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734 people sought online therapy help at Washington 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 Washington are booked, but we have 7 other therapists in DC 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 Washington, DC 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?

Online counseling is not a revolutionary concept, it’s actually been around since the early 1950s! However, it is gaining ground, as more and more people are preferring to attend their counseling sessions from home. Online therapy offers optimal comfort and convenience; it also comes with more flexible scheduling options. For these reasons, online counseling can prove especially valuable to those who can’t make it into the office for a normal daytime appointment, as well as those with certain limitations such as a physical disability.

If you are intrigued by the idea of online counseling, consider exploring online counseling at Thriveworks Washington, DC. Our therapists and counselors can help you over the phone, video chat, or in-person if you prefer. Either way, to set up your first appointment, call (202) 221-8410. Or, to better understand how online counseling could help you, continue reading.

Counseling Over the Phone, Video: How Does It Work?

If you decide to pursue online therapy, you’ll get to choose between two options: you can work with your counselor over the phone or via video chat. If you choose the former option, your counselor will simply give you a call at the time of your session. If you choose the latter option, you’ll be provided a link, which you will visit at the time of your appointment. And then you’ll get to work right away!

Online Counseling is an effective counseling option. Evidence shows that many different individuals of varying backgrounds can find value in online counseling. On that note some people find that online counseling enables them to make even more progress with their counselor because they feel more comfortable opening up over the phone or video chat. That said, some people find that in-person counseling is the better option for them, and that’s okay too!

Is Online Counseling Right for Me? What Are Online Therapy Benefits?

Louis is confined to a small community. He knows everyone and everyone knows him. Unfortunately, this means that he can’t find a therapist nearby that doesn’t come with a conflict of interest. Danielle works a 9 to 5 job and is struggling to find a therapist with the right availability. By the time she’s off work, the local counseling office is closed. John is trying to find a counselor with experience working with the LGBTQ community; but none of the therapists nearby meet these needs.

Each person above could benefit from working with an online counselor. Louis could find a counselor online who is not from his small town; Danielle could work with a counselor online outside of the normal daytime hours; and John could find an online counselor who has experience and skills working with LGBTQ members. In summary, online therapy counseling at Thriveworks Washington, DC offers the following benefits:

  1. Convenience: You don’t have to worry about commuting to yet another appointment; you can attend your sessions from your home!
  2. Comfort: Because you’ll be attending from home or wherever else you choose, you will also experience more comfort than you might in a therapy office.
  3. Accessibility: Online counseling provides more accessibility to therapists who check all of your boxes, in terms of who you’d prefer to work with.
  4. Flexible scheduling: You’ll also have access to more flexible scheduling options, including evening and weekend appointments.
  5. Effectiveness: Online counseling is a tested and effective counseling option as well. You are still able to make meaningful progress with your therapist, just via virtual means.
  6. Affordability: Finally, online therapy is affordable, as most major insurance companies now pay for online mental health services. Thriveworks Washington, DC also has affordable out-of-pocket payment options.

If you believe that online therapy could benefit you, reach out to Thriveworks Washington, DC. We can talk to you more extensively about online counseling services and get you scheduled!

Work with an Online Counselor at Thriveworks Washington, DC

Sometimes, we can’t make it in for the normal in-person therapy appointment because our schedule doesn’t allow it! In other instances, a physical disability, sudden sickness, or traffic gets in our way. This is not the case when it comes to online counseling. Online counseling is the convenient option.

If you’re ready to schedule your online counseling appointment, give Thriveworks Washington, DC a call at (202) 221-8410.

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 Washington therapists and counselors accept 23 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (DC) | BCBS

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (MD) | BCBS

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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Self-pay costs at Washington
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 Thriveworks Washington reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
I’ve really been helped by Thriveworks. I have a wonderful counselor who has been able to arm me with resources and knowledge surrounding my mental illness so I can be more prepared against my own future thoughts or environments. I’ve been able to request a different psychiatrist when one was not entirely a correct match for me, and I always get great positive feedback and respect from my mental health care professionals. It seems like they actually want you to have a good match with someone and will help you along the way.
Read more I’ve really been helped by Thriveworks. I have a wonderful counselor who has been able to arm me with resources and knowledge surrounding my mental illness so I can be more prepared against my own future thoughts or environments. I’ve been able to request a different psychiatrist when one was not entirely a correct match for me, and I always get great positive feedback and respect from my mental health care professionals. It seems like they actually want you to have a good match with someone and will help you along the way.
DC Dec 2021
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★★★★★
As an educator of students with a variety of special needs, I can attest to Sam's pedigree as a counselor. He is a skillful communicator, a staunch advocate for his clients, and he demonstrates an uncanny ability to remain calm and knowledgeable despite every and any difficult situation. Sam has been an invaluable resource to me in understanding the underlying conditions and trauma that provoke certain behaviors in children. In short, he has made me a better teacher!
Read more As an educator of students with a variety of special needs, I can attest to Sam's pedigree as a counselor. He is a skillful communicator, a staunch advocate for his clients, and he demonstrates an uncanny ability to remain calm and knowledgeable despite every and any difficult situation. Sam has been an invaluable resource to me in understanding the underlying conditions and trauma that provoke certain behaviors in children. In short, he has made me a better teacher!
Washington, D.C. Jun 2020
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★★★★★
As the mother of a son with behavioral challenges finding an advocate to join your team is essential. Sam, my son’s therapist, came into our lives and changed our lives. We is extremely competent, caring, committed, tenacious and firm, unrelenting as an advocate and therapist for my son. He has also encouraged me and assured me of my successes. Everyone NEEDS a Sam...he’s available!
Read more As the mother of a son with behavioral challenges finding an advocate to join your team is essential. Sam, my son’s therapist, came into our lives and changed our lives. We is extremely competent, caring, committed, tenacious and firm, unrelenting as an advocate and therapist for my son. He has also encouraged me and assured me of my successes. Everyone NEEDS a Sam...he’s available!
Washington, D.C. Jun 2020
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★★★★★
I've known Sam for many years and I can honestly say he truly cares. If you have Sam on your side, he'll give you the shirt off his back if you need it. He is hardworking, ethical and completely committed to his clients and their wellbeing.
Read more I've known Sam for many years and I can honestly say he truly cares. If you have Sam on your side, he'll give you the shirt off his back if you need it. He is hardworking, ethical and completely committed to his clients and their wellbeing.
Washington, D.C. Jun 2020
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry DC is located on Wisconsin Ave near the waterfront. We currently share a building with Core Architecture and Design, Quarterlife Center, and Window Wears.

Phone number

(202) 932-7587

Languages spoken by DC providers

  • English
  • Creole
  • French
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