Therapists in Independence, MO

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Greg E Neubauer
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Independence, MO 64050
I have over 25 years of clinical experience providing counseling therapy to adult individuals, children, adolescents, families, and couples to address their emotional and behavioral struggles. I utilize a cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, goal directed, reality based treatment approach, integrating family dynamics as needed, to help clients effectively resolve or learn to cope with their struggles. I am available to coordinate with schools and other treatment providers. My office at Truman & Main St on the Independence Square offers a convenient, unassuming, confidential, and relaxing environment.
I have over 25 years of clinical experience providing counseling therapy to adult individuals, children, adolescents, families, and couples to address their emotional and behavioral struggles. I utilize a cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, goal directed, reality based treatment approach, integrating family dynamics as needed, to help clients effectively resolve or learn to cope with their struggles. I am available to coordinate with schools and other treatment providers. My office at Truman & Main St on the Independence Square offers a convenient, unassuming, confidential, and relaxing environment.
(816) 237-5524 View (816) 237-5524
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Well within collective
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Independence, MO 64055
I am licensed in Missouri with 7 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions and substance abuse, & relationship issues. I also have experience working with family conflicts. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. I believe Unconditional Positive Regard; I do not pass judgment and we will work together to find resolve from whatever you would like to overcome or explore unto solution. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life.
I am licensed in Missouri with 7 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions and substance abuse, & relationship issues. I also have experience working with family conflicts. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. I believe Unconditional Positive Regard; I do not pass judgment and we will work together to find resolve from whatever you would like to overcome or explore unto solution. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life.
(816) 281-9372 View (816) 281-9372
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Mary Younger
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Independence, MO 64055
Looking to gain a better perspective on life? Improve self-esteem? Stop the racing thoughts, anxiety, constant worry and depression? I provide supportive therapy to help people realize they can make these positive changes and know they are not alone.
Looking to gain a better perspective on life? Improve self-esteem? Stop the racing thoughts, anxiety, constant worry and depression? I provide supportive therapy to help people realize they can make these positive changes and know they are not alone.
(816) 281-1402 View (816) 281-1402
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Nicholas A Simons-Bracken
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LSCSW
Verified Verified
Independence, MO 64055
My ideal client is a client that wants therapy. A client that is willing to work a treatment plan and willing to go out of their way for their success.
My ideal client is a client that wants therapy. A client that is willing to work a treatment plan and willing to go out of their way for their success.
(816) 339-4619 View (816) 339-4619
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Randi Lechtenberger-Mitchell
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LCMFT, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Independence, MO 64055
I am a collaborative therapist who wants to work alongside my clients to ensure their goals for therapy are being met. I believe people have the greatest capacity for change when they have a space to express emotional vulnerability while feeling safe and heard. One of my primary goals is to provide a safe and supportive environment where clients can be vulnerable as they navigate the complexities of their relationships.
I am a collaborative therapist who wants to work alongside my clients to ensure their goals for therapy are being met. I believe people have the greatest capacity for change when they have a space to express emotional vulnerability while feeling safe and heard. One of my primary goals is to provide a safe and supportive environment where clients can be vulnerable as they navigate the complexities of their relationships.
(816) 670-4608 View (816) 670-4608
Catherine Marie Bogue
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, Catherine Bogue
Verified Verified
Independence, MO 64056  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Work in Independence, MO. I have been providing therapy in a variety of setting for 45 years. I have extensive experience and training in providing counseling for those who have experienced trauma, whether as a child or from an event (PTSD). Most of my clients come to therapy for a variety of reasons, which include Depression, Anxiety, Grief, and for Chemical Dependence and other Addictive Behaviors. This would also include stress from significant life changes such as divorce or relationship issues. I provide video counseling through BetterHelp.com. You may request my services on that app.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Work in Independence, MO. I have been providing therapy in a variety of setting for 45 years. I have extensive experience and training in providing counseling for those who have experienced trauma, whether as a child or from an event (PTSD). Most of my clients come to therapy for a variety of reasons, which include Depression, Anxiety, Grief, and for Chemical Dependence and other Addictive Behaviors. This would also include stress from significant life changes such as divorce or relationship issues. I provide video counseling through BetterHelp.com. You may request my services on that app.
(816) 319-0655 View (816) 319-0655
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Jannae Turley
PLPC, LPC
Verified Verified
Independence, MO 64055
