Therapists in Albany, NY

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1st Step Counseling PLLC
Counselor, EdD, LMHC, CASAC 2, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Albany, NY 12203
Waitlist for new clients
Our Village Services LLC., because it takes a village. We aim to promote supportive healing for individuals and families affected by Mental health and substance use disorders. No one should have to face life challenges alone. Mental health and substance use create life-changing conditions impacting the lives of everyone: the individuals with the disorders, friends, and the community.
Our Village Services LLC., because it takes a village. We aim to promote supportive healing for individuals and families affected by Mental health and substance use disorders. No one should have to face life challenges alone. Mental health and substance use create life-changing conditions impacting the lives of everyone: the individuals with the disorders, friends, and the community.
(518) 512-0164 View (518) 512-0164
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Joa Riboul
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Albany, NY 12205  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
The beauty of therapy is its ability to provide a safe space, unbiased, listening ears, and dedicated time to focus on you. I believe the therapeutic relationship is central. It creates the foundation necessary to promote mental and emotional growth and well-being. Therefore, each session we will work to build an alliance, which will become instrumental for making progress and attaining your identified goals. Come as you are.
The beauty of therapy is its ability to provide a safe space, unbiased, listening ears, and dedicated time to focus on you. I believe the therapeutic relationship is central. It creates the foundation necessary to promote mental and emotional growth and well-being. Therefore, each session we will work to build an alliance, which will become instrumental for making progress and attaining your identified goals. Come as you are.
(518) 240-9470 View (518) 240-9470
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Langlois mental health counseling pllc
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Albany, NY 12203
Feeling lost and not sure which direction to go in? Feeling anxious, depressed, stressed and not sure how to handle it or what to do? Are you having difficulty in a relationship and need some guidance? I can help..
Feeling lost and not sure which direction to go in? Feeling anxious, depressed, stressed and not sure how to handle it or what to do? Are you having difficulty in a relationship and need some guidance? I can help..
(518) 543-4117 View (518) 543-4117
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New Perspectives Mental Health Counseling, PLLC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Albany, NY 12203
New Perspectives is accepting new clients for sports performance! We are a private mental health counseling practice in Albany, New York that offers counseling services to individuals 18 years of age and up. We offer personable service, and expertise in a relaxed setting that is ideal for your therapeutic journey. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, sports performance, self-esteem, grief and loss, trauma, or stress we can help you.
New Perspectives is accepting new clients for sports performance! We are a private mental health counseling practice in Albany, New York that offers counseling services to individuals 18 years of age and up. We offer personable service, and expertise in a relaxed setting that is ideal for your therapeutic journey. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, sports performance, self-esteem, grief and loss, trauma, or stress we can help you.
(518) 859-6201 View (518) 859-6201
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Barbara L Freedman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Albany, NY 12205
People arrive at a therapist's office, having tried their best way of getting along in the world, regardless of age, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and so forth. A universal reason for seeking help is distress in a primary relationship. In therapy, I help individuals understand how past relationships with parents, siblings and significant others impacts relationship troubles in the here and now. A trusting therapeutic relationship offers an opportunity for exploration of one's own mind at the deepest level - healing, new pathways of relating, greater authenticity, vitality & living a life that's true to one's self.
People arrive at a therapist's office, having tried their best way of getting along in the world, regardless of age, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and so forth. A universal reason for seeking help is distress in a primary relationship. In therapy, I help individuals understand how past relationships with parents, siblings and significant others impacts relationship troubles in the here and now. A trusting therapeutic relationship offers an opportunity for exploration of one's own mind at the deepest level - healing, new pathways of relating, greater authenticity, vitality & living a life that's true to one's self.
(518) 631-3782 View (518) 631-3782
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Tyece Drake
MA, MSOL, MHC-LP
Verified Verified
Albany, NY 12203  (Online Only)
In today’s climate Americans are experiencing increased stress and mental health challenges. Despite the advancement in technology, people are feeling more alone, desire connection and struggle with coping strategies to manage life’s challenges. This is particularly true for the BIPOC community. As a woman, particularly an African American woman, I have first hand experiences with what we call “The Isms” or Intersectionality; racism, classism and sexism. It can be difficult navigating complex emotions and overwhelm without support. The good news is I’m here to guide you through your journey of healing.
In today’s climate Americans are experiencing increased stress and mental health challenges. Despite the advancement in technology, people are feeling more alone, desire connection and struggle with coping strategies to manage life’s challenges. This is particularly true for the BIPOC community. As a woman, particularly an African American woman, I have first hand experiences with what we call “The Isms” or Intersectionality; racism, classism and sexism. It can be difficult navigating complex emotions and overwhelm without support. The good news is I’m here to guide you through your journey of healing.
