Therapists in McLean, VA

Photo of Tala Halik, MA, NCC, Pre-Licensed Professional
Tala Halik
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McLean, VA 22101
Child: “I fell and hurt my knee!” Parent: “Don’t cry. It’s OK. Don’t be sad. You’re fine. Just be more careful.” The Whole Brain Child, Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson. This is a common exchange between children and caretakers. Children are often seen as resilient and expected to suppress their emotions and “be strong.” However, children are small adults. They experience similar emotions as adults, yet developmentally are not equipped to process them in the same way. A child’s primary language is play. A child’s emotions are real and important, no matter how frustrating they may seem to us.
Child: “I fell and hurt my knee!” Parent: “Don’t cry. It’s OK. Don’t be sad. You’re fine. Just be more careful.” The Whole Brain Child, Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson. This is a common exchange between children and caretakers. Children are often seen as resilient and expected to suppress their emotions and “be strong.” However, children are small adults. They experience similar emotions as adults, yet developmentally are not equipped to process them in the same way. A child’s primary language is play. A child’s emotions are real and important, no matter how frustrating they may seem to us.
(571) 366-3129 View (571) 366-3129
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Kyle Standiford
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McLean, VA 22102
Waitlist for new clients
I am a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in individual and family therapy with adolescents and young adults. I have experience helping individuals from varied cultural and socio-economic backgrounds struggling with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, trauma, sexual abuse and offenses, gang involvement, substance abuse, and social skills difficulties. I use a variety of modalities, including CBT, REBT, motivational interviewing, and psychodynamic therapy, as well as conducting psychological testing and evaluations. Prior to becoming a psychologist, I worked as a mentor and youth and high school sports coach in VA, MD, and FL.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in individual and family therapy with adolescents and young adults. I have experience helping individuals from varied cultural and socio-economic backgrounds struggling with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, trauma, sexual abuse and offenses, gang involvement, substance abuse, and social skills difficulties. I use a variety of modalities, including CBT, REBT, motivational interviewing, and psychodynamic therapy, as well as conducting psychological testing and evaluations. Prior to becoming a psychologist, I worked as a mentor and youth and high school sports coach in VA, MD, and FL.
(571) 946-2518 x6 View (571) 946-2518 x6
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Fereshteh Khodaei Shahrokhi
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
McLean, VA 22101
My name is Fereshteh Shahrokhi. Have worked decades as clinical & school social worker with K-12 students & families. Worked at day treatment, children & adolescents & juvenile delinquents residential placements with emotional & behavioral difficulties. In particular is skilled working with people with ADHD/Executive Function Deficits (EFD). Provided local, state, and national level presentations in ADHD/EFD, Depression Awareness & Prevention, Bullying & did Depression Screening. Also have been nominated as "The Social Worker of the Year" in 2011 by Fairfax County Association of School Social Workers, the second one ever nominated. Also worked with traumatized children & adolescents & sex offenders.
My name is Fereshteh Shahrokhi. Have worked decades as clinical & school social worker with K-12 students & families. Worked at day treatment, children & adolescents & juvenile delinquents residential placements with emotional & behavioral difficulties. In particular is skilled working with people with ADHD/Executive Function Deficits (EFD). Provided local, state, and national level presentations in ADHD/EFD, Depression Awareness & Prevention, Bullying & did Depression Screening. Also have been nominated as "The Social Worker of the Year" in 2011 by Fairfax County Association of School Social Workers, the second one ever nominated. Also worked with traumatized children & adolescents & sex offenders.
(703) 609-9387 View (703) 609-9387
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Lisa Anne Maestri
LCSW, MSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McLean, VA 22101  (Online Only)
I would like to congratulate you for taking the time to explore therapy. I know that finding the right therapist takes time and energy and is a decision that shouldn't be taken lightly. I welcome any questions you have about me or my practice. I hope to put you at ease from the moment you connect with me via phone or in the office. I approach my clients with a positive & hopeful attitude as we work with one another. The people I have had the privilege to work with describe my style as warm, compassionate, interactive, and collaborative.
