Therapists in Seattle, WA

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Photo of Danielle H. Fisher, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Seattle, WA
Danielle H. Fisher
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98108  (Online Only)
I am passionate about social justice and equity issues affecting historically disadvantaged groups. I work with individuals and families, to help promote growth, change, healing and/or insight. In our therapeutic partnership, we will focus on celebrating your achievements, envision a desirable future, then map out the small/large changes necessary to realize and actualize your vision.
I am passionate about social justice and equity issues affecting historically disadvantaged groups. I work with individuals and families, to help promote growth, change, healing and/or insight. In our therapeutic partnership, we will focus on celebrating your achievements, envision a desirable future, then map out the small/large changes necessary to realize and actualize your vision.
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Cristina Mullen PCCS
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
Seattle, WA 98118  (Online Only)
I welcome people who are facing any number of challenges including life transitions such as divorce, job loss, illness, death of a loved one; all shifting the ground beneath us in dramatic ways. What worked no longer works. My trMy training as a Mindfulness Meditation Teacher complements training and practice in psychotherapy addressing a dysregulated emotion system resulting in various symptoms such as anxiety, panic, depression, and identity disturbance and sometimes even a desire to die or hurt oneself. There can be a painful sense of isolation and feeling unmoored. There is a way out; first understanding, then tools to heal.
I welcome people who are facing any number of challenges including life transitions such as divorce, job loss, illness, death of a loved one; all shifting the ground beneath us in dramatic ways. What worked no longer works. My trMy training as a Mindfulness Meditation Teacher complements training and practice in psychotherapy addressing a dysregulated emotion system resulting in various symptoms such as anxiety, panic, depression, and identity disturbance and sometimes even a desire to die or hurt oneself. There can be a painful sense of isolation and feeling unmoored. There is a way out; first understanding, then tools to heal.
(206) 752-6263 View (206) 752-6263
Photo of Erin Roberts, Counselor in Seattle, WA
Erin Roberts
Counselor, MA, LMHC, RPT, CMHS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98116
Not accepting new clients
I specialize in providing counseling services to children aged 3-12 & their families. Childhood is an extraordinary time of growth and change, and often it can be hard to know when extra support may be needed. Many times, the first step is in supporting parents in understanding the current challenge. I strive to witness each child/family uniquely while building a safe therapeutic relationship. My approach to therapy is warm, creative, and playful. I view caregivers as an important part of the treatment process and carve out space to meet with them routinely. To learn more about me & my practice, please visit: umbrellabaytherapy.com.
I specialize in providing counseling services to children aged 3-12 & their families. Childhood is an extraordinary time of growth and change, and often it can be hard to know when extra support may be needed. Many times, the first step is in supporting parents in understanding the current challenge. I strive to witness each child/family uniquely while building a safe therapeutic relationship. My approach to therapy is warm, creative, and playful. I view caregivers as an important part of the treatment process and carve out space to meet with them routinely. To learn more about me & my practice, please visit: umbrellabaytherapy.com.
(206) 895-6249 View (206) 895-6249
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Nicole Devine Rixen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, MSW
Verified
Seattle, WA 98103  (Online Only)
I worked in the Social Work field for almost ten years with a breadth of clients, including youth and families, survivors of domestic violence and assault, and individuals with anxiety, depression, and trauma, and more. I believe clients are leaders of their stories and support them through psychodynamic care, tools, and goal utilization. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Thank you for trusting me in sharing your story. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.
I worked in the Social Work field for almost ten years with a breadth of clients, including youth and families, survivors of domestic violence and assault, and individuals with anxiety, depression, and trauma, and more. I believe clients are leaders of their stories and support them through psychodynamic care, tools, and goal utilization. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Thank you for trusting me in sharing your story. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.
