Therapists in Downtown, Charlottesville, VA

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Jessica L Jennings
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CADC
Verified Verified
Downtown, Charlottesville, VA 22902
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and have 20 years of counseling experience working with mental heath disorders, eating disorders, and couple therapy. I take an emotion focused and Jungian approach that allows for depth therapy. I also use Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills training to promote self-acceptance, non-judgment, and behavior change in the areas of interpersonal effectiveness, mindfulness, distress tolerance and emotion regulation. My therapeutic approach promotes an environment of acceptance and compassion that over time becomes an increasing internal experience.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and have 20 years of counseling experience working with mental heath disorders, eating disorders, and couple therapy. I take an emotion focused and Jungian approach that allows for depth therapy. I also use Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills training to promote self-acceptance, non-judgment, and behavior change in the areas of interpersonal effectiveness, mindfulness, distress tolerance and emotion regulation. My therapeutic approach promotes an environment of acceptance and compassion that over time becomes an increasing internal experience.
(434) 363-4647 View (434) 363-4647
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Dr. Michele L Kielty
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, ACC
Verified Verified
Downtown, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Are you a successful person whose life seems great from the outside, but on the inside you are struggling? Are you wondering "is this all there is?" after working so hard to achieve your goals? Are you going through a transition or looking to make changes in your life? Are you ready to get unstuck from thoughts and behaviors that are dragging you down and feel a spark of joy again? You have come to the right place. Sometimes talk therapy is not enough and strategic techniques are needed to create a better future. With 20+ years of experience as a Ph.D. trained therapist and coach, I can help you create lasting results starting now.
Are you a successful person whose life seems great from the outside, but on the inside you are struggling? Are you wondering "is this all there is?" after working so hard to achieve your goals? Are you going through a transition or looking to make changes in your life? Are you ready to get unstuck from thoughts and behaviors that are dragging you down and feel a spark of joy again? You have come to the right place. Sometimes talk therapy is not enough and strategic techniques are needed to create a better future. With 20+ years of experience as a Ph.D. trained therapist and coach, I can help you create lasting results starting now.
(540) 495-1708 View (540) 495-1708
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April Bennett
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdS, LPC
Verified Verified
Downtown, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Accompaniment matters. Relationships transform. We sit together to access the health that is at the center of every human being, even when one of us can’t feel it. We sit because healing happens in relationship, access to true self is made easier in the presence of another person’s settled nervous system, and because your healing matters for the health of all of us. Whether you are facing overwhelm, anger, a frozen feeling, compulsions, depression, trauma, anxiety, or facing other difficult experience, we can touch it with awareness and respect. Our experience includes joy, includes pain, and includes connection and compassion.
Accompaniment matters. Relationships transform. We sit together to access the health that is at the center of every human being, even when one of us can’t feel it. We sit because healing happens in relationship, access to true self is made easier in the presence of another person’s settled nervous system, and because your healing matters for the health of all of us. Whether you are facing overwhelm, anger, a frozen feeling, compulsions, depression, trauma, anxiety, or facing other difficult experience, we can touch it with awareness and respect. Our experience includes joy, includes pain, and includes connection and compassion.
(434) 337-3568 View (434) 337-3568
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Brenda Doremus-Daniel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Downtown, Charlottesville, VA 22902
As a therapist, I provide a safe space for you to explore your potential, heal from past wounds, better manage stressors, and develop an actionable plan to work towards the goals you wish to pursue. I work with adults and adolescents (age 16+) and specialize in working with individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma recovery, parenting challenges, or who are coping with relational, medical, and/or life stressors. I utilize a strengths-based approach with an emphasis on cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused interventions.
As a therapist, I provide a safe space for you to explore your potential, heal from past wounds, better manage stressors, and develop an actionable plan to work towards the goals you wish to pursue. I work with adults and adolescents (age 16+) and specialize in working with individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma recovery, parenting challenges, or who are coping with relational, medical, and/or life stressors. I utilize a strengths-based approach with an emphasis on cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused interventions.