Do you ever feel like it is you against the world? Or wonder if there is anyone “in your corner”? This world can throw all sorts of difficulties our way and sometimes it is helpful to know you are not alone in the fight. Those difficulties may present with symptoms of depression, anxiety, fear, worthlessness, addiction, trauma, negative thinking, or loss. I understand how tempting it is to give up the fight, but I also know the joyful victory that comes with healing and freedom. I am holding hope for you even if, right now, you are not able to hope for yourself. I believe there is abundant life and wholeness for YOU!
Do you ever feel like it is you against the world? Or wonder if there is anyone “in your corner”? This world can throw all sorts of difficulties our way and sometimes it is helpful to know you are not alone in the fight. Those difficulties may present with symptoms of depression, anxiety, fear, worthlessness, addiction, trauma, negative thinking, or loss. I understand how tempting it is to give up the fight, but I also know the joyful victory that comes with healing and freedom. I am holding hope for you even if, right now, you are not able to hope for yourself. I believe there is abundant life and wholeness for YOU!
(816) 992-5647 View (816) 992-5647
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Barbara J Dickerson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Independence, MO 64055
Waitlist for new clients
If you are in a difficult time in your life and are experiencing emotional pain, you may be ready to make personal changes. Your past experiences and your reactions to those experiences make you who you are, which makes perfect sense. We can't always stay the same and move on in our lives. I am a directive, involved, compassionate, experienced therapist who is willing to provide insight, options, and perspective to help you resolve individual, marital, family issues.
If you are in a difficult time in your life and are experiencing emotional pain, you may be ready to make personal changes. Your past experiences and your reactions to those experiences make you who you are, which makes perfect sense. We can't always stay the same and move on in our lives. I am a directive, involved, compassionate, experienced therapist who is willing to provide insight, options, and perspective to help you resolve individual, marital, family issues.
(913) 601-7146 x49 View (913) 601-7146 x49
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Daylin Rodriguez Cesar
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCPC, PhDc
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Independence, MO 64050  (Online Only)
He sido una sicoterapeuta bilingue por 12 años enfocada en tratar trauma y evaluaciones sicológicas para emigración. Les proveo un ambiente confidencial y muy cómodo a mis participantes. Es un gran privilegio guiarlos en su andar de sanidad y paz. Me especializo en sicología infantil, EMDR, y hipnosis clínica. Tengo vasta experiencia ayudando a parejas, procesos de separación, trauma, niñas/niños, y a la comunidad LGBTQ+. I am a caring bilingual counselor with experience in working with people of races and genders. My mission is to be your companion on this therapeutic journey in a comfortable and confidential environment.
He sido una sicoterapeuta bilingue por 12 años enfocada en tratar trauma y evaluaciones sicológicas para emigración. Les proveo un ambiente confidencial y muy cómodo a mis participantes. Es un gran privilegio guiarlos en su andar de sanidad y paz. Me especializo en sicología infantil, EMDR, y hipnosis clínica. Tengo vasta experiencia ayudando a parejas, procesos de separación, trauma, niñas/niños, y a la comunidad LGBTQ+. I am a caring bilingual counselor with experience in working with people of races and genders. My mission is to be your companion on this therapeutic journey in a comfortable and confidential environment.
(913) 884-1812 View (913) 884-1812
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Jennifer Dunsdon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CPT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Independence, MO 64055
I opened Dunsdon Counseling, LLC in 2022 to offer mental health services in Independence, MO and the surrounding area. I graduated from UMKC in 2012 with my Master’s Degree in Social Work. I have been practicing as a therapist for more than 7 years. I work with preteens, teenagers, parents and individuals. I use an individualized, holistic approach, focusing treatment on the need of each client. I believe in the worth of all persons and value each person's unique life experience.
I opened Dunsdon Counseling, LLC in 2022 to offer mental health services in Independence, MO and the surrounding area. I graduated from UMKC in 2012 with my Master’s Degree in Social Work. I have been practicing as a therapist for more than 7 years. I work with preteens, teenagers, parents and individuals. I use an individualized, holistic approach, focusing treatment on the need of each client. I believe in the worth of all persons and value each person's unique life experience.
(816) 307-0540 View (816) 307-0540
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Kansas City Relationship Institute, LLC
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT, LCMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Independence, MO 64055
Life provides many challenges to maintaining a healthy, happy relationship. Our relationships can be a great source of strength, but they can also cause pain and heartache. Whether you currently feel committed to building a better relationship, ambivalent about the future of your relationship, or fear that your relationship is on the brink of collapse--therapy can often help. Through looking at yourself, your partner, and your relationship in new ways, I help couples gain confidence and clarity about the next steps for their relationship and I help couples build satisfying relationships that last and are worth wanting.
Life provides many challenges to maintaining a healthy, happy relationship. Our relationships can be a great source of strength, but they can also cause pain and heartache. Whether you currently feel committed to building a better relationship, ambivalent about the future of your relationship, or fear that your relationship is on the brink of collapse--therapy can often help. Through looking at yourself, your partner, and your relationship in new ways, I help couples gain confidence and clarity about the next steps for their relationship and I help couples build satisfying relationships that last and are worth wanting.
