Therapists in Ithaca, NY

Photo of Lexy Smith, Licensed Master Social Worker in Ithaca, NY
Lexy Smith
Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW, CASAC-T
Verified
Ithaca, NY 14850
It is my belief that all clients have the ability and resources within themselves to heal. I aim to guide clients in learning to trust the therapeutic process and enhance their belief in themselves while also infusing creativity and humor, as appropriate. I gently support children, adolescents, and adults in taking steps to build resiliency, heal from within, and normalize the experience of being human in this world. I ensure that clients of all intersecting identities, and every emotion they bring with them, are welcome and will be provided validation and space.
It is my belief that all clients have the ability and resources within themselves to heal. I aim to guide clients in learning to trust the therapeutic process and enhance their belief in themselves while also infusing creativity and humor, as appropriate. I gently support children, adolescents, and adults in taking steps to build resiliency, heal from within, and normalize the experience of being human in this world. I ensure that clients of all intersecting identities, and every emotion they bring with them, are welcome and will be provided validation and space.
(607) 260-3100 View (607) 260-3100
Photo of Jacob White, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Ithaca, NY
Jacob White
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R
Verified
2 Endorsed
Ithaca, NY 14850  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
As a licensed clinical social worker, my primary focus is to help you reduce suffering and find greater joy and meaning in your life. With a Master's degree in social work from Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work and a BFA in dramatic performance from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, I have spent the past 15 years working with a diverse range of individuals struggling with a variety of mental health issues. I have a particular expertise in treating anxiety, depression, trauma, phobias, substance abuse, creative blocks, and issues related to relationships, gender-identity, and sexuality.
As a licensed clinical social worker, my primary focus is to help you reduce suffering and find greater joy and meaning in your life. With a Master's degree in social work from Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work and a BFA in dramatic performance from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, I have spent the past 15 years working with a diverse range of individuals struggling with a variety of mental health issues. I have a particular expertise in treating anxiety, depression, trauma, phobias, substance abuse, creative blocks, and issues related to relationships, gender-identity, and sexuality.
(607) 862-5792 View (607) 862-5792
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Lori Davis
DNP, CSC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ithaca, NY 14850
Feeling stuck in your sex life? Feel disconnected from your partner? Feeling shut down and turned off? You are not alone and sex counseling can help. Hi, I’m Lori and I specialize in helping individuals and couples like you to find their way to more passionate and connected sex lives. Sex and relationships don’t come with instruction manuals, and even the best of partners can struggle to keep their sex lives passionate and intimate over the long haul. As a certified sex counselor, I know that everyone can use a little help sometimes to build the passionate, intimate sex lives that work for them.
Feeling stuck in your sex life? Feel disconnected from your partner? Feeling shut down and turned off? You are not alone and sex counseling can help. Hi, I’m Lori and I specialize in helping individuals and couples like you to find their way to more passionate and connected sex lives. Sex and relationships don’t come with instruction manuals, and even the best of partners can struggle to keep their sex lives passionate and intimate over the long haul. As a certified sex counselor, I know that everyone can use a little help sometimes to build the passionate, intimate sex lives that work for them.
(607) 862-5215 View (607) 862-5215
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Leslie Ihde
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R
Verified
2 Endorsed
Ithaca, NY 14850
My approach is influenced by C.G. Jung, Viktor Frankl (Man's Search for Meaning) Socratic dialogue, Buddhism and Quaker meetings. I work best with the person who sees their life as a journey of self-discovery. I will help you uncover the solutions that you already have and see the problematics of those solutions. I will help you listen to your muse, interpret your dreams, identify your interpersonal patterns and face the fears and anxieties that haunt you. I will treat your troubles with the utmost respect because they help you learn and grow. Gratitude softens pain. I find parallels between creativity & spiritual inspiration.
My approach is influenced by C.G. Jung, Viktor Frankl (Man's Search for Meaning) Socratic dialogue, Buddhism and Quaker meetings. I work best with the person who sees their life as a journey of self-discovery. I will help you uncover the solutions that you already have and see the problematics of those solutions. I will help you listen to your muse, interpret your dreams, identify your interpersonal patterns and face the fears and anxieties that haunt you. I will treat your troubles with the utmost respect because they help you learn and grow. Gratitude softens pain. I find parallels between creativity & spiritual inspiration.
