Therapists in Short Hills, NJ

Photo of Lindsey Washington, LMSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Lindsey Washington
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Short Hills, NJ 07078  (Online Only)
Welcome to a journey towards a happier, more fulfilling life. I specialize in empowering couples to overcome life's challenges. Whether you're grappling with jealousy, seeking deeper connection, struggling with intimacy, or ready to take the next steps in your relationship. I'm here to guide you towards a brighter future. I've honed my skills to help you navigate complex emotions, build trust and confidence. I also work with individuals who are struggling to find a work-life balance, are dealing with stress and anxiety, and who generally feel stuck in life.
Welcome to a journey towards a happier, more fulfilling life. I specialize in empowering couples to overcome life's challenges. Whether you're grappling with jealousy, seeking deeper connection, struggling with intimacy, or ready to take the next steps in your relationship. I'm here to guide you towards a brighter future. I've honed my skills to help you navigate complex emotions, build trust and confidence. I also work with individuals who are struggling to find a work-life balance, are dealing with stress and anxiety, and who generally feel stuck in life.
(973) 310-5482 View (973) 310-5482
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Cassandra Hutchins
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Short Hills, NJ 07078  (Online Only)
I am a young and vibrant Psychologist who can relate to individuals ranging from adolescence to older adults. Based on my own cultural and diversity experiences, I understand that treatment should be tailored to fit the unique backgrounds of my clients, regardless of age, ethnicity, spiritual preference. I also understand that clients will present with a range of difficulties and I always strive to understand underlying needs to ensure that treatment is effective. I have an extensive background in treating individuals who are experiencing depression, anxiety, relationship difficulty, OCD, and symptoms as a result of TBI.
I am a young and vibrant Psychologist who can relate to individuals ranging from adolescence to older adults. Based on my own cultural and diversity experiences, I understand that treatment should be tailored to fit the unique backgrounds of my clients, regardless of age, ethnicity, spiritual preference. I also understand that clients will present with a range of difficulties and I always strive to understand underlying needs to ensure that treatment is effective. I have an extensive background in treating individuals who are experiencing depression, anxiety, relationship difficulty, OCD, and symptoms as a result of TBI.
(973) 905-4364 View (973) 905-4364
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Janet DiGiorgio-Miller
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Short Hills, NJ 07078
I provide a wholistic approach to therapy. I am trained in cognitive therapy with a mindful perspective. This involves attention to the mind and body. This approach is especially helpful in the treatment of anxiety. I have a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Counseling and a specialty in forensic psychology. I conduct custody/best interest evaluations, provide expert testimony and offer therapy to those individuals impacted relationship or family issues. I have been providing therapy for over 30 years. I speak nationally on mindfulness and family discord. I wrote a self-help relationship book for young adults.
I provide a wholistic approach to therapy. I am trained in cognitive therapy with a mindful perspective. This involves attention to the mind and body. This approach is especially helpful in the treatment of anxiety. I have a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Counseling and a specialty in forensic psychology. I conduct custody/best interest evaluations, provide expert testimony and offer therapy to those individuals impacted relationship or family issues. I have been providing therapy for over 30 years. I speak nationally on mindfulness and family discord. I wrote a self-help relationship book for young adults.
(908) 617-0025 View (908) 617-0025
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Clorinda Bulfamante
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Short Hills, NJ 07078
I am a clinical psychologist providing therapy and assessment services in Scarsdale and Greenwich. I treat various conditions, such as depression, anxiety, behavioral problems, social anxiety, and school/work issues. I also focus on life transitions, whether that be a recent move, transition from college, changes in family dynamics, or changes in significant relationships. Furthermore, I have extensive experience in conducting psychological assessments. Therapeutically, I focus on developing teens and adults, where as I provide assessments for all ages.
I am a clinical psychologist providing therapy and assessment services in Scarsdale and Greenwich. I treat various conditions, such as depression, anxiety, behavioral problems, social anxiety, and school/work issues. I also focus on life transitions, whether that be a recent move, transition from college, changes in family dynamics, or changes in significant relationships. Furthermore, I have extensive experience in conducting psychological assessments. Therapeutically, I focus on developing teens and adults, where as I provide assessments for all ages.
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Julia Farrell
Counselor, LAC
Verified Verified
Short Hills, NJ 07078
