Therapists in Buncombe County, NC

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Photo of Kelsey Reep, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Buncombe County, NC
Kelsey Reep
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Asheville, NC 28801
We are all faced with the task of aligning with our authentic selves, a journey that is especially challenging for women—we are pressured to fulfill many roles, our decisions are subjected to higher scrutiny, and our right to autonomy is not always in our own hands (i.e., abortion, reproductive rights). I offer women+femme-specific support—including abortion support. In trying to navigate all these moving pieces, we are often overcome by stress, leaving us feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, frustrated, defeated, and inadequate. With all the noise, it becomes difficult to connect with our internal compass and we find ourselves lost.
We are all faced with the task of aligning with our authentic selves, a journey that is especially challenging for women—we are pressured to fulfill many roles, our decisions are subjected to higher scrutiny, and our right to autonomy is not always in our own hands (i.e., abortion, reproductive rights). I offer women+femme-specific support—including abortion support. In trying to navigate all these moving pieces, we are often overcome by stress, leaving us feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, frustrated, defeated, and inadequate. With all the noise, it becomes difficult to connect with our internal compass and we find ourselves lost.
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Photo of Betsy Filli, Licensed Professional Counselor in Buncombe County, NC
Betsy Filli
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCMHC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Asheville, NC 28806  (Online Only)
YOU are here for a reason and being called to pay attention to a deep desire or need in your life. Perhaps it’s healing an old wound, addressing a challenge, expressing yourself, or learning to listen to your inner voice. Ignoring that small voice won't help. Trust me, I've tried, but befriending it will. Healing takes courage and creativity. And when we suffer, we often forget that there is a solution to every problem. All problems in living can be thought of as a failure of the imagination, an inability to envision solutions, garner resources, or initiate movement. I'm here to help you listen, visualize, and take action again!
YOU are here for a reason and being called to pay attention to a deep desire or need in your life. Perhaps it’s healing an old wound, addressing a challenge, expressing yourself, or learning to listen to your inner voice. Ignoring that small voice won't help. Trust me, I've tried, but befriending it will. Healing takes courage and creativity. And when we suffer, we often forget that there is a solution to every problem. All problems in living can be thought of as a failure of the imagination, an inability to envision solutions, garner resources, or initiate movement. I'm here to help you listen, visualize, and take action again!
(828) 360-8011 View (828) 360-8011
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Patrick Sullivan Counseling
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MA, LCMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Asheville, NC 28801
The motives for someone seeking therapy are as unique as the person seeking therapy. Some people desire to process past unresolved issues. Sometimes, people feel like they repeat patterns or are stuck in a situation and don't know how to do something different. Therapy can help a person process troubling and traumatic events that occurred in the past. Counseling can help a person cope with recent upsetting events, such as the death of a loved one, or a sudden transition/loss, such as a relationship breakup.
The motives for someone seeking therapy are as unique as the person seeking therapy. Some people desire to process past unresolved issues. Sometimes, people feel like they repeat patterns or are stuck in a situation and don't know how to do something different. Therapy can help a person process troubling and traumatic events that occurred in the past. Counseling can help a person cope with recent upsetting events, such as the death of a loved one, or a sudden transition/loss, such as a relationship breakup.
(828) 743-8831 View (828) 743-8831
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Amber Kilkenny
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Asheville, NC 28801
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a passion for helping individuals understand their unique wiring with compassion and curiosity. The more understanding we have of ourselves, the greater freedom and joy we will have in life. The brain is such a beautiful piece of us and I am continuously amazed at how it protects us when we need it to. Much of the work I do is assisting you in helping your brain and body reduce defenses when we truly are safe. I believe that taking an honest, directive and nurturing approach is the key to successful treatment. The predominate therapeutic modalities I use are EMDR, CBT, IFS and TRE.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a passion for helping individuals understand their unique wiring with compassion and curiosity. The more understanding we have of ourselves, the greater freedom and joy we will have in life. The brain is such a beautiful piece of us and I am continuously amazed at how it protects us when we need it to. Much of the work I do is assisting you in helping your brain and body reduce defenses when we truly are safe. I believe that taking an honest, directive and nurturing approach is the key to successful treatment. The predominate therapeutic modalities I use are EMDR, CBT, IFS and TRE.