(816) 354-0449 View (816) 354-0449
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Christina Wilson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Independence, MO 64055
Being alive and creating the types of relationships you want is a gift and, simultaneously, a challenge. If you are trying to reduce resentment after years of misunderstandings, heal after infidelity, renew your relationship as empty nesters, navigate differences in emotional and physical desires, start your marriage on the right track through premarital therapy, and more, I encourage you to set up a first session or consultation call with me.
Being alive and creating the types of relationships you want is a gift and, simultaneously, a challenge. If you are trying to reduce resentment after years of misunderstandings, heal after infidelity, renew your relationship as empty nesters, navigate differences in emotional and physical desires, start your marriage on the right track through premarital therapy, and more, I encourage you to set up a first session or consultation call with me.
(816) 239-3371 View (816) 239-3371
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Aimee Hubbard
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Independence, MO 64055
Relationships face so many challenges, but I'm here to help couples navigate these ups and downs. In our sessions, I aim to offer expertise while honoring your lived experience. I take a trauma informed and non-judgmental approach that blends compassion with humor to help you find the best path forward. Embracing diversity and supporting the LGBTQ+ community are integral parts of my practice, ensuring that everyone feels seen, heard, and valued. Beyond my formal education, I'm a lifelong learner that is committed to providing the best care.
Relationships face so many challenges, but I'm here to help couples navigate these ups and downs. In our sessions, I aim to offer expertise while honoring your lived experience. I take a trauma informed and non-judgmental approach that blends compassion with humor to help you find the best path forward. Embracing diversity and supporting the LGBTQ+ community are integral parts of my practice, ensuring that everyone feels seen, heard, and valued. Beyond my formal education, I'm a lifelong learner that is committed to providing the best care.
(816) 253-6209 View (816) 253-6209
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Erica L Thompson
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Independence, MO 64055
Dr. Erica Thompson, LPC is a multiculturally competent and realistic therapist that believes in meeting people where they are. She takes an individualistic approach in therapy understanding that the needs of everyone will be different. Understanding comfort and flexibility are top priorities for those needing therapy, her services are conducted in a variety of settings including, in-home, teletherapy, and traditonal office settings.
Dr. Erica Thompson, LPC is a multiculturally competent and realistic therapist that believes in meeting people where they are. She takes an individualistic approach in therapy understanding that the needs of everyone will be different. Understanding comfort and flexibility are top priorities for those needing therapy, her services are conducted in a variety of settings including, in-home, teletherapy, and traditonal office settings.
(816) 873-8069 View (816) 873-8069
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Deborah Lou Babbitt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Independence, MO 64055  (Online Only)
Deborah Babbitt, MSW, LCSW Deborah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Missouri. After earning her MSW at University of Missouri, Kansas City in 2010 as a Jewish Heritage-Hartford Fellow, she worked with adults, older adults and families in various settings. Work in community, health care and acute psychiatric care settings have provided Deborah with a broad perspective on the issues of aging and supporting aging parents, coping with chronic illness, depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, grief and loss. She is available to provide ongoing addiction therapy to persons who have completed a detox program.
Deborah Babbitt, MSW, LCSW Deborah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Missouri. After earning her MSW at University of Missouri, Kansas City in 2010 as a Jewish Heritage-Hartford Fellow, she worked with adults, older adults and families in various settings. Work in community, health care and acute psychiatric care settings have provided Deborah with a broad perspective on the issues of aging and supporting aging parents, coping with chronic illness, depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, grief and loss. She is available to provide ongoing addiction therapy to persons who have completed a detox program.
(816) 203-0283 View (816) 203-0283
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Sharree Jensen
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS-MFT, PLMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Independence, MO 64050
Let's be real. You are here looking for a therapist because something in you knows it is time for change. Whether that change is just for you or within your relationships... whether it is old stuff you "should be over," new stuff that is just hitting, or another combination of life's challenges... I'm here, ready to walk through it with you. You are here, and that is the first courageous step. Let's take the next step together by scheduling a free consultation call to see if we are a good fit. Please note: In order to provide you with personalized & flexible therapy, I do not accept insurance. I do accept HSA, Debit, & Credit Cards.
Let's be real. You are here looking for a therapist because something in you knows it is time for change. Whether that change is just for you or within your relationships... whether it is old stuff you "should be over," new stuff that is just hitting, or another combination of life's challenges... I'm here, ready to walk through it with you. You are here, and that is the first courageous step. Let's take the next step together by scheduling a free consultation call to see if we are a good fit. Please note: In order to provide you with personalized & flexible therapy, I do not accept insurance. I do accept HSA, Debit, & Credit Cards.
(816) 925-9541 View (816) 925-9541
