Online Therapy in NYC
The following therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists offer online therapy in New York. Filter your search results by specialty, availability, and more. Watch introductory videos of each therapist, and book a free call to assess whether your therapist is right for you!
Therapists who offer online therapy in NYC accept payment from a variety of insurances, most commonly Cigna and Blue Cross Blue Shield. However, it may be difficult to find an online therapist who is in-network with your health insurance. Many therapists choose not to accept insurance because of low reimbursement rates for services, logistical challenges, and privacy concerns. Those who do accept insurance are often fully booked with long wait times. Online therapy with practitioners who are out-of-network with insurances generally ranges from $175 to more than $250 per session in NYC. Online therapy sessions are typically 45 minutes to one hour. Therapists who offer online sessions treat individuals of all ages including adults, college students, teenagers, and children. Some also offer couples counseling and family therapy.
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How to find an online therapist in NYC
How much does online therapy cost in NYC?
If a therapist accepts your insurance – and your insurance plan covers tele-therapy sessions – you'd only be responsible for the copay, which is usually $20 to $40 per visit.
If you have a high-deductible plan, expect to pay $175 to $250+ per session until your insurance starts contributing. Similarly, if you’re paying out of pocket, online therapy in NYC will cost anywhere from $175-250+ per session.
You can also ask your therapist if they offer a sliding scale, or reduced fee, to clients with limited financial resources. In NYC, sliding scales for online therapy can be as low as $100 per session.
What qualifications should I look for in an online therapist in NYC?
If you’re a New Yorker, you will be limited to online sessions with a therapist who is licensed to practice independently in the state of New York.
Therapists who offer online therapy follow the same ethical guidelines as therapists who see clients in-person and can only work with clients who are based in the state in which they are licensed.
Does health insurance cover online therapy in NYC?
Sometimes. Due to low reimbursement rates, logistical challenges, and privacy concerns, few therapists who offer online therapy are in-network with health insurance plans. However, there are some who do accept insurance from plans such as Cigna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Medicare, Aetna, UnitedHealthcare and Consolidated Health Plans.
If you find an in-network therapist, you’ll then need to confirm with your insurance plan whether they cover tele-therapy appointments.
Alternatively, you may be eligible for out-of-network benefits from your insurance. For details about what your plan offers, search your plan documents for your summary of benefits. It is a good idea to call the member services number on your ID card to speak with an insurance representative about what benefits they provide out-of-network.
If you hope to use insurance or submit for reimbursement for tele-therapy sessions, be mindful that some companies have requirements about the types of services allowed. For example, your insurance may cover live video sessions (similar to in-person appointments, but held online), but may not provide benefits for “asynchronous,” aka “store and forward” treatment (this includes messaging or recorded video, where sessions are not taking place together in real time).
What types of online therapy are available in NYC?
In-person therapy, with the option of remote
If you’d like to split your time between online and in-person therapy, choose a therapist who offers sessions both in-office and virtually (some only offer one or the other). Therapists who offer online therapy are located throughout Manhattan as well as in Brooklyn and Queens.
Video counseling is similar to in-person therapy, only sessions take place over a platform like Zoom. For this option, you would need to install the platform and be comfortable navigating its interface. Your therapist will be able to tell you what type of platform they use and how you can access it before your first appointment.
Phone counseling is simpler as there is no software required; you simply speak to your therapist over the phone.
Written messaging therapy
Written messaging therapy occurs via email or a messaging app.
Audio or video messaging
Audio messaging is similar to written messaging, but the communication takes place via recorded audio or video snippets instead of text. In both cases, live sessions are possible but most therapists only respond to messages during set business hours.
When can I schedule online therapy appointments?
When it comes to scheduling online sessions, many therapists offer more flexibility. You can often schedule online therapy appointments at any time of day.
Therapists see clients early in the morning before work or school, during the day – such as at lunchtime – and in the evenings after 5pm.
Many therapists also see clients on the weekends.
How can online therapy help New Yorkers?
With the busy pace of city life, it can be difficult for New Yorkers to find enough time for family or fun, let alone regular therapy appointments. Seeing a therapist online saves the time you’d spend commuting to your therapist’s office and may offer more flexible scheduling options than in-person visits.
There are other benefits, too. If you travel for business, live in a part of the city where there aren't many therapists, or dread venturing out in inclement weather, online therapy could be a great option.
Online therapy can sometimes cost less than in-person therapy, too, which is important for those paying out of pocket.