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Jillian Betz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, BA, MSW, LSW
Verified Verified
Somers Point, NJ 08244
I believe that the relationship between therapist and client is the most crucial component in ensuring that the client can make significant changes in their life. Everyone deserves to discuss their personal issues in an environment that provides safety, validation, compassion, and empathy. I utilize a psychodynamic approach when working with clients because I feel that our environments shape who we are. During different developmental periods in our life, there can be disruptions that cause future heartache, some which may need to be uncovered. I offer virtual sessions as well as in person sessions.
I believe that the relationship between therapist and client is the most crucial component in ensuring that the client can make significant changes in their life. Everyone deserves to discuss their personal issues in an environment that provides safety, validation, compassion, and empathy. I utilize a psychodynamic approach when working with clients because I feel that our environments shape who we are. During different developmental periods in our life, there can be disruptions that cause future heartache, some which may need to be uncovered. I offer virtual sessions as well as in person sessions.
(609) 913-2559 View (609) 913-2559
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Melissa Mccue
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified Verified
Somers Point, NJ 08244
Melissa is a licensed Social Worker with several years of experience treating children, adolescents and adults with a multitude of backgrounds and dynamics. Melissa utilizes a person centered approach and has a focus but not limited to grief and loss, family conflict, parenting support as well as treating individuals with anxiety disorders, depression, trauma and mood disorders. Melissa is committed to prioritizing the therapeutic relationship so each one of her clients feels safe, supported, comfortable and validated in their process of healing and growth.
Melissa is a licensed Social Worker with several years of experience treating children, adolescents and adults with a multitude of backgrounds and dynamics. Melissa utilizes a person centered approach and has a focus but not limited to grief and loss, family conflict, parenting support as well as treating individuals with anxiety disorders, depression, trauma and mood disorders. Melissa is committed to prioritizing the therapeutic relationship so each one of her clients feels safe, supported, comfortable and validated in their process of healing and growth.
(640) 300-3920 View (640) 300-3920
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Karly King/Hello Wellness Counseling Services LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCADC, CCTP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Somers Point, NJ 08244
Hello! Reaching out for help can be difficult, but YOU did it. Thank you for considering me as your therapist. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) specializing in: couples/relationship challenges, grief and loss, trauma, depression, anxiety, stress, and self-esteem concerns. I am also a Licensed Clinical Alcohol Drug Counselor (LCADC). I utilize a person-centered approach pulling from treatment modalities such as Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT).
Hello! Reaching out for help can be difficult, but YOU did it. Thank you for considering me as your therapist. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) specializing in: couples/relationship challenges, grief and loss, trauma, depression, anxiety, stress, and self-esteem concerns. I am also a Licensed Clinical Alcohol Drug Counselor (LCADC). I utilize a person-centered approach pulling from treatment modalities such as Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT).
(609) 469-3958 View (609) 469-3958
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Tamika Bullock
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC, C-DBT, CAMS II, MBA
Verified Verified
Somers Point, NJ 08244  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Welcome to my private practice and thank you for your interest in working with me. I started my private practice in 2015 and have extensive experience working with individuals, couples, and families. Currently, I provide individual therapeutic services to clients residing in the States of New Jersey and Virginia, Sound and Vibrational Therapies, and Mindfulness Meditation instruction for individuals, groups, and businesses. Practicing as a sole proprietor, most services are available online. Sound and Vibrational Therapies are available in person. I also conduct an online ten-week Mindfulness Meditation program on a quarterly basis.
Welcome to my private practice and thank you for your interest in working with me. I started my private practice in 2015 and have extensive experience working with individuals, couples, and families. Currently, I provide individual therapeutic services to clients residing in the States of New Jersey and Virginia, Sound and Vibrational Therapies, and Mindfulness Meditation instruction for individuals, groups, and businesses. Practicing as a sole proprietor, most services are available online. Sound and Vibrational Therapies are available in person. I also conduct an online ten-week Mindfulness Meditation program on a quarterly basis.
(609) 554-1363 View (609) 554-1363
Photo of Erica Lapid - Way To Wellness, Licensed Professional Counselor in 08244, NJ
Erica Lapid - Way To Wellness
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LCADC, ACS, CCTP, CTTS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Somers Point, NJ 08244
