Therapists in Virginia Beach City County, VA

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Millie Hillman ✦ Bravewithin Counseling
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified Verified
Virginia Beach, VA 23464  (Online Only)
Are you worn out trying to find peace and joy in your life? Do you wish to stop overthinking? Do you feel restless, toss, and turn most of the nights? As a therapist, I approach my work with a trauma-informed perspective, focusing on promoting mental health and embracing holistic healing principles. I bring specialized expertise through certifications in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Seeking Safety, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
Are you worn out trying to find peace and joy in your life? Do you wish to stop overthinking? Do you feel restless, toss, and turn most of the nights? As a therapist, I approach my work with a trauma-informed perspective, focusing on promoting mental health and embracing holistic healing principles. I bring specialized expertise through certifications in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Seeking Safety, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
(844) 502-7283 View (844) 502-7283
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Karen Johnston
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
Karen Johnston Is a Resident in Counseling (RIC) working towards full licensure as an LPC with over 6 years of experience. She is passionate about helping people and couples of all ages and backgrounds address challenges and trauma they may have faced in the past or are currently facing. Karen specializes in anxiety, grief, trauma, depression, behavioral problems and relationship issues.
Karen Johnston Is a Resident in Counseling (RIC) working towards full licensure as an LPC with over 6 years of experience. She is passionate about helping people and couples of all ages and backgrounds address challenges and trauma they may have faced in the past or are currently facing. Karen specializes in anxiety, grief, trauma, depression, behavioral problems and relationship issues.
(757) 780-1512 View (757) 780-1512
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Gavin Cone
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Gavin is honored to be your choice for mental healthcare. Prior to obtaining licensure (LCSW), he acquired expertise in careers that include active duty military, metropolitan police officer, then title 1 classroom teacher. His undergraduate degree was from UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Tx; then a graduate degree fromTexas A&M University with of focus on clinical social work. Gavin's treatment emphasis is: accurate assessment, then person-specific treatment to resolve life concerns (with very limited focus on labeling one with a psychiatric diagnosis).
Gavin is honored to be your choice for mental healthcare. Prior to obtaining licensure (LCSW), he acquired expertise in careers that include active duty military, metropolitan police officer, then title 1 classroom teacher. His undergraduate degree was from UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Tx; then a graduate degree fromTexas A&M University with of focus on clinical social work. Gavin's treatment emphasis is: accurate assessment, then person-specific treatment to resolve life concerns (with very limited focus on labeling one with a psychiatric diagnosis).
(757) 866-3522 View (757) 866-3522
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Jana Davis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, NBCCH, RRTP
Verified Verified
Virginia Beach, VA 23462  (Online Only)
Are you tired of the words 'coping skills' or 'let it go'? Would you rather talk to your dog than talk to a therapist? Then you may really like Jana Davis. She's not a traditional therapist. Jana is not interested in 'coping skills'. She's interested in what is holding you back, and taking care of that. The result is you feeling more like yourself, and that's a good place to be. She does this without having the client 'relive' anything. Jana knows those other therapies (EMDR, prolonged exposure, cognitive processing, and many others). She uses something MUCH faster and WITHOUT reliving.
Are you tired of the words 'coping skills' or 'let it go'? Would you rather talk to your dog than talk to a therapist? Then you may really like Jana Davis. She's not a traditional therapist. Jana is not interested in 'coping skills'. She's interested in what is holding you back, and taking care of that. The result is you feeling more like yourself, and that's a good place to be. She does this without having the client 'relive' anything. Jana knows those other therapies (EMDR, prolonged exposure, cognitive processing, and many others). She uses something MUCH faster and WITHOUT reliving.
(757) 267-6463 View (757) 267-6463
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Keen Insights
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Virginia Beach, VA 23451  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I believe that healing takes place differently for every human being. While there are commonalities across the experience of healing, there is no other person on this earth that must walk in your shoes for a lifetime. Understanding your strengths and unlearning those beliefs that have kept you feeling stuck is where I aim to set a foundation for where your journey of self-discovery goes next. My goal is to seek out and heal the "root" cause of fears and anxiety, and additionally, to establish your own personal sense of safety after traumatic experiences. I consider it an honor and privilege to hold space for you.
I believe that healing takes place differently for every human being. While there are commonalities across the experience of healing, there is no other person on this earth that must walk in your shoes for a lifetime. Understanding your strengths and unlearning those beliefs that have kept you feeling stuck is where I aim to set a foundation for where your journey of self-discovery goes next. My goal is to seek out and heal the "root" cause of fears and anxiety, and additionally, to establish your own personal sense of safety after traumatic experiences. I consider it an honor and privilege to hold space for you.
