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BetterHelp, Talkspace, and Online-Therapy.com are three of our picks for the best online therapy services. See what made them part of our list, and check out our other picks, too.

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Once you’ve decided to try online therapy, the next step is to choose the best online therapy platform for your needs.

You may find yourself facing what can be an overwhelming choice, especially since there is a growing number of virtual therapy companies out there, each with its own benefits and drawbacks.

Every therapy platform offers a different set of services. For example, some only offer online counseling, while others also offer psychiatry sessions. Certain platforms might specialize in different therapy types, such as couple’s therapy, family therapy, or group therapy.

It’s also worth noting that different therapy companies might use different online counseling formats: some allow you to have live video calls with your therapist, while others only allow voice calls or text-based online therapy chats.

The recent increase in available online therapy services makes it easier to:

  • find therapy at a price to match your budget
  • look for therapy companies that take your insurance
  • fit therapy sessions into your busy schedule
  • connect you with a licensed online therapist without even having to put on your shoes

If you’re considering self-harm or suicide, help is available

Online counseling resources like the ones in this article generally can’t provide help in a crisis (though many services list helpful resources, such as phone numbers of national and international crisis hotlines).

If you need help right now

  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988, or
  • Text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741

If you’re not in the United States, you can find a crisis helpline in your country with Befrienders Worldwide.

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Best overall

BetterHelp

Why we chose it

BetterHelp is a large, reputable therapy service offering a variety of experienced therapists and affordable online therapy subscription plans, making it our pick for the best overall online counseling platform.

  • Cost: $65 to $95 per week, billed every 4 weeks.
    • Discounts and financial aid are available for low-income individuals or communities impacted by crisis events.
  • Insurance accepted: no
  • Platforms: iPhone, Android, website

BetterHelp is one of the world’s largest online therapy platforms. When you sign up, a matching tool will connect you with one of the thousands of licensed therapists who provide online therapy sessions through video, messaging, live chats, or telephone calls.

BetterHelp therapists specialize in treating a range of concerns, including:

What we like

  • a large provider network helps match you with the right counselor
  • fast support — you’ll often match with a counselor in just a day
  • all therapists have a minimum of 3 years and 1,000 hours of experience and have been certified by their state’s professional board
  • you can switch counselors if you would prefer a better fit
  • no extra charge for video chats
  • unlimited messaging
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Our associate, Heather Riesebeck, tested BetterHelp’s online counseling service for over a month. What she liked best about this service was its flexibility. Riesebeck recommends BetterHelp for people “who are motivated and committed to pursuing therapy but may want flexibility in their appointments. I say this because it is very easy to cancel or reschedule.”

Overall, Heather loved her experience with BetterHelp. “I have very high expectations for therapy due to previous positive experiences, and I was very impressed with the quality of the sessions. I also really appreciated having several options for communication so I could have care that balanced my needs with my availability and capacity to participate.”

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Healthline Editor “Vivian” also tried BetterHelp therapy for over a month. She found BetterHelp’s flexibility to be one of its best features and that it was very easy to register. She was matched with a therapist immediately, who messaged her right away.

“This product is a good fit for people wanting a flexible therapist schedule with clear pricing estimates,” “Vivian” said. “It may be especially good for people whose insurance does not cover the cost of therapy, as BetterHelp has transparent pricing ranges.”

“I didn’t really know what I was looking for in therapy (apart from unpacking past trauma), and had had a bad experience beforehand, so I didn’t have particularly high hopes. But I found the patient-led approach really calming, and appreciated the autonomy of being able to choose my own therapist, which I didn’t have in my previous experience.”

What to look out for

  • BetterHelp doesn’t accept insurance (but may offer financial assistance depending on your needs)
  • there are no psychiatrists on staff, so clients cannot receive prescriptions for medications
  • it’s available through subscription only
  • how often you may be able to talk with your therapist via live phone or video sessions may depend on their availability

If you’d like to learn more about Betterhelp, consider reading our in-depth review.

Most affordable

Online-Therapy.com

Why we chose it

Online-Therapy.com offers four subscription plans based on your individual mental health needs. All subscriptions include an eight-section CBT program with 25 worksheets.

