Therapists in New York, NY

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Photo of Tiffany Bradley, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in New York, NY
Tiffany Bradley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
3 Endorsed
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
I work with clients who recognize the importance of their mental and emotional well-being and are motivated to actively engage in the therapeutic process. They may experience challenges such as anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or life transitions. They seek a safe and non-judgmental space to explore their emotions, gain insight into their thoughts and behaviors, and develop healthier coping mechanisms. Their goals include finding inner peace, enhancing self-awareness, improving relationships, and fostering personal growth. They desire to overcome obstacles, cultivate resilience, and create a fulfilling and meaningful life.
I work with clients who recognize the importance of their mental and emotional well-being and are motivated to actively engage in the therapeutic process. They may experience challenges such as anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or life transitions. They seek a safe and non-judgmental space to explore their emotions, gain insight into their thoughts and behaviors, and develop healthier coping mechanisms. Their goals include finding inner peace, enhancing self-awareness, improving relationships, and fostering personal growth. They desire to overcome obstacles, cultivate resilience, and create a fulfilling and meaningful life.
(929) 810-4477 View (929) 810-4477
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Shanay A Johnson
Art Therapist, LCAT, MA, MT-BC
Verified
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
Have you found that traditional talk therapies have only gotten you so far? Do you feel that you are hitting roadblocks that seem to have no breakthrough? Have you have found that music often moves you in ways that are hard to express in words? If you are looking for concrete tools to help you feel more satisfied, connected to a sense of meaning, and alive, then creative arts therapy may be a powerful treatment.
Have you found that traditional talk therapies have only gotten you so far? Do you feel that you are hitting roadblocks that seem to have no breakthrough? Have you have found that music often moves you in ways that are hard to express in words? If you are looking for concrete tools to help you feel more satisfied, connected to a sense of meaning, and alive, then creative arts therapy may be a powerful treatment.
(347) 697-4045 View (347) 697-4045
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Candice Edelbaum
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW, MA
Verified
New York, NY 10024
People need educated,productive, sensible, sensitive, professional support in these trying times. I am here to help those who feel depressed, anxious,and confused with all the added pressures we face in these difficult times. Family life may be disrupted, working conditions altered and personal relationships strained. People may have suffered losses of loved ones, upset with families dispersed, along with real uncertainty of the future. Many are alone in their thoughts and fears. My commitment is to help anyone I can. Individual and group therapy is offered with the goal of attaining personal peace.
People need educated,productive, sensible, sensitive, professional support in these trying times. I am here to help those who feel depressed, anxious,and confused with all the added pressures we face in these difficult times. Family life may be disrupted, working conditions altered and personal relationships strained. People may have suffered losses of loved ones, upset with families dispersed, along with real uncertainty of the future. Many are alone in their thoughts and fears. My commitment is to help anyone I can. Individual and group therapy is offered with the goal of attaining personal peace.
(646) 798-7951 View (646) 798-7951
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Dr. Francis Novak
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, DPsa, LCSW-R
Verified
New York, NY 10011
Many are in search of a therapist because they have been feeling stuck, disempowered, or conflicted and would benefit from specialized support to gain greater psychological freedom and good health. To this end, we can explore your experience and expectations to foster insight and greater awareness of your needs. I offer a range of psychotherapeutic approaches to promote coping and make meaning out of problematic patterns, losses, trauma, depression, anxiety, stress and difficulty in relationships. Unique to your needs, I offer a co-created therapeutic space to facilitate change; trust, communication, attachment, growth and healing.
Many are in search of a therapist because they have been feeling stuck, disempowered, or conflicted and would benefit from specialized support to gain greater psychological freedom and good health. To this end, we can explore your experience and expectations to foster insight and greater awareness of your needs. I offer a range of psychotherapeutic approaches to promote coping and make meaning out of problematic patterns, losses, trauma, depression, anxiety, stress and difficulty in relationships. Unique to your needs, I offer a co-created therapeutic space to facilitate change; trust, communication, attachment, growth and healing.
