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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.

Meet with a provider as soon as this week

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Carelon, Cigna | Evernorth, +24 more
Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Stress, ADHD, +3 more

Working with children and adolescents for 10+ years, I understand various aspects of behavioral issues that individuals tend to deal with.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Carelon, Cigna | Evernorth, +22 more
Anger, Stress, Women’s Issues, Sexual Abuse, Bipolar Disorder, +6 more

As a mental health professional for about 15 years, I have worked with a variety of families and persons of all ages face many aspects of mental healt... As a mental health professional for about 15 years, I have worked with a variety of families and persons of all ages face many aspects of mental health and life challenges, helping them develop coping skills and behavioral changes through various modalities. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Carelon, Cigna | Evernorth, +21 more
Coping Skills, Life Transition, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma / PTSD

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Carelon, Cigna | Evernorth, +23 more
LGBTQIA+, Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Infidelity, +15 more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Cigna | Evernorth, United Healthcare | Optum, +2 more
LGBTQIA+, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, Women’s Issues, +7 more

I am a counselor who strives to create a safe place in which growth, self-expression, and autonomy are encouraged, in an environment that provides the... I am a counselor who strives to create a safe place in which growth, self-expression, and autonomy are encouraged, in an environment that provides the security, comfort, and validation to do so. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Cigna | Evernorth, United Healthcare | Optum, +2 more
Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, Addiction, +6 more

As a therapist, I understand that it can be hard to open up to someone, but I want therapy to feel like getting a cup of coffee with a friend.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Cigna | Evernorth, United Healthcare | Optum, +2 more
Anger, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, Women’s Issues, +4 more

I value creating a space in session where my clients feel heard, supported, and safe to express their most raw and honest feelings.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Cigna | Evernorth, United Healthcare | Optum, +2 more
Men’s Issues, Stress, Life Transition, Relationships, Anxiety, +3 more

As an African American man, I understand that reaching out and seeking help can be a challenge. Because of this, I strive to create a space where anyo... As an African American man, I understand that reaching out and seeking help can be a challenge. Because of this, I strive to create a space where anyone can feel comfortable expressing their emotions and learning what they mean to you. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Carelon, Cigna | Evernorth, +22 more
LGBTQIA+, Stress

As a queer-identified therapist, with years of experience helping people achieve their goals and find their identities with pride, I am looking forwar... As a queer-identified therapist, with years of experience helping people achieve their goals and find their identities with pride, I am looking forward to the opportunity to help you find a connection with yourself and help you achieve your goals! Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Carelon, Cigna | Evernorth, +23 more
Domestic Abuse, LGBTQIA+, Anger, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, +13 more

I have dedicated my career development towards understanding and helping my clients.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Carelon, Cigna | Evernorth, +23 more
Domestic Abuse, Anger, Coping Skills, Stress, Women’s Issues, +10 more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Carelon, Cigna | Evernorth, +23 more
Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, Women’s Issues, +6 more

As a licensed clinical social worker with 30 years of experience, I have been privileged to witness that awareness is the greatest agent for change.

Hear from our clinicians

What is your go-to approach for individual therapy?

Abigail: I am an avid believer in solution-focused and self-affirming therapy practices. These post-modern theories help people orient to their true intention and motivation and work towards inner growth acceptance in meaningful and manageable ways.

Molly Maureen: My go-to approach for helping people in individual therapy is to start where they are, meaning what prompted them to come to therapy and what is weighing on them the most. My style is eclectic, so I prefer to adapt my methods to meet their needs and this changes as therapy progresses. This allows for continued progress as the client's needs change.

What tools do you teach in individual therapy?

Abigail: I use self-esteem and confidence, motivation and self-management, emotional understanding and safe expression, and healthy self-care and coping strategies for stress and fatigue.

Molly Maureen: These are some of the tools or coping skills that I teach in individual therapy:

  • Problem-solving: Looking at your situation to identify what you CAN do for yourself instead of only seeing the problem
  • Mindfulness: Techniques that increase your awareness and help you focus on being present in the moment and connecting you with your thoughts and feelings
  • Grounding exercises: Part of mindfulness often used to cope with feeling anxious or overwhelmed
  • Communication skills: Learning to express your thoughts and emotions appropriately to yourself and others; this includes listening skills
  • Relaxation techniques: Used to reduce stress, anxiety, and other symptoms as well as for self-care
  • Stress management techniques including self-care

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

Abigail: My clients are usually able to discuss some symptom improvement within 2-4 weeks of attendance.

Molly Maureen: I know a client is making meaningful progress when they report using skills that they learned in therapy successfully. Anytime someone reports that therapy is helping them feel better, that is progress. When someone is able to incorporate new coping skills into daily life and see their own progress that is meaningful. Even small positive changes to your perspective and behaviors will have a significant and meaningful impact in your life.

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

Abigail: Clients can supplement their time in individual therapy by following their therapy interventions and self-care plans they design with me. Schedule an appointment for recommended resources that fit your therapy situation.

Molly Maureen: Clients can supplement their time in individual therapy by reading articles or books to increase their knowledge and understanding. I often make suggestions or send links to articles that are specific to their needs or concerns. If you find information on your own, it is always a good idea to ask your therapist to confirm that the information is accurate, especially for information found on social media or online videos.

What should someone do to prepare for starting individual therapy?

Abigail: To prepare for your first session, you can realize you are not alone, and I am here to help and make sure you feel safe and confident in the therapy work we do.

Molly Maureen: To prepare for your first individual therapy session, you can make a list of questions and/or concerns, bring a list of any medications that you are taking (prescription, OTC, and supplements), and have a list of prior mental health treatments with dates and names if possible. But most of all, be kind to yourself and allow yourself to be open to the idea of exploring your thoughts and emotions.

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 29 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 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

5.0 Learn about verified reviews
★★★★★
Therapy has been a self care item on my list for a very long time... I have been avoiding the work as self reflection and honesty about yourself can be very hard. Brenda makes this process so easy! I am very happy I found her and Thriveworks. I have been doing the work and she makes it easy and heartfelt as we process through things in my life. Thank you!
Read more Therapy has been a self care item on my list for a very long time... I have been avoiding the work as self reflection and honesty about yourself can be very hard. Brenda makes this process so easy! I am very happy I found her and Thriveworks. I have been doing the work and she makes it easy and heartfelt as we process through things in my life. Thank you!
Pamela Jan 2024
Thriveworks.com verified review

Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Pittsburgh is near Wood Street and Fourth Street. Our office is near University Center, and across the street from Madarin Gourmet.

Phone number

(412) 668-1226

Languages spoken by PA providers

  • Russian
  • 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
Saturday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday 8:00am - 9:00pm

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Tuesday 7:00am - 9:30pm
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Saturday 7:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 8:00am - 5:00pm

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