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Photo of Sarah Melfi-Klein, Counselor in Seattle, WA
Sarah Melfi-Klein
Counselor, MAEd, LMHCA, SUDP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98103  (Online Only)
Are you seeking support in managing stress, improving self-esteem, navigating life transitions, or finding healthier ways to cope? I provide down-to-earth counseling that employs compassion, creativity, authenticity, and a sense of humor. My experience has been with a wide range of populations and concerns, and some areas of specialty include treating anxiety; working with neurodiverse individuals; working with people in recovery; supporting people managing financial, legal, or occupational concerns; and more. My practice is LGBTQ+ friendly, sex-positive, and welcomes people from diverse backgrounds.
Are you seeking support in managing stress, improving self-esteem, navigating life transitions, or finding healthier ways to cope? I provide down-to-earth counseling that employs compassion, creativity, authenticity, and a sense of humor. My experience has been with a wide range of populations and concerns, and some areas of specialty include treating anxiety; working with neurodiverse individuals; working with people in recovery; supporting people managing financial, legal, or occupational concerns; and more. My practice is LGBTQ+ friendly, sex-positive, and welcomes people from diverse backgrounds.
(206) 672-6595 View (206) 672-6595
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Al Kent-Guerra
Pre-Licensed Professional, Intern
Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98119  (Online Only)
Do you find yourself unable to settle into the present moment? Are you finding your mind racing with thoughts about the past, operating on autopilot, or on continued problem-solving/planning-mode? If so, you might benefit from biopsychosocial mental health interventions based on mindfulness. By using readily available resources in your environment, we can explore what it means to have a life in which you are able to savor the fullness of every passing moment, while also recognizing the ways in which your body communicates different emotions, and how different thoughts impact your body.
Do you find yourself unable to settle into the present moment? Are you finding your mind racing with thoughts about the past, operating on autopilot, or on continued problem-solving/planning-mode? If so, you might benefit from biopsychosocial mental health interventions based on mindfulness. By using readily available resources in your environment, we can explore what it means to have a life in which you are able to savor the fullness of every passing moment, while also recognizing the ways in which your body communicates different emotions, and how different thoughts impact your body.
(206) 350-3520 View (206) 350-3520
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Anxiety & OCD Treatment Services
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98101  (Online Only)
Anxiety & OCD Treatment Services is a specialty clinic that strives to provide high-quality, evidence-based treatment for those who are suffering from anxiety and OCD, and who otherwise may not have access to specialized therapy services. We work with individuals who struggle with OCD- and anxiety-related concerns, including: OCD, panic and agoraphobia, health anxiety, social anxiety, specific phobias, separation anxiety, generalized anxiety, body-focused repetitive behaviors, body dysmorphic disorder, trauma and PTSD, depression and mood-related issues, and sleep dysregulation, among others.
Anxiety & OCD Treatment Services is a specialty clinic that strives to provide high-quality, evidence-based treatment for those who are suffering from anxiety and OCD, and who otherwise may not have access to specialized therapy services. We work with individuals who struggle with OCD- and anxiety-related concerns, including: OCD, panic and agoraphobia, health anxiety, social anxiety, specific phobias, separation anxiety, generalized anxiety, body-focused repetitive behaviors, body dysmorphic disorder, trauma and PTSD, depression and mood-related issues, and sleep dysregulation, among others.
(206) 401-9829 View (206) 401-9829
Photo of Underhill Children's Therapy, PLLC, Counselor in Seattle, WA
Underhill Children's Therapy, PLLC
Counselor, MSc, LMHC, CCLS
Verified
7 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98119
Parenting can be challenging, and it's not always intuitive to know what to do to help your child when they are struggling. Working with a therapist who specializes in play therapy, a developmentally appropriate method of providing mental health support to children, can lay the ground work for your child's future success and well being.
Parenting can be challenging, and it's not always intuitive to know what to do to help your child when they are struggling. Working with a therapist who specializes in play therapy, a developmentally appropriate method of providing mental health support to children, can lay the ground work for your child's future success and well being.
