Therapists in 20175

Photo of Julianne Butt, Pre-Licensed Professional in 20175, VA
Julianne Butt
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, NCC, LPC-R
Verified Verified
Leesburg, VA 20175
You might feel sad, angry, and misunderstood even though you feel like you have a lot going for you. You wonder why you keep experiencing difficulty in relationships but feel stuck for fear of being lonely or that it would be too hard to deal with others' reactions to standing up for yourself. You're exhausted from trying to keep everyone else happy and feeling like a doormat sometimes. You don't want to feel this way anymore. You're ready to make a change on your own terms.
You might feel sad, angry, and misunderstood even though you feel like you have a lot going for you. You wonder why you keep experiencing difficulty in relationships but feel stuck for fear of being lonely or that it would be too hard to deal with others' reactions to standing up for yourself. You're exhausted from trying to keep everyone else happy and feeling like a doormat sometimes. You don't want to feel this way anymore. You're ready to make a change on your own terms.
(571) 450-9737 View (571) 450-9737
Photo of Loudoun Family & Relationship Counseling, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 20175, VA
Loudoun Family & Relationship Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified Verified
Leesburg, VA 20175
Our counseling practice is a premier practice that focuses on supporting and enhancing relationships. We are committed to providing the best services to people that seek to restore and renew relationship connections and improve relationship disconnections. We help you to explore your basic goals for loving relationships and help you discover underlying issues related to confusion in disconnections. We are looking for people who want to take love connections to a deeper level and find ways to relate to their partner in a healing, loving and fulfilling way. This can be useful for couples at all stages of relationships.
Our counseling practice is a premier practice that focuses on supporting and enhancing relationships. We are committed to providing the best services to people that seek to restore and renew relationship connections and improve relationship disconnections. We help you to explore your basic goals for loving relationships and help you discover underlying issues related to confusion in disconnections. We are looking for people who want to take love connections to a deeper level and find ways to relate to their partner in a healing, loving and fulfilling way. This can be useful for couples at all stages of relationships.
(703) 596-3262 View (703) 596-3262
Photo of Ann Ford, Licensed Professional Counselor in 20175, VA
Ann Ford
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Leesburg, VA 20175
Psychotherapy profoundly changes lives, and I believe the relationship or "fit" between the therapist and client is one of the most important factors in a successful psychotherapy. My hope is to create a trusting, compassionate relationship, and a private experience in which you feel understood. I can help you better understand the underlying issues which may be contributing to your struggles. You will begin to feel relieved, feel better about yourself, create better relationships, make clearer decisions, resolve painful past experiences, and feel more in control of your life.
Psychotherapy profoundly changes lives, and I believe the relationship or "fit" between the therapist and client is one of the most important factors in a successful psychotherapy. My hope is to create a trusting, compassionate relationship, and a private experience in which you feel understood. I can help you better understand the underlying issues which may be contributing to your struggles. You will begin to feel relieved, feel better about yourself, create better relationships, make clearer decisions, resolve painful past experiences, and feel more in control of your life.
(540) 202-2121 View (540) 202-2121
Photo of Diana F. Hott, LCSW CEAP, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 20175, VA
Diana F. Hott, LCSW CEAP
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CEAP
Verified Verified
Leesburg, VA 20175
Finding a therapist can be a daunting task! You may have never tried therapy before, or you have tried therapy before and been disappointed. With 30 years of experience, I offer a safe, knowledgeable, outcome-oriented treatment approach, tailored to your needs. My proficiency includes the areas of grief/loss, depression, anxiety, self esteem, parenting, interpersonal and couples' issues. I also work in the employee assistance arena, covering areas of work/life balance and stress management. Please check for more information on my website, www.dianafhottlcsw.com.
Finding a therapist can be a daunting task! You may have never tried therapy before, or you have tried therapy before and been disappointed. With 30 years of experience, I offer a safe, knowledgeable, outcome-oriented treatment approach, tailored to your needs. My proficiency includes the areas of grief/loss, depression, anxiety, self esteem, parenting, interpersonal and couples' issues. I also work in the employee assistance arena, covering areas of work/life balance and stress management. Please check for more information on my website, www.dianafhottlcsw.com.
