Therapists in Asheville, NC

Photo of Sam Robinson, Counselor in Asheville, NC
Sam Robinson
Counselor, LCMHCA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Asheville, NC 28801
Life is relational. From our first breath to our last, we are in relation to someone or something. Oftentimes, our suffering can be traced back to feeling stuck in our ways of relating, finding that no matter who or what we’re relating to, we feel anxious, depressed, unheard, or unloved. It can be helpful to pause and observe how our relationships and general patterns of relating are constraining or frustrating our lives in some way. Themes that I enjoy working with are anxiety, depression, grief, developmental trauma, relationship issues, doubt, faith, meaninglessness, spirituality, family of origin issues, dreaming, and meditation
Life is relational. From our first breath to our last, we are in relation to someone or something. Oftentimes, our suffering can be traced back to feeling stuck in our ways of relating, finding that no matter who or what we’re relating to, we feel anxious, depressed, unheard, or unloved. It can be helpful to pause and observe how our relationships and general patterns of relating are constraining or frustrating our lives in some way. Themes that I enjoy working with are anxiety, depression, grief, developmental trauma, relationship issues, doubt, faith, meaninglessness, spirituality, family of origin issues, dreaming, and meditation
(828) 826-1570 View (828) 826-1570
Photo of Melanie Turner, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Asheville, NC
Melanie Turner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW`, CSW, LCSWA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Asheville, NC 28806
I am a client-centered, holistic, integrative, systemic, and mindfulness-based Social Worker who utilizes self and social/community empowerment to inspire intersectional healing and alignment. I have extensive personal and professional experience related to depression and anxiety, ADHD, LGBTQ(QIAAP+) and multicultural matters, social activism and allyship, complex trauma and PTSD, grief and loss, and domestic and interpersonal violence. I work alongside clients to create a greater sense of self-love and acceptance, helping to promote both immediate and long-term relief and change in their daily lives.
I am a client-centered, holistic, integrative, systemic, and mindfulness-based Social Worker who utilizes self and social/community empowerment to inspire intersectional healing and alignment. I have extensive personal and professional experience related to depression and anxiety, ADHD, LGBTQ(QIAAP+) and multicultural matters, social activism and allyship, complex trauma and PTSD, grief and loss, and domestic and interpersonal violence. I work alongside clients to create a greater sense of self-love and acceptance, helping to promote both immediate and long-term relief and change in their daily lives.
(385) 375-7663 View (385) 375-7663
Photo of Eric Pitts, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Asheville, NC
Eric Pitts
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, LCMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Asheville, NC 28801
Have you reached adulthood but don’t have the sense of belonging or fulfillment you thought was supposed to come with it? Something so basic has been missing for so long you feel stuck and embarrassed to talk about it. You are not alone. 1 in 10 men will experience anxiety or depression but less than half will seek treatment. Life can be a hell of a thing but as men the expectation is to just deal with it. Maybe you are just entering into the adult world and realize you will be making decisions that will forever alter the course of your life and want a no pressure place to talk about it.
Have you reached adulthood but don’t have the sense of belonging or fulfillment you thought was supposed to come with it? Something so basic has been missing for so long you feel stuck and embarrassed to talk about it. You are not alone. 1 in 10 men will experience anxiety or depression but less than half will seek treatment. Life can be a hell of a thing but as men the expectation is to just deal with it. Maybe you are just entering into the adult world and realize you will be making decisions that will forever alter the course of your life and want a no pressure place to talk about it.
(828) 332-5722 View (828) 332-5722
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Sarah Lewis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCAS, CT
Verified
Asheville, NC 28801
Not accepting new clients
I am an experienced and understanding professional with expertise in substance use issues and traumatic events that can can keep us stuck or in unhealthy patterns. Even though it has been many years in practice, I remain honored and humbled by the trust and vulnerability that occurs in the context of the therapeutic relationship, especially valuing the process of witnessing the growth and development of individuals and families. Please feel free to contact me for questions or for scheduling.
I am an experienced and understanding professional with expertise in substance use issues and traumatic events that can can keep us stuck or in unhealthy patterns. Even though it has been many years in practice, I remain honored and humbled by the trust and vulnerability that occurs in the context of the therapeutic relationship, especially valuing the process of witnessing the growth and development of individuals and families. Please feel free to contact me for questions or for scheduling.
(828) 303-2085 View (828) 303-2085
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Jeffie Cilano
Counselor, MA, LCMHCA, NCC
Verified
Asheville, NC 28801
