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Elizabeth Porter
Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15235  (Online Only)
My ideal client is ready to show up for themselves. They have an idea or sense that there are things to work on. Maybe they know what the issues are or maybe they'd like some guidance through that exploration. The first step is seeking connection. A therapeutic relationship can be powerful towards setting and achieving goals! I understand there is a lot of stigma around mental health services. I have both personal and professional experience in this realm. I strive to create an open and safe space for clients regardless of where they are on their journey.
My ideal client is ready to show up for themselves. They have an idea or sense that there are things to work on. Maybe they know what the issues are or maybe they'd like some guidance through that exploration. The first step is seeking connection. A therapeutic relationship can be powerful towards setting and achieving goals! I understand there is a lot of stigma around mental health services. I have both personal and professional experience in this realm. I strive to create an open and safe space for clients regardless of where they are on their journey.
(412) 231-9540 View (412) 231-9540
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Forward Plan LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15235  (Online Only)
I have experience working with high risk populations; including intimate partner violence. I enjoys working with individuals, couples, co-parents, trauma survivors and teens. Cultivating sustained positive change in the lives of individuals is my passion.
I have experience working with high risk populations; including intimate partner violence. I enjoys working with individuals, couples, co-parents, trauma survivors and teens. Cultivating sustained positive change in the lives of individuals is my passion.
(412) 219-5968 View (412) 219-5968
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Elizabeth Sarraf
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15235
Waitlist for new clients
When life feels overwhelming, your day to day stressors add up, or past experiences cause you difficulties, choosing to seek therapy can be a pivotal step towards feeling like yourself again. I work collaboratively with clients to help them chart a path forward that feels healthy and acknowledges the impact of all of life’s experiences. Therapy is an opportunity to explore old patterns, create new ones, and to find your voice. Together, we will create a space where you feel safe enough to put down your walls and explore what is working in your life, what is not, and how to get you to where you want to be.
When life feels overwhelming, your day to day stressors add up, or past experiences cause you difficulties, choosing to seek therapy can be a pivotal step towards feeling like yourself again. I work collaboratively with clients to help them chart a path forward that feels healthy and acknowledges the impact of all of life’s experiences. Therapy is an opportunity to explore old patterns, create new ones, and to find your voice. Together, we will create a space where you feel safe enough to put down your walls and explore what is working in your life, what is not, and how to get you to where you want to be.
(412) 219-5957 View (412) 219-5957
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Keri Spaw
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15235
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors. I work with my clients to identify realistic and attainable personal goals and encourage them through the process of change. I provide a safe and relaxed environment to process life’s complications such as substance abuse, relationship issues, phase of life difficulties, anxiety and depression, workplace struggles and more.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors. I work with my clients to identify realistic and attainable personal goals and encourage them through the process of change. I provide a safe and relaxed environment to process life’s complications such as substance abuse, relationship issues, phase of life difficulties, anxiety and depression, workplace struggles and more.
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HandinHand Counseling Services, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15235
At HandinHand Counseling, LLC our GOAL is to promote HOPE, HEALTH and HEALING to individuals and families dealing with generational and situational obstacles. We are a practice with a 21st century approach to counseling devoted to removing the stigma attached to mental health counseling. We see peace in the place of chaos. We see function where there appears to be dysfunction. Our goal is to tap into the strengths you possess, that are often times masked by life's complexities through therapeutic intervention and resource building. Let us assist you in bridging the gap between the problem and the solution.
At HandinHand Counseling, LLC our GOAL is to promote HOPE, HEALTH and HEALING to individuals and families dealing with generational and situational obstacles. We are a practice with a 21st century approach to counseling devoted to removing the stigma attached to mental health counseling. We see peace in the place of chaos. We see function where there appears to be dysfunction. Our goal is to tap into the strengths you possess, that are often times masked by life's complexities through therapeutic intervention and resource building. Let us assist you in bridging the gap between the problem and the solution.
(412) 444-7250 View (412) 444-7250
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Jesse A. Virago
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15235
Waitlist for new clients
The second half of life can be much better than the first. In fact, midlife is an ideal time for healing, growth, and change. So if your ship launched on choppy waters or rocky shoals and you're still navigating rough seas, a midlife course correction could help. What's required? Openness to new experiences, willingness to engage, capacity to commit, and a therapist who knows what's possible and how to achieve it. Set sail with a seasoned mariner to navigate the midlife passage with the art of healing, the science of change, and the "hard work miracle" of growth.
