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Elizabeth Carey Earnshaw
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, CGT
Verified Verified
New Hope, PA 18938
You're probably wondering how you got here. When your relationship started things seemed so good - but arguments, let downs, stress, and maybe just a gradual drifting apart has changed the relationship into something you no longer recognize. You want to feel more connected and confident in your relationship and you need straightforward support in the midst of complicated situation to help you do that. I have worked with hundreds of couples and using research backed message, a direct approach, and a touch of humor I can help you figure out what to do next, together.
You're probably wondering how you got here. When your relationship started things seemed so good - but arguments, let downs, stress, and maybe just a gradual drifting apart has changed the relationship into something you no longer recognize. You want to feel more connected and confident in your relationship and you need straightforward support in the midst of complicated situation to help you do that. I have worked with hundreds of couples and using research backed message, a direct approach, and a touch of humor I can help you figure out what to do next, together.
(215) 608-5521 View (215) 608-5521
Photo of Vivian Francesco Psychology, Licensed Professional Counselor in 18938, PA
Vivian Francesco Psychology
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, MEd, CST
Verified Verified
New Hope, PA 18938
Do you struggle with persistent patterns that block achievement of personal goals, happiness and growth leaving you feeling "stuck"? I can help you change these patterns bringing clarity and direction. I am a licensed Professional Counselor and Advanced Certified Schema Therapist. You will gain understanding of the origins of these frustrating patterns so that you can handle life's triggers with confidence and empowerment enabling you to make positive changes and create a healthier life consisting of improved relationships and self worth.My goal is to put you back in touch with your "core emotional needs" and get them met.
Do you struggle with persistent patterns that block achievement of personal goals, happiness and growth leaving you feeling "stuck"? I can help you change these patterns bringing clarity and direction. I am a licensed Professional Counselor and Advanced Certified Schema Therapist. You will gain understanding of the origins of these frustrating patterns so that you can handle life's triggers with confidence and empowerment enabling you to make positive changes and create a healthier life consisting of improved relationships and self worth.My goal is to put you back in touch with your "core emotional needs" and get them met.
(215) 862-0363 View (215) 862-0363
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Jillian Loyas-Stryker
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, NCC, R-DMT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Hope, PA 18938  (Online Only)
Ready for some positive change? You deserve to be seen, heard, and empowered in a safe space. My practice is trauma-informed, LGBTQ+ affirming, weight and body inclusive. My specialities include supporting people impacted by trauma especially sexual and domestic violence, eating disorders and body image concerns. I also greatly enjoy working with members of the LGBTQ+ community and those questioning their gender & sexuality. My specialities are informed by ongoing clinical training as well as lived experience as a trauma-recovered, queer-identifying, creative arts professional. I also support a wide array of concerns beyond these.
Ready for some positive change? You deserve to be seen, heard, and empowered in a safe space. My practice is trauma-informed, LGBTQ+ affirming, weight and body inclusive. My specialities include supporting people impacted by trauma especially sexual and domestic violence, eating disorders and body image concerns. I also greatly enjoy working with members of the LGBTQ+ community and those questioning their gender & sexuality. My specialities are informed by ongoing clinical training as well as lived experience as a trauma-recovered, queer-identifying, creative arts professional. I also support a wide array of concerns beyond these.
(267) 774-4260 View (267) 774-4260
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Kevin M Medican
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, CSAT, CMAT
Verified Verified
New Hope, PA 18938  (Online Only)
With an orientation toward helping clients grow, I assist them in identifying and removing the obstacles that keep them stuck. I focus on individuals, couples and families impacted by addiction. Based on client need, I employ a versatile blend of support, respectful confrontation, sometimes even humor, combined with Twelve Step approaches of acceptance of reality, personal insight and spiritual development. I am a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) and Certified Multiple Addictions Therapist (CMAT). Trained as an Interventionist, I also prepare and collaborate with families and organizations in conducting interventions with a person experiencing behavioral problems.