(917) 526-0039 View (917) 526-0039
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Mara J. Brandon, LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CASAC , ICADC
Verified
New York, NY 10023  (Online Only)
I am guided by the belief that we all have the right to mental health treatment that is free of judgment, shame and stigma. As a therapist, I provide an empathetic space where you will feel seen, heard and accepted. Over my many years as a clinician, I have successfully helped people with a wide range of issues including intimate relationships, family, depression, anxiety, loneliness and substance use - just to name a few. I also have significant experience working with adults who engage in poly and other sexually expansive lifestyles, as well as issues in sexuality, such as sexual desire discrepancy between partners.
I am guided by the belief that we all have the right to mental health treatment that is free of judgment, shame and stigma. As a therapist, I provide an empathetic space where you will feel seen, heard and accepted. Over my many years as a clinician, I have successfully helped people with a wide range of issues including intimate relationships, family, depression, anxiety, loneliness and substance use - just to name a few. I also have significant experience working with adults who engage in poly and other sexually expansive lifestyles, as well as issues in sexuality, such as sexual desire discrepancy between partners.
(646) 846-8903 View (646) 846-8903
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Ira Bindman
Licensed Psychoanalyst, PhD
Verified
New York, NY 10128  (Online Only)
Ira Bindman, Ph.D. is a licensed mental health practitioner in private practice for over 30 years, specializing in both short term (goal oriented) and long term therapy. I use various techniques (e.g., guided imagery, hypnotherapy) to facilitate internal change and deal with psychological and emotional issues. I help individuals and couples heal using a gentle, supportive therapeutic approach. I believe we need to enhance our whole self, to see and respond to the challenges constantly present in our daily lives. Let me help you become aware of your inner resources so you can grow and take full advantage of life.
Ira Bindman, Ph.D. is a licensed mental health practitioner in private practice for over 30 years, specializing in both short term (goal oriented) and long term therapy. I use various techniques (e.g., guided imagery, hypnotherapy) to facilitate internal change and deal with psychological and emotional issues. I help individuals and couples heal using a gentle, supportive therapeutic approach. I believe we need to enhance our whole self, to see and respond to the challenges constantly present in our daily lives. Let me help you become aware of your inner resources so you can grow and take full advantage of life.
(646) 663-5728 View (646) 663-5728
Susan Kushner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, R
Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10011
I have over 30 years of experience as a psychotherapist and still love my work. I am trained in traditional as well as the most recent therapy techniques, but sometimes it's the basics of having someone really listen to what you have to say while providing support, guidance, and sometimes a gentle push that can be most helpful. Whether one is facing the difficult issues of adolescence, dealing with complexities of adult life, or concerned about the changes we experience as we age, therapy will provide you with a safe and compassionate space to explore and resolve these issues.
I have over 30 years of experience as a psychotherapist and still love my work. I am trained in traditional as well as the most recent therapy techniques, but sometimes it's the basics of having someone really listen to what you have to say while providing support, guidance, and sometimes a gentle push that can be most helpful. Whether one is facing the difficult issues of adolescence, dealing with complexities of adult life, or concerned about the changes we experience as we age, therapy will provide you with a safe and compassionate space to explore and resolve these issues.
(347) 308-6573 View (347) 308-6573
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Azia Carter
Pre-Licensed Professional, MFT-LP
Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10010
I aim to work with people from all walks of life, specifically those who struggle with trauma, mood disorders, life transitions, and relational issues. I provide individuals and couples with skills to communicate healthier, increase connection, and build more life satisfaction. Being an Afro-Caribbean woman, I understand the importance of finding a therapist who is multiculturally competent. I validate and integrate the unique experiences of people of color in the therapeutic setting.
I aim to work with people from all walks of life, specifically those who struggle with trauma, mood disorders, life transitions, and relational issues. I provide individuals and couples with skills to communicate healthier, increase connection, and build more life satisfaction. Being an Afro-Caribbean woman, I understand the importance of finding a therapist who is multiculturally competent. I validate and integrate the unique experiences of people of color in the therapeutic setting.
