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Haley Kastner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Belle Mead, NJ 08502
Haley provides evidence-based therapy for children, teens, and adults. She has had the opportunity to provide care in private practice, school, and medical settings. This array of experiences has fostered her ability to understand clients through a multi-disciplinary lens and draw upon a multitude of evidence-based treatments, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Behavioral Activation, Prevention-Focused Care, Crisis Intervention, Trauma-Focused CBT, and Exposure and Response Prevention. She utilizes these therapies to target anxiety, stress, depression, OCD, trauma, and executive functioning deficits.
Haley provides evidence-based therapy for children, teens, and adults. She has had the opportunity to provide care in private practice, school, and medical settings. This array of experiences has fostered her ability to understand clients through a multi-disciplinary lens and draw upon a multitude of evidence-based treatments, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Behavioral Activation, Prevention-Focused Care, Crisis Intervention, Trauma-Focused CBT, and Exposure and Response Prevention. She utilizes these therapies to target anxiety, stress, depression, OCD, trauma, and executive functioning deficits.
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Maggie A Ryan, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, EdS, LCSW, LMFT
Verified Verified
Montgomery, NJ 08502
Not accepting new clients
Welcome! At times, we all need help navigating life. With over 23 years of clinical experience in education, mental health and the medical field, as well as expertise in marriage and family therapy, I use an integrated approach to psychotherapy which meets clients' unique needs and goals. I focus on strength, hope and resilience. I teach skills and strategies that will not only improve your ability to cope with challenges, but will promote growth. I have worked with clients on issues including life transitions, anxiety/OCD, depression, grief, ADHD, relationship issues, divorce, school problems, LGBTQ+ and autism spectrum disorder
Welcome! At times, we all need help navigating life. With over 23 years of clinical experience in education, mental health and the medical field, as well as expertise in marriage and family therapy, I use an integrated approach to psychotherapy which meets clients' unique needs and goals. I focus on strength, hope and resilience. I teach skills and strategies that will not only improve your ability to cope with challenges, but will promote growth. I have worked with clients on issues including life transitions, anxiety/OCD, depression, grief, ADHD, relationship issues, divorce, school problems, LGBTQ+ and autism spectrum disorder
(908) 533-7389 View (908) 533-7389
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Ranjana Hari
Pre-Licensed Professional, PsyD, NCSP
Verified Verified
Belle Mead, NJ 08502
I'm a dedicated psychotherapist with an extensive and diverse background, spanning private practice, schools, college clinics, foster care, and hospitals, including acute care. With a passion for treating individuals of all ages, I specialize in harnessing the power of evidence-based therapies to create long-lasting positive change, focusing on the core of issues, rather than surface change. I take pride in fostering a safe, warm, and compassionate environment that embraces the unique perspectives of clients from diverse backgrounds. Even the most resistant patients find themselves engaged in the therapeutic process under my care.
I'm a dedicated psychotherapist with an extensive and diverse background, spanning private practice, schools, college clinics, foster care, and hospitals, including acute care. With a passion for treating individuals of all ages, I specialize in harnessing the power of evidence-based therapies to create long-lasting positive change, focusing on the core of issues, rather than surface change. I take pride in fostering a safe, warm, and compassionate environment that embraces the unique perspectives of clients from diverse backgrounds. Even the most resistant patients find themselves engaged in the therapeutic process under my care.
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Clorinda Bulfamante
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Belle Mead, NJ 08502
I am a clinical psychologist providing therapy and assessment services in Scarsdale and Greenwich. I treat various conditions, such as depression, anxiety, behavioral problems, social anxiety, and school/work issues. I also focus on life transitions, whether that be a recent move, transition from college, changes in family dynamics, or changes in significant relationships. Furthermore, I have extensive experience in conducting psychological assessments. Therapeutically, I focus on developing teens and adults, where as I provide assessments for all ages.
I am a clinical psychologist providing therapy and assessment services in Scarsdale and Greenwich. I treat various conditions, such as depression, anxiety, behavioral problems, social anxiety, and school/work issues. I also focus on life transitions, whether that be a recent move, transition from college, changes in family dynamics, or changes in significant relationships. Furthermore, I have extensive experience in conducting psychological assessments. Therapeutically, I focus on developing teens and adults, where as I provide assessments for all ages.
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Samuel Parton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Belle Mead, NJ 08502
Working in schools and foster care settings for years, Sam is an expert in child and adolescent therapy. He utilizes two of the leading therapies, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). With CBT, Sam helps clients change unhelpful thought processes and behavioral patterns and aids clients in bravely facing their fears. While with DBT, he helps clients learn better emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal skills. He is passionate about building connections and assists clients in finding strengths and skills within themselves to work through any struggles they might be experiencing.
