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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, Cigna | Evernorth, Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage, +22 more
Military / Veteran, Anger, Coping Skills, Infidelity, Self Esteem, +13 more

As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I believe in being a compassionate and empathetic listener.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Carelon, Cigna | Evernorth, +23 more
LGBTQIA+, Sex Therapy, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality, Anxiety, +1 more

I will strive to assist you on your journey of self-exploration while creating a safe, genuine, and open-minded environment for growth and self-improv... I will strive to assist you on your journey of self-exploration while creating a safe, genuine, and open-minded environment for growth and self-improvement. Read more

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Aetna, Capital BlueCross of Pennsylvania | BCBS Medicare Advantage, Carelon, +26 more
Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Infidelity, Self Esteem, +11 more

As a trauma survivor and care provider, I am deeply invested in my client's feelings of comfort, safety, and choice in the therapy process.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Carelon, Cigna | Evernorth, +23 more
Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Infidelity, Self Esteem, +8 more

As a therapist excited to serve you, I use person-centered, solution-focused, cognitive behavioral, and mindfulness therapies.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Cigna | Evernorth, United Healthcare | Optum, +3 more
Coping Skills, Men’s Issues, Self Esteem, Stress, ADHD, +5 more

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Aetna, Carelon, Cigna | Evernorth, +24 more
Stress, Anxiety, Grief / Loss, Depression, Trauma / PTSD

As a woman of color who was raised in an interracial home. I can bring a unique perspective to any situation of exploration and intersectionality's.Mo... As a woman of color who was raised in an interracial home. I can bring a unique perspective to any situation of exploration and intersectionality's.Monica Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Carelon, Cigna | Evernorth, +23 more
Anger, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, Women’s Issues, +9 more

As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I aim to provide relational therapy that validates self-growth and processes the impact of trauma.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Carelon, Cigna | Evernorth, +22 more
LGBTQIA+, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, Women’s Issues, +4 more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Capital BlueCross of Pennsylvania | BCBS Medicare Advantage, Carelon, +22 more
Coping Skills, Infidelity, Self Esteem, Stress, Women’s Issues, +9 more

Monica Cwynar

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What is your go-to approach for individual therapy?

My go-to approach is to meet people where they are from a nonjudgmental place while providing a safe space. I find that people benefit from being heard in a judgment-free space because it takes a lot to ask for help.

What tools do you teach in individual therapy?

I teach mindfulness, progressive relaxation, and grounding techniques as well as education on the things that are specific to each patient. My treatments are created with the patient because it's all about them.

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

I know a client is making meaningful progress when their symptoms decrease, when they have progress on their goals, and when they gain true insight into their situation

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

Clients can supplement their time by completing the homework that is given after each session. I know therapy has to continue in between sessions, so I usually suggest homework, which can be reading or journal prompts or something specific to their situation.

What should someone do to prepare for starting individual therapy?

To prepare for your first session, just think about what it is you want to get out of therapy and come in and just be honest and the rest will happen organically.

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 Pittsburgh therapists and counselors accept 31 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Capital BlueCross of Pennsylvania | BCBS Medicare Advantage

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Geisinger Health Plan

  • Geisinger Health Plan Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

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Self-pay costs at Pittsburgh
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 Learn about verified reviews
★★★★★
I am so very happy with my Therapist Monica Cwynar. She is everything I could hope for since I really never did this before and didn't know what to expect. She is very understanding and easy to talk to.
Read more I am so very happy with my Therapist Monica Cwynar. She is everything I could hope for since I really never did this before and didn't know what to expect. She is very understanding and easy to talk to.
Philip Feb 2024
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★★★★★
So I don't like doing this but have to say that I'm very happy with Monica and I think we are doing good work.
Read more So I don't like doing this but have to say that I'm very happy with Monica and I think we are doing good work.
Philip Jan 2024
Thriveworks.com verified review
★★★★★
I have learned so much about myself since i started therapy at thriveworks .. I’m doing CBT and I’m improving I love my Therapist and my NP that goes over medication. I would recommend anyone to use your services
Read more I have learned so much about myself since i started therapy at thriveworks .. I’m doing CBT and I’m improving I love my Therapist and my NP that goes over medication. I would recommend anyone to use your services
Rosanne Dec 2023
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★★★★★
Kate is a warm, caring and trusting person who has a way of making me feel secure with opening up to her with whatever I need to talk about.
Read more Kate is a warm, caring and trusting person who has a way of making me feel secure with opening up to her with whatever I need to talk about.
Pittsburgh Nov 2021
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★★★★★
Barb is an amazing therapist. She is compassionate and very motivated. I highly recommend her.
Pittsburgh Mar 2021
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★★★★★
Erica Ploski is an exceptionally professional and compassionate counselor. I highly recommend her services!
Read more Erica Ploski is an exceptionally professional and compassionate counselor. I highly recommend her services!
Pittsburgh Aug 2020
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★★★★★
Erica is a great person and a wonderful listener. You will be in great hands!
Pittsburgh Aug 2020
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★★★★★
Erica Ploski is an exceptionally professional and compassionate counselor. I highly recommend her services.
Read more Erica Ploski is an exceptionally professional and compassionate counselor. I highly recommend her services.
Pittsburgh Aug 2020
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Pittsburgh is near Arriviste Coffee Bar, and across the street From Dark Matter Tattoo Collective. Between Ellsworth Avenue and Felix Way, we share an office building with Round Table Coffee.

Phone number

(412) 561-9950

Languages spoken by PA providers

  • English
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