Therapists in Eugene, OR

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Photo of Jim Goerg, Psychologist Associate in Eugene, OR
Jim Goerg
Psychologist Associate, MS
Verified
Eugene, OR 97405
I strongly believe the therapeutic relationship is the foundation for the work and processes we engage in together. By creating a safe environment to explore collaboratively, I help build a sense of confidence, honesty, and mutual trust with clients. My approach is grounded in authenticity, awareness, heart, humor and understanding, augmented by decades of training, education, and experience.
I strongly believe the therapeutic relationship is the foundation for the work and processes we engage in together. By creating a safe environment to explore collaboratively, I help build a sense of confidence, honesty, and mutual trust with clients. My approach is grounded in authenticity, awareness, heart, humor and understanding, augmented by decades of training, education, and experience.
(541) 229-4925 View (541) 229-4925
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Grace Fletcher
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, ATR
Verified
Eugene, OR 97401
Not accepting new clients
Have you ever struggled to find the words to describe how you are feeling? Or, wished to express yourself beyond just talking in therapy? When words can't express it, art can! Whether you consider yourself an artist or not (and you don't have to be one to do art therapy), visual expression and the creative process can help. Jung said, "often the hands will solve a mystery the intellect has struggled with in vain." Art therapy offers you the opportunity to explore and work through what is challenging you a little differently than solely talking about it.
Have you ever struggled to find the words to describe how you are feeling? Or, wished to express yourself beyond just talking in therapy? When words can't express it, art can! Whether you consider yourself an artist or not (and you don't have to be one to do art therapy), visual expression and the creative process can help. Jung said, "often the hands will solve a mystery the intellect has struggled with in vain." Art therapy offers you the opportunity to explore and work through what is challenging you a little differently than solely talking about it.
(541) 876-1613 View (541) 876-1613
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Gail Keller
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Eugene, OR 97405
CHILD, ADOLESCENT, ADULT, AND FAMILY SPECIALIST: Anxiety, Anger, Depression, Relationship Issues, Behavior Problems, Trauma, PTSD, Grief and Loss, Adoption, and Christian Counseling. As a therapist, I draw on a broad palette of treatment modalities that enables me to select the most suitable therapeutic techniques for each one of my clients. Some of the therapies that have proven most successful in my work with children, adolescents, and adults: Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Art Therapy, Play Therapy, and Narrative Therapy.
CHILD, ADOLESCENT, ADULT, AND FAMILY SPECIALIST: Anxiety, Anger, Depression, Relationship Issues, Behavior Problems, Trauma, PTSD, Grief and Loss, Adoption, and Christian Counseling. As a therapist, I draw on a broad palette of treatment modalities that enables me to select the most suitable therapeutic techniques for each one of my clients. Some of the therapies that have proven most successful in my work with children, adolescents, and adults: Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Art Therapy, Play Therapy, and Narrative Therapy.
(541) 233-0274 View (541) 233-0274
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John J. Danyi
MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Eugene, OR 97405
I specialize in ketamine infusions for a variety of medical and neurological condition, including chronic regional pain syndrome, and brain fog. Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) is offered. Our mental health team offers IV and IM ketamine injections, and oral or nasal as part of our maintenance program for the treatment of PTSD, anxiety, existential angst related to aging and medical conditions, acute suicidal ideation, treatment-resistant and major depression, mood disturbances, OCD, professional burnout, grief, and more.
I specialize in ketamine infusions for a variety of medical and neurological condition, including chronic regional pain syndrome, and brain fog. Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) is offered. Our mental health team offers IV and IM ketamine injections, and oral or nasal as part of our maintenance program for the treatment of PTSD, anxiety, existential angst related to aging and medical conditions, acute suicidal ideation, treatment-resistant and major depression, mood disturbances, OCD, professional burnout, grief, and more.
(458) 207-5596 View (458) 207-5596
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Dr. Amanda Buduris Brainspotting Emdr Couples Intensives
Psychologist, PhD, CCTP-II, BCTP-II
Verified
3 Endorsed
Eugene, OR 97401