(434) 201-7444 View (434) 201-7444
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Dr. Clarence Massie Jr
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, PhD, MS, ICADC, CADC-II, MAC
Verified Verified
Downtown, Charlottesville, VA 22903  (Online Only)
Although my therapeutic approach is an eclectic style to counseling, I also care about my clients, and utilize in-depth listening skills to first identity the problem, and then help you understand how that problem personally affects you and the ones you love. Then together we can find solutions that work. In this region, I use video therapy, which has become a viable alternative to face-to-face therapy. It provides a secure and convenient method of processing your life in the privacy of your own home. This is a proven and successful option for many of my national clients.
Although my therapeutic approach is an eclectic style to counseling, I also care about my clients, and utilize in-depth listening skills to first identity the problem, and then help you understand how that problem personally affects you and the ones you love. Then together we can find solutions that work. In this region, I use video therapy, which has become a viable alternative to face-to-face therapy. It provides a secure and convenient method of processing your life in the privacy of your own home. This is a proven and successful option for many of my national clients.
(434) 204-8213 View (434) 204-8213
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Jane Christmas
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Downtown, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Being a psychotherapist means being available to you in a way that is different to other forms of human relatedness. It means I listen to the painful events and relationships troubling you in your life and open a conversation about them between us. This conversation is private and confidential, yet allows for the most honest and accessible way to both explore and understand your reactions and feelings. Although the foundation of my knowledge lies in the psychoanalytic tradition, I incorporate contemporary knowledge and methods that have developed since Sigmund Freud's first discoveries at the end of the 19th century.
Being a psychotherapist means being available to you in a way that is different to other forms of human relatedness. It means I listen to the painful events and relationships troubling you in your life and open a conversation about them between us. This conversation is private and confidential, yet allows for the most honest and accessible way to both explore and understand your reactions and feelings. Although the foundation of my knowledge lies in the psychoanalytic tradition, I incorporate contemporary knowledge and methods that have developed since Sigmund Freud's first discoveries at the end of the 19th century.
(434) 362-4916 View (434) 362-4916
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Palmer Castrodale
Resident in Counseling, MEd
Verified Verified
Downtown, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Childhood and adolescence is full of big questions and problem solving. Young people are learning about the world and trying to find their authentic selves. Along the way, they may encounter big challenges in their lives, from family disruptions to feelings that seem too big to manage. My goal is to help children and teens learn about themselves so they feel secure in their daily lives, and confident to take on the challenges that come their way.
Childhood and adolescence is full of big questions and problem solving. Young people are learning about the world and trying to find their authentic selves. Along the way, they may encounter big challenges in their lives, from family disruptions to feelings that seem too big to manage. My goal is to help children and teens learn about themselves so they feel secure in their daily lives, and confident to take on the challenges that come their way.
(434) 686-7160 View (434) 686-7160
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Madeline Finch
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Downtown, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Waitlist for new clients
Life is hard, and we are often our toughest critic. As an EMDR therapist, I am passionate about focusing on experiences and relationships that have caused people to sustain negative beliefs about themselves. I find that those beliefs, whether we are aware of them or not, are often at the core of anxiety, depression, relational difficulties, and addictive behaviors. I work with clients to uproot those beliefs and forge a new way of living, both in mind and body.
Life is hard, and we are often our toughest critic. As an EMDR therapist, I am passionate about focusing on experiences and relationships that have caused people to sustain negative beliefs about themselves. I find that those beliefs, whether we are aware of them or not, are often at the core of anxiety, depression, relational difficulties, and addictive behaviors. I work with clients to uproot those beliefs and forge a new way of living, both in mind and body.
(434) 208-2629 View (434) 208-2629
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Claire De Andrade
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Downtown, Charlottesville, VA 22902
I specialize in working with women who struggle with the emotional issues and experiences related to post-partum, parenting, menopause, empty-nesting, career conflicts, or loss. Women who may be questioning their choices, their values, their identity, their self-criticism, their worth, their capacity for self-care.
