Therapists in Austin, TX

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Brenda Gomez
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78703  (Online Only)
Being my authentic self is important to me and I want you to be yourself with me. We often don’t get the chance to be completely open and honest in our society, so I hope we can create that safe place in our sessions. I believe that you are your own expert, and sometimes even experts need to explore their own ideas to come up with solutions to all sorts of problems or issues. I use aspects of cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and solution-focused therapy depending on my client’s needs. I often incorporate creativity, laughter, and games in session because I am a “big kid” and because it’s fun!
Being my authentic self is important to me and I want you to be yourself with me. We often don’t get the chance to be completely open and honest in our society, so I hope we can create that safe place in our sessions. I believe that you are your own expert, and sometimes even experts need to explore their own ideas to come up with solutions to all sorts of problems or issues. I use aspects of cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and solution-focused therapy depending on my client’s needs. I often incorporate creativity, laughter, and games in session because I am a “big kid” and because it’s fun!
(512) 714-3403 View (512) 714-3403
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Candace McWhirter Kimbrough
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LCDC, NCC, MA, MPA
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78732
I have been practicing mental health counseling for over 10 years. I hold licenses in Texas for Professional Counseling and Chemical Dependency Counseling. In private practice, my passions are working with adolescents, individuals, families, and addictions. After the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, I worked on-site with other clinicians to start the first mental health clinic in Uvalde for survivors, community members, and families of the deceased. I volunteer with the Austin Police Department as a member of their victim services team, providing counseling services to victims of violent crime. www.kimbroughcounseling.com
I have been practicing mental health counseling for over 10 years. I hold licenses in Texas for Professional Counseling and Chemical Dependency Counseling. In private practice, my passions are working with adolescents, individuals, families, and addictions. After the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, I worked on-site with other clinicians to start the first mental health clinic in Uvalde for survivors, community members, and families of the deceased. I volunteer with the Austin Police Department as a member of their victim services team, providing counseling services to victims of violent crime. www.kimbroughcounseling.com
(512) 222-7045 View (512) 222-7045
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Aundrea Scott
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78704  (Online Only)
I believe that everyone has hit a roadblock before, but we don’t have to overcome those roadblocks alone. I have a passion for offering support to individuals during their most trying times. I believe that you are the expert of your life, and I am here to assist you as you explore life’s journey. My ultimate goal is to meet you where you are emotionally and help guide you towards healing and wellness with compassion and understanding. A good counselor can be a crucial partner along the way to help us think through where we have been, where we are, and where we want to be.
I believe that everyone has hit a roadblock before, but we don’t have to overcome those roadblocks alone. I have a passion for offering support to individuals during their most trying times. I believe that you are the expert of your life, and I am here to assist you as you explore life’s journey. My ultimate goal is to meet you where you are emotionally and help guide you towards healing and wellness with compassion and understanding. A good counselor can be a crucial partner along the way to help us think through where we have been, where we are, and where we want to be.
(512) 866-1483 View (512) 866-1483
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Gabrielle Racz
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, LPC-A
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731
I work with adults and children. I consider my client’s cultural context and values, so that our work together is sensitive, relevant, and respectful of your individuality. My practice is also inclusive and affirming of queer-identified people. I am aware of the ways that one’s intersecting identities can shape their experiences, I am here to offer guidance, validation, and understanding. With children, I provide a space for kids to learn about their feelings, and how to process them. I draw from child-centered play therapy techniques and tailor my approach to honor your child's agency, individual preferences, and interests.
I work with adults and children. I consider my client’s cultural context and values, so that our work together is sensitive, relevant, and respectful of your individuality. My practice is also inclusive and affirming of queer-identified people. I am aware of the ways that one’s intersecting identities can shape their experiences, I am here to offer guidance, validation, and understanding. With children, I provide a space for kids to learn about their feelings, and how to process them. I draw from child-centered play therapy techniques and tailor my approach to honor your child's agency, individual preferences, and interests.
(512) 714-3403 View (512) 714-3403
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Becca Aronow
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-S
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78704
Not accepting new clients
Living a full, balanced, healthy life is a day-to-day goal for most of us. If you are searching for additional support, assistance, or guidance through a challenging situation, I can provide direction and consultation. I am an interactive, solution-focused therapist with more than 20 years experience. My therapeutic approach is to provide compassionate respectful support and practical feedback to guide you in effectively addressing your personal life challenges in a warm, safe environment.
Living a full, balanced, healthy life is a day-to-day goal for most of us. If you are searching for additional support, assistance, or guidance through a challenging situation, I can provide direction and consultation. I am an interactive, solution-focused therapist with more than 20 years experience. My therapeutic approach is to provide compassionate respectful support and practical feedback to guide you in effectively addressing your personal life challenges in a warm, safe environment.
