The third-largest metropolitan area in Texas, San Antonio is known as the home of armed force bases and training centers, as well as famous landmarks like the Alamo and the San Antonio riverwalk. In this bustling city, many individuals are undergoing major life transitions, and may feel that they could use help managing the stress that goes along with change. But with busy lives and schedules, taking that first step toward getting help can often feel overwhelming. 

If you're looking for a therapist, San Antonio, TX is home to a variety of mental health professionals in-person and online who can help. 

Online therapy offers the same exceptional care as in-person therapy, with the addition of a variety of choice and convenience. For many who seek assistance through therapy, it can be a challenge to find a therapist who fits their personal needs. With BetterHelp, you can fill out a simple online questionnaire and get matched with a therapist within days. If for any reason you don’t feel as though your therapist is a good match, you have the option to switch therapists at no extra cost until you find the one who is right for you. BetterHelp has over 30,000 professionals in the mental health field like psychologists, licensed social workers, and marriage counselors who offer services in everything from managing life stressors, to improving human relations, and treating self-esteem issues. 

Online therapy is also a convenient option for individuals with busy schedules.  Sessions can be scheduled and attended from the comfort and convenience of your own home through video chat, phone, or text app. Because of the lack of overhead costs, working with a therapist through BetterHelp can offer more affordable rates compared to many individual practices. 

Many enjoy working with a therapist to address mental health concerns, as well as for benefits such as improved mood, and a feeling of greater well-being. But many who identify a desire for help find themselves having difficulty with the follow through. Online therapy can make it both simple and easy for the residents of San Antonio to start their wellness journey today.

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Farhat Hasan

Offering therapy in TX
License: M Ed , Ed.S.,NCC
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsDepressionCoping with life changesADHD
17 years of experience

Thank you for your interest in learning more about me. My name is Farhat Hasan, and I am a licensed professional counselor in the state of Texas. I have an Educational Specialist degree in Counseling from Mississippi State University (2016) and a Master of Education degree in Counseling from the University of Mississippi (2004). With 17 years of experience as a counselor in both face-to-face and online modalities, I have provided services to clients from diverse backgrounds in various settings, including schools, residential drug rehabilitation centers, in-patient and outpatient facilities, as well as group homes. My extensive professional background in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, clinics, and schools has equipped me with exceptional abilities and clinical expertise, enabling me to assist my clients in achieving their unique goals. I have experience working with anxiety, depression, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anger management, family conflict, relationship conflicts, drug abuse, post-partum stress, and trauma/abuse. Additionally, I have worked with clients dealing with depression, mild autism, international students/spouses, and immigrant populations. My counseling philosophy is based on accepting the individual, considering their background, life experiences, and personal beliefs. Employing a client-centered approach, I collaborate with clients to help them develop insight and identify their strengths, empowering them to make immediate changes. I also assist them in monitoring their progress to ensure they continue working towards their goals. I provide guidance, encouragement, and, when appropriate, challenge them to overcome obstacles independently. Above all, I offer a listening ear to understand and validate clients' thoughts and emotions, helping them devise a plan to move forward. Therapy, for me, is a journey that can be both enjoyable and straightforward. I meet my clients where they are, recognizing the courage and determination it takes to seek help. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to support and empower you. -Farhat

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Derek Durst

Offering therapy in TX
License: M.S.,LPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemBipolar disorderDepression
4 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor / Licensed Mental Health Counselor licensed in the states of Texas, Colorado, and Washington. I graduated in 2016 from Angelo State University with a Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology. I have been providing counseling services for the past three years. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, mania, audio/visual hallucinations, and substance abuse. I have also worked with many clients who have experienced past trauma and including physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. My counseling style is warm, energetic, inviting, and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with dignity and respect, as well as approaching issues with sensitivity and compassion . It is my goal to create a safe place for people to feel comfortable in sharing their life's story. My counseling approach combines cognitive behavioral therapy with attributes of psychotherapy and person-centered therapy. I will tailor our treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. I have a passion for working along side people in their journey of life. It takes courage to reach out for help and assistance, but it is the first step toward making a change. I am here to provide the support and empower you if you are ready to take that step. I look forward to working with you!

