Therapists in Pleasant Valley, Portland, OR

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Lauren Beaudoin-Colegrove
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LICSW
Verified
Pleasant Valley, Portland, OR 97236  (Online Only)
Hi! I'm Lauren, a non-binary, queer-identified therapist practicing psychodynamic clinical social work in Oregon and Massachusetts. In my practice, I specialize in working with clients of all ages who identify as transgender/non-binary and/or along the LGBQIA+ spectrum. I provide support to clients who are coming out and transitioning, exploring or actively working toward creating families of their own, making the transition to parenthood, and parenting young children. In addition, I help clients work through issues related to ADHD, depression, anxiety, postpartum mood changes, parenthood, relationship issues, and trauma.
Hi! I'm Lauren, a non-binary, queer-identified therapist practicing psychodynamic clinical social work in Oregon and Massachusetts. In my practice, I specialize in working with clients of all ages who identify as transgender/non-binary and/or along the LGBQIA+ spectrum. I provide support to clients who are coming out and transitioning, exploring or actively working toward creating families of their own, making the transition to parenthood, and parenting young children. In addition, I help clients work through issues related to ADHD, depression, anxiety, postpartum mood changes, parenthood, relationship issues, and trauma.
(971) 606-4874 View (971) 606-4874
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Michelle van Ryn, PhD, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, PhD
Verified
Pleasant Valley, Portland, OR 97236  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I may a good fit for you if you are looking for acceptance, insight, guidance and therapeutic advice for struggles with any of the following: stress, anxiety, trauma, sexual problems or concerns, relationship issues, stress connected to experiences of discrimination or marginalization, or general life challenges.I specialize in, but am not limited to, clients who are in academia (faculty, researchers), health care (physicians, etc) and law (attorneys).I have a deep interest and training relationship and sex therapy, trauma, anxiety, and the social/ emotional issues faced by intellectually gifted adults. NOTE: I am licensed in MN.
I may a good fit for you if you are looking for acceptance, insight, guidance and therapeutic advice for struggles with any of the following: stress, anxiety, trauma, sexual problems or concerns, relationship issues, stress connected to experiences of discrimination or marginalization, or general life challenges.I specialize in, but am not limited to, clients who are in academia (faculty, researchers), health care (physicians, etc) and law (attorneys).I have a deep interest and training relationship and sex therapy, trauma, anxiety, and the social/ emotional issues faced by intellectually gifted adults. NOTE: I am licensed in MN.
(612) 324-4329 View (612) 324-4329
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Ashley Elizabeth Arasaki
Pre-Licensed Professional, CSWA, MSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Pleasant Valley, Portland, OR 97236  (Online Only)
I am here to help you remember we are human beings, not human doings. I help my clients mindfully rewire neural pathways to bring the intricacies of the mind, body, and spirit into aligned harmony. My primary focus is working with individuals who experience depression, trauma, grief, eating disorders and BIPOC communities. I also work with couples that desire assistance with sex / intimacy and conflict resolution skills. I am committed to being in service and helping individuals and communities through holistic therapy frameworks return to a more mindful; heart centered way of being and reconnect to their true power.
I am here to help you remember we are human beings, not human doings. I help my clients mindfully rewire neural pathways to bring the intricacies of the mind, body, and spirit into aligned harmony. My primary focus is working with individuals who experience depression, trauma, grief, eating disorders and BIPOC communities. I also work with couples that desire assistance with sex / intimacy and conflict resolution skills. I am committed to being in service and helping individuals and communities through holistic therapy frameworks return to a more mindful; heart centered way of being and reconnect to their true power.
(929) 581-8764 View (929) 581-8764
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Don Becker
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Pleasant Valley, Portland, OR 97236  (Online Only)
No matter how difficult the problem you are facing, there is a solution. My therapeutic approach is designed to help you gain awareness and understanding into whatever is troubling you and to assist you in developing the practical skills to handle these issues more effectively. I believe that within our problems lie the keys to further growth and development when they are unfolded with awareness. Together, we will create a treatment plan that is tailored to meet your desired goals in therapy.