Parents, teens, preteens, and Co-Parenting counseling are my focus. I work with teens and preteens needing support with anxiety, depression, divorce, low self-esteem and who struggle with learning challenges. I work to create a therapeutic environment where you and your teen feel safe to share, feel seen and heard, and can set goals, learn new life skills; to help create space between emotions, and reactions. Creating an overall happier relationship with life. And where you as parents can receive support, and also as co-parents develop healthy communication skills, and learn to create the parenting relationship you desire.
Parents, teens, preteens, and Co-Parenting counseling are my focus. I work with teens and preteens needing support with anxiety, depression, divorce, low self-esteem and who struggle with learning challenges. I work to create a therapeutic environment where you and your teen feel safe to share, feel seen and heard, and can set goals, learn new life skills; to help create space between emotions, and reactions. Creating an overall happier relationship with life. And where you as parents can receive support, and also as co-parents develop healthy communication skills, and learn to create the parenting relationship you desire.
(828) 383-8377 View (828) 383-8377
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Ezra K Post
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, SEP
Verified
Asheville, NC 28806
I am a somatic psychotherapist and clinical supervisor, who enjoys working with people from all human backgrounds. I have been in practice 13 years. I specialize in trauma and attachment resolution, and the various mental/emotional/relational difficulties that can stem from trauma and attachment wounding. I also have a great passion and skill for working out patterns of oppression in the body. Aliveness, strength, respect, laughter, kindness, humility… these are all qualities central to the work I do. Together we will create an alliance to discover the true and beautiful health that exists inside you, and let your truest self shine!
I am a somatic psychotherapist and clinical supervisor, who enjoys working with people from all human backgrounds. I have been in practice 13 years. I specialize in trauma and attachment resolution, and the various mental/emotional/relational difficulties that can stem from trauma and attachment wounding. I also have a great passion and skill for working out patterns of oppression in the body. Aliveness, strength, respect, laughter, kindness, humility… these are all qualities central to the work I do. Together we will create an alliance to discover the true and beautiful health that exists inside you, and let your truest self shine!
(828) 554-7937 View (828) 554-7937
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Leah Stephens
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCAS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Asheville, NC 28803  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Leah, and my passion is partnering with people on their journey towards more fulfilling and meaningful lives. As a clinician who has been working with people for almost 15 years, I have found that through authenticity, radical honesty, and a sprinkling of humor, humans can get through some of the most unimaginably difficult experiences. Navigating life as a queer, fat, woman has given me some unique insights into the importance of self-advocacy, creativity, and dismantling societal and familial pressures that keep people from feeling whole.
Hi, I'm Leah, and my passion is partnering with people on their journey towards more fulfilling and meaningful lives. As a clinician who has been working with people for almost 15 years, I have found that through authenticity, radical honesty, and a sprinkling of humor, humans can get through some of the most unimaginably difficult experiences. Navigating life as a queer, fat, woman has given me some unique insights into the importance of self-advocacy, creativity, and dismantling societal and familial pressures that keep people from feeling whole.
(828) 408-0302 View (828) 408-0302
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Kristen Kaverman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Asheville, NC 28801
Does your relationship feel distant and like all you do anymore is argue? Or maybe the relationship has felt off and you really want to feel close again. Do you feel lonely within your relationship and question if it’s even possible to get back on track? You want to build deeper intimacy and trust between you and your partner, but each time an issue arises you both get defensive and it spirals downwards, leaving you feeling more alone. You deserve to have a relationship that feels supportive and nourishing and it is possible to rebuild a deeper connection of trust and intimacy.
Does your relationship feel distant and like all you do anymore is argue? Or maybe the relationship has felt off and you really want to feel close again. Do you feel lonely within your relationship and question if it’s even possible to get back on track? You want to build deeper intimacy and trust between you and your partner, but each time an issue arises you both get defensive and it spirals downwards, leaving you feeling more alone. You deserve to have a relationship that feels supportive and nourishing and it is possible to rebuild a deeper connection of trust and intimacy.
(828) 672-2937 View (828) 672-2937
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Alice Cennamo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LCAS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Asheville, NC 28801
