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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 San Francisco are booked, but we have 11 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 San Francisco, 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?

Jesse recently lost his emotional support animal, a five-year-old chocolate lab, named Gus to cancer. They’d shared an unbelievably close bond—one that had helped Jesse make his way through college. Gus couldn’t talk with him, but just his mere presence alone helped Jesse more than many people’s well-intentioned words. Now with his best friend gone, Jesse isn’t sure what to do. 

Thankfully, Jesse works from home, so he’s managed well enough by himself so far. But it feels too soon to get another animal–so Jesse is wondering if he should confide in a mental health professional. He’s not interested in commuting to a brick-and-mortar office without Gus right now, so Jesse wants to talk virtually with an online counselor or therapist. While he still feels anxious and alone without his companion, Jesse knows that being able to get treatment from his home could make a big difference. 

Your situation may not be identical to Jesse’s, but the fact remains that online therapy and counseling is the modern choice for mental health care. And at Thriveworks in San Francisco, CA, our team of mental health professionals can help you virtually, by phone or by video call. Whatever your online counseling or therapy needs are, Thriveworks can help you reach your mental health goals with our virtual services. 

How Does Online Therapy and Counseling Work? 

Online therapy and counseling with Thriveworks in San Francisco, CA has all the benefits of attending an in-person session, without you having to leave the comfort of your home, office, or travel destination. It’s common to have reservations about scheduling virtually, but rest assured that our online therapy and counseling services are: 

  • Safe: Our online therapy sessions follow HIPAA guidelines to protect your privacy and information. You can rest assured that Thriveworks values your safety and privacy as much as we do your mental health.
  • Effective: Our online therapy is just as effective for many of our clients as in-person sessions are. Though preference for either will vary between individuals, online therapists still provide the same level of care and support

Our providers are trained to listen to you and to address your concerns and mental health needs as an individual. It’s normal to feel apprehensive about seeking mental health services, but the fact remains that our online counselors and therapists are here to help you succeed. You won’t be judged or chastised for seeking assistance. 

What Are the Benefits of Talking to an Online Therapist at Thriveworks? 

Our modern lives are stressful, hectic, and filled to the brim with obligations and time commitments that leave us feeling drained. With online therapy and counseling at Thriveworks in San Francisco, CA you can: 

  • Avoid any potential anxiety you have about talking with your therapist in person 
  • Access the mental health services you need, even if there aren’t any therapists in your immediate area
  • Find time in your schedule to attend appointments 
  • Get relationship, friendship, or family counseling, no matter where all of you live

Meeting virtually may be a way for you to open up about the things that are bothering you most. When you talk with a provider at Thriveworks, they’ll be able to spot any developing or potential mental health conditions and disorders as only a mental health professional can. Online counseling and therapy can help you manage conditions such as: 

  • ADHD 
  • OCD 
  • Depression 
  • Social anxiety 
  • PTSD 
  • Eating disorders
  • And many other mental health concerns

Schedule Online Therapy at Thriveworks in San Francisco, CA

When you contact Thriveworks, you’ll be opening the door to our next-level therapy and counseling services that thousands of other people across the country have already discovered. So call our office today to start prioritizing your mental health. Our scheduling specialists can help you with the process—they’re available seven days a week so everything from setting up your insurance, to booking the perfect virtual session time is made easy. 

And you’ll get to take advantage of our exclusive benefits, including:

  • Access to your provider as needed in-between appointments
  • Our 24/7 life coach Q/A 
  • Scheduling availability for weekends and evenings
  • A free digital copy of our book, “Leaving Depression Behind”, an invaluable guide to addressing your mental health needs 
  • Flexible cancellation options 

Better mental health can become a reality for you—reach out to Thriveworks in San Francisco, CA to take the first step towards relief. While it’s normal to be nervous about talking to a therapist or counselor about the concerns you have, our providers are committed to helping you achieve your goals and enjoy a higher quality of life. With the security, convenience, and flexibility of online counseling and therapy, there’s never been a better time to prioritize your needs and get the help you deserve.

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 San Francisco therapists and counselors accept 23 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Shield of California | BCBS

  • 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 Medicare Advantage

  • JP Farley Corporation

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Self-pay costs at San Francisco
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Hear from our clients

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My entire experience so far has been great.. both my psychiatrist and therapist have been a good fit in my treatment.. I am learning new skills with each visit, and gain a little more insight as well.. the convenience of having video visits is an added plus since my anxiety keeps me from driving right now.
Read more My entire experience so far has been great.. both my psychiatrist and therapist have been a good fit in my treatment.. I am learning new skills with each visit, and gain a little more insight as well.. the convenience of having video visits is an added plus since my anxiety keeps me from driving right now.
Joe Feb 2024 verified review

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry San Francisco is located in the same building as Sport Healing & Massage Arts, Tylovastein Hana Hyde Street Community Service, Tenderloin Outpatient Clinic, Olay Spa, California Center for Sleep, and many other businesses. We are located at the intersection of Sutter Street and Hyde Street. Across the street is Ace’s sports bar and Dignity Health Medical Group. Colombini Bistro and Crostini & Java are also next door to our office.

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(628) 266-4525

Languages spoken by CA providers

  • Russian
  • English
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