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Sarah Cicero
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MA, CRAADC
Verified Verified
Independence, MO 64055
Are you considering what life would look like if you drank less, smoked less, or stopped using altogether? Are you "sick and tired of being sick and tired"? Maybe your family is giving you an ultimatum - "get help or else!" Maybe it's your probation or parole officer. Regardless of why you're here, congratulations on taking the first step! I pride myself on meeting people where they are in their sobriety and recovery journey. My clients and I build a strong rapport - we respect each other, and they work between sessions to develop their skills. My clients and I agree that the goal of counseling is to reduce harm to self and others.
Are you considering what life would look like if you drank less, smoked less, or stopped using altogether? Are you "sick and tired of being sick and tired"? Maybe your family is giving you an ultimatum - "get help or else!" Maybe it's your probation or parole officer. Regardless of why you're here, congratulations on taking the first step! I pride myself on meeting people where they are in their sobriety and recovery journey. My clients and I build a strong rapport - we respect each other, and they work between sessions to develop their skills. My clients and I agree that the goal of counseling is to reduce harm to self and others.
(816) 837-4632 View (816) 837-4632
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Tiffany Dianne Hall
MA, PLPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Independence, MO 64055
My name is Tiffany Hall. I reside in Lee's Summit, Missouri. I have worked in behavioral health for 15 years. My combined experience includes time served in the military where I also worked in the field of behavioral health in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I primarily work in outpatient settings only. I am provisionally licensed to practice therapy in the state of Missouri. I work with adolescents, teens, adults, couples, and families to provide mental health services. I have worked with those needing help with depression, anxiety, childhood trauma, PTSD, grief, and personality disorders.
My name is Tiffany Hall. I reside in Lee's Summit, Missouri. I have worked in behavioral health for 15 years. My combined experience includes time served in the military where I also worked in the field of behavioral health in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I primarily work in outpatient settings only. I am provisionally licensed to practice therapy in the state of Missouri. I work with adolescents, teens, adults, couples, and families to provide mental health services. I have worked with those needing help with depression, anxiety, childhood trauma, PTSD, grief, and personality disorders.
(816) 323-4673 View (816) 323-4673
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Marni Marie Shrum
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Independence, MO 64055
Not accepting new clients
I have a Master's in Counseling Psychology from Avila University and a Bachelor's in Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia with training in Trauma- Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Gottman Method Couple's Therapy & Play Therapy. Beyond my education, I have experience working with children ages 3 and up, adolescents, and adults with a variety of mental health issues, including severe and persistent mental illnesses, addictions, trauma, abuse, neglect, couples and relationship issues, grief and loss, and mood/anxiety disorders. I use a multidisciplinary approach based on the individual and their specific need and therefore use a variety of therapeutic models.
I have a Master's in Counseling Psychology from Avila University and a Bachelor's in Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia with training in Trauma- Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Gottman Method Couple's Therapy & Play Therapy. Beyond my education, I have experience working with children ages 3 and up, adolescents, and adults with a variety of mental health issues, including severe and persistent mental illnesses, addictions, trauma, abuse, neglect, couples and relationship issues, grief and loss, and mood/anxiety disorders. I use a multidisciplinary approach based on the individual and their specific need and therefore use a variety of therapeutic models.
(816) 208-8134 View (816) 208-8134
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Anna E Reid
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, BSW, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Independence, MO 64055
Regardless of what stage of life we are in, we all experience challenges. Perhaps wondering where we belong, what our life purpose is, or how to get through the day. I am passionate about supporting adolescents, young adults and adults during these dark times, discovering (or re-discovering) their voice. Whether for anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, relationship issues, or life changes, you are not alone. We will walk this path together, learning new, healthy ways of living our one life well.
Regardless of what stage of life we are in, we all experience challenges. Perhaps wondering where we belong, what our life purpose is, or how to get through the day. I am passionate about supporting adolescents, young adults and adults during these dark times, discovering (or re-discovering) their voice. Whether for anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, relationship issues, or life changes, you are not alone. We will walk this path together, learning new, healthy ways of living our one life well.
(816) 281-1036 View (816) 281-1036

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Number of Therapists in Independence, MO

90+

Average cost per session

$125

Therapists in Independence, MO who prioritize treating:

90% Anxiety
89% Depression
78% Relationship Issues
78% Trauma and PTSD
75% Self Esteem
64% Coping Skills
56% Grief

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

71% Aetna
63% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
61% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Independence, MO see their clients

87% In Person and Online
13% Online Only

Gender breakdown

72% Female
27% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Independence?

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.