(838) 201-3255 View (838) 201-3255
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Emily B Gerber
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Albany, NY 12203  (Online Only)
I'm interactive, practical, and will tailor my approach to you. If you are depressed or anxious, I can offer proven coping skills to help reduce symptoms so you can manage life more effectively. This will help you better navigate lifes ups and downs with more bounce and resilience by using practical evidence-based tools and strategies between sessions. While challenges and pain are a normal part of life, you will learn ways to accept and not get derailed by intense emotions. And identify what matters most to you so you can create the life you want to be living.
I'm interactive, practical, and will tailor my approach to you. If you are depressed or anxious, I can offer proven coping skills to help reduce symptoms so you can manage life more effectively. This will help you better navigate lifes ups and downs with more bounce and resilience by using practical evidence-based tools and strategies between sessions. While challenges and pain are a normal part of life, you will learn ways to accept and not get derailed by intense emotions. And identify what matters most to you so you can create the life you want to be living.
(518) 714-1256 View (518) 714-1256
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Susan Price
Counselor, MS, LMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
Albany, NY 12205
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor with experience treating substance abuse and mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, and OCD. I have extensive knowledge and training in Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs) such as hair pulling (trichotillomania) and skin picking (excoriation disorder). Whatever your reason for seeking counseling, I will work with you to create a collaborative and supportive environment. My approach includes Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and the Comprehensive Behavioral (ComB) model for treating BFRBs.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor with experience treating substance abuse and mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, and OCD. I have extensive knowledge and training in Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs) such as hair pulling (trichotillomania) and skin picking (excoriation disorder). Whatever your reason for seeking counseling, I will work with you to create a collaborative and supportive environment. My approach includes Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and the Comprehensive Behavioral (ComB) model for treating BFRBs.
(518) 631-3224 x1004 View (518) 631-3224 x1004
Catherine Bailey
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Albany, NY 12207  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am a licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 25 years of experience. I provide quality services to all age groups.I have an extensive background in child and adolescent services both doing therapy and supervising other therapists. I have worked extensively with ADHD,learning disabilities,adoptive issues ,trauma ,depression,anxiety and neurological conditions including some rare ones. I believe that effective psychotherapy is best provided in a safe atmosphere of mutual collaboration toward goals that include not only symptom reduction but developing a happier,more fufilled life. Since play is the natural mode of communication for children, I offer a play therapy designed to meet the needs of my child patients.Most children quickly feel comfortable in this setting.Here,they can overcome fears,sadness,anger and learn to better control impulses. I view parents as collaboraters and actively seek their input as they are the best source of knowlege about their child.
I am a licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 25 years of experience. I provide quality services to all age groups.I have an extensive background in child and adolescent services both doing therapy and supervising other therapists. I have worked extensively with ADHD,learning disabilities,adoptive issues ,trauma ,depression,anxiety and neurological conditions including some rare ones. I believe that effective psychotherapy is best provided in a safe atmosphere of mutual collaboration toward goals that include not only symptom reduction but developing a happier,more fufilled life. Since play is the natural mode of communication for children, I offer a play therapy designed to meet the needs of my child patients.Most children quickly feel comfortable in this setting.Here,they can overcome fears,sadness,anger and learn to better control impulses. I view parents as collaboraters and actively seek their input as they are the best source of knowlege about their child.
(845) 445-7019 View (845) 445-7019
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Taylor Whitesell
Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW
Verified Verified
Albany, NY 12205
I work with children, adolescents, and adults who seek healing within the therapeutic relationship, and are ready to join with me on the journey to self-understanding, acceptance, appreciation, and love. Together, we will work to understand oneself through the context of past experiences, social and societal influences, and re-writing a more compassionate understanding of oneself. There is no wrong way to be yourself. Through warmth, compassion, reflection, education, and tools, we will work towards healing together.
I work with children, adolescents, and adults who seek healing within the therapeutic relationship, and are ready to join with me on the journey to self-understanding, acceptance, appreciation, and love. Together, we will work to understand oneself through the context of past experiences, social and societal influences, and re-writing a more compassionate understanding of oneself. There is no wrong way to be yourself. Through warmth, compassion, reflection, education, and tools, we will work towards healing together.
(518) 855-7329 View (518) 855-7329
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Richard E Madden, PhD, LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified Verified
Albany, NY 12205  (Online Only)
