Therapists in Seattle, WA

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Photo of Kayla E Rees, LMHC, Counselor
Kayla E Rees
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98122  (Online Only)
I work with new mothers who are finding the transition to parenthood a bit more shaky than perhaps was expected. I work well with folks who crave to break generational patterns, who yearn to be better parents than the ones who've gone before them, and who are perhaps fearful at times that they may not be up to the task. I also enjoy and greatly relate to parents with highly sensitive, colicky, or neurodivergent babies/toddlers. If you want to feel calmer, more connected, more creative, and more alive in your parenting... I would love to help you get there.
I work with new mothers who are finding the transition to parenthood a bit more shaky than perhaps was expected. I work well with folks who crave to break generational patterns, who yearn to be better parents than the ones who've gone before them, and who are perhaps fearful at times that they may not be up to the task. I also enjoy and greatly relate to parents with highly sensitive, colicky, or neurodivergent babies/toddlers. If you want to feel calmer, more connected, more creative, and more alive in your parenting... I would love to help you get there.
(206) 202-8983 View (206) 202-8983
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Lauren Alfieri
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98133
Life can hold much goodness, joy, and adventure, however we sometimes find ourselves feeling stuck in painful patterns or feeling lost. Maybe you are finding yourself or your relationships feeling disconnected, unfulfilled, or hopeless. I center my work around building an authentic and trustworthy therapeutic relationship where you can work through your life experiences, past or present, in a space of non-judgment and compassion. I offer individual or couples therapy and specialize in identity development and self-esteem, relationships, trauma, life transitions, and sex/sexuality.
Life can hold much goodness, joy, and adventure, however we sometimes find ourselves feeling stuck in painful patterns or feeling lost. Maybe you are finding yourself or your relationships feeling disconnected, unfulfilled, or hopeless. I center my work around building an authentic and trustworthy therapeutic relationship where you can work through your life experiences, past or present, in a space of non-judgment and compassion. I offer individual or couples therapy and specialize in identity development and self-esteem, relationships, trauma, life transitions, and sex/sexuality.
(206) 278-8866 View (206) 278-8866
Photo of Michelle Lifton, MA, MS, LMHC, Counselor
Michelle Lifton
Counselor, MA, MS, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98109
Waitlist for new clients
I became a therapist because I am in awe of our human capacity for growth and transformation. Sometimes it seems impossible to imagine feeling better, or picturing our lives differently. Though distress can have a profound effect on our bodies and minds, growth and change are always possible. I begin with the understanding that we are all are whole and have the inherent ability to cope with life’s struggles, no matter how much pain we may be experiencing.
I became a therapist because I am in awe of our human capacity for growth and transformation. Sometimes it seems impossible to imagine feeling better, or picturing our lives differently. Though distress can have a profound effect on our bodies and minds, growth and change are always possible. I begin with the understanding that we are all are whole and have the inherent ability to cope with life’s struggles, no matter how much pain we may be experiencing.
(425) 215-1865 View (425) 215-1865
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Abby Birk
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98103
Therapy is a space to bravely share your story, to vulnerably explore your strengths and growth areas, to boldly challenge each other towards fully-embodied growth, meaning, and connection. Whether you struggle with anxiety, depression, work stress, grief and loss, personal or professional identity, relationship problems, life stage transitions, general stuckness/burnout, I am here to support you. We will collaborate together to decide what it is you would want more or less of in your life. We will set a plan to get you closer to your goals with each session, while having some laughs & fun along the way, too.
Therapy is a space to bravely share your story, to vulnerably explore your strengths and growth areas, to boldly challenge each other towards fully-embodied growth, meaning, and connection. Whether you struggle with anxiety, depression, work stress, grief and loss, personal or professional identity, relationship problems, life stage transitions, general stuckness/burnout, I am here to support you. We will collaborate together to decide what it is you would want more or less of in your life. We will set a plan to get you closer to your goals with each session, while having some laughs & fun along the way, too.