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Yazmin Cardena

Offering therapy in TX
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteem
6 years of experience

My name is Yazmin Cardena and I am 47 years old. I live and work in Texas as a Licensed Professional Counselor. I have experience across a variety of settings including outpatient specialty clinics, crisis intervention, structured outpatient programs, and private practice. I have a broad range of clinical experience working with individuals and groups across the life span in the following areas; •Depression and Bipolar Disorder •Anxiety Disorders •Behavioral and Discipline Challenges •Self-Harm Behavior •Complicated Grief Reactions •Chronic Pain and Chronic Illness •Anger and Stress Management •Trauma and Abuse •Family and Relationship Issues •Suicide Assessment and Risk Reduction •Group Psychotherapy •Couple’s Conflict including civil divorce •Self-image and Self-Esteem Issues including bariatric patients and healthy life style change. Yazmin’s approach emphasizes the mutual development of goals for therapy. Seeking therapy can be challenging at first, so congratulations for taking the first step. I truly believe in therapy and wish you can succeed your block roads in your recovery.

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Dr. Mario Nicolas

Offering therapy in TX
License: PhD
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSleeping disordersCareer difficultiesDepression
30 years of experience

Hi, I’m Dr. Mario Nicolas. I am a Ph.D. (Penn State, 2002) trained Clinical Psychologist, with extensive experience in military mental health (Maj [Ret. – 2014]; USAF), clinical neuropsychology (fellowship trained; Univ. of Virginia Medical School [2005-07]), and Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH; past-USAF program consultant [2015-20]). If you want to learn more, check me out on LinkedIn. I provide individual therapy to adults and am available on weekday evenings, some early weekday early-mornings, and weekend mornings. I consider myself a cognitive-behavioral therapist, strongly influenced by Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT). My style of interaction is patient-centered & culturally sensitive; and I consider hearing (not just listening to) my patient’s situation (your “story”) to be my most important task. I incorporate motivational interviewing, and the science of behavior-change, into everything that I do. At our initial visit we will go through what I describe as my "Game Plan" for working together. The "Game Plan" is a metaphor that many of my clients have found helpful for working with me -- in that it provides a "shared story" that we can use to navigate our work together. Here is the "Game Plan..." 1. We use the metaphor of a journey that you're on; and I am ONE OF your guides (friends, family members, mentors, etc. are also guides). 2. Help you understand the direction you're heading on this journey... This is your “North Star” or "Guiding Light..." essentially your “purpose” or your “values” -- the type of person you want to be in your life. NOTE: Your Values are different from your goals. The metaphor for the difference between the two is that Goals are like "destinations" (you can accomplish it) and Values are like "directions" (You don't ever get there... you just focus on moving forward and/or towards it). 3. Understand the concept of a “psychological toolbox” that is made up of certain tools. Our focus is on adding as many tools to your toolbox as we can. IMPORTANT: Our focus is not necessarily on finding tools that work... just ADDING TOOLS TO THE TOOLBOX. Important things to know about the "toolbox" are that: a) it is limitless and can never get too full, and b) the more tools you have in your toolbox the better you will feel about life. 4. Understand the the two main tools in the toolbox: A. INSIDE THE HEAD (ITH) tools: thoughts, images, sayings/mantras, memes, memories, the focus of your thoughts (past/present/future), your perspective B. OUTSIDE THE HEAD (OTH) tools: behaviors, reactions, hobbies/interests, body posture, facial expressions, things you do more/less, things you do/don’t do 5. Help you understand and recognize the tools that you use and, IMPORTANTLY, the tools that have become habits for you and/or have become "automatic.". The best way to recognize tools that have become automatic, is to pay attention to how you THINK, ACT, and/or FEEL. If you are THINKING/ACTING/FEELING in ways that just "don't feel right" that's a sign that you are using automatic tools that do NOT work for you. On the other hand, if you feel positive and healthy, that's a sign that you are using tools that DO work for you. 6. Once you recognize the tools that you’re using, you will learn how to ask yourself “Is this tool helpful or not helpful?” (based on how well it moves you TOWARDS or AWAY FROM your “North Star”) 7, If the tools work, we will help you to continue using them, and/or to strengthen your use of them. If they do not work , we will help you try out different ones and/or develop new ones. NOTE: Just because a tool does not work in one situation; it does not mean that it will not work in another situation. Therefore, you don't necessarily have to get rid of tools that aren't working. Also, even if you cannot get rid of, or change, a particular tool that is not helpful; you can learn to develop other types of tools that you can use to limit its impact (e.g., "watering down the liquor"). Don't worry if this "Game Plan" does not make too much sense for you; we will discuss it more during our first session. Likewise, if this "Game Plan" does not work for you, we will discuss addressing your therapy in a different way. I look forward to working with you!

