Therapists in Arlington, VA

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Sarah Burns
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Arlington, VA 20301  (Online Only)
Do you often feel stuck in life but can’t pinpoint what is holding you back? Are you curious or confused about certain behaviors, emotions, or reactions that you're having? Are you motivated to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and figure out your “why”? I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia, New York, Maryland, and DC with a passion for working with adolescents and young adults experiencing anxiety, depression, past trauma, and current life stressors.
Do you often feel stuck in life but can’t pinpoint what is holding you back? Are you curious or confused about certain behaviors, emotions, or reactions that you're having? Are you motivated to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and figure out your “why”? I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia, New York, Maryland, and DC with a passion for working with adolescents and young adults experiencing anxiety, depression, past trauma, and current life stressors.
(703) 952-5352 View (703) 952-5352
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John Perry
Resident in Counseling, MA, NCC
Verified Verified
Arlington, VA 22209
I am a Resident in Counseling based in Virginia, possessing a particular passion for addressing a diverse array of issues, including those related to the LGBTQIA+ community, relational conflicts, life transitions, depression, anxiety, multicultural concerns, identity exploration, suicidal ideation, trauma, legal system challenges, and personality disorders. In my therapeutic approach, I emphasize the importance of fostering a collaborative and secure space for clients to navigate their current struggles, confront challenges, and explore avenues for healthy community connections through an empathetic and trauma-informed lens.
I am a Resident in Counseling based in Virginia, possessing a particular passion for addressing a diverse array of issues, including those related to the LGBTQIA+ community, relational conflicts, life transitions, depression, anxiety, multicultural concerns, identity exploration, suicidal ideation, trauma, legal system challenges, and personality disorders. In my therapeutic approach, I emphasize the importance of fostering a collaborative and secure space for clients to navigate their current struggles, confront challenges, and explore avenues for healthy community connections through an empathetic and trauma-informed lens.
(571) 454-8723 View (571) 454-8723
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Timothy Q Elliott
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LICSW, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Arlington, VA 22203
As a therapist, I believe our lives are made up of relationships - relationship with others, with the world around us, and with ourselves. When we feel "out of whack," this is one sign that at least one of these relationships needs our attention. Therapy is an excellent avenue to examine and explore these connections. My practice is rooted in client-centered approaches. While I use cognitive behavioral, motivational, and mindfulness-based techniques - each session is tailored to meet you right where you are that day. My hope is that you feel safe and affirmed during all interactions.
As a therapist, I believe our lives are made up of relationships - relationship with others, with the world around us, and with ourselves. When we feel "out of whack," this is one sign that at least one of these relationships needs our attention. Therapy is an excellent avenue to examine and explore these connections. My practice is rooted in client-centered approaches. While I use cognitive behavioral, motivational, and mindfulness-based techniques - each session is tailored to meet you right where you are that day. My hope is that you feel safe and affirmed during all interactions.
(703) 884-2179 View (703) 884-2179
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Alexis Buckheit
Licensed Professional Counselor, MSEd, LPC, LCPC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Arlington, VA 22209
It's such a big step to reach out for help and so important to find a therapist that feels like the right fit. I am passionate about working together with clients during challenging times in their lives and believe in healing for all. I see the therapeutic relationship as the most important factor in supporting clients to explore and understand themselves and move towards self-discovery, self-acceptance, and healing. I am a warm, empathetic person and strive to provide a safe and supportive space to foster a productive therapeutic relationship, allowing individuals to create enduring and lasting change within their lives.
It's such a big step to reach out for help and so important to find a therapist that feels like the right fit. I am passionate about working together with clients during challenging times in their lives and believe in healing for all. I see the therapeutic relationship as the most important factor in supporting clients to explore and understand themselves and move towards self-discovery, self-acceptance, and healing. I am a warm, empathetic person and strive to provide a safe and supportive space to foster a productive therapeutic relationship, allowing individuals to create enduring and lasting change within their lives.
(703) 420-3055 View (703) 420-3055
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Kimberly Sherman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, LICSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Arlington, VA 22203  (Online Only)
Dealing with processing and healing from past experiences, whether they happened recently or in childhood? Not sure how you want to show up in your relationships, or how to set boundaries to have healthier dynamics in your relationships? Experiencing imposter syndrome as you enter new phases in your life, whether it be college, employment or relationships? Feeling overwhelmed with the daily requirements of being a human in the current world? Therapy can help unpack all these feelings so you can show up in your daily life the way you want!
Dealing with processing and healing from past experiences, whether they happened recently or in childhood? Not sure how you want to show up in your relationships, or how to set boundaries to have healthier dynamics in your relationships? Experiencing imposter syndrome as you enter new phases in your life, whether it be college, employment or relationships? Feeling overwhelmed with the daily requirements of being a human in the current world? Therapy can help unpack all these feelings so you can show up in your daily life the way you want!