I would like to congratulate you for taking the time to explore therapy. I know that finding the right therapist takes time and energy and is a decision that shouldn't be taken lightly. I welcome any questions you have about me or my practice. I hope to put you at ease from the moment you connect with me via phone or in the office. I approach my clients with a positive & hopeful attitude as we work with one another. The people I have had the privilege to work with describe my style as warm, compassionate, interactive, and collaborative.
(571) 290-2059 View (571) 290-2059
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Lindsey Marie Markwood
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
McLean, VA 22101
I help DC area professionals, couples, families and adolescents address anxieties due to past trauma or current life transitions and circumstances. Together we can work to identify the thoughts or habits that serve as obstacles to your productivity or happiness. I also have extensive experience working with survivors of abuse (sexual/physical/emotional) and individuals in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. I work with couples to address the underlying issues that may contribute to their discontent. I offer a compassionate and holistic approach to help improve your emotional well-being.
I help DC area professionals, couples, families and adolescents address anxieties due to past trauma or current life transitions and circumstances. Together we can work to identify the thoughts or habits that serve as obstacles to your productivity or happiness. I also have extensive experience working with survivors of abuse (sexual/physical/emotional) and individuals in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. I work with couples to address the underlying issues that may contribute to their discontent. I offer a compassionate and holistic approach to help improve your emotional well-being.
(202) 759-6406 View (202) 759-6406
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Holly Farris
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McLean, VA 22101
As a former NCAA Division 1 Athlete, I have a passion for working with athletes at all levels. After over a decade of coaching at the youth and collegiate levels and witnessing the life struggles of my teammates and players, I decided to switch sides of the field to work with athletes outside of the lines. Life off the field impacts performance on the field. If you find yourself feeling more stressed than usual, not performing as well as you would like, or have experienced a case of the “yips” and want to return to peak performance, let’s talk.
As a former NCAA Division 1 Athlete, I have a passion for working with athletes at all levels. After over a decade of coaching at the youth and collegiate levels and witnessing the life struggles of my teammates and players, I decided to switch sides of the field to work with athletes outside of the lines. Life off the field impacts performance on the field. If you find yourself feeling more stressed than usual, not performing as well as you would like, or have experienced a case of the “yips” and want to return to peak performance, let’s talk.
(571) 556-3174 View (571) 556-3174
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Carter Bagnall
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
McLean, VA 22101
Carter works with individuals from all walks of life and has worked with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, relationship dysfunction, and family conflict, as well as additional life stressors. Carter holds the perspective that each individual is the expert of their own life and seeks to facilitate therapy in a way that best meets the needs of the client, promoting autonomy and introspection. She utilizes the approaches of person-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma informed care, multicultural competency, and mindfulness.
Carter works with individuals from all walks of life and has worked with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, relationship dysfunction, and family conflict, as well as additional life stressors. Carter holds the perspective that each individual is the expert of their own life and seeks to facilitate therapy in a way that best meets the needs of the client, promoting autonomy and introspection. She utilizes the approaches of person-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma informed care, multicultural competency, and mindfulness.
(571) 556-9971 View (571) 556-9971
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Rob Wakeley LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
McLean, VA 22102  (Online Only)
Go to my website to schedule an appointment. www.robwakeley.com. You can also book directly through headway.com. My ideal client is one who has a strong desire to make meaningful changes in their life. Courage and a desire to work hard are integral. If you're willing to to put in the time and effort, then I am too. I no longer provide under age 18, couples or marriage counseling. No FREE introductory session - surprisingly I get this request frequently.