(206) 260-0808 View (206) 260-0808
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Sarah Odell
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MHP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98126  (Online Only)
The decision to pursue therapy is a courageous one, and finding the right therapist can feel daunting but it is possible. I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in WA with 15+ years serving clients who are ready to navigate significant life changes, heal from trauma, overcome anxiety, & manage ongoing stress while still pursuing bold dreams and goals. I'm passionate about helping clients live their most fulfilling & integrated life possible, even if it means taking big risks and making hard changes. You and your loved ones are capable of living a fulfilling & joyful life and I would be honored to support you in that journey.
The decision to pursue therapy is a courageous one, and finding the right therapist can feel daunting but it is possible. I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in WA with 15+ years serving clients who are ready to navigate significant life changes, heal from trauma, overcome anxiety, & manage ongoing stress while still pursuing bold dreams and goals. I'm passionate about helping clients live their most fulfilling & integrated life possible, even if it means taking big risks and making hard changes. You and your loved ones are capable of living a fulfilling & joyful life and I would be honored to support you in that journey.
(206) 737-2822 View (206) 737-2822
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Sarah Hays
Counselor, PsyD, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98126  (Online Only)
I consider myself a generalist clinician. I have experience addressing recovery/addiction, sexual problems, gender/identity, behavior problems, trauma, ADHD, interpersonal conflict, depression, anxiety, chronic stress, and more. My interest is to empower and support my clients - to work together and personalize their therapy to suit them individually. I work to provide a safe and productive space for clients to overcome adversity, and care deeply about understanding each person's diversity in identity and presence. I strive to remain open to and aware of my biases - including my privilege, identities, and beliefs.
I consider myself a generalist clinician. I have experience addressing recovery/addiction, sexual problems, gender/identity, behavior problems, trauma, ADHD, interpersonal conflict, depression, anxiety, chronic stress, and more. My interest is to empower and support my clients - to work together and personalize their therapy to suit them individually. I work to provide a safe and productive space for clients to overcome adversity, and care deeply about understanding each person's diversity in identity and presence. I strive to remain open to and aware of my biases - including my privilege, identities, and beliefs.
(206) 203-0957 View (206) 203-0957
Photo of Sara Laurino, LICSWA, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Sara Laurino
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSWA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98136
Not accepting new clients
As a trained clinical social worker, I see you as a whole person. My practice is deeply rooted in mindfulness, social justice and anti-oppression. I practice from a client centered and trauma informed perspective. All of the work that I do is rooted in kindness... I am so glad that you are here! I am passionate about Intergenerational family healing: both family of choice and biological families. I work with clients who are living with anxiety, depression, and trauma survivors. My specialty areas of focus include: life transitions, self-esteem, family conflict, grief, relationship issues and spirituality.  I am LGBTQI+ allied.
As a trained clinical social worker, I see you as a whole person. My practice is deeply rooted in mindfulness, social justice and anti-oppression. I practice from a client centered and trauma informed perspective. All of the work that I do is rooted in kindness... I am so glad that you are here! I am passionate about Intergenerational family healing: both family of choice and biological families. I work with clients who are living with anxiety, depression, and trauma survivors. My specialty areas of focus include: life transitions, self-esteem, family conflict, grief, relationship issues and spirituality.  I am LGBTQI+ allied.
(206) 339-4164 View (206) 339-4164
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Tomi Stewart
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98102  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with clients struggling with anxiety, depression, and mood dysregulation. My primary treatment modality is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT therapy). I have been trained in and have utilized CBT and DBT, so I draw skills and approaches from those modalities. One of my biggest strengths as a therapist is providing a safe, nonjudgmental, caring space. Shame is at the root of so many of our struggles. Having a safe, loving space is paramount for an individual to work through their shame. I am LGBTQ+ friendly and provide gender-affirming care. Beware of feeling stuck or trapped. I am here to help.
I specialize in working with clients struggling with anxiety, depression, and mood dysregulation. My primary treatment modality is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT therapy). I have been trained in and have utilized CBT and DBT, so I draw skills and approaches from those modalities. One of my biggest strengths as a therapist is providing a safe, nonjudgmental, caring space. Shame is at the root of so many of our struggles. Having a safe, loving space is paramount for an individual to work through their shame. I am LGBTQ+ friendly and provide gender-affirming care. Beware of feeling stuck or trapped. I am here to help.