  • Cost: $40+ per week (charged monthly, 20% discount for the first month)
  • Insurance accepted: no
  • Platforms: website

Online-Therapy.com says they’re not like other therapy platforms — they’re a complete happiness toolbox. Besides daily contact with a therapist (weekdays), a subscription plan includes numerous hands-on features, including:

  • a journal
  • activity plan
  • worksheets
  • yoga videos

The whole program is based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), an evidence-based approach that helps you identify and challenge negative thoughts and behaviors.

The service offers four subscription plans which are charged on a monthly basis via credit or debit card, or PayPal.

The available online-therapy.com reviews are mostly positive, with many therapy users praising its affordability and the CBT toolkit.

What we like

  • the service offers four different subscription plans
  • it’s a relatively affordable online therapy service
  • you can easily upgrade or cancel your subscription anytime
  • all plans include daily contact with a therapist Monday–Friday
  • the whole program is based on CBT
  • daily journal, tests, and yoga or meditation videos are included
  • it offers couple’s therapy as well as individual therapy

What to look out for

  • the Basic plan does not include live video conferencing with a therapist
  • only the Premium plan includes express replies from the therapist

Most affordable with insurance

Talkspace

Why we chose it

Talkspace offers three therapy subscription plans, each with a therapist response available 5 days out of the week. The subscription plans start with the basic message-based therapy (via text, audio, or video), then increases to live therapy, then live therapy + messaging + workshops.

  • Cost: Messaging therapy $69 per week
    • video sessions + messaging therapy $99 per week
    • video + messaging + workshops $109 per week
    • psychiatry $250 initial visit, $125 follow-ups
  • Insurance accepted: yes
  • Platforms: iPhone, Android, website

Not everyone feels comfortable sharing personal mental health details face-to-face, and with Talkspace, you don’t have to. You can text with your therapist.

The basic Talkspace online plan uses message-based therapy, so it may be convenient if you prefer to stay in touch with your therapist throughout the week or don’t have time for weekly sessions. Two upper-tier programs add one or four live video sessions monthly with a licensed therapist to the messaging.

Talkspace Psychiatry is also available, a separate program that matches you with a prescriber in your state who will do an evaluation and develop your treatment plan through video sessions. Talkspace Psychiatry focuses on medication management.

If you want to receive therapy in addition to psychiatry, you must sign up for both programs. The initial evaluation session for Talkspace Psychiatry costs approximately $250, and follow-up sessions are $125.

What we like

  • you can send audio, text, picture, and video messages
  • the service has an extensive network of mental health professionals with various specializations, including:
  • Talkspace also offers psychiatry services with medication management
  • Talkspace accepts insurance
  • you can choose from several therapy subscription plans
  • many therapy users praise the service and find it helpful

What to look out for

  • Talkspace matches you with a therapist, but you can request someone else if needed
  • your therapist may not always respond to messages immediately
  • therapy through messaging alone could make it harder to develop a strong therapeutic relationship
  • costs can be difficult to determine upfront

If you’d like to learn more about Talkspace, consider reading our in-depth review.

Best for relationship therapy

Regain

Why we chose it

Regain is specifically designed to offer couple’s therapy. It offers a 24/7 private chat room where you can have an ongoing dialogue with your therapist to discuss any relationship issues that may arise.

  • Cost: $65 to $95 per week, billed every 4 weeks
  • Insurance accepted: no
  • Platforms: iPhone, Android, website

Whether you want to improve communication, navigate family issues, or build intimacy, relationship counseling can help you and your partner strengthen your relationship.

When you sign up for Regain, a sister site of BetterHelp, you’ll be matched with a professional who has experience working with people in relationships. You can message your therapist throughout the day to explore relationship challenges as they come up or schedule video sessions.

What we like

  • all Regain therapists specialize in relationship therapy
  • you can receive individual therapy in addition to couple’s therapy
  • you can schedule individual chat sessions if you need to share something with your therapist one-on-one
  • reviewers generally say counselors are compassionate and helpful

What to look out for

  • Regain doesn’t accept insurance
  • you and your partner need to be in the same place to have a live session. While this may not be ideal for long-distance relationships, it may be beneficial for other couples as your therapy can focus on your relationship in real-time.
  • although you’re initially matched with a therapist, you can switch if needed

If you’d like to learn more about Regain, consider reading our in-depth review.

Best for teens

Teen Counseling

Why we chose it

Teen Counseling is a unique platform in that it’s specifically designed to connect teens and parents with a licensed therapist.