With an orientation toward helping clients grow, I assist them in identifying and removing the obstacles that keep them stuck. I focus on individuals, couples and families impacted by addiction. Based on client need, I employ a versatile blend of support, respectful confrontation, sometimes even humor, combined with Twelve Step approaches of acceptance of reality, personal insight and spiritual development. I am a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) and Certified Multiple Addictions Therapist (CMAT). Trained as an Interventionist, I also prepare and collaborate with families and organizations in conducting interventions with a person experiencing behavioral problems.
(215) 995-0122 View (215) 995-0122
Photo of Mark Falango, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 18938, PA
Mark Falango
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CSAT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Hope, PA 18938
Thank you for taking the time to check out my profile and congratulations on beginning a journey towards a healthier life. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) providing individual, couples and group therapy. For the past 25 years, I have helped people improve their emotional well-being, strengthen their recovery from addictions and trauma, and build healthy, fulfilling relationships. My clinical specialties include the treatment of anxiety, depression, addictions, sexual compulsivity and PTSD.
Thank you for taking the time to check out my profile and congratulations on beginning a journey towards a healthier life. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) providing individual, couples and group therapy. For the past 25 years, I have helped people improve their emotional well-being, strengthen their recovery from addictions and trauma, and build healthy, fulfilling relationships. My clinical specialties include the treatment of anxiety, depression, addictions, sexual compulsivity and PTSD.
(267) 343-9121 View (267) 343-9121
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Barbara Parrish
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
New Hope, PA 18938
Your journey for a more fulfilling life has begun. It is said that the most important factor for growth and change in therapy is the relationship between the client and the therapist. My style as a clinician is warm and welcoming. My philosophy is to let the client show me what he/she needs, and to move slowly and mindfully in a spirit of partnership. I believe when I listen closely and carefully to what someone shares, they will tell me where it hurts, and together, we discover how to transform the pain into a life of joy, peacefulness, and wellbeing. I see my role as a guide and teacher, bringing to you options and possibilitie.
Your journey for a more fulfilling life has begun. It is said that the most important factor for growth and change in therapy is the relationship between the client and the therapist. My style as a clinician is warm and welcoming. My philosophy is to let the client show me what he/she needs, and to move slowly and mindfully in a spirit of partnership. I believe when I listen closely and carefully to what someone shares, they will tell me where it hurts, and together, we discover how to transform the pain into a life of joy, peacefulness, and wellbeing. I see my role as a guide and teacher, bringing to you options and possibilitie.
(215) 995-4248 View (215) 995-4248
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Veronica Haggerty
MA, RN, MFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Hope, PA 18938
Are you in crisis? Do you feel stuck? I work with many people who feel this way and have helped them to understand and embrace their experiences. As a marriage and family therapist, I can help you figure things out. I will work with you to explore the stresses in your life and sort out what makes you feel happy and fulfilled. You owe this to yourself and the people who care about you to act now. Most people wait 7 years to seek help. Don't be that person. www.NewHopeForYourRelationships.com
Are you in crisis? Do you feel stuck? I work with many people who feel this way and have helped them to understand and embrace their experiences. As a marriage and family therapist, I can help you figure things out. I will work with you to explore the stresses in your life and sort out what makes you feel happy and fulfilled. You owe this to yourself and the people who care about you to act now. Most people wait 7 years to seek help. Don't be that person. www.NewHopeForYourRelationships.com
(267) 436-7589 View (267) 436-7589
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Christine Lynch
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
New Hope, PA 18938
After a successful career in the business world, I took the skills of social connection and project management and returned to school for my Master's to integrate my life's experiences with a behavioral health education. I have gained clinical experience working with adults, couples and teens from diverse backgrounds in various settings. My practice philosophy is to walk alongside my clients in a relaxed setting and go through this journey of self-discovery together. You can change what's possible.
