Therapists in Grand Rapids, MI

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Photo of Anna Utter, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Grand Rapids, MI
Anna Utter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA , LLMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Deciding to seek help can be one of the most difficult but rewarding steps you will take in your healing journey. The sadness, anger, disappointment, frustrations, stress or confusion you may be feeling does not have to be your life's story. Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress, self-esteem or personal issues, you deserve all that life has to offer and you do not have to feel alone.
Deciding to seek help can be one of the most difficult but rewarding steps you will take in your healing journey. The sadness, anger, disappointment, frustrations, stress or confusion you may be feeling does not have to be your life's story. Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress, self-esteem or personal issues, you deserve all that life has to offer and you do not have to feel alone.
(517) 296-6015 View (517) 296-6015
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Kerry Huver
Counselor, MPS, LPC, ATR-BC, IMHE-ll
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Most often the goal coming into therapy is to find relief and decrease symptoms. Some may come to gain skills to get through challenging life situations and transitions. The skills learned in therapy can be applied for you to use throughout your life and will support long term positive change. The change occurs as we become aware of our life story and the patterns that unfold. In this process we gain more awareness and understanding of the self in relation to others. It is my passion to walk alongside you on the path of self-discovery as your story unfolds and you gain personal meaning.
Most often the goal coming into therapy is to find relief and decrease symptoms. Some may come to gain skills to get through challenging life situations and transitions. The skills learned in therapy can be applied for you to use throughout your life and will support long term positive change. The change occurs as we become aware of our life story and the patterns that unfold. In this process we gain more awareness and understanding of the self in relation to others. It is my passion to walk alongside you on the path of self-discovery as your story unfolds and you gain personal meaning.
(616) 432-2835 View (616) 432-2835
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Mark S Walstrom
Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
You've been there and done that. You've tried a variety of ways to jump-start your life and feel more alive but nothing has lasting results. Functional anxiety and depression have become a way of life - but you know there's more to life than what you experience day to day...a lot more. Every day you feel a struggle. You feel stuck. You feel depleted. You feel a longing for something more - and you’ve never felt more ready to step up and do whatever it takes to finally move beyond these challenges. You’re ready to experience freedom, aliveness, and soulful living.
You've been there and done that. You've tried a variety of ways to jump-start your life and feel more alive but nothing has lasting results. Functional anxiety and depression have become a way of life - but you know there's more to life than what you experience day to day...a lot more. Every day you feel a struggle. You feel stuck. You feel depleted. You feel a longing for something more - and you’ve never felt more ready to step up and do whatever it takes to finally move beyond these challenges. You’re ready to experience freedom, aliveness, and soulful living.
(616) 675-1548 View (616) 675-1548
Photo of Allison Waldron, Licensed Professional Counselor in Grand Rapids, MI
Allison Waldron
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Not accepting new clients
I believe that counseling is a place for people to share their stories in a safe, non-judgmental, and welcoming environment. I am very passionate about helping people find their voices and their worth through counseling and honest conversations. I have a heart for helping people find success in their interpersonal relationships, both in the workplace and at home.
I believe that counseling is a place for people to share their stories in a safe, non-judgmental, and welcoming environment. I am very passionate about helping people find their voices and their worth through counseling and honest conversations. I have a heart for helping people find success in their interpersonal relationships, both in the workplace and at home.
(616) 288-2925 View (616) 288-2925
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InProcess Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Facing new and stressful situations is common. Sometimes we are satisfied with our ability to respond. At other times, we may feel stuck, inadequate, or unable to find a purpose for moving forward. Maybe we missed something significant, fell into an old and unwanted pattern, or wish things would go differently in our relationships. Whether looking through a lens of deficit or strength, family influence or individual accomplishment, we can examine our lives, learn more about ourselves, and find ways to move through difficult situations.
Facing new and stressful situations is common. Sometimes we are satisfied with our ability to respond. At other times, we may feel stuck, inadequate, or unable to find a purpose for moving forward. Maybe we missed something significant, fell into an old and unwanted pattern, or wish things would go differently in our relationships. Whether looking through a lens of deficit or strength, family influence or individual accomplishment, we can examine our lives, learn more about ourselves, and find ways to move through difficult situations.
(616) 537-2548 View (616) 537-2548
Photo of Shayne McNichols, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Grand Rapids, MI
Shayne McNichols
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Let's be honest really quick: We've all been a "Petty Patty/Pete" at some point in our lives. It's even become popular, especially in social media. Listen to this, what I've learned in life & this field is whether we have been that person or been affected by one, we can all chase the root down to something deeper than the situation, i.e. sadness, hurt, anxiety or trauma. I am here to offer you a non-judgmental space to process from the petty to highly problematic experience that we've all been in. I invite you to work with me to heal, in order for you to feel better from the inside out & have more "Peaceful Patty/Pete" experiences.