  • Cost: $65 to $95 per week (billed every 4 weeks)
  • Insurance accepted: no
  • Platforms: iPhone, Android, website

Teen Counseling, another sister site to BetterHelp, is an online platform where teens ages 13–19 can connect with a licensed therapist via:

  • smartphone
  • computer
  • tablet

After registering, the parent or adult caregiver will be matched with a licensed therapist. The adult can then invite the child, who will receive an invite code via email and text.

Therapists at Teen Counseling can help adolescents with a variety of issues, including:

Once teens are matched with a therapist, they can communicate via:

  • message board
  • live chat
  • live video
  • phone call

What we like

  • a flat membership fee covers therapy services for both parent and teen
  • parents and teens have separate chat rooms where they can message the therapist privately
  • you can cancel your membership at any time
  • communication options include messaging, live chat, phone calls, or video conference

What to look out for

  • Teen Counseling is not a crisis line
  • it’s not available for court-ordered therapy
  • parents are matched to a therapist for their teen, rather than picking their own
  • no refunds are available after the month is paid for

If you’d like to learn more about Teen Counseling, consider reading our in-depth review.

Best for anxiety & depression

Brightside

Why we chose it

If you’re living with anxiety or depression, Brightside is a convenient and accessible platform for fast appointments and medication delivery.

  • Cost: $299 per month for therapy, $95 per month for psychiatry evaluation, plus pharmacy copay
    • $349 per month for psychiatry + therapy plan (plus copay or $15 per medication)
  • Insurance accepted: yes
  • Platforms: Zoom, website

Brightside offers a comprehensive treatment plan for people living with anxiety and depression. Their services include:

  • therapy
  • psychiatry
  • medication (excluding controlled substances)
  • self-care

For online therapy, sessions take place via weekly video appointments and unlimited messaging. You can also complete personalized, self-paced audio lessons and practice exercises. These resources help you build important skills and habits to overcome anxiety and depression.

For psychiatry, you will first receive a full evaluation, and then Brightside psychiatrists develop a personalized treatment plan. This may include antidepressant medication delivered to your door each month.

In late 2022, Brightside introduced Crisis Care, its national online program for treating individuals with elevated suicide risk. Most similar online therapy and psychiatry programs do not treat people in crisis, or those with severe mental health issues.

Crisis Care offers help to actively suicidal patients and those who have had a recent suicide attempt. It is also available to those who need follow-up care after hospitalization. It uses the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) framework.

What we like

  • Brightside offers a free assessment
  • the service lets you track your symptoms and progress
  • medication can be delivered to your door
  • audio sessions help you build important skills
  • you can message your therapist or psychiatrist with questions
  • most services are available in all states, although Crisis Care is being rolled out only in select states

What to look out for

  • therapy subscription payments are nonrefundable
  • periodic check-ins are required
  • services are not suitable for certain disorders like substance misuse or eating disorders
  • healthcare professionals do not prescribe controlled substances

Best for psychiatry

MDLive

Why we chose it

MDLive makes it easy for you to select a therapist, psychiatrist, or both, from their online database. If you have insurance, their services are cost-effective.

  • Cost: $108 per therapy session, $284 for first psychiatry appointment
    • $108 for follow-ups, depending on insurance coverage
  • Insurance accepted: yes
  • Platforms: iPhone, Android, website

MDLive provides medical and mental telehealth care, including both psychiatry and therapy sessions.

Its network of trained, licensed counselors and psychiatrists offer video or phone support for:

Children and teens ages 10 and up can also receive support on MDLive, as long as a parent or guardian creates their account.

What we like

  • MDLive accepts insurance, which can lower costs significantly
  • you can choose your own therapist or psychiatrist
  • there’s no monthly subscription fee

What to look out for

  • you may have to wait several days for an appointment
  • you’ll need to pay for each therapy session if your insurance doesn’t cover the service
  • without insurance, psychiatry services are fairly expensive
  • psychiatry appointments last 15–30 minutes; talk therapy appointments last 45–60 minutes

Best for therapy & peer support

7 Cups

Why we chose it

For a flat monthly rate, you can send unlimited messages to a licensed therapist at any time of the day. Your therapist will respond once or twice a day. You can also chat with a trained listener for no cost at all.

