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Updated on Feb 09, 2024

Meet some of the top rated therapists in Pasadena, California.

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Sally Stephens, Clinical Psychologist

California, PsyD #26995

Seeing clients since 1985
About Sally | She/her

Dr. Stephens has graduate degrees in clinical psyhology, law and psychoanalysis. She has been doing psychotherapy for over 30 years and psychoanalysis for over 10 years. Her primary focus is on depression, anxiety and relationships of high achieving individuals and the special issues that combination can create. Her approach is psychodynamic, psychoanalytic and cbt. She is a strong believer in the healing nature of analysis and psychotherapy and provides a safe and caring environment to explore.

Message to clients

I know that entering psychotherapy and speaking your inner most thoughts to someone can be difficult and appreciate the courage and strength it takes to commit to a process that can be painful as well as immensely rewarding. The loneliness of struggling with depression and chronic anxiety while still living a successful life can be uniquely hard to resolve. You are the person I work well with. I look forward to hearing from you.

Education

PhD in Psychology | Sierra University California, 1985

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular)

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Anxiety, Depression

Additional areas of focus

Bipolar disorder, Grief and/or loss, Infertility, Postpartum depression, Self esteem/self worth, Stress, Trauma

Therapeutic style

Intellectual, Humorous, Calming

Modalities

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Psychoanaltic, Psychodynamic

Cost

$290

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Individual Session

I dont do couples therapy

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Couples Session

I dont do family therapy

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Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Dr Stephens seeks to build an alliance with her clients providing individualized treatment.

—Louis Meaux, PhD
Peer review

You could not be in better hands. She cares deeply and is intelligent in providing what the person needs.

—Lorrie Crawford, Psy.D.
Peer review

Sally is very professional. She has had extensive training and experience working with clients. She’s empathetic and focused. She takes care to understand her clients and helps them achieve their emotional goals.

—Glenda Corstorphine, PsyD
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Felicia Keller Boyle, LMFT

California, LMFT #109946

Seeing clients since 2014
About Felicia | She/her

Felicia is a somatic therapist specializing in substance addiction recovery with over a decade of experience. She wholeheartedly supports her clients in achieving their goals, whether that means reducing the harm caused by substance use or pursuing complete abstinence. Felicia understands that addiction can have a detrimental impact on relationships, and she prioritizes helping her clients heal these bonds. With compassion and empathy, she guides individuals towards rebuilding trust, fostering effective communication, and cultivating healthier connections with their loved ones. Drawing on evidence-based practices, Felicia addresses the complex factors underlying addiction. She creates a non-judgmental and safe space for clients to explore the roots of their substance use, identify triggers, and develop relapse prevention strategies. Well-versed in somatic therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness-based approaches, Felicia tailors her interventions to meet each client's unique needs. Felicia's unwavering support, extensive knowledge, and genuine compassion have guided numerous individuals toward sobriety and a renewed sense of purpose. Clients can trust that they will be supported every step of the way on their journey to recovery. Her expertise and commitment make her a valuable ally in overcoming substance addiction and creating a life of lasting positive change.

Message to clients

Substance addiction is a deeply personal issue for me—I've experienced its impact firsthand. If you want to know more, just ask. I want to connect with individuals who are ready for change, those who are prepared to tackle the immense challenge of breaking free from a coping pattern deeply ingrained in their lives. Let's face it: nobody clings to an addiction because it's working out for them. You already know it harms relationships, hinders professional growth, damages your well-being, and depletes your finances. You're not naïve; you understand the consequences all too well. But, recognizing the problem doesn't mean it's easy to overcome. Shifting something as entrenched as addiction demands immense effort, and having someone who gets it can make all the difference. I'm here to guide you in discovering new coping mechanisms, rebuilding your relationships, and rediscovering the joy that life has to offer—whether it's for the first time or as a rekindled flame. I genuinely believe that recovery is within reach for everyone, regardless of your past or how insurmountable your addiction may seem. Together, we can navigate this path and find a way forward. Let's figure this out together.

Education

Masters in Counseling Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies, 2016

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Buddhism, Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular)

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Addiction, Codependency, Substance misuse/dependency

Additional areas of focus

Self harm, Spirituality, Trauma, Couples counseling, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.), Career counseling/coaching

Therapeutic style

Humorous, Solution-oriented, Direct, Holistic, Affirming

Modalities

Depth psychotherapy, Mindfulness based, Somatic therapy, Strength-based therapy, Trauma-focused

Cost

$300

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Individual Session

$350

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Couples Session

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Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Felicia is a strong clinician with well rounded experience and training. She offers a safe space and is an affirming therapist who knows how to help clients explore areas of difficulty and struggle with a sense of curiosity, honesty, and adventure. I feel confident when I refer clients to Felicia.