With extensive experience working with trauma, substance use, co-dependence/ACOA, and other co-occurring mental health diagnoses, Erica accompanies individuals, couples, and families on their journeys toward recovery and wellness. Erica takes pride in creating a calm and nurturing environment for her clients, providing them with a safe and comfortable place for self-exploration, expression, and emotional healing. Her psychodynamic approach to counseling is often described as relatable, strength-based and holistic, believing that one level of the self should never be the focus of clinical attention to the exclusion of another.
With extensive experience working with trauma, substance use, co-dependence/ACOA, and other co-occurring mental health diagnoses, Erica accompanies individuals, couples, and families on their journeys toward recovery and wellness. Erica takes pride in creating a calm and nurturing environment for her clients, providing them with a safe and comfortable place for self-exploration, expression, and emotional healing. Her psychodynamic approach to counseling is often described as relatable, strength-based and holistic, believing that one level of the self should never be the focus of clinical attention to the exclusion of another.
(609) 385-2490 View (609) 385-2490
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Eric Darnley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW, LCADC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Somers Point, NJ 08244
Understanding the unique needs of my potential clients is at the core of my practice. I firmly believe that everyone's journey is distinct, and their challenges, while universal in some ways, demand personalized attention. My commitment to providing a tailored approach sets me apart. I take the time to truly listen, empathize, and collaborate closely with clients to develop strategies that align with their specific circumstances and aspirations.
Understanding the unique needs of my potential clients is at the core of my practice. I firmly believe that everyone's journey is distinct, and their challenges, while universal in some ways, demand personalized attention. My commitment to providing a tailored approach sets me apart. I take the time to truly listen, empathize, and collaborate closely with clients to develop strategies that align with their specific circumstances and aspirations.
(856) 502-1413 View (856) 502-1413
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Stacey Lear
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW, PMH-C, CMIP, CCTP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Somers Point, NJ 08244  (Online Only)
Stacey is a licensed social worker (LSW) with a perinatal mental health certification (PMH-C), mindfulness informed professional certification (CMIP) and certification in clinical trauma (CCTP). She has served in both clinical and leadership positions in various healthcare settings prior to narrowing her focus down to her true passion: women’s health & wellness.
Stacey is a licensed social worker (LSW) with a perinatal mental health certification (PMH-C), mindfulness informed professional certification (CMIP) and certification in clinical trauma (CCTP). She has served in both clinical and leadership positions in various healthcare settings prior to narrowing her focus down to her true passion: women’s health & wellness.
(609) 359-0582 View (609) 359-0582
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Frank C Florence
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, LCADC, LPAT
Verified Verified
Somers Point, NJ 08244
I am hoping to provide guidance and support to individuals experiencing difficulty in coping with the struggles of everyday life. I aim to provide empathy and direct feedback to facilitate the healing process of addiction, anxiety, depression and other co-ocurring mental health diagnoses. I am licensed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and will see clients in person in NJ and via Telehealth in PA.
I am hoping to provide guidance and support to individuals experiencing difficulty in coping with the struggles of everyday life. I aim to provide empathy and direct feedback to facilitate the healing process of addiction, anxiety, depression and other co-ocurring mental health diagnoses. I am licensed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and will see clients in person in NJ and via Telehealth in PA.
(609) 557-3249 View (609) 557-3249
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Jessica DePutter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LCADC
Verified Verified
Somers Point, NJ 08244
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC). Searching for the right therapist can be intimidating. I strive to put my clients at ease by providing a comfortable and safe environment that promotes mental wellness, healing, and growth. Mental health is vital to our success, and taking the step to improve your emotional health is one of the best gifts you can give to yourself! You deserve it!
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC). Searching for the right therapist can be intimidating. I strive to put my clients at ease by providing a comfortable and safe environment that promotes mental wellness, healing, and growth. Mental health is vital to our success, and taking the step to improve your emotional health is one of the best gifts you can give to yourself! You deserve it!
(609) 913-3826 View (609) 913-3826
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Julia Gallo
Counselor, MA, LAC
Verified Verified
Somers Point, NJ 08244
As a Licensed Associate Counselor, I enjoy working with adolescents and adults. I specialize in treating those facing personal obstacles such as transitional periods, anxiety, executive functioning, stress management, women’s issues, work/life balance, and self-esteem.While following a humanistic approach, my primary method of treatment focuses on client-centered counseling. I also tie in key components from a mindfulness-based approach. As a counselor, I appreciate taking the time to recognize the uniqueness of each individual person and encourage different types of client-centered modalities depending on each individual client.
