Therapists in Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA

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Alyn Fischer
Counselor, MA, LMHCA
Verified
Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA 98104
Often, we learn, grow, heal, and begin to thrive when we feel cared for in relationship. I believe life can feel incredibly difficult and that in seasons that require additional support, hard work, and perseverance therapy can be a valuable tool. My approach is relational and embodied; working with me has been described as feeling warm, open, and honest. I bring a great deal of curiosity and tend to ask brave questions. I am open to learning within the relationship, acknowledging that I am the position of “carer”, and tend to organize this learning into an exploratory map in my mind.
Often, we learn, grow, heal, and begin to thrive when we feel cared for in relationship. I believe life can feel incredibly difficult and that in seasons that require additional support, hard work, and perseverance therapy can be a valuable tool. My approach is relational and embodied; working with me has been described as feeling warm, open, and honest. I bring a great deal of curiosity and tend to ask brave questions. I am open to learning within the relationship, acknowledging that I am the position of “carer”, and tend to organize this learning into an exploratory map in my mind.
(206) 222-5568 View (206) 222-5568
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Jen Lindsay
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, LMHCA, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA 98104
Therapy can be a space to pause, explore, bring curiosity and play. I do not view therapy as a place to fix or even “cure”. Rather my approach is grounded in the core belief that it is in and through safe, respectful connection that we find meaning, emotional health, and wellness. When pain and stuck places are given compassionate and non-judgmental attention, one can often access greater self-compassion, connection and possibility. One can explore opening, loosening, and shifting patterns and ways of being, with the goal of creating new ways to learn and listen to all of our parts.
Therapy can be a space to pause, explore, bring curiosity and play. I do not view therapy as a place to fix or even “cure”. Rather my approach is grounded in the core belief that it is in and through safe, respectful connection that we find meaning, emotional health, and wellness. When pain and stuck places are given compassionate and non-judgmental attention, one can often access greater self-compassion, connection and possibility. One can explore opening, loosening, and shifting patterns and ways of being, with the goal of creating new ways to learn and listen to all of our parts.
(206) 678-1566 View (206) 678-1566
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Audrey Jensen
Counselor, LMHC, LCAS-A, MA
Verified
Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA 98104  (Online Only)
I am currently accepting new clients with Thursday morning availability from 8am-11am I accept a private pay fee or Premera or Lifewise insurance. I understand therapy can be an old familiar friend to some or a new experience which can bring some anxiety and nervousness for others. Either way, if you are excited or nervous about therapy, I make sure our sessions are a safe place to express your thoughts and gain perspective around difficult life issues. My hope is for you to feel empowered to uncover your own sense of peace and wholeness and to know you do not have to do that alone.
I am currently accepting new clients with Thursday morning availability from 8am-11am I accept a private pay fee or Premera or Lifewise insurance. I understand therapy can be an old familiar friend to some or a new experience which can bring some anxiety and nervousness for others. Either way, if you are excited or nervous about therapy, I make sure our sessions are a safe place to express your thoughts and gain perspective around difficult life issues. My hope is for you to feel empowered to uncover your own sense of peace and wholeness and to know you do not have to do that alone.
(206) 785-3634 View (206) 785-3634
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Tetyana Melnik
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LMHCA
Verified
Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA 98104  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
We all are living in a very unusual time. Our pre-pandemic challenges and difficulties have taken on a new dimension. How we adapt to limitations, losses, grief, isolation, how we assimilate changes - all this shapes us, determines our ability or limitations to deal, to cope now. I am invested to meet you where you are at the moment, to guide you toward awareness of it, to help understand your needs, how you care or not about them, to look what else is available for you so, that you would like your outcome. I am interested in working with adults, individually or in any relationship structure.
We all are living in a very unusual time. Our pre-pandemic challenges and difficulties have taken on a new dimension. How we adapt to limitations, losses, grief, isolation, how we assimilate changes - all this shapes us, determines our ability or limitations to deal, to cope now. I am invested to meet you where you are at the moment, to guide you toward awareness of it, to help understand your needs, how you care or not about them, to look what else is available for you so, that you would like your outcome. I am interested in working with adults, individually or in any relationship structure.
(206) 401-8712 View (206) 401-8712