—Emily Adams, LMFT
Peer review

If you're ready to make real changes in your life, understand yourself better, and show up more authentically in relationships, Felicia has the skills to help you reach your goals. Felicia has experience working with a wide range of challenges, and is especially skillful with challenges stemming from co-dependency and difficulty with setting boundaries. Felicia doesn't just tell you what you want to hear; she is kind and compassionate but is also not afraid to give you honest feedback. I can't recommend Felicia highly enough.

—Elizabeth "Davi" Pettit, MFT
Peer review

Felicia's strength lies in her ability to strike a fine balance between an open-minded & generous spirit in hearing her clients' stories in one hand, with a powerful will encouraging the client to advocate for their needs, own their desires, and access the resources required to succeed in their goals in the other. She has a deep level of experience and understanding with supporting individuals through addiction & self-harm. You will feel reinforced in your work with her.

—Mark Gabriel Kenney, AMFT
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Elisa Martínez, LMFT

California, LMFT #98689

Seeing clients since 2011
About Elisa | She/her

Elisa Martínez, LMFT is a licensed psychotherapist providing adults living and visiting anywhere in California with confidential, convenient and specialized online psychotherapy. She exclusively helps anxious achievers, burned-out professionals and self-doubters to feel secure and sure of themselves, connected to lasting calm, and to be motivated and engaged with their work and lives. Skillfully using a creative combination of deep-healing and highly effective therapeutic modalities, she facilitates growth and transformation at a profound level with trained expertise, warm attunement and a grounded presence. People who work with Elisa walk away from therapy feeling liberated from painful patterns and emotional wounding, and empowered with a clear-minded confidence to create the lives they feel drawn to live. Having been actively involved in her own growth process for decades, Elisa has a passion for helping people get free of the agonizing cycles of anxiety, trauma and self-criticism. She uses Internal Family Systems-informed therapy, EMDR, Brainspotting, Emotional Freedom Techniques, mindfulness and somatic-based, trauma-informed therapies to help people safely access their full healing potential - and always at a pace that feels healthy and right for them. She's also able to share a wealth of practical and impactful coping tools and strategies so that her clients can face the storms of life with greater ease and confidence.

Message to clients

Searching for a therapist can feel…overwhelming. How do you find someone who really gets you - and who can help you get from where you are to where you want to be? Someone who not only has the skill and expertise to help your specific kinds of issues, but who you can really trust and feel comfortable with? I'm Elisa, and I specialize in helping 3 kinds of people: anxious achievers, burned-out professionals and self-doubters. Sound familiar? If so, I can help you feel more secure and sure of yourself, be more motivated and engaged in your life, and live with lasting inner calm. I get it - that all might seem unreachable right now! Yet, it IS possible, because I've seen firsthand the transformation that happens in the many people I've worked with. But even the prospect of growth and healing can feel scary…so I'll meet you exactly where you're at, with non-judgment, skilled experience and unconditional support. I'll create a safe space where you can explore your "growing edges'' as we tend to the parts of you that are in need of healing. If you're curious and want to see if I might be a fit for you, schedule a free consultation: we'll talk about what's going on with you, what you're wanting support with and how I can help facilitate the change that you want within yourself and in your life. Let’s discover the possibilities that await you!

Education

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (Psychotherapist) | John F. Kennedy University, 2011

Race and ethnicity

White, Hispanic, Native American, Biracial, Bicultural

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture, Hispanic culture

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Spiritual knowledge

Buddhism, Christianity, Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular)

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Anxiety, Burnout, Self esteem/self worth, Stress

Additional areas of focus

Bicultural experience, Biracial experience, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.), Existential questioning, Midlife stress, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Panic attacks, Phobias, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Racial/cultural identity, Second or third generation immigration experience, Trauma, Grief and/or loss, Highly sensitive people, Spirituality

Therapeutic style

Calming, Empowering, Holistic, Affirming, Inquisitive

Modalities

Depth psychotherapy, Brainspotting, EMDR, Internal family systems (IFS), Mindfulness based, Trauma-focused, Somatic therapy, Attachment based

Cost

$225

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Individual Session

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Couples Session

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Family Session

Sliding scale

Offers sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Concern EAP
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Elisa brings passion to her work with her clients and is great to consult with. When I’ve experienced feeling stuck about what to do, clinically, Elisa has brought in new and fresh ideas. She also happens to be a wonderful person and I trust her enough to refer clients to her.

