Therapists in 11234

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Samelle Tyson
MHC-LP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11234  (Online Only)
Samelle believes that no matter what race, class, or gender identity you are, you deserve to be heard and get the help you need. Her treatment goals are to increase self-awareness, insight, and well-being, help individuals be comfortable with themselves, and achieve a lasting change to help with their day-to-day routine and lifestyle. When it comes to therapy there is always a stigma that mental health is not as important or can be seen as a weakness due to society and social media. My goal as your counselor is to build a therapeutic relationship with one another and to help reach the goals you want to achieve.
Samelle believes that no matter what race, class, or gender identity you are, you deserve to be heard and get the help you need. Her treatment goals are to increase self-awareness, insight, and well-being, help individuals be comfortable with themselves, and achieve a lasting change to help with their day-to-day routine and lifestyle. When it comes to therapy there is always a stigma that mental health is not as important or can be seen as a weakness due to society and social media. My goal as your counselor is to build a therapeutic relationship with one another and to help reach the goals you want to achieve.
(929) 207-5670 View (929) 207-5670
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Chaya Surie Malek
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11234
Life is filled with series of moments, some simple and some a struggle. At times, it can be helpful to have a neutral space to feel supported, explore and process these moments. In my therapy practice, I do my best to offer that space. I have particular experience in working with women in young adulthood, navigating life transitions and relationships. I also have extensive experience in working with adults who have grown up in adverse childhood experiences.
Life is filled with series of moments, some simple and some a struggle. At times, it can be helpful to have a neutral space to feel supported, explore and process these moments. In my therapy practice, I do my best to offer that space. I have particular experience in working with women in young adulthood, navigating life transitions and relationships. I also have extensive experience in working with adults who have grown up in adverse childhood experiences.
(929) 203-5423 View (929) 203-5423
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Gregory Longmore
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11234  (Online Only)
I wouldn't say I have an ideal client because I would never imply that any client is less than ideal. Still, at this point I'm only offering therapy online and can only accept those clients who are moderately impacted by their mental health situation (moderately depressed, moderately anxious, etc).
I wouldn't say I have an ideal client because I would never imply that any client is less than ideal. Still, at this point I'm only offering therapy online and can only accept those clients who are moderately impacted by their mental health situation (moderately depressed, moderately anxious, etc).
(929) 207-8246 View (929) 207-8246
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Bruce S Hoffman
Psychologist
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11234
In my practice, I take pride in treating everyone as an individual and consider differences in their histories, personalities and the different ways they cope with their emotional distress. I consider these differences and similarities extremely carefully whenever I design a patients treatment plan. BENEFITS There are five goals that are almost always achieved when under my care. 1)Increased insight or improved understanding of one's own mental state. This can range from simply knowing one's strengths and weaknesses, to understanding their symptoms are signs of mental illness, and to deepen their awareness and acceptance of inner feelings.
In my practice, I take pride in treating everyone as an individual and consider differences in their histories, personalities and the different ways they cope with their emotional distress. I consider these differences and similarities extremely carefully whenever I design a patients treatment plan. BENEFITS There are five goals that are almost always achieved when under my care. 1)Increased insight or improved understanding of one's own mental state. This can range from simply knowing one's strengths and weaknesses, to understanding their symptoms are signs of mental illness, and to deepen their awareness and acceptance of inner feelings.
(718) 305-1418 View (718) 305-1418
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Theresa Ann Rositano
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11234  (Online Only)
Finding the right therapist can be frustrating and challenging! Hopefully, I can make your search a little easier. With a warm and empathetic approach, I provide the judgment-free, trusting environment necessary to explore vulnerabilities and foster healing. I work with a diverse client base including people of various ages, backgrounds, and mental health diagnoses. I have advanced training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and I’m also well-versed in cognitive, mindfulness, and psychodynamic methods.
Finding the right therapist can be frustrating and challenging! Hopefully, I can make your search a little easier. With a warm and empathetic approach, I provide the judgment-free, trusting environment necessary to explore vulnerabilities and foster healing. I work with a diverse client base including people of various ages, backgrounds, and mental health diagnoses. I have advanced training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and I’m also well-versed in cognitive, mindfulness, and psychodynamic methods.
(929) 203-7953 View (929) 203-7953
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Dr. Alan Singer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LMSW
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11234
DURING THE PANDEMIC-ALL SESSIONS ARE CONDUCTED VIA ZOOM. What motivates me? 90% of divorcing couples do not receive EVEN ONE HOUR of marital therapy, 2/3 of divorces do not involve high-conflict marriages, children of divorce are twice as likely to divorce and 2/3 of divorces occur within the first 10 years of marriage. I have been married for 43 years, father of 4, counseling couples in NYC since 1980 with an 80% success rate in saving couples on the brink. Most couples wait 2 years before seeking any help. For goodness sake, DON'T WAIT! My mantra: I'll be the last person in the room to give up on your marriage