Let's be honest really quick: We've all been a "Petty Patty/Pete" at some point in our lives. It's even become popular, especially in social media. Listen to this, what I've learned in life & this field is whether we have been that person or been affected by one, we can all chase the root down to something deeper than the situation, i.e. sadness, hurt, anxiety or trauma. I am here to offer you a non-judgmental space to process from the petty to highly problematic experience that we've all been in. I invite you to work with me to heal, in order for you to feel better from the inside out & have more "Peaceful Patty/Pete" experiences.
(616) 244-2279 View (616) 244-2279
Photo of Lindsey Farlow, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Grand Rapids, MI
Lindsey Farlow
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Grand Rapids, MI 49506  (Online Only)
Lindsey is a licensed social worker who has experience with various populations and challenges. She specializes in relationship building in regards to family, couple/martial, and sibling bonds. Lindsey utilizes individual and group training interventions in order for families to implement positive behavioral techniques for challenging behaviors and obtain psycho-education of various diagnoses and interventions. She is trained in evidence-based treatments including CBT, DBT, Positive Family Interventions, Zones of Regulation, Motivational Interviewing, TF-CBT, Empowerment Theory, Crisis and Suicide Preventions.
Lindsey is a licensed social worker who has experience with various populations and challenges. She specializes in relationship building in regards to family, couple/martial, and sibling bonds. Lindsey utilizes individual and group training interventions in order for families to implement positive behavioral techniques for challenging behaviors and obtain psycho-education of various diagnoses and interventions. She is trained in evidence-based treatments including CBT, DBT, Positive Family Interventions, Zones of Regulation, Motivational Interviewing, TF-CBT, Empowerment Theory, Crisis and Suicide Preventions.
(616) 585-0292 View (616) 585-0292
Photo of Deborah Westrate, Licensed Professional Counselor in Grand Rapids, MI
Deborah Westrate
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LLPC
Verified Verified
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Life is harder than you ever imagined it would be. Whether it's your painful past that keeps showing up in your present, difficulty in completing tasks and staying focus, or the anxiety and stress from things that are out of your control, you just can't find your way out of the struggle. Maybe it's your child or teenager who is struggling and needs someone else to help them find their joy and peace. A positive change is possible. Hope can be realized and joy can be a regular part of your life again.
Life is harder than you ever imagined it would be. Whether it's your painful past that keeps showing up in your present, difficulty in completing tasks and staying focus, or the anxiety and stress from things that are out of your control, you just can't find your way out of the struggle. Maybe it's your child or teenager who is struggling and needs someone else to help them find their joy and peace. A positive change is possible. Hope can be realized and joy can be a regular part of your life again.
(616) 512-0076 View (616) 512-0076
Photo of Natasha Lewis-Grinwis, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Grand Rapids, MI
Natasha Lewis-Grinwis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, CST
Verified Verified
Grand Rapids, MI 49546  (Online Only)
I am an individual and relationship therapist. I employ a variety of therapeutic modalities, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and person first treatment models to help clients identify and attain their goals. I am specialized in helping people resolve relationship conflicts, and I am a certified sex therapist. I work extensively with the transgender, pansexual, bisexual, lesbian, and gay communities, as well as with members of the kink community.
I am an individual and relationship therapist. I employ a variety of therapeutic modalities, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and person first treatment models to help clients identify and attain their goals. I am specialized in helping people resolve relationship conflicts, and I am a certified sex therapist. I work extensively with the transgender, pansexual, bisexual, lesbian, and gay communities, as well as with members of the kink community.
(734) 678-5029 View (734) 678-5029
Photo of Begin Anew Counseling, LLC & Kodde Counseling, LLC, Counselor in Grand Rapids, MI
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 Ryan Nicholas Kron in Grand Rapids, MI
Ryan Nicholas Kron
PhD, MS
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Sad? Lost? Identity confused? Saying FU world? Alone or insecure? Anxiety? I embrace you. I'm the person who'll dare to help you change. Change is terrifying. Self-improvement is scary. It’s hard, feels impossible. You think no one can help. I get it. I can help. I have the expertise to help you or loved ones no matter how difficult the change. LGBTQ+? Relationship/Family issues? Parenting? Teen issues? Men stuff? Self-esteem? Sex issues? High achiever? Sports? I embrace you. I center coaching on your goals, strengths & reality. I'm real, positive, practical. Let's triumph together, make life enjoyable, & accomplish your goals!