PERSONAL THERAPY... most any therapist will do if you only want to talk things out and have someone listen without judging. But if you are looking for more, my post-graduate training and advanced credentials in Rational-Emotive-Behavior Therapy (REBT) and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), enable me to teach you how to effectively manage your stress, sleep, unhealthy emotions and self-defeating behaviors--something I've successfully done for myself and thousands of clients for more than 40 years. Please visit website: www.theSTRESSdoc.com BEFORE calling me, anytime, to discuss your needs.
PERSONAL THERAPY... most any therapist will do if you only want to talk things out and have someone listen without judging. But if you are looking for more, my post-graduate training and advanced credentials in Rational-Emotive-Behavior Therapy (REBT) and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), enable me to teach you how to effectively manage your stress, sleep, unhealthy emotions and self-defeating behaviors--something I've successfully done for myself and thousands of clients for more than 40 years. Please visit website: www.theSTRESSdoc.com BEFORE calling me, anytime, to discuss your needs.
(518) 225-7707 View (518) 225-7707
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Desiree Siegel
Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW
Verified Verified
Albany, NY 12203
Not accepting new clients
Welcome to the next chapter in your healing story. It takes courage to admit when we are struggling and make that bold first step towards seeking change. I know both personally and through my years of experience counseling others how difficult this can be, and I will guide you through it every step of the way. First and foremost, I provide a warm, genuine, non-judgmental environment for my clients to facilitate healing based on a trusting therapeutic relationship. Fostering a personalized treatment model for each individual client, we collaborate and decide together what style of treatment works best for you.
Welcome to the next chapter in your healing story. It takes courage to admit when we are struggling and make that bold first step towards seeking change. I know both personally and through my years of experience counseling others how difficult this can be, and I will guide you through it every step of the way. First and foremost, I provide a warm, genuine, non-judgmental environment for my clients to facilitate healing based on a trusting therapeutic relationship. Fostering a personalized treatment model for each individual client, we collaborate and decide together what style of treatment works best for you.
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Tatiana Taylor
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Albany, NY 12203  (Online Only)
Help! What can I do when my thoughts leave me feeling overwhelmed and trapped in my own head? Enhancing your coping skills is a great start! I can help you unpack your negative thoughts, and empower you to create positive, affirming ones. Together, we will get you better acquainted with your emotions, and help you gain a sense of clarity and peace. I support individuals of all ages who need help managing and overcoming Anxiety, Depression, Mood disorders, Bi-polar disorder, and ADHD. I am also LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC aligned.
Help! What can I do when my thoughts leave me feeling overwhelmed and trapped in my own head? Enhancing your coping skills is a great start! I can help you unpack your negative thoughts, and empower you to create positive, affirming ones. Together, we will get you better acquainted with your emotions, and help you gain a sense of clarity and peace. I support individuals of all ages who need help managing and overcoming Anxiety, Depression, Mood disorders, Bi-polar disorder, and ADHD. I am also LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC aligned.
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Neil J. Cervera
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
Albany, NY 12208
Dr. Neil Cervera is a licensed New York State Psychotherapist, who received his doctorate from New York University. Dr. Cervera has been in practice for more than 30 years. In addition, he is a Research Assistant Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany. He is a specialist in the areas of Infertility Therapy and Child and Family issues. His areas of specialization include: Infertility and Adoption issues; Depression and Anxiety; Relationship and Communication problems; Coping with life transitions such as divorce, remarriage or alternate lifestyles; Smoking cessation; Stress management; Child/adolescent and parent problems;
Dr. Neil Cervera is a licensed New York State Psychotherapist, who received his doctorate from New York University. Dr. Cervera has been in practice for more than 30 years. In addition, he is a Research Assistant Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany. He is a specialist in the areas of Infertility Therapy and Child and Family issues. His areas of specialization include: Infertility and Adoption issues; Depression and Anxiety; Relationship and Communication problems; Coping with life transitions such as divorce, remarriage or alternate lifestyles; Smoking cessation; Stress management; Child/adolescent and parent problems;
(518) 379-0246 View (518) 379-0246
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Jamille O’Brien
LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Albany, NY 12206  (Online Only)
When individuals undergo trauma or significant life stressors, it’s common to feel disoriented and in need of support. I believe that the healing process is best approached collaboratively, with empathy and without judgment. My diverse background, spanning from the criminal justice system to in-patient and outpatient clinics and crisis services, has provided me with a deep appreciation and understanding of the challenges individuals may face.
When individuals undergo trauma or significant life stressors, it’s common to feel disoriented and in need of support. I believe that the healing process is best approached collaboratively, with empathy and without judgment. My diverse background, spanning from the criminal justice system to in-patient and outpatient clinics and crisis services, has provided me with a deep appreciation and understanding of the challenges individuals may face.
(518) 851-8474 View (518) 851-8474
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Tara Herrick Brown
MS
Verified Verified
Albany, NY 12203
