How Does Online Therapy Work?
Online therapy lets you chat with a therapist from your home, instead of having to go to an office. At PlushCare, you can speak to a virtual California licensed therapist for $169 per session or $149 for weekly sessions. You get a $20 discount for booking weekly therapy sessions, and you can cancel at any time.
Each online therapy session is 45 minutes and completely confidential and secure. During the session, your therapist will listen to your concerns, provide you with emotional support, and work with you to improve your mental health.
Meet Melissa Dowd, California Licensed Therapist
Meet our top online therapist Melissa! She received her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Dominican University of CA.
Melissa believes that each client is unique, employing multiple therapeutic modalities to support her California clients’ individual needs. She has extensive experience working with clients of diverse nationalities and backgrounds, including LGBTQ clients, and she applies that knowledge to inform her work.
Meet Amy Kaplan, California Licensed Therapist
Amy Kaplan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, specializing in the treatment of depression, anxiety, relationship issues and trauma. Ms. Kaplan earned a BA with Distinction in Psychology from Penn State University and a Masters Degree in Social Work from California State University, Long Beach.
Her extensive experience in the mental health field since 1997 includes inpatient and outpatient settings as both a provider and clinical supervisor. Using effective, evidenced-based treatment combined with the healing nature of a therapist-client relationship, Ms. Kaplan helps those she works with learn how to use inner strengths and lead a more balanced life.
Meet Carleen Lillich, California Licensed Therapist
Carleen earned a dual master’s degree in professional counseling and marriage and family therapy from John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. She has been a therapist for 19 years, working with infants to grandparents, and is especially drawn to those who have been affected by trauma.
She has lived in Indiana, Washington, D.C., New Jersey, the Marshall Islands, Arkansas and now in California. From all these places, she has learned that people everywhere need others to share their life with, someone who will really listen to them and care. We are living in exceedingly difficult times. Let PlushCare know how she can help.
Meet Susan Gamurot, California Licensed Therapist
Susan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology From the University of Arizona and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from San Jose State University. She has 16 years of experience, and has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) since 2005 and has been practicing in the mental health field since 2002. Susan is bilingual in Spanish and is accepting Spanish-speaking patients.
Susan works with a variety of patients, from infants to adults including teens and children, with a wide range of mental health needs, including adjustment, anxiety, depression, stress and trauma. She uses a strength-based and prescriptive approach to treatment modalities through family systems, reflection, and integrated interventions to achieve greater self-awareness.
Meet Valerie Ostrosky, California Licensed Therapist
Valerie earned her Master’s degree in Community Counseling from Gannon University in PA and is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She has ten years of experience working in both outpatient and residential settings. She has worked with clients experiencing mild mental health concerns to serious mental illness.
Valerie is certified in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and believes in the importance of working collaboratively with clients to develop the best treatment plan and interventions used throughout the therapeutic relationship. She has a passion for helping others and assisting them in building a better quality of life.
Meet Jennifer Koning, California Licensed Therapist
Jenny holds a Bachelor of Arts from Carroll College and a Masters in Social Work from Portland State University. She has been a licensed clinical social worker for seven years, working with various clients, including children, couples, and individuals.
Her passion lies in working with women and mothers. Motherhood presents its unique challenges and struggles, and she aims to provide a safe place to process this journey and find a way to navigate its many highs and lows intentionally. Jenny is a member of Postpartum International and has several advanced trainings in perinatal mental health.
Meet Rosa Gomez, California Licensed Therapist
Rosa Gomez is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Being fluent in both Spanish and English allows her to work with diverse populations. In 2012, she completed a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has worked for nonprofit organizations as a therapist working with children, adolescents and adults. Her focus areas are: depression, anxiety, grief and loss, stress management, relationships difficulties, trauma, cultural issues.
Providing psychotherapy services has been her passion. She likes to assist people in their personal growth by encouraging their resilience and helping them tap into their potential to overcome life’s difficulties. As a holistic therapist, she uses different approaches depending on personal needs. She focuses on acceptance, empathy and non-judgment.
Meet Frank Del Fiugo, California Licensed Therapist
Frank is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Southern California and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. He specializes in working with adults going through difficult transitions, emotional management, and those who would like to manage stress better.
While integrating several theoretical orientations, most of his work utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, positive psychology, psychodynamic therapy, and neuroscience to help clients gain awareness, increase self-confidence, and develop tools and strategies to enhance their personal and work lives.
Meet Michelle Turk, California Licensed Therapist
Michelle received her Masters in Counseling from California State University, Fresno and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Michelle has training and experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI).
Michelle has seven years of experience working with a wide variety of mild to moderate mental health conditions. Michelle focuses on providing clients with an empathetic and non-judgmental environment to assist them in achieving their personal goals.