(703) 594-8016 View (703) 594-8016
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Michelle Toland
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Leesburg, VA 20175
Michelle Toland is a warm and compassionate bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker with years of experience dedicated to helping adults, adolescents, and families navigate challenges to lead a more fulfilling life. She earned her MSW at Widener University. Michelle creates a safe and non-judgmental space to promote healing, resilience, and personal growth. Michelle has experience in helping clients to increase positive coping skills, build healthy relationships, communicate effectively, manage life's transitions, and heal from grief, loss, and trauma.
Michelle Toland is a warm and compassionate bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker with years of experience dedicated to helping adults, adolescents, and families navigate challenges to lead a more fulfilling life. She earned her MSW at Widener University. Michelle creates a safe and non-judgmental space to promote healing, resilience, and personal growth. Michelle has experience in helping clients to increase positive coping skills, build healthy relationships, communicate effectively, manage life's transitions, and heal from grief, loss, and trauma.
(540) 573-2094 View (540) 573-2094
Photo of Ashley DeCamp, Psychologist in 20175, VA
Ashley DeCamp
Psychologist, PsyD, RPT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Leesburg, VA 20175
Not accepting new clients
Whether it is for you, your child, or your teen the decision to pursue therapy is one that can elicit a range of emotions. It is a decision that acknowledges hardships, but can open the door to growth and healing. I view therapy as a collaborative relationship, in which the comfort and trust established allows for safe, supported exploration of one's challenges. I take an integrative approach as I believe that by having access to traditional talk therapy and expressive therapy outlets, you, your child, or your family are able to express and process your emotions and experiences in whatever way feels comfortable.
Whether it is for you, your child, or your teen the decision to pursue therapy is one that can elicit a range of emotions. It is a decision that acknowledges hardships, but can open the door to growth and healing. I view therapy as a collaborative relationship, in which the comfort and trust established allows for safe, supported exploration of one's challenges. I take an integrative approach as I believe that by having access to traditional talk therapy and expressive therapy outlets, you, your child, or your family are able to express and process your emotions and experiences in whatever way feels comfortable.
(703) 297-8600 View (703) 297-8600
Photo of Talk Time Therapy, Licensed Professional Counselor in 20175, VA
Talk Time Therapy
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Leesburg, VA 20175  (Online Only)
Since 2010, I have been in private practice helping women and adolescents work through anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, relationship issues, chronic health issues, everyday stressors and adjustments to life’s everchanging dynamics. I am trained in EMDR therapy and can provide this effectively via telehealth. Together, with the client, we work as a team to achieve the desired goals.
Since 2010, I have been in private practice helping women and adolescents work through anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, relationship issues, chronic health issues, everyday stressors and adjustments to life’s everchanging dynamics. I am trained in EMDR therapy and can provide this effectively via telehealth. Together, with the client, we work as a team to achieve the desired goals.
(571) 200-0797 View (571) 200-0797
Photo of Sandra Dettra, Drug & Alcohol Counselor in 20175, VA
Sandra Dettra
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, BSW, CSAC, NCAC, II
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Leesburg, VA 20175
I am now accepting new clients for April/May 2024 in person and Zoom. I have been working in the recovery field as a Sub Abuse Counselor since 1994. I am a compassionate therapist, but with a bit of no nonsense thrown in. I want my clients to feel safe and know they can move forward with this challenge because staying stuck is not the answer. Recovery can be difficult and the path can seem daunting, but making changes is essential to living a better life. In addition to substance abuse I have assisted individuals recover from gambling addictions as well.
I am now accepting new clients for April/May 2024 in person and Zoom. I have been working in the recovery field as a Sub Abuse Counselor since 1994. I am a compassionate therapist, but with a bit of no nonsense thrown in. I want my clients to feel safe and know they can move forward with this challenge because staying stuck is not the answer. Recovery can be difficult and the path can seem daunting, but making changes is essential to living a better life. In addition to substance abuse I have assisted individuals recover from gambling addictions as well.
(703) 349-0563 View (703) 349-0563