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Remember Counseling, PLLC.
Counselor, MA, LMHCA, LPC-A
Verified
2 Endorsed
Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA 98104  (Online Only)
Accepting new clients! Tolulope Mejolagbe (Tolu for short) is a licensed mental health counselor associate (LMHC-A) in Washington state being supervised by Smurti Desai, LMHC-S and licensed professional counselor associate (LPC-A) in Texas being supervised by Dr. Andrea T.J Ross LPC-S. Tolu primarily works with individuals who experience anxiety, depression, C-PTSD, life transitions and low self esteem. In addition, Tolu enjoys supporting BIPOC communities. With Tolu you will explore how y'all can work collaboratively to overcome obstacles that may impede you from being present in your daily life.
Accepting new clients! Tolulope Mejolagbe (Tolu for short) is a licensed mental health counselor associate (LMHC-A) in Washington state being supervised by Smurti Desai, LMHC-S and licensed professional counselor associate (LPC-A) in Texas being supervised by Dr. Andrea T.J Ross LPC-S. Tolu primarily works with individuals who experience anxiety, depression, C-PTSD, life transitions and low self esteem. In addition, Tolu enjoys supporting BIPOC communities. With Tolu you will explore how y'all can work collaboratively to overcome obstacles that may impede you from being present in your daily life.
(206) 222-4771 View (206) 222-4771
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Michael R Duryea
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA 98104
As a therapist, I am dedicated to helping couples, families, and individuals navigate a variety of challenges and struggles, including anxiety, OCD, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. I am an ally and member of the LGBTQIA+ community, and poly friendly. My therapeutic approach is grounded in humanistic principles, and I utilize a range of evidence-based techniques such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and experiential techniques to help my clients achieve their goals. I am also informed by the latest research from the Gottman Institute, which focuses on the health and longevity of relationships.
As a therapist, I am dedicated to helping couples, families, and individuals navigate a variety of challenges and struggles, including anxiety, OCD, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. I am an ally and member of the LGBTQIA+ community, and poly friendly. My therapeutic approach is grounded in humanistic principles, and I utilize a range of evidence-based techniques such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and experiential techniques to help my clients achieve their goals. I am also informed by the latest research from the Gottman Institute, which focuses on the health and longevity of relationships.
(206) 593-3442 View (206) 593-3442
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Jen Marino
Counselor, LMHC, CCC
Verified
Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA 98104
As a therapist, and human in general, I am passionate about creating space for the stories and emotions that are so often pushed away, hidden from view, and disavowed. I believe that to be seen, heard, and accepted in these tender places can be a profoundly healing experience, even (and especially) when there is "nothing to do about it," other than bear witness and grieve. An important piece of this process is moving towards a way of being that centers less around achieving, perfecting and “doing” and much more around “being.” Being present, being messy, being perfectly imperfect and ok with slow processes and uncertainties.
As a therapist, and human in general, I am passionate about creating space for the stories and emotions that are so often pushed away, hidden from view, and disavowed. I believe that to be seen, heard, and accepted in these tender places can be a profoundly healing experience, even (and especially) when there is "nothing to do about it," other than bear witness and grieve. An important piece of this process is moving towards a way of being that centers less around achieving, perfecting and “doing” and much more around “being.” Being present, being messy, being perfectly imperfect and ok with slow processes and uncertainties.
(206) 317-5727 View (206) 317-5727
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Axel Stanovsky
Counselor, LMHCA
Verified
4 Endorsed
Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA 98104
I am a thoughtful and creative person who gravitated to counseling after a career designing safe structures to help meet our community’s need for housing. I wish health was as easy as building better structures, and I still do believe that is part of the way forward. In therapy for instance, there are structured exercises and treatments to draw from that really work in the right situation. Emotions focused, somatic and relational techniques can help provide some of that structure in my practice. There are also some more subtle dimensions of our existence and it is healthy to embrace those as well.
I am a thoughtful and creative person who gravitated to counseling after a career designing safe structures to help meet our community’s need for housing. I wish health was as easy as building better structures, and I still do believe that is part of the way forward. In therapy for instance, there are structured exercises and treatments to draw from that really work in the right situation. Emotions focused, somatic and relational techniques can help provide some of that structure in my practice. There are also some more subtle dimensions of our existence and it is healthy to embrace those as well.
