Therapists in Ridgecrest, NC

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Nicole M Locklear
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ridgecrest, NC 28770
Waitlist for new clients
Please email for a faster response. Life is too short to be stuck in the past or afraid for your future. Don't let your fear, anger, or sadness hold you back. You were born for more! Live your best life by developing tools to cope with issues, situations, and relationships in your life that cause stress, distress, or chaos. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I have worked with clients struggling with substance use, mental health diagnoses (e.g., Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, co-occurring disorders), trauma, and general life issues. I offer a caring, non-judgmental, positive approach, using evidence-based treatment techniques.
Please email for a faster response. Life is too short to be stuck in the past or afraid for your future. Don't let your fear, anger, or sadness hold you back. You were born for more! Live your best life by developing tools to cope with issues, situations, and relationships in your life that cause stress, distress, or chaos. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I have worked with clients struggling with substance use, mental health diagnoses (e.g., Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, co-occurring disorders), trauma, and general life issues. I offer a caring, non-judgmental, positive approach, using evidence-based treatment techniques.
(828) 332-5264 View (828) 332-5264

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Maggie Wiener
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Black Mountain, NC 28711
The clients I work with are seeking therapy to navigate difficult life transitions, create repair after impactful life experiences, navigate complex relationships, regain their ability to experience a full range of emotion and have accountability without shame. Often, they are aware and understand what should be helpful to them, but struggle to turn that knowledge into change. We will work together to explore your relationship with yourself, how it developed and how it is impacting your ability to live a fulfilled life.
The clients I work with are seeking therapy to navigate difficult life transitions, create repair after impactful life experiences, navigate complex relationships, regain their ability to experience a full range of emotion and have accountability without shame. Often, they are aware and understand what should be helpful to them, but struggle to turn that knowledge into change. We will work together to explore your relationship with yourself, how it developed and how it is impacting your ability to live a fulfilled life.
(828) 548-4173 View (828) 548-4173
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Embracing Hope
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCAS
Verified Verified
Black Mountain, NC 28711
Hello. We find ourselves struggling with many things as we navigate our way through this life. While some days, years, or lives can be worse than others, finding our way to hope can give us the strength and support to get through these times. As a clinician, I am dedicated to helping clients gain this resilience and support. I am open to working with various clients and challenges in search of hope and ways through these difficulties and hardships. I focus on strengths and solutions within your reach and how to access your internal and external resources/supports on the path toward healing.
Hello. We find ourselves struggling with many things as we navigate our way through this life. While some days, years, or lives can be worse than others, finding our way to hope can give us the strength and support to get through these times. As a clinician, I am dedicated to helping clients gain this resilience and support. I am open to working with various clients and challenges in search of hope and ways through these difficulties and hardships. I focus on strengths and solutions within your reach and how to access your internal and external resources/supports on the path toward healing.
(828) 761-3435 View (828) 761-3435
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Kelsey Crabtree
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LCMHC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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
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James Colvin
Marriage & Family Therapist, MDiv, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Black Mountain, NC 28711
What does it REALLY mean to be holistic and integrative? It means - you are a universe of different thoughts, quirks, capabilities, physical attributes, emotions, neurological functions, shortcomings, and strengths. It means problems aren't created - or solved - in a vacuum. In order to truly heal, we have to address the relationships between mind, body, spirit, and emotions. We have to consider the Universe. I work with members of all faiths (Christian or not) to restore the connection between mental health, physical health and spiritual health.
What does it REALLY mean to be holistic and integrative? It means - you are a universe of different thoughts, quirks, capabilities, physical attributes, emotions, neurological functions, shortcomings, and strengths. It means problems aren't created - or solved - in a vacuum. In order to truly heal, we have to address the relationships between mind, body, spirit, and emotions. We have to consider the Universe. I work with members of all faiths (Christian or not) to restore the connection between mental health, physical health and spiritual health.