Go to my website to schedule an appointment. www.robwakeley.com. You can also book directly through headway.com. My ideal client is one who has a strong desire to make meaningful changes in their life. Courage and a desire to work hard are integral. If you're willing to to put in the time and effort, then I am too. I no longer provide under age 18, couples or marriage counseling. No FREE introductory session - surprisingly I get this request frequently.
(208) 273-9331 View (208) 273-9331
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Elizabeth Savill
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
McLean, VA 22101
Hello, I am Elizabeth Scott Savill, a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been doing therapeutic work for over 15 years. I have worked with Preteens, Minors, and Individuals with Anxiety, Depression, Self Esteem, Life Transitions, Relationship Issues, and Anger Management. I am utilizing Eclectic, CBT, mindfulness-based, expressive arts, ACT, attachment-based, strength-based, positive psychology, person-centered, DBT, play, grief, Gottman, motivational interviewing, and many more. I am here to advocate for and guide you throughout your therapeutic journey to restore balance, reconnect with your authentic self, and live your best
Hello, I am Elizabeth Scott Savill, a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been doing therapeutic work for over 15 years. I have worked with Preteens, Minors, and Individuals with Anxiety, Depression, Self Esteem, Life Transitions, Relationship Issues, and Anger Management. I am utilizing Eclectic, CBT, mindfulness-based, expressive arts, ACT, attachment-based, strength-based, positive psychology, person-centered, DBT, play, grief, Gottman, motivational interviewing, and many more. I am here to advocate for and guide you throughout your therapeutic journey to restore balance, reconnect with your authentic self, and live your best
(571) 520-8002 View (571) 520-8002
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Daniela Walder, Psy.D.
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
McLean, VA 22101  (Online Only)
I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist that has been in private practice for over 20 years. My area of focus is working with those struggling with anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, parenting, mood disorders, life transitions, post traumatic stress disorder, and eating disorders.
I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist that has been in private practice for over 20 years. My area of focus is working with those struggling with anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, parenting, mood disorders, life transitions, post traumatic stress disorder, and eating disorders.
(310) 928-2570 View (310) 928-2570
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Reyna Rice
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LCPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McLean, VA 22101
Sometimes life can seem overwhelming and managing multiple responsibilities can create feelings of stress. Changes in life can be wanted; however, how to start the change process may not be clear. My style is to use the therapeutic process to create a safe space for clients to explore thoughts and feelings in order to gain a deeper understanding of their personal needs. My approach combines different therapeutic models to help clients draw on their strengths to obtain their goals.
Sometimes life can seem overwhelming and managing multiple responsibilities can create feelings of stress. Changes in life can be wanted; however, how to start the change process may not be clear. My style is to use the therapeutic process to create a safe space for clients to explore thoughts and feelings in order to gain a deeper understanding of their personal needs. My approach combines different therapeutic models to help clients draw on their strengths to obtain their goals.
(571) 470-5422 View (571) 470-5422
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Barbara Lavine
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
McLean, VA 22101
Do you have concerns about your child or have work/personal issues? Barbara specializes in working with school-age children, age four through preteens, their families, and adults who are dealing with anxiety, grief, ADHD, school challenges, adjustment, family, friendship, work place issues. She strongly believes that through counseling one can make life changes and develop the life and social skills needed to overcome obstacles and live more satisfying and successful lives. She uses a variety of approaches: solution-focused, client-centered, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), relaxation and mindfulness, play, art therapy, and role play with children.
Do you have concerns about your child or have work/personal issues? Barbara specializes in working with school-age children, age four through preteens, their families, and adults who are dealing with anxiety, grief, ADHD, school challenges, adjustment, family, friendship, work place issues. She strongly believes that through counseling one can make life changes and develop the life and social skills needed to overcome obstacles and live more satisfying and successful lives. She uses a variety of approaches: solution-focused, client-centered, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), relaxation and mindfulness, play, art therapy, and role play with children.