(607) 527-7234 View (607) 527-7234
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Erin Gotthardt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Ithaca, NY 14850  (Online Only)
We don’t get to choose some things that happen to us as children, and we can grow up in environments that fall short of supporting the unique needs we might have had. If your story involves childhood abuse, neglect, abandonment, bullying, family problems or other trauma, and you find yourself still impacted by these things as an adult, please reach out. I would love to help you move past the things that happened to you so that you can make room for all the wonderful possibilities life holds for you. You may not have had a choice then, but you have a choice now.
We don’t get to choose some things that happen to us as children, and we can grow up in environments that fall short of supporting the unique needs we might have had. If your story involves childhood abuse, neglect, abandonment, bullying, family problems or other trauma, and you find yourself still impacted by these things as an adult, please reach out. I would love to help you move past the things that happened to you so that you can make room for all the wonderful possibilities life holds for you. You may not have had a choice then, but you have a choice now.
(607) 251-0336 View (607) 251-0336
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Rob Hovey
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSWR
Verified
Ithaca, NY 14850  (Online Only)
I AM CURRENTLY. UNABLE TO ACCEPT NEW CLIENTS Seeing a therapist -- this is not an easy step you’re considering. Putting your most vulnerable thoughts and feelings in the hands of a stranger takes some courage and a bit of a leap of faith. Whether you’re feeling anxious or depressed, or are in a troubled marriage or relationship, or struggling with issues that have no label, you’re probably feeling stuck. Stuck is when people call a therapist. It’s after they have tried everything: waiting for things to get better, talking to friends or relatives, or reading self-help books.
I AM CURRENTLY. UNABLE TO ACCEPT NEW CLIENTS Seeing a therapist -- this is not an easy step you’re considering. Putting your most vulnerable thoughts and feelings in the hands of a stranger takes some courage and a bit of a leap of faith. Whether you’re feeling anxious or depressed, or are in a troubled marriage or relationship, or struggling with issues that have no label, you’re probably feeling stuck. Stuck is when people call a therapist. It’s after they have tried everything: waiting for things to get better, talking to friends or relatives, or reading self-help books.
(607) 882-6465 View (607) 882-6465
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Tony E Scott
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-R
Verified
Ithaca, NY 14850
I counsel individuals, families and couples from within the Central New York area in my private practice. I welcome clients of ethnic and racial minority ancestry, multi-racial adoptive families, as well as, descendants of Caucasian and European origin
I counsel individuals, families and couples from within the Central New York area in my private practice. I welcome clients of ethnic and racial minority ancestry, multi-racial adoptive families, as well as, descendants of Caucasian and European origin
(607) 821-2880 View (607) 821-2880
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Cameron Hoellrich
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Ithaca, NY 14850  (Online Only)
I have experience in working with depression, anxiety, life transitions, and school stress. I spent more than two years working at Cornell's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), which provided me with deep knowledge of the ins and outs of their mental health system, along with the pressures that one can face at college in regard to competition, academic stress, and building social connection. Being from upstate NY, I also understand some of the isolative parts of the experience, and adjustment to the uniqueness of the region. I am grateful to have a chance to share this experience and apply it to the therapy space.
I have experience in working with depression, anxiety, life transitions, and school stress. I spent more than two years working at Cornell's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), which provided me with deep knowledge of the ins and outs of their mental health system, along with the pressures that one can face at college in regard to competition, academic stress, and building social connection. Being from upstate NY, I also understand some of the isolative parts of the experience, and adjustment to the uniqueness of the region. I am grateful to have a chance to share this experience and apply it to the therapy space.
(607) 357-8520 View (607) 357-8520
Photo of Rachael Shapiro, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Ithaca, NY
Rachael Shapiro
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MPH
Verified
Ithaca, NY 14850