I specialize in working with women who struggle with the emotional issues and experiences related to post-partum, parenting, menopause, empty-nesting, career conflicts, or loss. Women who may be questioning their choices, their values, their identity, their self-criticism, their worth, their capacity for self-care.
(434) 362-4887 View (434) 362-4887
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Megan Stocker Headley
Counselor, LMHC, LPC, RYT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Downtown, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Do you feel chronically disconnected or stuck in unhelpful patterns despite "knowing better"? This misalignment might be affecting your physical health, your relationships, your sense of self, and your visions for the future. While many of the strategies you relied upon in early life were both necessary and adaptive, they can also become what hold you back later in life. What if we explore some of your origin stories and update those defaults to better reflect who you are, instead of who you believed you had to be? What if we deepen your self-belonging, thereby strengthening your capacity to connect more effortlessly with others?
Do you feel chronically disconnected or stuck in unhelpful patterns despite "knowing better"? This misalignment might be affecting your physical health, your relationships, your sense of self, and your visions for the future. While many of the strategies you relied upon in early life were both necessary and adaptive, they can also become what hold you back later in life. What if we explore some of your origin stories and update those defaults to better reflect who you are, instead of who you believed you had to be? What if we deepen your self-belonging, thereby strengthening your capacity to connect more effortlessly with others?
(434) 732-2230 View (434) 732-2230
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Fabian Kuttner
Resident in Counseling, MA, RIC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Downtown, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Working with couples and men is awesome. My clients always surprise me with their intelligence and strength, even if muted by their immediate troubles. Focusing on the connection the couple does have, we can work on the skills to being our own individual within the relationship. Working with men often involves negotiating the contradictions the world presents, attending to power differentials and how they impact our inner world, discovering where our habits developed and how we want to change and grow who we are in the world. I utilize a multitude of maps to offer my clients impactful and effective interventions.
Working with couples and men is awesome. My clients always surprise me with their intelligence and strength, even if muted by their immediate troubles. Focusing on the connection the couple does have, we can work on the skills to being our own individual within the relationship. Working with men often involves negotiating the contradictions the world presents, attending to power differentials and how they impact our inner world, discovering where our habits developed and how we want to change and grow who we are in the world. I utilize a multitude of maps to offer my clients impactful and effective interventions.
(434) 231-2558 View (434) 231-2558
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Mindful Innovations
Counselor, MA, LPC, CSOTP
Verified Verified
Downtown, Charlottesville, VA 22903  (Online Only)
I support a broad range of individuals, such as those with self regulation and impulse control, that impact their functioning and stability. I want to help you or your loved one in stabilization of mood, thinking, and behavior to live more freely without the burdens of past experiences. I believe strongly in one's motivation to change, and I will support you while you build belief in yourself and your goals. I can help you work through barriers that may inhibit your success or hold you back from taking the steps forward in your life. While the treatment journey can be a challenging one, I can help guide your path to stability.
I support a broad range of individuals, such as those with self regulation and impulse control, that impact their functioning and stability. I want to help you or your loved one in stabilization of mood, thinking, and behavior to live more freely without the burdens of past experiences. I believe strongly in one's motivation to change, and I will support you while you build belief in yourself and your goals. I can help you work through barriers that may inhibit your success or hold you back from taking the steps forward in your life. While the treatment journey can be a challenging one, I can help guide your path to stability.
(434) 478-3048 View (434) 478-3048
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Jeff Jennings
Psychologist, PhD, LCP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Downtown, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Many high-performers know they are capable of achieving more but feel stuck at times. Do you feel that despite having a lot of things together, something is missing that is holding you back? The clients I work with have typically achieved success in many aspects of life, but they struggle in others. When facing challenges that seem insurmountable, we all can benefit from expert guidance and counseling. As a clinical psychologist with over 25 years of education and experience, I empower high-achieving professionals, athletes, and couples to reach their goals and create the changes in life they most desire.