As a Licensed Associate Counselor, I enjoy working with adolescents and adults. I specialize in treating those facing personal obstacles such as transitional periods, anxiety, executive functioning, stress management, women’s issues, work/life balance, and self-esteem.While following a humanistic approach, my primary method of treatment focuses on client-centered counseling. I also tie in key components from a mindfulness-based approach. As a counselor, I appreciate taking the time to recognize the uniqueness of each individual person and encourage different types of client-centered modalities depending on each individual client.
(609) 604-5660 View (609) 604-5660
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Julie Fitzick
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, LAMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Somers Point, NJ 08244
I take a compassionate approach to therapy for individuals, couples, and families of all ages. I can help you to address various mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, ADHD, ASD, life transitions, and relationship challenges.
I take a compassionate approach to therapy for individuals, couples, and families of all ages. I can help you to address various mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, ADHD, ASD, life transitions, and relationship challenges.
(609) 913-2556 View (609) 913-2556
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Michael A Michnya
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
Somers Point, NJ 08244
I specialize in building relationships: helping parents get more cooperation and compliance from their children with less energy; helping couples beat the odds to stay happily married; and helping all types of artists connect to their creativity. My clients appreciate creativity and honest communication, value our relationship and time together and are hopeful about the future. They understand that true and lasting change comes from within and is the result of patience and concentrated effort - both in and between sessions. The process encourages clients to tell me what is and isn't working in our sessions.
I specialize in building relationships: helping parents get more cooperation and compliance from their children with less energy; helping couples beat the odds to stay happily married; and helping all types of artists connect to their creativity. My clients appreciate creativity and honest communication, value our relationship and time together and are hopeful about the future. They understand that true and lasting change comes from within and is the result of patience and concentrated effort - both in and between sessions. The process encourages clients to tell me what is and isn't working in our sessions.
(609) 601-4173 View (609) 601-4173
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Nicole Schneider
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Somers Point, NJ 08244  (Online Only)
I personally know the struggle of daily stressors and can relate to most of my clients. I am a mother, I was a student, I am a worker, I am a human just like my client. I speak in universal terms when it comes to beliefs. I also tend to talk in metaphors, when giving examples. Everyone is unique within themselves; therefore, every therapy approach should be catered to the client. I tend to incorporate a holistic approach; the client will benefit most if open minded.
I personally know the struggle of daily stressors and can relate to most of my clients. I am a mother, I was a student, I am a worker, I am a human just like my client. I speak in universal terms when it comes to beliefs. I also tend to talk in metaphors, when giving examples. Everyone is unique within themselves; therefore, every therapy approach should be catered to the client. I tend to incorporate a holistic approach; the client will benefit most if open minded.
(609) 831-2550 View (609) 831-2550
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Anthony Ligato
Counselor, MA, LAC, CES1
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Somers Point, NJ 08244
I strive to integrate the deep and collective wisdom of ancient spiritual traditions, philosophy, religion, and psychology into practical application and therapeutic practice. By using a range of therapeutic modalities, I aim to walk shoulder to shoulder with individuals as they look to overcome their suffering. By taking the time to address the root causes of my clients suffering, I am able to create an experience that provides healing and relief at depth.
I strive to integrate the deep and collective wisdom of ancient spiritual traditions, philosophy, religion, and psychology into practical application and therapeutic practice. By using a range of therapeutic modalities, I aim to walk shoulder to shoulder with individuals as they look to overcome their suffering. By taking the time to address the root causes of my clients suffering, I am able to create an experience that provides healing and relief at depth.
(609) 293-4589 View (609) 293-4589
Photo of Chelsea DeMarco, Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in 08244, NJ
Chelsea DeMarco
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Somers Point, NJ 08244
Hey! I'm SO happy to have you here. You have already taken that first step to better yourself by doing your research and we haven't even met yet. I'm so proud of you! I am a Marriage & Family Therapist intern that works with individuals, families and couples providing them with the support and guidance needed to navigate life's ups and downs. I am committed to creating a therapeutic space where my clients feel comfortable to come as they are and explore their strengths, overcome challenges, and build fulfilling, meaningful lives.
Hey! I'm SO happy to have you here. You have already taken that first step to better yourself by doing your research and we haven't even met yet. I'm so proud of you! I am a Marriage & Family Therapist intern that works with individuals, families and couples providing them with the support and guidance needed to navigate life's ups and downs. I am committed to creating a therapeutic space where my clients feel comfortable to come as they are and explore their strengths, overcome challenges, and build fulfilling, meaningful lives.