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Sergio Fernandez

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefAnger managementCoping with life changes
24 years of experience

"If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you." - Fred DeVito Welcome to the BetterHelp community! I admire your strength for reaching out for help, as this is the first step in taking control of your life. My name is Sergio Fernandez. I am a mental health professional with almost 24 years of experience working with adults and adolescents in various settings. I earned my masters in Counseling and have extensive experience providing individual and group counseling. My goal is to aid clients in developing the psychological tools needed to deal with complicated feelings and situations. I look forward to seeing you overcome obstacles and sharing your journey with you. ________________________________________ SPECIALTIES • Stress, Anxiety • Trauma • Grief and loss • Depression • Self-esteem • Anger Management Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Client-Centered Therapy Years of Experience: 24 Also experienced in: Relationship issues, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Communication problems, Mood Disorders, Guilt and shame, Impulsivity, Panic Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress.

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Remona Clark

Offering therapy in TX
License: NCC,LPC,School Counselor; M.Ed
Relationship issuesParenting issuesSelf esteemCareer difficultiesCoaching
19 years of experience

I am licensed in Texas with 19 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with relationship issues, parenting issues, motivation, self esteem, confidence, & career difficulties. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process. I am a solutions focused counselor who helps client deal with the here and now. My video sessions are generally scheduled during the weekends. However, I do have limited availability during the week.

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Julianna Height

Offering therapy in TX
AddictionsLGBTRelationship issuesIntimacy-related issues
6 years of experience

I am licensed in Texas with 6 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with coping with addictions, lgbt-related issues, & relationship issues. I also have experience working with intimacy related issues. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

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Christine Etheridge

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseAnger managementDepression
24 years of experience

I am licensed in Texas with 22 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, & anger management. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

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Julianna (Juli) Hartmann

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseCoping with life changes
27 years of experience

I am licensed in Texas with 27 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, relationship issues, & trauma and abuse. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Krissandra Haynes

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
7 years of experience

I am licensed in Texas with 7 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

How to find counseling in San Antonio

Finding the best therapist close by in San Antonio can feel challenging, but know that once you narrow your search for a counselor serving your area, you can find a therapist in your city that is accepting new clients and fits your goals. Whether you're struggling with depression, anxiety, marriage, family issues, or other emotional challenges, feel proud that you have begun your search to find the mental health care services that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in San Antonio. Perhaps you're interested in narrowing your search for a psychotherapist that can offer psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), talk therapy, provide group therapy, marriage and family therapy for individuals or couples, or couples therapy. Each type of therapy can offer various benefits and address or treat different disorders. If you're still unsure or are new to counseling in San Antonio, feel free to contact the provider via email to find out which methods they practice.