I help young adult women feel confident, competent, & in control of their lives. My clients are exhausted like you are. Despite being hard working, determined, & creative, they still feel stuck in a loop. They feel like they’re drowning in a storm of stress, high expectations & confusion about the path ahead-- it’s a full time job keeping their head just above the rising water. They vacillate between feeling powerful & powerless, motivated & avoidant, on top of the world & crushed beneath it’s weight. Sometimes they have a formal diagnosis of Anxiety, Depression, or Trauma, and sometimes... well, sometimes life is just hard.
I help young adult women feel confident, competent, & in control of their lives. My clients are exhausted like you are. Despite being hard working, determined, & creative, they still feel stuck in a loop. They feel like they’re drowning in a storm of stress, high expectations & confusion about the path ahead-- it’s a full time job keeping their head just above the rising water. They vacillate between feeling powerful & powerless, motivated & avoidant, on top of the world & crushed beneath it’s weight. Sometimes they have a formal diagnosis of Anxiety, Depression, or Trauma, and sometimes... well, sometimes life is just hard.
(828) 408-0420 View (828) 408-0420
Photo of Ashley Hosey, Psychological Associate in Asheville, NC
Ashley Hosey
Psychological Associate, LPA
Verified
5 Endorsed
Asheville, NC 28803  (Online Only)
Out of network provider for all insurances You're tired. You have to carry BIG emotions all the damn time with no outlet to let them out. You cry when you’re alone, but put on a smile so the world can’t see you're hurting on the inside. There is no time to slow down because slowing down makes the inner critic grow louder about how awful you are. Perhaps you get some release through disordered eating, but ultimately, that voice comes right back again. The inner critic makes it hard for you to accept yourself and love your flaws. It makes it hard for you to live your life intentionally, with confidence in yourself to use your voice.
Out of network provider for all insurances You're tired. You have to carry BIG emotions all the damn time with no outlet to let them out. You cry when you’re alone, but put on a smile so the world can’t see you're hurting on the inside. There is no time to slow down because slowing down makes the inner critic grow louder about how awful you are. Perhaps you get some release through disordered eating, but ultimately, that voice comes right back again. The inner critic makes it hard for you to accept yourself and love your flaws. It makes it hard for you to live your life intentionally, with confidence in yourself to use your voice.
(828) 547-4358 View (828) 547-4358
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PIVOTPoint WNC
Drug & Alcohol Counselor
Verified
4 Endorsed
Asheville, NC 28801
This isn’t about a ‘failure to launch’ – not really. This is more about a failure to fail. Somewhere along the way, a lot of us got the idea stuck in our heads exactly what it means to succeed. The prospect of falling short of that ideal got so damn overwhelming, that we decided to side step trying just to avoid coming up short. Our program is about trudging through that concept. About doing the things. About learning through the evidence of your own experience. It’s about what comes next. When you think you’re ready, give us a shout. We work on the active-ingredients of the change-process. And we’ve been doing it for years.
This isn’t about a ‘failure to launch’ – not really. This is more about a failure to fail. Somewhere along the way, a lot of us got the idea stuck in our heads exactly what it means to succeed. The prospect of falling short of that ideal got so damn overwhelming, that we decided to side step trying just to avoid coming up short. Our program is about trudging through that concept. About doing the things. About learning through the evidence of your own experience. It’s about what comes next. When you think you’re ready, give us a shout. We work on the active-ingredients of the change-process. And we’ve been doing it for years.
(828) 560-3123 View (828) 560-3123
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Adrianne Melton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Asheville, NC 28803
I help people who’ve discovered that they have outgrown their lives find the most authentic versions of themselves. You may have become aware that something important in your life feels inauthentic, small or suffocating. This can manifest as symptoms of depression and anxiety, making you feel both overwhelmed and underwhelmed simultaneously. These life transitions can make you feel as if everything around you is falling away. This is fertile ground for growth and an ideal time to seek counseling. These experiences will break you, but can also be used as a catalyst to elevate you to create something more whole from the broken pieces.
I help people who’ve discovered that they have outgrown their lives find the most authentic versions of themselves. You may have become aware that something important in your life feels inauthentic, small or suffocating. This can manifest as symptoms of depression and anxiety, making you feel both overwhelmed and underwhelmed simultaneously. These life transitions can make you feel as if everything around you is falling away. This is fertile ground for growth and an ideal time to seek counseling. These experiences will break you, but can also be used as a catalyst to elevate you to create something more whole from the broken pieces.
(828) 275-2266 View (828) 275-2266
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Maryanne Tatum-Watts
Counselor, LCMHCA, CRC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Asheville, NC 28801
Waitlist for new clients