(703) 552-8555 View (703) 552-8555
Sindhu Elagandhala
Resident in Counseling, MA, EdS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McLean, VA 22101
Waitlist for new clients
I strive to create a clinical space that will allow you to experiment with new ways of being and challenge you to grow. I work with clients navigating comorbidities of mood, anxiety, personality, or trauma disorders as well as those seeking to integrate neurotypes such as ADHD and autism. I have in-depth passion and experience working with people of color, disabled clients, LGBTQIA+ clients, clients from non-Western cultural backgrounds, and clients exploring identity. It is deeply important to me to validate the experiences of people within marginalized groups and acknowledge how systemic oppression influences mental health.
I strive to create a clinical space that will allow you to experiment with new ways of being and challenge you to grow. I work with clients navigating comorbidities of mood, anxiety, personality, or trauma disorders as well as those seeking to integrate neurotypes such as ADHD and autism. I have in-depth passion and experience working with people of color, disabled clients, LGBTQIA+ clients, clients from non-Western cultural backgrounds, and clients exploring identity. It is deeply important to me to validate the experiences of people within marginalized groups and acknowledge how systemic oppression influences mental health.
(571) 520-6527 View (571) 520-6527
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Jonathan DeRight
Psychologist, PhD, ABPP-CN
Verified Verified
McLean, VA 22101
Do you or your family worry about your thinking abilities? Have you always wondered whether your diagnosis is accurate or wished that you had a more comprehensive evaluation of your symptoms? I perform neuropsychological and psychological evaluations that integrate various cognitive and emotional traits into a personalized and thorough evaluation. I regularly perform forensic neuropsychological and psychological evaluations for the court system. As a board certified neuropsychologist, I often perform cognitive testing to assess skills such as intelligence, attention, processing speed, executive functioning, language, and memory.
Do you or your family worry about your thinking abilities? Have you always wondered whether your diagnosis is accurate or wished that you had a more comprehensive evaluation of your symptoms? I perform neuropsychological and psychological evaluations that integrate various cognitive and emotional traits into a personalized and thorough evaluation. I regularly perform forensic neuropsychological and psychological evaluations for the court system. As a board certified neuropsychologist, I often perform cognitive testing to assess skills such as intelligence, attention, processing speed, executive functioning, language, and memory.
(703) 810-7283 View (703) 810-7283
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Anita L Auerbach
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
McLean, VA 22101
If you or someone you know is experiencing a problem that might call for professional help, whether the problem is depression, anxiety, phobias, marital or family strife, identity crisis, coping with chronic illness, substance abuse or any problem that interferes with daily living, my fellow clinical psychologists at Commonwealth Psychological Associates and I can be of help. It takes courage to ask for help, but early treatment can keep small problems from becoming larger ones that seem unsolvable. We recognize this and through personal care, offer specialized services and modern therapies to meet your specific needs.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a problem that might call for professional help, whether the problem is depression, anxiety, phobias, marital or family strife, identity crisis, coping with chronic illness, substance abuse or any problem that interferes with daily living, my fellow clinical psychologists at Commonwealth Psychological Associates and I can be of help. It takes courage to ask for help, but early treatment can keep small problems from becoming larger ones that seem unsolvable. We recognize this and through personal care, offer specialized services and modern therapies to meet your specific needs.
(540) 931-9967 View (540) 931-9967
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Melissa B Sporn
Psychologist, PhD, MSW
Verified Verified
McLean, VA 22101
Hello. It is a pleasure to introduce my practice to you. I specialize in treating relationship problems, developmental adjustment difficulties, depression, anxiety and survivors of trauma. All of us need support from time to time to develop new ways of living fuller, richer and more satisfying lives. Contact me so that we may discuss how I may be of help.
Hello. It is a pleasure to introduce my practice to you. I specialize in treating relationship problems, developmental adjustment difficulties, depression, anxiety and survivors of trauma. All of us need support from time to time to develop new ways of living fuller, richer and more satisfying lives. Contact me so that we may discuss how I may be of help.
(571) 450-9657 View (571) 450-9657
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Heather Hall
