Therapists in Mount Baker, Bellingham, WA

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Bear Counseling, LLC
Counselor, M Ed, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mount Baker, Bellingham, WA 98226  (Online Only)
I believe therapy is a collaborative process and I strive to create a nonjudgmental environment that promotes self-exploration, self-awareness, and growth. I enjoy building relationships and do my best to embody core values of authenticity, openness, and vulnerability in my daily life and practice.
I believe therapy is a collaborative process and I strive to create a nonjudgmental environment that promotes self-exploration, self-awareness, and growth. I enjoy building relationships and do my best to embody core values of authenticity, openness, and vulnerability in my daily life and practice.
(360) 963-4072 View (360) 963-4072
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Cynthia Hedlund
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Mount Baker, Bellingham, WA 98226  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I assist adults struggling with depression, anxiety and difficult life stressors. Working together we can explore the impact of hurts, trauma, marginalization, loss, abuse, illness, and bereavement. I also support couples to explore relationship issues or marital concerns or to have useful pre-marital conversations. Additionally, I support individuals dealing with the hardship of divorce or the destabilization a breakup can bring. You may be seeking support in any one or many of these areas.
I assist adults struggling with depression, anxiety and difficult life stressors. Working together we can explore the impact of hurts, trauma, marginalization, loss, abuse, illness, and bereavement. I also support couples to explore relationship issues or marital concerns or to have useful pre-marital conversations. Additionally, I support individuals dealing with the hardship of divorce or the destabilization a breakup can bring. You may be seeking support in any one or many of these areas.
(206) 900-8895 View (206) 900-8895
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Jeremy Moot (Doors Open Therapy)
Counselor, MA, LMHCA
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Mount Baker, Bellingham, WA 98226
Waitlist for new clients
I love working with both individuals and couples and in either case take the approach of discussing what it means to walk through this world in relation to others. Whether that's a committed relationship to a loved one or the relationship you've developed with a casual co-worker or the relationship you have with your parents or the relationship you have with yourself (how you view and think of yourself); all of these carry deep complexity. And all relationships take work. Finding someone who can help you navigate why you feel stuck in these relationships sometimes, can be relieving, healing, and even life altering.
I love working with both individuals and couples and in either case take the approach of discussing what it means to walk through this world in relation to others. Whether that's a committed relationship to a loved one or the relationship you've developed with a casual co-worker or the relationship you have with your parents or the relationship you have with yourself (how you view and think of yourself); all of these carry deep complexity. And all relationships take work. Finding someone who can help you navigate why you feel stuck in these relationships sometimes, can be relieving, healing, and even life altering.
(360) 390-1151 View (360) 390-1151
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Dick Mattila
Marriage & Family Therapist, MDiv, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mount Baker, Bellingham, WA 98226
Do you want a fresh outlook? Are you looking for a new perspective? Do you want change that offers realistic hope? I have been privileged over the past 20 plus years of helping people address change. We all want to avoid addressing personal change. In many ways it is like musical chairs: We cling as long as possible to the perceived "safe" place that we already know, refusing to loosen our grip until we feel sure another safe place awaits. Together we will work to establish attainable goals that are best suited for your life.
Do you want a fresh outlook? Are you looking for a new perspective? Do you want change that offers realistic hope? I have been privileged over the past 20 plus years of helping people address change. We all want to avoid addressing personal change. In many ways it is like musical chairs: We cling as long as possible to the perceived "safe" place that we already know, refusing to loosen our grip until we feel sure another safe place awaits. Together we will work to establish attainable goals that are best suited for your life.
(360) 328-7262 View (360) 328-7262
Jonathan M Boudin
Counselor, LMHC, RCC, MEd
Verified Verified
Mount Baker, Bellingham, WA 98226  (Online Only)
Welcome! Counseling begins with safety, support, empathy, and trust. Perhaps we seek a non-judgmental ear that will listen, connection to our personal strengths, or an approach such as EMDR, DBT, CBT, or coping skills. I draw from multiple approaches so that therapy is collaborative and customized to meet your unique needs, hopes, and goals. I am trained in EMDR, an effective approach in healing from trauma. Helping youth of all genders is one of my specialties and I dedicate part of my practice to kids, tweens, and teens. I happily work with adults too. I am a LGBTQIA+ ally and cultural awareness is important to me.
