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465,314 people sought individual therapy help in Pennsylvania in the last year

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

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ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Carelon, Cigna | Evernorth, +23 more
LGBTQIA+, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Women’s Issues, Addiction, +6 more

I believe there is no separation in mind, body, and spirit, and I strive to include all parts of you in each session.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Carelon, Cigna | Evernorth, +23 more
LGBTQIA+, Addiction, Borderline Personality, OCD / Obsessive-Compulsive, Anxiety, +2 more

My goal is to create a safe space for us to explore identity, overcome obstacles, and achieve your maximum possible growth.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Carelon, Cigna | Evernorth, +19 more
Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Stress, Women’s Issues, +6 more

I have 30 years of experience in various forms of therapy and am open to using any therapeutic techniques that would help.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Carelon, Cigna | Evernorth, +23 more
LGBTQIA+, Men’s Issues, Stress, Life Transition, Anxiety, +2 more

As a queer man living in Philadelphia, I seek to understand and establish strong relationships with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and iden... As a queer man living in Philadelphia, I seek to understand and establish strong relationships with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and identities. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Carelon, Cigna | Evernorth, +22 more
Anger, Behavioral Issues, Stress, ADHD, Anxiety, +3 more

Hear from our clinicians

What is your go-to approach for individual therapy?

Brian: My go-to approach for helping people in individual therapy is to find out what's going well for them — where are they thriving, when and where are they absolutely crushing it? Then, I like to help them figure out what's going on there — where are they, who are they around, what else is happening — so we can look to bring some of those supports into areas where they are struggling.

MaryAlyce: My first priority is to establish an understanding of REBT (the form of CBT that I use). I also focus on stress management, problem-solving, and balance. I specialize in treating anxiety, anger, depression, grief, and trauma. I also lean toward working with women, teens, and children, and use art, play, games, and puzzle therapy formats. I use what will work best for the client's needs, so I am more eclectic in my approach in general.

Mark: I use multiple approaches to help people in individual therapy based on their presenting needs. Some of these approaches involve interventions from modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy and other behavioral therapies, narrative therapy, Gestalt therapy, and more. When working with children, I use additional interventions from modalities such as attachment-based therapy, play therapy, art therapy, and others.

What tools do you teach in individual therapy?

Brian: I utilize the following tools in individual therapy:

  • Strength-based therapy: I find out when and where the client is thriving, and bring those tools to bear in tackling issues of growth.
  • Client-centered therapy: The client is the expert in her/their/his life — they’re in the driver’s seat!
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT): An evidence-based, empirically validated therapeutic approach that emphasizes mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness (assertiveness training).
  • Social justice: The client and I will work together to name and challenge systems of oppression that have traumatized or harmed them.

MaryAlyce: I teach the following tools in therapy: The ABCs of REBT, the expectation box, problem-solving steps, relaxation and meditation skill behaviors, stress management themes, and whatever is needed for specific problems (such as a grief workbook to help someone through grief, or art therapy projects to get at where someone's anxiety may be coming from).

Mark: I teach the following tools in individual therapy:

  • Cognitive restructuring
  • Thought stopping
  • Mindfulness strategies
  • Visualization
  • And others

How do you know when a client is making meaningful progress in individual therapy?

Brian: I know a client is making meaningful progress in individual therapy when they are able to demonstrate progress toward goals in treatment.

MaryAlyce: I know a client is making progress when they feel better; they are more rational in how they look at situations, other people, and themselves; and they self-report a reduction in whatever caused them to come to therapy.

Mark: I know when a client is making meaningful progress in individual therapy when they are drawing toward completing objectives, when they report relief of symptoms, when they take greater emotional risks in session, and when they express feeling more comfortable with their sense of self.

What can clients do in their personal time to supplement individual therapy?

Brian: Clients can supplement their time in individual therapy with reading, building up their community supports, listening to podcasts (ask me for recommendations, I'm happy to help!), and engaging in positive, rewarding self-care.

MaryAlyce: Clients can supplement their time in therapy by doing homework that I assign them, or by completing projects I encourage them to consider, as I try to have therapy impact their lives when they are not just in therapy sessions.

Mark: Clients can supplement their time in individual therapy with other wellness activities such as engaging in exercise, positive social communities, interests/passions, helping others, and self-care.

What should someone do to prepare for starting individual therapy?

Brian: To prepare for your first individual therapy session, you can (and should!) check out the different types of therapy that are available. There are a lot of them — it would be beneficial for you to find one that speaks to you, and then find a provider whose approach aligns with your preferred mode.

MaryAlyce: I encourage all intakes to prepare for starting therapy by bringing note paper and a pencil/pen and to prepare to learn the ABCs of REBT and the connection of expectations with irrational beliefs. Also, have paper and markers or something ready for art therapy exercises that I use to supplement their learning experience in healthier ways of looking at things.

Mark: To prepare for your first individual therapy session, you can read and complete your consent for treatment, have your calendar/schedule prepared in order to schedule future sessions, review your insurance benefits to avoid any surprise patient costs, and relax (your therapist is trained to make you feel safe and will present from an orientation of non-judgment).

Starting Individual therapy

What is individual therapy?

Individual therapy, also known as individual-counseling, allows people to engage in private sessions with a skilled therapist, counselor, or psychologist. The core objective of individual therapy is to establish a secure and confidential setting where they can openly discuss whatever emotional, psychological, or behavioral challenges you face. Through these one-on-one sessions, the client and therapist work together to delve into, comprehend, and ultimately find solutions for the issues at hand in their life.

How does individual therapy work?

Individual therapy unfolds in a structured process, commencing with an initial assessment in which the therapist gathers essential information about your history, concerns, and objectives. Together, you and your therapist collaboratively establish specific, attainable goals for your sessions, which can encompass symptom alleviation, personal development, or finding solutions to particular challenges.

Can individual therapy help me?

Yes, individual therapy, also known as individual-counseling, at Thriveworks can help you to improve your mental health and overall quality of life.

Is individual therapy conducted in person or online?

Individual therapy at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and via Online therapy. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does individual therapy last?

The duration of your individual therapy sessions will vary. The decision on the number and frequency of sessions is typically collaboratively determined by the client and therapist.

How much does individual therapy cost?

At Thriveworks, we take 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.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Philadelphia therapists and counselors accept 28 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Geisinger Health Plan

  • Geisinger Health Plan Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Pennsylvania Exchange

  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Pennsylvania | Medicare Advantage

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Self-pay costs at Philadelphia
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

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★★★★★
I think Marla is Excellent for helping me out! Listens! Helps out in everyway!
Dennis Jan 2024
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★★★★★
I think Marla is an Excellent Therapist!! She listened. And really helps me at this point!@
Dennis Dec 2023
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Philadelphia is off of Ludlow Street and S 40th Street. We are near Smoke Shop Convenience and Locust Moon Comics.

Phone number

(267) 440-7066

Languages spoken by PA providers

  • English
Monday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Thursday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 9:00pm
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Sunday 8:00am - 9:00pm

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