Therapists in Woodland, WA

Photo of Susan Elizabeth Van Skike, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Woodland, WA
Susan Elizabeth Van Skike
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW, CCM
Verified
Woodland, WA 98674
Are you searching for emotional support and a nonjudgmental listener? Connecting with me will be helpful as mutually we work together to guide you through your journey to be happy and at rest. I am a experienced licensed therapist with over 25 years of life skills and trained to help. My goal is also with your permission to move past negative beliefs and to foster positive life skills so you can achieve success. Contact me to make it happen!
Are you searching for emotional support and a nonjudgmental listener? Connecting with me will be helpful as mutually we work together to guide you through your journey to be happy and at rest. I am a experienced licensed therapist with over 25 years of life skills and trained to help. My goal is also with your permission to move past negative beliefs and to foster positive life skills so you can achieve success. Contact me to make it happen!
(888) 759-5871 View (888) 759-5871
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Place of Mind, PLLC
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Woodland, WA 98674  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am an experienced Marriage and Family therapist who has worked in mental health for over 20 years. I have worked with patients who have displayed ADD, ADHD, ODD and GAD symptoms and adults who have been dealing with severe major depressive and anxiety disorders, at this time I work exclusively with adults. I have worked with psychotic behaviors and disorders, suicide and self-harming behaviors. Recently I have encountered many patients that have been severely impacted by the COVID epidemic regarding deficits in all areas of their lives.
I am an experienced Marriage and Family therapist who has worked in mental health for over 20 years. I have worked with patients who have displayed ADD, ADHD, ODD and GAD symptoms and adults who have been dealing with severe major depressive and anxiety disorders, at this time I work exclusively with adults. I have worked with psychotic behaviors and disorders, suicide and self-harming behaviors. Recently I have encountered many patients that have been severely impacted by the COVID epidemic regarding deficits in all areas of their lives.
(360) 569-1814 View (360) 569-1814
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Linnea Miller
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
4 Endorsed
Woodland, WA 98674  (Online Only)
In this crazy world, I want to help you be able to say "things may not be okay - but I'm okay". What does this mean for you? Let's find out together.
In this crazy world, I want to help you be able to say "things may not be okay - but I'm okay". What does this mean for you? Let's find out together.
(360) 732-8371 View (360) 732-8371
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Holly-Marie St Pierre
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Woodland, WA 98674  (Online Only)
I help women cultivate healthy relationships and break free from patterns of dysfunctional connections. My therapeutic approach is rooted in a deep understanding of historical and intergenerational trauma, recognizing that our past experiences often shape our present behaviors and emotions. My goal is to assist you in restoring your self-esteem, helping you recognize your inherent worth and value. Through our therapeutic journey, my aim is for you to feel more connected - both to yourself and to those around you.
I help women cultivate healthy relationships and break free from patterns of dysfunctional connections. My therapeutic approach is rooted in a deep understanding of historical and intergenerational trauma, recognizing that our past experiences often shape our present behaviors and emotions. My goal is to assist you in restoring your self-esteem, helping you recognize your inherent worth and value. Through our therapeutic journey, my aim is for you to feel more connected - both to yourself and to those around you.
(360) 334-3340 View (360) 334-3340
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Kelie Bryson
Counselor, MA, LMHCA
Verified
Woodland, WA 98674
Have you been feeling like it's time to make a positive change in your life? Maybe you want to experience more joy and happiness. Perhaps work on a past wound, improve a relationship, stop the cycle of doing the same thing over again. Counseling is a place where we can work on these issues together. This is a space where you become the author of your life. As an EMDR trained therapist, I can help you re-write your past experiences into stories of strength and resilience and work towards the best version of yourself.
Have you been feeling like it's time to make a positive change in your life? Maybe you want to experience more joy and happiness. Perhaps work on a past wound, improve a relationship, stop the cycle of doing the same thing over again. Counseling is a place where we can work on these issues together. This is a space where you become the author of your life. As an EMDR trained therapist, I can help you re-write your past experiences into stories of strength and resilience and work towards the best version of yourself.
(360) 392-5953 View (360) 392-5953
Counseling Services Training Institute
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
Woodland, WA 98674
CSTI offers low cost therapy sessions, provided by masters level mental health interns and practicum students. Every CSTI counselor is required to complete clinical hours under the supervision of licensed and experienced mental health professionals. CSTI clinical supervisors match each incoming client with the intern who is best suited to address their unique circumstances.
CSTI offers low cost therapy sessions, provided by masters level mental health interns and practicum students. Every CSTI counselor is required to complete clinical hours under the supervision of licensed and experienced mental health professionals. CSTI clinical supervisors match each incoming client with the intern who is best suited to address their unique circumstances.
(360) 347-9661 View (360) 347-9661
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Barbara J Brandhorst
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, SUDP, LICSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Woodland, WA 98674
I am an experienced therapist with over 30 years' experience in the fields of mental health; including child welfare, foster care, corrections, court system, chemical dependency and mental health case work. My goal is to help you become your best self, one step at a time. My specialties included: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing-EMDR (2017), Trauma Informed Care, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Neuro Linguistic Programming-NLP (2019) techniques to assist individuals with desired change. I provide individual, couples, and family therapy, court ordered supervised visitation and reunification counseling.
I am an experienced therapist with over 30 years' experience in the fields of mental health; including child welfare, foster care, corrections, court system, chemical dependency and mental health case work. My goal is to help you become your best self, one step at a time. My specialties included: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing-EMDR (2017), Trauma Informed Care, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Neuro Linguistic Programming-NLP (2019) techniques to assist individuals with desired change. I provide individual, couples, and family therapy, court ordered supervised visitation and reunification counseling.
(360) 207-2247 View (360) 207-2247