  • Cost: $150 per month
  • Insurance accepted: no
  • Platforms: iPhone, Android, website

Along with the convenience of message-based counseling from licensed therapists, 7 Cups also offers a unique feature: free individual or group chatting with trained listeners who offer emotional support.

These emotional support listeners aren’t counselors, but many people find it helpful to simply have someone to talk with when facing stress and other life challenges.

However, 7 Cups also offers paid online counseling sessions with qualified therapists for those who’d prefer professional support.

What we like

  • you can choose a listener who’s had similar experiences
  • emotional support services are available 24/7 at no cost
  • 7 Cups also offers listener support and community forums for teens
  • the app offers coping and self-help tips

What to look out for

  • only 180 therapists provide counseling through 7 Cups, so therapists in your state may be limited
  • 7 Cups doesn’t accept insurance
  • some listeners may provide better support than others
  • your therapist may not reply to your messages as often as you would like
  • 7 Cups only offers text-based online counseling (no video chats or phone calls)

Best for kids

Amwell

Why we chose it

Amwell is a well-established healthcare platform with licensed therapists in each state who are experienced in treating children ages 10–17.

  • Cost: For therapy: $109 or $129 per visit (depending on your therapist’s experience level)
    • for psychiatry: $269 for initial visit and $108 for each follow-up
  • Insurance accepted: yes
  • Platforms: iPhone, Android, website

Amwell is a telehealth service offering many types of medical services, including mental health treatment. Amwell therapy offers psychological counseling and psychiatry services via live video or phone for a number of conditions, including:

  • eating disorders
  • insomnia
  • bipolar disorder
  • PTSD
  • anxiety
  • depression

Amwell has therapists in each state who are experienced in treating children ages 10–17 with parental or guardian consent.

Once you sign up, you’ll choose a therapist and schedule a session, just as you might see a therapist in person. Like in-person therapy, your appointment will last about 45 minutes.

Psychiatry is also available, but only to individuals over the age of 18 and only in coordination with your primary care physician, whose name and fax number you must provide to Amwell. After your visit, the Amwell clinician will send a visit note to your doctor outlining your treatment plan.

The Amwell professional may also consult with your physician regarding any medications. No controlled substances will be prescribed by Amwell health care professionals.

What we like

  • Amwell accepts insurance
  • you can choose your own therapist
  • many therapists offer evening and weekend appointments
  • if your insurance covers Amwell, you can easily use your Amwell account to make a medical appointment

What to look out for

  • services are provided via live video or phone — no text-based therapy is available
  • you’ll be charged per therapy session instead of a monthly subscription fee
  • you can’t message your therapist between sessions
  • it may take several days to schedule your first therapy session (which, however, may still be relatively quick compared with similar online counseling services)

If you’d like to learn more about Amwell, consider reading our in-depth review.

Best for telehealth & mental health

Teladoc Health

Why we chose it

Some people find having their general medical and mental health needs met by the same company saves time and effort.

  • Cost: $99 per therapy appointment
    • $299 per psychiatry appointment
  • Insurance accepted: Yes
  • Platforms: iPhone, Android, website

Teladoc is a telehealth company that offers general medical services, including mental health treatment. Teladoc Therapy, the company’s mental health arm, provides appointments with therapists, psychologists, nurse practitioners, or psychiatrists 7 days a week.

After signing up, you will be offered a list of therapists or psychiatrists. You select a clinician and request an appointment. Therapy sessions are conducted via video calls or phone calls and last 45 minutes. Follow-ups for medication management generally last 15 minutes.

You can schedule another online appointment after your first one, if you wish, with either the same therapist or a different one.

What we like

  • both psychiatrists and therapists are available
  • you can message your clinician between appointments
  • before selecting a professional, you can review their background and areas of expertise, what languages they speak, and whether they offer appointments via phone or video call, or both

