Therapists in Chesterfield, MO

Photo of Leigh Anne Randa, Psychologist in Chesterfield, MO
Leigh Anne Randa
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Hello! My name is Dr. Leigh Anne Randa, PhD. I am a multiply licensed Clinical Psychologist with active licenses in Missouri, Kansas, Arizona and Oregon. I believe each of my clients is unique and deserves a personalized approach to treatment that honors their preferences and needs balanced with clinical expertise. My goal is to tailor interventions that work with the very real constraints of time and finances that exist in our hectic modern culture. I am experienced and happy to help you from single session brief intervention to long term treatment for serious mental health concerns.
Hello! My name is Dr. Leigh Anne Randa, PhD. I am a multiply licensed Clinical Psychologist with active licenses in Missouri, Kansas, Arizona and Oregon. I believe each of my clients is unique and deserves a personalized approach to treatment that honors their preferences and needs balanced with clinical expertise. My goal is to tailor interventions that work with the very real constraints of time and finances that exist in our hectic modern culture. I am experienced and happy to help you from single session brief intervention to long term treatment for serious mental health concerns.
(314) 408-6299 View (314) 408-6299
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Laurie Watkins
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LCPC
Verified
Chesterfield, MO 63005
I am interested in helping people find their way along their personal journey. I enjoy working with adults, couples and adolescents. My approach is gentle and supportive. My theory focuses on using a combination of Psychodynamic Theory, Cognitive Behavioral and Insight oriented therapies. I have practiced in the field for 30 years. My first profession was Recreation Therapy an now Psychodynamic Therapist. I am licensed in both Illinois and Missouri. I look forward to meeting you.
I am interested in helping people find their way along their personal journey. I enjoy working with adults, couples and adolescents. My approach is gentle and supportive. My theory focuses on using a combination of Psychodynamic Theory, Cognitive Behavioral and Insight oriented therapies. I have practiced in the field for 30 years. My first profession was Recreation Therapy an now Psychodynamic Therapist. I am licensed in both Illinois and Missouri. I look forward to meeting you.
(314) 227-9809 View (314) 227-9809
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Dre Kime
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
1 Endorsed
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Everyone has a story, and every story is complex. If you're feeling exhausted, stuck, alone, or anxious, know that you don't have to face these challenges alone. I'm here to help you navigate life's complexities and find a path to healing and growth.
Everyone has a story, and every story is complex. If you're feeling exhausted, stuck, alone, or anxious, know that you don't have to face these challenges alone. I'm here to help you navigate life's complexities and find a path to healing and growth.
(636) 736-0951 View (636) 736-0951
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Erin Selover
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Chesterfield, MO 63017  (Online Only)
I believe that we all have a source of strength and wisdom within, and sometimes the difficulties and challenges of life can cause us to feel separate from this. I love helping my clients realize they have this space within, discussing ways they can access it, and giving them additional tools to strengthen their ability to live their lives with confidence and a deeper sense of calm and trust. Life no doubt presents situations and relationships that can provoke anxiety, worry, anger, and many other strong emotions. I validate my client's concerns while also helping them overcome their adversities.
I believe that we all have a source of strength and wisdom within, and sometimes the difficulties and challenges of life can cause us to feel separate from this. I love helping my clients realize they have this space within, discussing ways they can access it, and giving them additional tools to strengthen their ability to live their lives with confidence and a deeper sense of calm and trust. Life no doubt presents situations and relationships that can provoke anxiety, worry, anger, and many other strong emotions. I validate my client's concerns while also helping them overcome their adversities.
(636) 782-3490 View (636) 782-3490
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Rachel Groom
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Over the last nine years, it has been my privilege to walk with people through difficult seasons of life. I have experience working with both women and youth struggling with a variety of life challenges including the battle with depression, low self-image, anxiety, addiction, the devastating consequences of abuse, the function of self-harm, the impact of family of origin issues, the emotional and relational consequences of divorce, and the strain of life transitions. I am incredibly grateful for the gift of walking with women and teens down the difficult path that leads to healing.
Over the last nine years, it has been my privilege to walk with people through difficult seasons of life. I have experience working with both women and youth struggling with a variety of life challenges including the battle with depression, low self-image, anxiety, addiction, the devastating consequences of abuse, the function of self-harm, the impact of family of origin issues, the emotional and relational consequences of divorce, and the strain of life transitions. I am incredibly grateful for the gift of walking with women and teens down the difficult path that leads to healing.
(636) 266-4671 View (636) 266-4671
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Lori Seulean
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Lori Seulean, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri. As a therapist, she specializes in marital, family, Trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, addiction, and women's empowerment. Lori specializes in showing people how to live passionately! Her goal is to work with the WHOLE person and to teach how to love and live life to the fullest. Lori works with couples, individuals, teens, and children. "Do you ever feel like you are stuck in a rut? Let's work through what is keeping you there and put you on the path of having and living a passionate life.