(512) 212-9936 View (512) 212-9936
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Peter F. Daniels III
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSEE, LCSW-S, CSAT-S
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78723
Finding the right therapist can be like choosing among healthcare plans or tax preparation options...a tedious necessity in trying to meet your particular needs. 17 years of professional and clinical experience has helped me refine service to men, women and couples addressing life's most complicating issues (infidelity, sexual compulsivity, PTSD, communication problems...). Based on your assessed needs, our work together will be sensible, practical and results-oriented. I believe you and your relationships can find relief, recover and even thrive in the midst of debilitating challenges.
Finding the right therapist can be like choosing among healthcare plans or tax preparation options...a tedious necessity in trying to meet your particular needs. 17 years of professional and clinical experience has helped me refine service to men, women and couples addressing life's most complicating issues (infidelity, sexual compulsivity, PTSD, communication problems...). Based on your assessed needs, our work together will be sensible, practical and results-oriented. I believe you and your relationships can find relief, recover and even thrive in the midst of debilitating challenges.
(512) 518-6214 View (512) 518-6214
Photo of Marilyn Gabrielle Ramirez, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Marilyn Gabrielle Ramirez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78759
Please email for scheduling requests- Hello, I'm glad that you're here and are open to exploring your process for healing as an individual or couple. You're showing yourself a form of care by taking the steps to gain insight in to how your past experiences may be affecting your current thought patterns, behavior, and the relationship that you have with yourself and others. You are taking an active role in honoring your experience, and are giving yourself the opportunity and space to understand what you have been carrying.
Please email for scheduling requests- Hello, I'm glad that you're here and are open to exploring your process for healing as an individual or couple. You're showing yourself a form of care by taking the steps to gain insight in to how your past experiences may be affecting your current thought patterns, behavior, and the relationship that you have with yourself and others. You are taking an active role in honoring your experience, and are giving yourself the opportunity and space to understand what you have been carrying.
(737) 258-7686 View (737) 258-7686
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Dr. Mackenzie Steiner
Psychologist, PhD, SEP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78759
Do you find yourself plagued by emotions too big for the circumstances you find yourself in... swept downstream in turbulent emotional currents of intense anxiety, anger, grief... frozen in numbness, shame, withdrawal, emotional shutdown... struggling to find or stay on the path of your authentic self amidst the maelstrom of others' norms and expectations? For more than 20 years I have helped many like you learn how to safely navigate these challenging waters, shed the unnecessary and toxic intrusions and strictures of their past, and find and bring into the world their genuine self and voice.
Do you find yourself plagued by emotions too big for the circumstances you find yourself in... swept downstream in turbulent emotional currents of intense anxiety, anger, grief... frozen in numbness, shame, withdrawal, emotional shutdown... struggling to find or stay on the path of your authentic self amidst the maelstrom of others' norms and expectations? For more than 20 years I have helped many like you learn how to safely navigate these challenging waters, shed the unnecessary and toxic intrusions and strictures of their past, and find and bring into the world their genuine self and voice.
(512) 858-8664 View (512) 858-8664
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Jane Milman
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, PhD
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78745
We try to live lives that make sense and matter to us, but life changes can make you question who you are, what your life is about, your expectations for the future, and your relationships. I provide individual and couples therapy focusing on grief, illness, trauma, employment change, becoming a parent, relationship struggles, and other challenging life events and transitions. I will work with you to support your well-being as we find meaningful ways to move through these struggles. You can expect our work together to be active and reflective.
We try to live lives that make sense and matter to us, but life changes can make you question who you are, what your life is about, your expectations for the future, and your relationships. I provide individual and couples therapy focusing on grief, illness, trauma, employment change, becoming a parent, relationship struggles, and other challenging life events and transitions. I will work with you to support your well-being as we find meaningful ways to move through these struggles. You can expect our work together to be active and reflective.
(512) 229-9618 View (512) 229-9618
Photo of Elizabeth Minger, LPC-A, EdS, NCC
Elizabeth Minger
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, LPC-A, EdS, NCC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78748
I work with children, teens, college students, and adults helping them reclaim their confidence, voice, and live in a hopeful and meaningful way. Whether you are struggling with trauma, anxiety, depression, or OCD; I am here to walk alongside you on your journey of healing. I emphasize a collaborative approach, welcoming clients to share concerns and express their goals for the most effective outcomes. I also integrate Play Therapy and Expressive Arts techniques to inspire creative expression and exploration.
I work with children, teens, college students, and adults helping them reclaim their confidence, voice, and live in a hopeful and meaningful way. Whether you are struggling with trauma, anxiety, depression, or OCD; I am here to walk alongside you on your journey of healing. I emphasize a collaborative approach, welcoming clients to share concerns and express their goals for the most effective outcomes. I also integrate Play Therapy and Expressive Arts techniques to inspire creative expression and exploration.