I am an experienced, long time psychotherapist, who helps create a nurturing environment that is warm, curious and non judgemental. I am focused on understanding the client and supporting the optimal healing process. I have an unconditional commitment to each of my clients to be open and honest, to be focused on their life-enhancing goals, and to work in a proactive manner to help them achieve these goals in the briefest possible time. No single approach works for everyone. Some issues may be addressed with a short-term, solution-focused approach. More complex issues may need a combination of approaches over a longer time.
I am an experienced, long time psychotherapist, who helps create a nurturing environment that is warm, curious and non judgemental. I am focused on understanding the client and supporting the optimal healing process. I have an unconditional commitment to each of my clients to be open and honest, to be focused on their life-enhancing goals, and to work in a proactive manner to help them achieve these goals in the briefest possible time. No single approach works for everyone. Some issues may be addressed with a short-term, solution-focused approach. More complex issues may need a combination of approaches over a longer time.
(607) 605-6486 View (607) 605-6486
Photo of Heather Sanford, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Ithaca, NY
Heather Sanford
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, MPA
Verified
Ithaca, NY 14850
*I am not able to accept new clients at this time for individual treatment. However, I am accepting people for group therapy. * I enjoy building relationships that facilitate the healing process - moving from just coping everyday to overcoming barriers in relationships, work, school and overall well-being through connection. I have experience working with adults and adolescents with persistent anxiety, depression and difficulty in attachment, often this is due to trauma. Additionally, I enjoy working with adolescents and their families to create relationships that work for all family members.
*I am not able to accept new clients at this time for individual treatment. However, I am accepting people for group therapy. * I enjoy building relationships that facilitate the healing process - moving from just coping everyday to overcoming barriers in relationships, work, school and overall well-being through connection. I have experience working with adults and adolescents with persistent anxiety, depression and difficulty in attachment, often this is due to trauma. Additionally, I enjoy working with adolescents and their families to create relationships that work for all family members.
(607) 391-2540 View (607) 391-2540
Photo of Jessie Shelhamer, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Ithaca, NY
Jessie Shelhamer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Ithaca, NY 14850  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I currently have a waitlist for new clients. I offer an open, supportive, and individualized approach, meeting each person where they are. Fostering a therapeutic relationship involves building trust as we navigate through distressing emotions, situations, and overcoming barriers. Sessions may range from learning and practicing coping skills to processing past traumas. My style is down-to-earth with open and honest communication, along with a bit of humor. Feel free to visit my website for more information: www.jessieshelhamer.com
I currently have a waitlist for new clients. I offer an open, supportive, and individualized approach, meeting each person where they are. Fostering a therapeutic relationship involves building trust as we navigate through distressing emotions, situations, and overcoming barriers. Sessions may range from learning and practicing coping skills to processing past traumas. My style is down-to-earth with open and honest communication, along with a bit of humor. Feel free to visit my website for more information: www.jessieshelhamer.com
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Nelima W Gaonkar
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R
Verified
Ithaca, NY 14850
Not accepting new clients
Amid the pressures of today's world, it is rare that we allow ourselves moments of stillness in which to reflect upon our lives, relationships, choices, and larger forces at play. These moments are paramount to bringing our lives into alignment with our priorities and ideals. My aim is to encourage the pause necessary for self-reflection. This pause allows you to see yourself more clearly and to articulate your most fundamental questions. Through the clarifying process of self-reflection, change becomes possible.
Amid the pressures of today's world, it is rare that we allow ourselves moments of stillness in which to reflect upon our lives, relationships, choices, and larger forces at play. These moments are paramount to bringing our lives into alignment with our priorities and ideals. My aim is to encourage the pause necessary for self-reflection. This pause allows you to see yourself more clearly and to articulate your most fundamental questions. Through the clarifying process of self-reflection, change becomes possible.
(315) 816-4661 View (315) 816-4661
Photo of Diana Tillotson, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Ithaca, NY
Diana Tillotson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PMH-C
Verified
2 Endorsed
Ithaca, NY 14850  (Online Only)
