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1,197 people sought online therapy help at Columbia in the last year

Discover how starting online therapy can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

Meet with a provider as soon as this week

Our therapists in Columbia are booked, but we have 32 other therapists in SC available for an online or in-person session.

Starting Online therapy

What is online therapy?

With Thriveworks, Online therapy is an effective alternative to in-person therapy services in which a client can speak to a Thriveworks therapist remotely via online video conferencing. Online sessions are just as effective as in-person treatment, but they can also provide added benefits like reduced travel time, saving money on transportation or childcare, and increased access to care.

How does online therapy work?

Online therapy works much like traditional in-person therapy but takes place through secure video conferencing. Clients can attend Online therapy from any safe place they choose that has access to the internet, whether that be their home or another easily accessible place. Like in-person treatment, a therapist will work with their client to address their concerns, create goals, and establish an effective treatment plan.

What is the best option for online therapy?

There is no best option for online therapy—instead, it's best to focus on finding a provider that meets your speicifc needs and with wom you can form a professional connection with.

Is online therapy just as effective?

Yes, online therapy is just as effetive for many clients as in-person sessions.

How long does online therapy last?

Online therapy can last for a few months to years depending on the goals and symptoms of the client. The treatment process will be unique to each client and lend itself to their specific concerns, which means that the time it takes to treat them will always be different. Timing is also up to the client themselves; they are free to stop therapy whenever they please, especially if they feel they have reached their goals and addressed their concerns.

How much does online therapy cost?

Our Thriveworks therapists at Thriveworks in Columbia, SC accept most major forms of insurance, which means that many of our clients only pay $0-$50 co-pay per session. However, there are also self-pay options that sit around $200 per session, depending on the service and location, for those who are out-of-network.

Need more help deciding?

Do you ever wish that you could go to your appointment without having to leave the house? Wish granted. Here at Thriveworks Columbia, SC we offer online counseling and therapy. Online counseling is simple—you simply work with your counselor over the phone or on a video chat, rather than in-person! This means that you simply need to have access to a telephone, computer, or another device that connects to the internet.

If you’re in the Columbia, SC are and you’re looking for mental health help, look no further. Research shows that online counseling is effective, not to mention it allows you to attend your therapy sessions without interruption. You don’t have to worry about a virus, bad weather, traffic, or other uncontrollable external factors. You can receive the mental health services you’re looking for at Thriveworks Columbia online counseling. Our counselors, therapists, and psychologists are ready to meet you over the phone or videoconference! Just call (803) 234-8596 to schedule your appointment or hear more.

What Is Online Counseling and How Does It Work?

Many people falsely assume that online counseling is a new service. In reality, online counseling emerged years and years ago, with mental health hotlines and online mental health discussion boards. It has since evolved and now people are able to work one-on-one with a licensed counselor over the phone or video.

If you decide to pursue online counseling over in-person counseling, you’ll get to choose whether you want to work with your counselor over phone calls or in video sessions. If you aren’t sure which you’d like to pursue, consider the face-to-face aspect of traditional therapy: Is this important to you? Do you value face-to-face interactions? If so, video counseling might be the right online counseling option for you. Otherwise, telephone counseling might be a great online counseling option for you! Either way, you can’t go wrong. Also, sometimes it takes some experimentation to figure out what you prefer and what is most beneficial. This is totally okay and understandable. We’re happy to learn alongside you!

Online Counseling Benefits: How Can Online Counseling Benefit Me?

Online counseling proves valuable to many people, of whom have unique needs and face different challenges. As we mentioned earlier, research shows that online counseling is an effective mental health service. In fact, in certain instances, some people find that online counseling enables and empowers them to make progress they weren’t able to make in in-person counseling. This might be someone who found opening up in-person difficult.

There are so many different online counseling benefits. However, there are a few that ultimately lead people to schedule an online counseling appointment. These include:

  1. It’s super convenient: First and foremost, online counseling is often the most convenient approach to counseling. It removes the commute, the traffic, the threats of bad weather and poor road conditions. You can attend from the convenience of home!
  2. It’s comfortable: Comfort and convenience often go hand in hand. You don’t have to go out of your way to attend your online counseling appointment. You can attend right here from home, from your bed, from your couch, from your kitchen, from wherever you prefer or feel comfortable!
  3. It’s reliable: You don’t have to worry about running late to your session due to some of the factors we mentioned above like bad traffic or weather. This means you also don’t have to worry about cancelling or rescheduling your appointment. You can count on having your session, as long as you have access to a phone, computer, and internet!