Working in schools and foster care settings for years, Sam is an expert in child and adolescent therapy. He utilizes two of the leading therapies, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). With CBT, Sam helps clients change unhelpful thought processes and behavioral patterns and aids clients in bravely facing their fears. While with DBT, he helps clients learn better emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal skills. He is passionate about building connections and assists clients in finding strengths and skills within themselves to work through any struggles they might be experiencing.
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Malgorzata Zofia Stachura
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Montgomery, NJ 08502  (Online Only)
Does your life feel like a burden? If yes, I am here to help because I believe that life should feel like a gift.
Does your life feel like a burden? If yes, I am here to help because I believe that life should feel like a gift.
(908) 663-8937 View (908) 663-8937
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Christine Peters
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Belle Mead, NJ 08502
Christine has over 10 years of therapy experience, utilizing Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and other approaches. She received her degree from New York University and is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults for a variety of issues. These include depression, Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety, phobias, panic, anger, stress, insomnia, ADHD, autism, developmental delays, and work/home/school issues.
Christine has over 10 years of therapy experience, utilizing Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and other approaches. She received her degree from New York University and is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults for a variety of issues. These include depression, Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety, phobias, panic, anger, stress, insomnia, ADHD, autism, developmental delays, and work/home/school issues.
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Caitlin Northern
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Belle Mead, NJ 08502
Caitlin is a seasoned therapist with over a decade of experience who is dedicated to help guide you on your journey to healing and personal growth. She specializes in helping children, adults, and families to not only address issues like anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD, behavioral problems (child/teen), and autism, but to find their overall path towards happiness and well-being. Her expertise further extends to complex trauma and loss with a deep understanding of attachment-related issues. Her understanding of Child and Family Studies makes her exceptionally well-prepared to address issues at the individual and environmental levels.
Caitlin is a seasoned therapist with over a decade of experience who is dedicated to help guide you on your journey to healing and personal growth. She specializes in helping children, adults, and families to not only address issues like anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD, behavioral problems (child/teen), and autism, but to find their overall path towards happiness and well-being. Her expertise further extends to complex trauma and loss with a deep understanding of attachment-related issues. Her understanding of Child and Family Studies makes her exceptionally well-prepared to address issues at the individual and environmental levels.
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Jason Duncan
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Belle Mead, NJ 08502
I am a psychologist providing therapy and assessment services for children through adults. I have extensive clinical experience and am an expert Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. I’ve been trained by top therapy institutes, am a board member for well accomplished CBT organizations, and run the official podcast for the national CBT organization. I strive to regularly advance my knowledge and provide leading scientific treatments. I specialize in the treatment of anxiety, depression, panic, OCD, trauma, stress, insomnia, ADHD, defiance, and work/school issues. Many of my clients lead busy lives; therefore, I offer evening appointments.
I am a psychologist providing therapy and assessment services for children through adults. I have extensive clinical experience and am an expert Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. I’ve been trained by top therapy institutes, am a board member for well accomplished CBT organizations, and run the official podcast for the national CBT organization. I strive to regularly advance my knowledge and provide leading scientific treatments. I specialize in the treatment of anxiety, depression, panic, OCD, trauma, stress, insomnia, ADHD, defiance, and work/school issues. Many of my clients lead busy lives; therefore, I offer evening appointments.
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Ravi Maharajh
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, EdS, LPC, ACS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Montgomery, NJ 08502  (Online Only)
I am a Mental Health Therapist with over 20 years of direct clinical care experience working with children, adults & families in New Jersey and Florida. My experience has included working with the New Jersey Children's System of Care conducting in-home BioPsychoSocial Assessments & providing short term therapy. I have a private practice and am available to work with new clients, including adults, children and families. Anxiety, depression, loss and overall life challenges. I believe in short term therapy and 6-18 months is a good start for treatment.
I am a Mental Health Therapist with over 20 years of direct clinical care experience working with children, adults & families in New Jersey and Florida. My experience has included working with the New Jersey Children's System of Care conducting in-home BioPsychoSocial Assessments & providing short term therapy. I have a private practice and am available to work with new clients, including adults, children and families. Anxiety, depression, loss and overall life challenges. I believe in short term therapy and 6-18 months is a good start for treatment.
(908) 946-5496 View (908) 946-5496
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Michaela D'Urso
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS
Verified Verified
Belle Mead, NJ 08502