(828) 476-4601 View (828) 476-4601
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Jennifer Daigle
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LMFT
Verified Verified
Black Mountain, NC 28711
The most powerful tool available to you is not merely realization of who you are...it is the option to create who you want to be. My privilege is to work with clients who are growing choice in how they think, respond, and, therefore, feel. Unique as your story is, you are not alone in your needs - relief from anxiety, resolution of conflict, or ability to trust. Whether you feel stuck completely or have been circling the same chapter without evolving...good news. You have permission to turn the page.
The most powerful tool available to you is not merely realization of who you are...it is the option to create who you want to be. My privilege is to work with clients who are growing choice in how they think, respond, and, therefore, feel. Unique as your story is, you are not alone in your needs - relief from anxiety, resolution of conflict, or ability to trust. Whether you feel stuck completely or have been circling the same chapter without evolving...good news. You have permission to turn the page.
(828) 484-2141 View (828) 484-2141
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Nell Corry
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, NCGC, MBACP
Verified Verified
Black Mountain, NC 28711
Are you feeling anxious, depressed, stressed? Overwhelmed by relationship, work issues, addictions? Congratulations for taking the first step to change your life. Reaching out for help takes courage at a time when we are not feeling very brave. No matter how overwhelming things seem now, all of your problems have solutions. I provide a safe, private environment where we work together to help you feel empowered, at peace, good about yourself and excited about living. I offer a free 20 minute consultation so you can ask questions and decide if you feel comfortable working with me. I look forward to hearing from you soon!
Are you feeling anxious, depressed, stressed? Overwhelmed by relationship, work issues, addictions? Congratulations for taking the first step to change your life. Reaching out for help takes courage at a time when we are not feeling very brave. No matter how overwhelming things seem now, all of your problems have solutions. I provide a safe, private environment where we work together to help you feel empowered, at peace, good about yourself and excited about living. I offer a free 20 minute consultation so you can ask questions and decide if you feel comfortable working with me. I look forward to hearing from you soon!
(828) 476-4054 View (828) 476-4054
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Nancy Padron
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCHMC
Verified Verified
Black Mountain, NC 28711
Not accepting new clients
I offer a client-centered approach and believe counseling is a process by which we gain insight into ourselves. I often utilize a holistic approach with clients, working on the mind and body connection. Through the process, I incorporate other approaches that best fit the client. The approaches I may use are Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Reality Therapy, and Existential. Regardless of the approach, I will help clients identify goals, obstacles, and ways to meet his/her goals and overcome obstacles.
I offer a client-centered approach and believe counseling is a process by which we gain insight into ourselves. I often utilize a holistic approach with clients, working on the mind and body connection. Through the process, I incorporate other approaches that best fit the client. The approaches I may use are Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Reality Therapy, and Existential. Regardless of the approach, I will help clients identify goals, obstacles, and ways to meet his/her goals and overcome obstacles.
(828) 759-5538 View (828) 759-5538
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Emily Platt
MS, LCMHCA, LCASA, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Black Mountain, NC 28711  (Online Only)
Are you experiencing ADHD paralysis, executive dysfunction, or burnout? Burnout makes it feel impossible to take care of ourselves on top of life's never ending demands. Executive functioning is HARD, and emotion regulation can feel impossible some days. Whether you're new to therapy or returning, I can't wait to work with you at this point in your journey. I provide good vibes, positive energy and lots of crystals for you to feel safe to unmask and relax. Counseling is centered around you, so each session will be unique. We will work toward your goals together creatively. I use emotion regulation, DBT, MI, art therapy, CBT & more!
Are you experiencing ADHD paralysis, executive dysfunction, or burnout? Burnout makes it feel impossible to take care of ourselves on top of life's never ending demands. Executive functioning is HARD, and emotion regulation can feel impossible some days. Whether you're new to therapy or returning, I can't wait to work with you at this point in your journey. I provide good vibes, positive energy and lots of crystals for you to feel safe to unmask and relax. Counseling is centered around you, so each session will be unique. We will work toward your goals together creatively. I use emotion regulation, DBT, MI, art therapy, CBT & more!