(805) 859-4874 View (805) 859-4874
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Jennifer Watson
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98102
Not accepting new clients
Whatever you are going through, you don't have to go through it alone. In therapy, we work together to transform your distress into something meaningful: an opportunity for healing and growth. My non-judgmental guidance is focused on your particular strengths and needs. It is possible to get unstuck from longstanding patterns when you are ready for change. In this phase of your life, you might want to better manage emotional stress, shift your thinking, or nurture healthier relationships. I hope treatment provides my clients with updated ways of living with courage, connection, and creativity during challenging times.
Whatever you are going through, you don't have to go through it alone. In therapy, we work together to transform your distress into something meaningful: an opportunity for healing and growth. My non-judgmental guidance is focused on your particular strengths and needs. It is possible to get unstuck from longstanding patterns when you are ready for change. In this phase of your life, you might want to better manage emotional stress, shift your thinking, or nurture healthier relationships. I hope treatment provides my clients with updated ways of living with courage, connection, and creativity during challenging times.
(253) 343-1938 View (253) 343-1938
Photo of Anna Kosaly-Meyer, MA, PhD, Psychologist
Anna Kosaly-Meyer
Psychologist, MA, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98115
Are you tired of mistreating the people you love? Don't you wish you could change? - Do you often find yourself irritable and angry at the people around you? - Ready to lash out and get upset even at the smallest reason? You are not alone! Many people are in similar shoes. There is hope! Anger management, learning to respond differently to situations that make you upset don't have to be difficult. It can be eye-opening; you will learn a great deal about yourself and it can be fun. I offer individual therapy for issues regarding relationships and anger.
Are you tired of mistreating the people you love? Don't you wish you could change? - Do you often find yourself irritable and angry at the people around you? - Ready to lash out and get upset even at the smallest reason? You are not alone! Many people are in similar shoes. There is hope! Anger management, learning to respond differently to situations that make you upset don't have to be difficult. It can be eye-opening; you will learn a great deal about yourself and it can be fun. I offer individual therapy for issues regarding relationships and anger.
(206) 442-2001 View (206) 442-2001
Photo of Dr. Goldie VanHeel, PsyD, Psychologist
Dr. Goldie VanHeel
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98104  (Online Only)
There's a lot of talk these days about "boundaries," but what does that mean? Many are unsure. This is often part of a collection of symptoms, including self-esteem issues, getting lost in relationships, difficulty with moderation, and unrealistic goals of perfectionism, and more. I can help you understand these experiences, which are often related to codependency, resulting in anxiety, feelings of separation from others, problems with intimacy, and repeating parenting behaviors that you disliked growing up. Contributing factors can also be treated, including being raised by a narcissistic parent and other developmental traumas.
There's a lot of talk these days about "boundaries," but what does that mean? Many are unsure. This is often part of a collection of symptoms, including self-esteem issues, getting lost in relationships, difficulty with moderation, and unrealistic goals of perfectionism, and more. I can help you understand these experiences, which are often related to codependency, resulting in anxiety, feelings of separation from others, problems with intimacy, and repeating parenting behaviors that you disliked growing up. Contributing factors can also be treated, including being raised by a narcissistic parent and other developmental traumas.
(206) 589-1555 View (206) 589-1555
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Donovan R Bigelow
Counselor, JD, LLM, MA, (LMHC)
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98101
The Only Cure Is Strength. Our work together will focus on your needs. Psychoanalytic Therapy, integrated with other perspectives, is a powerful and effective way to help individuals and couples address life's most urgent issues. Together we can work through, overcome, or improve: Depression, stress and anxiety, Love and intimate relationships, Family conflict resolution, Sexuality and body image, Parent-child conflicts, Drug abuse and eating disorders, Balancing work and personal life, Managing emotions effectively, Strengthening the will/ego, Artistic and athletic creativity, and Creation of meaning. Every effort in therapy should be focused on achieving an aesthetic self-creation.
The Only Cure Is Strength. Our work together will focus on your needs. Psychoanalytic Therapy, integrated with other perspectives, is a powerful and effective way to help individuals and couples address life's most urgent issues. Together we can work through, overcome, or improve: Depression, stress and anxiety, Love and intimate relationships, Family conflict resolution, Sexuality and body image, Parent-child conflicts, Drug abuse and eating disorders, Balancing work and personal life, Managing emotions effectively, Strengthening the will/ego, Artistic and athletic creativity, and Creation of meaning. Every effort in therapy should be focused on achieving an aesthetic self-creation.