(737) 234-2319 View (737) 234-2319
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Oxana Kopeikin
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746
My natural approach to people is very humanistic. A central value of mine is being compassionate, non-judgmental and accepting towards others. I value genuineness, warmth and kindness when connecting with my clients. I believe in the critical role of the relationship between myself and the client, because in my opinion this is the primary mechanism of change. Only in the presence of a caring, safe and trustworthy relationship can we work together towards self-exploration, insight and change.
My natural approach to people is very humanistic. A central value of mine is being compassionate, non-judgmental and accepting towards others. I value genuineness, warmth and kindness when connecting with my clients. I believe in the critical role of the relationship between myself and the client, because in my opinion this is the primary mechanism of change. Only in the presence of a caring, safe and trustworthy relationship can we work together towards self-exploration, insight and change.
(512) 714-3403 View (512) 714-3403
Photo of Rebecca Huston, MA, LPC-S, Licensed Professional Counselor
Rebecca Huston
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78748  (Online Only)
Have life or world events caused you to lose sight of your goals or identity? Do you question your place in the world, struggle with authenticity, walk on eggshells or have a history of being considered the black sheep or scapegoat in your family, marriage or relationship? Gaining perspective can be a powerful tool in examining your life and choices. Many of my clients seek help understanding their relationship to traumatic events, life changes, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, chronic illness/pain, grief, communication, spiritual beliefs or recovery from narcissistic abuse. I utilize a holistic approach, encompassing mind, body and spirit.
Have life or world events caused you to lose sight of your goals or identity? Do you question your place in the world, struggle with authenticity, walk on eggshells or have a history of being considered the black sheep or scapegoat in your family, marriage or relationship? Gaining perspective can be a powerful tool in examining your life and choices. Many of my clients seek help understanding their relationship to traumatic events, life changes, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, chronic illness/pain, grief, communication, spiritual beliefs or recovery from narcissistic abuse. I utilize a holistic approach, encompassing mind, body and spirit.
(512) 271-5252 View (512) 271-5252
Photo of Claire Palmer, LPC, RYT, Licensed Professional Counselor
Claire Palmer
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, RYT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78759
Now offering Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy! I help young professionals change the way they relate to painful thoughts & emotions so they can live a life that is guided by their values rather than their fears. You might feel like life is mostly going okay. You might compare yourself to others and think “I shouldn’t be complaining” and yet you keep getting stuck in this painful cycle and you’re sick of it! You could be struggling with internal criticism, connecting with others, unresolved feelings from the past or paralyzing anxiety about the future. If so, schedule a free 15 minute consultation now to learn more.
Now offering Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy! I help young professionals change the way they relate to painful thoughts & emotions so they can live a life that is guided by their values rather than their fears. You might feel like life is mostly going okay. You might compare yourself to others and think “I shouldn’t be complaining” and yet you keep getting stuck in this painful cycle and you’re sick of it! You could be struggling with internal criticism, connecting with others, unresolved feelings from the past or paralyzing anxiety about the future. If so, schedule a free 15 minute consultation now to learn more.
(512) 865-5270 View (512) 865-5270
Photo of Kelsey Balaban, LCSW, CGP, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Kelsey Balaban
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CGP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78746
Sometimes we don’t understand the feelings coming up, especially if we've learned that emotions get in the way or should be kept to ourselves. The world can be hard and unjust, and things happen that make it tough to trust ourselves or others, don’t they? Sometimes we wonder if we'll always feel lonely. We might ask why our relationships turn out the way they do, or why we try the same things over and over. When we’re waiting for the other shoe to drop or when life feels blah or overwhelming, we can wonder if this is all there is.
Sometimes we don’t understand the feelings coming up, especially if we've learned that emotions get in the way or should be kept to ourselves. The world can be hard and unjust, and things happen that make it tough to trust ourselves or others, don’t they? Sometimes we wonder if we'll always feel lonely. We might ask why our relationships turn out the way they do, or why we try the same things over and over. When we’re waiting for the other shoe to drop or when life feels blah or overwhelming, we can wonder if this is all there is.
(512) 518-6482 View (512) 518-6482
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Beatrice Elin Paksa
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78701
Not accepting new clients
Hi, I'm Beatrice! I'm a Therapist Intern at Grace Therapy & Wellness supervised by Caroline Shepherd. I will graduate from The University of Texas at Austin in July 2024 with a Master of Science in Social Work. I am passionate about supporting adults, college students, and teens as they navigate life’s complex challenges. What sets my approach apart is a deep commitment to a compassionate and strengths-based framework. I believe in creating a therapeutic alliance where clients feel genuinely seen, heard and understood. Our sessions are a collaborative journey, where we explore what strategies resonate best with your specific needs.
Hi, I'm Beatrice! I'm a Therapist Intern at Grace Therapy & Wellness supervised by Caroline Shepherd. I will graduate from The University of Texas at Austin in July 2024 with a Master of Science in Social Work. I am passionate about supporting adults, college students, and teens as they navigate life’s complex challenges. What sets my approach apart is a deep commitment to a compassionate and strengths-based framework. I believe in creating a therapeutic alliance where clients feel genuinely seen, heard and understood. Our sessions are a collaborative journey, where we explore what strategies resonate best with your specific needs.