Welcome! Counseling begins with safety, support, empathy, and trust. Perhaps we seek a non-judgmental ear that will listen, connection to our personal strengths, or an approach such as EMDR, DBT, CBT, or coping skills. I draw from multiple approaches so that therapy is collaborative and customized to meet your unique needs, hopes, and goals. I am trained in EMDR, an effective approach in healing from trauma. Helping youth of all genders is one of my specialties and I dedicate part of my practice to kids, tweens, and teens. I happily work with adults too. I am a LGBTQIA+ ally and cultural awareness is important to me.
(360) 813-6134 View (360) 813-6134
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Brittney Jones
Counselor, MS, LMHC, RYT-200
Verified Verified
Mount Baker, Bellingham, WA 98226  (Online Only)
Trauma & abuse can cause us to feel isolated, out-of-control, and lost in our own lives. The resultant suffering & mental illnesses significantly disrupt our relationships, life satisfaction, and sense of self. These painful experiences can cause a disconnect between the four aspects of our being – mind, body, emotion, and spirit. Therapy offers a space in which you can understand this disconnection, re-story your experience, reintegrate these parts of yourself, and heal. In our work together, we will honor your experiences and help you find what you need to live a more authentic, empowered, and enriching life.
Trauma & abuse can cause us to feel isolated, out-of-control, and lost in our own lives. The resultant suffering & mental illnesses significantly disrupt our relationships, life satisfaction, and sense of self. These painful experiences can cause a disconnect between the four aspects of our being – mind, body, emotion, and spirit. Therapy offers a space in which you can understand this disconnection, re-story your experience, reintegrate these parts of yourself, and heal. In our work together, we will honor your experiences and help you find what you need to live a more authentic, empowered, and enriching life.
(360) 472-4243 View (360) 472-4243
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Daniel Masler
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Mount Baker, Bellingham, WA 98226  (Online Only)
I am passionate about helping people make sense of their lives in complicated times. I am an actively involved psychotherapist. I believe in developing a strongly collaborative relationship. With mutual curiosity, we can explore meaningful ways to find relief and make lasting, positive changes. I do psychotherapy with children, teens, families, and adults in English, Spanish, French, Italian, and in Japanese. I also do psychological evaluations for Attention Deficit Disorder.
I am passionate about helping people make sense of their lives in complicated times. I am an actively involved psychotherapist. I believe in developing a strongly collaborative relationship. With mutual curiosity, we can explore meaningful ways to find relief and make lasting, positive changes. I do psychotherapy with children, teens, families, and adults in English, Spanish, French, Italian, and in Japanese. I also do psychological evaluations for Attention Deficit Disorder.
(206) 460-1404 View (206) 460-1404
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Tara L Caldwell
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mount Baker, Bellingham, WA 98226  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
My approach with clients is warm, compassionate and collaborative. In addition to relieving pain and symptoms, I strive to help clients make changes that bring them happiness and greater satisfaction in life. Areas of expertise include treatment of PTSD, depression, anxiety, trauma, and abuse, along with problems stemming from relationship issues, divorce, parenting issues, empty nest, career change, relocation, major illness, chronic pain, or grief. I use complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a personalized approach for each client, building on strengths to achieve the changes you want.
My approach with clients is warm, compassionate and collaborative. In addition to relieving pain and symptoms, I strive to help clients make changes that bring them happiness and greater satisfaction in life. Areas of expertise include treatment of PTSD, depression, anxiety, trauma, and abuse, along with problems stemming from relationship issues, divorce, parenting issues, empty nest, career change, relocation, major illness, chronic pain, or grief. I use complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a personalized approach for each client, building on strengths to achieve the changes you want.
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Walter Cardona
Counselor, MEd, LMHC, MHP, CMHS, CSOTP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Mount Baker, Bellingham, WA 98228
Not accepting new clients
As a therapist, my mission is to help you improve your over-all well being, enhance your ability to engage in interpersonal relationships, empower you with useful tools, and ultimately explore and address the obstacles that may be holding you back from the life you want to live. Choosing the right therapist is an important decision and a good fit is necessary to make effective progress. I try to be straightforward, without being harsh, and encouraging without applying any pressure. My clients find me to be warm, caring, down-to-earth, and, at times, humorous.
