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Meet California licensed therapist Melissa Dowd. She has more than 7 years of professional experience and has helped over 400 clients. Right now, you can meet with Melissa through PlushCare's online therapy program for just $33 a session. To book a free 15 minute consultation with Melissa, contact 1-888-690-1562 or email [email protected]

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Melissa Dowd California Licensed Marriage and Family 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.

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 like Melissa once a week for $33 a session (for your first month).


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.

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 an average therapy appointment in California is between $60 and $120. Some therapists charge up to $250 an hour for their services. The cost of therapy typically varies based on the therapist and whether they accept insurance. You can see a California licensed therapist for just $65 per session at PlushCare. At this time, we offer your first month half off, letting you see a therapist weekly for just $33 a session. You can also book a free consultation to meet your prospective therapist prior to signing up for online therapy. Call 1-800-690-1562 or email [email protected] 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:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • 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, call 1-800-690-1562 or email [email protected]

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