What to look out for

  • the sign-up process can be lengthy
  • it can take up to 2 weeks to get an appointment
  • therapy services are not designed to treat severe mental illness or crises
PriceTherapy format
BetterHelp$65 to $95 per week• video
• messaging
• chat
• phone
Online-Therapy.com$40+ per week• messaging
• video
• chat
• phone
Talkspacei$69+ per week; $30 co-pay with insurance• messaging
• video
• audio
Regain$65 to $95 per week• messaging
• video
Teen Counseling$65 to $95 per week• messaging
• chat
• phone
• video
Brightsidei• $299 per month (therapy)
• $349 per month (therapy + meds)
• messaging
• video
MDLivei• $108 per talk therapy visit
• $284 per psychiatry visit
(depending on insurance)
• video
• phone
7 Cups• Free access to volunteer listeners 24/7
• $150 per month for therapy
messaging
Amwelli• $109 to 129 per therapy visit
• $269 initial psychiatry visit; $109 for follow-ups
video
Teladoc Healthi• $99 per therapy appointment
• $299 per psychiatry appointment
• video
• phone

i =Insurance accepted

In our search for the best online therapy services, we reviewed the following factors:

  • Cost. Is the service cost-effective? Do they take insurance? If not, is it relatively affordable?
  • Clinician qualifications. Are the therapists licensed professionals? Do they hold a master’s or doctoral degree? How many years of experience do they have?
  • Ease of use. Does the site look professional, and is it easy to navigate? Is it easy to find the answers to your questions?
  • Accessibility. How often can you check in or contact your therapist? How many sessions can you book per week or month? All of our picks are available nationwide in the United States.
  • User reviews. How do current or past users rate the service? Are the reviews mostly positive?
  • Vetting. All services have been vetted to ensure they meet Psych Central’s medical and business standards.

Keeping these criteria in mind can help you find the support you need, no matter which platform you choose:

  • What do other people have to say about the service? You may not find many reviews for newer services. Still, a quick Google search can help you make sure the service hasn’t earned overwhelmingly bad reviews.
  • Does the service offer support for the issue you want help with? Pretty much any platform can help with anxiety, depression, stress, or grief, but some may not offer support for conditions like bipolar disorder, PTSD, or personality disorders. It never hurts to send a quick email before signing up if you can’t find the information you need.
  • Are the therapists licensed? How much experience do they have? This information should be clearly stated in the FAQ section, if not on the service’s main page.
  • Can I change my therapist? A skilled, compassionate therapist still may not be right for you, so it’s a good idea to make sure you can switch if you need to.
  • Is the service available in your state? All our recommended services are available throughout the United States. Others may be limited to certain states.
  • How does the service protect your privacy? You can ensure the service you choose complies with HIPAA and takes other measures to secure therapy sessions and protect client confidentiality.
  • How much does it cost? Do they take insurance? You’ll usually find this information on the service’s main page or FAQ page.

You can specify your need for a culturally competent counselor when signing up for online therapy services. Sometimes you may simply just want a therapist who shares your identity or lived experiences.

A therapist’s support and guidance can help anyone who wants to make changes or work through life challenges. In other words, you don’t need to have mental health symptoms to benefit from therapy.

Still, whether you choose to work with a therapist in person or online, a few important facts hold true:

  • Progress takes time, so you may not see results overnight.
  • Change requires effort, and therapy isn’t always easy.
  • The success of therapy often depends largely on the therapeutic relationship.

Therapy may not take you very far if you find it difficult to open up in your sessions. The work might feel tough and sometimes uncomfortable, even when your therapist is a great fit. That’s why it’s important to find someone you can work well with, so don’t hesitate to try out a few therapists.

The support of a compassionate therapist, particularly one experienced in treating your individual concerns, can make all the difference as you work toward improved well-being.

While online therapy may not be right for everyone, it does open up options for accessible, compassionate care.

When it comes to mental health, the right kind of support can make a big difference. The increasing availability of online therapy means you can still find that support, even when in-person sessions don’t work for you.

Want to learn more about starting therapy? Psych Central’s How to Find Mental Health Support resource can help.

Yes, an online therapist who is licensed in their state can diagnose you with a mental health condition. But in most states, only psychiatrists, primary care doctors, or psychiatric nurse practitioners can prescribe medications.

Not all therapists provide diagnoses. Their choice may depend on many factors like their background, qualifications, and the preference of their clients.

Without insurance, the cost of therapy sessions can add up quickly, whether you choose online or in-person counseling. Online therapy does tend to cost a little less, so many people find therapy more affordable online than weekly in-person visits. Here are options:

  • Some online therapy services, like BetterHelp, offer financial aid or discount codes to help offset the cost.
  • You can check your insurance plan since it could offer out-of-network benefits that reimburse you for therapy.
  • A local therapist may offer distance counseling and financial assistance. Many therapists offer sliding scale fees or set aside a few low cost or free sessions for clients in need — but these sessions can fill up quickly.
  • Some online therapists take Medicaid. These will probably be individual practices rather than online organizations.
  • You might search your area online or ask a local public health organization for a recommendation.