As a therapist, my mission is to help you improve your over-all well being, enhance your ability to engage in interpersonal relationships, empower you with useful tools, and ultimately explore and address the obstacles that may be holding you back from the life you want to live. Choosing the right therapist is an important decision and a good fit is necessary to make effective progress. I try to be straightforward, without being harsh, and encouraging without applying any pressure. My clients find me to be warm, caring, down-to-earth, and, at times, humorous.
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Maribel Aheran
Counselor, EdD, LCP, LMHC
Verified Verified
Mount Baker, Bellingham, WA 98226
Accepting New Patients, same week availability................................... Maribel Aheran Ed.D, LMHC-QS, NCC, MCAP is a bilingual (English & Spanish) licensed clinical mental health counselor with over 12 years of experience treating children, adolescents, college students, and adults. She completed a bachelor's degree in education from Caribbean University, a master's degree in English for speakers of other languages from Turabo University, a master's degree in Counseling and Psychology from Troy University, and a doctorate degree in education from Edgewood College.
Accepting New Patients, same week availability................................... Maribel Aheran Ed.D, LMHC-QS, NCC, MCAP is a bilingual (English & Spanish) licensed clinical mental health counselor with over 12 years of experience treating children, adolescents, college students, and adults. She completed a bachelor's degree in education from Caribbean University, a master's degree in English for speakers of other languages from Turabo University, a master's degree in Counseling and Psychology from Troy University, and a doctorate degree in education from Edgewood College.
(360) 968-6435 View (360) 968-6435
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WK Counseling LLC
Counselor, LMHC-A
Verified Verified
Mount Baker, Bellingham, WA 98226  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Do you feel like you are not your best self anymore? Maybe stress and worries have been so high that you have difficulties sleeping and enjoying your days. Whether you are dealing with struggles at work/school, in relationships, or managing big changes in your life - let’s break that negative cycle and work towards a positive change. Experiencing life in Europe, South East Asia, West-Africa, and the US, has made me highly culturally aware and I am respectful of people of all backgrounds, religions, cultures, and gender.
Do you feel like you are not your best self anymore? Maybe stress and worries have been so high that you have difficulties sleeping and enjoying your days. Whether you are dealing with struggles at work/school, in relationships, or managing big changes in your life - let’s break that negative cycle and work towards a positive change. Experiencing life in Europe, South East Asia, West-Africa, and the US, has made me highly culturally aware and I am respectful of people of all backgrounds, religions, cultures, and gender.
(509) 563-7234 View (509) 563-7234
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Brooke Usrey
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Mount Baker, Bellingham, WA 98225  (Online Only)
Your thoughts may be moving toward pregnancy or starting a family in the near future. You may already be navigating conception, pregnancy, or postpartum and you are swimming in uncertainty. The shift to life with a baby has led to so many changes that you don't know who you are anymore. As a mother you may find tension between your intuition/body wisdom and dominant cultural messages. You may simply feel overwhelmed by life, surprised at how simple things feel so challenging. You may be curious if your current baseline is where you will live forever. Some part of you knows that it could be different but you aren't sure how.
Your thoughts may be moving toward pregnancy or starting a family in the near future. You may already be navigating conception, pregnancy, or postpartum and you are swimming in uncertainty. The shift to life with a baby has led to so many changes that you don't know who you are anymore. As a mother you may find tension between your intuition/body wisdom and dominant cultural messages. You may simply feel overwhelmed by life, surprised at how simple things feel so challenging. You may be curious if your current baseline is where you will live forever. Some part of you knows that it could be different but you aren't sure how.
(360) 634-0751 View (360) 634-0751
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Molly Prentice
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, BCD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mount Baker, Bellingham, WA 98226  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I'm sorry you are facing stressful times, but glad that you decided to reach out for some help. Most of my counseling experience has come from helping people to learn how to better deal with whatever the issues they are facing, including things like anxiety, depression, stress, life transitions, loss, troubled relationships, and troubled pasts. I teach people how to change what they can in themselves and their circumstances, accept those things they have no power over, and then to cope better with whatever comes their way in the future.