(253) 262-0104 View (253) 262-0104
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Joseph S Weiss
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98118  (Online Only)
Do you have repetitive thoughts, worry or overthink things and can't perform as well as you could? Do you want to enhance your success socially or at work, on tests, public speaking or at sports? You can achieve your goals by learning the skills that Olympic athletes use to be calmer and more focused. You can be coached to be more consistently relaxed, and to more effectively handle stress. Call me to identify how you can be helped effectively and more rapidly. I have integrated Western & Eastern methods that complement and enhance the speed and quality of your results.
Do you have repetitive thoughts, worry or overthink things and can't perform as well as you could? Do you want to enhance your success socially or at work, on tests, public speaking or at sports? You can achieve your goals by learning the skills that Olympic athletes use to be calmer and more focused. You can be coached to be more consistently relaxed, and to more effectively handle stress. Call me to identify how you can be helped effectively and more rapidly. I have integrated Western & Eastern methods that complement and enhance the speed and quality of your results.
(206) 745-4933 View (206) 745-4933
Photo of Wayne E Carr, Psychologist in Seattle, WA
Wayne E Carr
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Seattle, WA 98109  (Online Only)
Dr. Carr uses a unique blend of Cognitive-Behavioral, Gestalt, Integral, Primal, Transpersonal & Family Coaching techniques to focus on natural growth & healing thus expanding the common central emphasis on disorders & symptom reduction. Clients change as they heal their pain, get emotionally nourished, recognize what is toxic and become authentically themselves.
Dr. Carr uses a unique blend of Cognitive-Behavioral, Gestalt, Integral, Primal, Transpersonal & Family Coaching techniques to focus on natural growth & healing thus expanding the common central emphasis on disorders & symptom reduction. Clients change as they heal their pain, get emotionally nourished, recognize what is toxic and become authentically themselves.
(425) 358-2986 View (425) 358-2986
Photo of Courtney Palmer, Pre-Licensed Professional in Seattle, WA
Courtney Palmer
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
6 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98121
Being human is both beautiful and hard. Along with joy and happiness, we can feel anxious, depressed or experience other forms of emotional distress. Together, we will investigate what your experiences of grief, loneliness, isolation, and anxiety may be trying to tell you about your life and where it may be possible to change these conditions to find more joy and happiness. We will explore larger questions about what it means to be human. As a therapist at Self Space, I seek to create a safe space where you can feel seen, heard, and understood so that you can have the courage to look inward and discover what may be holding you back.
Being human is both beautiful and hard. Along with joy and happiness, we can feel anxious, depressed or experience other forms of emotional distress. Together, we will investigate what your experiences of grief, loneliness, isolation, and anxiety may be trying to tell you about your life and where it may be possible to change these conditions to find more joy and happiness. We will explore larger questions about what it means to be human. As a therapist at Self Space, I seek to create a safe space where you can feel seen, heard, and understood so that you can have the courage to look inward and discover what may be holding you back.
(206) 558-8352 x45 View (206) 558-8352 x45
Photo of Peter Neuenschwander, Counselor in Seattle, WA
Peter Neuenschwander
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98103
I work primarily with Asian and multiracial couples to improve communication, work through conflict, and return to a secure and enjoyable relationship. I also work with individual teens and adults regarding trauma, religious and cultural identity, and giftedness.
I work primarily with Asian and multiracial couples to improve communication, work through conflict, and return to a secure and enjoyable relationship. I also work with individual teens and adults regarding trauma, religious and cultural identity, and giftedness.
(206) 309-6883 View (206) 309-6883
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Canh Tran - Trauma And Relationship Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98105  (Online Only)
I help people heal from childhood and intergenerational trauma. You struggle in intimate relationships, being vulnerable, feeling good enough, with overwhelming emotions and/or negative thoughts, and the exhaustion of overthinking because of past painful experiences. You’ve been dealing with the same issues for years, tried solving these problems on your own, and realize you need help. You’re looking for long term solutions to long term issues.