No matter how difficult the problem you are facing, there is a solution. My therapeutic approach is designed to help you gain awareness and understanding into whatever is troubling you and to assist you in developing the practical skills to handle these issues more effectively. I believe that within our problems lie the keys to further growth and development when they are unfolded with awareness. Together, we will create a treatment plan that is tailored to meet your desired goals in therapy.
(503) 567-5428 View (503) 567-5428
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Lola Elliott
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Pleasant Valley, Portland, OR 97236
Waitlist for new clients
My style is warm and creative from a strength-based perspective. Creative in the sense that I provide tailored support to help individuals, families and groups identify and manage psychological, emotional and behavioral change. In life we experience challenges such as trauma, family conflict, crisis, physical illness, unemployment grief/loss and/or social challenges that can affect our quality of life. Together we will work to overcome barriers, to maximize your life experience and not allow the past to paralyze you from enjoying today and having a healthier and happier tomorrow.
My style is warm and creative from a strength-based perspective. Creative in the sense that I provide tailored support to help individuals, families and groups identify and manage psychological, emotional and behavioral change. In life we experience challenges such as trauma, family conflict, crisis, physical illness, unemployment grief/loss and/or social challenges that can affect our quality of life. Together we will work to overcome barriers, to maximize your life experience and not allow the past to paralyze you from enjoying today and having a healthier and happier tomorrow.
(844) 204-0524 View (844) 204-0524
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Catherine Chapman
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, NCC
Verified
6 Endorsed
Pleasant Valley, Portland, OR 97236
Waitlist for new clients
I entered the mental health field based on my own life-changing experience when I went through therapy to address the impact of childhood traumas.  With the help of my counselors my life transformed from hopeless and stuck to empowered and whole.  I had no idea this kind of transformation was even possible.  Now, it is my turn to give back and walk alongside those who choose the difficult path of recovery.  I won't have your answers since your story and personality are unique.  What I do have is familiarity with the path, faith in your ability to find your answers, and professional experience guiding individuals toward wholeness.
I entered the mental health field based on my own life-changing experience when I went through therapy to address the impact of childhood traumas.  With the help of my counselors my life transformed from hopeless and stuck to empowered and whole.  I had no idea this kind of transformation was even possible.  Now, it is my turn to give back and walk alongside those who choose the difficult path of recovery.  I won't have your answers since your story and personality are unique.  What I do have is familiarity with the path, faith in your ability to find your answers, and professional experience guiding individuals toward wholeness.
(971) 247-9974 View (971) 247-9974
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Nicole Lapotin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Pleasant Valley, Portland, OR 97236
I am passionate about supporting people as they grow into their best selves, learn to be seen for who they are rather than what they look like, and strive to accept imperfections and pain with greater self-compassion. I treat eating disorders (binge eating, bulimia, anorexia, exercise addiction), anxiety, depression, traits of borderline personality, interpersonal trauma, and relationship problems in families and couples. I believe that a collaborative and accepting relationship is needed for people to change and heal.
I am passionate about supporting people as they grow into their best selves, learn to be seen for who they are rather than what they look like, and strive to accept imperfections and pain with greater self-compassion. I treat eating disorders (binge eating, bulimia, anorexia, exercise addiction), anxiety, depression, traits of borderline personality, interpersonal trauma, and relationship problems in families and couples. I believe that a collaborative and accepting relationship is needed for people to change and heal.
(971) 302-2538 View (971) 302-2538
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Jaxon Shaffer
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Pleasant Valley, Portland, OR 97236
Why am I so dysregulated? Why do things seem harder for me than for others? You may be asking yourself these questions, grappling with the weight of your emotions and experiences. Perhaps you've wondered if anyone truly understands the turmoil within you if anyone cares enough to help you unravel the complexities of your mind and heart. The truth is, I do care. And I welcome complexity. Through our work together, we can identify the patterns and beliefs, maybe trauma, that hold you back and keep you stuck. I work with my clients on a personal, human level, as I believe relationships and authentic connections heal.