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Deborah H. Weir
Lic Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor, PhD, LCMHCS, NCC, CHT
Verified Verified
Black Mountain, NC 28711
Waitlist for new clients
My ideal client wants to change and evolve, and is willing to work at it through sessions and homework! I'm non-judgmental and a creative collaborator with my clients. I've done my job if clients feel heard, renewed, and empowered. I have a ton of experience and credentials: I use Accelerated Resolution Therapy, Brainspotting, and Brain-based Hypnotherapy. I work in trauma recovery, relationship issues, addiction, mood disorders, Jungian counseling, and spiritual counseling. I'm extremely adventurous, youthful, and have experienced life in many places and realms.
My ideal client wants to change and evolve, and is willing to work at it through sessions and homework! I'm non-judgmental and a creative collaborator with my clients. I've done my job if clients feel heard, renewed, and empowered. I have a ton of experience and credentials: I use Accelerated Resolution Therapy, Brainspotting, and Brain-based Hypnotherapy. I work in trauma recovery, relationship issues, addiction, mood disorders, Jungian counseling, and spiritual counseling. I'm extremely adventurous, youthful, and have experienced life in many places and realms.
(828) 408-0324 View (828) 408-0324
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Betsy Corry
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LCMHC, BCN
Verified Verified
Black Mountain, NC 28711
I find great joy in working with clients of all ages and stages. I am glad to come along side a client who desires to move forward in peace. I have experience working through anxiety, depression, ADHD, sleep issues, impulsivity, emotional reactivity and mood regulation. *At this time I am no longer accepting new child/adolescent clients.
I find great joy in working with clients of all ages and stages. I am glad to come along side a client who desires to move forward in peace. I have experience working through anxiety, depression, ADHD, sleep issues, impulsivity, emotional reactivity and mood regulation. *At this time I am no longer accepting new child/adolescent clients.
(828) 372-4846 View (828) 372-4846
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Rebecca Fugate
Counselor, MA, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Black Mountain, NC 28711  (Online Only)
I provide individual therapy services to adults of all ages, and am licensed to practice in NC. I have over 20 years of experience working with clients of various backgrounds and life situations. I worked for years providing therapy in adult community mental health settings, a college counseling center, as well as experience serving as a Mental Health therapist for Native American/tribal population. I am well experienced in treatment of anxiety (including OCD, Generalized Anxiety, Phobia, Panic Disorder, etc), depression, grief/loss, codependency, life adjustment/transitions, family of origin issues, and PTSD.
I provide individual therapy services to adults of all ages, and am licensed to practice in NC. I have over 20 years of experience working with clients of various backgrounds and life situations. I worked for years providing therapy in adult community mental health settings, a college counseling center, as well as experience serving as a Mental Health therapist for Native American/tribal population. I am well experienced in treatment of anxiety (including OCD, Generalized Anxiety, Phobia, Panic Disorder, etc), depression, grief/loss, codependency, life adjustment/transitions, family of origin issues, and PTSD.
(828) 528-6879 View (828) 528-6879
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Shannon M. Coney
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, LCMHC, LCAS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Black Mountain, NC 28711
You are struggling to find your way in this complicated and ever-changing world. You are constantly thinking about stressful events and the worry is keeping you up at night. A weight is often on your shoulders. It is difficult for you to connect with others and it feels like relationships are causing more grief than joy. Unhealthy behaviors or the use of substances allow brief escape, but eventually cause more distress. You are doubting yourself, have lost sight of your personal identity and don’t know how to find your way. If any of these situations seem familiar, I am here to help.
You are struggling to find your way in this complicated and ever-changing world. You are constantly thinking about stressful events and the worry is keeping you up at night. A weight is often on your shoulders. It is difficult for you to connect with others and it feels like relationships are causing more grief than joy. Unhealthy behaviors or the use of substances allow brief escape, but eventually cause more distress. You are doubting yourself, have lost sight of your personal identity and don’t know how to find your way. If any of these situations seem familiar, I am here to help.