It is also important to understand that mental health professionals in the United States are accredited to provide care, helping individuals and couples, with a variety of licenses. These include licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), and clinical psychologist or doctor of psychology (PsyD). Regardless of their licensure, they are trained to treat individuals and couples counseling, and sometimes children, in any type of therapy. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

Mental health professionals working through their own in- person therapy practice in San Antonio or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, or change in negative thinking patterns. They may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain. Verified providers can provide licensed marriage and couples therapy, tailor to individual needs, and create a therapeutic relationship as a National Certified Counselor.

There are all kinds of therapists working with clients today across the United States and in the greater San Antonio area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find therapists, have in mind what type of therapy you'd like your provider to be most experienced with and choose an experienced provider with a practice located near you in the city of San Antonio, elsewhere in Bexar, or in the greater state of Texas.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Some other commonly asked questions on therapy with a licensed counselor and BetterHelp serving the San Antonio area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed San Antonio therapist?

The average price of an in-person therapy session in the US is $100 to $200 per hour. These prices may be higher in San Antonio due to a higher cost of living. The price also depends on the type of provider you are looking for. See the following average prices for various mental health providers without insurance:

  • Counseling with a psychiatrist: $150-$500
  • Counseling with therapists: $100-300
  • Therapy with a psychologist: $100

While many psychologists in San Antonio may not take health insurance, some in the state of Texas may work on a sliding scale, meaning they'll factor in your income and charge what you can afford per session. With BetterHelp or clinicians throughout the state of Texas you can expect significantly more affordable options, with sessions ranging from $65 to $100 per week (billed every four weeks).

How is a licensed therapist on this online therapy platform verified?

Therapists in San Antonio, Texas working on BetterHelp are licensed, trained, experienced, and accredited as a doctor of psychology (PhD / PsyD), licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW / LICSW), or licensed professional counselors (LPC). All of these psychology clinicians have a Masters Degree or a Doctorate Degree in their field of psychology sciences, and follow the APA Code of Ethics. They have been qualified and certified by their state's professional board after successfully completing the necessary education, exams, training and practice with a patient, and extensive experience in a healthcare clinic or treatment centers, in order to become a mental health provider. While their lived experience, expertise, careers, and background vary, they all possess at least 3 years and 1,000 hours of hands-on experience with adult and sometimes teen patients, and have the necessary therapist credentials to provide a safe space for long lasting emotional healing in therapy. 

Please note BetterHelp does not offer or provide care from psychiatrists to prescribe a drug as treatment, or perform psychological assessments.

How does working with a counselor in BetterHelp online therapy sessions work?

BetterHelp clinicians treat clients online across the United States (individuals and couples) through life transitions, inner child exploration, long term depression or anxiety, and more. An online mental health professional, including the therapists in San Antonio above, can work with young adults, children, adolescents, and adults virtually as an accredited licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) or licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). You do not have to commute to a an office as a psychotherapy client.

Through BetterHelp therapy, you can partake in video, phone, or live chat therapy sessions with your licensed therapist. You can work through various symptoms, use the in app journaling feature, and receive worksheets. You'll also find support groups or group therapy lead by a therapist in San Antonio helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety or depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address?

BetterHelp's verified San Antonio therapists specialize and have clinical experience in a wide range of mental health issues and modalities, helping clients to feel better and improve their lives every day. See below for examples.

Specialties on BetterHelp include:

You may also be struggling with relationship problems that could be addressed in couples therapy or with a sex therapist. In that case, you may choose to work with one of BetterHelp's experienced cognitive-behavioral therapists or licensed marriage family therapists (LMFT) who work with clients in relationships. You can also try a San Antonio therapy provider through BetterHelp's sister platform, ReGain, which is dedicated to couples and spouses worldwide. 

How do I know if online counseling is right for my family?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a therapist is the validation and active listening they can provide. Your friends and loved ones may also be available to listen, but you may feel that they may lack the skills to provide objective guidance. Counselors are trained to respond to various concerns, symptoms, and mental health conditions.