I help people heal from childhood and intergenerational trauma. You struggle in intimate relationships, being vulnerable, feeling good enough, with overwhelming emotions and/or negative thoughts, and the exhaustion of overthinking because of past painful experiences. You’ve been dealing with the same issues for years, tried solving these problems on your own, and realize you need help. You’re looking for long term solutions to long term issues.
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Photo of Jacqueline Vance, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Seattle, WA
Jacqueline Vance
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98119
With twenty years in private practice, I’ve honed my ability to attune to a person’s unique lens and her lived experience. My passion is women's wellness: I holistically support women in all phases of life to thrive. My special focus is on those faced with infertility, pregnancy loss and birth trauma. Having lived through and healed from those challenges, my connection to women and mothering is intuitive. Drawing upon mindfulness and somatic (body-focused) training, I offer wellness skills for building trauma resilience, practicing mindful self-compassion, and managing the cumulative stress of womanhood and motherhood.
With twenty years in private practice, I’ve honed my ability to attune to a person’s unique lens and her lived experience. My passion is women's wellness: I holistically support women in all phases of life to thrive. My special focus is on those faced with infertility, pregnancy loss and birth trauma. Having lived through and healed from those challenges, my connection to women and mothering is intuitive. Drawing upon mindfulness and somatic (body-focused) training, I offer wellness skills for building trauma resilience, practicing mindful self-compassion, and managing the cumulative stress of womanhood and motherhood.
(360) 641-7023 View (360) 641-7023
Photo of Haylee Daggett, Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA
Haylee Daggett
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98136
My clients come to therapy struggling to understand themselves and their partner, leaving them feeling hallow, lost, and alone. They desperately want to feel secure in themselves and connected to their partner, but are confused and wary about how to begin changing. As a therapist, I meet this dilemma with warmth and compassion, as well as knowledge and confidence; this combination is the base of successful therapy. My similar life experiences make me genuine and relatable, and my training background from the top marriage and therapy program and ongoing advanced training support and guide our work.
My clients come to therapy struggling to understand themselves and their partner, leaving them feeling hallow, lost, and alone. They desperately want to feel secure in themselves and connected to their partner, but are confused and wary about how to begin changing. As a therapist, I meet this dilemma with warmth and compassion, as well as knowledge and confidence; this combination is the base of successful therapy. My similar life experiences make me genuine and relatable, and my training background from the top marriage and therapy program and ongoing advanced training support and guide our work.
(206) 312-1292 View (206) 312-1292
Photo of Kyle Petricek, Counselor in Seattle, WA
Kyle Petricek
Counselor, MA, LMHCA
Verified
4 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98103
You are likely seeking relief and clarity to thoughts, behaviors, and feelings that are not working for you. Simply put, something is stuck. I work with people to transform painful and frustrating experiences. For some, this looks like grief work. Others explore relationship struggles. I work with clients to bring awareness to their body, mind, and spirit to assist them in growing a deeper sense of their stories and desires. My ultimate goal is that you will have a growing sense of what it means for you to engage your world with a deepening sense of aliveness.
You are likely seeking relief and clarity to thoughts, behaviors, and feelings that are not working for you. Simply put, something is stuck. I work with people to transform painful and frustrating experiences. For some, this looks like grief work. Others explore relationship struggles. I work with clients to bring awareness to their body, mind, and spirit to assist them in growing a deeper sense of their stories and desires. My ultimate goal is that you will have a growing sense of what it means for you to engage your world with a deepening sense of aliveness.
(206) 752-5241 View (206) 752-5241
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Kathryn Alcid
Counselor, EdM, LMHC
Verified
Seattle, WA 98119
Not accepting new clients
Each person is unique, in that their upbringing, experiences, and values play a role in making them unlike anyone else. This also means that a person’s story will never be the same as another’s, which can feel lonely when navigating trials and life changes. I do believe that everyone has the capacity for healing, growing, and changing. My favorite part of being a therapist is being able to get to know each unique individual, providing a space for them to process their past, helping them discover their authentic selves, and exploring how they can make changes in their lives to align their future with their true selves.