Humans are pretty cool. We can watch and rewatch our favorite movies, travel to faraway places, or dye our hair whatever color we choose. But we can also make rash decisions, relive that awkward moment from 7 years ago, or even hurt our friends and family emotionally. These things make us uniquely human, too. I work with a diverse group of adults and young adults experiencing a myriad of presenting concerns, including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, life adjustments, relationship problems, trauma history, suicidal ideation, identity development, and LGBTQIA. I provide therapeutic services virtually and in-person in Asheville.
Humans are pretty cool. We can watch and rewatch our favorite movies, travel to faraway places, or dye our hair whatever color we choose. But we can also make rash decisions, relive that awkward moment from 7 years ago, or even hurt our friends and family emotionally. These things make us uniquely human, too. I work with a diverse group of adults and young adults experiencing a myriad of presenting concerns, including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, life adjustments, relationship problems, trauma history, suicidal ideation, identity development, and LGBTQIA. I provide therapeutic services virtually and in-person in Asheville.
(828) 360-9950 View (828) 360-9950
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Asheville Marriage Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MS, LCSW
Verified
Asheville, NC 28801
For the past 15 years I've worked exclusively assisting couples in understanding and correcting missteps in their marriage or primary relationship - and helping them to discover how to establish rich, fulfilling, and solid connections and communication. If your marriage isn't feeling as stable as you'd like, you're likely experiencing some heartache, worry, or some resentment. Having intense emotions in this situation is certainly normal, but they also make effective communication even more difficult... right when it's most needed. Using the expertise of a couples counselor in these times can be a very worthwhile investment.
For the past 15 years I've worked exclusively assisting couples in understanding and correcting missteps in their marriage or primary relationship - and helping them to discover how to establish rich, fulfilling, and solid connections and communication. If your marriage isn't feeling as stable as you'd like, you're likely experiencing some heartache, worry, or some resentment. Having intense emotions in this situation is certainly normal, but they also make effective communication even more difficult... right when it's most needed. Using the expertise of a couples counselor in these times can be a very worthwhile investment.
(828) 686-9601 View (828) 686-9601
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Lucas Taylor Ferry
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
Asheville, NC 28801
We all have struggles and things that we want to be different. Families, couples, or individuals who are looking for a change can find meaningful progress in therapy. I work with people who may struggle with school, relationships, neurodivergence, and life's anxieties. Often we explore what steps you want to take in your therapeutic journey. This has been a passion of mine for the last decade!
We all have struggles and things that we want to be different. Families, couples, or individuals who are looking for a change can find meaningful progress in therapy. I work with people who may struggle with school, relationships, neurodivergence, and life's anxieties. Often we explore what steps you want to take in your therapeutic journey. This has been a passion of mine for the last decade!
(828) 415-5435 View (828) 415-5435
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Bre Padgett
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, LCMHC, LCAS
Verified
Asheville, NC 28801
Waitlist for new clients
I want to hear your story. You know... the story of getting in trouble in elementary school, your first major accomplishment, when your parents split up, the first time you fell in love, the career path you're currently questioning, and what it feels like to age. The official line: I am a therapist has a wide background in the mental health field. The human line: I believe connection and vulnerability takes courage. This life shit is hard. Through the power of sharing your story and myself as a passenger in your journey, we can make life feel, well, less like you're losing the battle and more like you're the hero of your story.
I want to hear your story. You know... the story of getting in trouble in elementary school, your first major accomplishment, when your parents split up, the first time you fell in love, the career path you're currently questioning, and what it feels like to age. The official line: I am a therapist has a wide background in the mental health field. The human line: I believe connection and vulnerability takes courage. This life shit is hard. Through the power of sharing your story and myself as a passenger in your journey, we can make life feel, well, less like you're losing the battle and more like you're the hero of your story.
(828) 622-4253 View (828) 622-4253
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Kristen Olberz
Pre-Licensed Professional, BSN-RN, CH
Verified
Asheville, NC 28806
While being human carries with it difficulties and pain, there is joy and goodness, healing and wisdom waiting for each of us. I love sitting with folks, supporting each person on their highly unique journey of self-discovery. My intention is to hold a safe, grounded space where curiosity, gentleness, and courage might arise with more ease. Where learning how to know oneself authentically becomes an adventure of the soul. I am deeply interested in understanding how our history shapes us and the ways we show up in the world. I love nurturing folks' spiritual quests and find Nature a refuge and wise teacher.
