Therapists in SoCo, Austin, TX

Photo of Cyndi Collen, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in SoCo, Austin, TX
Cyndi Collen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSW, LCSW-S, CMHIMP, CKYT
Verified
7 Endorsed
SoCo, Austin, TX 78745
I bring an honest and authentic intention to work with you as a unique, whole person; one that is not defined by a label or diagnosis. I enjoy partnering with clients who are curious and open to working on improving stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues (romantic, family or work) and/or are searching for fulfillment, hope and answers to all the 'why's. Our environment will be warm, empathetic and judgement-free to explore your experiences and, if you are up to it, discuss previous trauma(s). We will collaborate on goals and the path to get you where you want to go.
I bring an honest and authentic intention to work with you as a unique, whole person; one that is not defined by a label or diagnosis. I enjoy partnering with clients who are curious and open to working on improving stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues (romantic, family or work) and/or are searching for fulfillment, hope and answers to all the 'why's. Our environment will be warm, empathetic and judgement-free to explore your experiences and, if you are up to it, discuss previous trauma(s). We will collaborate on goals and the path to get you where you want to go.
(512) 843-8332 View (512) 843-8332
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Arielle Sokoll-Ward
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S, CCTP-II
Verified
7 Endorsed
SoCo, Austin, TX 78745
Congratulations on taking the first step to a more authentic, self-compassionate, and healed YOU. I work with my clients in a warm, comfortable, inviting, and non-judgmental environment. I like to provide a space where clients feel comfortable processing difficult emotions so they can leave the session feeling a greater sense of resilience, confidence, and happiness. I primarily specialize in grief/loss/bereavement and trauma/PTSD. I also have extensive experience and training in eating disorders, LGBTQ+, domestic violence and sexual violence, depression, anxiety, relationship and interpersonal struggles, and life transitions.
Congratulations on taking the first step to a more authentic, self-compassionate, and healed YOU. I work with my clients in a warm, comfortable, inviting, and non-judgmental environment. I like to provide a space where clients feel comfortable processing difficult emotions so they can leave the session feeling a greater sense of resilience, confidence, and happiness. I primarily specialize in grief/loss/bereavement and trauma/PTSD. I also have extensive experience and training in eating disorders, LGBTQ+, domestic violence and sexual violence, depression, anxiety, relationship and interpersonal struggles, and life transitions.
(512) 515-9577 View (512) 515-9577
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Stephanie Beckner
Licensed Professional Counselor, JD, MA, LPC
Verified
SoCo, Austin, TX 78745
I work with my clients to create an open and collaborative relationship offering a nonjudgmental, supportive environment for growth and change. I am dedicated to creating a safe therapeutic space to explore vulnerability and discover and ignite client strengths, while expanding self-compassion, connectedness, resiliency, and self-awareness. With empathy and encouragement, I will meet you where you are and guide treatment unique to your individual needs and goals. I use an integrative, evidence-based approach to create positive change, incorporating CBT, DBT, mindfulness, shame-resilience theory, and solution-focused therapy.
I work with my clients to create an open and collaborative relationship offering a nonjudgmental, supportive environment for growth and change. I am dedicated to creating a safe therapeutic space to explore vulnerability and discover and ignite client strengths, while expanding self-compassion, connectedness, resiliency, and self-awareness. With empathy and encouragement, I will meet you where you are and guide treatment unique to your individual needs and goals. I use an integrative, evidence-based approach to create positive change, incorporating CBT, DBT, mindfulness, shame-resilience theory, and solution-focused therapy.
(737) 530-9213 View (737) 530-9213
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Tari Dempsey
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
SoCo, Austin, TX 78745
Hi, I'm Tari Dempsey! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who is passionate about supporting all of my clients through challenges to experience haling and growth in their lives. I focus on cultivating relationships within families while navigating identified challenges. I believe in working collaboratively with clients while identifying goals of therapy. I work with teens to older adults. I specialize in symptoms of depression, anxiety, relationship issues ie. I believe in mindfulness and positive approach to client related issues.
Hi, I'm Tari Dempsey! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who is passionate about supporting all of my clients through challenges to experience haling and growth in their lives. I focus on cultivating relationships within families while navigating identified challenges. I believe in working collaboratively with clients while identifying goals of therapy. I work with teens to older adults. I specialize in symptoms of depression, anxiety, relationship issues ie. I believe in mindfulness and positive approach to client related issues.
