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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 Riverside are booked, but we have 13 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 Riverside, 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?

Tyler wanted to ask a professional mental health counselor for help with his depression and substance abuse issues, but he didn’t want to have to wait weeks and weeks to get an initial therapy appointment with a qualified provider. When Tyler finally felt brave enough to take the plunge and schedule a session with a therapist, he wanted to see them immediately, before he changed his mind. But there were only a couple affordable mental health clinics in his area, and their therapists were all booked out for months. Every time Tyler thought about having to wait that long for a counselor, he was turned off the whole process. Meanwhile his drinking problem and his depression were getting worse, and he was worried he was going to get fired from his job.

Tyler could benefit from scheduling an online counseling session with a licensed mental health provider at Thriveworks in Riverside, CA. Because of the freedom and flexibility that virtual counseling affords, the fully licensed online counselors at Thriveworks have more appointments available, at more times, even evenings and weekends. They can usually meet a first-time client within 24-48 hours of their initial call. That means that Tyler could see a licensed substance abuse counselor or a depression therapist as early as tomorrow, from the comfort of his own home. 

Can Anyone Perform Online Therapy? Do Virtual Therapists Have to Be Licensed? 

All the mental health providers at Thriveworks in Riverside, CA are fully licensed, whether they’re meeting with clients online or in-person. Licensing and proper certifications are definitely something that people need to be aware of these days when they book online counseling appointments due to the proliferation of telehealth services. When you book an online counseling appointment at Thriveworks in Riverside, CA, you know that you’ll meet with a top-rated, fully licensed, experienced therapist who can offer the same quality of expertise and compassionate support that they can in-person. 

Will My Health Insurance Pay for Online Therapy? Is It Affordable?

Cost is often a critical concern when someone books an appointment with a therapist or a psychiatrist. The online counselors and other mental health care providers at Thriveworks in Riverside, CA accept most health insurance coverage. If you’re not sure if your medical insurance covers essential psychological services like therapy, you can call our support team to find out. Online counseling at Thriveworks tends to be a great value because you can usually find licensed providers in your network to minimize out-of-pocket costs, and you don’t have to take time off work or hire a babysitter in order to attend appointments. 

What Are Some Other Benefits of Online Counseling?

Studies show that online counseling can be just as effective as in-person, whether someone is doing psychotherapy sessions or specialized therapy like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). But online counseling at Thriveworks in Riverside, CA provides additional benefits as well, including:

  • Enhanced access to mental health services
  • Client satisfaction
  • Strong therapeutic relationships
  • Accessibility for clients in rural areas or clients with limited mobility
  • Cost-efficiency
  • Anonymity
  • Reduced stigma
  • Accessibility while traveling
  • Increased scheduling flexibility
  • Enhanced comfort levels
  • Easy adaptability for family therapy or couples counseling

Virtual appointments can also be a superior option for psychiatry services at Thriveworks in Riverside, CA. For example, if you need to touch base with your psychiatrist once a month to manage your medications, but it’s a hassle to travel to a clinic for a 15-minute appointment, then online psychiatry sessions can save you time and money (if you don’t have to take off work). 

Start Your Relationship with an Exceptional Online Counselor at Thriveworks in Riverside, CA

Scheduling an appointment with an online counselor at Thriveworks in Riverside, CA can be a highly personal, not an automated, process. For example, you can call our office during our extended business to reach a human being, not a voicemail, who can answer your questions about insurance coverage and mental health services, and schedule you for your first online appointment with an exceptional counselor. Most of these sessions take place quickly, within 24-48 hours of your call. That means you could meet your licensed therapist as early as tomorrow! If you feel more comfortable booking online, you can do that as well.

When you sign up with Thriveworks, you get more than uplifting, helpful sessions with a premium mental health provider: You get premium benefits as well. For instance, you can use our Ask-a-Coach 24-hr Q&A service to get professional advice from counselors around the clock. You can also get exclusive access to our educational materials like videos and e-books. 

Call our office today to set up your appointment with one of our exceptional online counselors. Don’t hesitate to get the mental health support you deserve—at Thriveworks. 

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 California therapists and counselors accept 25 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Shield of California | BCBS

  • Blue Shield of California Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO/EPO/HDHP

  • Imperial Health Plan

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Self-pay costs at Riverside
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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

We are at the intersection of Magnolia Ave and Beatty Dr — we share a building with Vigo, Lana Auto Sales, NutriMost, LACA Group, New Day Institute, Jason Dsouza, American Realty, and others. Across the intersection and slightly at a diagonal is a Papa John’s Pizza and West Coast Luxuries shoe store, as well as Riverside Scooters and Best Food Pizza Inc. Nearby is also Magnolia Wheel Alignment & Brake Center, Ideal Cleaners, Hair by Daryl, Alin Party Supply, and FitOne Foundation.

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(909) 640-6972

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