Julia offers versatile counseling, drawing on approaches that meet the needs of each unique individual. Julia emphasizes how a holistic approach can be beneficial to improving all aspects of well-being. Experience consists of being employed at Philadelphia's Ronald McDonald House and Seabrook house in her early experiences within the field providing therapeutic supports. Additionally, she has worked with children, adolescents and adults, while at Genpsych PC Partial Hospital and Short Hillls Counseling PC as a clinician, treating diagnosis of anxiety, depression, OCD, Bipolar, Borderline Personality Disorder and Substance Abuse.
Julia offers versatile counseling, drawing on approaches that meet the needs of each unique individual. Julia emphasizes how a holistic approach can be beneficial to improving all aspects of well-being. Experience consists of being employed at Philadelphia's Ronald McDonald House and Seabrook house in her early experiences within the field providing therapeutic supports. Additionally, she has worked with children, adolescents and adults, while at Genpsych PC Partial Hospital and Short Hillls Counseling PC as a clinician, treating diagnosis of anxiety, depression, OCD, Bipolar, Borderline Personality Disorder and Substance Abuse.
(973) 834-6225 View (973) 834-6225
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Michelle Lodato
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Short Hills, NJ 07078
Change is HARD. Period. Through therapy we will work together to bring about change for your life. If stress, anxiety, or depression is keeping you down we will work to strengthen your coping mechanisms so that you feel empowered to bring about change, to feel happy. Feeling stuck? One little movement can create a ripple effect in other aspects of your world such as school, work, marriage, and relationships. New and healthier habits await you. There is help. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy ( CBT ) can help. We can do it together.
Change is HARD. Period. Through therapy we will work together to bring about change for your life. If stress, anxiety, or depression is keeping you down we will work to strengthen your coping mechanisms so that you feel empowered to bring about change, to feel happy. Feeling stuck? One little movement can create a ripple effect in other aspects of your world such as school, work, marriage, and relationships. New and healthier habits await you. There is help. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy ( CBT ) can help. We can do it together.
(973) 447-4982 View (973) 447-4982
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Caitlin M Peterson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CHT
Verified Verified
Short Hills, NJ 07078
I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Heart-Centered Hypnotherapist. I treat individuals and couples. My life's work is to support others as they cross the bridge from a place of self doubt, victimization and crisis to lives full of awareness, personal responsibility and universal compassion. You have the answers within to transform your life; I'm simply a guide on your journey back "home" to your intrinsically loving self. While you may already "know what your issues are", do you feel stuck to break through and move forward into the life you really want to be living? That's when we know it's time to go deeper.
I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Heart-Centered Hypnotherapist. I treat individuals and couples. My life's work is to support others as they cross the bridge from a place of self doubt, victimization and crisis to lives full of awareness, personal responsibility and universal compassion. You have the answers within to transform your life; I'm simply a guide on your journey back "home" to your intrinsically loving self. While you may already "know what your issues are", do you feel stuck to break through and move forward into the life you really want to be living? That's when we know it's time to go deeper.
(631) 440-4292 View (631) 440-4292
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Ken Tedesco
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, CCS
Verified Verified
Short Hills, NJ 07078  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Sometimes we all need a little help in our roles as parents, family members, and in our own self development. For most of us asking for help isn't easy. Therapy should be a safe and comfortable process with an emphasis on self empowerment. Whether its the young adolescent struggling with learning disabilities or sexual identity, or the adult learning to adjust to a new set of circumstances, therapy is a useful tool that helps with a range of issues. Ken Tedesco has gained experience in the full spectrum of psychiatric and substance abuse disorders working in varied inpatient and outpatient settings for over 20 years.
Sometimes we all need a little help in our roles as parents, family members, and in our own self development. For most of us asking for help isn't easy. Therapy should be a safe and comfortable process with an emphasis on self empowerment. Whether its the young adolescent struggling with learning disabilities or sexual identity, or the adult learning to adjust to a new set of circumstances, therapy is a useful tool that helps with a range of issues. Ken Tedesco has gained experience in the full spectrum of psychiatric and substance abuse disorders working in varied inpatient and outpatient settings for over 20 years.
(908) 645-0501 View (908) 645-0501
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Adult & Adolescent Learning Disability Ctr
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, ScD
Verified Verified
Short Hills, NJ 07078  (Online Only)