(828) 527-6129 View (828) 527-6129
Photo of Paula Zerfoss, LCSW, Couple Therapy That Works, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Buncombe County, NC
Paula Zerfoss, LCSW, Couple Therapy That Works
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Asheville, NC 28801
If you are having the same arguments over and over again, you are not alone. I will be with you every step of the way. I use Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples to interrupt repetitive Cycles where one person reaches out in frustration, causing their partner to withdraw and hide out. Couple Therapy doesn't have to be torture, and there doesn't have to be a "bad guy". I have helped couples with a range of issues from Domestic Abuse to infidelity to communication issues. I even use humor sometimes, but we don't waste a moment! I welcome couples who have been in couple therapy before and have almost given up.
If you are having the same arguments over and over again, you are not alone. I will be with you every step of the way. I use Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples to interrupt repetitive Cycles where one person reaches out in frustration, causing their partner to withdraw and hide out. Couple Therapy doesn't have to be torture, and there doesn't have to be a "bad guy". I have helped couples with a range of issues from Domestic Abuse to infidelity to communication issues. I even use humor sometimes, but we don't waste a moment! I welcome couples who have been in couple therapy before and have almost given up.
(857) 342-3184 View (857) 342-3184
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Melina Bridges
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, LCMHC
Verified
Asheville, NC 28801
I offer expressive and emotionally based therapies to children (ages 6 and older) a warm and nurturing environment which provides a safe space to do any healing they might need to do to move forward, to feel better about who they are, or share what might have happened in their lives that makes their heart ache. I help teens and young adults navigate the turbulence of hormones, and school work, friendships and home life, college and relationships, and all the other activities and significant events happening, while trying to discover who they are and what makes them feel most alive.
I offer expressive and emotionally based therapies to children (ages 6 and older) a warm and nurturing environment which provides a safe space to do any healing they might need to do to move forward, to feel better about who they are, or share what might have happened in their lives that makes their heart ache. I help teens and young adults navigate the turbulence of hormones, and school work, friendships and home life, college and relationships, and all the other activities and significant events happening, while trying to discover who they are and what makes them feel most alive.
(828) 373-6117 View (828) 373-6117
Photo of Saunders Moore, Lic Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Buncombe County, NC
Saunders Moore
Lic Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate, MA, LMFT, LCMHCA
Verified
Asheville, NC 28801
You are so sick of feeling shame or worry about what others think. What you want is to feel more present and empowered in your life. Despite being career-driven, successful, and independent life is hard. Right now you may be experiencing insecurity, perfectionism, and self-doubt. You’re tired of going through the motions in life and want to connect with your truth and vitality. You need some guidance and aren’t sure where to start. You want to feel more authentic in your life, manage stress, and have better relationships.
You are so sick of feeling shame or worry about what others think. What you want is to feel more present and empowered in your life. Despite being career-driven, successful, and independent life is hard. Right now you may be experiencing insecurity, perfectionism, and self-doubt. You’re tired of going through the motions in life and want to connect with your truth and vitality. You need some guidance and aren’t sure where to start. You want to feel more authentic in your life, manage stress, and have better relationships.
(828) 351-7321 View (828) 351-7321
Photo of Chelsea Cummings, Lic Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Buncombe County, NC
Chelsea Cummings
Lic Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate, MS, LCMHCA, NCC
Verified
Asheville, NC 28801
Waitlist for new clients
Are you struggling to manage everything going on in your life? Do you feel like you're just not able to say no to people? Are you stuck in relationships and cycles that don't serve you anymore? Have you had painful experiences in your past that seem to keep popping up and affecting you currently? I was a young adult struggling with the same issues until I found a trusted therapist who saved my life. You shouldn't have to feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders and you're struggling to stand. They say "You can't pour from an empty cup" - let's figure out how to replenish yours first.
Are you struggling to manage everything going on in your life? Do you feel like you're just not able to say no to people? Are you stuck in relationships and cycles that don't serve you anymore? Have you had painful experiences in your past that seem to keep popping up and affecting you currently? I was a young adult struggling with the same issues until I found a trusted therapist who saved my life. You shouldn't have to feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders and you're struggling to stand. They say "You can't pour from an empty cup" - let's figure out how to replenish yours first.
(828) 373-8783 View (828) 373-8783