(206) 940-6732 View (206) 940-6732
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Christopher Park
Counselor
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98119  (Online Only)
I work well with individuals who find themselves struggling with various issues and are in need of a safe place to talk about them. Perhaps the idea of change or addressing things scares you or you're not sure where to begin or what you're looking for. I am happy to hold space for you and go on that journey with you. I believe that you are the expert of yourself and while I may have education and experience, at the end of the day you're the expert of you and I'm there to help support and guide anyway I can.
I work well with individuals who find themselves struggling with various issues and are in need of a safe place to talk about them. Perhaps the idea of change or addressing things scares you or you're not sure where to begin or what you're looking for. I am happy to hold space for you and go on that journey with you. I believe that you are the expert of yourself and while I may have education and experience, at the end of the day you're the expert of you and I'm there to help support and guide anyway I can.
(206) 594-4181 View (206) 594-4181
Photo of Lora Ivanova Kim, LMHC, MHP, NCC, Counselor
Lora Ivanova Kim
Counselor, LMHC, MHP, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98102
Not accepting new clients
My approach is holistic, trauma-informed, and incorporates individual needs and interests. I work with clients who struggle with self-acceptance, body image, anxiety, and utilizing workable coping skills. Sessions entail exploring values and purpose in one's life, and learning how to utilize those to gain direction and develop effective tools and intentions. Therapy can be a challenging space. I find great importance in the therapeutic relationship and aim to provide a safe and comfortable space for individuals to be authentic in sharing their story, and working through a variety of issues.
My approach is holistic, trauma-informed, and incorporates individual needs and interests. I work with clients who struggle with self-acceptance, body image, anxiety, and utilizing workable coping skills. Sessions entail exploring values and purpose in one's life, and learning how to utilize those to gain direction and develop effective tools and intentions. Therapy can be a challenging space. I find great importance in the therapeutic relationship and aim to provide a safe and comfortable space for individuals to be authentic in sharing their story, and working through a variety of issues.
(206) 971-6216 View (206) 971-6216
Photo of Zia Cloud, MA, LMFTA, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Zia Cloud
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, LMFTA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98104
I specialize in working with adults, adolescents, couples, and families. I also am a sex therapist. With my clients, I utilize a client-centered approach, which highlights the client as the expert in their life. While creating a warm and compassionate therapeutic environment, I follow my client's lead in what they would like out of therapy. The most effective therapeutic spaces are also collaborative ones, those in which people are encouraged to cultivate a curiosity about their lives and investigate their place within it. If we work together, we will find the balance between comfort and a healthy amount of challenge.
I specialize in working with adults, adolescents, couples, and families. I also am a sex therapist. With my clients, I utilize a client-centered approach, which highlights the client as the expert in their life. While creating a warm and compassionate therapeutic environment, I follow my client's lead in what they would like out of therapy. The most effective therapeutic spaces are also collaborative ones, those in which people are encouraged to cultivate a curiosity about their lives and investigate their place within it. If we work together, we will find the balance between comfort and a healthy amount of challenge.
(206) 895-7174 View (206) 895-7174
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Anais Picarelli
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LMHC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98126  (Online Only)
I am honored to be a part of your journey towards healing, growth, and empowerment. I strive to provide a safe, non-judgmental, and compassionate space for you to feel heard and understood. I specialize in addressing issues related to anxiety, trauma, depression, and life transitions. Our work together is centered on understanding your unique experience and finding effective strategies to help you navigate these challenges. I believe in a collaborative, trauma-informed, and evidence-based approach to therapy.
I am honored to be a part of your journey towards healing, growth, and empowerment. I strive to provide a safe, non-judgmental, and compassionate space for you to feel heard and understood. I specialize in addressing issues related to anxiety, trauma, depression, and life transitions. Our work together is centered on understanding your unique experience and finding effective strategies to help you navigate these challenges. I believe in a collaborative, trauma-informed, and evidence-based approach to therapy.