(737) 201-9436 View (737) 201-9436
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Curtisha Taylor
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
SoCo, Austin, TX 78745
Hello! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker & Supervisor in the state of Texas. I have over 11 years of experience providing family, individual, and group therapy. I currently focus on working with adults managing life transitions, work stress, and marital concerns. I am comfortable treating depression, anxiety, stress, parenting concerns, developing life goals. I also work with teens to help manage stress, develop life goals, and coping with other mental health concerns. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion and will tailor our sessions and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.
Hello! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker & Supervisor in the state of Texas. I have over 11 years of experience providing family, individual, and group therapy. I currently focus on working with adults managing life transitions, work stress, and marital concerns. I am comfortable treating depression, anxiety, stress, parenting concerns, developing life goals. I also work with teens to help manage stress, develop life goals, and coping with other mental health concerns. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion and will tailor our sessions and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.
(512) 882-0376 View (512) 882-0376
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Angela Funke
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFTS
Verified
SoCo, Austin, TX 78745
I work primarily from an blend of psychodynamic and experiential viewpoints. In this structure, therapy is primarily aimed at helping clients become aware of and make productive use of deeper thoughts and feelings under the surface. As humans, over the years we suppress and manage our emotions in order to cope with everyday life, however, it is only when we acknowledge and express these emotions, that we can rediscover a passion for life.
I work primarily from an blend of psychodynamic and experiential viewpoints. In this structure, therapy is primarily aimed at helping clients become aware of and make productive use of deeper thoughts and feelings under the surface. As humans, over the years we suppress and manage our emotions in order to cope with everyday life, however, it is only when we acknowledge and express these emotions, that we can rediscover a passion for life.
(512) 942-2828 View (512) 942-2828
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Elizabeth (Lizz) Hoover
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
SoCo, Austin, TX 78745  (Online Only)
Hi, I’m Elizabeth (She/her)! YOU matter and deserve to feel the best you can! Everyone deserves freedom and space to make sense of our experiences and needs, and caring support from others to help in making choices (and yes mistakes too!) Even though it feels like it sometimes, We are never truly alone, nor can we do it all alone! My goal is to provide a safe, supportive space and time for us to explore your concerns, process the past, develop goals, discover and embrace strengths, grow support, and make steps towards what matters to you!
Hi, I’m Elizabeth (She/her)! YOU matter and deserve to feel the best you can! Everyone deserves freedom and space to make sense of our experiences and needs, and caring support from others to help in making choices (and yes mistakes too!) Even though it feels like it sometimes, We are never truly alone, nor can we do it all alone! My goal is to provide a safe, supportive space and time for us to explore your concerns, process the past, develop goals, discover and embrace strengths, grow support, and make steps towards what matters to you!
(512) 881-9022 View (512) 881-9022
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Sarah Brown
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PMH-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
SoCo, Austin, TX 78745  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Sarah. Maybe you feel stuck right now. Maybe things feel hard and you're just not sure what to do. Maybe you've noticed unresolved feelings, or big feelings, coming back again and again. Maybe you feel stuck in a relationship, a season in your life, or your identity. Maybe it feels like things might always feel this way. Clients that I work with are curious about their experiences. Whether it's noticing past patterns, current feelings, or experimenting with doing something different, the clients that I see often want to understand more about themselves, to show up for themselves in ways they hope to be.
Hi, I'm Sarah. Maybe you feel stuck right now. Maybe things feel hard and you're just not sure what to do. Maybe you've noticed unresolved feelings, or big feelings, coming back again and again. Maybe you feel stuck in a relationship, a season in your life, or your identity. Maybe it feels like things might always feel this way. Clients that I work with are curious about their experiences. Whether it's noticing past patterns, current feelings, or experimenting with doing something different, the clients that I see often want to understand more about themselves, to show up for themselves in ways they hope to be.
(512) 991-9280 View (512) 991-9280
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Alisa Carr
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
SoCo, Austin, TX 78745