After a successful career in the business world, I took the skills of social connection and project management and returned to school for my Master's to integrate my life's experiences with a behavioral health education. I have gained clinical experience working with adults, couples and teens from diverse backgrounds in various settings. My practice philosophy is to walk alongside my clients in a relaxed setting and go through this journey of self-discovery together. You can change what's possible.
(215) 608-0555 View (215) 608-0555
Photo of Michael Hammonds, Psychologist in 18938, PA
Michael Hammonds
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
New Hope, PA 18938
Not accepting new clients
Change is an inevitable facet of life. Although some changes may be welcome, others may evoke feelings of fear, sadness, or even despair. Be it the loss or rupture of important relationships, upsets in one's career or academics, or taking on new roles and/or responsibilities; changes like these can be challenging. However, they may also present opportunities for deep self-reflection and personal growth.
Change is an inevitable facet of life. Although some changes may be welcome, others may evoke feelings of fear, sadness, or even despair. Be it the loss or rupture of important relationships, upsets in one's career or academics, or taking on new roles and/or responsibilities; changes like these can be challenging. However, they may also present opportunities for deep self-reflection and personal growth.
(347) 580-6543 View (347) 580-6543
Photo of Rebecca A Smith-Casey, Psychologist in 18938, PA
Rebecca A Smith-Casey
Psychologist, JD, PsyD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
New Hope, PA 18938
I offer comprehensive psychological assessments and individual therapy aimed at helping you and your family make decisions related to treatment, education, and the future. I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Certified School Psychologist, and hold a law degree with varied experiences in working with children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of presenting problems, including providing assessments related to treatment needs, forensic matters, education accommodations, and pre-employment testing. I have wide ranging experiences working on issues related to trauma, anger management, gender identity, and forensic matters.
I offer comprehensive psychological assessments and individual therapy aimed at helping you and your family make decisions related to treatment, education, and the future. I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Certified School Psychologist, and hold a law degree with varied experiences in working with children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of presenting problems, including providing assessments related to treatment needs, forensic matters, education accommodations, and pre-employment testing. I have wide ranging experiences working on issues related to trauma, anger management, gender identity, and forensic matters.
(267) 714-5943 View (267) 714-5943
Photo of Max Masino in 18938, PA
Max Masino
MS
Verified Verified
New Hope, PA 18938
I thrive when working with diverse clients—those embarking on their mental health journey and those already progressing. My expertise shines in supporting those dealing with anxiety, depression, or navigating significant life changes. The individuals I work with are often searching for internal harmony, an ability to handle life's challenges, and ways to improve their relationships. My approach is personalized, meeting clients at their unique stage of life and helping them progress at a pace that feels right for them. I have a private practice and I also work at ETHOS Treatment where I will be running an adolescent group this fall.
I thrive when working with diverse clients—those embarking on their mental health journey and those already progressing. My expertise shines in supporting those dealing with anxiety, depression, or navigating significant life changes. The individuals I work with are often searching for internal harmony, an ability to handle life's challenges, and ways to improve their relationships. My approach is personalized, meeting clients at their unique stage of life and helping them progress at a pace that feels right for them. I have a private practice and I also work at ETHOS Treatment where I will be running an adolescent group this fall.
(267) 729-9194 View (267) 729-9194
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Eman Almusawi
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Hope, PA 18938
If you are here, it is likely because you are going through something difficult and challenging. Perhaps you and your partner are not getting along - frequently fighting, spending less time together, or struggling to figure out how to move forward in your relationship. You might also be here because individually something just isn't feeling right. You might notice you've become depressed or anxious. Perhaps you feel alone or confused.
If you are here, it is likely because you are going through something difficult and challenging. Perhaps you and your partner are not getting along - frequently fighting, spending less time together, or struggling to figure out how to move forward in your relationship. You might also be here because individually something just isn't feeling right. You might notice you've become depressed or anxious. Perhaps you feel alone or confused.
(267) 204-2319 View (267) 204-2319
Photo of John C. Capozuca, Psychologist in 18938, PA
John C. Capozuca