Michaela is a passionate Cognitive Behavioral therapist (which is the most effective, researched, and validated therapy to date). She will work with you to identify and change overly negative thinking and unhelpful behaviors that interfere with your mood, reaching your goals, or hampering interpersonal relationships. She works with those struggling with depression, anxiety, worry, phobias, stress, body image issues, performance anxiety, defiant behavior in children, relationship struggles, and work/school issues.
Michaela is a passionate Cognitive Behavioral therapist (which is the most effective, researched, and validated therapy to date). She will work with you to identify and change overly negative thinking and unhelpful behaviors that interfere with your mood, reaching your goals, or hampering interpersonal relationships. She works with those struggling with depression, anxiety, worry, phobias, stress, body image issues, performance anxiety, defiant behavior in children, relationship struggles, and work/school issues.
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Lauren Dobbs
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Belle Mead, NJ 08502
Dr. Dobbs is an accomplished clinical psychologist with over fifteen years of experience between teaching and clinical work. She specializes in working with children, teens, and adults and has worked across various settings, including private practice, school, residential, and community mental health. Her therapeutic approach is rooted in the gold standard of treatment, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which provides faster, more effective results. With children and teens, she goes beyond the traditional confines of therapy by harnessing their natural creativity, integrating art, music, games, journaling, and other creative outlets.
Dr. Dobbs is an accomplished clinical psychologist with over fifteen years of experience between teaching and clinical work. She specializes in working with children, teens, and adults and has worked across various settings, including private practice, school, residential, and community mental health. Her therapeutic approach is rooted in the gold standard of treatment, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which provides faster, more effective results. With children and teens, she goes beyond the traditional confines of therapy by harnessing their natural creativity, integrating art, music, games, journaling, and other creative outlets.
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Kathleen Ketofsky
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Montgomery, NJ 08502
My work with clients is strongly based on developing a connection that allows us to work together to resolve the concerns that you are seeking assistance for. I encourage and support my clients in taking an active role in reaching their personal goals and learning new techniques to achieve these goals. Through this partnership, clients are encouraged to explore thoughts, fears, and options in a safe environment.
My work with clients is strongly based on developing a connection that allows us to work together to resolve the concerns that you are seeking assistance for. I encourage and support my clients in taking an active role in reaching their personal goals and learning new techniques to achieve these goals. Through this partnership, clients are encouraged to explore thoughts, fears, and options in a safe environment.
(732) 595-4221 View (732) 595-4221
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Jean M Robinson
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MA
Verified Verified
Belle Mead, NJ 08502
I create a supportive, non-judgmental, compassionate environment for client's to feel safe, respected and free to discuss any topic brought to counseling. My approach to counseling is client-centered & integrates various modalities using Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS). I provide counseling that is direct and goal oriented, yet compassionate, focusing on strengths and building on success. I enjoy working with teens/parents & couples to facilitate conscious communication which enhances their intimate relationships. I help connect clients with their own inner wisdom, enhance their clarity & decision making so that they can experience real transformation in their lives.
I create a supportive, non-judgmental, compassionate environment for client's to feel safe, respected and free to discuss any topic brought to counseling. My approach to counseling is client-centered & integrates various modalities using Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS). I provide counseling that is direct and goal oriented, yet compassionate, focusing on strengths and building on success. I enjoy working with teens/parents & couples to facilitate conscious communication which enhances their intimate relationships. I help connect clients with their own inner wisdom, enhance their clarity & decision making so that they can experience real transformation in their lives.
(609) 375-8260 View (609) 375-8260
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Hal Jordan Ketofsky
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, BCIA-C, LCADC
Verified Verified
Belle Mead, NJ 08502
Specializing in adolescent issues, substance abuse, stress related disorders, and life transitions, I provide outpatient counseling for teens, adults, couples, and families, in a comfortable private setting. My approach is eclectic, with a combination of client centered and cognitive-behavioral philosophy. I strongly believe that the most important predictor of potential success in therapy is the initial connection and development of a client-therapist relationship.
Specializing in adolescent issues, substance abuse, stress related disorders, and life transitions, I provide outpatient counseling for teens, adults, couples, and families, in a comfortable private setting. My approach is eclectic, with a combination of client centered and cognitive-behavioral philosophy. I strongly believe that the most important predictor of potential success in therapy is the initial connection and development of a client-therapist relationship.
(732) 333-8742 View (732) 333-8742
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V. Blakeman Psychotherapy LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Belle Mead, NJ 08502  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