Photo of Tracy Carter, Licensed Professional Counselor in 20175, VA
Tracy Carter
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Leesburg, VA 20175
People tend to come to counseling when they're dealing with something NEW or something old that has gotten BIGGER than they can handle on their own. Counseling is a private, safe place to process those life events and/or symptoms of mental health. With over 15 years of experience, I have helped many clients reach their goals. I have experience in all areas of mental health, life transitions, and relationship issues. By working together, we will identify challenges and develop healthy solutions to improve your present situation. The strategies and tools you learn will continue to benefit you even after counseling has ended.
People tend to come to counseling when they're dealing with something NEW or something old that has gotten BIGGER than they can handle on their own. Counseling is a private, safe place to process those life events and/or symptoms of mental health. With over 15 years of experience, I have helped many clients reach their goals. I have experience in all areas of mental health, life transitions, and relationship issues. By working together, we will identify challenges and develop healthy solutions to improve your present situation. The strategies and tools you learn will continue to benefit you even after counseling has ended.
(703) 303-5946 View (703) 303-5946
Photo of Shelby Brownlee, Licensed Professional Counselor in 20175, VA
Shelby Brownlee
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Leesburg, VA 20175
Shelby Brownlee is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia who has been practicing since 2002. Shelby wants clients to feel that counseling is a mutual exploration to seek solutions to their concerns. Shelby wants to offer increased hope and motivation to help clients reach greater satisfaction in life. Shelby offers willingness to include faith-based strategies to clients who express desire for that. Shelby is curious and offers cross cultural awareness and wants to learn from clients as well. Shelby loves hiking and being outdoors with nature and enjoys music and singing, as well as viewing art and cultural exhibits.
Shelby Brownlee is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia who has been practicing since 2002. Shelby wants clients to feel that counseling is a mutual exploration to seek solutions to their concerns. Shelby wants to offer increased hope and motivation to help clients reach greater satisfaction in life. Shelby offers willingness to include faith-based strategies to clients who express desire for that. Shelby is curious and offers cross cultural awareness and wants to learn from clients as well. Shelby loves hiking and being outdoors with nature and enjoys music and singing, as well as viewing art and cultural exhibits.
(540) 573-2282 View (540) 573-2282
Photo of Paula Lucia Marcolin, Licensed Professional Counselor in 20175, VA
Paula Lucia Marcolin
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Leesburg, VA 20175
Do you feel isolated, overwhelmed, or lost? You are not alone. Here at Integrative Holistic Therapy, your needs and progress are my priority. As the name of my practice suggests, I take a holistic approach to treatment - a more inclusive and broad view of client wellness. True healing incorporates not only your psychological wellness, but also spiritual, emotional, physical, and social health. I am passionate about helping others transform their lives through empowerment, curiosity, and lasting change. Together, we will walk through issues of meaning and purpose, of loneliness and rejection, of fear and loss, and of joy and prosperity.
Do you feel isolated, overwhelmed, or lost? You are not alone. Here at Integrative Holistic Therapy, your needs and progress are my priority. As the name of my practice suggests, I take a holistic approach to treatment - a more inclusive and broad view of client wellness. True healing incorporates not only your psychological wellness, but also spiritual, emotional, physical, and social health. I am passionate about helping others transform their lives through empowerment, curiosity, and lasting change. Together, we will walk through issues of meaning and purpose, of loneliness and rejection, of fear and loss, and of joy and prosperity.
(571) 454-8496 View (571) 454-8496
Photo of Bella Youssef, Licensed Professional Counselor in 20175, VA
Bella Youssef
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Leesburg, VA 20175  (Online Only)
You've been through a lot. I want to meet you where you are at and help you find the relief you have been looking for. Sometimes it will feel like a big rock being taken off your shoulders and other times it will be hard work. I believe we can walk through it together and steadily rediscover the joy in life, uncover your creativity and accomplish your goals for healing. I've worked with all developmental stages over the past six years, specializing in trauma treatment within families and individuals. I'm looking forward to starting the healing journey with you at your pace.