(609) 473-3989 View (609) 473-3989
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Growing Tree Psychological Services
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Somers Point, NJ 08244
I created this practice as a place where families can receive support for developmental disabilities, special needs, and psychological disorders across the lifespan. The majority of our referrals are to investigate specific diagnoses such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Anxiety, Intellectual Disabilities or other developmental disabilities. Therapy is rooted in a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy model and we place a great deal of importance on the therapeutic alliance we build with patients. Our passion is to provide supportive, educational and therapeutic services to assist the growth of the child from birth and beyond.
I created this practice as a place where families can receive support for developmental disabilities, special needs, and psychological disorders across the lifespan. The majority of our referrals are to investigate specific diagnoses such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Anxiety, Intellectual Disabilities or other developmental disabilities. Therapy is rooted in a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy model and we place a great deal of importance on the therapeutic alliance we build with patients. Our passion is to provide supportive, educational and therapeutic services to assist the growth of the child from birth and beyond.
(609) 557-3277 View (609) 557-3277
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Stepfanie Grisinger
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCADC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Somers Point, NJ 08244  (Online Only)
Hi, my name is Stepfanie Grisinger and I am a licensed clinical social worker and a licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor. I specialize in treating children, adolescents, and adults who suffer from anxiety, depression, and symptoms related to trauma.
Hi, my name is Stepfanie Grisinger and I am a licensed clinical social worker and a licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor. I specialize in treating children, adolescents, and adults who suffer from anxiety, depression, and symptoms related to trauma.
(609) 354-7970 View (609) 354-7970
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Benjamin Wilkins
BCBA
Verified Verified
Somers Point, NJ 08244
I work with parents/families/schools to develop behavior response plans designed to promote safe alternative behaviors while reducing disruptive behaviors. My work in the Public School and Clinical setting has provided experience working with children between the ages 2-18. Regardless of age, race, gender or ability, I meet my clients where they are. I believe each individual does the best that they can, with the skills and knowledge they have acquired throughout their life time.
I work with parents/families/schools to develop behavior response plans designed to promote safe alternative behaviors while reducing disruptive behaviors. My work in the Public School and Clinical setting has provided experience working with children between the ages 2-18. Regardless of age, race, gender or ability, I meet my clients where they are. I believe each individual does the best that they can, with the skills and knowledge they have acquired throughout their life time.
(609) 806-5619 View (609) 806-5619
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Angie Corry
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Somers Point, NJ 08244
EMDR Therapy Now Available! My mission is to provide a space for adults and children to be seen, feel heard, and develop the tools to live a meaningful life. I provide evidence-based therapeutic approaches that are holistic and culturally sensitive. Depending on your needs, therapy sessions incorporate mindfulness and mind-body awareness . I am trained in approaches including, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Play Therapy Techniques. I am also certified in postpartum support for perinatal mood disorders.
EMDR Therapy Now Available! My mission is to provide a space for adults and children to be seen, feel heard, and develop the tools to live a meaningful life. I provide evidence-based therapeutic approaches that are holistic and culturally sensitive. Depending on your needs, therapy sessions incorporate mindfulness and mind-body awareness . I am trained in approaches including, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Play Therapy Techniques. I am also certified in postpartum support for perinatal mood disorders.
(609) 554-5537 View (609) 554-5537
Photo of Lisa Cordasco, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 08244, NJ
Lisa Cordasco
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCADC, CCTP
Verified Verified
Somers Point, NJ 08244
Making the decision to seek out help and pursue therapy takes courage! Whatever the issues are that are leading you to take this step, it is a privilege to work with you on your path to healing and recovery. My approach is one of compassion, empathy and nonjudgment, while my clients often say I have a knack for giving them a push when needed. I work best with adults looking to address trauma/PTSD, history of substance use issues, family dynamic issues, co-dependency, depression, anxiety, mood disorders and self-injury.
Making the decision to seek out help and pursue therapy takes courage! Whatever the issues are that are leading you to take this step, it is a privilege to work with you on your path to healing and recovery. My approach is one of compassion, empathy and nonjudgment, while my clients often say I have a knack for giving them a push when needed. I work best with adults looking to address trauma/PTSD, history of substance use issues, family dynamic issues, co-dependency, depression, anxiety, mood disorders and self-injury.
(848) 266-5649 View (848) 266-5649

