Therapists in Tacoma, WA

View neighborhoods in Tacoma
Photo of Gabrielle M. Miller | Soothing Harp Counseling, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Tacoma, WA
Gabrielle M. Miller | Soothing Harp Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSWAIC, MHP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98405  (Online Only)
You are the expert of your life, but sometimes you need someone who will listen. Are you feeling anxious and overworked? Is your body telling you that you are not getting enough sleep? Discovering ways to relax and reframe your thoughts can help you get unstuck. I offer a culturally sensitive, strength-based, trauma-informed-care approach to mental health and counseling. I am committed to holding a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental space for you to comfortably express yourself.
You are the expert of your life, but sometimes you need someone who will listen. Are you feeling anxious and overworked? Is your body telling you that you are not getting enough sleep? Discovering ways to relax and reframe your thoughts can help you get unstuck. I offer a culturally sensitive, strength-based, trauma-informed-care approach to mental health and counseling. I am committed to holding a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental space for you to comfortably express yourself.
(253) 802-8288 View (253) 802-8288
Photo of Quyen B. Nguyen, Psychologist in Tacoma, WA
Quyen B. Nguyen
Psychologist, PhD, MPH
Verified
2 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98409
Not accepting new clients
Does any of this sound / look / feel like you? Maybe you're feeling down, overwhelmed, anxious, panicky, or stressed. Or dealing with a chronic health condition like irritable bowel syndrome, other GI issues, or fibromyalgia. Or struggling to get rid of obsessions or compulsions. Or picking skin or pulling hair. Plus we live in tough, uncertain times with the (post-)pandemic, -isms, and so on. You want to be seen, to be heard, to be accepted, to be helped. We can talk story. We can build on your strengths.
Does any of this sound / look / feel like you? Maybe you're feeling down, overwhelmed, anxious, panicky, or stressed. Or dealing with a chronic health condition like irritable bowel syndrome, other GI issues, or fibromyalgia. Or struggling to get rid of obsessions or compulsions. Or picking skin or pulling hair. Plus we live in tough, uncertain times with the (post-)pandemic, -isms, and so on. You want to be seen, to be heard, to be accepted, to be helped. We can talk story. We can build on your strengths.
(253) 289-6067 View (253) 289-6067
Photo of Janai Felizardo (Carraway), Counselor in Tacoma, WA
Janai Felizardo (Carraway)
Counselor, MEd, LMHC, SUDP, NCC, WSCGCII
Verified
2 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98498  (Online Only)
Are you finding yourself at a stuck point in life and want to find healthy attainable solutions? Are you struggling to find meaning and purpose in life? I find that an integrative approach that is rooted in trust and connection allows for growth. I believe in honoring the different cultures and life experiences of my clients as this allows us to work holistically: Mind, Body, Spirit & Culture. I believe that we all experience a variety of transitions in life and by having a willingness to explore ways of healing and change there can be an increase in life satisfaction.
Are you finding yourself at a stuck point in life and want to find healthy attainable solutions? Are you struggling to find meaning and purpose in life? I find that an integrative approach that is rooted in trust and connection allows for growth. I believe in honoring the different cultures and life experiences of my clients as this allows us to work holistically: Mind, Body, Spirit & Culture. I believe that we all experience a variety of transitions in life and by having a willingness to explore ways of healing and change there can be an increase in life satisfaction.
(206) 823-2133 View (206) 823-2133
Photo of Ashely Hill, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Tacoma, WA
Ashely Hill
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98402  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Are you often overwhelmed with feelings of hopelessness, low self-esteem, indecisiveness, frustration? Or maybe you feel unfulfilled in your daily routine, your work, or your relationships. The world is a challenging place to navigate right now, and you don’t have to do it alone. With mental health awareness at the forefront of the national conversation, therapy is becoming less and less taboo to seek out. I hope to join you on your journey of healing and embracing your authentic self.
Are you often overwhelmed with feelings of hopelessness, low self-esteem, indecisiveness, frustration? Or maybe you feel unfulfilled in your daily routine, your work, or your relationships. The world is a challenging place to navigate right now, and you don’t have to do it alone. With mental health awareness at the forefront of the national conversation, therapy is becoming less and less taboo to seek out. I hope to join you on your journey of healing and embracing your authentic self.
