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Online Therapy

With online therapy, you can easily access mental health services at home through your computer or mobile device and get help from professionals when you need it the most. The demand for online therapy, or teletherapy, has grown significantly in recent years.

Between therapists offering virtual sessions and dozens of new subscription services covering a wide range of mental health needs, online therapy has quickly become a major part of the present and future of mental healthcare. Thanks to its convenience, accessibility, and in many cases affordability, online therapy figures to grow even more popular as individuals become more aware of its benefits.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does insurance cover online therapy?

    Historically, telehealth has often not been covered. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, many insurers began covering teletherapy for in-network providers. Telehealth subscription services like Talkspace and BetterHelp may be covered depending on your plan.

  • Who is online therapy best for?

    Online therapy can be effective for dealing with a number of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and stress. Couples may also benefit from online relationship counseling.

  • Is online therapy as effective as in-person?

    Research has shown that online therapy can be just as effective as in-person therapy for a number of conditions. Additionally, the convenience of teletherapy makes it a preferred option for many people.

  • How much does online therapy cost?

    Traditionally therapy can cost $100 to $150 an hour or more. Services like Talkspace and BetterHelp typically charge between $60 to $90 per week. In both cases, insurance or financial assistance may help reduce the financial burden depending on your circumstances.

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