! You don’t have to suffer in silence or figure it out alone. Are you ready to name what you need? Are you ready to be authentically you? Are you ready to confront the things you’ve been avoiding, set goals, and crush them? These are just a few questions some of my clients might ask themselves as they prepare to engage in therapy.
Asking for help can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be! You don’t have to suffer in silence or figure it out alone. Are you ready to name what you need? Are you ready to be authentically you? Are you ready to confront the things you’ve been avoiding, set goals, and crush them? These are just a few questions some of my clients might ask themselves as they prepare to engage in therapy.
(616) 441-0549 View (616) 441-0549
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Begin Anew Counseling, LLC & Kodde Counseling, LLC
Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Are you struggling, confused, depressed, or anxious about your circumstances and relationships? Life is complicated and I am committed to truly hear you in a safe, non-judgmental environment. I am a skilled, caring, compassionate, counselor who will give you exceptional care, offer solution-based, holistic treatment that gives hope for change, and uses carefully selected therapy to best meet your unique needs.
Are you struggling, confused, depressed, or anxious about your circumstances and relationships? Life is complicated and I am committed to truly hear you in a safe, non-judgmental environment. I am a skilled, caring, compassionate, counselor who will give you exceptional care, offer solution-based, holistic treatment that gives hope for change, and uses carefully selected therapy to best meet your unique needs.
(616) 426-6577 View (616) 426-6577
Photo of Ashleigh Merryman, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Grand Rapids, MI
Ashleigh Merryman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Waitlist for new clients
Whether this is your first time in therapy or you have tried it in the past, welcome! Beginning therapy can feel overwhelming, from finding the right therapist to unraveling years of trauma and implementing changes. I'm here to support and guide you through it all. I have experience in assisting individuals ranging from 16 to 55 years old, I specialize in addressing anxiety, depression, PTSD/C-PTSD, and panic attacks. My passion lies in assisting those grappling with past traumas, navigating boundaries, communication hurdles, identifying as LGBTQIA+, life transitions, and self-esteem issues.
Whether this is your first time in therapy or you have tried it in the past, welcome! Beginning therapy can feel overwhelming, from finding the right therapist to unraveling years of trauma and implementing changes. I'm here to support and guide you through it all. I have experience in assisting individuals ranging from 16 to 55 years old, I specialize in addressing anxiety, depression, PTSD/C-PTSD, and panic attacks. My passion lies in assisting those grappling with past traumas, navigating boundaries, communication hurdles, identifying as LGBTQIA+, life transitions, and self-esteem issues.
(616) 207-8077 View (616) 207-8077
Photo of Michael Hazeltine, Licensed Professional Counselor in Grand Rapids, MI
Michael Hazeltine
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Not accepting new clients
If you're reading this, I suspect you've had more than your fair share of sorrow, fear, and hurt. Maybe you feel like something's missing or broken inside and you just want to get back to feeling like yourself. Or you're looking for a place to sort through the tangled mess of emotions and wounds and painful memories from your past - the ones that still seem to sting like they just happened yesterday. Maybe you're stuck in a self-destructive cycle of self-loathing, numbing, and shame. Or you're stressed out and overwhelmed - on the verge of giving up. Whatever it is that you're facing, please know - you don't have to face it alone.
If you're reading this, I suspect you've had more than your fair share of sorrow, fear, and hurt. Maybe you feel like something's missing or broken inside and you just want to get back to feeling like yourself. Or you're looking for a place to sort through the tangled mess of emotions and wounds and painful memories from your past - the ones that still seem to sting like they just happened yesterday. Maybe you're stuck in a self-destructive cycle of self-loathing, numbing, and shame. Or you're stressed out and overwhelmed - on the verge of giving up. Whatever it is that you're facing, please know - you don't have to face it alone.
(616) 504-6325 View (616) 504-6325
Photo of Benjamin Reisterer, Counselor in Grand Rapids, MI
Benjamin Reisterer
Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Waitlist for new clients
Are you feeling stuck? Perhaps you're grieving a loss, feeling hopeless, wrestling with the effects of traumatic experiences, frozen by anxiety, or boxed in by shame. If this resonates with you, please know that you are not alone. Unraveling your story in the context of a therapeutic relationship can often be the experience needed to move forward. Being met right where you are by a safe, curious, and experienced therapist can restore hope, cultivate insight, heal wounds, build positive momentum, and lead to lasting transformation.
Are you feeling stuck? Perhaps you're grieving a loss, feeling hopeless, wrestling with the effects of traumatic experiences, frozen by anxiety, or boxed in by shame. If this resonates with you, please know that you are not alone. Unraveling your story in the context of a therapeutic relationship can often be the experience needed to move forward. Being met right where you are by a safe, curious, and experienced therapist can restore hope, cultivate insight, heal wounds, build positive momentum, and lead to lasting transformation.
(616) 432-2431 View (616) 432-2431
Photo of NOCD- Therapists for OCD, Psychologist in Grand Rapids, MI
NOCD- Therapists for OCD
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Imagine what life would be like if you weren't bothered by OCD. NOCD is here to help you regain peace of mind. NOCD is a digital health company that’s focused on effectively treating people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Inside the NOCD mobile app, you can work with one of our licensed mental health therapists with specialty training in OCD. When your therapist isn’t available, access support communities and therapeutic tools - so that you are never alone. NOCD’s protocol has been proven to reduce OCD severity by 40% in less than 10 weeks.
Imagine what life would be like if you weren't bothered by OCD. NOCD is here to help you regain peace of mind. NOCD is a digital health company that’s focused on effectively treating people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Inside the NOCD mobile app, you can work with one of our licensed mental health therapists with specialty training in OCD. When your therapist isn’t available, access support communities and therapeutic tools - so that you are never alone. NOCD’s protocol has been proven to reduce OCD severity by 40% in less than 10 weeks.
(312) 766-6780 View (312) 766-6780