—Ellen Garfield, LMFT
Peer review

Elisa is intelligent, highly attuned and committed to facilitating deep and lasting healing for her clients. She meets them exactly where they're at with non-judgement, understanding, and has a calming presence that puts those around her at ease. If I ever need a referral for anxious or burned-out professionals, I'm absolutely confident about sending clients to her. I highly recommend her!

—Carmen Montenegro-Sis, LMFT
Peer review

Elisa is a talented and experienced psychotherapist who skillfully and intuitively guides her clients into transformative, lasting healing. If you want real, tangible change in how you think, feel, and act, I highly recommend working with her!

—Marcelle Little, LMFT
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Tessa Ritchie, LPCC

California, LPCC #6250

Seeing clients since 2013
About Tessa | She/her

Together, my clients and I work in collaboration to explore the ways life has become unmanageable and learn how to utilize their strengths to untangle that web. My personal therapy style combines solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing-EMDR. I have been working as a mental health professional since 2013 and am a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC#6250) in the state of California. I have spent 7+ years working in the non-profit sector, first with child survivors of human sex trafficking and then with families of youth that are at-risk for entering the juvenile justice system. Through these experiences, I had the privilege of working with many young mothers as they navigated the peripartum experience with limited resources. I continued my work as a clinical supervisor in the public sector and as a faculty member at Point Loma Nazarene University to teach and support students as they enter the mental health field. In my current clinical practice, I specialize in treating perinatal individuals and their partners, with an emphasis on first time parents, parents with a history of personal or family addiction, and couples experiencing difficulty with communication during the transitions of parenthood.

Message to clients

My own journey through motherhood and experiences with postpartum anxiety sparked a passion for focusing my clinical practice on women and couples entering parenthood. I found that each person's postpartum experience comes with a different set of challenges. Gathering data from a book is helpful, but processing your unique experiences and changing identities is essential to developing stability as a parent and within your partnership. My main goal is to support individuals and couples as they navigate the complexities of parenthood, from infertility and conception to pregnancy and birth and finally into the postpartum period and early parenthood. I have received specialty advanced training in perinatal mental health care through Postpartum Support International.

Education

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor / Boston University 2014

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Christianity, Judaism

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Anxiety, Life transitions, Parenting, Self esteem/self worth, Postpartum depression

Additional areas of focus

Addiction, Abuse, Depression, Pregnancy and/or infant loss, Panic attacks, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Stress, Substance misuse/dependency, Trauma

Therapeutic style

Humorous, Empowering, Direct, Inquisitive

Modalities

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), EMDR, Enneagram, Gottman method, Solution-focused brief therapy, Trauma-focused, Strength-based therapy

Cost

$195

/

Individual Session

$195

/

Couples Session

$195

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Tessa creates a therapeutic space that is both safe and productive! She takes the time to truly know her clients and brings insightful therapeutic interventions to support her clients in reaching their specific goals. I'd trust her care with my closest friends and family.

—Dr. Cassidy Freitas, LMFT
Peer review

Tessa genuinely cares about people and honors them in whatever way they show up. She works with them by taking into account their lived and living experience. She does a lot of reflection to stay true to her work and clients. She’s also silly which can make therapy easier at the start for someone new to therapy.

—Lynne Tran, ASW
Peer review

Tessa's warm nature will help you feel at ease throughout the whole process. She will provide you with information so you have a better understanding and can take an active role in your own treatment. Tessa will be with you and support you without judgement or asserting her own will above yours.

—Holly Fay, LCSW
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Kelsey Barbieri, LCSW

California, LCSW #71394; Arizona, LCSW #LCSW-18501; Nevada, LCSW #8773-C; Wyoming, LCSW #LCSW-1251; Oklahoma, LCSW #8807; Vermont, LICSW #89.0096739; Florida, Licensed Telehealth Provider #TPSW2226

Seeing clients since 2010
About Kelsey | She/her

Kelsey received her MSW from the University of Vermont in 2012. She has worked in a variety of settings including schools, military bases, community health centers and in private practice. Kelsey has done extensive training on modalities to treat trauma and other chronic conditions, including Brainspotting, EMDR and TRE. She specializes in treating complex trauma and her ideal clients are those that have been in therapy for years, but are still struggling with past trauma or stuck thought patterns. She also enjoys working with couples and clients who are working to break unhealthy financial patterns. Kelsey is certified in Brainspotting, Financial Social Work, and the SYMBIS Assessment.