Therapy can be a transformational process of self-discovery facilitated by deeper levels of awareness and change. I believe we have an inherent ability to heal ourselves, and my primary focus is to honor and trust your experience. Anxiety, depression, trauma, and other life stressors can interfere with living a fulfilling life, causing problems in your life and relationships, and leaving you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, lost or numb. I believe that therapy should meet the individual where they are within their unique set of circumstances.
Therapy can be a transformational process of self-discovery facilitated by deeper levels of awareness and change. I believe we have an inherent ability to heal ourselves, and my primary focus is to honor and trust your experience. Anxiety, depression, trauma, and other life stressors can interfere with living a fulfilling life, causing problems in your life and relationships, and leaving you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, lost or numb. I believe that therapy should meet the individual where they are within their unique set of circumstances.
(607) 564-4158 View (607) 564-4158
Photo of Esther Ivy Herkowitz, Counselor in Ithaca, NY
Esther Ivy Herkowitz
Counselor, MS, LMHC, MFLC
Verified
Ithaca, NY 14850  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Our thoughts, beliefs, behaviors, relationships and experiences shape us emotionally, physically and energetically. By gently and compassionately exploring these, both healthy and undermining, new choices become possible. I offer principles from Behavioral Cognitive Therapy including guided meditation, diaphragmatic breathing, cognitive restructuring, progressive relaxation, and mindfulness. When reinforced with practice, these techniques help to increase wellness and reduce suffering and anxiety. You don't need to know the problem or the solution to begin. You only need to want something to change.
Our thoughts, beliefs, behaviors, relationships and experiences shape us emotionally, physically and energetically. By gently and compassionately exploring these, both healthy and undermining, new choices become possible. I offer principles from Behavioral Cognitive Therapy including guided meditation, diaphragmatic breathing, cognitive restructuring, progressive relaxation, and mindfulness. When reinforced with practice, these techniques help to increase wellness and reduce suffering and anxiety. You don't need to know the problem or the solution to begin. You only need to want something to change.
(607) 216-9165 View (607) 216-9165
Photo of Joanne Zager, Psychologist in Ithaca, NY
Joanne Zager
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Ithaca, NY 14850
Are you experiencing anxiety, depression or confusion? Are you a veteran/and or a military spouse who are experiencing symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD)? Do you have feelings and /or behaviors that may be a result of trauma, relationship problems, work or school stress? Collaboratively, we work to identify and resolve your concerns. I work with adults, families, students and the LGBT community - who you are adds dimension to our work together! I am a NY state licensed psychologist in private practice. My cognitive behavioral approach is supplemented with guided imagery, EMDR and/or hypnosis.
Are you experiencing anxiety, depression or confusion? Are you a veteran/and or a military spouse who are experiencing symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD)? Do you have feelings and /or behaviors that may be a result of trauma, relationship problems, work or school stress? Collaboratively, we work to identify and resolve your concerns. I work with adults, families, students and the LGBT community - who you are adds dimension to our work together! I am a NY state licensed psychologist in private practice. My cognitive behavioral approach is supplemented with guided imagery, EMDR and/or hypnosis.
(607) 431-8928 View (607) 431-8928
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Michelle Kwintner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R, Psa
Verified
Ithaca, NY 14850
Not accepting new clients
I AM NOT ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. I offer a confidential and non-judgmental setting. My goal is to learn about each person as an individual with unique struggles and gifts rather than to treat symptoms only. I listen for patterns of experiencing that developed in the past, that stubbornly persist, and that limit work, study and love.
I AM NOT ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. I offer a confidential and non-judgmental setting. My goal is to learn about each person as an individual with unique struggles and gifts rather than to treat symptoms only. I listen for patterns of experiencing that developed in the past, that stubbornly persist, and that limit work, study and love.
(607) 269-4405 View (607) 269-4405
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Dirk Trachy
SEP, LMT
Ithaca, NY 14850  (Online Only)
I offer Somatic Experiencing (SE) sessions. Do you struggle with the effects of trauma, stress, neglect or injury? Feeling overwhelmed by issues of social justice and the environment? Living with and talking about these things can cause strong reactions in our bodies that deserve their own approach, in addition to psychotherapy. We want to feel comfortable in our skin - able to rest, feel a sense of belonging and confidently stand up for ourselves and others in a balanced way. SE helps clients navigate painful emotions and memories as the related physical sensations gently become more differentiated and take on new meanings.