The second half of life can be much better than the first. In fact, midlife is an ideal time for healing, growth, and change. So if your ship launched on choppy waters or rocky shoals and you're still navigating rough seas, a midlife course correction could help. What's required? Openness to new experiences, willingness to engage, capacity to commit, and a therapist who knows what's possible and how to achieve it. Set sail with a seasoned mariner to navigate the midlife passage with the art of healing, the science of change, and the "hard work miracle" of growth.
(412) 385-3597 View (412) 385-3597
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Brittany Hudspeth
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC, CCTP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15235  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
If you abandon the present moment, you cannot live the moments of your daily life deeply -Thich Nhat Hahn. It can be important to understand ourselves to be able to navigate this world. We often struggle with our own experiences and internal worlds. I can offer you space and understanding to work through those difficult questions and experiences you are having with a non-judgmental voice. I understand that our lives don't fit that traditional model and they don't have to which includes helping people through sex therapy. I have experience helping people work through their issues to find their authentic self and voice.
If you abandon the present moment, you cannot live the moments of your daily life deeply -Thich Nhat Hahn. It can be important to understand ourselves to be able to navigate this world. We often struggle with our own experiences and internal worlds. I can offer you space and understanding to work through those difficult questions and experiences you are having with a non-judgmental voice. I understand that our lives don't fit that traditional model and they don't have to which includes helping people through sex therapy. I have experience helping people work through their issues to find their authentic self and voice.
(412) 467-0297 View (412) 467-0297
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Meggan Hudspeth
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15235
“Yoga means addition—addition of energy, strength, and beauty to body, mind, and soul.”—Amit Ray, Indian author and spiritualist In order to get to the root of what’s causing your discomfort we have to go towards and not away. This is painful but will cause change. I’m going to ask you to share your story with me. But you don’t have to do it alone. I see myself as both a support and a fierce advocate for clients to assist with their growth and navigation through the barriers. Through the addition of support and guidance I can help increase your energy strength and beauty of your self as a whole.
“Yoga means addition—addition of energy, strength, and beauty to body, mind, and soul.”—Amit Ray, Indian author and spiritualist In order to get to the root of what’s causing your discomfort we have to go towards and not away. This is painful but will cause change. I’m going to ask you to share your story with me. But you don’t have to do it alone. I see myself as both a support and a fierce advocate for clients to assist with their growth and navigation through the barriers. Through the addition of support and guidance I can help increase your energy strength and beauty of your self as a whole.
(412) 896-0076 View (412) 896-0076
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Kimberly D Fairley
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15235
Have you ever thought, "I don't want them to judge me." Maybe this is your roadblock from exploring the pain caused by the experiences you've had in life. It's something that I have heard many times in my role as a therapist. The reality is that I am not only not in a position to judge, but it is nothing short of an honor to be the one that gets to sit across from anyone who takes the courageous step to explore their trauma. I have experienced the weight of a person verbalizing a trauma for the first time and I would be honored to have that moment with you.
Have you ever thought, "I don't want them to judge me." Maybe this is your roadblock from exploring the pain caused by the experiences you've had in life. It's something that I have heard many times in my role as a therapist. The reality is that I am not only not in a position to judge, but it is nothing short of an honor to be the one that gets to sit across from anyone who takes the courageous step to explore their trauma. I have experienced the weight of a person verbalizing a trauma for the first time and I would be honored to have that moment with you.
(412) 990-2903 View (412) 990-2903
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Dr. Kate Hostetler
Licensed Professional Counselor, PsyD, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15235  (Online Only)
My ideal client is someone who values their personal growth and is committed to investing in their own therapy. They are open to discussing challenging topics, exploring the complexities of societal dynamics, seeking ways to cultivate deeper connections, and navigating their emotions with honesty and fairness.
My ideal client is someone who values their personal growth and is committed to investing in their own therapy. They are open to discussing challenging topics, exploring the complexities of societal dynamics, seeking ways to cultivate deeper connections, and navigating their emotions with honesty and fairness.
(412) 743-8561 View (412) 743-8561
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Jessica Steely
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15235
Life can be stressful, hectic, and overwhelming at times. It is not an easy thing to seek real and lasting change in yourself, your life, or your relationships. I believe in meeting an individual where they are in their own journey and that they already have everything they need within them to make the positive changes they want in their life. Working from a person-centered and mindfulness approach; my goal is to help support and empower you to find those inner strengths and personal solutions so you can meet your goals. Using a collaborative approach, we will work together to find what works for you and your goals.