(828) 373-8380 View (828) 373-8380
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Liz Gundlach
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCAS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Black Mountain, NC 28711
Since 2012, I have worked with a vast array of clients. If you have been feeling lost, unsure of what's next, feeling increased worry, self-doubt, guilt, or shame—these may be indicators that it’s time to pause. I’d like to help you peel back your layers and make more room to breathe. If relationships have become increasingly difficult to maintain, I’d like to help you build your skills around communication, increasing intimacy, and improving effective dynamics to get your needs met. Sometimes coping through alcohol or drugs is a part of the struggle, and you are safe to talk about this here without judgment or a hidden agenda.
Since 2012, I have worked with a vast array of clients. If you have been feeling lost, unsure of what's next, feeling increased worry, self-doubt, guilt, or shame—these may be indicators that it’s time to pause. I’d like to help you peel back your layers and make more room to breathe. If relationships have become increasingly difficult to maintain, I’d like to help you build your skills around communication, increasing intimacy, and improving effective dynamics to get your needs met. Sometimes coping through alcohol or drugs is a part of the struggle, and you are safe to talk about this here without judgment or a hidden agenda.
(828) 547-3468 View (828) 547-3468
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Bess Perlstein
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCASA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Black Mountain, NC 28711
My therapy practice centers around working with individuals navigating anxiety, trauma, relationship challenges, and eating disorders. I primarily work with individuals who identify as female that are seeking ways to increase their sense of self-worth and live a more present and balanced life. Individuals I work with may be wanting to heal patterns of people pleasing, perfectionism, shame, disordered eating, and body image. I gently guide clients in exploring and healing their relationship with food and their bodies through embracing a Health At Every Size approach.
My therapy practice centers around working with individuals navigating anxiety, trauma, relationship challenges, and eating disorders. I primarily work with individuals who identify as female that are seeking ways to increase their sense of self-worth and live a more present and balanced life. Individuals I work with may be wanting to heal patterns of people pleasing, perfectionism, shame, disordered eating, and body image. I gently guide clients in exploring and healing their relationship with food and their bodies through embracing a Health At Every Size approach.
(828) 677-2413 View (828) 677-2413
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Alex Hersey
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Black Mountain, NC 28711
I work with clients in a relaxed, informal, and professional way to promote emotional safety and comfort within the relationship so that they can process openly and authentically about meaningful and often sensitive topics. While experiencing this connection, people are able to gain presence, reflect on experiences and plan for personal maintenance, change and growth. Many clients enjoy both spending time in the office, taking walks, spending time in nature, and/or meeting virtually for telehealth sessions. I like to utilize physical activity, mindfulness, and ecotherapy for engagement and emphasizing overall health and wellness.
I work with clients in a relaxed, informal, and professional way to promote emotional safety and comfort within the relationship so that they can process openly and authentically about meaningful and often sensitive topics. While experiencing this connection, people are able to gain presence, reflect on experiences and plan for personal maintenance, change and growth. Many clients enjoy both spending time in the office, taking walks, spending time in nature, and/or meeting virtually for telehealth sessions. I like to utilize physical activity, mindfulness, and ecotherapy for engagement and emphasizing overall health and wellness.
(828) 372-0157 View (828) 372-0157
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Della Pope Family Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Black Mountain, NC 28711
You watch as your tween or teen struggle: they isolate in their room, tell you they are fine, but don't want to do the things that used to make them happy. They have big outbursts and seem so unhappy. It's easy to take it on, like you've failed as a parent. You're up at night worrying, wishing it was still as simple as putting a bandaid on a scraped knee. But it's not that simple anymore. The reality is, your tween or teen is dealing with so much: social media, the state of the world, a future that can feel uncertain. And add to that all the regular stressors! It's easy to feel like your family is the only one struggling.