(571) 946-4695 View (571) 946-4695
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Lifebulb Counseling & Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Arlington, VA 22201
We're confident we can help you achieve your therapy goals. Because we believe you're best served by a therapist who's passionate about not only their work, but who they work with as well. That's why we started Lifebulb - We're committed to helping therapists to get back to enjoying their work, so you, our client, can receive the highest quality therapy services, whether in person at one of our locations or online through telehealth. We hire only highly trained and educated, licensed clinicians dedicated to the therapy process. Working with us, you'll get results.
We're confident we can help you achieve your therapy goals. Because we believe you're best served by a therapist who's passionate about not only their work, but who they work with as well. That's why we started Lifebulb - We're committed to helping therapists to get back to enjoying their work, so you, our client, can receive the highest quality therapy services, whether in person at one of our locations or online through telehealth. We hire only highly trained and educated, licensed clinicians dedicated to the therapy process. Working with us, you'll get results.
(571) 701-2032 View (571) 701-2032
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Kristin Zauel
Psychologist, PhD, CEDS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Arlington, VA 22203
Dr. Kristin Zauel is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in treating eating disorders, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, self-esteem concerns, relationship concerns, and adjustment to various life transitions. Dr. Zauel has worked within a variety of settings (outpatient private practice, residential treatment, and college counseling center) providing individual, family and group psychotherapy to adolescents and adults. She is passionate about supporting clients in furthering their well-being and living a life more fully aligned with their values.
Dr. Kristin Zauel is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in treating eating disorders, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, self-esteem concerns, relationship concerns, and adjustment to various life transitions. Dr. Zauel has worked within a variety of settings (outpatient private practice, residential treatment, and college counseling center) providing individual, family and group psychotherapy to adolescents and adults. She is passionate about supporting clients in furthering their well-being and living a life more fully aligned with their values.
(571) 200-3238 View (571) 200-3238
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Stephanie Lacy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Arlington, VA 22201
Stephanie Lacy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia who has been practicing since 2017. Stephanie believes in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. In her sessions you are open to express yourself and she will always actively listen. Stephanie will tailor your dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Stephanie knows it takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling, happier life and to take the first steps towards a change; so, she is proud of you. Stephanie will be here to support and empower you on this journey.
Stephanie Lacy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia who has been practicing since 2017. Stephanie believes in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. In her sessions you are open to express yourself and she will always actively listen. Stephanie will tailor your dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Stephanie knows it takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling, happier life and to take the first steps towards a change; so, she is proud of you. Stephanie will be here to support and empower you on this journey.
(571) 200-7012 View (571) 200-7012
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Dr. Heather Sheets, PLLC
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Arlington, VA 22207
There are certain transition points in life: moments when you identify a shift in your inner dialogue, or you recognize a need for lasting change, or you decide it’s time to choose which of your life experiences should be footnotes and which should be part of your greater narrative. I believe these are moments of opportunity—and together, we can use the discomfort caused by life changes, relationship issues, depression, anxiety, or other stressors to navigate the next portion of your life journey in a brave, healthy direction. I look forward to learning more about you and your goals for change.
There are certain transition points in life: moments when you identify a shift in your inner dialogue, or you recognize a need for lasting change, or you decide it’s time to choose which of your life experiences should be footnotes and which should be part of your greater narrative. I believe these are moments of opportunity—and together, we can use the discomfort caused by life changes, relationship issues, depression, anxiety, or other stressors to navigate the next portion of your life journey in a brave, healthy direction. I look forward to learning more about you and your goals for change.
(571) 290-2825 View (571) 290-2825
Photo of Jennifer Fleming Beytin, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Jennifer Fleming Beytin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Arlington, VA 22209
If you have been frustrated by past therapy experiences, you’re not alone. Traditional approaches don’t always work for those of us with ADHD, Autism, and other types of neurodivergence. That’s why I do things a bit differently. My approach is strengths-based, empowering, and neurodiversity-affirming. Instead of trying to fit a square peg into a round hole, neuro-affirming therapy embraces the squareness. It recognizes that what works for one person may not work for another, and that's perfectly okay.
If you have been frustrated by past therapy experiences, you’re not alone. Traditional approaches don’t always work for those of us with ADHD, Autism, and other types of neurodivergence. That’s why I do things a bit differently. My approach is strengths-based, empowering, and neurodiversity-affirming. Instead of trying to fit a square peg into a round hole, neuro-affirming therapy embraces the squareness. It recognizes that what works for one person may not work for another, and that's perfectly okay.