As a psychotherapist in the South Austin area, I counsel adults, with a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, trauma, and grief and loss. It is my desire to facilitate your transformation, healing, and growth toward wholeness. I will encourage, and often challenge, you to discover and listen to all aspects of yourself, enabling more authentic expression, expanded creativity and intuition, and connection to your life passion. I desire to create a physical and emotional space for you that is warm, accepting, and non-judgmental. I also work with clients as an InterSpiritual Guidess.
As a psychotherapist in the South Austin area, I counsel adults, with a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, trauma, and grief and loss. It is my desire to facilitate your transformation, healing, and growth toward wholeness. I will encourage, and often challenge, you to discover and listen to all aspects of yourself, enabling more authentic expression, expanded creativity and intuition, and connection to your life passion. I desire to create a physical and emotional space for you that is warm, accepting, and non-judgmental. I also work with clients as an InterSpiritual Guidess.
(512) 337-4822 View (512) 337-4822
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Flourish Psychotherapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
SoCo, Austin, TX 78745
At Flourish! we recognize that it is hard to be a human navigating our current modern challenges, especially for teenagers - and even harder to do it alone. Our intention is to accompany you on your journey towards feeling better about yourself and learning how to cope with daily challenges with family, school, relationships, health challenges and different environments.. Piera Kempner, LCSW specializes in working with teenagers and can help you improve self-esteem, confidence, and finding your voice by using humor, warmth, and compassion while giving you a safe space to share and get support.
At Flourish! we recognize that it is hard to be a human navigating our current modern challenges, especially for teenagers - and even harder to do it alone. Our intention is to accompany you on your journey towards feeling better about yourself and learning how to cope with daily challenges with family, school, relationships, health challenges and different environments.. Piera Kempner, LCSW specializes in working with teenagers and can help you improve self-esteem, confidence, and finding your voice by using humor, warmth, and compassion while giving you a safe space to share and get support.
(512) 865-4955 View (512) 865-4955
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Aubrie Nielsen-Hernandez
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
SoCo, Austin, TX 78745
My name is Aubrie Nielsen-Hernandez LPC, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. I enjoy helping others discover a new perspective on life. My goal is to assist people in working towards fulfilling their goals, meeting their needs, and rediscovering themselves. I have experience working with individuals who have a wide range of concerns including substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, co-occurring disorders, and life stress.
My name is Aubrie Nielsen-Hernandez LPC, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. I enjoy helping others discover a new perspective on life. My goal is to assist people in working towards fulfilling their goals, meeting their needs, and rediscovering themselves. I have experience working with individuals who have a wide range of concerns including substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, co-occurring disorders, and life stress.
(512) 456-3706 View (512) 456-3706
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Austin Trauma Therapy Center/ Diana Anzaldua
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, TCYT
Verified
2 Endorsed
SoCo, Austin, TX 78745
Austin Trauma Therapy Center understands the ranges of psychotherapeutic approaches in use today and will integrate them as necessary. Often people struggle with utilizing unhealthy, adaptive coping skills to address symptoms of depression, anxiety, or other mood disorders. We can assist you with identifying strategies that will work for you to identify and modify maladaptive patterns that no longer serve you. Austin Trauma Therapy Center remains flexible, open and non-judgmental in an effort to cater to your unique needs while ensuring a high standard of quality care. Our approach is to meet you where you are in an authentic way.
Austin Trauma Therapy Center understands the ranges of psychotherapeutic approaches in use today and will integrate them as necessary. Often people struggle with utilizing unhealthy, adaptive coping skills to address symptoms of depression, anxiety, or other mood disorders. We can assist you with identifying strategies that will work for you to identify and modify maladaptive patterns that no longer serve you. Austin Trauma Therapy Center remains flexible, open and non-judgmental in an effort to cater to your unique needs while ensuring a high standard of quality care. Our approach is to meet you where you are in an authentic way.
(512) 969-2204 View (512) 969-2204
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Vicki Rene Padilla
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA
Verified
4 Endorsed
SoCo, Austin, TX 78745  (Online Only)