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
New Hope, PA 18938
Dr. John C. Capozuca is a licensed psychologist in New York and Pennsylvania with 30 years of experience treating Trans individuals and their families. A WPATH Certified Mentor and GEI Faculty Member, and recent USPATH Board Member, Dr. Capozuca has successfully facilitated the medical, legal and social transitions of hundreds of transsexual and transgender people and is widely regarded as an insightful and compassionate clinician by his patients and colleagues. He is also supervising psychologist for the Gender Identity Project at the LGBT Community Center and consulting psychologist to the the Callen/Lorde Community Health Center.
Dr. John C. Capozuca is a licensed psychologist in New York and Pennsylvania with 30 years of experience treating Trans individuals and their families. A WPATH Certified Mentor and GEI Faculty Member, and recent USPATH Board Member, Dr. Capozuca has successfully facilitated the medical, legal and social transitions of hundreds of transsexual and transgender people and is widely regarded as an insightful and compassionate clinician by his patients and colleagues. He is also supervising psychologist for the Gender Identity Project at the LGBT Community Center and consulting psychologist to the the Callen/Lorde Community Health Center.
(646) 512-8995 View (646) 512-8995
Photo of Chelsea Petrosky, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 18938, PA
Chelsea Petrosky
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Hope, PA 18938
Whether current or past trauma, difficult life transitions, or grief/loss, I will support you in your journey towards healing. I believe that therapy should be a place where you feel safe, valued, and accepted. I am a dedicated EMDR therapist with over 12 years of experience supporting those coping with traumatic life events. I hope to help you improve your emotional wellness and self-worth. I believe our work can be an avenue towards resilience and growth. Through my training and lived experience, I support survivors of acute and complex trauma, life transitions, relationship violence, oppression, intersectional trauma, and loss.
Whether current or past trauma, difficult life transitions, or grief/loss, I will support you in your journey towards healing. I believe that therapy should be a place where you feel safe, valued, and accepted. I am a dedicated EMDR therapist with over 12 years of experience supporting those coping with traumatic life events. I hope to help you improve your emotional wellness and self-worth. I believe our work can be an avenue towards resilience and growth. Through my training and lived experience, I support survivors of acute and complex trauma, life transitions, relationship violence, oppression, intersectional trauma, and loss.
(215) 999-8338 View (215) 999-8338
Photo of Marc Masino, Drug & Alcohol Counselor in 18938, PA
Marc Masino
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MA, CAC
Verified Verified
New Hope, PA 18938
I am a Certified Addictions Counselor with over 30 years of experience in the fields of addiction and co-dependency. I have been in private practice for over 25 years. I help clients work on the issues from the past that continue to affect their lives and relationships today.
I am a Certified Addictions Counselor with over 30 years of experience in the fields of addiction and co-dependency. I have been in private practice for over 25 years. I help clients work on the issues from the past that continue to affect their lives and relationships today.
(215) 701-4900 View (215) 701-4900
Photo of Jennifer Davey, Psychologist in 18938, PA
Jennifer Davey
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
New Hope, PA 18938  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, specializing in Integrative Health & Wellness. Incorporating both traditional psychotherapy alongside evidence-based mind-body approaches allows me to provide a comprehensive approach towards your health and healing. Whether you are experiencing anxiety, chronic pain, trauma, a significant life challenge, or just want to create a more fulfilling life for yourself, my goal as your therapist is to empower you with the knowledge and tools you need to create the change and growth you desire.
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, specializing in Integrative Health & Wellness. Incorporating both traditional psychotherapy alongside evidence-based mind-body approaches allows me to provide a comprehensive approach towards your health and healing. Whether you are experiencing anxiety, chronic pain, trauma, a significant life challenge, or just want to create a more fulfilling life for yourself, my goal as your therapist is to empower you with the knowledge and tools you need to create the change and growth you desire.
(484) 209-2581 View (484) 209-2581
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Introspective Alliance, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CCTP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Hope, PA 18938
Today's world is plagued by distractions that take us away from what is fundamentally important. Learning to separate from an illogical need to please others may allow us to determine our path and help us to be true to ourselves. There is no such thing as an ideal client, only willingness to look within as a shared experience is necessary for growth.