Each person is unique, in that their upbringing, experiences, and values play a role in making them unlike anyone else. This also means that a person’s story will never be the same as another’s, which can feel lonely when navigating trials and life changes. I do believe that everyone has the capacity for healing, growing, and changing. My favorite part of being a therapist is being able to get to know each unique individual, providing a space for them to process their past, helping them discover their authentic selves, and exploring how they can make changes in their lives to align their future with their true selves.
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Photo of Jon Wallis, Counselor in Seattle, WA
Jon Wallis
Counselor, MA, LMHCA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98133  (Online Only)
I welcome adults (18+) of all races, religions, genders, sexual orientations, and disabilities. I work with and have helped individuals who experience: anxiety, depression, grief, loneliness, difficulties in relationships or career, meaning/purpose, feeling “stuck”, people in recovery from substance use, academic issues, and more. Many of the clients I’ve worked with want a deeper understanding of themselves and a more fulfilling life in addition to relief from the aforementioned symptoms.
I welcome adults (18+) of all races, religions, genders, sexual orientations, and disabilities. I work with and have helped individuals who experience: anxiety, depression, grief, loneliness, difficulties in relationships or career, meaning/purpose, feeling “stuck”, people in recovery from substance use, academic issues, and more. Many of the clients I’ve worked with want a deeper understanding of themselves and a more fulfilling life in addition to relief from the aforementioned symptoms.
(206) 888-4740 View (206) 888-4740
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Suzanne Murray
MA, BCBA, LBA
Verified
Seattle, WA 98125
I specialize in working with children diagnosed with autism, anxiety, ADHD, ODD, and those needing support with emotion regulation. I provide 1:1 child behavioral therapy in the office, home, or school setting as well as parent coaching. Issues addressed may include: behavioral challenges, social skills, attention/focus, toilet training, bedtime routines, selective eating, and tantrum-type behavior. I also have extensive training in the application of behavior analysis to education including addressing special academic needs.
I specialize in working with children diagnosed with autism, anxiety, ADHD, ODD, and those needing support with emotion regulation. I provide 1:1 child behavioral therapy in the office, home, or school setting as well as parent coaching. Issues addressed may include: behavioral challenges, social skills, attention/focus, toilet training, bedtime routines, selective eating, and tantrum-type behavior. I also have extensive training in the application of behavior analysis to education including addressing special academic needs.
(206) 825-6693 View (206) 825-6693
Photo of Bonnie Walchuk at Dream Big Wellness, Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA
Bonnie Walchuk at Dream Big Wellness
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, ATR-BC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98125
We warmly welcome you in taking this step to find support and compassionate care at Dream Big Wellness! We are a team of licensed and experienced clinicians in WA state & nationally registered art therapists. We specialize in supporting people impacted by cancer, medical illness, chronic illness/pain, trauma, stress, bereavement, grief & loss, adjustment & transition, anxiety & depression. Dream Big Wellness is an Art Therapy & Integrative Wellness 501(c)3 Nonprofit increasing access to mental health care, art therapy, and wellness services through our Pay it Forward Program. www.dreambigwellness.org/pay-it-forward/
We warmly welcome you in taking this step to find support and compassionate care at Dream Big Wellness! We are a team of licensed and experienced clinicians in WA state & nationally registered art therapists. We specialize in supporting people impacted by cancer, medical illness, chronic illness/pain, trauma, stress, bereavement, grief & loss, adjustment & transition, anxiety & depression. Dream Big Wellness is an Art Therapy & Integrative Wellness 501(c)3 Nonprofit increasing access to mental health care, art therapy, and wellness services through our Pay it Forward Program. www.dreambigwellness.org/pay-it-forward/
(425) 403-2630 View (425) 403-2630

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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
77% Self Esteem
72% Trauma and PTSD
71% Stress
69% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

71% Premera
53% Aetna
46% Regence

How Therapists in Seattle, WA see their clients

50% Online Only
50% 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.