I'm sorry you are facing stressful times, but glad that you decided to reach out for some help. Most of my counseling experience has come from helping people to learn how to better deal with whatever the issues they are facing, including things like anxiety, depression, stress, life transitions, loss, troubled relationships, and troubled pasts. I teach people how to change what they can in themselves and their circumstances, accept those things they have no power over, and then to cope better with whatever comes their way in the future.
(360) 469-6343 View (360) 469-6343
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Deborah J Crandall
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Mount Baker, Bellingham, WA 98226
I provide therapy not only because I am passionate about personal growth and connection, but because I believe therapy works. I am inspired by the vulnerability and strength that goes into the healing process. I sincerely believe you have within you what it takes to heal and that doesn't mean you have to do it alone. Through therapy, I hope you feel renewed, motivated, confident, and safe enough in your thoughts and body to fully engage in life. I have had the honor to support those who are seeking out relief from their trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, and/or anger.
I provide therapy not only because I am passionate about personal growth and connection, but because I believe therapy works. I am inspired by the vulnerability and strength that goes into the healing process. I sincerely believe you have within you what it takes to heal and that doesn't mean you have to do it alone. Through therapy, I hope you feel renewed, motivated, confident, and safe enough in your thoughts and body to fully engage in life. I have had the honor to support those who are seeking out relief from their trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, and/or anger.
(360) 200-6224 View (360) 200-6224
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Dr. Sybil McLean
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, DSW, LICSWA
Verified Verified
Mount Baker, Bellingham, WA 98226
Immediate Availability: both ONLINE (all Washington residents) and IN-PERSON (Bellingham/Whatcom County residents). I work with children, adolescents, and adults to address various life challenges such as life transitions (grief, divorce, growing families), academic challenges (learning disorders, issues paying attention in class, behavior plans), social dynamics (friendships, interpersonal communication, dating), and symptom management (sleep quality, improved moods, reduced worry) to name a few. My aim is to assist other in finding solutions to the problem areas they identify and I strive to help clients reach attainable goals.
Immediate Availability: both ONLINE (all Washington residents) and IN-PERSON (Bellingham/Whatcom County residents). I work with children, adolescents, and adults to address various life challenges such as life transitions (grief, divorce, growing families), academic challenges (learning disorders, issues paying attention in class, behavior plans), social dynamics (friendships, interpersonal communication, dating), and symptom management (sleep quality, improved moods, reduced worry) to name a few. My aim is to assist other in finding solutions to the problem areas they identify and I strive to help clients reach attainable goals.
(360) 323-6488 View (360) 323-6488
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Mari T Ritalahti
Counselor, MA, LMHC, CRC, CDMS
Verified Verified
Mount Baker, Bellingham, WA 98226
My clients come from a variety of experiences including anxious feelings, dark periods of life, intrusive thoughts, and traumatic exposure, to those people who are transitioning in life or working through grief and sorrow. I work with people who have had years of counseling but don't seem to be getting any better and keep going through repetitive cycles. The main factor that connects them all is the desire to heal. There is no need to be aggressive with healing and having to force ourselves to “get over” trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, etc. There is another avenue which encompasses compassion for ourselves and for others.
My clients come from a variety of experiences including anxious feelings, dark periods of life, intrusive thoughts, and traumatic exposure, to those people who are transitioning in life or working through grief and sorrow. I work with people who have had years of counseling but don't seem to be getting any better and keep going through repetitive cycles. The main factor that connects them all is the desire to heal. There is no need to be aggressive with healing and having to force ourselves to “get over” trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, etc. There is another avenue which encompasses compassion for ourselves and for others.
(360) 226-5199 View (360) 226-5199
Mary Anne Lloyd
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Mount Baker, Bellingham, WA 98226  (Online Only)
Therapy is creative, gives us focus, loosens the grip of our problems, spins us around, and lifts us up. I have practiced psychology for about 30 years and presently have offices in Bellingham and Renton, WA and Vancouver, BC. I have just opened the office in Bellingham and welcome new clients. I look forward to having the same engaging relationships in Bellingham that I have with clients in the other busy practices. I work eclectically, using methods that personally benefit whoever has come for therapy. Usually there is some aspect of Cognitive Behavioral therapy, because it is so helpful.