Do you find yourself continuing to feel triggered in life and relationships, no matter what you do? Does it feel like weekly 50 minute therapy simply hasn’t been enough to help you live the life you want? You’ve read the self-help books and maybe even been to therapy before, but nothing has gotten to the bottom of your concerns and actually led to the growth and change you’re looking for in your life and relationships. Maybe you’re needing help — and a lot of it — right now, and you don’t want to spend months or even years in the traditional weekly model of therapy treatment to feel better.
Do you find yourself continuing to feel triggered in life and relationships, no matter what you do? Does it feel like weekly 50 minute therapy simply hasn’t been enough to help you live the life you want? You’ve read the self-help books and maybe even been to therapy before, but nothing has gotten to the bottom of your concerns and actually led to the growth and change you’re looking for in your life and relationships. Maybe you’re needing help — and a lot of it — right now, and you don’t want to spend months or even years in the traditional weekly model of therapy treatment to feel better.
(541) 325-4407 View (541) 325-4407
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Zach Knight
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Eugene, OR 97401
Not accepting new clients
Witnessing our mental landscapes can be uncomfortable. We often get caught in patterns of thought that are as chaotic and unpredictable as the weather. We might wish for clear blue skies when what we have is a lightning storm, or for a sunset to never end as night quickly approaches. But it is this very yearning that makes us suffer, and it is embracing the inevitable transience of this moment that sets us free. We can’t control the weather, no matter how hard we strive. We can learn how to walk confidently in the direction we want to go, even in the pouring rain.
Witnessing our mental landscapes can be uncomfortable. We often get caught in patterns of thought that are as chaotic and unpredictable as the weather. We might wish for clear blue skies when what we have is a lightning storm, or for a sunset to never end as night quickly approaches. But it is this very yearning that makes us suffer, and it is embracing the inevitable transience of this moment that sets us free. We can’t control the weather, no matter how hard we strive. We can learn how to walk confidently in the direction we want to go, even in the pouring rain.
(458) 204-0177 View (458) 204-0177
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University of Oregon Psychology Clinic
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Eugene, OR 97405
Looking for affordable, state-of-the-art mental health services tailored to you and your needs? Our services are compassionate and collaborative, focusing on active interventions that reduce suffering and improve quality of life. Services are provided by advanced graduate students under the supervision of licensed psychologists. We offer services for children, teens, and adults. All services start with a thorough evaluation to create a treatment plan specific to you. A better life is waiting for you. We can help.
Looking for affordable, state-of-the-art mental health services tailored to you and your needs? Our services are compassionate and collaborative, focusing on active interventions that reduce suffering and improve quality of life. Services are provided by advanced graduate students under the supervision of licensed psychologists. We offer services for children, teens, and adults. All services start with a thorough evaluation to create a treatment plan specific to you. A better life is waiting for you. We can help.
(541) 656-2788 View (541) 656-2788
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Tawnya Davis
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CIMHP
Verified
Eugene, OR 97405  (Online Only)
I became particularly interested in the spiritual and existential aspects of integrative approaches after serving many clients with grief work and having conversations about spirituality and death. So, I studied to become a death doula, also known as an end-of-life doula or death midwife, out of a desire to not only educate myself further but be able to better serve and serve and support individuals and families during one of life's most profound experiences. After the world collapsed into a pandemic, I've noticed an increase in clients wanting to talk more about the concept of death and mortality.
I became particularly interested in the spiritual and existential aspects of integrative approaches after serving many clients with grief work and having conversations about spirituality and death. So, I studied to become a death doula, also known as an end-of-life doula or death midwife, out of a desire to not only educate myself further but be able to better serve and serve and support individuals and families during one of life's most profound experiences. After the world collapsed into a pandemic, I've noticed an increase in clients wanting to talk more about the concept of death and mortality.
(458) 203-3389 View (458) 203-3389