DURING THE PANDEMIC-ALL SESSIONS ARE CONDUCTED VIA ZOOM. What motivates me? 90% of divorcing couples do not receive EVEN ONE HOUR of marital therapy, 2/3 of divorces do not involve high-conflict marriages, children of divorce are twice as likely to divorce and 2/3 of divorces occur within the first 10 years of marriage. I have been married for 43 years, father of 4, counseling couples in NYC since 1980 with an 80% success rate in saving couples on the brink. Most couples wait 2 years before seeking any help. For goodness sake, DON'T WAIT! My mantra: I'll be the last person in the room to give up on your marriage
(732) 860-0276 View (732) 860-0276
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Lana Grinev
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R, M-CASAC, SAP/SAE, CPHQ, CCM/BCD
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11234  (Online Only)
I have to agree that finding the precise therapist can be quite challenging! Hopefully I can make your search less hectic if given the opportunity. I provide an unbiased, trusting environment necessary to explore vulnerabilities which foster healing. I have success working with clients of various ages from diverse backgrounds. I have received advanced training in Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse, and I am also well-versed in cognitive, behavioral, mindfulness, and psychodynamic approaches. I combine techniques from different therapeutic modalities to help my clients reach their goals to success and overall self-fulfillment.
I have to agree that finding the precise therapist can be quite challenging! Hopefully I can make your search less hectic if given the opportunity. I provide an unbiased, trusting environment necessary to explore vulnerabilities which foster healing. I have success working with clients of various ages from diverse backgrounds. I have received advanced training in Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse, and I am also well-versed in cognitive, behavioral, mindfulness, and psychodynamic approaches. I combine techniques from different therapeutic modalities to help my clients reach their goals to success and overall self-fulfillment.
(929) 298-3870 View (929) 298-3870
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Edward Nepo
Counselor, LMHC, LPC
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11234  (Online Only)
I am a licensed Psychotherapist who specializes in working with adults. I have over 15 years of experience in the field of Behavioral Health and Social Services. My professional background includes extensive and diverse experience in treating individuals with anxiety, depression, trauma, substance misuse, and various other mental health challenges. Additionally, I offer guidance to those facing diverse obstacles in their day-to-day life. My primary objective is to create a safe and healing environment in which I can assist individuals in their journey towards self-discovery and personal growth.
I am a licensed Psychotherapist who specializes in working with adults. I have over 15 years of experience in the field of Behavioral Health and Social Services. My professional background includes extensive and diverse experience in treating individuals with anxiety, depression, trauma, substance misuse, and various other mental health challenges. Additionally, I offer guidance to those facing diverse obstacles in their day-to-day life. My primary objective is to create a safe and healing environment in which I can assist individuals in their journey towards self-discovery and personal growth.
(929) 203-3649 View (929) 203-3649
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Joseph Roth
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11234
Joseph Roth LCSW Empathic social worker who takes a CBT approach particularly a Mindfulness approach to assist clients live in the moment rather than being conflicted inside their own minds. Prefer working with adults and teens along with couples and families. Enjoy working with those with depression, anxiety disorders, family conflict, and issues surrounding self-esteem. CBT and DBT are my main focus in therapy.
Joseph Roth LCSW Empathic social worker who takes a CBT approach particularly a Mindfulness approach to assist clients live in the moment rather than being conflicted inside their own minds. Prefer working with adults and teens along with couples and families. Enjoy working with those with depression, anxiety disorders, family conflict, and issues surrounding self-esteem. CBT and DBT are my main focus in therapy.
(347) 934-8499 View (347) 934-8499
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Galina Itskovich
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11234
Not accepting new clients
"I work effectively with a wide variety of clients from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds; issues range from anxiety or depression to the self-image or existential crisis. Having to work with such broad clientele helps me to view my clients in the context of their daily lives and to be sensitive to children's and adults' developmental struggles, making sure they reach their full potential in the course of our treatment journey."
"I work effectively with a wide variety of clients from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds; issues range from anxiety or depression to the self-image or existential crisis. Having to work with such broad clientele helps me to view my clients in the context of their daily lives and to be sensitive to children's and adults' developmental struggles, making sure they reach their full potential in the course of our treatment journey."
(718) 395-4806 View (718) 395-4806
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Maryann Desilva-Not Currently Accepting New Clients.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11234
Waitlist for new clients
Congratulations on starting your search for a therapist. Finding the right person to help you navigate through life's challenges is an important first step.
Congratulations on starting your search for a therapist. Finding the right person to help you navigate through life's challenges is an important first step.
