I'm Looking For Psychotherapy Close To Me: What Are The Best Options?

Medically reviewed by Melissa Guarnaccia, LCSW
Updated March 22, 2024by BetterHelp Editorial Team
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Sometimes the hardest part of getting help with mental health challenges in life is admitting that you need the support of a psychotherapist. If you find yourself wondering how to find an effective therapist near you to improve your mental health, there are many options available, both in person and online.

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Trying to find the best options for "psychotherapy near me"?
What is psychotherapy?

In the simplest explanation, psychotherapy is talk therapy. It can be effective in treating patients with many different mental health challenges, including trauma, anxiety, depression, and grief, among others. Some forms of psychotherapy that we'll discuss in this article include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) (including interpersonal therapy)
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy
  • Interpersonal psychotherapy

These types of therapy may help you to identify and eliminate certain thoughts and behaviors that aren’t serving you. A therapist may help you find and change the thoughts and beliefs that lead you to those behaviors. Addressing these areas and focusing on your overall journey can help you resolve specific challenges, in addition to improving your overall mental health. 

What does a psychotherapist do?

Many times, psychotherapists focus on leading people through individual therapy sessions. However, there are also family sessions and group sessions that you can participate in. Choosing the right one may depend on your specific concerns and the mode of therapy that you are most comfortable with. Mental health professionals offering psychotherapy can be counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, marriage and family therapists, or clinical social workers, among others.

What are therapy sessions like?

Psychotherapy is a popular form of therapy for a reason; it can be a highly effective form of care when used in the right situations.

According to the American Psychological Association, at least 75% of people who use a form of psychotherapy benefit from it.

There are many different ways that people can benefit. They may experience changes in their thinking and behaviors, and some even notice improvements in their physical health as well.

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There are many different types of psychotherapy. Here are some of the most common:

Cognitive-behavioral therapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) aims to teach people how to identify and replace harmful thought patterns. The therapy is largely based on the idea that if someone can change their thoughts, they can change their behaviors. They learn how to replace harmful thoughts with better ones. This form of therapy can be beneficial for people who are experiencing a variety of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma, and eating disorders.

Dialectical behavioral therapy

This is a type of CBT that focuses on learning how to control emotions. Clients often go through both individual therapy and group sessions where they can put their new skills to work.

Interpersonal Therapy

This form of therapy is often used for people who experience difficulty in their relationships with others. Therapists may use it to help people identify their responses and other behaviors that are damaging their relationships. It can also help people improve their communication skills and identify other areas for improvement so that they can have healthier relationships.

How to get the most out of psychotherapy sessions for mental health

Mental health treatment tends to involve a collaboration between you and your therapist. To get the most out of your sessions, you’ll likely need to invest time and effort in them. This starts by being as open and as honest as you can with your therapist. If you aren't open when answering the questions that your therapist asks, they might not be able to help you properly. It can also help to do the work and practice the strategies that your therapist suggests for you outside of your sessions. 

How to find a psychotherapist near you

If you are looking to start psychotherapy sessions, there are a few options you can use for finding a psychotherapist. One option is to look for a licensed therapist in your area so that you can attend the sessions in person. Psychotherapists can be found in virtually all popular cities. You can use resources like the American Psychological Association website to find a psychotherapist as well. If you're looking to attend in-person therapy to address mental health issues, there are a few things that you're going to want to consider.

  • Where are they located? It may help to search for a therapist whose office is located near your home or place of work. If you prefer to speak with a therapist outside your immediate vicinity, you might ask the therapist about their availability so that you have enough time to travel to and from their office at a time that works for you. Location can be a crucial factor in choosing between psychologists and other professionals.
  • Does your health insurance cover it? There are health insurance plans that offer some coverage for mental health services. Before looking for a local therapist, you might contact your health insurance company to find out what type of coverage they offer. If they do provide coverage, you can ask exactly what your plan covers and then find a therapist that accepts your insurance plan. If your plan does not cover psychotherapy you may look for therapists that offer affordable sessions to meet your needs. Cost can be a barrier to care, and you might look at various online cost guides to determine what you may be able to afford.
  • Are you comfortable with them? For therapy to work, you need to have a therapist that you are comfortable dealing with. As mentioned above, it's important that you be open and honest to get the most out of your therapy sessions. You might ask what type of therapy a therapist provides and what type of training they have. You can also check to see if they’re affiliated with the American Psychological Association.

Also, if there are online reviews, you can read them to see what people liked about their sessions. You can also try asking friends and family for recommendations. 

I don’t have health insurance: How to find an affordable psychotherapist near you

If you are interested in finding a new therapist to work with but have a tight budget, don't let it stop you from seeking help and getting the care that you need. If your health insurance doesn't cover any mental health counseling sessions, you still have other options to save money when meeting with a therapist. If you're interested in meeting with a local psychologist, you can ask them if they offer a sliding scale for payment. Some therapists set the cost of your appointments based on your income to make it more affordable for you. Also, you might try online therapy, which tends to be more affordable than in-person therapy. 

Research shows that online therapy is just as effective as in-person therapy for a diverse array of mental health concerns. In one comprehensive review, researchers examined the effects of online therapy on common mental disorders, including depression, panic disorder, and social and generalized anxiety. The study points to internet-based cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) as a useful way of providing techniques for reframing unhelpful thoughts. Online platforms have proven useful for facilitating CBT and other forms of psychotherapy through counseling sessions, reading materials, audio and video clips, and interactive exercises.

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Trying to find the best options for "psychotherapy near me"?

Some people don't want to attend therapy sessions in person for a variety of reasons. Some people have a busy schedule or don't want to spend time traveling to and from a therapist’s office. Others simply don't feel comfortable sitting face-to-face in a stranger’s office and talking about personal concerns. It can make them feel as if they’re in a press room, rather than an exclusive location.

With online therapy through BetterHelp, you can connect and consult with your therapist via phone or video chat at a time that works for you. You can work with a licensed therapist from the comfort of your home, and you can schedule sessions using BetterHelp’s app or online platform. You can also contact your therapist via in-app messaging, and they’ll get back to you as soon as they can. Many of BetterHelp’s professionals are affiliated with the American Psychological Association and have official credentials and licensure.

Counselor reviews

Below are some reviews of BetterHelp's counselors from people who have tried online therapy.

"Francesca was the first therapist that I was given on BetterHelp and I honestly could not have asked for a better online counseling experience or therapist to work with. In spite of my initial anxiety about the therapy process, her warmth, empathic nature, and the rapport that we were able to build so quickly in our relationship made all of the "work" we did in therapy feel so seamless and easy. I truly felt so lucky to know and work with Francesca and am so immensely thankful for the help that she offered me through my hardships. If I had to begin this process all over again, I would pick her every time."

"Absolutely brilliant! He helped me out of a pretty dark place and was nothing but helpful! For men who are looking for a counselor who understands what it is like to be a man in today's world with a family, with kids and responsibilities, job, etc., I was extremely impressed with his ability to get down to it and understand what I was talking about. He's great at getting to the root of the issue too. No need to slog through 8,000 words to find out what point he's trying to make. He has a knack for asking exactly the right question in about 2-3 sentences. If you're looking for a counselor who isn't the typical counselor, he's your guy!"


No matter what mental health challenges you’re experiencing, you don’t have to face them alone. With BetterHelp, you can be matched with therapist that meets your needs with experience helping people with your particular concerns. Take the first step to improved mental health and reach out to BetterHelp today.
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