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 08244

60+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in 08244 who prioritize treating:

90% Anxiety
85% Depression
74% Trauma and PTSD
74% Self Esteem
68% Relationship Issues
65% Coping Skills
60% Stress

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

74% Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield
69% Aetna
64% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in 08244 see their clients

89% In Person and Online
11% Online Only

Gender breakdown

81% Female
19% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 08244?

Search for nearby therapists or counselors by inputting your city, town, or suburb; or zip code; or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or zip code into the search bar.

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Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors.

Many have been licensed by the country or state where they practice; providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some clinicians or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counselor?

Therapists, psychologists, and counselors are all licensed mental health professionals. In the US, psychologists have earned a doctoral degree. The terms “therapist” and “counselor” are used somewhat interchangeably, but generally therapists offer longer-term, mental health care, while counselors offer shorter-term care that may focus on one domain, such as marriage, career, or academic challenges.

Clients should consider factors such as insurance coverage and their primary reason(s) for seeking therapy to determine the type of professional best suited to their needs. Someone struggling with mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety, for example, may wish to seek out a clinical psychologist or therapist, while someone navigating career obstacles or marital upheaval may benefit from seeing a counselor who can offer short-term, targeted support.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the United States could cost between $100 and $200 or more. If you have insurance, the expense of mental health care is typically lower, but it varies based on your insurance plan details and whether you choose an in-network or out-of-network mental healthcare provider.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your zip code.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship. Therapists in the United States are bound by the regulations set out by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which aims to protect sensitive health information. With very few exceptions, a therapist will only discuss their client with others when the client has given their written permission. The instances in which a therapist would be required to disclose personal information are: if a client poses a danger to themselves or others, if the therapist suspects the abuse of a child or an elderly or otherwise dependent adult, or if they are legally forced to by court order. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed with a client before their first session.