(929) 346-4645 View (929) 346-4645
Photo of Michelle Shubin, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in New York, NY
Michelle Shubin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, BCD
Verified
New York, NY 10016
People are searching to connect with themselves and others in ways that often feel unreachable. These difficulties can get expressed through repetitive, dissatisfying attachments and frustrating patterns of connectedness. Initimacy while longed for, seems illusive. In my 30 years of working with addictive and attachment related issues, I have come to understand how one's sense of aloneness and isolation can prevent a feeling of hopefulness and possibility. It is my belief that supportive, interactive and relational psychotherapy and/or psychoanalysis can offer profound change and relief in helping one manage their deepest conflicts and achieve greater fulfillment.
People are searching to connect with themselves and others in ways that often feel unreachable. These difficulties can get expressed through repetitive, dissatisfying attachments and frustrating patterns of connectedness. Initimacy while longed for, seems illusive. In my 30 years of working with addictive and attachment related issues, I have come to understand how one's sense of aloneness and isolation can prevent a feeling of hopefulness and possibility. It is my belief that supportive, interactive and relational psychotherapy and/or psychoanalysis can offer profound change and relief in helping one manage their deepest conflicts and achieve greater fulfillment.
(646) 351-1938 View (646) 351-1938
Photo of Madelyn Hoffman, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in New York, NY
Madelyn Hoffman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
New York, NY 10024
Waitlist for new clients
Maybe you’re isolating, overwhelmed, constantly triggered, or adjusting to something new, my job is to help you put it into words and find a way through. Perhaps it’s work stress, old or recent trauma, a loss, a relationship or a learning problem, or simply problems becoming your best self - I integrate both psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral approaches, as well as continual study of new developments in the field to help. My style is warm, interactive and tailored to your needs. I see treatment as both an art, a science, and a unique conversation between two people whose focus is on your needs and your desires.
Maybe you’re isolating, overwhelmed, constantly triggered, or adjusting to something new, my job is to help you put it into words and find a way through. Perhaps it’s work stress, old or recent trauma, a loss, a relationship or a learning problem, or simply problems becoming your best self - I integrate both psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral approaches, as well as continual study of new developments in the field to help. My style is warm, interactive and tailored to your needs. I see treatment as both an art, a science, and a unique conversation between two people whose focus is on your needs and your desires.
(646) 386-2192 View (646) 386-2192
Photo of Ashanti Woods, Pre-Licensed Professional in New York, NY
Ashanti Woods
Pre-Licensed Professional, LCAT, BC-DMT
Verified
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
Do you struggle with feeling disconnected from yourself and others? Do you put your needs at the bottom of the to-do list? Do you wonder if life should feel somehow better — happier, easier, fuller? If you're feeling anxious, overwhelmed and uncertain about how you're supposed to manage your relationships, career, and your life, reach out and schedule a consultation call!
Do you struggle with feeling disconnected from yourself and others? Do you put your needs at the bottom of the to-do list? Do you wonder if life should feel somehow better — happier, easier, fuller? If you're feeling anxious, overwhelmed and uncertain about how you're supposed to manage your relationships, career, and your life, reach out and schedule a consultation call!
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Christine Deans Reynolds
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
New York, NY 10019  (Online Only)
I am an experienced psychotherapist with 25 years of clinical practice. I will work with you as an individual, couple or family to improve the relationships in your life. I have a warm, easily approachable and interactive style in my work with clients. As teaching faculty and a member of the Developing Child and Family at the Ackerman Institute for the Family I specialize in working with parents, children and adolescents. I have had extensive training and experience in couples and family therapy.
I am an experienced psychotherapist with 25 years of clinical practice. I will work with you as an individual, couple or family to improve the relationships in your life. I have a warm, easily approachable and interactive style in my work with clients. As teaching faculty and a member of the Developing Child and Family at the Ackerman Institute for the Family I specialize in working with parents, children and adolescents. I have had extensive training and experience in couples and family therapy.