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Photo of Nicole Cathell, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Nicole Cathell
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Arlington, VA 22203  (Online Only)
Hi, I specialize in working with adults struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, work stressors, trauma, life changes, and challenges in relationships with loved ones or others. I build my work with clients around their goals and needs by being attentive, caring, and open. I’m very helpful for clients needing genuine support, wanting a sounding board, looking for new perspectives, and seeking gentle guidance. I work with clients from all backgrounds, orientations, and identities.
Hi, I specialize in working with adults struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, work stressors, trauma, life changes, and challenges in relationships with loved ones or others. I build my work with clients around their goals and needs by being attentive, caring, and open. I’m very helpful for clients needing genuine support, wanting a sounding board, looking for new perspectives, and seeking gentle guidance. I work with clients from all backgrounds, orientations, and identities.
(571) 200-8959 View (571) 200-8959
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Kristen Johnson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LICSW, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Arlington, VA 22207
Waitlist for new clients
Life has stresses. How we cope, how we manage and how we use them to strive for the next best thing matters. Maybe you are anxious or feeling down. Maybe you and your partner are arguing more or feeling disconnected or maybe you’re beginning to feel the effects of being sandwiched between caregiving for your aging parents and taking care of your own family. It’s all hard. Finding new strategies to manage and getting new knowledge can be transformative. Together we will make a plan that helps you take meaningful action towards a more fulfilling life.
Life has stresses. How we cope, how we manage and how we use them to strive for the next best thing matters. Maybe you are anxious or feeling down. Maybe you and your partner are arguing more or feeling disconnected or maybe you’re beginning to feel the effects of being sandwiched between caregiving for your aging parents and taking care of your own family. It’s all hard. Finding new strategies to manage and getting new knowledge can be transformative. Together we will make a plan that helps you take meaningful action towards a more fulfilling life.
(571) 470-5780 View (571) 470-5780
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Greg McCathren
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Arlington, VA 22201
I am an experienced clinical psychologist with a warm and collaborative approach to therapy. I am here to offer a safe place to process your feelings and to help you set therapeutic goals. I help couples build skills to strengthen their friendship, solidify trust, and improve intimacy to make positive, lasting changes in the relationship. I specialize in the treatment of anxiety including challenges with OCD, depression, trauma including post-traumatic stress, relationship distress or dissatisfaction, as well as challenges with life transitions.
I am an experienced clinical psychologist with a warm and collaborative approach to therapy. I am here to offer a safe place to process your feelings and to help you set therapeutic goals. I help couples build skills to strengthen their friendship, solidify trust, and improve intimacy to make positive, lasting changes in the relationship. I specialize in the treatment of anxiety including challenges with OCD, depression, trauma including post-traumatic stress, relationship distress or dissatisfaction, as well as challenges with life transitions.
(703) 997-7875 View (703) 997-7875
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Anxiety And Trauma-Teens-Young Adults Indigo Bloom Therapy Sharita Crawford
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Arlington, VA 22207
You feel stuck in a cycle of trying, but never feeling good enough. This can be especially true if you've experienced trauma, leaving you with emotional wounds that make it hard to trust yourself and others. You are often worried and trying to balance school or work. Your heart is racing, and you are unable to relax; everyday situations are overwhelming. Sometimes you feel alone, even surrounded by your tribe. You might wonder if they truly understand what you're going through. Perhaps you've tried everything to change, but nothing seems to work. This constant effort can be exhausting, leaving you feeling frustrated and hopeless.
You feel stuck in a cycle of trying, but never feeling good enough. This can be especially true if you've experienced trauma, leaving you with emotional wounds that make it hard to trust yourself and others. You are often worried and trying to balance school or work. Your heart is racing, and you are unable to relax; everyday situations are overwhelming. Sometimes you feel alone, even surrounded by your tribe. You might wonder if they truly understand what you're going through. Perhaps you've tried everything to change, but nothing seems to work. This constant effort can be exhausting, leaving you feeling frustrated and hopeless.
(703) 594-4310 View (703) 594-4310
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Dr. Alanna Covington
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Arlington, VA 22209
As a clinical psychologist, I consider therapy to be a collaborative process and use a flexible array of evidence-based therapeutic tools to craft the best treatment plan to meet my clients’ goals. I have experience successfully treating a variety of concerns, including anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, and other emotional difficulties. My training includes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy, and other evidence-based approaches.
As a clinical psychologist, I consider therapy to be a collaborative process and use a flexible array of evidence-based therapeutic tools to craft the best treatment plan to meet my clients’ goals. I have experience successfully treating a variety of concerns, including anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, and other emotional difficulties. My training includes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy, and other evidence-based approaches.