Life can be stressful, hectic, and overwhelming at times. It is not an easy thing to seek real and lasting change in yourself, your life, or your relationships. I believe in meeting an individual where they are in their own journey and that they already have everything they need within them to make the positive changes they want in their life. Working from a person-centered and mindfulness approach; my goal is to help support and empower you to find those inner strengths and personal solutions so you can meet your goals. Using a collaborative approach, we will work together to find what works for you and your goals.
(412) 844-2657 View (412) 844-2657
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Madison Rice
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15235  (Online Only)
Are you feeling overwhelmed or depressed recently? Do you need someone who actually listens to your problems? I am a therapist who specializes in working with young adults who are feeling anxious, depressed, overwhelmed, or just want someone to process their thoughts with. I believe therapy is for everyone! I pride myself on being an empathetic and responsive listener in session. If you chose me as your therapist you can expect the vibes to be casual and for you to be the main focus. I help clients feel heard, respected, and valued. I work collaboratively with clients to help them achieve their goals.
Are you feeling overwhelmed or depressed recently? Do you need someone who actually listens to your problems? I am a therapist who specializes in working with young adults who are feeling anxious, depressed, overwhelmed, or just want someone to process their thoughts with. I believe therapy is for everyone! I pride myself on being an empathetic and responsive listener in session. If you chose me as your therapist you can expect the vibes to be casual and for you to be the main focus. I help clients feel heard, respected, and valued. I work collaboratively with clients to help them achieve their goals.
(412) 534-3972 View (412) 534-3972
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Courtney Ezzo
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15235
My practice is accepting new clients, however, I am not. I am the owner of Saving Sanity LLC. I am a practicing Licensed Professional Counselor with 15 years of experience in the helping profession. I am trained in EMDR (trauma therapy) and specialize in couple's counseling. I have worked with many different populations and many different identifying issues including anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma.
My practice is accepting new clients, however, I am not. I am the owner of Saving Sanity LLC. I am a practicing Licensed Professional Counselor with 15 years of experience in the helping profession. I am trained in EMDR (trauma therapy) and specialize in couple's counseling. I have worked with many different populations and many different identifying issues including anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma.
(412) 991-1568 View (412) 991-1568
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Molly Johnston
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15235  (Online Only)
I think that therapy doesn’t have to be complicated. As a client you can expect to highlight your strengths, speak to your individual experience in a non-judgmental environment, receive unconditional support from someone you trust, and learn new ways to lessen your pain. Therapy is a wonderfully transformative venture, where two people collaborate on how to navigate the human experience. My approach is strengths-based, person-first, and multifaceted to meet your specific needs.
I think that therapy doesn’t have to be complicated. As a client you can expect to highlight your strengths, speak to your individual experience in a non-judgmental environment, receive unconditional support from someone you trust, and learn new ways to lessen your pain. Therapy is a wonderfully transformative venture, where two people collaborate on how to navigate the human experience. My approach is strengths-based, person-first, and multifaceted to meet your specific needs.
(412) 946-0951 View (412) 946-0951
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David Bajada
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15235  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am doing Telehealth which I find to be effective. I have a great passion for working with my clients. Much of my current focus is working with individuals who have concerns related to: 1. building and sustaining stronger relationships (partner, work, family, etc.) 2. issues of anxiety, panic, and depression - including loss/grief. 3. Work and career challenges, including the high stress of balancing work and personal life. I've also been successful with clients who not only want to get out of the "rut" of the their lives, but who also want to explore their desire for genuine happiness, contentment, and peace of mind.
I am doing Telehealth which I find to be effective. I have a great passion for working with my clients. Much of my current focus is working with individuals who have concerns related to: 1. building and sustaining stronger relationships (partner, work, family, etc.) 2. issues of anxiety, panic, and depression - including loss/grief. 3. Work and career challenges, including the high stress of balancing work and personal life. I've also been successful with clients who not only want to get out of the "rut" of the their lives, but who also want to explore their desire for genuine happiness, contentment, and peace of mind.
(412) 536-5337 View (412) 536-5337
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Kellie E. Walker
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15235
I approach therapy with a unique blend of compassion and straight talk. I am non-judgmental, caring, and empathetic, yet not afraid to tell it like it is-no sugar coating. I firmly believe in using the right approach for each client, tailoring my methods to suit your needs. While I might push you to work hard, you will find that I'm also your biggest cheerleader on your way to better mental health. I am a real person, with life experience too, so I recognize that combing through professional jargon can be overwhelming. You don't have to figure out what technique is best for you, as we will work on that together!