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Matt Coffey
Counselor, MS, LMHCA, LPCA, NCC
Verified
Ridgefield, WA 98642
Many of us feel like we could be doing better, but are not sure how to start. The busy, fast-paced, and isolating lifestyle that has captured so many of us often leads to chronic stress, anxiety, disconnection from relationships and community, and a lack of meaning. On top of this, many of us also carry past traumas, large and small. Therapy is one mode of addressing these challenges. When it goes well, we have a chance to process, find healthier habits and perspectives, resolve problems, and find new ways of living which increase our well being.
Many of us feel like we could be doing better, but are not sure how to start. The busy, fast-paced, and isolating lifestyle that has captured so many of us often leads to chronic stress, anxiety, disconnection from relationships and community, and a lack of meaning. On top of this, many of us also carry past traumas, large and small. Therapy is one mode of addressing these challenges. When it goes well, we have a chance to process, find healthier habits and perspectives, resolve problems, and find new ways of living which increase our well being.
(360) 780-6296 View (360) 780-6296
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Jamie Villemonte
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW, LAC, CADCIII
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ridgefield, WA 98642
Not accepting new clients
The way we see ourselves, our past and our enviornment, dictates our reality. I am passionate about helping clients see themselves and life situations using compassion, curiosity and forgiveness. Once we find what's really going on in our story, we can enhance this reality in beautiful ways. I love to work on Identity formation, spiritual/moral development and coping skills development to unveil client's natural light.
The way we see ourselves, our past and our enviornment, dictates our reality. I am passionate about helping clients see themselves and life situations using compassion, curiosity and forgiveness. Once we find what's really going on in our story, we can enhance this reality in beautiful ways. I love to work on Identity formation, spiritual/moral development and coping skills development to unveil client's natural light.
(253) 358-8628 View (253) 358-8628
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Michelle Tobin
Counselor, MA, LMHCA, PMP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Ridgefield, WA 98642
If you're unsatisfied with the status quo, then let's find your sublime. Adults looking for a creative outlet, a place to vent, or support for hard times are my ideal clients. I specialize in anxiety and depression, work stress and career goals, identity or relationship issues, life changes or traumatic events. Unusual tales and winding paths are welcome—there is no judgment for any stories you bring. You are accepted wholeheartedly with caring curiosity. We'll talk, feel, brainstorm, problem solve, or use a creative process if you can't find the words. Together, we'll help you find freedom of expression and the potential to grow.
If you're unsatisfied with the status quo, then let's find your sublime. Adults looking for a creative outlet, a place to vent, or support for hard times are my ideal clients. I specialize in anxiety and depression, work stress and career goals, identity or relationship issues, life changes or traumatic events. Unusual tales and winding paths are welcome—there is no judgment for any stories you bring. You are accepted wholeheartedly with caring curiosity. We'll talk, feel, brainstorm, problem solve, or use a creative process if you can't find the words. Together, we'll help you find freedom of expression and the potential to grow.
(360) 207-1957 View (360) 207-1957
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Hope Farmer
Counselor, MA, LMHCA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ridgefield, WA 98642
Waitlist for new clients
I have a passion for working with people of all ages, but there is a special place in my heart for kids and teens. I am a client centered therapist and love giving clients the freedom to do therapy how they feel comfortable. As a former foster parent and current adoptive mom of 3 boys, I know that families are complicated and messy! I would love to work with you and/or your family to enhance your relationships. I usually work with people with neurodivergence (ADHD, Autism, etc.), trauma, depression, anxiety, social skills issues and general wellness. I use techniques from DBT, Family Systems, and Attachment Theory and more.