Why am I so dysregulated? Why do things seem harder for me than for others? You may be asking yourself these questions, grappling with the weight of your emotions and experiences. Perhaps you've wondered if anyone truly understands the turmoil within you if anyone cares enough to help you unravel the complexities of your mind and heart. The truth is, I do care. And I welcome complexity. Through our work together, we can identify the patterns and beliefs, maybe trauma, that hold you back and keep you stuck. I work with my clients on a personal, human level, as I believe relationships and authentic connections heal.
(503) 660-3639 View (503) 660-3639
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Jed Smith
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Verified
2 Endorsed
Pleasant Valley, Portland, OR 97236  (Online Only)
Welcome to a safe space where you are allowed to be you, judgment free. I am experienced in helping individuals process and heal in issues from trauma, depression, low self-esteem, family and relationship issues, emotion regulation, parenting, and other life stresses. Seeking counseling is a brave move for your health and happiness. I am here to walk with you as you work toward regaining your balance and peace.
Welcome to a safe space where you are allowed to be you, judgment free. I am experienced in helping individuals process and heal in issues from trauma, depression, low self-esteem, family and relationship issues, emotion regulation, parenting, and other life stresses. Seeking counseling is a brave move for your health and happiness. I am here to walk with you as you work toward regaining your balance and peace.
(503) 386-0598 View (503) 386-0598
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Relendra Kaia
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Pleasant Valley, Portland, OR 97236
In my work as a counselor, I assist clients in healing and growth by fostering openness and self-empowerment. I help my clients understand their experiences by taking their past into account, as well as their current environment. Childhood relationships with primary caregivers, past trauma, existential or spiritual concerns, current environmental stressors, and unmet needs are integral to mental health challenges in all of us. By achieving insight and affirmation about our place in the world and relationship to it, we can reclaim vitality and a sense of purpose in living, using that as a guiding light in the life journey to come.
In my work as a counselor, I assist clients in healing and growth by fostering openness and self-empowerment. I help my clients understand their experiences by taking their past into account, as well as their current environment. Childhood relationships with primary caregivers, past trauma, existential or spiritual concerns, current environmental stressors, and unmet needs are integral to mental health challenges in all of us. By achieving insight and affirmation about our place in the world and relationship to it, we can reclaim vitality and a sense of purpose in living, using that as a guiding light in the life journey to come.
(971) 365-4917 View (971) 365-4917
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Vanessa Lee Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Pleasant Valley, Portland, OR 97236  (Online Only)
Do you have a desire to heal from change, grief/loss, trauma or suffering and wish to find meaning in your life? Are you hoping to find joy and passion through creativity? I believe that we have the potential to improve quality of life through healing and finding meaning. If you are seeking transformative ways of coping with life stressors, identifying and expressing emotions, developing self-awareness, self esteem and personal growth, I'm here to support you.
Do you have a desire to heal from change, grief/loss, trauma or suffering and wish to find meaning in your life? Are you hoping to find joy and passion through creativity? I believe that we have the potential to improve quality of life through healing and finding meaning. If you are seeking transformative ways of coping with life stressors, identifying and expressing emotions, developing self-awareness, self esteem and personal growth, I'm here to support you.
(360) 953-5895 View (360) 953-5895
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Sarah M Manlupig
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
4 Endorsed
Pleasant Valley, Portland, OR 97236
Eastside Child and Family Therapy is a counseling group practice serving parents, early childhood, children, teens & young adults. We believe in removing some of the barriers to therapy by offering face to face, at our Gresham location & in schools, with our school based program and all over Oregon, with our Telehealth program. We serve families utilizing family systems and parenting support, individuals utilizing PLAY therapy and talk therapy. We believe that parents, children, teens & young adults should be equipped with tools for success! Our Hybrid model of support might be what you've been searching for.
Eastside Child and Family Therapy is a counseling group practice serving parents, early childhood, children, teens & young adults. We believe in removing some of the barriers to therapy by offering face to face, at our Gresham location & in schools, with our school based program and all over Oregon, with our Telehealth program. We serve families utilizing family systems and parenting support, individuals utilizing PLAY therapy and talk therapy. We believe that parents, children, teens & young adults should be equipped with tools for success! Our Hybrid model of support might be what you've been searching for.