(360) 300-8955 View (360) 300-8955
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Susannah Brister
Counselor, LMHCA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA 98104  (Online Only)
Every feeling in your body and mind has a story to tell about both your present and your past. Healing begins when we listen with compassion to those stories. I am committed to being a kind and honest partner with you in considering the way your experiences have shaped the way you show up in day-to-day life. Maybe you struggle to maintain boundaries, or to feel truly connected in relationships. Maybe you need to process recent changes in your life, or are seeking to drop deeper into your body. Maybe you are navigating loss or loneliness, or even wondering who you truly are.
Every feeling in your body and mind has a story to tell about both your present and your past. Healing begins when we listen with compassion to those stories. I am committed to being a kind and honest partner with you in considering the way your experiences have shaped the way you show up in day-to-day life. Maybe you struggle to maintain boundaries, or to feel truly connected in relationships. Maybe you need to process recent changes in your life, or are seeking to drop deeper into your body. Maybe you are navigating loss or loneliness, or even wondering who you truly are.
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Michelle Garrison
Counselor, LMHCA
Verified
3 Endorsed
Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA 98104
In-Person availability on Friday in Ballard and Tuesday and Wednesday telehealth openings. However, you come to this place on the interweb, welcome. I believe that every human is unique and fundamentally good, complex, messy, and beautiful, and has the potential to harm and heal; we are all worthy of love, respect, repair, and living a life that is blessed for who they/we are. I strive to understand my clients holistically and create a relationship that is built on safety, trust, collaboration, and hope. I believe that therapy is a journey of discovery and that we are experts in the discovery of our own stories.
In-Person availability on Friday in Ballard and Tuesday and Wednesday telehealth openings. However, you come to this place on the interweb, welcome. I believe that every human is unique and fundamentally good, complex, messy, and beautiful, and has the potential to harm and heal; we are all worthy of love, respect, repair, and living a life that is blessed for who they/we are. I strive to understand my clients holistically and create a relationship that is built on safety, trust, collaboration, and hope. I believe that therapy is a journey of discovery and that we are experts in the discovery of our own stories.
(206) 887-9335 View (206) 887-9335
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Lashon D. Watson
Mental Health Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA 98104  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Lashon specializes within the areas of anxiety, depression, and adjustment disorders. Lashon believes that our family and social interactions have influence as we fall into unhealthy and sometimes very comfortable patterns. Exploring your communication style and how you create relationships, Lashon will help to identify the areas where you feel stuck to begin the change process for an improved quality of living. A client who understands and participates in their care, works in partnership to hopefully achieve their desired outcome(s).
Lashon specializes within the areas of anxiety, depression, and adjustment disorders. Lashon believes that our family and social interactions have influence as we fall into unhealthy and sometimes very comfortable patterns. Exploring your communication style and how you create relationships, Lashon will help to identify the areas where you feel stuck to begin the change process for an improved quality of living. A client who understands and participates in their care, works in partnership to hopefully achieve their desired outcome(s).
(425) 441-3492 View (425) 441-3492
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Emily Ehrhart
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA 98104  (Online Only)
Throughout my career, I have worked with diverse populations in various treatment settings. I have extensive experience treating anxiety, depression, eating disorders, relationship conflicts, and trauma. As a therapist, I strive to understand clients' unique needs and strengths. The therapeutic alliance I have with clients is foundational to our work together and in many ways guides the counseling process.
Throughout my career, I have worked with diverse populations in various treatment settings. I have extensive experience treating anxiety, depression, eating disorders, relationship conflicts, and trauma. As a therapist, I strive to understand clients' unique needs and strengths. The therapeutic alliance I have with clients is foundational to our work together and in many ways guides the counseling process.
(425) 385-0589 View (425) 385-0589
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Elizabeth Thayil
Counselor, LMHCA
Verified
Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA 98104  (Online Only)
I’m a relational depth-oriented therapist which means that I believe our therapeutic relationship is the transformative engine in therapy for long-term healing. I hold faith in and listen deeply for the inner wisdom of my clients that is sometimes overlooked because of doubt, shame, trauma, and external voices that promote self-abandonment. I believe this work is sacred and that it is as much about creating more capacity for joy and vitality as it is about processing harm. I consider it an honor to journey with each person who walks into our shared therapeutic space.