(347) 609-7427 View (347) 609-7427
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Lola Rigg
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CAMS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11234
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with extensive experience helping individuals and families through crisis, depression, anger, and traumatic experiences from sexual violence, war, sex trafficking and domestic violence. I am culturally sensitive to the issues of all family types- including LGBT families and offer individual, family & marital coaching, parenting education, court mandated anger management, and utilize a variety of therapeutic approaches in working with depressive disorders. For more than ten years I have successfully engaged in the practice of Social Work and believe that as wellness takes place individuals are able to rise to their full potential and engage life in meaningful ways.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with extensive experience helping individuals and families through crisis, depression, anger, and traumatic experiences from sexual violence, war, sex trafficking and domestic violence. I am culturally sensitive to the issues of all family types- including LGBT families and offer individual, family & marital coaching, parenting education, court mandated anger management, and utilize a variety of therapeutic approaches in working with depressive disorders. For more than ten years I have successfully engaged in the practice of Social Work and believe that as wellness takes place individuals are able to rise to their full potential and engage life in meaningful ways.
(866) 969-5326 View (866) 969-5326
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Sharon Kourt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R
Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11234  (Online Only)
My goal as a therapist is to help you create stability, happiness, and lasting life changes through peace and empowerment. You are not defined by the circumstances you have traversed. We will safely explore and process your experiences, develop understanding, build internal and external supports, all to help you create a fulfilling life. My counseling style incorporates multiple approaches such as CBT, DBT, trauma-focused, and client centered therapies. I am an LCSW-R with over 20 years experience. I also offer supervision towards earning advanced licensing in New York State (LCSW ) and professional supervision.
My goal as a therapist is to help you create stability, happiness, and lasting life changes through peace and empowerment. You are not defined by the circumstances you have traversed. We will safely explore and process your experiences, develop understanding, build internal and external supports, all to help you create a fulfilling life. My counseling style incorporates multiple approaches such as CBT, DBT, trauma-focused, and client centered therapies. I am an LCSW-R with over 20 years experience. I also offer supervision towards earning advanced licensing in New York State (LCSW ) and professional supervision.
(347) 933-6907 View (347) 933-6907
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Helen Nemes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11234
Do you engage in self-defeating behaviors? Are you drawn to relationships that will disappoint you? Are you not living up to your potential? I will help you discover your strengths and how you can be more resilient! I am a Psychotherapist using cognitive behavioral, evidence-based techniques as well as a holistic approach to help you cope with anxiety, depression, addictions, as well as relationships with partners, families, and work. I will help you break negative and patterns in order for you to develop loving and caring relationships in your family and at work.
Do you engage in self-defeating behaviors? Are you drawn to relationships that will disappoint you? Are you not living up to your potential? I will help you discover your strengths and how you can be more resilient! I am a Psychotherapist using cognitive behavioral, evidence-based techniques as well as a holistic approach to help you cope with anxiety, depression, addictions, as well as relationships with partners, families, and work. I will help you break negative and patterns in order for you to develop loving and caring relationships in your family and at work.
(646) 325-5756 View (646) 325-5756
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Tina Lo
LMHC
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11234  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Do you feel like no one understands you or is listening? Or maybe you feel like a burden to others? It can feel frustrating, hopeless and intimidating. You may often have an inner voice telling you you’ll never get better and you’ll always be stuck in the current way of living. You are capable of attracting and living with the freedom, happiness, joy, love, and peace you are seeking. Now that you’ve taken a brave and courageous step to seek guidance and support, you are not alone.
Do you feel like no one understands you or is listening? Or maybe you feel like a burden to others? It can feel frustrating, hopeless and intimidating. You may often have an inner voice telling you you’ll never get better and you’ll always be stuck in the current way of living. You are capable of attracting and living with the freedom, happiness, joy, love, and peace you are seeking. Now that you’ve taken a brave and courageous step to seek guidance and support, you are not alone.
(347) 252-6661 View (347) 252-6661
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Nathalee Hollinshead
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11234  (Online Only)
I am a licensed therapist (LCSW) with a profound respect for the profession. My passion and commitment lies in patients realizing their potential. Serving clients through therapy is at the heart of what I do. I bring 20 years of experience both in direct practice and in leadership roles across the New York City area. I am proud to leverage my years of experience to inspire, motivate and impact clients to live independent and fulfilling lives. At the core of my practice, I seek to demonstrate care, empathy and compassion- essential to you developing insight and the avenues for personal growth.