My approach is down to earth and pragmatic as every person's experiences are unique. Because of this, my eclectic approach focuses on your individual needs. I am a firm believer in empowerment. As such, I often encourage self-determination. Many of my clients have benefited from this approach. My focus is on the whole patient.
My approach is down to earth and pragmatic as every person's experiences are unique. Because of this, my eclectic approach focuses on your individual needs. I am a firm believer in empowerment. As such, I often encourage self-determination. Many of my clients have benefited from this approach. My focus is on the whole patient.
(609) 908-4830 View (609) 908-4830
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Abigail Hamilton
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Belle Mead, NJ 08502
Study after study indicates that what "works" in therapy is the quality of the relationship between the client and therapist. I create a strong relationship in which my clients feel safe and understood while sharing and exploring their lives. I conceptualize from a psychodynamic orientation and contour treatment to the specific needs of the individual.
Study after study indicates that what "works" in therapy is the quality of the relationship between the client and therapist. I create a strong relationship in which my clients feel safe and understood while sharing and exploring their lives. I conceptualize from a psychodynamic orientation and contour treatment to the specific needs of the individual.
(609) 375-8151 View (609) 375-8151
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Mark Cooperberg
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Montgomery, NJ 08502
I earned my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Case Western Reserve University in 2003 after completing my pre-doctoral internship at UMDNJ-RWJ. I am the Director of Psychological Services at Princeton Speech-Language & Learning Center and a Clinical Instructor at Rutgers-RWJ Medical School. My primary work is with children, adolescents, and their families. I also treat adults. I have expertise in Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, Psychoeducational and Psychological Assessments, and I am a qualified Cogmed coach (computerized working memory training). I work with individuals who have AD/HD, Autism, disruptive behavior, social difficulties, and Mood and Anxiety Disorders
I earned my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Case Western Reserve University in 2003 after completing my pre-doctoral internship at UMDNJ-RWJ. I am the Director of Psychological Services at Princeton Speech-Language & Learning Center and a Clinical Instructor at Rutgers-RWJ Medical School. My primary work is with children, adolescents, and their families. I also treat adults. I have expertise in Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, Psychoeducational and Psychological Assessments, and I am a qualified Cogmed coach (computerized working memory training). I work with individuals who have AD/HD, Autism, disruptive behavior, social difficulties, and Mood and Anxiety Disorders
(609) 454-6184 View (609) 454-6184
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Linda Gilbert McDonald
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Belle Mead, NJ 08502
Courage. That is what I hear when I am contacted for consultation. We collaborate in a supportive environment to face challenges like being single (again), grief, strengthening a marriage, #MeToo, anxiety, codependency, impostor syndrome or burnout. Together, we understand and transform barriers that block you from what you want in life. I have extensive training in the treatment of trauma/neglect. I have experience working with people from a variety of ethnicities, religious/spiritual backgrounds and sexual orientations. We will mindfully, focus on the present and briefly visit the past when it is influencing the present.
Courage. That is what I hear when I am contacted for consultation. We collaborate in a supportive environment to face challenges like being single (again), grief, strengthening a marriage, #MeToo, anxiety, codependency, impostor syndrome or burnout. Together, we understand and transform barriers that block you from what you want in life. I have extensive training in the treatment of trauma/neglect. I have experience working with people from a variety of ethnicities, religious/spiritual backgrounds and sexual orientations. We will mindfully, focus on the present and briefly visit the past when it is influencing the present.
(609) 630-0984 View (609) 630-0984
Pasquale Sargiotto
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MEd, LCADC, LPC
Verified Verified
Montgomery, NJ 08502
I specialize working with clients experiencing psychiatric/ substance abuse/dependence. My focus client population is adolescents and young adults. Also, I work with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, ADHD and the gamate of mental health disorders.A Social Skills Group is offered for adolescents who have social issues and Smoking Cessation Program is offered to those who want to stop smoking cigarettes. I have an interactive style and work collaboratively with clients and if appropriate with their families to help achieve their goals.
I specialize working with clients experiencing psychiatric/ substance abuse/dependence. My focus client population is adolescents and young adults. Also, I work with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, ADHD and the gamate of mental health disorders.A Social Skills Group is offered for adolescents who have social issues and Smoking Cessation Program is offered to those who want to stop smoking cigarettes. I have an interactive style and work collaboratively with clients and if appropriate with their families to help achieve their goals.
(609) 419-0400 View (609) 419-0400

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Number of Therapists in 08502

40+

Average cost per session

$180

Therapists in 08502 who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
90% Relationship Issues
90% Depression
86% Self Esteem
76% Stress
73% Grief
71% Family Conflict

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

65% Aetna
59% Cigna and Evernorth
46% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in 08502 see their clients

76% In Person and Online
24% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 08502?

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.