Photo of Melissa Bradfield, Pre-Licensed Professional in Eugene, OR
Melissa Bradfield
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
1 Endorsed
Eugene, OR 97401
That feeling you get when you can’t remember the last time you felt an intimate connection with your partner; it’s deep and it’s painful. Lying in bed, crying yourself to sleep as quietly as you can just hoping your partner reaches their hand out to hold you. You’re stuck swimming in your head about how this happened, and constantly trying to figure out if it’s you or if it’s them. Either way, it’s terrifying to think you may never feel that kind of connection again, no matter how or why. All you know for sure is you so desperately want it to change.
That feeling you get when you can’t remember the last time you felt an intimate connection with your partner; it’s deep and it’s painful. Lying in bed, crying yourself to sleep as quietly as you can just hoping your partner reaches their hand out to hold you. You’re stuck swimming in your head about how this happened, and constantly trying to figure out if it’s you or if it’s them. Either way, it’s terrifying to think you may never feel that kind of connection again, no matter how or why. All you know for sure is you so desperately want it to change.
(503) 406-4225 View (503) 406-4225
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Anne Harper
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, MHR, PCA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Eugene, OR 97405  (Online Only)
Life is a journey without a clear roadmap. We hit bumps, wrong turns, and flat tires along the way. Worry, sadness, and confusion can be a natural response to these problems we encounter. Sometimes it is difficult to know which direction is the best or even if we want to continue the journey. I am here to help you find your way, to find acceptance, and feel strong enough to face the obstacles to your travel. If you are feeling, overwhelmed, steeped in sadness, uncertain, panicked or worried about almost everything or just one thing, I can help.
Life is a journey without a clear roadmap. We hit bumps, wrong turns, and flat tires along the way. Worry, sadness, and confusion can be a natural response to these problems we encounter. Sometimes it is difficult to know which direction is the best or even if we want to continue the journey. I am here to help you find your way, to find acceptance, and feel strong enough to face the obstacles to your travel. If you are feeling, overwhelmed, steeped in sadness, uncertain, panicked or worried about almost everything or just one thing, I can help.
(458) 221-9375 View (458) 221-9375
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Brandon Huffman
Professional Counselor Associate, MA, NCC, CADC I
Verified
Eugene, OR 97404
Not accepting new clients
I specialize in Trauma & Attachment therapy. My approach utilizes trauma interventions such as Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Brainspotting in combination with talk therapy and a strong relationship. Trauma can be a single event incident, childhood wounds from neglect and/or abuse, religious trauma, gender identity/LGBTQIA+ trauma and more. Those who suffer from trauma often struggle to control emotions, lack self-regulation, and face difficulties in relationships with communication and boundaries setting. I am a gender affirming therapist and strong supporter of LGBTQIA+.
I specialize in Trauma & Attachment therapy. My approach utilizes trauma interventions such as Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Brainspotting in combination with talk therapy and a strong relationship. Trauma can be a single event incident, childhood wounds from neglect and/or abuse, religious trauma, gender identity/LGBTQIA+ trauma and more. Those who suffer from trauma often struggle to control emotions, lack self-regulation, and face difficulties in relationships with communication and boundaries setting. I am a gender affirming therapist and strong supporter of LGBTQIA+.
(541) 803-3862 View (541) 803-3862
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Sunset Cordero
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, ATR
Verified
Eugene, OR 97405
Life can be overwhelming and bring challenges that seem bigger than ourselves. This can lead us down rocky terrain. If you find yourself exhausted, unmotivated, anxious, depressed, feeling helpless, or hopeless, know that it is okay to seek help. You can change your path.
Life can be overwhelming and bring challenges that seem bigger than ourselves. This can lead us down rocky terrain. If you find yourself exhausted, unmotivated, anxious, depressed, feeling helpless, or hopeless, know that it is okay to seek help. You can change your path.
(541) 204-1156 View (541) 204-1156
Photo of Carissa Visser, Professional Counselor Associate in Eugene, OR
Carissa Visser
Professional Counselor Associate, MA, NCC
Verified
Eugene, OR 97403  (Online Only)