Photo of Karla Gossens, Licensed Professional Counselor in Grand Rapids, MI
Karla [Kantola] Gossens
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
You know all the right things about mental health, but your emotions still feel overwhelming. People often comment about how well-adjusted your are or compliment you on your success, but in truth, you don't feel this way. You feel stuck in your mind and struggle to process what you feel so that your can heal. It's even possible that you have tried therapy before, but you weren't able to achieve the change you wanted. If you relate to this, I can help you better understand what is going on and we can work together to get back to your most natural self.
You know all the right things about mental health, but your emotions still feel overwhelming. People often comment about how well-adjusted your are or compliment you on your success, but in truth, you don't feel this way. You feel stuck in your mind and struggle to process what you feel so that your can heal. It's even possible that you have tried therapy before, but you weren't able to achieve the change you wanted. If you relate to this, I can help you better understand what is going on and we can work together to get back to your most natural self.
(231) 201-3648 View (231) 201-3648
Photo of Dr. Elyse Rocco, Psychologist in Grand Rapids, MI
Dr. Elyse Rocco
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Waitlist for new clients
I practice from an insight oriented, relational, and multicultural approach tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual I work with. My priority as a therapist is to create a warm, collaborative, non-judgmental space where you can work through your concerns and make the changes in your life you desire. People seek therapy for a number of reasons, perhaps to alleviate symptoms or distress, improve self-esteem, or address relationship issues. In my experience, symptoms often “mark the spot” of a deeper theme you may be grappling with and I aim to assist you uncover what the root of your concerns may be.
I practice from an insight oriented, relational, and multicultural approach tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual I work with. My priority as a therapist is to create a warm, collaborative, non-judgmental space where you can work through your concerns and make the changes in your life you desire. People seek therapy for a number of reasons, perhaps to alleviate symptoms or distress, improve self-esteem, or address relationship issues. In my experience, symptoms often “mark the spot” of a deeper theme you may be grappling with and I aim to assist you uncover what the root of your concerns may be.
(616) 737-0566 View (616) 737-0566
Photo of Aaron George, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Grand Rapids, MI
Aaron George
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, CAADC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Not accepting new clients
How would your life look if your worries weren't in control? If you could plan each day to fit your dreams rather than your anxiety? I help people whose anxiety interferes with the life they want to live. We’ll begin where you are, helping you change your relationship with your emotions, allowing you more room to enjoy life. You might feel lighter when you learn to let go of the struggle. Activities become a little easier. Laughter may flow more freely. Best of all, you'll have more time for what matters. Contact me if you want to start suffering less and living more.
How would your life look if your worries weren't in control? If you could plan each day to fit your dreams rather than your anxiety? I help people whose anxiety interferes with the life they want to live. We’ll begin where you are, helping you change your relationship with your emotions, allowing you more room to enjoy life. You might feel lighter when you learn to let go of the struggle. Activities become a little easier. Laughter may flow more freely. Best of all, you'll have more time for what matters. Contact me if you want to start suffering less and living more.
(616) 259-5442 View (616) 259-5442
Photo of Rachel J. Hipp, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Grand Rapids, MI
Rachel J. Hipp
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, MA, AcHT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Flipping through the latest Netflix releases, you search endlessly for the next "binge-worthy" series to numb you out for the rest of the weekend. This has been your default for far too long. You know all of the things you are “supposed” to be doing. You’ve tried all the self-help tricks, but you feel stuck in your head and unable to move forward in your life. You’ve had glimmers of the life you want before, but it always seems just out of reach.
Flipping through the latest Netflix releases, you search endlessly for the next "binge-worthy" series to numb you out for the rest of the weekend. This has been your default for far too long. You know all of the things you are “supposed” to be doing. You’ve tried all the self-help tricks, but you feel stuck in your head and unable to move forward in your life. You’ve had glimmers of the life you want before, but it always seems just out of reach.
(616) 319-4450 View (616) 319-4450
Photo of Erin Foster, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Grand Rapids, MI
Erin Foster
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LLMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
I believe therapy is a great tool to better understand the relationships between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I care deeply about creating an environment where you feel safe, comfortable and supported and also where you can feel like the expert in your own life. I like to offer a space where you are in the driver’s seat and I am there to help you navigate. I am a limited license social worker who earned a Masters in Social Work from Grand Valley State University.
I believe therapy is a great tool to better understand the relationships between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I care deeply about creating an environment where you feel safe, comfortable and supported and also where you can feel like the expert in your own life. I like to offer a space where you are in the driver’s seat and I am there to help you navigate. I am a limited license social worker who earned a Masters in Social Work from Grand Valley State University.
(616) 439-6060 View (616) 439-6060

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Number of Therapists in Grand Rapids, MI

1,000+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Grand Rapids, MI who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
89% Depression
77% Self Esteem
76% Relationship Issues
72% Trauma and PTSD
72% Coping Skills
70% Stress

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

96% BlueCross and BlueShield
70% Priority Health
63% Aetna

How Therapists in Grand Rapids, MI see their clients

74% In Person and Online
26% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
21% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Grand Rapids?

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.