While being human carries with it difficulties and pain, there is joy and goodness, healing and wisdom waiting for each of us. I love sitting with folks, supporting each person on their highly unique journey of self-discovery. My intention is to hold a safe, grounded space where curiosity, gentleness, and courage might arise with more ease. Where learning how to know oneself authentically becomes an adventure of the soul. I am deeply interested in understanding how our history shapes us and the ways we show up in the world. I love nurturing folks' spiritual quests and find Nature a refuge and wise teacher.
(828) 537-4451 View (828) 537-4451
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Kat Morua
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CCTP, C-DBT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Asheville, NC 28805  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I'm a licensed therapist and clinical trauma professional. I am diligent about keeping diversity, cultural context and neurodivergence in mind throughout my work, and recognize the need for an individualized and holistic approach! I believe that with the right skills and support every person can live meaningful lives and achieve peace, even in the presence of trauma, anxiety, depression, stress, life transitions, grief and relationship issues. In our sessions, I hope to foster a sense of trust, confidence, and belonging so you feel supported and equipped enough to build the life you envision for yourself.
I'm a licensed therapist and clinical trauma professional. I am diligent about keeping diversity, cultural context and neurodivergence in mind throughout my work, and recognize the need for an individualized and holistic approach! I believe that with the right skills and support every person can live meaningful lives and achieve peace, even in the presence of trauma, anxiety, depression, stress, life transitions, grief and relationship issues. In our sessions, I hope to foster a sense of trust, confidence, and belonging so you feel supported and equipped enough to build the life you envision for yourself.
(828) 414-3944 View (828) 414-3944
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Dr. Betsy Biggers. LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC
Verified
Asheville, NC 28801
My ideal client is one who is searching for a deeper understanding of themselves as well as their relationships with the meaningful people in their world. Understanding the complexities of interpersonal dynamics is key to having healthy relationships with oneself, as well as others. My goal as a therapist is to create an atmosphere in which it is comfortable to explore old wounds as well as current interpersonal dynamics. In this work, it is my hope that insight will replace confusion as we embark on the road to a healthy and fulfilling life.
My ideal client is one who is searching for a deeper understanding of themselves as well as their relationships with the meaningful people in their world. Understanding the complexities of interpersonal dynamics is key to having healthy relationships with oneself, as well as others. My goal as a therapist is to create an atmosphere in which it is comfortable to explore old wounds as well as current interpersonal dynamics. In this work, it is my hope that insight will replace confusion as we embark on the road to a healthy and fulfilling life.
(828) 255-9228 View (828) 255-9228
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Ellet Durbin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Asheville, NC 28801  (Online Only)
I hold a core belief that no one wants to be "bad" or do "bad." Keeping this in mind, I prefer to highlight strengths and focus on how we grow and learn in those challenging moments. My clients are in the driver's seat and they determine who is in the car, where the destination is, and how we are going to get there. My role is to help navigate the road ahead, process through things that have steered you off course, and help you get to your therapeutic destination safely. I love to find moments of humor and connection, but I am also prepared to sit with my clients in their moments of pain, processing and healing.
I hold a core belief that no one wants to be "bad" or do "bad." Keeping this in mind, I prefer to highlight strengths and focus on how we grow and learn in those challenging moments. My clients are in the driver's seat and they determine who is in the car, where the destination is, and how we are going to get there. My role is to help navigate the road ahead, process through things that have steered you off course, and help you get to your therapeutic destination safely. I love to find moments of humor and connection, but I am also prepared to sit with my clients in their moments of pain, processing and healing.
(828) 382-8370 View (828) 382-8370

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Number of Therapists in Asheville, NC

1,000+

Average cost per session

$140

Therapists in Asheville, NC who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
86% Depression
78% Relationship Issues
78% Self Esteem
76% Trauma and PTSD
69% Coping Skills
69% Stress

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

87% BlueCross and BlueShield
66% Aetna
50% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Asheville, NC see their clients

69% In Person and Online
31% Online Only

Gender breakdown

76% Female
22% Male
2% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Asheville?

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.