Message to clients

Effective therapy goes beyond finding a therapist with the right training; you also need to find the right connection. I offer my clients a unique energetic attunement (even through teletherapy)! As our therapeutic relationship grows, you may find that I can sense feelings you are having in your body or deeper emotions you are experiencing without you even saying a word. Utilizing a combination of techniques, we will tailor a plan specifically to you. We will check in along the way to make sure you feel comfortable and that we are meeting your needs. After all, YOU are the expert on your life. I am a guide to help you dig a little deeper, stay motivated, and make the change you have been yearning to experience!

Education

Masters of Social Work | University of Vermont, 2012

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Christianity

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Anxiety, Couples counseling, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Additional areas of focus

Abuse, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Life transitions, Medical trauma, Military families, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic attacks, Premarital counseling, Self esteem/self worth, Sexual harassment, abuse, and/or assault, Social anxiety, Stress, Trauma, Veterans/military services

Therapeutic style

Solution-oriented, Humorous, Empowering

Modalities

Brainspotting, Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), EMDR, Family systems, Mindfulness based, Solution-focused brief therapy, Strength-based therapy

Cost

$175

/

Individual Session

$175

/

Couples Session

$175

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Kelsey is an amazing therapist who is knowledgeable about multiple evidence-based practices. She is warm, kind, and inviting in the difficult work of exploring trauma and practical applications for managing it in the world. Kelsey is prepared to guide you to becoming your best self.

—Rebecca Bernstein, LCSW
Peer review

Kelsey is a kind, intelligent, resourceful, and highly skilled therapist. Kelsey specializes in treating complex trauma and has significant education and expertise in this realm, in addition to many years of clinical practice. Kelsey utilizes a variety of therapeutic approaches to meet her client's needs and has a vast skill set to draw from. Kelsey is the kind of therapist that I would want to refer a close friend or family member to.

—Danielle Murphy, LCSW
Peer review

Therapy seekers should work with Kelsey because she is genuine and compassionate. There are people born to be therapists and Kelsey is one of those people. Kelsey does an incredible job of listening, working to validate and problem solve when appropriate. Kelsey creates a safe space that can help someone move forward from their presenting problem.

—Racheal Jablonski, LMSW
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Alexandria Parker, LCSW

California, LCSW #101047

Seeing clients since 2016
About Alexandria | She/her

Alexandria Parker is a holistic trauma-informed clinician who specialize in supporting individuals who prioritize others' well-being but often neglect their own. With over a decade of experience, Alexandria utilizes a personalized integrative approach to assist clients in uncovering the root causes of their concerns by gaining insight into their emotions and experiences. She employs brain-body techniques like Brainspotting to facilitate healing and growth, while aiding clients in developing skills to achieve an overall sense of balance and calm. Alexandria's approach is rooted in the belief that every individual possesses the innate wisdom and ability necessary to overcome life’s challenges. With her honest, compassionate, and approachable demeanor, Alexandria meets clients where they are and travels with them on their journey to where they want to be. Whether you're navigating a challenging life transition, seeking authenticity in your interactions with the world, or simply yearning to feel more at home within yourself, Alexandria offers a safe and supportive space for exploration and growth.

Message to clients

Are you the go-to person, the one that everyone relies on for help and support? It feels like everyone turns to you to fix things, but deep down, you're struggling to keep it all together. The pressure to "have it all together" and "hold it all together" has taken a toll on your confidence and inner peace. You crave balanced and honest relationships, and above all, you want to feel whole and at peace with yourself. You long for a life that not only looks good but also feels good. Hi, I’m Alexandria! As a therapist, I'm here to provide you with a safe and supportive environment where you can release the pressure to always be strong. Embracing vulnerability is not a sign of weakness; it's a courageous act of authenticity, a step toward fully living life on your terms. Together, let's work on uncovering the root causes of your concerns, healing past wounds, and developing strategies to enhance your well-being. The pressures of life can leave you feeling overwhelmed, disconnected, and depleted. You deserve to live a life filled with authenticity, fulfillment, and joy. Whether you're juggling professional demands, navigating complexities in relationships, or feeling the weight of societal expectations, know that things can get better. Take the first step towards reclaiming your peace of mind and well-being by scheduling a free 15-minute consultation today.