I have a passion for working with people of all ages, but there is a special place in my heart for kids and teens. I am a client centered therapist and love giving clients the freedom to do therapy how they feel comfortable. As a former foster parent and current adoptive mom of 3 boys, I know that families are complicated and messy! I would love to work with you and/or your family to enhance your relationships. I usually work with people with neurodivergence (ADHD, Autism, etc.), trauma, depression, anxiety, social skills issues and general wellness. I use techniques from DBT, Family Systems, and Attachment Theory and more.
(360) 614-4441 View (360) 614-4441
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Patrice A Jacob
Counselor, PhD, LMHC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Ridgefield, WA 98642  (Online Only)
You may be wondering how to find a therapist who is right for you. I believe you should feel respected, heard, and understood and be able to trust that your therapist can help you. I invite you to meet with me to find out if I am the right fit for you. My approach incorporates a variety of psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, including Acceptance and Commitment therapy and Emotion-Focused therapy. I work with older teens, adults, and elder adults. We typically develop treatment strategies together.
You may be wondering how to find a therapist who is right for you. I believe you should feel respected, heard, and understood and be able to trust that your therapist can help you. I invite you to meet with me to find out if I am the right fit for you. My approach incorporates a variety of psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, including Acceptance and Commitment therapy and Emotion-Focused therapy. I work with older teens, adults, and elder adults. We typically develop treatment strategies together.
(360) 228-2556 View (360) 228-2556
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Valinda Harlan Relationship Issues Anxiety-Depression
Counselor, LMHC, LPC, LPCC, NCC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Ridgefield, WA 98642
I am accepting new clients for in-person and telehealth for individuals and couples. There is hope for healing and change. If your relationship suffers from sexual issues or broken trust, if there is room to improve communication or intimacy, or if you are not sure your relationship can be/is worth saving, I can offer you help. If you feel sad or depressed, have experienced loss, or have anxiety and unwanted thoughts of worry, there is hope. I provide a supportive safe nonjudgmental space for all types of individuals and couples. Please go to my website www.brightfuturecounseling1.com for more information.
I am accepting new clients for in-person and telehealth for individuals and couples. There is hope for healing and change. If your relationship suffers from sexual issues or broken trust, if there is room to improve communication or intimacy, or if you are not sure your relationship can be/is worth saving, I can offer you help. If you feel sad or depressed, have experienced loss, or have anxiety and unwanted thoughts of worry, there is hope. I provide a supportive safe nonjudgmental space for all types of individuals and couples. Please go to my website www.brightfuturecounseling1.com for more information.
(360) 558-3568 View (360) 558-3568
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Samantha C Cunningham
Counselor, MA, LMHC, LPC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Ridgefield, WA 98642
People thrive when they are connected to others, but the pain, stress, and struggles of life often leave us feeling very alone. My practice includes individuals, couples, and families who are wanting to find solace in their experiences. I connect with clients by creating safety, understanding their unique point of view, focusing on their strengths, and collaborating with them to build a plan for treatment. My clients find space in their world to find hope in the midst of pain, courageously explore change, set goals, embrace healthy beliefs, learn new skills, make positive life choices, achieve balance, and heal.
