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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 Santa Cruz are booked, but we have 10 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 Santa Cruz, 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?

Focusing on your physical health involves eating healthy foods, exercising, and getting enough sleep. But what about your mental health? Positive mental health practices can help you take control of your problems and find a sense of peace and balance in your life. Thankfully, therapists from Thriveworks Counseling are here to help you take the first steps on your mental health journey.

While counselors often meet with their clients in a face-to-face setting, many also work with their clients online. Here at Thriveworks Counseling in Santa Cruz, CA, we offer easy, convenient options for working with a therapist over the phone or through a video call. These remote therapy options provide many of the same mental health benefits as traditional therapy, but with the added convenience of being accessible from the comfort of your home.

The stresses of modern life can take a toll on your mental health but therapy can help you take back control. Thriveworks Counseling may be your first step towards navigating change, managing stress and anxiety, and living a more well-balanced and fruitful life. Schedule an online therapy appointment at Thriveworks in Santa Cruz, CA through our online scheduling tool or by calling our office today.

Types of Online Counseling and Therapy Services

Traditional therapy usually involves meeting a licensed therapist in a face-to-face setting and working through your emotions and concerns under their guidance. Online therapy provides those same benefits in a remote format. Whether you prefer in-person, video, or phone therapy sessions, a licensed mental health professional can help you by developing a personalized treatment plan to address your specific needs.

If a new job creates too much stress and anxiety, a counselor can help you find coping strategies to excel. If you’ve lost a loved one, a therapist can help you work through the grief. No matter the problem you’re facing in your life, big or small, a licensed mental health professional can help you find the comfort and ease necessary to move forward.

We offer many types of online therapy at Thriveworks, including:

  • Depression and anxiety therapy
  • Teen and child counseling
  • Anger management counseling
  • Life coaching and career counseling
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Marriage counseling and couples therapy
  • PTSD counseling and trauma therapy
  • Addiction counseling
  • Eating disorder counseling

If you think you’d benefit from speaking to a licensed professional, contact us today at Thriveworks in Santa Cruz, CA. Our online therapists are dedicated to working with clients to find treatment plans tailored to their symptoms and concerns.

The Advantages of Online Therapy

Online therapy can be much more convenient than in-person therapy. Finding time for counseling is easier when you aren’t driving to a therapist’s office. Choosing your own environment for therapy also helps you be more comfortable, allowing you to open up to a therapist more easily.

You have a couple of options when deciding how to start with online therapy: video therapy or telephone therapy. Both are great choices depending on your needs and comfort level.

Are you uncertain about therapy or uncomfortable with the idea of seeing a counselor? You might want to consider working with your counselor through phone calls. This option helps some clients be more open with their therapists about their mental health issues.

Have you gone to therapy in the past or need face-to-face communication to help you make a connection? In that case, working with your therapist over video chat might be the best option for you.

No matter which option you choose, Thriveworks Counseling in Santa Cruz, CA has convenient online therapy services that can fit into your schedule. Our team is ready to help get you set up with a therapist today.

Speak With an Online Therapist at Thriveworks in Santa Cruz, CA

If you’ve been thinking about therapy but haven’t taken the next step, consider working with a Thriveworks counselor online. Removing barriers around scheduling and travel makes it so much easier to find time for your mental health. Thriveworks Counseling in Santa Cruz, CA offers many benefits over other counseling practices including weekend and evening appointments, flexible cancellations, and access to our licensed counselors between sessions via email or phone.

Working with Thriveworks provides more than just world-class mental health services. You’ll also receive 24-hour mental health Q&A support, exclusive video content, access to the Thriveworks mental health community forum, and much more.

Visit our easy online booking system or give our office a call to get started today. We accept insurance from most major plans, and clients can often see a provider within 48 hours — sometimes even as early as the same day.

You aren’t alone in your mental health journey. Contact us to take the next step and schedule a session with a therapist today.

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 California therapists and counselors accept 25 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross of California | BCBS

  • 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

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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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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Santa Cruz is off of Soquel Avenue, and next to Bank of America. We share an office building with HearingLife Hearing Aid Center.

Phone number

(831) 218-7323

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