Tara Herrick Brown, M.S., is a holistic counselor with 20+ years of experience. With a background in health psychology and various trainings and certifications in energy medicine and meditation, she offers clients a truly unique skill set. Tara sees the whole person rather than the diagnosis or label they present. Encouraging her clients to look at themselves and to own their part of their struggles is the foundation of her work. On this journey towards self-discovery, she helps clients change their stories from victim-speak to self-awareness and self-acceptance.
Tara Herrick Brown, M.S., is a holistic counselor with 20+ years of experience. With a background in health psychology and various trainings and certifications in energy medicine and meditation, she offers clients a truly unique skill set. Tara sees the whole person rather than the diagnosis or label they present. Encouraging her clients to look at themselves and to own their part of their struggles is the foundation of her work. On this journey towards self-discovery, she helps clients change their stories from victim-speak to self-awareness and self-acceptance.
(518) 317-5062 View (518) 317-5062
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Sasha Winters
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Albany, NY 12208  (Online Only)
Welcome! I’m a therapist and social worker and I specialize in working with people experiencing grief and loss of all kinds. I also enjoy working with folks who are navigating relationships, exploring identity, and working through life transitions . You are the expert of your own experience, and I’m a firm believer that problems are the problem, not you. Therapy is your time and I will follow whatever direction you feel is most beneficial.
Welcome! I’m a therapist and social worker and I specialize in working with people experiencing grief and loss of all kinds. I also enjoy working with folks who are navigating relationships, exploring identity, and working through life transitions . You are the expert of your own experience, and I’m a firm believer that problems are the problem, not you. Therapy is your time and I will follow whatever direction you feel is most beneficial.
(518) 989-5774 View (518) 989-5774
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My Therapy Place
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Albany, NY 12203  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Modern life is not for the faint of heart. Days packed with nonstop tasks, endless decision-making, and the feeling that ‘you’ll never catch up’ can take a toll on your mental health and the hope you have for the future. Thinking clearly and finding sustainable peace and harmony often seems impossible. Your past experiences, the situations you’ve lived through, and what you’re dealing with now can all influence how well you cope and connect. We often feel fragmented, broken, and needing to be “fixed.”
Modern life is not for the faint of heart. Days packed with nonstop tasks, endless decision-making, and the feeling that ‘you’ll never catch up’ can take a toll on your mental health and the hope you have for the future. Thinking clearly and finding sustainable peace and harmony often seems impossible. Your past experiences, the situations you’ve lived through, and what you’re dealing with now can all influence how well you cope and connect. We often feel fragmented, broken, and needing to be “fixed.”
(518) 809-7641 View (518) 809-7641
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Claire Burnham
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Albany, NY 12205
I believe one of the most important aspects of therapy is building a supportive therapeutic relationship. I bring a compassionate, strengths based, and person centered approach to my clients which has been very effective. I specialize in helping those with social anxiety, generalized anxiety, relationship problems, depression, ocd, and trauma. My goal is to support you in developing coping skills to manage symptoms and feel empowered doing so. I am passionate about helping you find meaning and fulfillment through life’s challenges.
I believe one of the most important aspects of therapy is building a supportive therapeutic relationship. I bring a compassionate, strengths based, and person centered approach to my clients which has been very effective. I specialize in helping those with social anxiety, generalized anxiety, relationship problems, depression, ocd, and trauma. My goal is to support you in developing coping skills to manage symptoms and feel empowered doing so. I am passionate about helping you find meaning and fulfillment through life’s challenges.
(518) 535-4157 View (518) 535-4157
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Shaelynn Kelly
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Albany, NY 12205
Navigating through life’s ups and downs may seem impossible at times. Whether it be working through relationship issues, regulating our emotions, or coping with change, it can be helpful to have someone on your side. I hope to be that person for you. I have experience working with children, adolescents, and their families in schools, residential care, and community-based counseling. I have helped individuals process through traumatic experiences, learn and practice healthier coping strategies, and implement positive communication and social skills all in order to improve their lives and relationships with others.
Navigating through life’s ups and downs may seem impossible at times. Whether it be working through relationship issues, regulating our emotions, or coping with change, it can be helpful to have someone on your side. I hope to be that person for you. I have experience working with children, adolescents, and their families in schools, residential care, and community-based counseling. I have helped individuals process through traumatic experiences, learn and practice healthier coping strategies, and implement positive communication and social skills all in order to improve their lives and relationships with others.
(518) 940-4893 View (518) 940-4893

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Albany, NY

500+

Average cost per session

$130

Therapists in Albany, NY who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
86% Depression
76% Relationship Issues
74% Trauma and PTSD
74% Self Esteem
73% Stress
68% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

68% Aetna
56% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
52% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Albany, NY see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

74% Female
24% Male
2% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Albany?

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.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

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.