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Lynn Gordon
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98112
Do you feel anxious, depressed and struggle in relationships with others and with yourself? Therapy provides a safe, confidential space to share these struggles with someone who comes to know you well. I view therapy as a collaborative relationship involving listening and encouraging expression of your thoughts and feelings, sharing possible links from the past and present which can lead to insight and change in troubling areas. I have been in practice for 8 years and bring my training, life experiences and compassion to this work.
Do you feel anxious, depressed and struggle in relationships with others and with yourself? Therapy provides a safe, confidential space to share these struggles with someone who comes to know you well. I view therapy as a collaborative relationship involving listening and encouraging expression of your thoughts and feelings, sharing possible links from the past and present which can lead to insight and change in troubling areas. I have been in practice for 8 years and bring my training, life experiences and compassion to this work.
(206) 557-3715 View (206) 557-3715
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Persephanee J. Rodriguez
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, SUDP, AAC, NA-R
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98144  (Online Only)
My goal as a therapist is to assist clients in living healthy, fulfilling lives. I do this through helping clients identify goals they want to work toward, personal strengths on which they can build, skills they want to develop, and barriers they want to overcome. My work is client-centered and strengths-based, recognizing that change often takes time, hard work, and patience. Thus, I move with clients at their pace, knowing that recovery looks different for everyone and that there isn’t one approach to fit all clients. As a therapist, I strive to create a safe space for clients so they can develop trust and evaluate their life.
My goal as a therapist is to assist clients in living healthy, fulfilling lives. I do this through helping clients identify goals they want to work toward, personal strengths on which they can build, skills they want to develop, and barriers they want to overcome. My work is client-centered and strengths-based, recognizing that change often takes time, hard work, and patience. Thus, I move with clients at their pace, knowing that recovery looks different for everyone and that there isn’t one approach to fit all clients. As a therapist, I strive to create a safe space for clients so they can develop trust and evaluate their life.
(253) 499-8664 View (253) 499-8664
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Hina Syed
Pre-Licensed Professional, MHP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98104  (Online Only)
The quality of our relationships has a big impact on the quality of our lives, and that can feel overwhelming. These human connections, between romantic partners, friends, family members, and coworkers, have the power to transform our lives. Sometimes, we need help to manage transitions, move through cycles of connection and disconnection or conduct pulse checks with one another. I want to meet you where you are at and help you discover where you want to go as you live through your relationships and life changes. Together, we will work to strengthen relational intelligence, communication, connection and your motivation to change.
The quality of our relationships has a big impact on the quality of our lives, and that can feel overwhelming. These human connections, between romantic partners, friends, family members, and coworkers, have the power to transform our lives. Sometimes, we need help to manage transitions, move through cycles of connection and disconnection or conduct pulse checks with one another. I want to meet you where you are at and help you discover where you want to go as you live through your relationships and life changes. Together, we will work to strengthen relational intelligence, communication, connection and your motivation to change.
(425) 517-0543 View (425) 517-0543
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Tamara Dyer
Counselor, MA, LMHCA
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98122
My practice is currently full. I help adults increase a sense of stability and resource in times of shift and change. I offer a safe place for you to bring your experience of anxiety, depression, anger, or your struggles with recovery. I work from the perspective that in order to connect with inherent strength and resilience, you don't have to edit or bypass what you're feeling. It's not one or the other. In addition to my work with individuals, I help couples who are struggling find new ways to connect and live with greater ease and joy.
My practice is currently full. I help adults increase a sense of stability and resource in times of shift and change. I offer a safe place for you to bring your experience of anxiety, depression, anger, or your struggles with recovery. I work from the perspective that in order to connect with inherent strength and resilience, you don't have to edit or bypass what you're feeling. It's not one or the other. In addition to my work with individuals, I help couples who are struggling find new ways to connect and live with greater ease and joy.
(206) 350-2671 View (206) 350-2671

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Seattle, WA

3,000+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Seattle, WA who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
86% Depression
79% Relationship Issues
76% Self Esteem
72% Trauma and PTSD
70% Stress
69% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

70% Premera
55% Aetna
48% Regence

How Therapists in Seattle, WA see their clients

51% Online Only
49% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

75% Female
21% Male
4% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Seattle?

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.