Therapists in Northwest, Portland, OR

Photo of Anna Schaum, Licensed Professional Counselor in Northwest, Portland, OR
Anna Schaum
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, TEP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Northwest, Portland, OR 97210
Not accepting new clients
You are a self aware, intelligent, generally high functioning person going through a period of unrest, confusion, transition, or other uncomfortable life experience. You know you'll make it through, but are seeking a skilled, compassionate ally to ease and speed the process. Maybe you've tried coaching or therapy before, but were frustrated by a lack of action, assertiveness, empathy, or engagement by the practitioner. Your family history isn't necessarily short on trauma, nevertheless you survived and even thrived. You sense that if you could just understand it all better life would improve, personally and professionally.
You are a self aware, intelligent, generally high functioning person going through a period of unrest, confusion, transition, or other uncomfortable life experience. You know you'll make it through, but are seeking a skilled, compassionate ally to ease and speed the process. Maybe you've tried coaching or therapy before, but were frustrated by a lack of action, assertiveness, empathy, or engagement by the practitioner. Your family history isn't necessarily short on trauma, nevertheless you survived and even thrived. You sense that if you could just understand it all better life would improve, personally and professionally.
(971) 236-4186 View (971) 236-4186
Photo of Aya Fujisaki, Licensed Professional Counselor in Northwest, Portland, OR
Aya Fujisaki
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Northwest, Portland, OR 97209  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
As we walk through life, we sometimes encounter a difficult problem that feels impossible to solve. Although facing such a challenge can be extremely confusing and painful, it may also be an invitation to recognize an old habit, belief, relationship pattern, or lifestyle that no longer serves you and a time to explore new possibilities. I am honored to be able accompany and guide my clients on this sacred journey of healing, growth, and discovery.
As we walk through life, we sometimes encounter a difficult problem that feels impossible to solve. Although facing such a challenge can be extremely confusing and painful, it may also be an invitation to recognize an old habit, belief, relationship pattern, or lifestyle that no longer serves you and a time to explore new possibilities. I am honored to be able accompany and guide my clients on this sacred journey of healing, growth, and discovery.
(971) 306-4411 View (971) 306-4411
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Emaline Friedman
Professional Counselor Associate, PhD, LPCA
Verified Verified
Northwest, Portland, OR 97205
Not accepting new clients
Few are the opportunities in modern life to ask the important questions. Psychotherapy is one such opportunity. It provides a crucial space to identify and transform suffering into greater openness and appreciation for ourselves and others. Often, more nuanced understanding of patterns of thought and behavior, and past events that affect us in the present, provides relief from troubling symptoms.
Few are the opportunities in modern life to ask the important questions. Psychotherapy is one such opportunity. It provides a crucial space to identify and transform suffering into greater openness and appreciation for ourselves and others. Often, more nuanced understanding of patterns of thought and behavior, and past events that affect us in the present, provides relief from troubling symptoms.
(503) 782-5818 View (503) 782-5818
Photo of Raelynn Freden, Licensed Professional Counselor in Northwest, Portland, OR
Raelynn Freden
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CADCIII
Verified Verified
Northwest, Portland, OR 97209
In my therapy practice, I welcome clients from diverse backgrounds and with a wide range of concerns. An ideal client may be someone who is seeking support and guidance in navigating various life challenges. They may be experiencing issues such as anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, or facing significant life transitions. Their needs include a safe and non-judgmental space where they can openly express their thoughts and emotions, while receiving empathetic and compassionate understanding. Their goals may involve gaining insight, developing coping strategies, improving communication skills, or achieving personal growth.
In my therapy practice, I welcome clients from diverse backgrounds and with a wide range of concerns. An ideal client may be someone who is seeking support and guidance in navigating various life challenges. They may be experiencing issues such as anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, or facing significant life transitions. Their needs include a safe and non-judgmental space where they can openly express their thoughts and emotions, while receiving empathetic and compassionate understanding. Their goals may involve gaining insight, developing coping strategies, improving communication skills, or achieving personal growth.
(971) 545-4938 View (971) 545-4938
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Matthew David Lovell
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Northwest, Portland, OR 97209