I approach therapy with a unique blend of compassion and straight talk. I am non-judgmental, caring, and empathetic, yet not afraid to tell it like it is-no sugar coating. I firmly believe in using the right approach for each client, tailoring my methods to suit your needs. While I might push you to work hard, you will find that I'm also your biggest cheerleader on your way to better mental health. I am a real person, with life experience too, so I recognize that combing through professional jargon can be overwhelming. You don't have to figure out what technique is best for you, as we will work on that together!
(412) 960-6274 View (412) 960-6274
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Grace Wellness Center
Licensed Professional Counselor, MSEd, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15235
In-person and online counseling available. We are a group of Christian Counselors who treat clients of all ages through Biblical truth and the healing power of God's grace. We integrate the best from the discipline of psychology with Christian counseling to help people find peace and contentment. We have counselors who specialize in addictions, attachment and trauma issues, grief, relationships, children, parenting, depression, anxiety and most other issues. Our organization has several centers throughout western PA. Please visit our website to see if we have a location that will meet your needs. www.thegracewellnesscenter.com
In-person and online counseling available. We are a group of Christian Counselors who treat clients of all ages through Biblical truth and the healing power of God's grace. We integrate the best from the discipline of psychology with Christian counseling to help people find peace and contentment. We have counselors who specialize in addictions, attachment and trauma issues, grief, relationships, children, parenting, depression, anxiety and most other issues. Our organization has several centers throughout western PA. Please visit our website to see if we have a location that will meet your needs. www.thegracewellnesscenter.com
(724) 906-4319 View (724) 906-4319
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Counseling With Confidence, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NBCC, MS
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15235  (Online Only)
Kesha is a culturally competent licensed mental health therapist in Western PA and understands the mental health processes of clients from different economic backgrounds. During her counseling/coaching sessions she begins by building trust and rapport with her clients because it is important for the client to believe that they have a voice in maintaining their health. Kesha works intensely with clients utilizing mindfulness techniques to enhance inner strengths and abilities to increase their levels of self - esteem.
Kesha is a culturally competent licensed mental health therapist in Western PA and understands the mental health processes of clients from different economic backgrounds. During her counseling/coaching sessions she begins by building trust and rapport with her clients because it is important for the client to believe that they have a voice in maintaining their health. Kesha works intensely with clients utilizing mindfulness techniques to enhance inner strengths and abilities to increase their levels of self - esteem.
(412) 668-1218 View (412) 668-1218
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Jaclynn Wise
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15235
It can be difficult to navigate finding mental health care, but you’ve made it this far. I view my role as holding a warm space for us to explore what is working and not working for you in your life. Most of us weren’t taught how to experience our emotions mindfully and respond with intention. It makes sense that many of us struggle with responding to our emotions compassionately. I may help you identify, understand, and accept difficult internal experiences while taking meaningful action in your life.
It can be difficult to navigate finding mental health care, but you’ve made it this far. I view my role as holding a warm space for us to explore what is working and not working for you in your life. Most of us weren’t taught how to experience our emotions mindfully and respond with intention. It makes sense that many of us struggle with responding to our emotions compassionately. I may help you identify, understand, and accept difficult internal experiences while taking meaningful action in your life.
(412) 923-0436 View (412) 923-0436
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Spencer Kilpatrick
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15235  (Online Only)
Connection to ourselves and others makes us feel whole. Ask yourself now, "Where are my people", "where do I feel as though I am authentically me"? Because mental un-health (our depressions, our anxieties) comes when we are disconnected from those spaces and people. Many factors can disconnect us: death, loss, transition, trauma, heartbreak, stress, abuse, illness, etc. I work with clients across diverse contexts to find reconnection and wholeness despite these disconnectors.
Connection to ourselves and others makes us feel whole. Ask yourself now, "Where are my people", "where do I feel as though I am authentically me"? Because mental un-health (our depressions, our anxieties) comes when we are disconnected from those spaces and people. Many factors can disconnect us: death, loss, transition, trauma, heartbreak, stress, abuse, illness, etc. I work with clients across diverse contexts to find reconnection and wholeness despite these disconnectors.
(724) 246-6657 View (724) 246-6657
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How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 15235

90+

Average cost per session

$125

Therapists in 15235 who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
87% Depression
77% Relationship Issues
77% Self Esteem
73% Coping Skills
72% Trauma and PTSD
66% Stress

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Highmark
74% University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
73% Aetna

How Therapists in 15235 see their clients

57% In Person and Online
43% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
15% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 15235?

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.