People thrive when they are connected to others, but the pain, stress, and struggles of life often leave us feeling very alone. My practice includes individuals, couples, and families who are wanting to find solace in their experiences. I connect with clients by creating safety, understanding their unique point of view, focusing on their strengths, and collaborating with them to build a plan for treatment. My clients find space in their world to find hope in the midst of pain, courageously explore change, set goals, embrace healthy beliefs, learn new skills, make positive life choices, achieve balance, and heal.
(360) 234-3575 View (360) 234-3575
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Tom Dooley
Psychologist, PsyD, MDiv
Verified
La Center, WA 98629
Feeling stuck in life's circumstances? Don't just "Do it" as Nike says, but "Do something healthy"! With memberships in ADAA (anxiety) and the OCD Institute, trained in trauma treatment, and a certified domestic violence provider, I work with a variety of issues in marital, individual, and family counseling. I seek to be collaborative, practical, and respectful. My doctorate is from George Fox University, and I have been in the field since 1986. Offices are in Vancouver WA and Portland OR. Thank you for considering me.
Feeling stuck in life's circumstances? Don't just "Do it" as Nike says, but "Do something healthy"! With memberships in ADAA (anxiety) and the OCD Institute, trained in trauma treatment, and a certified domestic violence provider, I work with a variety of issues in marital, individual, and family counseling. I seek to be collaborative, practical, and respectful. My doctorate is from George Fox University, and I have been in the field since 1986. Offices are in Vancouver WA and Portland OR. Thank you for considering me.
(360) 513-7398 View (360) 513-7398
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Kaleb Klug
Counselor, LMHCA, MA
Verified
3 Endorsed
Ridgefield, WA 98642
Are you (or is your child) struggling with depression, anxiety, or trauma? Do you ever feel like you're mourning the childhood you never got? Are you on the cusp of adulthood but don't feel like you're ready to grow up? Are you the parent of a teen that struggles to "just be a kid"? I'm here to help. I specialize in supporting students and young adults who are seeking understanding and guidance. I have a passion for helping young people thrive and find their voice. Together, we'll navigate the challenges of adolescence, tackle life's big questions, and develop strategies to enhance confidence and resilience.
Are you (or is your child) struggling with depression, anxiety, or trauma? Do you ever feel like you're mourning the childhood you never got? Are you on the cusp of adulthood but don't feel like you're ready to grow up? Are you the parent of a teen that struggles to "just be a kid"? I'm here to help. I specialize in supporting students and young adults who are seeking understanding and guidance. I have a passion for helping young people thrive and find their voice. Together, we'll navigate the challenges of adolescence, tackle life's big questions, and develop strategies to enhance confidence and resilience.
(360) 614-2246 View (360) 614-2246
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A Better Way Counseling Service
Mental Health Counselor, LMHC, LMFT, LICSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
La Center, WA 98629
Not accepting new clients
We are not currently accepting new clients and our waitlist is full - Here at A Better Way Counseling Services, our mission is to be of service to our Washington community, far and near. We offer quality mental health counseling, training, and classes on a variety of helpful topics. Our philosophy is to work with people from an individualized, needs-driven, and strength-based focus. We are committed to offering quality mental health services to all people, regardless of religious preference, race, sex, income, sexual orientation, or education. A fundamental principle of our service is to treat everyone with respect and dignity.
We are not currently accepting new clients and our waitlist is full - Here at A Better Way Counseling Services, our mission is to be of service to our Washington community, far and near. We offer quality mental health counseling, training, and classes on a variety of helpful topics. Our philosophy is to work with people from an individualized, needs-driven, and strength-based focus. We are committed to offering quality mental health services to all people, regardless of religious preference, race, sex, income, sexual orientation, or education. A fundamental principle of our service is to treat everyone with respect and dignity.
(360) 443-9801 View (360) 443-9801