I believe that the capacity to heal, grow, change, navigate challenges, and thrive is inherent in each of us. I partner with individuals (age 18+) to help bring forward and foster that capacity, with the ultimate aim of living a more joyful, and fulfilled life. My approach is strength-based, trauma-informed and centered around the understanding that you are the expert on your path. I work to understand your story, strengths, skills & values. I look at mental health symptomology from the perspective of - what life experiences caused this, rather than - what’s wrong with you? I believe that at our core, we are each fundamentally good.
I believe that the capacity to heal, grow, change, navigate challenges, and thrive is inherent in each of us. I partner with individuals (age 18+) to help bring forward and foster that capacity, with the ultimate aim of living a more joyful, and fulfilled life. My approach is strength-based, trauma-informed and centered around the understanding that you are the expert on your path. I work to understand your story, strengths, skills & values. I look at mental health symptomology from the perspective of - what life experiences caused this, rather than - what’s wrong with you? I believe that at our core, we are each fundamentally good.
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Jessica M Adams
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Eugene, OR 97401  (Online Only)
I believe that individuals, and families who seek counseling are searching for ways in which to improve the quality of their lives and relationships. I have 7 years of clinical experience treating eating disorders. My focus is adults (ages 18-55) with concerns related to depression, anxiety, relational problems, eating disorders, women’s issues, grief and loss, self-esteem issues, parenting difficulties and family conflict. As I operate from a family systems standpoint, I may ask to meet with you and others in family/relationship.
I believe that individuals, and families who seek counseling are searching for ways in which to improve the quality of their lives and relationships. I have 7 years of clinical experience treating eating disorders. My focus is adults (ages 18-55) with concerns related to depression, anxiety, relational problems, eating disorders, women’s issues, grief and loss, self-esteem issues, parenting difficulties and family conflict. As I operate from a family systems standpoint, I may ask to meet with you and others in family/relationship.
(541) 329-0344 View (541) 329-0344
Photo of Alyssa Martin, Licensed Professional Counselor in Eugene, OR
Alyssa Martin
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CRC, MA
Verified
Eugene, OR 97401
Waitlist for new clients
I work with clients that want to see a positive change in their relationships. They want to make choices from a place in themselves that is wise and calm.
I work with clients that want to see a positive change in their relationships. They want to make choices from a place in themselves that is wise and calm.
(541) 366-6342 View (541) 366-6342
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Alan Siebel
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CADC-3
Verified
1 Endorsed
Eugene, OR 97401
Not accepting new clients
I have a person-centered approach to therapy. My main goal is to provide a safe supportive environment, so you can begin taking steps towards healing and change. I work with clients in a non judgmental manner. I believe therapy should always be collaborative. Engaging with one another in the therapeutic relationship is essential and I believe therapy should never feel forced. It is very important for me to meet you where you are in your readiness to heal, change, and grow. I warmly welcome individuals from diverse backgrounds including the LGBTQ community, International Students or Residents, and Veterans.
I have a person-centered approach to therapy. My main goal is to provide a safe supportive environment, so you can begin taking steps towards healing and change. I work with clients in a non judgmental manner. I believe therapy should always be collaborative. Engaging with one another in the therapeutic relationship is essential and I believe therapy should never feel forced. It is very important for me to meet you where you are in your readiness to heal, change, and grow. I warmly welcome individuals from diverse backgrounds including the LGBTQ community, International Students or Residents, and Veterans.
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The Nurtured Self, LLC (Lauren Moyer)
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSHHP
Verified
Eugene, OR 97402  (Online Only)
You're exhausted, disconnected, going through the motions. You give so much of yourself each and every day. For the most part you feel like you are managing through the daily stressors, but you aren't living with the vitality you had imagined for yourself. The constant stressors of life, work, parenting, and relationships have you feeling drained. You're burnt out. You want to reconnect with yourself, your vitality. You know that you can't make all your stressors disappear, but you know there is better way filled with more ease and gentle flow.