Lori Seulean, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri. As a therapist, she specializes in marital, family, Trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, addiction, and women's empowerment. Lori specializes in showing people how to live passionately! Her goal is to work with the WHOLE person and to teach how to love and live life to the fullest. Lori works with couples, individuals, teens, and children. "Do you ever feel like you are stuck in a rut? Let's work through what is keeping you there and put you on the path of having and living a passionate life.
(314) 887-5795 View (314) 887-5795
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Brittany Pierson
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Chesterfield, MO 63005
Waitlist for new clients
Everyone needs help sometimes. We use the resources, strategies, and supports that we have to work through the difficult times in life, but can reach the point where we need something more to face the challenges that we're up against. If you have reached a point where the burden has become too great, know that you're not alone. My goal is to walk with you, offering hope, healing and strategies to face the challenges that you’re up against. You are worthy of more, and there is no better time to seek help.
Everyone needs help sometimes. We use the resources, strategies, and supports that we have to work through the difficult times in life, but can reach the point where we need something more to face the challenges that we're up against. If you have reached a point where the burden has become too great, know that you're not alone. My goal is to walk with you, offering hope, healing and strategies to face the challenges that you’re up against. You are worthy of more, and there is no better time to seek help.
(314) 207-3748 View (314) 207-3748
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Stephan Baker
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Stephan Baker earned an undergraduate from University of Louisville Ky in Psychology, Master's from Missouri Baptist University in Counseling and a doctorate in Healthcare and Leadership from Nebraska Methodist College in Omaha, NE. Stephan is currently completing a second doctorate and currently in a PsyD program at Cal Southern University. Stephan has a vast amount of military experience and was trained at Jefferson Barracks VA hospital working with combat veterans. Stephan works with all types of trauma related victims from any degree of severity.
Stephan Baker earned an undergraduate from University of Louisville Ky in Psychology, Master's from Missouri Baptist University in Counseling and a doctorate in Healthcare and Leadership from Nebraska Methodist College in Omaha, NE. Stephan is currently completing a second doctorate and currently in a PsyD program at Cal Southern University. Stephan has a vast amount of military experience and was trained at Jefferson Barracks VA hospital working with combat veterans. Stephan works with all types of trauma related victims from any degree of severity.
(314) 748-1821 View (314) 748-1821
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Jody (Hansen) Fixman
Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Chesterfield, MO 63005  (Online Only)
I have a wide range of experience including: Consulting and providing services for the Dr. Phil Show; Adjunct Professor in Graduate School Counseling program; Crisis counselor for the United States Postal Service, Care Manager for United Behavioral Health and Lead clinician for an outpatient clinic. I am Nationally Board Certified and a member of the following: Mo. Mental Health Counselors Assn.; American Counseling Association; American Psychological Assn. Don't wait another day to find solutions to your issues. I am also an online therapist so now you don't have to leave your home or work to get help. Make that call today!
I have a wide range of experience including: Consulting and providing services for the Dr. Phil Show; Adjunct Professor in Graduate School Counseling program; Crisis counselor for the United States Postal Service, Care Manager for United Behavioral Health and Lead clinician for an outpatient clinic. I am Nationally Board Certified and a member of the following: Mo. Mental Health Counselors Assn.; American Counseling Association; American Psychological Assn. Don't wait another day to find solutions to your issues. I am also an online therapist so now you don't have to leave your home or work to get help. Make that call today!
(314) 488-8798 View (314) 488-8798
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Allison Shipley
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Despite what's happening in the world today, our mental health is VITAL to helping our immune system and overall functioning! I welcome you in taking the first step to health and healing. Every person and family is unique and all can face challenges. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist am trained in Family Systems therapy, which specifically treats the family as one unit, acknowledging that all individuals' actions affect each other collectively.
Despite what's happening in the world today, our mental health is VITAL to helping our immune system and overall functioning! I welcome you in taking the first step to health and healing. Every person and family is unique and all can face challenges. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist am trained in Family Systems therapy, which specifically treats the family as one unit, acknowledging that all individuals' actions affect each other collectively.
(314) 403-7571 View (314) 403-7571
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Kyle Thomas McClain
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Chesterfield, MO 63017
I believe people are unique and therefore there is no cookie cutter approach to working with clients. My experience is that everyone has the capacity to find their way to solutions and hold the answers to the questions they seek but may need guidance in the process. I believe in the "stool" approach to life. We all have our stool and it has three legs: Physical, Emotional and Spiritual. If any of these legs is shorter or longer than the others we are off balance. The more off balance the stool is, the more uncomfortable we are in life.