(757) 801-2775 View (757) 801-2775
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Lauren Acarino
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Virginia Beach, VA 23451  (Online Only)
While discussing mental health has become somewhat more common, it might not be a topic that you feel comfortable bringing up with close friends or family. If you have felt that you were alone as you experience symptoms like a lack of concentration, uncontrollable negative thoughts, or feeling like you are in 'autopilot' I would be honored to guide your recovery process. I believe that anxiety and depression are shared experiences that we all encounter during periods of heightened stressors in our lives, and that the goal of therapy is to help us identify what our thoughts and choices that do not align with our goals.
While discussing mental health has become somewhat more common, it might not be a topic that you feel comfortable bringing up with close friends or family. If you have felt that you were alone as you experience symptoms like a lack of concentration, uncontrollable negative thoughts, or feeling like you are in 'autopilot' I would be honored to guide your recovery process. I believe that anxiety and depression are shared experiences that we all encounter during periods of heightened stressors in our lives, and that the goal of therapy is to help us identify what our thoughts and choices that do not align with our goals.
(757) 996-5862 View (757) 996-5862
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Erin Freeman
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Does it feel like there’s always something or someone that needs you? Do you find yourself constantly pouring into others, only to find your cup empty at the end of the day, with nothing left to pour into yourself? Are you feeling frustrated, irritated, overwhelmed, exhausted, depleted, or even alone? Does it feel like you’re going through the motions but getting nowhere? You are not alone, and it's okay to say, "I'm not okay." I am experienced in helping clients navigate changes in life that lead to a loss of sense of self, depression or anxiety, as well as healing from traumatic experiences.
Does it feel like there’s always something or someone that needs you? Do you find yourself constantly pouring into others, only to find your cup empty at the end of the day, with nothing left to pour into yourself? Are you feeling frustrated, irritated, overwhelmed, exhausted, depleted, or even alone? Does it feel like you’re going through the motions but getting nowhere? You are not alone, and it's okay to say, "I'm not okay." I am experienced in helping clients navigate changes in life that lead to a loss of sense of self, depression or anxiety, as well as healing from traumatic experiences.
(757) 702-3945 View (757) 702-3945
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Karion Walker
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
Karion Walker is a Resident in Counseling in the state of Virginia, who has over 5 years of working in the mental health field, providing therapeutic care and psychoeducation to adults, couples, and adolescents seeking help with anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, coping skills, and anger management. Karion completed his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and his Master’s in Mental Health Counseling at Old Dominion University.
Karion Walker is a Resident in Counseling in the state of Virginia, who has over 5 years of working in the mental health field, providing therapeutic care and psychoeducation to adults, couples, and adolescents seeking help with anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, coping skills, and anger management. Karion completed his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and his Master’s in Mental Health Counseling at Old Dominion University.
(757) 654-2324 View (757) 654-2324
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Silver Lake Psychology
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
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.
(757) 799-1162 View (757) 799-1162
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Laura Barrera
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Virginia Beach, VA 23464  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Hi there! I am so glad you're are here! I understand that it can be frustrating and upsetting when things are not working like they used to. Feeling as if you have tried everything but still dealing with the same issues can leave you feeling hopeless, and the busy pace of life does not leave much time to heal. When feeling disconnected, reaching out for support and being honest about what you are going through makes you vulnerable and that is scary, but that is where I hope to be able to help you out.
Hi there! I am so glad you're are here! I understand that it can be frustrating and upsetting when things are not working like they used to. Feeling as if you have tried everything but still dealing with the same issues can leave you feeling hopeless, and the busy pace of life does not leave much time to heal. When feeling disconnected, reaching out for support and being honest about what you are going through makes you vulnerable and that is scary, but that is where I hope to be able to help you out.
(757) 906-6477 View (757) 906-6477
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Sarah Kooiman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Virginia Beach, VA 23452  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Just about everyone will experience difficulty at some point in their lives, whether that means grief, relationship conflict, mental health concerns, struggles with identity and purpose, or the question of worthiness and success. It can be difficult to know how to maneuver through the challenges that life can throw our way, and at times it's hard to know where to turn. My goal is to help create an opportunity to explore the workings of your mind, and to help guide you to self-discovery, knowledge, and peace.