(503) 676-5022 View (503) 676-5022
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Sunnyside Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Pleasant Valley, Portland, OR 97236
My practice focuses on the distinct mental health needs of women, acknowledging how historically, the mental health field has channeled resources and research primarily towards men, often sidelining women's unique experiences. This includes challenges like caregiving, sexism, life transitions, relationship issues, and body image concerns. Specializing in depression and anxiety, I offer tailored, solution-focused support for adult women of all backgrounds. Together, we'll pursue a path towards balance, purpose, and joy, addressing your individual goals and challenges.
My practice focuses on the distinct mental health needs of women, acknowledging how historically, the mental health field has channeled resources and research primarily towards men, often sidelining women's unique experiences. This includes challenges like caregiving, sexism, life transitions, relationship issues, and body image concerns. Specializing in depression and anxiety, I offer tailored, solution-focused support for adult women of all backgrounds. Together, we'll pursue a path towards balance, purpose, and joy, addressing your individual goals and challenges.
(971) 247-1246 View (971) 247-1246
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Brian Donovan
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Pleasant Valley, Portland, OR 97236  (Online Only)
Thank you for taking the time to look at my profile. My heart goes out to those who are struggling to find hope in their lives. Is that you? Have you felt like giving up? When everyone else around you seems to be happy, you do your best to put on a smile and act as if everything is okay, but it isn’t. You are struggling. Maybe you are feeling depressed or anxious. Maybe you are struggling in your relationships including your marriage, but don’t know why. Maybe you need healing from something someone else has done to you (including your spouse).
Thank you for taking the time to look at my profile. My heart goes out to those who are struggling to find hope in their lives. Is that you? Have you felt like giving up? When everyone else around you seems to be happy, you do your best to put on a smile and act as if everything is okay, but it isn’t. You are struggling. Maybe you are feeling depressed or anxious. Maybe you are struggling in your relationships including your marriage, but don’t know why. Maybe you need healing from something someone else has done to you (including your spouse).
(909) 324-4855 View (909) 324-4855
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Family Heart Counseling - Leslie Yeargers, M.A,
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Pleasant Valley, Portland, OR 97236
I specialize in working with couples from all walks of life, as well as families in which one member is exploring their gender identity or actively transitioning. I understand that gender exploration and transition can create unique challenges within families; it can bring out family dynamics that are painful and difficult to navigate without help. I am here to support you with that. Regarding couples, it's not unusual to experience challenges in your relationship as you face the challenges of daily living. I am here to help you improve communication, increase understanding, and find your way back to each other.
I specialize in working with couples from all walks of life, as well as families in which one member is exploring their gender identity or actively transitioning. I understand that gender exploration and transition can create unique challenges within families; it can bring out family dynamics that are painful and difficult to navigate without help. I am here to support you with that. Regarding couples, it's not unusual to experience challenges in your relationship as you face the challenges of daily living. I am here to help you improve communication, increase understanding, and find your way back to each other.
(971) 351-1608 View (971) 351-1608
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Hidden Trails Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CIMHP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Pleasant Valley, Portland, OR 97236  (Online Only)
Do you find yourself struggling to manage stress, feeling overwhelmed, scattered, anxious, or burnt out? Perhaps you are a woman who's life looks good on the outside and yet on the inside you feel exhausted or unable to be in touch with your authentic self. You might continue to strive for endless perfection, find yourself feeling frustrated or never feeling 'good enough'; whether it's with your job, your relationship(s), or with yourself.
Do you find yourself struggling to manage stress, feeling overwhelmed, scattered, anxious, or burnt out? Perhaps you are a woman who's life looks good on the outside and yet on the inside you feel exhausted or unable to be in touch with your authentic self. You might continue to strive for endless perfection, find yourself feeling frustrated or never feeling 'good enough'; whether it's with your job, your relationship(s), or with yourself.
(971) 271-1875 View (971) 271-1875