Hello, I am a therapist and clinical supervisor with over 25 years of experience working with adults, adolescents and families throughout the life cycle. My specialties include: life stage transition, couples counseling, parenting challenging teens, depression , anxiety, identity issues, substance abuse, attachment and adjustment to a new normal after a diagnosis or medical intervention. I also provide clinical supervision to interns who are working toward their LPC and LMFT licenses. Visit my website at http://www.matthewlovell.com for more information. Thank you!
Hello, I am a therapist and clinical supervisor with over 25 years of experience working with adults, adolescents and families throughout the life cycle. My specialties include: life stage transition, couples counseling, parenting challenging teens, depression , anxiety, identity issues, substance abuse, attachment and adjustment to a new normal after a diagnosis or medical intervention. I also provide clinical supervision to interns who are working toward their LPC and LMFT licenses. Visit my website at http://www.matthewlovell.com for more information. Thank you!
(503) 549-4447 View (503) 549-4447
Photo of Daniel Menely, Licensed Professional Counselor in Northwest, Portland, OR
Daniel Menely
Licensed Professional Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Northwest, Portland, OR 97210
As your therapist, I'm here to provide a warm and supportive space where you can talk freely without being judged. I won't just sit quietly – instead, I'll ask questions, offer suggestions, and reflect on what you share. Together, we'll work on dealing with the things that might be bothering you in your everyday life, whether that be challenges with relationships, work, or family. Our goal is to help you feel better, be true to who you are, and improve your relationships. And along the way, you'll get valuable skills to reduce stress and move your life forward.
As your therapist, I'm here to provide a warm and supportive space where you can talk freely without being judged. I won't just sit quietly – instead, I'll ask questions, offer suggestions, and reflect on what you share. Together, we'll work on dealing with the things that might be bothering you in your everyday life, whether that be challenges with relationships, work, or family. Our goal is to help you feel better, be true to who you are, and improve your relationships. And along the way, you'll get valuable skills to reduce stress and move your life forward.
(503) 379-0306 View (503) 379-0306
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Megan S Samsel
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified Verified
Northwest, Portland, OR 97209
Whether we are exploring the relationship we have with ourselves or with others, I believe compassion and loving-presence are essential to understanding the parts of ourselves that feel tender and/or condemned. It isn’t uncommon for these tender parts to appear to be stuck in patterns that seem to further disconnect us from ourselves and others. I enjoy working with neurodivergence, those with complex trauma, LGBTQIA+ individuals and couples. My work is an anti-oppressive, relational, humorous, and client-centered.
Whether we are exploring the relationship we have with ourselves or with others, I believe compassion and loving-presence are essential to understanding the parts of ourselves that feel tender and/or condemned. It isn’t uncommon for these tender parts to appear to be stuck in patterns that seem to further disconnect us from ourselves and others. I enjoy working with neurodivergence, those with complex trauma, LGBTQIA+ individuals and couples. My work is an anti-oppressive, relational, humorous, and client-centered.
(971) 298-7928 View (971) 298-7928
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Melissa Ramsey
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Northwest, Portland, OR 97210
Not accepting new clients
I enjoy working with a wide range of individuals and have specialized training in the treatment of anxiety and mood related disorders. I work well with individuals who identify as being "emotionally sensitive" and who struggle with impulsivity and/or unstable relationships. I also work well with those have a hard time experiencing their emotions and want to be more fully present and engaged in their lives.
I enjoy working with a wide range of individuals and have specialized training in the treatment of anxiety and mood related disorders. I work well with individuals who identify as being "emotionally sensitive" and who struggle with impulsivity and/or unstable relationships. I also work well with those have a hard time experiencing their emotions and want to be more fully present and engaged in their lives.
(503) 743-6812 View (503) 743-6812
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Dr. Susan Stormer
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Northwest, Portland, OR 97205
Accepting new clients! I work with individuals who struggle with feelings of anxiety, depression, and grief in many areas of life. Feeling overwhelmed is common in difficult times, and being misunderstood or judged by others can make things feel harder. I provide a warm and supportive environment while sharing information and skills to help you improve your relationship to yourself and others. All people need to feel like they have influence in their lives, healthy connections with others, and the ability to make effective changes when things aren't going well. Let's explore together to create goals that will develop your strengths.