Just about everyone will experience difficulty at some point in their lives, whether that means grief, relationship conflict, mental health concerns, struggles with identity and purpose, or the question of worthiness and success. It can be difficult to know how to maneuver through the challenges that life can throw our way, and at times it's hard to know where to turn. My goal is to help create an opportunity to explore the workings of your mind, and to help guide you to self-discovery, knowledge, and peace.
(757) 330-8737 View (757) 330-8737
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Margaux E. Flood
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Virginia Beach, VA 23464  (Online Only)
I specialize in empowering women who are ready to experience greater confidence, self-love, fulfillment, and ease in their lives. As women, we are often conditioned to believe that criticizing and shaming ourselves will motivate us to change and grow. In reality, these habits keep us stuck and lead us to speak unkindly to ourselves, doubt our decision-making, and generally feel unsafe and inadequate in our minds and bodies.
I specialize in empowering women who are ready to experience greater confidence, self-love, fulfillment, and ease in their lives. As women, we are often conditioned to believe that criticizing and shaming ourselves will motivate us to change and grow. In reality, these habits keep us stuck and lead us to speak unkindly to ourselves, doubt our decision-making, and generally feel unsafe and inadequate in our minds and bodies.
(757) 280-1334 View (757) 280-1334
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Priscilla Ballsun
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Priscilla Ballsun is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia who has been practicing since 1987. She studied at Hunter School of Social Work. Priscilla works with adults who want to improve the quality of their lives. She likes to spend time establishing therapeutic rapport. A person who comes to work with Priscilla will get to know themselves better physically, emotionally, and cognitively as well as what they value. They will learn to use the resources of time, energy and money to their advantage.
Priscilla Ballsun is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia who has been practicing since 1987. She studied at Hunter School of Social Work. Priscilla works with adults who want to improve the quality of their lives. She likes to spend time establishing therapeutic rapport. A person who comes to work with Priscilla will get to know themselves better physically, emotionally, and cognitively as well as what they value. They will learn to use the resources of time, energy and money to their advantage.
(757) 206-2040 View (757) 206-2040
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Molly Mittel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Molly Mittel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience specializing in depression, anxiety, ADHD and Autism. Molly treats school aged children and adolescents as well as young adults utilizing specific treatment modalities that fit best with her clients. Molly has extensive experience counseling children and adolescents both individually and in groups. In her clinical work, Molly is well versed in both traditional therapeutic techniques as well as creative modalities such as play therapy and art.
Molly Mittel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience specializing in depression, anxiety, ADHD and Autism. Molly treats school aged children and adolescents as well as young adults utilizing specific treatment modalities that fit best with her clients. Molly has extensive experience counseling children and adolescents both individually and in groups. In her clinical work, Molly is well versed in both traditional therapeutic techniques as well as creative modalities such as play therapy and art.
(757) 909-6848 View (757) 909-6848
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Angelica Tyree
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
My name is Angelica Tyree, and I am a LPC based in Virginia. I currently work with clients via telehealth. Some of my experience includes traveling abroad, trauma, self-esteem, anxiety/depression, early intervention, relationship dynamics, and parenting. Most of my experience tends to focus on children, adolescents, and teenagers who may be struggling with adjusting to life experiences. These life adjustments may come with depression, anxiety, anger, low self-esteem, grief, etc. My goal is to help clients persevere through those challenges so that they can obtain wholeness and live life to the best of their ability.
My name is Angelica Tyree, and I am a LPC based in Virginia. I currently work with clients via telehealth. Some of my experience includes traveling abroad, trauma, self-esteem, anxiety/depression, early intervention, relationship dynamics, and parenting. Most of my experience tends to focus on children, adolescents, and teenagers who may be struggling with adjusting to life experiences. These life adjustments may come with depression, anxiety, anger, low self-esteem, grief, etc. My goal is to help clients persevere through those challenges so that they can obtain wholeness and live life to the best of their ability.
(757) 210-9731 View (757) 210-9731
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Kerry Craymer
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) dedicated to helping my clients foster growth and healing through a collaborative therapeutic relationship. I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional certified through IATP (International Association of Trauma Professionals) and a Certified EMDR Clinician through EMDRIA (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association). I specialize in helping clients work through anxiety, panic attacks, and trauma.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) dedicated to helping my clients foster growth and healing through a collaborative therapeutic relationship. I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional certified through IATP (International Association of Trauma Professionals) and a Certified EMDR Clinician through EMDRIA (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association). I specialize in helping clients work through anxiety, panic attacks, and trauma.