(571) 982-8118 View (571) 982-8118
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Silver Lake Psychology
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Arlington, VA 22209
Learn how to feel more connected to yourself, others, and the world around you. Therapy provides all the elements of intimacy: honest communication, vulnerability, and trust. Good therapy is challenging yet warm, providing both structure and empathy for your unique experience.
Learn how to feel more connected to yourself, others, and the world around you. Therapy provides all the elements of intimacy: honest communication, vulnerability, and trust. Good therapy is challenging yet warm, providing both structure and empathy for your unique experience.
(571) 497-5074 View (571) 497-5074
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Nancy Shawki
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
17 Endorsed
Arlington, VA 22207  (Online Only)
ACCEPTing New Patients! Do you feel alone and struggling with getting through in life? I know how hard it can be to seek support! My goal as a therapist is to help clients feel heard in a therapeutic, nonjudgmental, and nurturing atmosphere. We can work on healing together in a supportive and collaborative approach. Getting help can be scary but I am proud of you for seeking to invest in your healing and working towards living a healthy and happy life that you deserve!
ACCEPTing New Patients! Do you feel alone and struggling with getting through in life? I know how hard it can be to seek support! My goal as a therapist is to help clients feel heard in a therapeutic, nonjudgmental, and nurturing atmosphere. We can work on healing together in a supportive and collaborative approach. Getting help can be scary but I am proud of you for seeking to invest in your healing and working towards living a healthy and happy life that you deserve!
(571) 393-6509 View (571) 393-6509
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Nouveau Psychological Wellness
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Arlington, VA 22209
At Nouveau, we offer therapy and psychological assessment services to individuals, couples & families (6+). Dr. Vianca Escudero specializes in conditions of emotion dysregulation, working with kids, parents and families to learn more effective ways of relating to each other. She also speaks Spanish. Dr. Jack Baker works with teens and young adults dealing with anxiety, depression and conditions. Dr. Paige Victorine works with adults and couples, specializing in complex trauma, anxiety, chronic illness and adult ADHD. We offer individualized assessment services to support greater diagnostic clarity from an affirming lens.
At Nouveau, we offer therapy and psychological assessment services to individuals, couples & families (6+). Dr. Vianca Escudero specializes in conditions of emotion dysregulation, working with kids, parents and families to learn more effective ways of relating to each other. She also speaks Spanish. Dr. Jack Baker works with teens and young adults dealing with anxiety, depression and conditions. Dr. Paige Victorine works with adults and couples, specializing in complex trauma, anxiety, chronic illness and adult ADHD. We offer individualized assessment services to support greater diagnostic clarity from an affirming lens.
(703) 496-1143 View (703) 496-1143
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Kate Vitolo
Resident in Counseling, LGPC, CSAC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Arlington, VA 22209
Are you thriving professionally but struggling internally? Have you always been an exceptional student while also being overwhelmed by what that takes out of you? If you have it all together but still struggle with your mental health, I can help. Whether it's anxiety, depression, issues with relationships, or maybe leaning on that glass of wine a bit too much, therapy can help you overcome the issues you may be experiencing.
Are you thriving professionally but struggling internally? Have you always been an exceptional student while also being overwhelmed by what that takes out of you? If you have it all together but still struggle with your mental health, I can help. Whether it's anxiety, depression, issues with relationships, or maybe leaning on that glass of wine a bit too much, therapy can help you overcome the issues you may be experiencing.
(571) 470-5516 View (571) 470-5516
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Heather Leahy Hecht
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Arlington, VA 22209
"New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings." - Lao Tzu. Have you lost your sense of peace and wholeness? Are you feeling alone and unfulfilled? I specialize in treating adults, as well as children and adolescents, using several treatment modalities that are among the most evidence-based in the field, including CBT. I also specialize in the treatment of couples, and am a Certified Level One Gottman Couples Therapist. I am committed to helping adults regain their well-being, to allowing children to improve behavior and reconnect with their joy, and to assisting couples in increasing intimacy and friendship.
"New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings." - Lao Tzu. Have you lost your sense of peace and wholeness? Are you feeling alone and unfulfilled? I specialize in treating adults, as well as children and adolescents, using several treatment modalities that are among the most evidence-based in the field, including CBT. I also specialize in the treatment of couples, and am a Certified Level One Gottman Couples Therapist. I am committed to helping adults regain their well-being, to allowing children to improve behavior and reconnect with their joy, and to assisting couples in increasing intimacy and friendship.
(703) 436-4259 View (703) 436-4259

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Arlington, VA

1,000+

Average cost per session

$175

Therapists in Arlington, VA who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
91% Depression
78% Relationship Issues
78% Self Esteem
69% Coping Skills
68% Stress
67% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

69% BlueCross and BlueShield
59% Aetna
58% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Arlington, VA see their clients

55% In Person and Online
45% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a therapist in Arlington?

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.