You're exhausted, disconnected, going through the motions. You give so much of yourself each and every day. For the most part you feel like you are managing through the daily stressors, but you aren't living with the vitality you had imagined for yourself. The constant stressors of life, work, parenting, and relationships have you feeling drained. You're burnt out. You want to reconnect with yourself, your vitality. You know that you can't make all your stressors disappear, but you know there is better way filled with more ease and gentle flow.
(541) 588-3796 View (541) 588-3796
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Amelia Brasch
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSW, LCSW
Verified
Eugene, OR 97401
Not accepting new clients
I have seen the growth and healing that can happen when you experience understanding and acceptance in a safe and compassionate environment. Whether you are coming into therapy to address current stressors in your life or are ready to work through past trauma, I will provide you with a supportive environment to begin that process. Together we will build awareness of your core beliefs, identify your patterns of interacting with the world, and uncover your inner strengths. Through learning the impact of traumatic experiences on the brain and nervous system, we can learn to regulate our emotions and increase safety in the body.
I have seen the growth and healing that can happen when you experience understanding and acceptance in a safe and compassionate environment. Whether you are coming into therapy to address current stressors in your life or are ready to work through past trauma, I will provide you with a supportive environment to begin that process. Together we will build awareness of your core beliefs, identify your patterns of interacting with the world, and uncover your inner strengths. Through learning the impact of traumatic experiences on the brain and nervous system, we can learn to regulate our emotions and increase safety in the body.
(541) 229-0396 View (541) 229-0396
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Kirsten Ryerson
Pre-Licensed Professional, BA
Verified
Eugene, OR 97401  (Online Only)
I am interested in creating a safe, nurturing place where we can explore your concerns and discover a path forward. My goal is to help you find lasting healing through a holistic approach, taking in all parts of you. I will meet you where you are in your life and work with you in a compassionate and nonjudgmental way to create a trusting relationship that helps facilitate the growth you are seeking. We live in a fragmented, busy world, causing many of us to feel alone, purposeless, stressed, and searching for a better way, let’s work together to create a better future.
I am interested in creating a safe, nurturing place where we can explore your concerns and discover a path forward. My goal is to help you find lasting healing through a holistic approach, taking in all parts of you. I will meet you where you are in your life and work with you in a compassionate and nonjudgmental way to create a trusting relationship that helps facilitate the growth you are seeking. We live in a fragmented, busy world, causing many of us to feel alone, purposeless, stressed, and searching for a better way, let’s work together to create a better future.
(541) 525-4460 View (541) 525-4460
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Carol Goodman
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, RN
Verified
Eugene, OR 97405
My approach to therapy comes from a depth psychological perspective. We will work together in an atmosphere of mutual respect and regard for your healing process. Our focus is centered on your experience and your development. We will address issues of depression, anxiety, self esteem, childhood trauma and midlife and late life issues for men and women as well as relationship issues. Some of the goals of therapy are psychological integration and the cultivation of new life, inner purpose and discovery of meaning.
My approach to therapy comes from a depth psychological perspective. We will work together in an atmosphere of mutual respect and regard for your healing process. Our focus is centered on your experience and your development. We will address issues of depression, anxiety, self esteem, childhood trauma and midlife and late life issues for men and women as well as relationship issues. Some of the goals of therapy are psychological integration and the cultivation of new life, inner purpose and discovery of meaning.
(541) 605-2029 View (541) 605-2029

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Number of Therapists in Eugene, OR

700+

Average cost per session

$165

Therapists in Eugene, OR who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
87% Depression
82% Trauma and PTSD
77% Relationship Issues
77% Self Esteem
74% Stress
70% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

80% PacificSource
46% Oregon Health Plan (OHP)
42% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Therapists in Eugene, OR see their clients

61% In Person and Online
39% Online Only

Gender breakdown

74% Female
22% Male
4% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Eugene?

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.