Therapy is creative, gives us focus, loosens the grip of our problems, spins us around, and lifts us up. I have practiced psychology for about 30 years and presently have offices in Bellingham and Renton, WA and Vancouver, BC. I have just opened the office in Bellingham and welcome new clients. I look forward to having the same engaging relationships in Bellingham that I have with clients in the other busy practices. I work eclectically, using methods that personally benefit whoever has come for therapy. Usually there is some aspect of Cognitive Behavioral therapy, because it is so helpful.
(360) 799-5249 View (360) 799-5249
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Dr. Isabel E. Kaufman Forensic Expert/Therapist
Counselor, DR, LMHCC, CFC, Forensi, Expert
Verified Verified
Mount Baker, Bellingham, WA 98229
Through Life Stages: offers an array of services including but not limited to individual, children, couples and group counseling, crisis intervention, grief and loss therapy and conflict resolution. Dr Kaufman uses state of the art Mental Health Assessments. The Assessment includes a comprehensive social history, referral information, diagnostic impression, significant findings, and recommendations for treatment. A thorough Mental Health Evaluation like this is the best way to help yourself, your child, and your family. As a Professional Counselor Isabel E. Kaufman is experienced, knowledgeable and able to help!
Through Life Stages: offers an array of services including but not limited to individual, children, couples and group counseling, crisis intervention, grief and loss therapy and conflict resolution. Dr Kaufman uses state of the art Mental Health Assessments. The Assessment includes a comprehensive social history, referral information, diagnostic impression, significant findings, and recommendations for treatment. A thorough Mental Health Evaluation like this is the best way to help yourself, your child, and your family. As a Professional Counselor Isabel E. Kaufman is experienced, knowledgeable and able to help!
(360) 927-1980 View (360) 927-1980
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Courtney Shrum
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Mount Baker, Bellingham, WA 98226  (Online Only)
From the outside you’ve got your shit together, but inside you are exhausted. You show up and do what needs to be done to the best of your ability but all while feeling this internal dread you can’t quite shake. You constantly feel like you are having to adjust to fit into everyone else’s expectations of you. No seriously, you probably feel like a chameleon of some sort always changing to fit in. And the higher your stress climbs the more you reach for coping skills that don’t bring you any real sense of relief. You feel like you are going crazy and may have even googled your symptoms to try to figure what’s wrong with you.
From the outside you’ve got your shit together, but inside you are exhausted. You show up and do what needs to be done to the best of your ability but all while feeling this internal dread you can’t quite shake. You constantly feel like you are having to adjust to fit into everyone else’s expectations of you. No seriously, you probably feel like a chameleon of some sort always changing to fit in. And the higher your stress climbs the more you reach for coping skills that don’t bring you any real sense of relief. You feel like you are going crazy and may have even googled your symptoms to try to figure what’s wrong with you.
(360) 323-6323 View (360) 323-6323
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Neupathway (Louis Poeltl)
Counselor, LPC, LMHC, SUDP
Verified Verified
Mount Baker, Bellingham, WA 98226
Accepting New Patients, same week availability................................... Louis Poeltl Ed.S, NCC, C-DBT, LMHC, LPC is a clinical mental health counselor with over 15 years of experience providing therapeutic services to diverse populations, including children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. With a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and an Education Specialist Degree in Family Counseling, Louis is especially suited to incorporate clients’ familial and cultural backgrounds to uncover negative internalized beliefs that are holding back clients from living their best lives now.
Accepting New Patients, same week availability................................... Louis Poeltl Ed.S, NCC, C-DBT, LMHC, LPC is a clinical mental health counselor with over 15 years of experience providing therapeutic services to diverse populations, including children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. With a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and an Education Specialist Degree in Family Counseling, Louis is especially suited to incorporate clients’ familial and cultural backgrounds to uncover negative internalized beliefs that are holding back clients from living their best lives now.
(425) 541-8958 View (425) 541-8958

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Number of Therapists in Mount Baker, Bellingham, WA

20+

Average cost per session

$145

Therapists in Mount Baker, Bellingham, WA who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
88% Stress
83% Relationship Issues
83% Depression
83% Coping Skills
75% Trauma and PTSD
71% Grief

Average years in practice

17 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% Premera
76% Aetna
71% Regence

How Therapists in Mount Baker, Bellingham, WA see their clients

58% Online Only
42% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Mount Baker, Bellingham?

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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.