I am a licensed therapist (LCSW) with a profound respect for the profession. My passion and commitment lies in patients realizing their potential. Serving clients through therapy is at the heart of what I do. I bring 20 years of experience both in direct practice and in leadership roles across the New York City area. I am proud to leverage my years of experience to inspire, motivate and impact clients to live independent and fulfilling lives. At the core of my practice, I seek to demonstrate care, empathy and compassion- essential to you developing insight and the avenues for personal growth.
(718) 865-2512 View (718) 865-2512
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Cynthia L Malek
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11234  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
You seek an expert who guides individuals toward more satisfying romantic, family, work, and social connections. You want a therapist to collaborate with you on finding solutions, new ways to think about yourself and others, and develop effective strategies to help prevent stress, decrease anxiety and frustration, increase peace and happiness, find balance, and cope with the realities of life. You want to become the best person you can be in your goal to live a life that is meaningful, productive, beneficial to yourself and others, and consistent with your personal integrity and broadly Judeo-Christian values.
You seek an expert who guides individuals toward more satisfying romantic, family, work, and social connections. You want a therapist to collaborate with you on finding solutions, new ways to think about yourself and others, and develop effective strategies to help prevent stress, decrease anxiety and frustration, increase peace and happiness, find balance, and cope with the realities of life. You want to become the best person you can be in your goal to live a life that is meaningful, productive, beneficial to yourself and others, and consistent with your personal integrity and broadly Judeo-Christian values.
(347) 252-3789 View (347) 252-3789
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Nehemiah Israel Ben - Zev
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11234
My approach to tackling life's difficult moments is via the interface of classical Judaeo-spiritual teachings and the psychological approach of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. (CBT). The cognitive behavioral approach to psychotherapy teaches that ideation determines the way one feels and acts. Changing the way one thinks triggers a change in the way one feels. I also use "a strengths perspective" focusing on the client's stengths which serve to compensate for one's weaknesses. The interface of these three approaches is transformative, and life changing serving to help a client return to his or her innate and authentic self.
My approach to tackling life's difficult moments is via the interface of classical Judaeo-spiritual teachings and the psychological approach of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. (CBT). The cognitive behavioral approach to psychotherapy teaches that ideation determines the way one feels and acts. Changing the way one thinks triggers a change in the way one feels. I also use "a strengths perspective" focusing on the client's stengths which serve to compensate for one's weaknesses. The interface of these three approaches is transformative, and life changing serving to help a client return to his or her innate and authentic self.
(718) 677-0036 View (718) 677-0036
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Latanya Buckham
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11234  (Online Only)
Are you feeling stuck? Unsure of what is next for you? Feeling weighed down by the daily stressors in your life? Looking for a new way to manage the relationships in your life? Is it possible that you are stuck in a cycle of trauma? If you answered “Yes!” to any of the questions above, I strongly believe we can make a great therapeutic team. Did any of the listed questions spark new questions? Let us explore those new questions!
Are you feeling stuck? Unsure of what is next for you? Feeling weighed down by the daily stressors in your life? Looking for a new way to manage the relationships in your life? Is it possible that you are stuck in a cycle of trauma? If you answered “Yes!” to any of the questions above, I strongly believe we can make a great therapeutic team. Did any of the listed questions spark new questions? Let us explore those new questions!
(347) 493-2402 x102 View (347) 493-2402 x102
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Eve D Katz
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11234  (Online Only)
Solution-Oriented Therapy with Empathy and Kindness....Discover and address the contributing causes of your problems. We discuss and explore your issues, and then we integrate what you learn into your daily life. We move as slowly or as quickly as you are comfortable with, in an atmosphere that is safe and contained, creating a path to insight and personal strength. After 30 years helping others heal from and handle difficult situations as well as reach their dreams, it is clear to me that taking action steps - even tiny steps - is key to moving forward.
Solution-Oriented Therapy with Empathy and Kindness....Discover and address the contributing causes of your problems. We discuss and explore your issues, and then we integrate what you learn into your daily life. We move as slowly or as quickly as you are comfortable with, in an atmosphere that is safe and contained, creating a path to insight and personal strength. After 30 years helping others heal from and handle difficult situations as well as reach their dreams, it is clear to me that taking action steps - even tiny steps - is key to moving forward.
(347) 835-4979 View (347) 835-4979

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Number of Therapists in 11234

100+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in 11234 who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
91% Depression
83% Relationship Issues
79% Self Esteem
72% Family Conflict
72% Coping Skills
70% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

84% Cigna and Evernorth
79% Aetna
79% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in 11234 see their clients

54% Online Only
46% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

74% Female
26% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 11234?

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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.