(253) 215-6535 View (253) 215-6535
Photo of Brittany Ellmer, Counselor in Tacoma, WA
Brittany Ellmer
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98402  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Have you had experiences that have changed you? Are you wondering how you can heal? Let’s work together to find meaning in your suffering and heal the broken spaces within you. My aim is not to put a bandaid over your wound, let's get down to the roots. This enables us to really heal the wound, though you will be left with a scar. We'll explore the origin of your pain, see how this impacts you currently, and help you better understand your body’s response to adversity. We can also work to resolve common symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress that are so prevalent among us.
Have you had experiences that have changed you? Are you wondering how you can heal? Let’s work together to find meaning in your suffering and heal the broken spaces within you. My aim is not to put a bandaid over your wound, let's get down to the roots. This enables us to really heal the wound, though you will be left with a scar. We'll explore the origin of your pain, see how this impacts you currently, and help you better understand your body’s response to adversity. We can also work to resolve common symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress that are so prevalent among us.
(253) 262-0612 View (253) 262-0612
Photo of Veronica Botsford, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate in Tacoma, WA
Veronica Botsford
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, LMFTA, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98403  (Online Only)
Post-pandemic life is weird. Perhaps you find yourself wanting to do things, but can’t seem to motivate yourself to follow through. Maybe you're tired from doing too many things because you weren’t allowed to do anything fun for nearly three years. Perhaps the pandemic (or seeing "Barbie") has led you to question your relationship or even your identity... Whatever your situation, one thing for certain is that change is inevitable, and growth is optional. We can choose whether we want to lean into the changes around us, or resist them. If you are curious about how to lean in, talk therapy can help.
Post-pandemic life is weird. Perhaps you find yourself wanting to do things, but can’t seem to motivate yourself to follow through. Maybe you're tired from doing too many things because you weren’t allowed to do anything fun for nearly three years. Perhaps the pandemic (or seeing "Barbie") has led you to question your relationship or even your identity... Whatever your situation, one thing for certain is that change is inevitable, and growth is optional. We can choose whether we want to lean into the changes around us, or resist them. If you are curious about how to lean in, talk therapy can help.
(253) 264-0525 View (253) 264-0525
Photo of Larissa Chen Swanland, Counselor in Tacoma, WA
Larissa Chen Swanland
Counselor, LMHCA
Verified
5 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98422
Do you feel stuck? Through living our lives, we develop mechanisms to navigate specific contexts, but sometimes, those methods no longer work or we grow tired of them. Some signs of being stuck manifest as complicated relationships, a lack of creativity, loss of agency, inability to rest, hesitancy to play, feelings of overwhelm or a lack of interest in life. Together, we can empower your story and regain movement by having an empathetic witness journey with you, navigate your particular context, the relationships/systems around you, your unique brain and perception of self.
Do you feel stuck? Through living our lives, we develop mechanisms to navigate specific contexts, but sometimes, those methods no longer work or we grow tired of them. Some signs of being stuck manifest as complicated relationships, a lack of creativity, loss of agency, inability to rest, hesitancy to play, feelings of overwhelm or a lack of interest in life. Together, we can empower your story and regain movement by having an empathetic witness journey with you, navigate your particular context, the relationships/systems around you, your unique brain and perception of self.
View
Photo of Heart to Heart Counseling, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Tacoma, WA
Heart to Heart Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, MSW, LCSW, LICSW
Verified
Tacoma, WA 98403
I believe that each person holds a unique essence and recipe for happiness within. Feeling confused about the direction of your life, "stuck" in the same patterns, same "mistakes" even though you "know better"? You are not alone. It happens because we can't just think our way out of patterns, blocks, and imprints of trauma. My clients report significant, tangible improvements in the quality of their lives and relationships. While the time it takes for changes to take hold varies, all clients report feeling better after the very first session. Sessions are non-intimidating, compassionate, supportive, and inspiring.