(737) 510-7036 View (737) 510-7036
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Jennifer Ayres
Psychologist, PhD, ABPP
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78703
When Life feels overwhelming or unsettling, we often need someone who can consider our situation with more objectivity than we possess. I have been a psychologist for over 20 years and believe in the power of therapy to (1) help us navigate challenging times and (2) learn new strategies that help us reach our potential. I begin every first session with the same opening: "Tell me why you're here and how I could help." Then I ask the clients to tell me their stories. I love listening to people's stories because our stories remind us of where we have been and give us a context for the current and future chapters of our lives.
When Life feels overwhelming or unsettling, we often need someone who can consider our situation with more objectivity than we possess. I have been a psychologist for over 20 years and believe in the power of therapy to (1) help us navigate challenging times and (2) learn new strategies that help us reach our potential. I begin every first session with the same opening: "Tell me why you're here and how I could help." Then I ask the clients to tell me their stories. I love listening to people's stories because our stories remind us of where we have been and give us a context for the current and future chapters of our lives.
(737) 300-9235 View (737) 300-9235
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Gabrielle Zandan
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-S, MA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78703
I am a career counselor and psychotherapist. My approach is to collaboratively explore your thoughts, beliefs and life experiences to help you gain greater self-knowledge and enable you to live a more satisfying life. Whether you are in the midst of a life struggle or not necessarily in crisis but looking to improve your general quality of life and well being, I believe our work together will empower you to cope with life difficulties in a productive way as you break negative patterns and have a deeper connection to yourself and others.
I am a career counselor and psychotherapist. My approach is to collaboratively explore your thoughts, beliefs and life experiences to help you gain greater self-knowledge and enable you to live a more satisfying life. Whether you are in the midst of a life struggle or not necessarily in crisis but looking to improve your general quality of life and well being, I believe our work together will empower you to cope with life difficulties in a productive way as you break negative patterns and have a deeper connection to yourself and others.
(512) 686-4047 View (512) 686-4047
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Jessica Burrows
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78704  (Online Only)
I work alongside my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. My goal is to assist individuals in learning new healthy skills to address and redirect negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support and empower you in that journey.
I work alongside my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. My goal is to assist individuals in learning new healthy skills to address and redirect negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support and empower you in that journey.
(737) 214-1156 View (737) 214-1156
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Alex Gomez
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78756  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
As humans, we are constantly challenged by the imperfections and expectations of society. It can be confusing, discouraging, and at times can dim the light within us. It can also make us feel lost and disconnected from ourselves and others. Investing in yourself is the best way to overcome these challenges and learn more about your thoughts, behaviors, beliefs, and values.
As humans, we are constantly challenged by the imperfections and expectations of society. It can be confusing, discouraging, and at times can dim the light within us. It can also make us feel lost and disconnected from ourselves and others. Investing in yourself is the best way to overcome these challenges and learn more about your thoughts, behaviors, beliefs, and values.
(512) 676-7405 View (512) 676-7405
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Alyssa M Finley
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78746
Waitlist for new clients
I navigate from the belief that we all want to see and be seen well and to engage in complete freedom to be all that we are. As a therapist, my hope is that you will find that here. I practice psychotherapy through various modalities including psychodynamic, attachment-based, somatic attention, and trauma-informed theories. However, my foundational approach is Relational. I believe that if our wounds begin in relationship, they can only find healing within a restorative one.
I navigate from the belief that we all want to see and be seen well and to engage in complete freedom to be all that we are. As a therapist, my hope is that you will find that here. I practice psychotherapy through various modalities including psychodynamic, attachment-based, somatic attention, and trauma-informed theories. However, my foundational approach is Relational. I believe that if our wounds begin in relationship, they can only find healing within a restorative one.
(210) 908-5499 View (210) 908-5499
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How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Austin, TX

3,000+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Austin, TX who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
87% Depression
75% Relationship Issues
75% Self Esteem
69% Trauma and PTSD
69% Coping Skills
69% Stress

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

82% Aetna
72% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
65% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Therapists in Austin, TX see their clients

54% In Person and Online
46% Online Only

Gender breakdown

81% Female
18% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Austin?

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.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

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.