You've been through a lot. I want to meet you where you are at and help you find the relief you have been looking for. Sometimes it will feel like a big rock being taken off your shoulders and other times it will be hard work. I believe we can walk through it together and steadily rediscover the joy in life, uncover your creativity and accomplish your goals for healing. I've worked with all developmental stages over the past six years, specializing in trauma treatment within families and individuals. I'm looking forward to starting the healing journey with you at your pace.
(571) 601-1601 View (571) 601-1601
Photo of Sofia Graham, Psychologist in 20175, VA
Sofia Graham
Psychologist, PsyD, LCP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Leesburg, VA 20175
We are all human, and as part of the human experience, we all encounter challenges at different points in our lives. Dealing with these challenges can be a difficult and complex process, and may provoke feelings of isolation and helplessness. Whether you are faced with issues related to depression, anxiety, trauma, stress, relationship problems, or difficulty coping with change, I want to help facilitate a solution for you. My purpose is to help you succeed by providing you with the support and tools you need to overcome challenges and build a purposeful and enjoyable life for yourself.
We are all human, and as part of the human experience, we all encounter challenges at different points in our lives. Dealing with these challenges can be a difficult and complex process, and may provoke feelings of isolation and helplessness. Whether you are faced with issues related to depression, anxiety, trauma, stress, relationship problems, or difficulty coping with change, I want to help facilitate a solution for you. My purpose is to help you succeed by providing you with the support and tools you need to overcome challenges and build a purposeful and enjoyable life for yourself.
(703) 293-5263 View (703) 293-5263
Photo of Amy Fowler, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 20175, VA
Amy Fowler
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Leesburg, VA 20175
Not accepting new clients
You deserve to live a life without things that hold you back, pull you down, or leave you in the dark. Whether this is an eating disorder that has stopped you from enjoying life or made you see yourself differently than how others see you, anxiety that has caused you to feel you cannot take a chance, or depression that has made you feel as though there is no way to cope, I want to work with you to help you find and understand your true self. Therapy is identifying what needs to change, taking those steps, and working to meet your goals. This journey can be challenging, however, you will find in the end it is very fulfilling.
You deserve to live a life without things that hold you back, pull you down, or leave you in the dark. Whether this is an eating disorder that has stopped you from enjoying life or made you see yourself differently than how others see you, anxiety that has caused you to feel you cannot take a chance, or depression that has made you feel as though there is no way to cope, I want to work with you to help you find and understand your true self. Therapy is identifying what needs to change, taking those steps, and working to meet your goals. This journey can be challenging, however, you will find in the end it is very fulfilling.
(571) 999-6975 View (571) 999-6975
Photo of Bronwyn Duffy, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 20175, VA
Bronwyn Duffy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Leesburg, VA 20175  (Online Only)
I work with adolescents, adults, and families. My style is straightforward and collaborative. I am always willing to do short-term, results-oriented work, but I relish as well the opportunity to do longer-term work, which allows for the working-through of old hurts and for the gradual discovery of new ways to relate to ourselves, others, and our lives. At its best, therapy is a creative and richly rewarding endeavor. Clients over the years have reported that they find in me warmth, pragmatism, a keen mind, and a willingness to laugh and to be human.
I work with adolescents, adults, and families. My style is straightforward and collaborative. I am always willing to do short-term, results-oriented work, but I relish as well the opportunity to do longer-term work, which allows for the working-through of old hurts and for the gradual discovery of new ways to relate to ourselves, others, and our lives. At its best, therapy is a creative and richly rewarding endeavor. Clients over the years have reported that they find in me warmth, pragmatism, a keen mind, and a willingness to laugh and to be human.
(703) 994-4990 View (703) 994-4990
Photo of Michelle Bogdan, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 20175, VA
Michelle Bogdan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Leesburg, VA 20175
Do you ever get lost in your thoughts, feel overwhelmed emotionally or lack motivation? Is your relationship strained and you wonder how to make things better, if it's even possible? Are you struggling with parenting your child(ren) and wish you knew how to best support them? I can help you live a peaceful life that allows you to act consistent with your values, whether your concerns are within your relationships or something you hope to tackle yourself. There's insight to gain and skills to learn. Life can get sticky, so let's untangle the confusion and sort out what's relevant to create the changes you desire.