I believe that each person holds a unique essence and recipe for happiness within. Feeling confused about the direction of your life, "stuck" in the same patterns, same "mistakes" even though you "know better"? You are not alone. It happens because we can't just think our way out of patterns, blocks, and imprints of trauma. My clients report significant, tangible improvements in the quality of their lives and relationships. While the time it takes for changes to take hold varies, all clients report feeling better after the very first session. Sessions are non-intimidating, compassionate, supportive, and inspiring.
(206) 504-3044 View (206) 504-3044
Photo of Celeste Cole, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Tacoma, WA
Celeste Cole
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, RYT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98402
Not accepting new clients
My approach is mindfulness based, strengths based and person centered. I believe in meeting people where they are at. I truly enjoy helping people grow and adjust to life changes, cope with and reduce stress and improve their overall well-being. I am passionate about working with adult clients navigating ADHD. My approach for helping clients to better manage ADHD includes focusing on self-compassion, acceptance, mindfulness, coaching and skill building. I also enjoy supporting clients experiencing depression, anxiety, life transitions and stress.
My approach is mindfulness based, strengths based and person centered. I believe in meeting people where they are at. I truly enjoy helping people grow and adjust to life changes, cope with and reduce stress and improve their overall well-being. I am passionate about working with adult clients navigating ADHD. My approach for helping clients to better manage ADHD includes focusing on self-compassion, acceptance, mindfulness, coaching and skill building. I also enjoy supporting clients experiencing depression, anxiety, life transitions and stress.
View
Photo of S. Mike Monks, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Tacoma, WA
S. Mike Monks
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
3 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98445  (Online Only)
Accepting new clients January 2023. Visit website for initial appointment availability. Improving yourself can be a rewarding and lifelong positive enhancement. My role as a Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) is to help you in this journey. I believe that every person has room for improvement and seeking professional mental health counseling is a great step to take to improve yourself. I practice from a strengths perspective, helping you realize how to use what you do best to your maximum benefit. I also enjoy helping individuals who are not coping well in the context of their relationships with others and their families.
Accepting new clients January 2023. Visit website for initial appointment availability. Improving yourself can be a rewarding and lifelong positive enhancement. My role as a Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) is to help you in this journey. I believe that every person has room for improvement and seeking professional mental health counseling is a great step to take to improve yourself. I practice from a strengths perspective, helping you realize how to use what you do best to your maximum benefit. I also enjoy helping individuals who are not coping well in the context of their relationships with others and their families.
(206) 558-9429 View (206) 558-9429
Photo of Shellie Gravitt, Marriage & Family Therapist in Tacoma, WA
Shellie Gravitt
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
4 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98402
I am Certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples and in Internal Family Systems (IFS). EFT allows couples to move away from painful interactions and towards connection. It is incredibly effective in helping couples understand triggers and emotional distress. Suffering in your partnership can be incredibly isolating and painful. I will help you identify and understand your and your partner's most important needs and longings. Please don't wait to get help, if your relationship is in distress reach out as soon as possible. Your relationship can be the safe haven you've always longed for.
I am Certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples and in Internal Family Systems (IFS). EFT allows couples to move away from painful interactions and towards connection. It is incredibly effective in helping couples understand triggers and emotional distress. Suffering in your partnership can be incredibly isolating and painful. I will help you identify and understand your and your partner's most important needs and longings. Please don't wait to get help, if your relationship is in distress reach out as soon as possible. Your relationship can be the safe haven you've always longed for.
(206) 966-6673 View (206) 966-6673
Photo of Affirming Connections PLLC, Marriage & Family Therapist in Tacoma, WA
Affirming Connections PLLC
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98409
Waitlist for new clients
I respect it takes courage to seek and partner with a therapist. My core values as a clinician are to provide others utmost respect, hope, resiliency, concern, empathy, challenge, creating a path to recovery and healing. I enjoy working with adults through age sixty-five, and children ages four through twenty-one, including families. I have been a Marriage and Family Therapist for thirty plus years, I am honored to enter with others in their healing journey.
I respect it takes courage to seek and partner with a therapist. My core values as a clinician are to provide others utmost respect, hope, resiliency, concern, empathy, challenge, creating a path to recovery and healing. I enjoy working with adults through age sixty-five, and children ages four through twenty-one, including families. I have been a Marriage and Family Therapist for thirty plus years, I am honored to enter with others in their healing journey.