Seeking a therapist can stir up all sorts of questions. "Will this person understand what I have going on in my life?" "Will I connect and trust this person with the events of my life?" "Will I feel safe to reveal some of the emotions that I am feeling?" "Is this person a good fit for me?" Therapy provides a space for you to connect and trust yourself to get to those answers. Let's build awareness to be able to recognize your values, needs and strengths in your personal and professional relationships.
Seeking a therapist can stir up all sorts of questions. "Will this person understand what I have going on in my life?" "Will I connect and trust this person with the events of my life?" "Will I feel safe to reveal some of the emotions that I am feeling?" "Is this person a good fit for me?" Therapy provides a space for you to connect and trust yourself to get to those answers. Let's build awareness to be able to recognize your values, needs and strengths in your personal and professional relationships.
(512) 877-6978 View (512) 877-6978
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Guy Jeff Powell
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
SoCo, Austin, TX 78745
I am Guy "Jeff" Powell, Ph.D., a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been providing therapy to children, adolescents, adults, the elderly, and couples for 20-plus years. I have worked with people from all walks of life. I call myself the Blue-Collar-Therapist, because it is my belief, all people, regardless of their station in life, are worthy of unconditional positive regard and assistance with life's difficulties. I have years of experience providing therapy for individuals across the lifespan (children through the elderly).
I am Guy "Jeff" Powell, Ph.D., a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been providing therapy to children, adolescents, adults, the elderly, and couples for 20-plus years. I have worked with people from all walks of life. I call myself the Blue-Collar-Therapist, because it is my belief, all people, regardless of their station in life, are worthy of unconditional positive regard and assistance with life's difficulties. I have years of experience providing therapy for individuals across the lifespan (children through the elderly).
(512) 957-9867 View (512) 957-9867
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Marcia Louise Sherrod
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
SoCo, Austin, TX 78745
Waitlist for new clients
I would be delighted to explore with you whatever brings you to therapy at this time in your life. If you are struggling with a life transition, stress, or symptoms of depression or anxiety, we can work together with curiosity and compassion to help you develop the skills necessary to tolerate difficult emotions and situations in the present moment while helping you reconnect to your own vitality. If you are feeling stuck and unsure how the future will unfold, I would be honored to help you learn to embrace uncertainty while creating a meaningful, authentic life.
I would be delighted to explore with you whatever brings you to therapy at this time in your life. If you are struggling with a life transition, stress, or symptoms of depression or anxiety, we can work together with curiosity and compassion to help you develop the skills necessary to tolerate difficult emotions and situations in the present moment while helping you reconnect to your own vitality. If you are feeling stuck and unsure how the future will unfold, I would be honored to help you learn to embrace uncertainty while creating a meaningful, authentic life.
(512) 598-5816 View (512) 598-5816
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Maria Valentich
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
SoCo, Austin, TX 78745
Hi, I'm Maria Valentich, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker located in Texas. I take a client-centered approach to therapy. My personal belief and goal is to make therapy easy to access for you. I can help you with common life stressors like symptoms of depression, anxiety, grief, relationship problems, and conflict resolution. I operate primarily through a cognitive behavioral approach, meaning as we work together, attention is focused on your thoughts, emotions and behaviors and how they impact your life. I also am skilled in other approaches and will adjust according to what you need.
Hi, I'm Maria Valentich, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker located in Texas. I take a client-centered approach to therapy. My personal belief and goal is to make therapy easy to access for you. I can help you with common life stressors like symptoms of depression, anxiety, grief, relationship problems, and conflict resolution. I operate primarily through a cognitive behavioral approach, meaning as we work together, attention is focused on your thoughts, emotions and behaviors and how they impact your life. I also am skilled in other approaches and will adjust according to what you need.
(737) 250-6584 View (737) 250-6584
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Amy Hoffman
Pre-Licensed Professional, LMSW
Verified
SoCo, Austin, TX 78745
Life can feel so chaotic and overwhelming and trying to find help in the midst of that is hard: you’re making progress if you’re looking! Maybe you are curious about therapy, just want life to make more sense, or are ready to solve some problems. In any case, I’d be honored to meet with you on your journey. It may seem nearly impossible in the thick of it, but therapy can help you order your inner world to feel less buffeted by anxiety, depression, emotional stress, health problems, or just the news. Many of us fear our emotions or try to ignore them when they are actually an incredible resource for the energy to solve our problems.