(917) 679-5180 View (917) 679-5180
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Herbert Robbins
Psychologist, PhD, ABPP
Verified
New York, NY 10025
I've wide experience in a variety of modalities depending on the issues presented by the client. These include psychodynamic, cognitive, hypnosis behavioral etc.Over the last 50 years I've worked with several thousand people in individual, couple and group settings. I believe people should be treated with respect and learn to handle their lives in as effective a way as possible. My focus is on helping people view their issues in perspective so they can make the best choices for themselves.
I've wide experience in a variety of modalities depending on the issues presented by the client. These include psychodynamic, cognitive, hypnosis behavioral etc.Over the last 50 years I've worked with several thousand people in individual, couple and group settings. I believe people should be treated with respect and learn to handle their lives in as effective a way as possible. My focus is on helping people view their issues in perspective so they can make the best choices for themselves.
(646) 386-2215 View (646) 386-2215
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Shakira Maldonado
Counselor, LMHC
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10038  (Online Only)
Do you ever feel like you're stuck in a cycle of stress and anxiety, unable to make progress in your life? Whether it's pressure from within or external sources, it's tough to move forward when you are feeling stuck in a never ending cycle. My job is to help you develop healthy coping skills to navigate through those difficult events. I enjoy providing a safe space to explore your inner world leading you to reach your full potential. I am excited to work together with you to support you in breaking free from that cycle and begin your healing journey. I can't wait to meet you!
Do you ever feel like you're stuck in a cycle of stress and anxiety, unable to make progress in your life? Whether it's pressure from within or external sources, it's tough to move forward when you are feeling stuck in a never ending cycle. My job is to help you develop healthy coping skills to navigate through those difficult events. I enjoy providing a safe space to explore your inner world leading you to reach your full potential. I am excited to work together with you to support you in breaking free from that cycle and begin your healing journey. I can't wait to meet you!
(646) 506-3647 View (646) 506-3647
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Joan Ingber
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
I believe that seeking therapy is a sign of courage and strength. As a licensed, experienced psychotherapist working with adults and children, my goal is to provide a safe, supportive environment to help clients make the connection between current symptoms and underlying causes. I will work collaboratively with you-to help you work at a comfortable pace that will help you meet your goals. Beginning therapy can be a daunting proposition and I hope you will take this important and ultimately rewarding first step and contact me for an appointment. Saturday appointments available.
I believe that seeking therapy is a sign of courage and strength. As a licensed, experienced psychotherapist working with adults and children, my goal is to provide a safe, supportive environment to help clients make the connection between current symptoms and underlying causes. I will work collaboratively with you-to help you work at a comfortable pace that will help you meet your goals. Beginning therapy can be a daunting proposition and I hope you will take this important and ultimately rewarding first step and contact me for an appointment. Saturday appointments available.
(212) 724-4957 View (212) 724-4957
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Daniel Gaztambide
Psychologist, PsyD, MA
Verified
3 Endorsed
New York, NY 10001
You have a hard time coping with anxiety and feeling secure in your relationships. So what gets in the way? You're afraid of confrontation, so you avoid talking about what's really bothering you. This makes saying "no" difficult, so you end up putting other's needs first. You do this because you worry that if you let people know how you feel, they'll get mad and reject you. Because of this fear, you often bottle up your feelings. Even those closest to you might have no idea how you really feel.
You have a hard time coping with anxiety and feeling secure in your relationships. So what gets in the way? You're afraid of confrontation, so you avoid talking about what's really bothering you. This makes saying "no" difficult, so you end up putting other's needs first. You do this because you worry that if you let people know how you feel, they'll get mad and reject you. Because of this fear, you often bottle up your feelings. Even those closest to you might have no idea how you really feel.
(917) 809-7294 View (917) 809-7294
Photo of Michael W Preston, Marriage & Family Therapist in New York, NY
Michael W Preston
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