Photo of Chris Gantt, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Buncombe County, NC
Chris Gantt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Asheville, NC 28803  (Online Only)
I am here to help people who feel stuck in anxiety and depression to find their way through these challenging emotions to a sense of ease in a more authentic and satisfying relationship with life and themselves. My holistic practice is rooted in building a safe, supportive relationship and trusting your inner wisdom as we work side by side exploring life's challenges. Working together we'll discover your unique needs and strengths in developing our goals for treatment. I am committed to empathy and open-mindedness while utilizing therapeutic techniques with proven effectiveness.
I am here to help people who feel stuck in anxiety and depression to find their way through these challenging emotions to a sense of ease in a more authentic and satisfying relationship with life and themselves. My holistic practice is rooted in building a safe, supportive relationship and trusting your inner wisdom as we work side by side exploring life's challenges. Working together we'll discover your unique needs and strengths in developing our goals for treatment. I am committed to empathy and open-mindedness while utilizing therapeutic techniques with proven effectiveness.
(828) 232-8089 View (828) 232-8089
Photo of Vicki Mattei, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Buncombe County, NC
Vicki Mattei
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, LCMHC, LCAS, SEP, RYT-200
Verified
Candler, NC 28715
Waitlist for new clients
Connection to ourselves and our true nature unlocks the door to an empowered and meaningful life. Unfortunately, most of us have had the experience of feeling woefully disconnected from our bodies, our emotions, our purpose, and subsequently from other important people in our lives. I want to be a guide on your journey, helping you reconnect to who you are and to assist you in moving forward from a place of intention and empowerment. Connection to your body is a way through, and I can help you learn to trust and decipher your body’s wise messages, release what’s not serving you, and let the healing happen.
Connection to ourselves and our true nature unlocks the door to an empowered and meaningful life. Unfortunately, most of us have had the experience of feeling woefully disconnected from our bodies, our emotions, our purpose, and subsequently from other important people in our lives. I want to be a guide on your journey, helping you reconnect to who you are and to assist you in moving forward from a place of intention and empowerment. Connection to your body is a way through, and I can help you learn to trust and decipher your body’s wise messages, release what’s not serving you, and let the healing happen.
(828) 360-9872 View (828) 360-9872
Photo of Daphne Krantz, Counselor in Buncombe County, NC
Daphne Krantz
Counselor, LCMHCA, MA, NCC
Verified
6 Endorsed
Asheville, NC 28806  (Online Only)
My passion in life is supporting you to become your most authentic, joyous self. I believe you already have a wellspring of wisdom and clarity within, and I take great pleasure in helping you clear the way to your own inner guidance. As a proud, openly transgender woman, I find fulfillment in working with individuals and couples on transition and identity issues, communication, codependency, relational/cultural/ancestral trauma, gender, sexuality, poly/non-monogamy, depression, addiction, anxiety, psychedelic integration, and spirituality. Perhaps the path isn't quite clear, yet you're ready to take a step towards something better.
My passion in life is supporting you to become your most authentic, joyous self. I believe you already have a wellspring of wisdom and clarity within, and I take great pleasure in helping you clear the way to your own inner guidance. As a proud, openly transgender woman, I find fulfillment in working with individuals and couples on transition and identity issues, communication, codependency, relational/cultural/ancestral trauma, gender, sexuality, poly/non-monogamy, depression, addiction, anxiety, psychedelic integration, and spirituality. Perhaps the path isn't quite clear, yet you're ready to take a step towards something better.
(828) 944-4273 View (828) 944-4273
Photo of Amparo Penny, Licensed Professional Counselor in Buncombe County, NC
Amparo Penny
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LCMHC, C-DBT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Asheville, NC 28801
Waitlist for new clients
You are allowed to be a masterpiece and a work in progress at the same time - Sophia Bush. Are you at war with your emotions, food, or your body? Well, that's just the tip of the iceberg, and I invite you to take you on a journey below the surface. I am a DBT-certified and an Intuitive Eating certified therapist and I see therapy as a journey we take together; you’re the driver and I'm the helpful passenger or tour guide :) I have been a licensed therapist for 16 years, supporting people with eating disorders, issues with emotion regulation, body image issues, and borderline personality disorder. You're never "too much" for me.
You are allowed to be a masterpiece and a work in progress at the same time - Sophia Bush. Are you at war with your emotions, food, or your body? Well, that's just the tip of the iceberg, and I invite you to take you on a journey below the surface. I am a DBT-certified and an Intuitive Eating certified therapist and I see therapy as a journey we take together; you’re the driver and I'm the helpful passenger or tour guide :) I have been a licensed therapist for 16 years, supporting people with eating disorders, issues with emotion regulation, body image issues, and borderline personality disorder. You're never "too much" for me.