I’m a relational depth-oriented therapist which means that I believe our therapeutic relationship is the transformative engine in therapy for long-term healing. I hold faith in and listen deeply for the inner wisdom of my clients that is sometimes overlooked because of doubt, shame, trauma, and external voices that promote self-abandonment. I believe this work is sacred and that it is as much about creating more capacity for joy and vitality as it is about processing harm. I consider it an honor to journey with each person who walks into our shared therapeutic space.
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Jonathan Coopersmith
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA 98104  (Online Only)
Counseling is a space where we get to focus on helping you move towards a life that is more fulfilling, meaningful, and connected. I work with people struggling with anxious thoughts, depression, or challenging relationships. Some are trying to navigate dating, intimacy, and partnership. Some have experienced spiritual abuse or are coming out of religious systems that have left them confused and even traumatized. Some of the people I work with are unpacking their past and trying to be free of difficult patterns. Many people are just stuck and want some help figuring out why. Counseling helps you get unstuck.
Counseling is a space where we get to focus on helping you move towards a life that is more fulfilling, meaningful, and connected. I work with people struggling with anxious thoughts, depression, or challenging relationships. Some are trying to navigate dating, intimacy, and partnership. Some have experienced spiritual abuse or are coming out of religious systems that have left them confused and even traumatized. Some of the people I work with are unpacking their past and trying to be free of difficult patterns. Many people are just stuck and want some help figuring out why. Counseling helps you get unstuck.
(425) 215-0186 View (425) 215-0186
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James Knowlton Of Light Path Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, LMFTA
Verified
Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA 98104
Now accepting new clients. I hope to offer you a non-judgmental and attentive space, one in which you can explore yourself, your experiences, and your path. I work from a holistic lens and offer diverse interventions. I work with couples, families, and individuals. I believe that validation is paramount and goes far in healing. Additionally, occasional challenges, poignant critiques, and tension can do a lot for growth and if you’re willing to go to those places, we can in the doses you feel comfortable with, and at your own pace! The only real requirement of therapy is to show up.
Now accepting new clients. I hope to offer you a non-judgmental and attentive space, one in which you can explore yourself, your experiences, and your path. I work from a holistic lens and offer diverse interventions. I work with couples, families, and individuals. I believe that validation is paramount and goes far in healing. Additionally, occasional challenges, poignant critiques, and tension can do a lot for growth and if you’re willing to go to those places, we can in the doses you feel comfortable with, and at your own pace! The only real requirement of therapy is to show up.
(206) 539-0707 View (206) 539-0707
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Virg Augoustatos
Counselor, MA, LMHCA
Verified
3 Endorsed
Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA 98104
If you are feeling lost, lonely, or disconnected from the world around you and are having difficultly finding the way forward, I am here to help. You may be desiring more confidence, ease, and connection in yourself and with others. Perhaps you seek more awareness of your patterns, needs, and desires in order to feel empowered to take action toward a life filled with purpose and meaning. I aim to help you develop harmony with your emotional self, build meaningful relationships, and find more freedom and fullness in life. I specialize in issues related to grief and loss, life transitions, anxiety, and relational trauma.
If you are feeling lost, lonely, or disconnected from the world around you and are having difficultly finding the way forward, I am here to help. You may be desiring more confidence, ease, and connection in yourself and with others. Perhaps you seek more awareness of your patterns, needs, and desires in order to feel empowered to take action toward a life filled with purpose and meaning. I aim to help you develop harmony with your emotional self, build meaningful relationships, and find more freedom and fullness in life. I specialize in issues related to grief and loss, life transitions, anxiety, and relational trauma.
(206) 495-0305 View (206) 495-0305
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Dena Crosby
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, LMHC, LIMHP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA 98104  (Online Only)
Welcome! I think that most would agree that there are seasons of joy and seasons of 'not so much joy' in life. And sometimes it can all simply become too much. Do you find yourself overwhelmed and stressed out? Are you in a transition period feeling stuck in your life, relationships, finances, confused with your own reactions and needs? Do you feel anxious, a lack of motivation, depressed? How do you cope? Maybe you're tired of just 'coping'. You've come to the right place. If you feel ready to throw in the towel with yourself, your relationships, life, I can help.