I believe people are unique and therefore there is no cookie cutter approach to working with clients. My experience is that everyone has the capacity to find their way to solutions and hold the answers to the questions they seek but may need guidance in the process. I believe in the "stool" approach to life. We all have our stool and it has three legs: Physical, Emotional and Spiritual. If any of these legs is shorter or longer than the others we are off balance. The more off balance the stool is, the more uncomfortable we are in life.
(833) 904-0588 View (833) 904-0588
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Katie Stevens
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Chesterfield, MO 63017
I recognize that reaching out to find a counselor is a daunting process. I hope to make this easier by clarifying the goals of my practice. While I enjoy and have experience with individual, group, and family therapy with people across the lifespan from children and teens to adults and the elderly, I most enjoy helping couples navigate their relationships. I find that helping couples build a new and stronger foundation has a positive impact on not only their relationship, but on them individually and on each member of the family.
I recognize that reaching out to find a counselor is a daunting process. I hope to make this easier by clarifying the goals of my practice. While I enjoy and have experience with individual, group, and family therapy with people across the lifespan from children and teens to adults and the elderly, I most enjoy helping couples navigate their relationships. I find that helping couples build a new and stronger foundation has a positive impact on not only their relationship, but on them individually and on each member of the family.
(636) 725-0291 View (636) 725-0291
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Deborah M Bennett
Counselor, M Ed, NCC, PLPC
Verified
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Most will experience times in life when it seems everything is upside down and they're just hanging on. Sometimes it's just hard identifying the source of your pain. In either case, reaching out to a skilled therapist makes all the sense in the world. I work closely with clients affected by depression, anxiety, trauma, relational issues, grief, loss and racial injustice indignities. My focus is working with women through transitions in life, individuals desiring self-esteem development, and couples who want to heal and transform their relationship into a richer and more connected union.
Most will experience times in life when it seems everything is upside down and they're just hanging on. Sometimes it's just hard identifying the source of your pain. In either case, reaching out to a skilled therapist makes all the sense in the world. I work closely with clients affected by depression, anxiety, trauma, relational issues, grief, loss and racial injustice indignities. My focus is working with women through transitions in life, individuals desiring self-esteem development, and couples who want to heal and transform their relationship into a richer and more connected union.
(314) 944-3156 View (314) 944-3156
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Richard Hinchsliff
Counselor, MAC, LPC
Verified
Chesterfield, MO 63017
If you find yourself in the midst of profound darkness, I would love to help you reclaim your life, however I see clients with a wide variety of troubles. I enjoy meeting with adults who find themselves deconstructing their trauma, family dynamics, spirituality, and/or grief. I also enjoy meeting with young adults through their late teens and twenties as they navigate many life transitions which require some extra guidance and compassion. Along with trauma care, I see clients struggling with depression, anxiety, abuse (sexual, physical, psychological/emotional, and spiritual), emotional turmoil, addiction, and mental illnesses.
If you find yourself in the midst of profound darkness, I would love to help you reclaim your life, however I see clients with a wide variety of troubles. I enjoy meeting with adults who find themselves deconstructing their trauma, family dynamics, spirituality, and/or grief. I also enjoy meeting with young adults through their late teens and twenties as they navigate many life transitions which require some extra guidance and compassion. Along with trauma care, I see clients struggling with depression, anxiety, abuse (sexual, physical, psychological/emotional, and spiritual), emotional turmoil, addiction, and mental illnesses.
(636) 622-6897 View (636) 622-6897
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Marie Hernández-Seltz
PhD, MS
Chesterfield, MO 63005
Many individuals suffer under the heaviness of their anger, sadness, fear, and pain; others battle to feel anything at all. Self-esteem, relationships, or work can suffer when early cognitive, emotional, and behavioral patterns are applied to new situations. Although it may be intimidating, exploring your thoughts, feelings, and experiences within the context of a safe therapeutic relationship can increase your awareness and perception of control over your internal world. Throughout the therapeutic process, you will find your strength, resilience, purpose, and, ultimately, your freedom to shape your external world more effectively.
Many individuals suffer under the heaviness of their anger, sadness, fear, and pain; others battle to feel anything at all. Self-esteem, relationships, or work can suffer when early cognitive, emotional, and behavioral patterns are applied to new situations. Although it may be intimidating, exploring your thoughts, feelings, and experiences within the context of a safe therapeutic relationship can increase your awareness and perception of control over your internal world. Throughout the therapeutic process, you will find your strength, resilience, purpose, and, ultimately, your freedom to shape your external world more effectively.
(657) 325-8635 View (657) 325-8635
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Katie Smith
Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified
Chesterfield, MO 63017
You strive to stay afloat and yet find yourself feeling stuck, exhausted, and disconnected from others and from yourself. You attempt to manage your overpowering emotions in both healthy and unhealthy ways and yet you're still overwhelmed and anxious. You long to know that you are enough, to experience peace, and for the important relationships in your life to thrive. Or, perhaps a young person in your family is struggling with maladaptive behavior, self-image, or relationships. You long for them to see their innate worthiness and experience joy again.