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Mikaela Elaine Hines
Counselor, MA, LMHC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ridgefield, WA 98642
Not accepting new clients
Hello, my name is Mikaela! I am a passionate and relational therapist who believes every individual has a unique and valuable story to tell. I aim to help individuals process their pain while also learning to celebrate their strengths and view themselves with greater acceptance, love, and compassion. In my work, I create space for you to share your story as you are ready, offering gentle direction and helpful coping skills as you learn to navigate life’s challenges.
Hello, my name is Mikaela! I am a passionate and relational therapist who believes every individual has a unique and valuable story to tell. I aim to help individuals process their pain while also learning to celebrate their strengths and view themselves with greater acceptance, love, and compassion. In my work, I create space for you to share your story as you are ready, offering gentle direction and helpful coping skills as you learn to navigate life’s challenges.
(360) 967-9946 View (360) 967-9946
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Kathleen Anne Hittner-McConahy
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Ridgefield, WA 98642
Hello my name is Kathleen and I am Marriage and Family Therapist offering in person and virtual appointments. I have a passion for providing a nonjudgmental and safe space. I offer a collaborative approach to working with others and value the importance of gaining a deep understanding of one’s emotional history and helping to align behaviors with values. I work with individuals ages 12 and up and use a variety of treatment approaches including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solutions-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Family Systems Therapy and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
Hello my name is Kathleen and I am Marriage and Family Therapist offering in person and virtual appointments. I have a passion for providing a nonjudgmental and safe space. I offer a collaborative approach to working with others and value the importance of gaining a deep understanding of one’s emotional history and helping to align behaviors with values. I work with individuals ages 12 and up and use a variety of treatment approaches including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solutions-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Family Systems Therapy and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
(360) 900-1126 View (360) 900-1126
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Chelsae Brown
Counselor, MA, LMHC, CMHS
Verified
2 Endorsed
Ridgefield, WA 98642
Not accepting new clients
Mental health therapy for children (ages 3-12), young adults, and families in Vancouver, WA. This is a safe, supportive, and collaborative space just for you. Helping individuals and families to overcome anxiety, depression, relationship issues, traumatic experiences, life transitions, and grief or loss. What I know to be true is the human experience can be tough at times no matter the age. Sometimes you need a person outside of your family and social circles who can help shift the way you experience and connect to yourself, the ones you love, and the world around you.
Mental health therapy for children (ages 3-12), young adults, and families in Vancouver, WA. This is a safe, supportive, and collaborative space just for you. Helping individuals and families to overcome anxiety, depression, relationship issues, traumatic experiences, life transitions, and grief or loss. What I know to be true is the human experience can be tough at times no matter the age. Sometimes you need a person outside of your family and social circles who can help shift the way you experience and connect to yourself, the ones you love, and the world around you.
(360) 641-7046 View (360) 641-7046

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Number of Therapists in Woodland, WA

< 10

Therapists in Woodland, WA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Family Conflict
100% Self Esteem
86% Relationship Issues
86% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

75% Cigna and Evernorth
75% Blue Cross
50% Aetna

How Therapists in Woodland, WA see their clients

58% In Person and Online
42% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Woodland?

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.