Welcome! I think that most would agree that there are seasons of joy and seasons of 'not so much joy' in life. And sometimes it can all simply become too much. Do you find yourself overwhelmed and stressed out? Are you in a transition period feeling stuck in your life, relationships, finances, confused with your own reactions and needs? Do you feel anxious, a lack of motivation, depressed? How do you cope? Maybe you're tired of just 'coping'. You've come to the right place. If you feel ready to throw in the towel with yourself, your relationships, life, I can help.
(360) 860-5835 View (360) 860-5835
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Paige Geisinger
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MS, PMH-C, CCTP, CCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA 98104  (Online Only)
Maybe you need support in navigating pregnancy or the newborn stage, or maybe you’re dealing with the pain of infertility, pregnancy loss, or childbirth trauma. Certified in Perinatal Mental Health, I guide couples and individuals through the transformative journey of welcoming new life. Specifically, I love supporting queer couples navigating their fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum journey. Beyond the perinatal period, I help clients enhance communication and navigate neurodivergency. I use modalities such as Gottman Theory, Attachment Theory, and solution-oriented therapy to help clients achieve their goals.
Maybe you need support in navigating pregnancy or the newborn stage, or maybe you’re dealing with the pain of infertility, pregnancy loss, or childbirth trauma. Certified in Perinatal Mental Health, I guide couples and individuals through the transformative journey of welcoming new life. Specifically, I love supporting queer couples navigating their fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum journey. Beyond the perinatal period, I help clients enhance communication and navigate neurodivergency. I use modalities such as Gottman Theory, Attachment Theory, and solution-oriented therapy to help clients achieve their goals.
(206) 717-8551 View (206) 717-8551
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Joseph C Manaway
Counselor, BSc/P, MACC, LMHCA
Verified
Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA 98104  (Online Only)
I firmly believe in the inherent capacity for personal growth and change within each individual. It is my purpose to guide you in realizing and harnessing this power. By embracing this philosophy of empowerment, we recognize that the individual is the catalyst for transformative change. This approach yields lasting and meaningful outcomes, as individuals tap into their inner reservoirs of strength and talents, enabling them to overcome life's obstacles independently. Empowerment, in my view, is a lifelong gift. I eagerly anticipate assisting clients in their journey towards achieving their aspirations and objectives.
I firmly believe in the inherent capacity for personal growth and change within each individual. It is my purpose to guide you in realizing and harnessing this power. By embracing this philosophy of empowerment, we recognize that the individual is the catalyst for transformative change. This approach yields lasting and meaningful outcomes, as individuals tap into their inner reservoirs of strength and talents, enabling them to overcome life's obstacles independently. Empowerment, in my view, is a lifelong gift. I eagerly anticipate assisting clients in their journey towards achieving their aspirations and objectives.
(206) 202-4187 View (206) 202-4187
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Andrew Ohlstrom
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA 98104
Are past experiences getting in the way of your current relationship? Perhaps you feel lost in who you are. Or maybe you are struggling to feel settled within your career. I help support clients in understanding and resolving issues within the context of work, personal life and relationships. We will regain your strength and create a sense of autonomy over your decisions and choices. I also support individuals and couples in setting boundaries, communicating effectively, and building a sense of self as we work through your main struggles.
Are past experiences getting in the way of your current relationship? Perhaps you feel lost in who you are. Or maybe you are struggling to feel settled within your career. I help support clients in understanding and resolving issues within the context of work, personal life and relationships. We will regain your strength and create a sense of autonomy over your decisions and choices. I also support individuals and couples in setting boundaries, communicating effectively, and building a sense of self as we work through your main struggles.
(206) 350-9238 View (206) 350-9238

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Number of Therapists in Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA

100+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
88% Relationship Issues
85% Depression
83% Trauma and PTSD
80% Self Esteem
73% Life Transitions
72% Grief

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

85% Premera
60% LifeWise
37% Aetna

How Therapists in Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA see their clients

59% Online Only
41% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

61% Female
32% Male
7% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Pioneer Square, 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.

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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.