If you’re ready to enjoy these benefits yourself, just reach out to Thriveworks Columbia. We’re happy to get you scheduled today.

Work with an Online Counselor at Thriveworks Columbia

If you’re looking for counseling, you’ve come to the right place. Our counselors are skilled, caring mental health professionals who have a wide range of expertise that enable them to individualize your treatment. They’re ready to meet with you virtually over the phone or in a video chat. To get started, just call to set up your appointment. You can reach Thriveworks Columbia at (803) 234-8596. Our online counselors are excited to work with you!

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Columbia therapists and counselors accept 22 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue of South Carolina Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance (CBHA)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Columbia
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

4.9 Thriveworks Columbia reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★
Everyone is very nice and are really easy to talk to!
Columbia, SC Sep 2020
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Debbie has helped me effectively manage the stress in my current work environment. She has also provided me with practical real-life applications to help me work toward my immediate and long-term goals. I am fortunate to have Debbie as a therapist!
Read more Debbie has helped me effectively manage the stress in my current work environment. She has also provided me with practical real-life applications to help me work toward my immediate and long-term goals. I am fortunate to have Debbie as a therapist!
Columbia, SC Sep 2020
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Debbie is such an amazing person to talk to and she helped me through so much in the past year. She has helped me to understand myself and work through my problems. Absolutely amazing :)
Read more Debbie is such an amazing person to talk to and she helped me through so much in the past year. She has helped me to understand myself and work through my problems. Absolutely amazing :)
Columbia, SC Sep 2020
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★★★★★
Mrs. Anna Gantt-Gordon has an exceptional personality and attitude in working with clients. She goes the extra mile to advocate and encourages others. Great to work with.
Read more Mrs. Anna Gantt-Gordon has an exceptional personality and attitude in working with clients. She goes the extra mile to advocate and encourages others. Great to work with.
Columbia, SC Aug 2020
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★★★★★
I highly recommend Thriveworks! The service from the faculty is surperb from the front office to the life coaches & counselors!! I have been going to Thriveworks for 3 years now and, I absolutely love it! They don't treat you like a number like the other places do! If you or someone you know needs couciling then call Thriveworks Mon-Sat! Yes, I said Saturday! They will help you in anyway they can to make you see the light at the end of the tunnel! Thank you Thriveworks for all of the services y'all have provided me with and still do! Without of all of you I don't know where I would be today!
Read more I highly recommend Thriveworks! The service from the faculty is surperb from the front office to the life coaches & counselors!! I have been going to Thriveworks for 3 years now and, I absolutely love it! They don't treat you like a number like the other places do! If you or someone you know needs couciling then call Thriveworks Mon-Sat! Yes, I said Saturday! They will help you in anyway they can to make you see the light at the end of the tunnel! Thank you Thriveworks for all of the services y'all have provided me with and still do! Without of all of you I don't know where I would be today!
Columbia, SC Mar 2019
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★★★★★
From the moment I first walked through the doors, I have been treated with respect, and care. I feel so at ease with all the people I have met there. I cannot recommend this team of mental health care providers enough!
Read more From the moment I first walked through the doors, I have been treated with respect, and care. I feel so at ease with all the people I have met there. I cannot recommend this team of mental health care providers enough!
Columbia, SC Nov 2018
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
I was having a hard time with my partner and was ready to give up, but we took a chance after some research and found the help we really needed. Sometime you need someone to sit, listen, and guide you. Thank You!
Read more I was having a hard time with my partner and was ready to give up, but we took a chance after some research and found the help we really needed. Sometime you need someone to sit, listen, and guide you. Thank You!
Columbia, SC Mar 2017
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★★★★★
It was difficult asking for help, but the staff and therapist ensured that I was comfortable and made it the best decision. I plan to continue going again.
Read more It was difficult asking for help, but the staff and therapist ensured that I was comfortable and made it the best decision. I plan to continue going again.
Columbia, SC Mar 2017
Review left on Thriveworks.com

Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Columbia is right next to Boyd Plaza, and in a shared office building with TD Bank. We are at the corner of Main and Hampton Street, across the street from Wells Fargo.

Phone number

(803) 882-3401

Languages spoken by SC providers

  • English
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