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6,132 people sought online therapy help in California in the last year

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

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Our therapists in Palo Alto are booked, but we have 5 other therapists in CA 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 Palo Alto, CA 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?

Taking care of your mental health is an important task that’s often easier said than done. You may have a busy schedule, demanding job, or a household full of people who depend on you and all of that can make it challenging to carve out time for a trip to see a therapist or counselor.

Even though you know your mental health is important, your responsibilities to your family and your work-life balance often come first. Over time, you may begin to feel the effects of neglecting your mental health. You might become increasingly stressed or anxious, irritable, or have trouble concentrating on important tasks.

If you feel like your mental health is getting away from you, but you are unable to see a mental health provider in person for any reason, online counseling may be the solution for you. Online therapy at Thriveworks in Palo Alto, CA provides comprehensive mental health care with a licensed therapist or counselor from the comfort of your home. Call us today or use our online scheduling tool to get started.

Are All Types of Therapy Offered Online?

Online counseling or therapy provides all the same benefits as traditional therapy without the hassle of commuting to and from a provider’s office. A licensed therapist or counselor can provide support, guidance, and advice virtually and help you work through some of the toughest life challenges you may be facing.

Just about any type of therapy or counseling can be conducted online with Thriveworks, including the following:

  • Career counseling and life coaching
  • Grief and loss counseling
  • Family therapy and child therapy
  • Child, teen, and adolescent counseling
  • Marriage and couples counseling
  • Depression therapy and anxiety therapy
  • Therapy for specific phobias
  • Anger and stress management
  • Substance abuse and addiction counseling

If you’ve thought about speaking with a mental health specialist but aren’t ready for in-person sessions, consider working with one of the online therapists or counselors at Thriveworks in Palo Alto, CA. Our licensed mental health professionals can meet with you virtually and help you navigate the issues you’re facing in life.

What Are the Benefits of Online Therapy?

Many people miss out on getting the support they need for mental health issues because they cannot attend sessions in person. There are many reasons why face-to-face sessions can be difficult for some people, and online therapy or counseling provides solutions for many of those issues.

For some individuals, commuting to a counseling center can be challenging due to transportation issues, disability, illness, time constraints, and other obstacles. Online counseling and therapy remove the distance between you and your provider with a single click. You can decide whether you’d like to connect with your counselor via video chat or phone call depending on what feels most comfortable and effective.

Sessions held over video chat tend to feel more like traditional face-to-face therapy. You and your counselor or therapist can still exchange and take note of facial expressions, body language, and hand gestures that contribute to feeling like you’re in the same room together.

If phone calls feel like a better option for you, that’s okay, too. Many people avoid or put off attending sessions due to nervousness, anxiety, or specific phobias. Meeting new people or being in new places can seem daunting or scary for some individuals, and sessions held over the phone can make beginning treatment easier. Online counseling provides the opportunity to ease into sessions one step at a time.

Online therapy and counseling create opportunities for many people who would otherwise be unable to get support for their mental health issues. If you’re ready to begin your journey to improve your mental health but would rather skip the trip across town, Thriveworks can connect you with an online therapist or counselor.

Book Your Online Counseling Session With Thriveworks in Palo Alto, CA

No matter where you are in Palo Alto, CA we believe you deserve convenient access to mental health care. Your inability to travel to an office shouldn’t stand between you and your best possible mental health. That’s why Thriveworks offers online counseling opportunities and many other benefits to make it easier for you to get mental health support.

When you join the Thriveworks family you can look forward to the following:

  • Appointments available on weekends and in the evenings
  • Phone and email access to providers between sessions
  • Many insurance plans accepted
  • Exclusive online video content
  • Text support via our Success Manager
  • Free e-copy of “Leaving Depression Behind”

Online therapy or counseling lets you access valuable mental health resources without having to leave your home. Contact our office at Thriveworks Counseling in Palo Alto, CA today to get started with your first virtual session. One of our team members can answer any questions you have and schedule your first appointment today.

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 Palo Alto therapists and counselors accept 19 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Shield of California | BCBS

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO/EPO/HDHP

  • Imperial Health Plan

  • JP Farley Corporation

  • Magellan

  • Medicare CA

  • MHN

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Self-pay costs at Palo Alto
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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 & Psychiatry Palo Alto is in the same building as Integrated Health Care, Bookshare, Heshmat Pain Management, Rea Laidler Chiropractor, Benetech, and Forbes Marshall Inc. On the other side of the building is New Mayfield Lane, and a parking garage. Nearby is Jin Sho, Terun, and Backyard Brew restaurants, as well as La Bodeguita del Medoi, Izzy’s Brooklyn Bagels, Ramen Kowa, and Kali Greek Kitchen.

Phone number

(650) 885-9469

Languages spoken by CA providers

  • English
  • Tagalog
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