Accepting new clients! I work with individuals who struggle with feelings of anxiety, depression, and grief in many areas of life. Feeling overwhelmed is common in difficult times, and being misunderstood or judged by others can make things feel harder. I provide a warm and supportive environment while sharing information and skills to help you improve your relationship to yourself and others. All people need to feel like they have influence in their lives, healthy connections with others, and the ability to make effective changes when things aren't going well. Let's explore together to create goals that will develop your strengths.
(971) 645-4003 View (971) 645-4003
Photo of Gil Winkelman ND in Northwest, Portland, OR
Gil Winkelman ND
ND, MA
Verified Verified
Northwest, Portland, OR 97210  (Online Only)
Dr Winkelman's focus is on understanding patients personal traits and health history to customize treatments that have the maximum possible impact. With a focus on neurological (brain) health, he uses a combination of neurofeedback, Walsh Protocol, and other natural treatments to help patients with a variety of conditions including, but not limited to: migraines, digestive disorders, depression, anxiety, Aspergers/Autism, OCD, ADD/ADHD, and Radical Attachment Disorder. Dr. Winkelman was trained in Neurofeedback by BCIA certified practitioners and utilizes the most up-to-date equipment in his practice. He has worked with veterans.
Dr Winkelman's focus is on understanding patients personal traits and health history to customize treatments that have the maximum possible impact. With a focus on neurological (brain) health, he uses a combination of neurofeedback, Walsh Protocol, and other natural treatments to help patients with a variety of conditions including, but not limited to: migraines, digestive disorders, depression, anxiety, Aspergers/Autism, OCD, ADD/ADHD, and Radical Attachment Disorder. Dr. Winkelman was trained in Neurofeedback by BCIA certified practitioners and utilizes the most up-to-date equipment in his practice. He has worked with veterans.
(503) 451-6760 View (503) 451-6760
Photo of Jennifer Rich, Licensed Professional Counselor in Northwest, Portland, OR
Jennifer Rich
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, EMDR
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Northwest, Portland, OR 97209  (Online Only)
Knowing that it is usually an experience of pain or frustration that prompts people to seek counseling, my goal is to provide a safe place for you to effectively move through it. Often that pain comes from unmet needs, harmful experiences, or coping systems that no longer serve you. I want to work with you, to offer reflection, understanding, information, and new windows to help you experience relief and a sense of well being. Approaches include insight oriented talk therapy, mindfulness, EMDR, and art therapy and are chosen on what would be most appropriate to your individual goals.
Knowing that it is usually an experience of pain or frustration that prompts people to seek counseling, my goal is to provide a safe place for you to effectively move through it. Often that pain comes from unmet needs, harmful experiences, or coping systems that no longer serve you. I want to work with you, to offer reflection, understanding, information, and new windows to help you experience relief and a sense of well being. Approaches include insight oriented talk therapy, mindfulness, EMDR, and art therapy and are chosen on what would be most appropriate to your individual goals.
(503) 278-5587 View (503) 278-5587
Photo of Christie Hawkes, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Northwest, Portland, OR
Christie Hawkes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Northwest, Portland, OR 97209
Not accepting new clients
I offer respectful, sincere, compassionate therapy in a safe environment. Therapy gives you time and space for one on one support in a private setting which can be so helpful when things get overwhelming. I will actively listen and collaborate with you on increasing insight while fostering empowerment and identifying tools for change.
I offer respectful, sincere, compassionate therapy in a safe environment. Therapy gives you time and space for one on one support in a private setting which can be so helpful when things get overwhelming. I will actively listen and collaborate with you on increasing insight while fostering empowerment and identifying tools for change.
(503) 308-7553 View (503) 308-7553
Photo of David Marcus, Licensed Professional Counselor in Northwest, Portland, OR
David Marcus
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Northwest, Portland, OR 97209  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, as a Person of Color I often struggled in spaces where I often did not see people who looked like me, or have my experiences be validated or understood. My passion is to create a space for every individual to be seen for who they are and valued for their experience where the world sometimes says otherwise. I have dedicated my career in supporting those who have struggled with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and more to heal and work through their adverse experiences to support them becoming stronger advocate and individuals to thrive in their communities and relationships.