You strive to stay afloat and yet find yourself feeling stuck, exhausted, and disconnected from others and from yourself. You attempt to manage your overpowering emotions in both healthy and unhealthy ways and yet you're still overwhelmed and anxious. You long to know that you are enough, to experience peace, and for the important relationships in your life to thrive. Or, perhaps a young person in your family is struggling with maladaptive behavior, self-image, or relationships. You long for them to see their innate worthiness and experience joy again.
(636) 202-0380 View (636) 202-0380
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Alexa Nyktas
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CTP
Verified
Chesterfield, MO 63017  (Online Only)
Have you noticed your child or teen worrying a lot more lately? Have they been more down and withdrawn, losing interest in things they once loved? Seeing your child or teen struggle can leave you feeling helpless. Or maybe you have noticed these things in yourself or are a young adult struggling with life transitions and every day stress. Seeking help from a therapist may be the best choice to help begin to work towards meaningful change, create a better life balance, and facilitate inner peace.
Have you noticed your child or teen worrying a lot more lately? Have they been more down and withdrawn, losing interest in things they once loved? Seeing your child or teen struggle can leave you feeling helpless. Or maybe you have noticed these things in yourself or are a young adult struggling with life transitions and every day stress. Seeking help from a therapist may be the best choice to help begin to work towards meaningful change, create a better life balance, and facilitate inner peace.
(314) 501-6573 View (314) 501-6573
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Krista Mertz
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified
5 Endorsed
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Waitlist for new clients
I am a licensed professional counselor who specializes in the treatment of adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma, and stress. My role is to help individuals find their voice to fight against shame through empowerment and self-exploration. I believe that counseling can be a safe place to begin this healing. Through an integrated approach that addresses the mind, body, and spirit, we are able to move towards our hopes and desires, no longer stuck. I am also able to provide telehealth services to residents in the state of Florida.
I am a licensed professional counselor who specializes in the treatment of adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma, and stress. My role is to help individuals find their voice to fight against shame through empowerment and self-exploration. I believe that counseling can be a safe place to begin this healing. Through an integrated approach that addresses the mind, body, and spirit, we are able to move towards our hopes and desires, no longer stuck. I am also able to provide telehealth services to residents in the state of Florida.
(314) 546-4082 View (314) 546-4082
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Ellie de Lucca
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, PLMFT, EFT-A
Verified
2 Endorsed
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Most distressed couples that come to see me usually present difficulty being responsive to their partners. My focus in a session is to structure a safe environment for individuals to take a step back, identify their interaction cycle, and feel comfortable expressing their most vulnerable feelings to their loved-ones, leading to new and positive interactions. By increasing the emotional responsiveness within the system, members won't unwillingly push others away in their attempts to be closer.
Most distressed couples that come to see me usually present difficulty being responsive to their partners. My focus in a session is to structure a safe environment for individuals to take a step back, identify their interaction cycle, and feel comfortable expressing their most vulnerable feelings to their loved-ones, leading to new and positive interactions. By increasing the emotional responsiveness within the system, members won't unwillingly push others away in their attempts to be closer.
(314) 947-4374 View (314) 947-4374
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Jocelyn Swan
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Chesterfield, MO 63017  (Online Only)
** ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS. Throughout my life, I have experienced and witnessed the healing power of therapy in several different ways. It was through these personal experiences that I learned first hand how instrumental the relationship between a client and a therapist can be in facilitating healing and lasting change. These experiences solidified my desire to help others have similar positive experiences. I believe relationships we have with the people we love most, have a profound impact on our happiness, health and ability to thrive. Life can make it hard to take care of those relationships.
** ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS. Throughout my life, I have experienced and witnessed the healing power of therapy in several different ways. It was through these personal experiences that I learned first hand how instrumental the relationship between a client and a therapist can be in facilitating healing and lasting change. These experiences solidified my desire to help others have similar positive experiences. I believe relationships we have with the people we love most, have a profound impact on our happiness, health and ability to thrive. Life can make it hard to take care of those relationships.
(314) 279-3353 View (314) 279-3353

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Number of Therapists in Chesterfield, MO

200+

Average cost per session

$130

Therapists in Chesterfield, MO who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
89% Depression
80% Relationship Issues
77% Self Esteem
73% Coping Skills
70% Stress
66% Family Conflict

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
72% Aetna
66% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Chesterfield, MO see their clients

77% In Person and Online
23% Online Only

Gender breakdown

83% Female
16% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Chesterfield?

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.