You watch as your tween or teen struggle: they isolate in their room, tell you they are fine, but don't want to do the things that used to make them happy. They have big outbursts and seem so unhappy. It's easy to take it on, like you've failed as a parent. You're up at night worrying, wishing it was still as simple as putting a bandaid on a scraped knee. But it's not that simple anymore. The reality is, your tween or teen is dealing with so much: social media, the state of the world, a future that can feel uncertain. And add to that all the regular stressors! It's easy to feel like your family is the only one struggling.
(828) 630-8661 View (828) 630-8661
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Margaret Huss
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, NCC, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Black Mountain, NC 28711
Life transitions are a part of our journey and, while some are rewarding, some are a challenge. Whether you are struggling with something personally or professionally, you could benefit from working with a therapist who understands and can help guide you through the work to initiate change in your life. My approach is holistic, honest, and interactive with a little humor thrown in when needed. Clients appreciate my authenticity and ability to “be real” with them regarding how best to tackle current issues and concerns. I encourage my clients to start with small steps and move toward what speaks to their heart and their values.
Life transitions are a part of our journey and, while some are rewarding, some are a challenge. Whether you are struggling with something personally or professionally, you could benefit from working with a therapist who understands and can help guide you through the work to initiate change in your life. My approach is holistic, honest, and interactive with a little humor thrown in when needed. Clients appreciate my authenticity and ability to “be real” with them regarding how best to tackle current issues and concerns. I encourage my clients to start with small steps and move toward what speaks to their heart and their values.
(828) 554-7720 View (828) 554-7720
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Chrissy Holiday
Licensed Professional Counselor, MDiv, MA/EdS, NCC, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Black Mountain, NC 28711
Waitlist for new clients
I believe that change is hard but not impossible. I work especially well with people who are struggling with anxiety, depression, life transitions, and spirituality. I work mainly through trauma-informed therapy, reality therapy, EMDR, and internal family systems therapy, though I am open to other approaches to counseling. Individuals and families are welcome in my office to receive empathetic and intentional mental health care. Although I am not able to prescribe medication, I understand it is often a major part of mental wellness and I can coordinate with any prescribing doctors who may already be part of your wellness team.
I believe that change is hard but not impossible. I work especially well with people who are struggling with anxiety, depression, life transitions, and spirituality. I work mainly through trauma-informed therapy, reality therapy, EMDR, and internal family systems therapy, though I am open to other approaches to counseling. Individuals and families are welcome in my office to receive empathetic and intentional mental health care. Although I am not able to prescribe medication, I understand it is often a major part of mental wellness and I can coordinate with any prescribing doctors who may already be part of your wellness team.
(980) 404-2360 View (980) 404-2360
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Scott Hubener
Counselor, MA, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Black Mountain, NC 28711  (Online Only)
There may be points in our lives where circumstances, relationships or life events are impacting our well-being. I specialize in working with clients experiencing life transitions, depression, anxiety, trauma-related symptoms, communication challenges, and relationship issues. My goal is to be a collaborative partner who will provide you with the skills and tools to navigate through the process of self-discovery and healing. It is courageous to take the first step and I want to respect and honor the vulnerability that comes with the process of beginning counseling. I assure you that there is hope and that healing is possible.
There may be points in our lives where circumstances, relationships or life events are impacting our well-being. I specialize in working with clients experiencing life transitions, depression, anxiety, trauma-related symptoms, communication challenges, and relationship issues. My goal is to be a collaborative partner who will provide you with the skills and tools to navigate through the process of self-discovery and healing. It is courageous to take the first step and I want to respect and honor the vulnerability that comes with the process of beginning counseling. I assure you that there is hope and that healing is possible.
(828) 348-6901 View (828) 348-6901

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Ridgecrest, NC

< 10

Therapists in Ridgecrest, NC who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Substance Use
100% Transgender

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Ridgecrest, NC see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Ridgecrest?

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.