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, as a Person of Color I often struggled in spaces where I often did not see people who looked like me, or have my experiences be validated or understood. My passion is to create a space for every individual to be seen for who they are and valued for their experience where the world sometimes says otherwise. I have dedicated my career in supporting those who have struggled with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and more to heal and work through their adverse experiences to support them becoming stronger advocate and individuals to thrive in their communities and relationships.
(971) 999-3252 View (971) 999-3252
Photo of Dave Ebaugh at Trauma Focused Therapy.com, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Northwest, Portland, OR
Dave Ebaugh at Trauma Focused Therapy.com
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Northwest, Portland, OR 97210  (Online Only)
You’ve been hit hard by life. Your emotions are overwhelming at times. You’re frozen by indecision and self-doubt. You’re doing well in your career but you’re not being noticed or promoted because you can’t seem to make relationships work. You have trouble with trust and intimacy. You experience your world through the lens of negativity, hopelessness and pessimism. You know you’re childhood history of abuse, of being bullied or shamed has created the high degrees of anxiety you feel around people and fear of being judged. You know you need therapy though you know talking about your past has never helped, and yet you keep trying.
You’ve been hit hard by life. Your emotions are overwhelming at times. You’re frozen by indecision and self-doubt. You’re doing well in your career but you’re not being noticed or promoted because you can’t seem to make relationships work. You have trouble with trust and intimacy. You experience your world through the lens of negativity, hopelessness and pessimism. You know you’re childhood history of abuse, of being bullied or shamed has created the high degrees of anxiety you feel around people and fear of being judged. You know you need therapy though you know talking about your past has never helped, and yet you keep trying.
(503) 465-5277 View (503) 465-5277
Photo of Raquel Harmon, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate in Northwest, Portland, OR
Raquel Harmon
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Verified Verified
Northwest, Portland, OR 97209
Whether you have tried therapy in the past and are seeking support again, or are just beginning your therapy journey – I’m so glad you are here. I believe healing happens in relationship – to ourselves, to our communities, and to others in our lives who we care deeply for. Through Somatic Mindfulness (body centered), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and Self-Compassion based theories, I view my role as a guide along the road back to yourself, the ones you love, and the life you want to feel present in.
Whether you have tried therapy in the past and are seeking support again, or are just beginning your therapy journey – I’m so glad you are here. I believe healing happens in relationship – to ourselves, to our communities, and to others in our lives who we care deeply for. Through Somatic Mindfulness (body centered), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and Self-Compassion based theories, I view my role as a guide along the road back to yourself, the ones you love, and the life you want to feel present in.
(971) 351-1042 View (971) 351-1042
Photo of Marney Hoffman, Licensed Professional Counselor in Northwest, Portland, OR
Marney Hoffman
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Northwest, Portland, OR 97209
Not accepting new clients
I am an experienced counselor serving people of different racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. As a therapist, I work with individuals, couples, adolescents and families with problems such as depression and sadness, anxiety, grief and loss, challenges in relationships, work-related issues, health related issues, as well as difficulty during transitional periods in life. As a person, I am an open-minded and nonjudgmental individual who enjoys working with people of different genders, orientations, and identifications. I am very compassionate but also utilize my critical thinking skills to help my clients reach their goals and begin to live life as they desire.
I am an experienced counselor serving people of different racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. As a therapist, I work with individuals, couples, adolescents and families with problems such as depression and sadness, anxiety, grief and loss, challenges in relationships, work-related issues, health related issues, as well as difficulty during transitional periods in life. As a person, I am an open-minded and nonjudgmental individual who enjoys working with people of different genders, orientations, and identifications. I am very compassionate but also utilize my critical thinking skills to help my clients reach their goals and begin to live life as they desire.
(503) 379-9595 View (503) 379-9595
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Negin Marie Naraghi
Professional Counselor Associate, MA
Verified Verified
Northwest, Portland, OR 97210  (Online Only)