(828) 373-2537 View (828) 373-2537
Photo of Shannon Worley, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Buncombe County, NC
Shannon Worley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, Lisw-CP
Verified
Asheville, NC 28803
You want something to change. You are tired and overwhelmed. There may be more anxiety and stress every day wondering if you will ever be able to understand what is going on inside of you. Perhaps the shame and guilt of not doing or being enough just won't go away. You may feel like you never have time for yourself and are exhausted. There may be feelings of sadness around a loss of a person, place, relationship or dream. It's possible you keep thinking that some things in your past you just can't let go of. This may be creating difficulties in your relationships and you just don't know what else to do or how to fix things.
You want something to change. You are tired and overwhelmed. There may be more anxiety and stress every day wondering if you will ever be able to understand what is going on inside of you. Perhaps the shame and guilt of not doing or being enough just won't go away. You may feel like you never have time for yourself and are exhausted. There may be feelings of sadness around a loss of a person, place, relationship or dream. It's possible you keep thinking that some things in your past you just can't let go of. This may be creating difficulties in your relationships and you just don't know what else to do or how to fix things.
(828) 481-8463 View (828) 481-8463
Photo of Holly Testerman Neumann, Counselor in Buncombe County, NC
Holly Testerman Neumann
Counselor, LCAS, LCMHC, CTT- II
Verified
1 Endorsed
Asheville, NC 28801
Are you struggling? Life shows up and things get difficult. Maybe there are behaviors you want to change or a relationship you would like to see improve. Is there something in your past you would like to let go of? There is no reason to be alone in your pain. Pain is often a motivating factor for change.
Are you struggling? Life shows up and things get difficult. Maybe there are behaviors you want to change or a relationship you would like to see improve. Is there something in your past you would like to let go of? There is no reason to be alone in your pain. Pain is often a motivating factor for change.
(828) 415-5480 View (828) 415-5480
Photo of John Wesley Frazier, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Buncombe County, NC
John Wesley Frazier
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MDiv, LCSWA
Verified
Asheville, NC 28803
I am part of Thrive Mental Health Center located in Asheville, NC. We are comprised of a diverse group of clinicians specializing in treatment of clients dealing with psychological and behavioral challenges. We offer individual, couple and family therapy. Our core values are quality of care, individualized approach, person centered & cultural competence. My therapeutic philosophy integrates the core tenets of solution-focused therapy and the intricate understanding of the internal dynamics presented by the Internal Family Systems model.
I am part of Thrive Mental Health Center located in Asheville, NC. We are comprised of a diverse group of clinicians specializing in treatment of clients dealing with psychological and behavioral challenges. We offer individual, couple and family therapy. Our core values are quality of care, individualized approach, person centered & cultural competence. My therapeutic philosophy integrates the core tenets of solution-focused therapy and the intricate understanding of the internal dynamics presented by the Internal Family Systems model.
(828) 662-8650 View (828) 662-8650
Photo of Jonny Pack, Licensed Professional Counselor in Buncombe County, NC
Jonny Pack
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Asheville, NC 28801
I help people resolve traumatic events. Everyone has been through something significant enough to be considered traumatic. You may have experienced normalized stress throughout your childhood, or you may have experienced an acutely distressing singular event. Your mind will automatically attempt to find the quickest and most adaptive way to process those experiences, even if that suppresses your feelings in the long term. I can help you reprocess difficult experiences, so you are able to communicate difficult feelings. You may need an increase in structure and support to access past memories. I can help provide that for you as well.
I help people resolve traumatic events. Everyone has been through something significant enough to be considered traumatic. You may have experienced normalized stress throughout your childhood, or you may have experienced an acutely distressing singular event. Your mind will automatically attempt to find the quickest and most adaptive way to process those experiences, even if that suppresses your feelings in the long term. I can help you reprocess difficult experiences, so you are able to communicate difficult feelings. You may need an increase in structure and support to access past memories. I can help provide that for you as well.
(828) 622-4724 View (828) 622-4724
Photo of John Taylor Houchens, Licensed Professional Counselor in Buncombe County, NC
John Taylor Houchens
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified
4 Endorsed
Asheville, NC 28804
I specialize in working with men, women, teenagers, and boys (10+). If this is you, it is my goal to help you overcome the barriers and problems in your life that are keeping you from experiencing the freedom you are desiring. Often times, these problems are the result of trauma from childhood that is still unresolved. Difficulties that we experience early in life often stay with us into adulthood, creating a a myriad of problems including anxiety, depression, PTSD, sexual abuse, addiction (sexual, drug/alcohol, work), lack of self confidence, relationship issues, negative coping habits, physical or auto-immune disorders, & more.