Sad? Lost? Identity confused? Saying FU world? Alone or insecure? Anxiety? I embrace you. I'm the person who'll dare to help you change. Change is terrifying. Self-improvement is scary. It’s hard, feels impossible. You think no one can help. I get it. I can help. I have the expertise to help you or loved ones no matter how difficult the change. LGBTQ+? Relationship/Family issues? Parenting? Teen issues? Men stuff? Self-esteem? Sex issues? High achiever? Sports? I embrace you. I center coaching on your goals, strengths & reality. I'm real, positive, practical. Let's triumph together, make life enjoyable, & accomplish your goals!
(616) 300-1518 View (616) 300-1518
Photo of Jordi Cross, Counselor in Grand Rapids, MI
Jordi Cross
Counselor, LLPC
Verified Verified
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
I work with individuals, couples and families as they navigate a variety of life complexities. My practice is a safe and practical place to process the past and explore your future. Perhaps, you’re coping with a particular problem or feeling stuck in long-term patterns of dysfunction and individual therapy sounds like a great fit. Or maybe, you're hoping to renew hope in the relationships you treasure most via couples or family therapy where you will learn to improve communication, cultivate boundaries, and mend any past or present wounds to ensure the healing and sustainability of the relationships that matter most.
I work with individuals, couples and families as they navigate a variety of life complexities. My practice is a safe and practical place to process the past and explore your future. Perhaps, you’re coping with a particular problem or feeling stuck in long-term patterns of dysfunction and individual therapy sounds like a great fit. Or maybe, you're hoping to renew hope in the relationships you treasure most via couples or family therapy where you will learn to improve communication, cultivate boundaries, and mend any past or present wounds to ensure the healing and sustainability of the relationships that matter most.
(616) 808-0333 View (616) 808-0333
Photo of Brittany Kindig, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Grand Rapids, MI
Brittany Kindig
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Grand Rapids, MI 49506  (Online Only)
In today's environment, there are so many pressures on individuals, kids, and parents that sometimes it seems overwhelming. Together we can find solutions to make coping with life's stressors easier and more effective. Therapy can help by having someone to talk with, process the stress, and generate solutions unique to the needs of individuals, children, and families. I believe we can work collaboratively to achieve a positive and supportive place where mental and emotional health can thrive.
In today's environment, there are so many pressures on individuals, kids, and parents that sometimes it seems overwhelming. Together we can find solutions to make coping with life's stressors easier and more effective. Therapy can help by having someone to talk with, process the stress, and generate solutions unique to the needs of individuals, children, and families. I believe we can work collaboratively to achieve a positive and supportive place where mental and emotional health can thrive.
(616) 345-5880 View (616) 345-5880
Photo of Jamie LaFontsee, Licensed Professional Counselor in Grand Rapids, MI
Jamie LaFontsee
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LLMFT, LLPC
Verified Verified
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
Does something feel off? Do you feel like you're getting by okay but need a little something? Therapy might be just the right tool to get you back to your full functioning self again. Sometimes life makes us carry way more than we can handle (although we rarely admit it) and that load takes a burden on us emotionally, physically, and mentally. It affects our relationships at work, home, and even our sex lives! It's not YOU, it's LIFE! My Specific areas of interest include marital conflict, divorce and/or remarriage, Infidelity, sex addiction, grief/loss, and more. If your LIFE is weighing you down, let's talk.
Does something feel off? Do you feel like you're getting by okay but need a little something? Therapy might be just the right tool to get you back to your full functioning self again. Sometimes life makes us carry way more than we can handle (although we rarely admit it) and that load takes a burden on us emotionally, physically, and mentally. It affects our relationships at work, home, and even our sex lives! It's not YOU, it's LIFE! My Specific areas of interest include marital conflict, divorce and/or remarriage, Infidelity, sex addiction, grief/loss, and more. If your LIFE is weighing you down, let's talk.
(616) 557-7924 View (616) 557-7924
Photo of Julie Schalk, Counselor in Grand Rapids, MI
Julie Schalk
Counselor, LLPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
I am passionate about counseling pre-teens (age 10 and up), adolescents, young adults, and adults. I especially enjoy helping others untangle and heal from past trauma as well as helping individuals with ADHD develop an understanding for their way of operating and skills around that, viewing it in a positive light. I enjoy using Sand Tray, Play Therapy, and EMDR with clients of all ages.
I am passionate about counseling pre-teens (age 10 and up), adolescents, young adults, and adults. I especially enjoy helping others untangle and heal from past trauma as well as helping individuals with ADHD develop an understanding for their way of operating and skills around that, viewing it in a positive light. I enjoy using Sand Tray, Play Therapy, and EMDR with clients of all ages.
(616) 236-4242 x168 View (616) 236-4242 x168
Photo of Core Counseling Center LLC, Licensed Professional Counselor in Grand Rapids, MI
Core Counseling Center LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LMFT, CAADC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Not accepting new clients
As a Marriage & Family Therapist/Counselor my goal is to provide families, couples and individuals with a safe environment where they can explore themselves and the possibility of change within their life and their relationships. Our lives are centered on relationships with others. Relationships are the building blocks of life; but, they can also be very debilitating. When those relationships become troubled, sometimes assistance from family and friends may not be enough to find balance within yourself or other relationships. Lucky for us, there are people who have dedicated their lives to helping others along their journey.