Education

BA in Counseling Psychology | Azusa Pacific University (2008), Masters of Social Welfare (2018)

Race and ethnicity

Black, Bicultural, Biracial

Cultural and experiential knowledge

Black culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Indigenous spiritualities, Christianity, Buddhism

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Burnout, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.), First responders

Additional areas of focus

Life transitions, Second or third generation immigration experience, Postpartum depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Spirituality, Military families, Existential questioning, Anxiety, Midlife stress, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Self esteem/self worth, Veterans/military services, Trauma, Medical trauma, Depression, Aging

Therapeutic style

Holistic, Conversational, Direct, Empowering, Solution-oriented

Modalities

Brainspotting, Somatic therapy, Trauma-focused, Strength-based therapy, Narrative, Depth psychotherapy, Mindfulness based

Cost

$300

/

Individual Session

/

Couples Session

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Alexandria is a great clinician. She demonstrates active listening, empathy and has a strong ability to build rapport with clients. Clinically, she has continues to seek new training and education in order to improve and expand her clinical skillset. Alexandria is also very professional and reliable. She would be a great addition to any organization.

—Shawntae Stevenson, LCSW
Peer review

Alexandria Parker is a culturally competent advocate throughout her social work career. Her level of compassion puts most clients at ease. If unsure about therapy, Alexandria is a clinician who can provide a safe space to explore.

—Nina Abiera, LCSW
Peer review

If you want to heal in a safe space and connect with what is true for you, working with Alexandria will help you do that. She provides a frame of compassion and kindness where what is true for you can be explored and wounds can be dressed.

—Renee Doe, PhD, LMFT, LMHC
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$290

1985

Anxiety, Depression

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2014

Addiction, Codependency, Substance misuse/dependency

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$225

2011

Anxiety, Burnout, Self esteem/self worth, Stress

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$195

2013

Anxiety, Life transitions, Parenting, Self esteem/self worth, Postpartum depression

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$175

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Frequently asked questions about therapy

What's the difference between in-person and virtual therapy?

Although there is no research that suggests in-person or virtual therapy is more effective, you may prefer one over the other. Some people prefer the intimacy of being in the same physical space as their therapist, while others prefer receiving treatment in the comfort of their own home. If you have a tight schedule, virtual therapy is a great option since you won’t commute to your therapist’s office. Virtual therapy also allows you to see any therapist throughout your state, which means one less barrier to finding your soulmate therapist!

When should someone start therapy?

Deciding when to start therapy is a very personal decision, but we recommend starting sooner rather than later. Along with running the risk of your mental health declining, you also miss out on time spent working on yourself, repairing your relationships, and so much more. Life is short, so why not make it the best possible as soon as possible?

What type of therapy is right for me?

Your therapist will carefully customize your treatment plan, and they will likely rely on a variety of therapeutic methods. There are some treatment methods that are better for specific disorders (like exposure therapy for OCD or phobias), but a combination of several will likely be the best option for you.

Is going to therapy worth it?

We’re huge advocates for therapy at Best Therapists, but we know that not everyone has a good experience in therapy. Working with a high quality therapist (with whom you have a great relationship) can be life changing. You can change harmful behaviors or thought patterns, shed or improve hurtful relationships, increase your resilience and coping methods for dealing with mental illness, and much more. We think that that’s pretty frigging worth it, but finding the right therapist for YOU is crucial to this equation.

What's the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychologist?

The main difference between psychotherapists and psychologists is their education. Psychologists receive more education, and in some cases, psychologists focus more on research than clinical work. But both therapists and psychologists go through thousands of hours of clinical training. When choosing a therapist, the skill of the therapist and your relationship with them matters way more than which degree your therapist has.

Do therapists offer free consultations?

Yes, most therapists offer free consultations. This not only benefits you, but the therapist too! Therapists want to see if you are a good fit before doing an official therapy session with you to save you (and them) time and energy. Although your relationship has barely begun, you both will feel out your chemistry. You won’t be BFFs by the end of the consultation, but should get a sense of whether or not you’ll work well together.

About Us

Hi, we’re Best Therapists.

We vet therapists, so you can focus on fit—not quality.

Through peer reviews, license verification, online reviews, and requiring acknowledgement of trauma-informed care, we do our best to make sure that your best therapist provides high quality care (and that's regardless of your race, sexual orientation, or background).

But your friend’s best therapist might not be your best therapist. That's why personality fit between you and your therapist is crucial. It’s not something that we can verify for you, so we encourage you to schedule free consultations with multiple therapists to get a sense of your chemistry together.

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But other therapist directories like Psychology Today, Good Therapy, Choosing Therapy, and more have hundreds (if not thousands) of results for therapists in your city alone. The search for your best therapist becomes instantly overwhelming, which stops some therapy-seekers in their tracks. Our involved vetting process goes way beyond a basic license check (unlike the other guys), which simplifies YOUR search.

Finding the best therapist for you is hard enough, so we curate lists like these so you can get quality care as quickly and seamlessly impossible. And no need to check a therapist's availability or add your name to their waitlist—all Best Therapists are currently accepting new clients.

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