We have all developed strategies to manage the threat of disconnection in our most important relationships. Often these strategies are to shut down and walk away or continue pursuing our partner. When these strategies meet, they create a pattern the keeps their relationship feeling stuck in repetitive arguments. We can work together to help you understand more about the particular pattern in your relationship, OR you can get started now with my couples course where I take you and your partner into greater understanding of one another at www.thesecurecouple.com
We have all developed strategies to manage the threat of disconnection in our most important relationships. Often these strategies are to shut down and walk away or continue pursuing our partner. When these strategies meet, they create a pattern the keeps their relationship feeling stuck in repetitive arguments. We can work together to help you understand more about the particular pattern in your relationship, OR you can get started now with my couples course where I take you and your partner into greater understanding of one another at www.thesecurecouple.com
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Photo of Himani Patel, Licensed Master Social Worker in New York, NY
Himani Patel
Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10013  (Online Only)
I use a client-driven approach when working with clients. I will ask guiding questions to assist clients to learn more about themselves, strive to have clients to self-identify root causes of certain patterns and behaviors that they are experiencing, and provide encouragement to clients to strengthen their self-esteem and confidence.
I use a client-driven approach when working with clients. I will ask guiding questions to assist clients to learn more about themselves, strive to have clients to self-identify root causes of certain patterns and behaviors that they are experiencing, and provide encouragement to clients to strengthen their self-esteem and confidence.
(347) 380-7037 View (347) 380-7037
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Susan C. Winter
Psychologist, PhD, MA, MS
Verified
New York, NY 10022
I am a cognitive behavioral therapist that uses various modalities and an integrative approach. My clients range from 10 through adulthood. My specialties include: anxiety disorders, OCD, social anxiety, panic disorder and phobias. I am an expert in helping individuals overcome Depression, ADD, PTSD and ODD. My expertise encompasses treating individuals, couples and groups. I am committed to helping people through a process of selecting positive/balanced and a realistic focus, attitude change and revamping antiquated belief systems. I strive to treat each patient uniquely after assessing individual needs, and collaborating with you to reach your desired outcomes/goals.
I am a cognitive behavioral therapist that uses various modalities and an integrative approach. My clients range from 10 through adulthood. My specialties include: anxiety disorders, OCD, social anxiety, panic disorder and phobias. I am an expert in helping individuals overcome Depression, ADD, PTSD and ODD. My expertise encompasses treating individuals, couples and groups. I am committed to helping people through a process of selecting positive/balanced and a realistic focus, attitude change and revamping antiquated belief systems. I strive to treat each patient uniquely after assessing individual needs, and collaborating with you to reach your desired outcomes/goals.
(212) 774-7722 View (212) 774-7722
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Gillious Soler
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
New York, NY 10009
Hello, My name is Gillious Soler (Gil). I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have extensive experience as a therapist helping individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, trauma, and PTSD achieve happiness, peace, and fulfillment. I offer individual counseling and use an eclectic therapeutic approach tailored to your specific needs. This approach has been shown to be helpful in addressing multiple and complex issues. I collaboratively work with individuals with Anxiety, Depression, Military PTSD, Trauma, and Sexual Trauma.
Hello, My name is Gillious Soler (Gil). I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have extensive experience as a therapist helping individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, trauma, and PTSD achieve happiness, peace, and fulfillment. I offer individual counseling and use an eclectic therapeutic approach tailored to your specific needs. This approach has been shown to be helpful in addressing multiple and complex issues. I collaboratively work with individuals with Anxiety, Depression, Military PTSD, Trauma, and Sexual Trauma.
(646) 692-0419 View (646) 692-0419

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Number of Therapists in New York, NY

3,000+

Average cost per session

$200

Therapists in New York, NY who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
90% Depression
85% Relationship Issues
78% Self Esteem
67% Trauma and PTSD
66% Stress
64% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

78% Aetna
62% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
59% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in New York, NY see their clients

59% In Person and Online
41% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
21% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in New York?

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.