As a Marriage & Family Therapist/Counselor my goal is to provide families, couples and individuals with a safe environment where they can explore themselves and the possibility of change within their life and their relationships. Our lives are centered on relationships with others. Relationships are the building blocks of life; but, they can also be very debilitating. When those relationships become troubled, sometimes assistance from family and friends may not be enough to find balance within yourself or other relationships. Lucky for us, there are people who have dedicated their lives to helping others along their journey.
(616) 303-4556 View (616) 303-4556
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Lex Miller
Counselor, MA, LLC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Hello there, I'm Lex. Are you feeling disconnected from your body, interested in exploring patterns, working through trauma, or would like to begin the next chapter of your life but are feeling stuck? As a neurodivergent individual, I embrace the unique perspectives and experiences that come with being neurodivergent. As your counselor, my priority is understanding your perspective and empowering you to explore your inner world, celebrate your strengths, and honor your resilience. We will work together to get creatively curious about how to move forward toward or to create goals in a non-judgmental, safe, and inclusive space.
Hello there, I'm Lex. Are you feeling disconnected from your body, interested in exploring patterns, working through trauma, or would like to begin the next chapter of your life but are feeling stuck? As a neurodivergent individual, I embrace the unique perspectives and experiences that come with being neurodivergent. As your counselor, my priority is understanding your perspective and empowering you to explore your inner world, celebrate your strengths, and honor your resilience. We will work together to get creatively curious about how to move forward toward or to create goals in a non-judgmental, safe, and inclusive space.
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Alina Kitchin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Grand Rapids, MI 49546  (Online Only)
My favorite thing is coming alongside people to work on problems together. I have 5 years of experience addressing a wide variety of concerns in all levels of care, including residential and outpatient. I am effective in treating substance use, anxiety, depression, life transitions, stress, and burnout. I also enjoy working with individuals in high-stress jobs who are seeking more work-life balance and boundaries regarding their professional life. I am formally trained in Brainspotting for trauma and other processing, and in treating eating disorders.
My favorite thing is coming alongside people to work on problems together. I have 5 years of experience addressing a wide variety of concerns in all levels of care, including residential and outpatient. I am effective in treating substance use, anxiety, depression, life transitions, stress, and burnout. I also enjoy working with individuals in high-stress jobs who are seeking more work-life balance and boundaries regarding their professional life. I am formally trained in Brainspotting for trauma and other processing, and in treating eating disorders.
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Photo of Melissa Wichterman, Licensed Professional Counselor in Grand Rapids, MI
Melissa Wichterman
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
Not accepting new clients
Do you struggle with self-confidence or feel discouraged? Do you get anxious and wonder why? Are you struggling in your closest relationships? If the answer is yes to any of these questions you may benefit from the process of counseling and EMDR. If your child is struggling, would you like to gain better tools as their parent to support them or see them learn new ways to handle difficulties? You do not have to walk this journey alone!
Do you struggle with self-confidence or feel discouraged? Do you get anxious and wonder why? Are you struggling in your closest relationships? If the answer is yes to any of these questions you may benefit from the process of counseling and EMDR. If your child is struggling, would you like to gain better tools as their parent to support them or see them learn new ways to handle difficulties? You do not have to walk this journey alone!
(269) 225-6928 x306 View (269) 225-6928 x306
Photo of Jessica Tsou, Psychologist in Grand Rapids, MI
Jessica Tsou
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
If there's one thing you can change now, what would that be? I'd like to help you get there! I’m passionate about helping grad students, working professionals (including healthcare), those with health issues, and caregivers. I've trained and worked in many hospitals, so I’m well-versed on how to deal with stressful jobs and academics, health issues, and the healthcare system. I've mentored college/grad students that I can understand what it's like to grow up in this world. As an Asian American, I have lived and clinical experience in being a minority and how family, societal, and cultural issues impact mental health and wellbeing.
If there's one thing you can change now, what would that be? I'd like to help you get there! I’m passionate about helping grad students, working professionals (including healthcare), those with health issues, and caregivers. I've trained and worked in many hospitals, so I’m well-versed on how to deal with stressful jobs and academics, health issues, and the healthcare system. I've mentored college/grad students that I can understand what it's like to grow up in this world. As an Asian American, I have lived and clinical experience in being a minority and how family, societal, and cultural issues impact mental health and wellbeing.
(616) 585-0775 View (616) 585-0775

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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

95% BlueCross and BlueShield
70% Priority Health
63% Blue Care Network

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.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

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.