Online Therapists

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Antra Renault Therapist
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW, CSWA
Verified
Portland, OR 97266  (Online Only)
Are you looking to increase connection, joy, positive moods, and strengthen healthy relationship with yourself and others? I specialize in a Mindfulness and Somatic/body based modality called Internal Family Systems (IFS). IFS allows us to gently and safely reprocess old wounds, work on what is most important right now in your life, and help you return to your core natural state of connection, purpose and authenticity. It is deeper than traditional 'talk therapy', as it gets to the root of trauma and attachment wounding, often based in childhood difficulties that result in patterns of anxiety, depression, grief, and dissociation.
Are you looking to increase connection, joy, positive moods, and strengthen healthy relationship with yourself and others? I specialize in a Mindfulness and Somatic/body based modality called Internal Family Systems (IFS). IFS allows us to gently and safely reprocess old wounds, work on what is most important right now in your life, and help you return to your core natural state of connection, purpose and authenticity. It is deeper than traditional 'talk therapy', as it gets to the root of trauma and attachment wounding, often based in childhood difficulties that result in patterns of anxiety, depression, grief, and dissociation.
(541) 631-5080 View (541) 631-5080
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Linda Berlingen, LPC - Rose City Therapists, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Portland, OR 97239
Sometimes we need a caring person, skilled at listening, who will act as a mirror, reflecting back our deepest knowing and personal truth. The act of entrusting another in this manner helps us to realign with our wisest self. We begin feeling more at ease and clearer about our intentions. Choices begin to reflect who we really want to be in the world. Suddenly, we are noticing and appreciating what is right and joyful in life more of the time.
Sometimes we need a caring person, skilled at listening, who will act as a mirror, reflecting back our deepest knowing and personal truth. The act of entrusting another in this manner helps us to realign with our wisest self. We begin feeling more at ease and clearer about our intentions. Choices begin to reflect who we really want to be in the world. Suddenly, we are noticing and appreciating what is right and joyful in life more of the time.
(503) 342-7921 View (503) 342-7921
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Caravan Counseling - Psychotherapy
Professional Counselor Associate, MA, NCC, CADC I
Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97203
Hi, I’m River! Are you struggling to make sense of the world right now, or grieving the state of our planet? Feeling like you’re on a hamster wheel and not coping how you’d like, or struggling with ADHD, internalized shame, anxiety, depression or trauma? Have you been in recovery for a while, sober and abstinent, but still feeling stuck? Hearing the voice of your internal critic louder than your own? Or, you know yourself fairly well, have gained all the insights, but you may be having a hard time applying them.
Hi, I’m River! Are you struggling to make sense of the world right now, or grieving the state of our planet? Feeling like you’re on a hamster wheel and not coping how you’d like, or struggling with ADHD, internalized shame, anxiety, depression or trauma? Have you been in recovery for a while, sober and abstinent, but still feeling stuck? Hearing the voice of your internal critic louder than your own? Or, you know yourself fairly well, have gained all the insights, but you may be having a hard time applying them.
(971) 715-0346 View (971) 715-0346
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Marena Passarelli
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LMHC
Verified
Portland, OR 97209
Waitlist for new clients
I am passionate about treating individuals impacted by eating disorders, body liberation, anxiety, and those struggling with emotion regulation. My individual therapy approach stems from feminist theory, as well as a DBT and CBT perspective. It is my goal to support you in connecting with yourself and your body, as well as connecting with others through self-exploration and acceptance. I have worked in various treatment settings, including residential and intensive outpatient treatment for eating disorders, and community/school mental health. Please explore more about me on my website.
I am passionate about treating individuals impacted by eating disorders, body liberation, anxiety, and those struggling with emotion regulation. My individual therapy approach stems from feminist theory, as well as a DBT and CBT perspective. It is my goal to support you in connecting with yourself and your body, as well as connecting with others through self-exploration and acceptance. I have worked in various treatment settings, including residential and intensive outpatient treatment for eating disorders, and community/school mental health. Please explore more about me on my website.
(206) 793-8099 View (206) 793-8099

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Pleasant Valley, Portland, OR

10+

Average cost per session

$160

Therapists in Pleasant Valley, Portland, OR who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
88% Depression
88% Life Transitions
75% Relationship Issues
75% Trauma and PTSD
75% Stress
69% Family Conflict

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

42% Aetna
42% PacificSource
42% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Pleasant Valley, Portland, OR see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

63% Female
19% Male
18% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Pleasant Valley, 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.