Life can feel so chaotic and overwhelming and trying to find help in the midst of that is hard: you’re making progress if you’re looking! Maybe you are curious about therapy, just want life to make more sense, or are ready to solve some problems. In any case, I’d be honored to meet with you on your journey. It may seem nearly impossible in the thick of it, but therapy can help you order your inner world to feel less buffeted by anxiety, depression, emotional stress, health problems, or just the news. Many of us fear our emotions or try to ignore them when they are actually an incredible resource for the energy to solve our problems.
(512) 540-3177 View (512) 540-3177
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Aunre-Anna Tangney
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
SoCo, Austin, TX 78745
Hi, I am Aunre-Anna Tangney. I am a licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. I enjoy utilizing CBT and person-centered therapy together to get you to a place of feeling whole again. I specialize in anxiety, depression, and relationship conflicts. I specialize in anxiety, depression, and relationship conflicts in adults. I also specialize in helping women develop a work-life balance and identify true levels of importance in their lives. Additionally, specialize in helping people of color with struggles that are unique to them.
Hi, I am Aunre-Anna Tangney. I am a licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. I enjoy utilizing CBT and person-centered therapy together to get you to a place of feeling whole again. I specialize in anxiety, depression, and relationship conflicts. I specialize in anxiety, depression, and relationship conflicts in adults. I also specialize in helping women develop a work-life balance and identify true levels of importance in their lives. Additionally, specialize in helping people of color with struggles that are unique to them.
(512) 812-8676 View (512) 812-8676
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Hannah Shoshana
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
SoCo, Austin, TX 78745  (Online Only)
I love working with folx who are ready to do the work, but find that traditional talk therapy methods have not gotten them as deep as they'd like to go. I especially love helping individuals get clear on the root cause of their stuckness. I have found there is something very healing about exploring your past together, while ensuring you feel seen and heard. Together we can shift existing paradigms and old belief systems to form new narratives that feel authentic, holistic, and uniquely you by tending to your needs with lots of compassion and zero judgment.
I love working with folx who are ready to do the work, but find that traditional talk therapy methods have not gotten them as deep as they'd like to go. I especially love helping individuals get clear on the root cause of their stuckness. I have found there is something very healing about exploring your past together, while ensuring you feel seen and heard. Together we can shift existing paradigms and old belief systems to form new narratives that feel authentic, holistic, and uniquely you by tending to your needs with lots of compassion and zero judgment.
(720) 743-6177 View (720) 743-6177
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Peyton English
Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW
Verified
SoCo, Austin, TX 78745
Hello there! I'm passionate about whole-person healing that embraces the mind, body, and soul, with a firm belief in the potential for everyone to live full, authentic lives. While trauma, harm, and wounds can leave us feeling fragmented, I strive to create a safe, welcoming space for clients to grow awareness, self acceptance and compassion. My ideal client is navigating challenges like anxiety or life transitions and seeking a judgment-free space to enhance emotional resilience, build confidence, and cultivate meaningful connections—a transformative journey towards a fuller, more authentic life aligned with their true self.
Hello there! I'm passionate about whole-person healing that embraces the mind, body, and soul, with a firm belief in the potential for everyone to live full, authentic lives. While trauma, harm, and wounds can leave us feeling fragmented, I strive to create a safe, welcoming space for clients to grow awareness, self acceptance and compassion. My ideal client is navigating challenges like anxiety or life transitions and seeking a judgment-free space to enhance emotional resilience, build confidence, and cultivate meaningful connections—a transformative journey towards a fuller, more authentic life aligned with their true self.
(512) 772-3611 View (512) 772-3611

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Number of Therapists in SoCo, Austin, TX

20+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in SoCo, Austin, TX who prioritize treating:

86% Stress
81% Depression
81% Anxiety
81% Coping Skills
76% Relationship Issues
76% Grief
71% Self Esteem

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

83% Aetna
83% Cigna and Evernorth
83% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in SoCo, Austin, TX see their clients

81% In Person and Online
19% Online Only

Gender breakdown

90% Female
10% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in SoCo, 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.

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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.