I offer Somatic Experiencing (SE) sessions. Do you struggle with the effects of trauma, stress, neglect or injury? Feeling overwhelmed by issues of social justice and the environment? Living with and talking about these things can cause strong reactions in our bodies that deserve their own approach, in addition to psychotherapy. We want to feel comfortable in our skin - able to rest, feel a sense of belonging and confidently stand up for ourselves and others in a balanced way. SE helps clients navigate painful emotions and memories as the related physical sensations gently become more differentiated and take on new meanings.
(607) 208-9035 View (607) 208-9035
Photo of Valerie Rosenfeld, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Ithaca, NY
Valerie Rosenfeld
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ithaca, NY 14850
Not accepting new clients
**I am sorry but I am not currently accepting new clients. **I work via teletherapy exclusively. I am an insight-oriented therapist with a deep respect for Jungian psychology, Internal Family Systems (IFS), EMDR, meditation and yoga. The underlying principle in my practice is to value people's individual experience and the particular meaning that their experience has for them. In this spirit we can explore together to help lay the groundwork for insight.
**I am sorry but I am not currently accepting new clients. **I work via teletherapy exclusively. I am an insight-oriented therapist with a deep respect for Jungian psychology, Internal Family Systems (IFS), EMDR, meditation and yoga. The underlying principle in my practice is to value people's individual experience and the particular meaning that their experience has for them. In this spirit we can explore together to help lay the groundwork for insight.
(607) 216-9098 View (607) 216-9098
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Uprise Mental Health Counseling, PLLC
Counselor, LMHC, PhD
Verified
Ithaca, NY 14850
My group practice specializes in the treatment of trauma spectrum disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder, dissociative disorders, trauma-related pain, and trauma-related somatic symptoms. Ongoing experiences of verbal, physical, or sexual abuse, neglect, and bullying can lead to these symptoms. Sometimes people suffer these effects because they have experienced chronic invalidation. We treat couples, people in non-traditional partnerships, adolescents who struggle with emotional and behavioral problems. We also treat survivors of sexual violence and targets of workplace bullying.
My group practice specializes in the treatment of trauma spectrum disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder, dissociative disorders, trauma-related pain, and trauma-related somatic symptoms. Ongoing experiences of verbal, physical, or sexual abuse, neglect, and bullying can lead to these symptoms. Sometimes people suffer these effects because they have experienced chronic invalidation. We treat couples, people in non-traditional partnerships, adolescents who struggle with emotional and behavioral problems. We also treat survivors of sexual violence and targets of workplace bullying.
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Adam R. Krantweiss
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Ithaca, NY 14850
I have worked as a clinical psychologist since 2004. Originally from the NYC metropolitan area, I have lived in upstate NY for many years. My approach to psychotherapy is tailored to both presenting problems and clients’ interest in exploring questions. Sometimes, short-term and goal-directed psychotherapy is the best path, while at other times, a longer self-exploration is more helpful for self-seeing. I will meet you at your starting point and try to help you gain clarity and understanding into your questions, with the goal of helping you overcome the obstacles that keep you stuck in a situation or mindset.
I have worked as a clinical psychologist since 2004. Originally from the NYC metropolitan area, I have lived in upstate NY for many years. My approach to psychotherapy is tailored to both presenting problems and clients’ interest in exploring questions. Sometimes, short-term and goal-directed psychotherapy is the best path, while at other times, a longer self-exploration is more helpful for self-seeing. I will meet you at your starting point and try to help you gain clarity and understanding into your questions, with the goal of helping you overcome the obstacles that keep you stuck in a situation or mindset.
(607) 275-5232 View (607) 275-5232

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Number of Therapists in Ithaca, NY

200+

Average cost per session

$147

Therapists in Ithaca, NY who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
86% Depression
81% Relationship Issues
74% Self Esteem
72% Trauma and PTSD
71% Stress
68% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

82% Aetna
49% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
40% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Ithaca, NY see their clients

56% In Person and Online
44% Online Only

Gender breakdown

83% Female
16% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Ithaca?

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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.