Struggling with reading, overwhelmed by math, and challenged by time management? You're not alone. Traditional methods might not have worked for you, but there's hope. Dr. Fradkov's innovative strength-based approach effectively addresses dyslexia, dyscalculia, and executive dysfunction. Our method recognizes that these challenges often coexist with untapped abilities like intuitive problem-solving, creative thinking, and adaptive improvisation. We don't just give you detailed instructions; we empower you to harness your unique strengths to navigate and overcome these hurdles. Discover and leverage your hidden talents! I'll help.
Struggling with reading, overwhelmed by math, and challenged by time management? You're not alone. Traditional methods might not have worked for you, but there's hope. Dr. Fradkov's innovative strength-based approach effectively addresses dyslexia, dyscalculia, and executive dysfunction. Our method recognizes that these challenges often coexist with untapped abilities like intuitive problem-solving, creative thinking, and adaptive improvisation. We don't just give you detailed instructions; we empower you to harness your unique strengths to navigate and overcome these hurdles. Discover and leverage your hidden talents! I'll help.
(201) 479-4334 View (201) 479-4334
Photo of Abigail Marshall, LSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Abigail Marshall
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified Verified
Short Hills, NJ 07078
As a trauma informed therapist, I am interested in the interconnectedness of the mind and body and use my training and experience to guide individuals through the process of identifying and strengthening the power within to achieve balance, joy, and a sense of greater purpose. I work using a holistic approach incorporating multiple aspects of the human experience, including nutrition, physical wellness and social or familial support. I am trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS) and have completed Level One through The IFS Institute.
As a trauma informed therapist, I am interested in the interconnectedness of the mind and body and use my training and experience to guide individuals through the process of identifying and strengthening the power within to achieve balance, joy, and a sense of greater purpose. I work using a holistic approach incorporating multiple aspects of the human experience, including nutrition, physical wellness and social or familial support. I am trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS) and have completed Level One through The IFS Institute.
(973) 221-9200 View (973) 221-9200
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Randi Gelfand
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Short Hills, NJ 07078
Randi Gelfand is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of New Jersey who earned her Masters degree in Social Work at Rutgers University. She has experience helping adults with a wide variety of mental and emotional health issues including relationship issues, parenting concerns, life transitions, mood and anxiety disorders, psychological trauma/abuse, and grief and loss. Randi specializes in the treatment of chronic pain using a mind body approach. She believes that chronic pain can often have psychological causes, which are commonly rooted in childhood experiences, as well as current and/or longstanding stressors.
Randi Gelfand is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of New Jersey who earned her Masters degree in Social Work at Rutgers University. She has experience helping adults with a wide variety of mental and emotional health issues including relationship issues, parenting concerns, life transitions, mood and anxiety disorders, psychological trauma/abuse, and grief and loss. Randi specializes in the treatment of chronic pain using a mind body approach. She believes that chronic pain can often have psychological causes, which are commonly rooted in childhood experiences, as well as current and/or longstanding stressors.
(908) 388-9025 View (908) 388-9025
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Priscilla S. Bauer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Short Hills, NJ 07078
Priscilla S. Bauer is a LCSW in NJ, graduating Fordham University. Post-graduation, she gained experience with individual, group, and family therapy in the Children/Adolescent Outpatient/Inpatient units at Trinitas Hospital and Monmouth Medical, and was employed with Hoboken UMC as a Crisis Screener intervening in psychiatric emergencies and conducted evaluations. Priscilla was then employed with Effective School Solutions in Glen Ridge, providing individual, group, and family therapy for students ages 11- to 18-years old, and gaining extensive knowledge of IEP and 504 Plan processes/development while working with the CST.
Priscilla S. Bauer is a LCSW in NJ, graduating Fordham University. Post-graduation, she gained experience with individual, group, and family therapy in the Children/Adolescent Outpatient/Inpatient units at Trinitas Hospital and Monmouth Medical, and was employed with Hoboken UMC as a Crisis Screener intervening in psychiatric emergencies and conducted evaluations. Priscilla was then employed with Effective School Solutions in Glen Ridge, providing individual, group, and family therapy for students ages 11- to 18-years old, and gaining extensive knowledge of IEP and 504 Plan processes/development while working with the CST.
(862) 245-4567 View (862) 245-4567
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Lauren Dobbs
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Short Hills, NJ 07078