Do you ever get lost in your thoughts, feel overwhelmed emotionally or lack motivation? Is your relationship strained and you wonder how to make things better, if it's even possible? Are you struggling with parenting your child(ren) and wish you knew how to best support them? I can help you live a peaceful life that allows you to act consistent with your values, whether your concerns are within your relationships or something you hope to tackle yourself. There's insight to gain and skills to learn. Life can get sticky, so let's untangle the confusion and sort out what's relevant to create the changes you desire.
(703) 596-3411 View (703) 596-3411
Photo of Kayla Rieck, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 20175, VA
Kayla Rieck
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Leesburg, VA 20175
Do you feel that living in this world can sometimes feel overwhelming, confusing, and challenging? I believe that even the strongest people need support and guidance to navigate life's ups and downs. You are the expert in your life and I am here to support you. I work with you (and/or your loved ones) to identify goals and map paths for improvement so that you can move forward. Whether this is your first time seeking therapy or you are looking to restart services, I am so glad that you are here.
Do you feel that living in this world can sometimes feel overwhelming, confusing, and challenging? I believe that even the strongest people need support and guidance to navigate life's ups and downs. You are the expert in your life and I am here to support you. I work with you (and/or your loved ones) to identify goals and map paths for improvement so that you can move forward. Whether this is your first time seeking therapy or you are looking to restart services, I am so glad that you are here.
(571) 620-6399 View (571) 620-6399
Photo of Cathy Wanamaker, Psychologist in 20175, VA
Cathy Wanamaker
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Leesburg, VA 20175
I have been a licensed therapist since 1994. You will find that I am a down-to-earth person who understands the issues that face people in the current day and age. In treatment, I am comfortable giving the feedback and direction you need to help you make the changes you want in your life. While therapy can be difficult, I believe it also can be enjoyable. To that end, I use humor, playfulness, and creativity, along with psychoeducation and traditional psychotherapy practices. You will find that I will do all I can to support guide you as you go through this process.
I have been a licensed therapist since 1994. You will find that I am a down-to-earth person who understands the issues that face people in the current day and age. In treatment, I am comfortable giving the feedback and direction you need to help you make the changes you want in your life. While therapy can be difficult, I believe it also can be enjoyable. To that end, I use humor, playfulness, and creativity, along with psychoeducation and traditional psychotherapy practices. You will find that I will do all I can to support guide you as you go through this process.
(703) 291-3700 View (703) 291-3700
Photo of Molly N. Julien, Licensed Professional Counselor in 20175, VA
Molly N. Julien
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Leesburg, VA 20175
Are you seeking nonjudgmental support, a resource for change? If you're ready, I look forward to helping you. I am passionate about empowering people to live their lives to the fullest. I believe that through self-discovery and self-awareness, each of us can find freedom from our pasts and establish peace within ourselves.
Are you seeking nonjudgmental support, a resource for change? If you're ready, I look forward to helping you. I am passionate about empowering people to live their lives to the fullest. I believe that through self-discovery and self-awareness, each of us can find freedom from our pasts and establish peace within ourselves.
(540) 210-0925 View (540) 210-0925
Photo of Sharon Hamilton, Licensed Professional Counselor in 20175, VA
Sharon Hamilton
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Leesburg, VA 20175
I work with all couples and relationships including couples who have experienced an affair, couples who are “fighting all the time”, and couples who have lost that “spark” for each other.
I work with all couples and relationships including couples who have experienced an affair, couples who are “fighting all the time”, and couples who have lost that “spark” for each other.
(703) 440-7413 View (703) 440-7413

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 20175

100+

Average cost per session

$165

Therapists in 20175 who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
90% Depression
80% Relationship Issues
77% Self Esteem
67% Coping Skills
65% Stress
63% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

71% Anthem | Elevance
57% Aetna
57% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Therapists in 20175 see their clients

77% In Person and Online
23% Online Only

Gender breakdown

85% Female
15% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 20175?

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.