If you want to learn more about how to make therapy more affordable, consider checking out our in-depth article.

There are many options for free online counseling, free online therapy, and other help with mental health issues. Examples include support groups, advocacy groups, and volunteer listeners. Some lesser-known options include:

  • EAPs: Some businesses offer mental health services through employee assistance programs (EAPs).
  • Health nonprofits and community clinics: Most areas in the United States have organizations that can connect you with free volunteer therapists.
  • Student health centers
  • 7 Cups is an online therapy platform offers free individual or group chatting with trained listeners who offer emotional support.
  • Crisis text line: Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a volunteer crisis counselor through the Crisis Text Line.

Scientific evidence supports online therapy as a safe, helpful form of treatment:

  • A 2017 review of 25 studies on mental telehealthcare notes that online therapy isn’t just effective, but may have particular benefits as a more affordable approach to mental health care.
  • A 2018 analysis states that internet-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy (iCBT) for anxiety and depressive disorders is “effective, acceptable, and practical.” The authors also note that iCBT and face-face CBT are equally effective.

However, other research, like this 2021 study, pinpoint challenges and limitations faced by online therapists, including:

  • lessened emotional connection
  • distractions to both therapists and clients in the home setting
  • difficulty ensuring patient privacy
  • trouble setting professional boundaries

A few key benefits of online counseling include:

  • It’s convenient
  • It’s affordable
  • Your therapist could be available more often
  • You have more therapists to choose from
  • It can make the therapy process less challenging

In July 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) gave final approval to a proposed order banning BetterHelp from sharing consumers’ health data — including information about consumers’ mental health — for advertising purposes.

It also ordered BetterHelp to pay $7.8 million to consumers to settle charges over allegedly revealing data to third parties like Facebook and Snapchat despite promises to keep it private.

Talkspace has a B rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and an average BBB user review rating of 1.1 star out of 5.

The lower ratings stem partly from an earlier lack of transparency about fees. And there is a 2023 class action lawsuit against Talkspace for allegedly charging for services never rendered.

Talkspace now includes its fee structure on its website. It has a large number of therapy users and almost a decade of service to back its credibility. But you may want to double-check the fees upfront to make sure you understand the structure.

Reviews of Talkspace vary, with some therapy users expressing concerns about therapist availability and technical issues, highlighting the importance of considering individual experiences when evaluating its effectiveness.

Both the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association have given tentative nods to online therapy, but they advise practitioners and clients alike to exercise discretion regarding issues of confidentiality, standards of care, informed consent, and security.

The bottom line is that while both online and in-person therapy can be effective, its overall success will depend on you finding a good fit with both your therapist and the type of therapy offered.

Online therapists can be effective for many individuals, offering convenience, accessibility, and flexibility. They provide a convenient way to access therapy from the comfort of home, which can be particularly beneficial for those with mobility issues or living in remote areas.

However, online therapy may lack the personal connection of in-person therapy, and some people may find it challenging to communicate effectively through text or video. In addition, technical issues or privacy concerns may sometimes arise with online platforms.

We have an article about how to make the most of online therapy.

BetterHelp counseling is a legitimate online therapy platform that connects individuals with licensed therapists. It offers a range of communication options, including messaging, live chat, phone, and video sessions. 

BetterHelp offers a large network of therapists, allowing for a quick match with a suitable therapist, and the ability to switch therapists if needed.

Online therapy can be more affordable than traditional in-person therapy, with session costs typically ranging from $40 to $100 per week. Some platforms offer financial aid or discounts, making therapy more accessible. However, costs can vary depending on the platform and therapist, and insurance coverage may not always apply to online therapy.

 

Yes. A few online therapy platforms take Medicaid plans, including Brightside and MDLive. However, Medicaid plans differ from state to state, so you’ll need to check your state’s plan to see whether they’ll cover virtual therapy.

Some popular therapy companies, like Talkspace and BetterHelp, don’t take Medicaid.

If you’re on Medicaid and considering online therapy, it’s a good idea to check each platform’s website to ensure they take Medicaid.