Today's world is plagued by distractions that take us away from what is fundamentally important. Learning to separate from an illogical need to please others may allow us to determine our path and help us to be true to ourselves. There is no such thing as an ideal client, only willingness to look within as a shared experience is necessary for growth.
(267) 354-8264 View (267) 354-8264
Photo of Glenn A Heinrichs, Psychologist in 18938, PA
Glenn A Heinrichs
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
New Hope, PA 18938
Dr. Heinrichs is the founder and CEO of Ivyland Counseling Center. We are a full service community mental health center that has assembled a team of therapists from a broad array of disciplines and treatment approaches. We approach each client holistically, with a focus on addressing the whole person, not just the symptoms. Since effective therapy always begins with the connection between the therapist and client, we do our best to get you to the therapist that will fit you and your needs best. Visit us at www.IvylandCounselingCenter.com to learn more about our services and staff.
Dr. Heinrichs is the founder and CEO of Ivyland Counseling Center. We are a full service community mental health center that has assembled a team of therapists from a broad array of disciplines and treatment approaches. We approach each client holistically, with a focus on addressing the whole person, not just the symptoms. Since effective therapy always begins with the connection between the therapist and client, we do our best to get you to the therapist that will fit you and your needs best. Visit us at www.IvylandCounselingCenter.com to learn more about our services and staff.
(267) 382-4209 View (267) 382-4209
Photo of Jessica Meinhart-Ellis, Pre-Licensed Professional in 18938, PA
Jessica Meinhart-Ellis
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
New Hope, PA 18938  (Online Only)
Hello! I firmly believe that the foundation for change in therapy begins with a genuine connection. I am dedicated to creating a safe space for individuals, couples, and families to share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences—fostering an environment for healing to flourish. I adopt a holistic counseling approach, delving into your emotional, spiritual, social, and physical well-being. By exploring past and present conflicts, we collaboratively uncover the factors contributing to your struggles, paving the way for healthy changes.
Hello! I firmly believe that the foundation for change in therapy begins with a genuine connection. I am dedicated to creating a safe space for individuals, couples, and families to share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences—fostering an environment for healing to flourish. I adopt a holistic counseling approach, delving into your emotional, spiritual, social, and physical well-being. By exploring past and present conflicts, we collaboratively uncover the factors contributing to your struggles, paving the way for healthy changes.
(267) 440-7258 View (267) 440-7258
Photo of Heather Santorsiero, Licensed Professional Counselor in 18938, PA
Heather Santorsiero
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
New Hope, PA 18938
I believe that the foundation of change in therapy starts with feeling a genuine connection with your counselor. I strive to create a comfortable therapeutic environment that allows my clients to feel safe in sharing with me their thoughts, feelings, and experiences so that healing can begin. I take a holistic approach to counseling. It is important to get to know you as a whole, including emotional, spiritual, social, and physical health, while exploring past and present experiences with conflicts. I then explore with you what aspects could be contributing to current struggles and how to begin to make healthy changes.
I believe that the foundation of change in therapy starts with feeling a genuine connection with your counselor. I strive to create a comfortable therapeutic environment that allows my clients to feel safe in sharing with me their thoughts, feelings, and experiences so that healing can begin. I take a holistic approach to counseling. It is important to get to know you as a whole, including emotional, spiritual, social, and physical health, while exploring past and present experiences with conflicts. I then explore with you what aspects could be contributing to current struggles and how to begin to make healthy changes.
(267) 323-4419 View (267) 323-4419

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 18938

100+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in 18938 who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
88% Depression
83% Relationship Issues
75% Self Esteem
70% Trauma and PTSD
68% Coping Skills
67% Stress

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

75% Aetna
56% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
53% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Therapists in 18938 see their clients

77% In Person and Online
23% Online Only

Gender breakdown

79% Female
20% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 18938?

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.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

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.