(253) 263-1105 View (253) 263-1105
Photo of Lizzie Munday, Counselor in Tacoma, WA
Lizzie Munday
Counselor, MEd, LMHC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98408
Therapy and the process of change can be daunting but, YOU ARE WORTH IT! My focus and goal in my work with you is to help navigate through your personal process of growth and change. I use a strength based, client centered and cognitive/behavioral approach to help develop techniques and coping skills to get you to where you want to be to feel solace and peace in your life. The most important step in the process is establishing a client/therapist relationship based on mutual respect and integrity.
Therapy and the process of change can be daunting but, YOU ARE WORTH IT! My focus and goal in my work with you is to help navigate through your personal process of growth and change. I use a strength based, client centered and cognitive/behavioral approach to help develop techniques and coping skills to get you to where you want to be to feel solace and peace in your life. The most important step in the process is establishing a client/therapist relationship based on mutual respect and integrity.
(253) 444-2946 View (253) 444-2946
Photo of Trenton Williams, Psychologist in Tacoma, WA
Trenton Williams
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Tacoma, WA 98467
Trenton Williams has been a member of the clinical staff at LifeStance (formerly Rainier Behavioral Health) since 1992. He graduated with honors in 1989 from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. He completed a post-doctoral internship in 1992. His training is in adult and adolescent psychology, and he is also experienced in marital therapy. He has worked in a variety of roles such as crisis counselor, teaching assistant, and research assistant. He has been a dedicated psychologist since 1989.
Trenton Williams has been a member of the clinical staff at LifeStance (formerly Rainier Behavioral Health) since 1992. He graduated with honors in 1989 from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. He completed a post-doctoral internship in 1992. His training is in adult and adolescent psychology, and he is also experienced in marital therapy. He has worked in a variety of roles such as crisis counselor, teaching assistant, and research assistant. He has been a dedicated psychologist since 1989.
(253) 352-3012 View (253) 352-3012
Photo of David Ross, Counselor in Tacoma, WA
David Ross
Counselor, PhD, LMHC, CMHS, ACS, NCC
Verified
Tacoma, WA 98444
If you're searching for a therapist who just sits, nods his head, and asks: "how do you feel about that?" then we would not be a good match. While that question is important, I focus more on listening closely to your stories, engaging in active dialogue with you. Together we form a common relationship to face and overcome your fears and anxieties. I am firmly committed to a collaborative, participatory, and holistic patient/therapist relationship. As partners, we form a trusting bond to explore the problems that interfere with your ability to live a happy and healthy life.
If you're searching for a therapist who just sits, nods his head, and asks: "how do you feel about that?" then we would not be a good match. While that question is important, I focus more on listening closely to your stories, engaging in active dialogue with you. Together we form a common relationship to face and overcome your fears and anxieties. I am firmly committed to a collaborative, participatory, and holistic patient/therapist relationship. As partners, we form a trusting bond to explore the problems that interfere with your ability to live a happy and healthy life.
(855) 848-5970 View (855) 848-5970
Photo of Tacoma Counseling PLLC, Counselor in Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Counseling PLLC
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98403
Now accepting new clients. Full time hours Mon - Fri. And by appointment, morning, evening, weekend hours. Helping you determine where you are feeling stuck with some part of your health and wellness. Ready to partner with you to help you get unstuck. I’ll hold your concerns with deep compassion. I’ll listen actively. I’ll work with you to address what’s most important to you. I will meet you where you are with dignity and respect, to connect with you. Then, we work together to tailor recovery and wellness work that best fits your needs, leaning into the work. Through hope and transformation, you can heal, grow, and thrive.
Now accepting new clients. Full time hours Mon - Fri. And by appointment, morning, evening, weekend hours. Helping you determine where you are feeling stuck with some part of your health and wellness. Ready to partner with you to help you get unstuck. I’ll hold your concerns with deep compassion. I’ll listen actively. I’ll work with you to address what’s most important to you. I will meet you where you are with dignity and respect, to connect with you. Then, we work together to tailor recovery and wellness work that best fits your needs, leaning into the work. Through hope and transformation, you can heal, grow, and thrive.