A psychologist in your city can support you toward a healthier emotional state, regardless of your mental health, life concerns, or healing needs. While supporting individuals in developing healthier habits, another good benefit of therapy is having an understanding, safe space with a non-judgmental party who can support you through challenging experiences.

Many people have sensitive topics that they may feel ashamed to discuss with their friends or partner. A San Antonio therapist can help you confront these concerns and open up through unique methods of support. There are also many types of therapy, such as art therapy, where you may find you can express yourself through creativity instead of words.

With a lot of people in TX, providers may be booked out with clients. Through the list of profiles above and others within BetterHelp's team, you may be able to find a psychologist within 24 to 48 hours. If you're searching to find a a nearby psychotherapist close to 78242 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

How should I prepare for my first therapy session with a San Antonio counselor?

Before seeing your therapist, prep for your session by reading to understand the therapy process. You might write a list of questions you want to ask your psychotherapist, any emotional pain you may feel, and the ways in which you hope to improve. When you attend your session, let them know if you have any concerns about therapy or feel unsure about what to talk about. They may help guide you with open-ended therapeutic questions. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and learn why you're attending therapy.

Should I find a therapist or psychologist if I feel fine? 

Some simply don't feel the need to see a psychologist. However, some people may avoid attending therapy due to stigma or preconceived notions of what therapy entails. Although psychologists often support people with mental health conditions, you do not need a diagnosis or condition to attend therapy. You can discuss grief, relationship concerns, stress, or life changes and ask for general feedback and advice. A San Antonio licensed clinical social worker may help you gain power over your life and emotions while you navigate day-to-day experiences.

Gaining a new perspective on yourself through various therapies might allow you to improve your self-esteem, work through relationships, and gain a better sense of your mental health goals. The success you may find through therapy can be dependent on your process.

People may also attend therapy for specific motives, such as bullying, an autism diagnosis, a desire to learn mindfulness meditation, personality concerns, trouble with office workers, specific phobias, and many other principles.

Is mental health care and therapy worth it? 

Therapy is effective and has the power to change individuals' lives. Each client is at a different stage of their emotional healing journey in life, as each human can be unique in their personality, expression, skills, and goals. A psychologist can target various symptoms, experiences, and personalities to help you feel your best and put you on the path to healing. Unlike advice from a friend, family, or non-professional, a mental health professional has an understanding of various disorders like ADHD and depression with many hours of experience in treating adults in their practice. For this reason, seeing an evidence based psychologist in San Antonio, Texas can be worth it. Over 41 million adults in the US attend therapy services each year, showing it's a popular option and is proven to be effective.

San Antonio has many clinicians who practice person or client-centered individual therapy in-person and through online therapy to assist clients in their healing journey. If you opt into online therapy, you might also be able to meet with providers all over the United States and change therapists easily at any time. Many people struggling with anxiety and depression, substance abuse, body image issues, and more find therapists that are a good fit for them, feel supported, and gain further insight into their lives through internet-based therapy.

Do therapists judge you in therapy sessions?

The boundaries between you and a therapist are in place to help you and them regarding ethical concerns. Mental health professionals are held by ethical standards through the American Psychological Association (APA) and are not allowed to judge or harm their clients. If you are concerned about sharing details about yourself, feel free to withhold personal information. Their job in the therapeutic relationship is to create a safe place, help you gain a deeper understanding of your mental health, and support you. You might consider changing counselors if you don't feel safe or respected.

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Take some time today to learn more about the team of therapists at BetterHelp to understand the services available to you clearly. If you are new to therapy or have any questions about the services and terms, please reach out through the contact page or send an email to contact@betterhelp.com.

If you’re ready to sign up for online therapy, consider signing up with a platform like BetterHelp and get matched within 24 to 48 hours.

If you are experiencing a crisis or emergency, don't use this site's online services. If you are in life-threatening danger, call 911. If you require support for a crisis, reach out to the hotlines below:

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