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

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Our therapists in Iowa City are booked, but we have another therapists in IA 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 Iowa City, IA 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?

When your mental health is suffering, it can be hard to know what to do. Even if you’re ready to reach out for help from a licensed mental health professional, you might run into some problems.

For starters, there may be no therapists or counselors near you. At best, this can be inconvenient: Having to travel a long distance to get professional support can take a big chunk of time out of your day. At worst, this can be prohibitive to your attending therapy. Having limited access to transportation could mean that even if you wanted to, you couldn’t commute for therapy.

Or maybe you simply don’t have the time to accommodate a back-and-forth commute to in-person therapy appointments. Between your family, work, and social life, carving out the appropriate amount of time for therapy and travel each week feels impossible. That is, of course, if the offices in your area even have availability that matches your schedule.

It could also be that the reason you need mental health support is the very same reason you find it difficult to make it into an office. If meeting new people in person or leaving your house is challenging even in your better moments, you may worry that you’ll never be able to make it into a counselor’s office.

If any of these situations resonate with you, know that there’s a way you can still get help: online therapy. Our licensed therapists, counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Iowa City, IA are ready to provide you exceptional care — and you can get access from the comfort of your home.

Online Therapy Services Available in Iowa City, IA

Choosing to go to online therapy instead of traditional therapy doesn’t mean you’ll miss out when it comes to your treatment. You can meet with a licensed professional either by video or telephone for mental health services including:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Depression therapy
  • Anxiety therapy
  • PTSD counseling and trauma therapy
  • Anger and stress management
  • Marriage or couples counseling
  • Family therapy
  • Grief and loss counseling
  • Eating disorder counseling
  • Life coaching and career counseling

While people in all sorts of different situations can benefit from remote therapy services, the ability to meet with a counselor or therapist from anywhere can be especially beneficial to clients needing to coordinate schedules for couples or family therapy. Removing the complication of getting multiple people in the same room at the same time can make therapy that much more accessible.

At Thriveworks Counseling in Iowa City, IA, online mental health care doesn’t mean less comprehensive care. It means getting access to the help that you would during traditional, in-person therapy, but with the added accessibility and flexibility you need.

The Ins and Outs of the Online Therapy Experience

Online therapy works a lot like in-person therapy. One of the biggest differences is the way your therapy sessions are conducted: either by video sessions or phone calls.

If you like the ability to be mobile without the pressure of worrying about your presence on camera, phone counseling might be the perfect choice for you. Your counselor will simply give you a call at your agreed-upon time to start your appointment.

However, if you do prefer to meet with a counselor face-to-face, video counseling might be a great fit for you. Meeting over video provides many of the same benefits of in-person therapy, including the ability to see non-verbal communication cues. Prior to your sessions, your therapist or counselor will send you a link to a secure video chat room.

Our online therapists have the same credentials and expertise as our in-person therapists. This means that once your sessions start, you’ll receive the same quality of talk therapy that you would if you were physically in our Iowa City office. Whether you meet by phone or video, your therapist will get to know you and the struggles you’re facing to develop a treatment plan that addresses your specific needs. They’ll make sure that no matter where you may be calling from, you’ll know that your sessions are a place of safety, honesty, and growth.

Through therapy, you can improve your communication skills, find better control over your emotions, and build up your self-esteem. Even though the sessions run remotely, you’ll still receive the same compassionate care we’re proud to give at Thriveworks in Iowa City, IA.

Start Online Counseling Today With Thriveworks in Iowa City, IA

If you’ve been thinking about seeking out mental health care, know that online therapy is an option for you.

With just a call or a few clicks, you can find an appointment time that works for you, even if that means meeting with your counselor or therapist in the evenings or on weekends. Many times, new Thriveworks clients are able to meet with a provider within 24 to 48 hours of scheduling. Our versatile start times don’t come with a premium price either — we accept insurance from most major health insurance providers and offer affordable rates for those paying out of pocket.

If you need support, we’re here for you. Schedule an appointment today at Thriveworks in Iowa City, IA!

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 Iowa therapists and counselors accept 19 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO/EPO/HDHP

  • JP Farley Corporation

  • Midlands Choice

  • Multi Plan PHCS

  • Oscar Health

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Thriveworks helped me realize that I do believe people can change. I’m not the person I was three months ago, broken and fearful. I’m healthy and happy and for the first time being kind to myself. Thank you for giving me my life back.
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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling Iowa City is located off Hwy 1 West between Mormon Trek Blvd and Westport Plz. Our office is located in the same parking lot as Proctor and Gamble, Napa Auto Parts and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

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(319) 600-6837

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