Dr. Dobbs is an accomplished clinical psychologist with over fifteen years of experience between teaching and clinical work. She specializes in working with children, teens, and adults and has worked across various settings, including private practice, school, residential, and community mental health. Her therapeutic approach is rooted in the gold standard of treatment, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which provides faster, more effective results. With children and teens, she goes beyond the traditional confines of therapy by harnessing their natural creativity, integrating art, music, games, journaling, and other creative outlets.
Dr. Dobbs is an accomplished clinical psychologist with over fifteen years of experience between teaching and clinical work. She specializes in working with children, teens, and adults and has worked across various settings, including private practice, school, residential, and community mental health. Her therapeutic approach is rooted in the gold standard of treatment, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which provides faster, more effective results. With children and teens, she goes beyond the traditional confines of therapy by harnessing their natural creativity, integrating art, music, games, journaling, and other creative outlets.
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Haley Kastner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Short Hills, NJ 07078
Haley provides evidence-based therapy for children, teens, and adults. She has had the opportunity to provide care in private practice, school, and medical settings. This array of experiences has fostered her ability to understand clients through a multi-disciplinary lens and draw upon a multitude of evidence-based treatments, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Behavioral Activation, Prevention-Focused Care, Crisis Intervention, Trauma-Focused CBT, and Exposure and Response Prevention. She utilizes these therapies to target anxiety, stress, depression, OCD, trauma, and executive functioning deficits.
Haley provides evidence-based therapy for children, teens, and adults. She has had the opportunity to provide care in private practice, school, and medical settings. This array of experiences has fostered her ability to understand clients through a multi-disciplinary lens and draw upon a multitude of evidence-based treatments, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Behavioral Activation, Prevention-Focused Care, Crisis Intervention, Trauma-Focused CBT, and Exposure and Response Prevention. She utilizes these therapies to target anxiety, stress, depression, OCD, trauma, and executive functioning deficits.
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Photo of Gina Totino, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Gina Totino
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Short Hills, NJ 07078
Using the foundation of mindfulness, Gina collaborates with her clients to understand and improve both their intra and interpersonal relationships. Her work is guided by how emotions affect behavior as she assists clients in building an emotional intelligence to discover their answers and truths. Behavior is our first language and Gina enjoys decoding this language with her clients to create a more peaceful and calm sense of being. Working with clients to better understand and regulate their emotions, she assists them to respond versus react and to be curious rather than judgmental, and to engage in relationships more effectively.
Using the foundation of mindfulness, Gina collaborates with her clients to understand and improve both their intra and interpersonal relationships. Her work is guided by how emotions affect behavior as she assists clients in building an emotional intelligence to discover their answers and truths. Behavior is our first language and Gina enjoys decoding this language with her clients to create a more peaceful and calm sense of being. Working with clients to better understand and regulate their emotions, she assists them to respond versus react and to be curious rather than judgmental, and to engage in relationships more effectively.
(973) 718-5492 View (973) 718-5492
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Craig Springer
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Short Hills, NJ 07078
*ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS* Congratulations! By seeking help you have taken a brave step toward achieving your goals and attaining a greater sense of happiness. Imagine waking up feeling excited and energized about the day ahead. What if there was a way for you or a loved one to feel great? Together, we can collaborate to determine which powerful strategies can help you accomplish your goals. Life can be challenging, and working with a professional can be incredibly helpful when you or a loved one feel alone or overwhelmed. There’s nothing more that I enjoy than assisting people overcome life’s obstacles and watching them thrive.
*ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS* Congratulations! By seeking help you have taken a brave step toward achieving your goals and attaining a greater sense of happiness. Imagine waking up feeling excited and energized about the day ahead. What if there was a way for you or a loved one to feel great? Together, we can collaborate to determine which powerful strategies can help you accomplish your goals. Life can be challenging, and working with a professional can be incredibly helpful when you or a loved one feel alone or overwhelmed. There’s nothing more that I enjoy than assisting people overcome life’s obstacles and watching them thrive.
(908) 341-0862 View (908) 341-0862
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Samuel Parton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Short Hills, NJ 07078