I specialize in working with men, women, teenagers, and boys (10+). If this is you, it is my goal to help you overcome the barriers and problems in your life that are keeping you from experiencing the freedom you are desiring. Often times, these problems are the result of trauma from childhood that is still unresolved. Difficulties that we experience early in life often stay with us into adulthood, creating a a myriad of problems including anxiety, depression, PTSD, sexual abuse, addiction (sexual, drug/alcohol, work), lack of self confidence, relationship issues, negative coping habits, physical or auto-immune disorders, & more.
(828) 622-4184 View (828) 622-4184
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Laramie Clawson-Roberts
Lic Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate, MA, NCC, LCMHC-A
Verified
1 Endorsed
Asheville, NC 28801
Waitlist for new clients
I hope to create a safe therapeutic relationship, where you can be known, seen, and heard. I am here to empower you to tap into your own abilities and strengths in order to create your new path. My ideal clients will have a desire to work with me on topics such as gender identity or expression, relationships, sexual orientation, sexual trauma or violence, anxiety, depression, ptsd, and other mood disorders. I work with individuals in an open and safe space.
I hope to create a safe therapeutic relationship, where you can be known, seen, and heard. I am here to empower you to tap into your own abilities and strengths in order to create your new path. My ideal clients will have a desire to work with me on topics such as gender identity or expression, relationships, sexual orientation, sexual trauma or violence, anxiety, depression, ptsd, and other mood disorders. I work with individuals in an open and safe space.
(828) 368-4074 View (828) 368-4074
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Kelsey Crabtree
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LCMHC
Verified
4 Endorsed
Let’s face it – being a human can be tough. Life transitions happen and can be scary, sometimes shaking us to our core. Helping you work through your past, present, and planning for a brighter future is where I come in. Even if it doesn’t always feel like it, you're in the driver’s seat of your own life. With that realization comes responsibility but also power. It's my life’s joy to empower others to create the life that they've always envisioned for themselves. Trauma has a way of repeating itself across generations, sometimes despite our best efforts. By reaching out, you're about to make the first step in ending negative cycles.
Let’s face it – being a human can be tough. Life transitions happen and can be scary, sometimes shaking us to our core. Helping you work through your past, present, and planning for a brighter future is where I come in. Even if it doesn’t always feel like it, you're in the driver’s seat of your own life. With that realization comes responsibility but also power. It's my life’s joy to empower others to create the life that they've always envisioned for themselves. Trauma has a way of repeating itself across generations, sometimes despite our best efforts. By reaching out, you're about to make the first step in ending negative cycles.
(828) 761-7057 View (828) 761-7057
Photo of Regina McNamee, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Buncombe County, NC
Regina McNamee
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Asheville, NC 28804
I am a contemporary, psychodynamic/analytic oriented psychotherapist, who will work with you to move through emotional obstacles to create pathways for deeply fulfilling change in your personal and/or professional life. My approach is based on understanding the combination of your past experiences, current situation and future hopes. I am both supportive and analytic in helping you move into underlying causes of distress. I work with couples, adults and pre-teens/teens who suffer from anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, career considerations and major life transitions including fertility, parenting, sexuality, divorce, affairs, empty nest. I welcome the opportunity to discuss your situation and needs.
I am a contemporary, psychodynamic/analytic oriented psychotherapist, who will work with you to move through emotional obstacles to create pathways for deeply fulfilling change in your personal and/or professional life. My approach is based on understanding the combination of your past experiences, current situation and future hopes. I am both supportive and analytic in helping you move into underlying causes of distress. I work with couples, adults and pre-teens/teens who suffer from anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, career considerations and major life transitions including fertility, parenting, sexuality, divorce, affairs, empty nest. I welcome the opportunity to discuss your situation and needs.
(828) 372-0397 View (828) 372-0397

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Number of Therapists in Buncombe County, NC

1,000+

Average cost per session

$140

Therapists in Buncombe County, NC who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
86% Depression
78% Relationship Issues
77% Self Esteem
76% Trauma and PTSD
69% Stress
68% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

87% BlueCross and BlueShield
68% Aetna
51% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Buncombe County, NC see their clients

68% In Person and Online
32% Online Only

Gender breakdown

76% Female
22% Male
2% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Buncombe County?

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.