Meet Rebecca Bal, California Licensed Therapist
Rebecca Bal has a Bachelor’s in American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary. She has extensive experience with complex trauma, depression, anxiety and relational challenges. She is especially passionate about working with youth and young adults from a variety of multi-ethnic backgrounds.
Rebecca was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and has worked in mental health settings throughout the East Bay. Currently, she resides in Honolulu. Over the last year and half, our world has shifted so significantly, and being able to access support remotely and with ease has become a necessity and hopefully makes mental health services that much more accessible for everyone!
Meet Marina Tonkonogy, California Licensed Therapist
Marina is a California licensed psychotherapist. She finished her graduate program in psychology at Phillips Graduate Institute, Encino. She also received a certification in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the New Center for Psychoanalysis, West Los Angeles. Throughout her professional career, she has worked with people from diverse backgrounds and with various types of problems.
Marina approaches her work with clients from a humanistic, client-centered perspective, which puts a client in the driver’s seat and empowers them to take control of their life. Marina believes it is possible to improve mental health through attending to old emotional wounds that have been neglected for a long time.
For Marina, the road to mental health doesn’t have to be just about overcoming emotional pain, but it could also be an exciting journey of personal development and fulfillment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Online Therapy Legit?
Yes, online therapy is legit! Many studies have shown that treatment through online therapy is just as effective as in-person therapy. Even though you speak with a therapist through a screen when using online therapy, you still benefit from the therapist’s professional expertise and personalized therapeutic approach to helping you. In California, virtual therapists are required to have the same licensing as in-person therapists.
How Much Is Therapy in California?
The cost of a therapy appointment in California ranges from $60 up to $250 an hour. The cost of therapy typically varies based on the therapist and whether they accept insurance.
You can see a California licensed therapist for $169 per session at PlushCare (when you sign up for weekly sessions, each session only costs $149). You can also book a free 15-minute consultation to meet your prospective therapist prior to signing up for online therapy. Click here to set up your free consultation today.
What Can an Online Therapist Treat?
Online therapists can treat many mental health conditions. Examples of the top conditions that our PlushCare online therapists treat include:
- Relationship problems
- Life transitions
- Concerns due to COVID-19
If you’re going through a hard time, don’t hesitate to reach out to a California therapist for help.
Is Online Therapy Right For Me?
Online therapy can help you improve your mental health and quality of life. If you are looking for an effective, convenient, and affordable way to support your mental health, then online therapy could be the right choice for you. It is understandable if you feel uncertain about speaking with a therapist online, though we can assure you that online therapy is safe, helpful, and secure.
What Can I Expect From Online Therapy at Plushcare?
Using online therapy at PlushCare means that you can expect professional, high-quality support and development for your emotional and mental health. Clients often report improvements in their daily lives after online therapy, including:
- Reduced feelings of anxiety and a greater sense of ease and comfort with themselves and in social situations
- Better ability to manage stress throughout the day
- Feeling happier, more present, and more self-confident
- Overall greater self-esteem and improved outlook
Who Is PlushCare’s Online Therapy For?
PlushCare offers online therapy for individuals over the age of 18 who are looking for emotional support and development. At this time, we do not offer online therapy services for couples, families, or people under 18.
Can I Get Online Therapy For Free?
We realize that choosing a therapist is a highly personal decision, and we want you to be at ease during this process and as you begin your therapy journey. PlushCare offers a free consultation with your prospective therapist before you sign up. We believe in making the online therapy process easier and more convenient for our clients, which is why we offer this to help you ensure that it is a good fit for you. To book your free consultation or start your first therapy session, click here.
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DR. Allan Marks has helped my daughter two times and we cannot recommend them enough. My daughter has ADHD and can't wait in a waiting room forever. This was the fastest and easiest way to get my daughter diagnosed and pick up a script. One time we used this service when no other doctor was open. Plush care was available! My daughter didn't have to even leave the house in 6 degree weather (would have made her MORE SICK). She had severe sinus infection and Dr. was not only clear and nice but looked up holiday pharmacy hours ahead of time to make sure I could pick up the script in time! AWESOME! 2nd time went just as smooth. Thank you!
Wow. Wow. Wow. This is so easy and quick. I had a cold virus that turned into a sinus infection. I pulled over on my way to a meeting to video chat w a doctor. He was attentive, kind, and efficient. After a few questions, he diagnosed my ailment. The call took less than 10 mins. Prescription was at the pharmacy later that day. I will be a client for a long time. Thank you.
I never review Apps, but this has been the quickest and most convenient doctor experience(s) I’ve ever had. It cost me no more than what I would have paid to visit an office. I’ve had two appointments and one was done in the comfort of my own living room and the second on my break at work. As a full time worker, full time student, and full time mom, the convenience cannot be beat. I met with Dr. Saremi who is very personable and kind. He immediately resolved my reasons for calling during both appointments. He was competent and trustworthy and valued my time. Can’t recommend this enough.