Working in schools and foster care settings for years, Sam is an expert in child and adolescent therapy. He utilizes two of the leading therapies, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). With CBT, Sam helps clients change unhelpful thought processes and behavioral patterns and aids clients in bravely facing their fears. While with DBT, he helps clients learn better emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal skills. He is passionate about building connections and assists clients in finding strengths and skills within themselves to work through any struggles they might be experiencing.
Working in schools and foster care settings for years, Sam is an expert in child and adolescent therapy. He utilizes two of the leading therapies, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). With CBT, Sam helps clients change unhelpful thought processes and behavioral patterns and aids clients in bravely facing their fears. While with DBT, he helps clients learn better emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal skills. He is passionate about building connections and assists clients in finding strengths and skills within themselves to work through any struggles they might be experiencing.
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Robin Gershon Halpern
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, EdM, LPC
Verified Verified
Short Hills, NJ 07078
My clients say that I am caring, warm, easy to talk to, solution focused and skilled. My goal for you is to feel better, heal, make positive changes and have a successful happy life. During my 25 years of experience I have worked with children, teens, schools, individuals, couples, families and groups with struggles from life circumstances, anxiety and depression. My expertise is with helping the special needs family navigate the complicated array of needs, including school issues and integrate the emotions and counseling needs of the child/teen and family as a whole. I work with many families where there is a child or adult with Autism and ADHD. Where ADHD is present, in addition to counseling, I provide coaching and organizational strategies.
My clients say that I am caring, warm, easy to talk to, solution focused and skilled. My goal for you is to feel better, heal, make positive changes and have a successful happy life. During my 25 years of experience I have worked with children, teens, schools, individuals, couples, families and groups with struggles from life circumstances, anxiety and depression. My expertise is with helping the special needs family navigate the complicated array of needs, including school issues and integrate the emotions and counseling needs of the child/teen and family as a whole. I work with many families where there is a child or adult with Autism and ADHD. Where ADHD is present, in addition to counseling, I provide coaching and organizational strategies.
(973) 355-6043 View (973) 355-6043
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Kathy Murphy
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Short Hills, NJ 07078
Kathy specializes in grief and loss related not only to death but also loss of identity that is often associated with divorce, empty nest, retirement, declining health, and loss of independence. She is pursuing certification in Perinatal Mental Health, including pre- and postpartum mood disorders, infertility, and perinatal loss.
Kathy specializes in grief and loss related not only to death but also loss of identity that is often associated with divorce, empty nest, retirement, declining health, and loss of independence. She is pursuing certification in Perinatal Mental Health, including pre- and postpartum mood disorders, infertility, and perinatal loss.
(908) 388-9970 View (908) 388-9970
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Cynthia Lin
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Short Hills, NJ 07078
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Cynthia Lin, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist with extensive experience in treating individuals with diverse clinical backgrounds. Dr. Lin is bilingual, fluent in English and Mandarin. For undergraduate studies, Dr. Lin received her bachelor's in psychology from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, and further earned her Ph.D. in clinical health psychology from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. As a scientist practitioner, Dr. Lin offers specialized and comprehensive mental health services, including psychotherapy, psychometric assessment and testing (reports), and clinical consultation.
Dr. Cynthia Lin, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist with extensive experience in treating individuals with diverse clinical backgrounds. Dr. Lin is bilingual, fluent in English and Mandarin. For undergraduate studies, Dr. Lin received her bachelor's in psychology from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, and further earned her Ph.D. in clinical health psychology from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. As a scientist practitioner, Dr. Lin offers specialized and comprehensive mental health services, including psychotherapy, psychometric assessment and testing (reports), and clinical consultation.
(973) 834-6766 View (973) 834-6766

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Short Hills, NJ

200+

Average cost per session

$190

Therapists in Short Hills, NJ who prioritize treating:

98% Anxiety
89% Depression
83% Self Esteem
82% Relationship Issues
71% Coping Skills
71% Stress
65% Family Conflict

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

70% Aetna
51% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
49% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Short Hills, NJ see their clients

61% In Person and Online
39% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
21% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Short Hills?

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.