At Rooted Self Therapy, I hold space for people facing all types of things that encompass our collective human experience. Some key areas that I support people with are: building inner trust and attunement to one’s needs, finding relief from anxiety through the cultivation of self-regulation and nervous system support, navigating loss and major life transitions, healing from traumatic events, past or present, exploring ways of living in alignment with one’s desires, and creating a relationship with one’s self that is rooted in compassion and acceptance.
At Rooted Self Therapy, I hold space for people facing all types of things that encompass our collective human experience. Some key areas that I support people with are: building inner trust and attunement to one’s needs, finding relief from anxiety through the cultivation of self-regulation and nervous system support, navigating loss and major life transitions, healing from traumatic events, past or present, exploring ways of living in alignment with one’s desires, and creating a relationship with one’s self that is rooted in compassion and acceptance.
(971) 306-5806 View (971) 306-5806
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Erik Patterson
Professional Counselor Associate, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Northwest, Portland, OR 97210  (Online Only)
Therapeutic counseling that works is counseling that supports you to create change, reach your potential, and accomplish your goals. As your counselor, I will join with you to navigate through the things that stand in your way. Barriers to change are different for every person. You may be struggling through depression or anxiety; trying to navigate changes in relationships; isolation; living with trauma; struggling with work, family, or stress; or you are one of the many who simply can’t identify what is getting in the way. My goal is to help you find a path forward and start making the changes that you are seeking!
Therapeutic counseling that works is counseling that supports you to create change, reach your potential, and accomplish your goals. As your counselor, I will join with you to navigate through the things that stand in your way. Barriers to change are different for every person. You may be struggling through depression or anxiety; trying to navigate changes in relationships; isolation; living with trauma; struggling with work, family, or stress; or you are one of the many who simply can’t identify what is getting in the way. My goal is to help you find a path forward and start making the changes that you are seeking!
(971) 232-3695 View (971) 232-3695
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Beth Bloom
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Northwest, Portland, OR 97209
As a psychodynamic psychotherapist, I approach therapy with the general goal of helping you better understand yourself, what matters to you, and how you exist in the world. Based on what you want to accomplish, together we can continue developing your true self so you can lead a more fulfilling and meaningful life. This process often involves a combination of making sense of earlier experiences, working with ongoing patterns, and re-evaluating future expectations or assumptions. By applying contemporary relational therapy approaches and techniques, we will focus on issues and perceptions that may be holding you back.
As a psychodynamic psychotherapist, I approach therapy with the general goal of helping you better understand yourself, what matters to you, and how you exist in the world. Based on what you want to accomplish, together we can continue developing your true self so you can lead a more fulfilling and meaningful life. This process often involves a combination of making sense of earlier experiences, working with ongoing patterns, and re-evaluating future expectations or assumptions. By applying contemporary relational therapy approaches and techniques, we will focus on issues and perceptions that may be holding you back.
(917) 725-5025 View (917) 725-5025
Photo of Carly Rubin, Marriage & Family Therapist in Northwest, Portland, OR
Carly Rubin
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Northwest, Portland, OR 97209  (Online Only)
We all have places in our lives where we feel stuck, disconnected, or out of balance. I strive to create an environment where couples, individuals, and families can feel supported and heard. I invite you to deepen your understanding of yourself and your relationships through my experiential, attachment-based approach.
We all have places in our lives where we feel stuck, disconnected, or out of balance. I strive to create an environment where couples, individuals, and families can feel supported and heard. I invite you to deepen your understanding of yourself and your relationships through my experiential, attachment-based approach.
(503) 386-0280 View (503) 386-0280

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Number of Therapists in Northwest, Portland, OR

400+

Average cost per session

$155

Therapists in Northwest, Portland, OR who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
86% Depression
83% Relationship Issues
81% Self Esteem
75% Trauma and PTSD
70% Life Transitions
69% Stress

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

54% PacificSource
45% Aetna
39% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Therapists in Northwest, Portland, OR see their clients

61% In Person and Online
39% Online Only

Gender breakdown

73% Female
24% Male
3% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Northwest, Portland?

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.