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, MTS, LMSW
Verified Verified
McLean, VA 22101  (Online Only)
Change is hard for everyone. It can be painful and exhausting to manage change but we all have to do it from time to time whether that means facing internal problems or external ones. You don't have to do it alone. I am a social worker with a clinical focus and a pastoral counselor (interfaith/ecumenical focus - I am not here to tell anyone who to be or what to believe), and I have extensive experience with a wide range of mental health challenges.
Change is hard for everyone. It can be painful and exhausting to manage change but we all have to do it from time to time whether that means facing internal problems or external ones. You don't have to do it alone. I am a social worker with a clinical focus and a pastoral counselor (interfaith/ecumenical focus - I am not here to tell anyone who to be or what to believe), and I have extensive experience with a wide range of mental health challenges.
(571) 487-8627 x345 View (571) 487-8627 x345
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Neha S. Batool
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
McLean, VA 22101
Psychological testing offers a window into the inner workings of the mind, providing valuable insights that can illuminate the path toward self-awareness and personal growth. Whether you're grappling with educational challenges, emotional issues, neurodiversity, or seeking to understand your cognitive strengths and weaknesses, psychological testing can serve as a guiding light toward greater self-understanding.
Psychological testing offers a window into the inner workings of the mind, providing valuable insights that can illuminate the path toward self-awareness and personal growth. Whether you're grappling with educational challenges, emotional issues, neurodiversity, or seeking to understand your cognitive strengths and weaknesses, psychological testing can serve as a guiding light toward greater self-understanding.
(757) 294-8357 View (757) 294-8357
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Caroline Cooney
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
McLean, VA 22101
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice located in McLean, Virginia. I provide individual therapy, family therapy and parent coaching sessions to clients of all ages dealing with a variety of issues. Often clients come to therapy to process feelings related to anxiety, depression, strained relationships, crisis, trauma, self-esteem and conflict. I work from an evidence-based approach in order to create an individualized treatment plan for each client and family. I utilize a myriad of models dependent on the therapeutic circumstances and incorporate elements of relevant neuroscience and mindfulness.
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice located in McLean, Virginia. I provide individual therapy, family therapy and parent coaching sessions to clients of all ages dealing with a variety of issues. Often clients come to therapy to process feelings related to anxiety, depression, strained relationships, crisis, trauma, self-esteem and conflict. I work from an evidence-based approach in order to create an individualized treatment plan for each client and family. I utilize a myriad of models dependent on the therapeutic circumstances and incorporate elements of relevant neuroscience and mindfulness.
(571) 536-7451 View (571) 536-7451
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Barbara Mazer
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
McLean, VA 22101
Not accepting new clients
Over the last 24 years, I have treated a wide range of psychological symptoms in individuals who range in age from adolescents through middle age, as well as couples and families. I have worked in both civilian and military settings. My goal is to work with you in clarifying your therapeutic goals and then to pursue those goals as efficiently as possible while resolving obstacles that arise along the way. My approach to treatment is flexible and informed by those who I am working with.
Over the last 24 years, I have treated a wide range of psychological symptoms in individuals who range in age from adolescents through middle age, as well as couples and families. I have worked in both civilian and military settings. My goal is to work with you in clarifying your therapeutic goals and then to pursue those goals as efficiently as possible while resolving obstacles that arise along the way. My approach to treatment is flexible and informed by those who I am working with.
(301) 830-8009 View (301) 830-8009

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in McLean, VA

500+

Average cost per session

$185

Therapists in McLean, VA who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
90% Depression
81% Relationship Issues
75% Self Esteem
67% Trauma and PTSD
66% Coping Skills
62% Grief

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

69% BlueCross and BlueShield
55% Anthem | Elevance
50% CareFirst

How Therapists in McLean, VA see their clients

68% In Person and Online
32% Online Only

Gender breakdown

82% Female
17% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in McLean?

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.