(757) 996-5893 x708 View (757) 996-5893 x708
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Kelly Andrews
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, RPT
Verified Verified
Waitlist for new clients
Thank you for taking your time to read the information I have provided. One of the most important steps in counseling is finding a therapist you can connect with and trust. I offer free consultations so you can assess if I am the right fit for your healing process. For over 16 years I have been honored to work with children, adolescents and adults on their therapeutic journey’s. I am passionate about addressing and treating the client as a whole which includes the physical, emotional and spiritual self. I collaborate with each client and tailor sessions to meet their current needs.
Thank you for taking your time to read the information I have provided. One of the most important steps in counseling is finding a therapist you can connect with and trust. I offer free consultations so you can assess if I am the right fit for your healing process. For over 16 years I have been honored to work with children, adolescents and adults on their therapeutic journey’s. I am passionate about addressing and treating the client as a whole which includes the physical, emotional and spiritual self. I collaborate with each client and tailor sessions to meet their current needs.
(757) 389-8834 View (757) 389-8834
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Courtney Kramer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Virginia Beach, VA 23451  (Online Only)
Do you resonate with being a high-achieving perfectionist wanting to break free from the cycle of people pleasing & negative self talk? Do you often overthink to hide from your emotions? I would be honored to support you with acceptance and compassion as you rewrite your story. I specialize in helping you establish unshakable boundaries, discover ease in your everyday, communicate your needs, express your emotions, and love your true self. Whether you are facing ADHD, anxiety, or difficult life transitions I am here to support you in embracing a more genuine, empowered, and harmonious life.
Do you resonate with being a high-achieving perfectionist wanting to break free from the cycle of people pleasing & negative self talk? Do you often overthink to hide from your emotions? I would be honored to support you with acceptance and compassion as you rewrite your story. I specialize in helping you establish unshakable boundaries, discover ease in your everyday, communicate your needs, express your emotions, and love your true self. Whether you are facing ADHD, anxiety, or difficult life transitions I am here to support you in embracing a more genuine, empowered, and harmonious life.
(757) 906-6789 View (757) 906-6789
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Rebecca Dean Reid
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
I have been a psychotherapist for 30 plus years. Intially, I worked at The Menninger Foundation and later at Eastern Virginia Psychiatric Institute Adult Unit. I was an associate professor at EVMS in family therapy where I taught and coordinated training workshops for the Family Therapy Institute. In 1986, I joined the private practice of Clinical Associates. In 2012, my psychiatrist husband and I moved our location to Laskin Road. I am an Approved Supervisor in the American Association of Marital and Family Therapists and specialize in marital therapy, pre-marital counseling, divorce and conflict resolution in couples.
I have been a psychotherapist for 30 plus years. Intially, I worked at The Menninger Foundation and later at Eastern Virginia Psychiatric Institute Adult Unit. I was an associate professor at EVMS in family therapy where I taught and coordinated training workshops for the Family Therapy Institute. In 1986, I joined the private practice of Clinical Associates. In 2012, my psychiatrist husband and I moved our location to Laskin Road. I am an Approved Supervisor in the American Association of Marital and Family Therapists and specialize in marital therapy, pre-marital counseling, divorce and conflict resolution in couples.
(757) 383-7580 View (757) 383-7580
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Barbara S Ford
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC, CTRI
Verified Verified
I have had the pleasure of working with the special needs community in Hampton Roads, incorporating Equine Interactions and Eco Therapy (nature-based) therapies into daily living since 1989. Combining both traditional in-office counseling and outdoor connections is how I truly believe people are meant to live. Using solution-focused, Equine Interactions and Eco Therapies (nature-based), I can help you discover your strengths and move forward in creating a healthier and more productive space in which to live.
I have had the pleasure of working with the special needs community in Hampton Roads, incorporating Equine Interactions and Eco Therapy (nature-based) therapies into daily living since 1989. Combining both traditional in-office counseling and outdoor connections is how I truly believe people are meant to live. Using solution-focused, Equine Interactions and Eco Therapies (nature-based), I can help you discover your strengths and move forward in creating a healthier and more productive space in which to live.
(757) 272-1074 View (757) 272-1074

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Number of Therapists in Virginia Beach City County, VA

1,000+

Average cost per session

$140

Therapists in Virginia Beach City County, VA who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
90% Depression
76% Self Esteem
73% Coping Skills
72% Stress
71% Relationship Issues
71% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

75% Aetna
75% BlueCross and BlueShield
72% Anthem | Elevance

How Therapists in Virginia Beach City County, VA see their clients

61% In Person and Online
39% Online Only

Gender breakdown

86% Female
13% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Virginia Beach City County?

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.