Many high-performers know they are capable of achieving more but feel stuck at times. Do you feel that despite having a lot of things together, something is missing that is holding you back? The clients I work with have typically achieved success in many aspects of life, but they struggle in others. When facing challenges that seem insurmountable, we all can benefit from expert guidance and counseling. As a clinical psychologist with over 25 years of education and experience, I empower high-achieving professionals, athletes, and couples to reach their goals and create the changes in life they most desire.
(434) 201-3383 View (434) 201-3383
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Allison Splaun
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Downtown, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Finding a therapist who you feel comfortable with and supported by is key to any successful therapy. I work to develop a strong, trusting relationship with every client and design a treatment that is tailored to your needs. I enjoy working with a wide range of people struggling with many different issues, including relationship problems, anxiety, depression, grief, reactions to trauma, and child and adolescent problems, among other difficulties.
Finding a therapist who you feel comfortable with and supported by is key to any successful therapy. I work to develop a strong, trusting relationship with every client and design a treatment that is tailored to your needs. I enjoy working with a wide range of people struggling with many different issues, including relationship problems, anxiety, depression, grief, reactions to trauma, and child and adolescent problems, among other difficulties.
(434) 270-8235 View (434) 270-8235
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Dr. Michael M Grant
Psychologist, PhD, MBA
Verified Verified
Downtown, Charlottesville, VA 22902
I offer therapy & evaluation (testing) services for those 18+. Clients don't come to me because they are happy. They come, most likely, because they are in pain and hurt. They are tired of feeling stuck, and the fear, tears, and whatever seems to be causing them all. They aren’t interested in therapy because they want therapy. In fact, they are not even sure IF they want therapy—but they ARE sure they want to get unstuck and feel better. So, for you: here you are. . . not all that sure that this is going to help but damn sure you want to do something that might make a positive change and get your life moving forward again.
I offer therapy & evaluation (testing) services for those 18+. Clients don't come to me because they are happy. They come, most likely, because they are in pain and hurt. They are tired of feeling stuck, and the fear, tears, and whatever seems to be causing them all. They aren’t interested in therapy because they want therapy. In fact, they are not even sure IF they want therapy—but they ARE sure they want to get unstuck and feel better. So, for you: here you are. . . not all that sure that this is going to help but damn sure you want to do something that might make a positive change and get your life moving forward again.
(434) 290-4269 View (434) 290-4269
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Amit Shahane
Psychologist, PhD, ABPP
Verified Verified
Downtown, Charlottesville, VA 22902
I am a board certified, licensed psychologist dedicated to helping individuals navigate personal and professional challenges on the path toward positive mental health well-being. With specialized training in trauma, depression, anxiety, sleep, gender and sexual identity, and adjustment to chronic medical illness, I bring years of clinical experience to assist in managing life’s challenges. I also provide a host of assessment services including readiness for surgery evaluations including bariatric and gender-affirming surgery. My approach is rooted in empathy and evidence-based practice to ensure a positive experience.
I am a board certified, licensed psychologist dedicated to helping individuals navigate personal and professional challenges on the path toward positive mental health well-being. With specialized training in trauma, depression, anxiety, sleep, gender and sexual identity, and adjustment to chronic medical illness, I bring years of clinical experience to assist in managing life’s challenges. I also provide a host of assessment services including readiness for surgery evaluations including bariatric and gender-affirming surgery. My approach is rooted in empathy and evidence-based practice to ensure a positive experience.
(434) 686-6430 View (434) 686-6430
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Mimi Steele
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Downtown, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Not accepting new clients
** NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS-- Please click on the website button on the left side of my profile to receive practice information.** Focusing on couples' strengths and attachment styles, I help partners understand the normal ups and downs of attunement and misattunement, learn and practice mindfulness and emotional regulation, how to heal small and large ruptures and build deeper emotional and physical intimacy and trust. I have experience assisting partners repair their relationship after infidelity or breach of trust. If reconciliation is not possible, I help couples through the separation and divorce process.
** NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS-- Please click on the website button on the left side of my profile to receive practice information.** Focusing on couples' strengths and attachment styles, I help partners understand the normal ups and downs of attunement and misattunement, learn and practice mindfulness and emotional regulation, how to heal small and large ruptures and build deeper emotional and physical intimacy and trust. I have experience assisting partners repair their relationship after infidelity or breach of trust. If reconciliation is not possible, I help couples through the separation and divorce process.
(434) 473-6060 View (434) 473-6060
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Erin Johnson
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LMFT, FAMI
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Downtown, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Your decision to start counseling represents a meaningful commitment to yourself, and to a life that is more satisfying and balanced. The clients I work with appreciate my focused, sensitive and caring approach to the issues they present for counseling. If you are dealing with anxiety, depression, grief, stress, or relationship issues, I will work with you to develop strategies that will help you improve self-esteem and self-confidence, enhance self-awareness and relationship skills, reduce worry and negative thinking, and improve mood and energy.
Your decision to start counseling represents a meaningful commitment to yourself, and to a life that is more satisfying and balanced. The clients I work with appreciate my focused, sensitive and caring approach to the issues they present for counseling. If you are dealing with anxiety, depression, grief, stress, or relationship issues, I will work with you to develop strategies that will help you improve self-esteem and self-confidence, enhance self-awareness and relationship skills, reduce worry and negative thinking, and improve mood and energy.
(434) 337-3853 x105 View (434) 337-3853 x105
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Dr. Jenna Budreau
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Downtown, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Is your job high stress with unique challenges? And, lately your personal life feels over-complicated too? No wonder it’s a struggle to keep generating solutions, even if you are typically an over-achiever. Let me help. I’m a distinguished relationship psychologist with extensive mastery in navigating the intricate realm of human connections, both professionally & personally. Do relationships, whether in your personal life or on the career front, often feel like you're grilling a steak on high heat – charred & intense? REGRETS? We've all got a list of those, but somehow, you find ourselves in the thick of it, yearning for answers.
Is your job high stress with unique challenges? And, lately your personal life feels over-complicated too? No wonder it’s a struggle to keep generating solutions, even if you are typically an over-achiever. Let me help. I’m a distinguished relationship psychologist with extensive mastery in navigating the intricate realm of human connections, both professionally & personally. Do relationships, whether in your personal life or on the career front, often feel like you're grilling a steak on high heat – charred & intense? REGRETS? We've all got a list of those, but somehow, you find ourselves in the thick of it, yearning for answers.
(434) 290-4119 View (434) 290-4119
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Leigh Freilich, LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Downtown, Charlottesville, VA 22901  (Online Only)
I am an EMDRIA-certified therapist with 15+ years of experience serving individuals and families in Charlottesville. I operate from a strengths-based, trauma-informed approach and incorporate interventions from the following therapeutic modalities, depending on the client's goals for therapy and presenting issues: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Internal Family Systems, CBT, Motivational Interviewing, expressive arts therapies.
I am an EMDRIA-certified therapist with 15+ years of experience serving individuals and families in Charlottesville. I operate from a strengths-based, trauma-informed approach and incorporate interventions from the following therapeutic modalities, depending on the client's goals for therapy and presenting issues: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Internal Family Systems, CBT, Motivational Interviewing, expressive arts therapies.
(434) 215-0474 View (434) 215-0474

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Number of Therapists in Downtown, Charlottesville, VA

100+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Downtown, Charlottesville, VA who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
90% Depression
80% Self Esteem
78% Relationship Issues
78% Trauma and PTSD
74% Stress
72% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

82% Aetna
79% BlueCross and BlueShield
70% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Downtown, Charlottesville, VA see their clients

82% In Person and Online
18% Online Only

Gender breakdown

79% Female
19% Male
2% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Downtown, Charlottesville?

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.