(253) 329-5873 View (253) 329-5873
Photo of Unchained Recovery, Counselor in Tacoma, WA
Unchained Recovery
Counselor, CC, MHSC, CSAT, APSAT-B
Verified
Tacoma, WA 98405  (Online Only)
If you have had enough of your unwanted sexual behaviors? If trying harder has led you to where you are, its time for something better. Let me help you identify the triggers of today and the memories of yesterday that drive your actions. Through healing and recovery you can be free to be the person you have always envisioned you were meant to be.
If you have had enough of your unwanted sexual behaviors? If trying harder has led you to where you are, its time for something better. Let me help you identify the triggers of today and the memories of yesterday that drive your actions. Through healing and recovery you can be free to be the person you have always envisioned you were meant to be.
(253) 400-3980 View (253) 400-3980
Photo of Lori Lindholm, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Tacoma, WA
Lori Lindholm
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified
Tacoma, WA 98406  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with relentless stress, anxiety, and/or depression? Maybe you find yourself isolating from others, feeling constantly triggered, or worried your life feels out of control. Whether you’ve experienced an old or recent trauma, loss of a loved one or pet, relationship betrayal or career stress, or you simply feel stuck and yearn to become your best self, I am glad you reached out. My hope is to create a place where you can come completely and authentically as you are, where the unspeakable can be spoken, and for you to be met with compassion and non-judgement.
Are you struggling with relentless stress, anxiety, and/or depression? Maybe you find yourself isolating from others, feeling constantly triggered, or worried your life feels out of control. Whether you’ve experienced an old or recent trauma, loss of a loved one or pet, relationship betrayal or career stress, or you simply feel stuck and yearn to become your best self, I am glad you reached out. My hope is to create a place where you can come completely and authentically as you are, where the unspeakable can be spoken, and for you to be met with compassion and non-judgement.
(206) 752-4647 View (206) 752-4647
Photo of Nicole Pullen, Marriage & Family Therapist in Tacoma, WA
Nicole Pullen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98409  (Online Only)
Currently Accepting New Clients! I believe relationships play a critical role in the way we navigate throughout our daily lives. We look to our partner(s) for support, validation, encouragement, and empathy. The security in knowing our needs can and will be met fosters a bond and attachment that safe and secure. When couples can concede to such emotional engagements, secure bonding can evolve, thus establishing a bond that contributes to overall well-being and quality of life.
Currently Accepting New Clients! I believe relationships play a critical role in the way we navigate throughout our daily lives. We look to our partner(s) for support, validation, encouragement, and empathy. The security in knowing our needs can and will be met fosters a bond and attachment that safe and secure. When couples can concede to such emotional engagements, secure bonding can evolve, thus establishing a bond that contributes to overall well-being and quality of life.
(206) 558-5955 View (206) 558-5955
Photo of Taren Williams, Counselor in Tacoma, WA
Taren Williams
Counselor, MAED, LMHC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98403
Hello! I thoroughly enjoy working with people and feel honored when a person trusts in me their life story/current difficulties. I believe there are many different reasons to seek therapy, and that each of us have walked such unique and sometimes challenging paths to get to where we are today. I enjoy getting to know the intricacies of these paths and what has led an individual to where they are today, and from there beginning the work, collaboratively, towards where one would ideally like to be.
Hello! I thoroughly enjoy working with people and feel honored when a person trusts in me their life story/current difficulties. I believe there are many different reasons to seek therapy, and that each of us have walked such unique and sometimes challenging paths to get to where we are today. I enjoy getting to know the intricacies of these paths and what has led an individual to where they are today, and from there beginning the work, collaboratively, towards where one would ideally like to be.
(253) 215-8564 View (253) 215-8564

See more therapy options for Tacoma

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Tacoma, WA

1,000+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Tacoma, WA who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
88% Depression
77% Relationship Issues
77% Trauma and PTSD
77% Self Esteem
72% Stress
68% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

77% Premera
64% Regence
60% Aetna

How Therapists in Tacoma, WA see their clients

51% In Person and Online
49% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
21% Male
4% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Tacoma?

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.