Photo of Camille Lewis - Revive Wellness Inc, LCPC, Counselor
Revive Wellness Inc
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
"Be transformed by the renewing of your mind" Romans 12:2 As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Health & Life Coach and a student of Spirituality, I know that emotional obstacles can make life difficult to conquer. Errors in thinking, perception and judgment can cause disruptions on your journey to success. I provide validation, support and practical skills within an empathetic and supportive environment in the therapeutic relationship so clients can feel safe while moving toward their goals. If you are seeking a confidential, and non-judgmental approach in facing your personal challenges please call for a consultation.
"Be transformed by the renewing of your mind" Romans 12:2 As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Health & Life Coach and a student of Spirituality, I know that emotional obstacles can make life difficult to conquer. Errors in thinking, perception and judgment can cause disruptions on your journey to success. I provide validation, support and practical skills within an empathetic and supportive environment in the therapeutic relationship so clients can feel safe while moving toward their goals. If you are seeking a confidential, and non-judgmental approach in facing your personal challenges please call for a consultation.
(301) 381-3383 View (301) 381-3383
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Ursula Towles
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Life's storms come to each of us. We can feel overwhelmed, weary, anxious, alone, or stuck. Change, pain, & loss occur or events happen that cause deep trauma. Sometimes even the mundane day-to-day aspects of life can take a toll or addictions rule what was once our life. Let Discovery Harbor Counseling Center help chart a new course that puts you back at the helm of your life! You do NOT have to weather the storm alone! The atmosphere is warm, friendly, & always professional. Conveniently located, evening & weekend appointments are available, & protection of your confidentiality is upheld 100%.
Life's storms come to each of us. We can feel overwhelmed, weary, anxious, alone, or stuck. Change, pain, & loss occur or events happen that cause deep trauma. Sometimes even the mundane day-to-day aspects of life can take a toll or addictions rule what was once our life. Let Discovery Harbor Counseling Center help chart a new course that puts you back at the helm of your life! You do NOT have to weather the storm alone! The atmosphere is warm, friendly, & always professional. Conveniently located, evening & weekend appointments are available, & protection of your confidentiality is upheld 100%.
(301) 703-9245 View (301) 703-9245
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Doris McDonald
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC, LCADC
Verified Verified
Are you where you want to be in life? I want to help you in meaningfully understanding your world and experiences. Let me help you find the narrative threads that will help you reweave the fabric of your life. I have thirty years experience working with people with serious mental illness as well as substance-related disorders. I have worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, residential substance abuse programs and outpatient clinics. I have worked with all ages, from children through geriatric, but I am currently focusing on adults.
Are you where you want to be in life? I want to help you in meaningfully understanding your world and experiences. Let me help you find the narrative threads that will help you reweave the fabric of your life. I have thirty years experience working with people with serious mental illness as well as substance-related disorders. I have worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, residential substance abuse programs and outpatient clinics. I have worked with all ages, from children through geriatric, but I am currently focusing on adults.
(301) 640-5648 View (301) 640-5648
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Sydney Armitage
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, CGP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Waitlist for new clients
Thank you for making the choice to seek help. I know how hard it can be and would be honored to be a part of this next step. Life brings us a lot of changes and challenges that may be difficult to navigate. Perhaps you need help understanding how to cope with your anxiety in certain situations or daily life. Maybe you’re going through a difficult transition. Or maybe something just feels off, and you want to explore what you’re experiencing in a safe place. My hope is that therapy will take you from a place of distress to a place of believing in your strengths and being kind to yourself.
Thank you for making the choice to seek help. I know how hard it can be and would be honored to be a part of this next step. Life brings us a lot of changes and challenges that may be difficult to navigate. Perhaps you need help understanding how to cope with your anxiety in certain situations or daily life. Maybe you’re going through a difficult transition. Or maybe something just feels off, and you want to explore what you’re experiencing in a safe place. My hope is that therapy will take you from a place of distress to a place of believing in your strengths and being kind to yourself.
(240) 541-5906 View (240) 541-5906
Photo of Rebecca Hill, LMSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Rebecca Hill
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Many individuals are living life haunted by past trauma or experiencing interpersonal relationship breakdowns. This can cause anxiety, depression, and negative self talk. It is important to process the emotions that derive from these experiences in order to move forward and experience healthy, positive, and meaningful relationships. It does take work and will not always be easy but the outcome from our sessions will be worth all the effort. It’s not who you are that holds you back. It’s who you think you’re not. Together we can work to toss out the thoughts that hold you back.
Many individuals are living life haunted by past trauma or experiencing interpersonal relationship breakdowns. This can cause anxiety, depression, and negative self talk. It is important to process the emotions that derive from these experiences in order to move forward and experience healthy, positive, and meaningful relationships. It does take work and will not always be easy but the outcome from our sessions will be worth all the effort. It’s not who you are that holds you back. It’s who you think you’re not. Together we can work to toss out the thoughts that hold you back.
(240) 774-1898 View (240) 774-1898
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Mackensey K Kubina
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Everyone has strengths and therapy can be utilized as a tool to further develop those strengths in addition to building new strengths. My goal is to provide a safe space for exploring feelings, resolving issues, personal growth, and rebuilding relationships. Therapy is a partnership we will enter in together to best support your individual or family needs. The ideal client is one who is ready to take the first step in this partnership with an open mind and heart. It is not an easy task, but the rewards of focusing on your personal journey and growth are great.
Everyone has strengths and therapy can be utilized as a tool to further develop those strengths in addition to building new strengths. My goal is to provide a safe space for exploring feelings, resolving issues, personal growth, and rebuilding relationships. Therapy is a partnership we will enter in together to best support your individual or family needs. The ideal client is one who is ready to take the first step in this partnership with an open mind and heart. It is not an easy task, but the rewards of focusing on your personal journey and growth are great.
(240) 847-3812 View (240) 847-3812
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Inner Peace Therapeutic Services
Counselor, PhD, LCPC, LCMFT, EMDR
Verified Verified
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, or feeling overwhelmed? Do you find yourself just not feeling like yourself? Whether you’re dealing with previous trauma, PTSD, identity issues, disordered eating, eating disorders, negative body image, or relationship issues, we are here to help. At our practice, we understand that counseling can be intimidating, but you’ve already taken the first important step. We believe that everyone has a story that deserves to be heard and valued. Our goal is to provide a safe, supportive space where you can explore your experiences, understand your feelings, and work towards healing and growth.
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, or feeling overwhelmed? Do you find yourself just not feeling like yourself? Whether you’re dealing with previous trauma, PTSD, identity issues, disordered eating, eating disorders, negative body image, or relationship issues, we are here to help. At our practice, we understand that counseling can be intimidating, but you’ve already taken the first important step. We believe that everyone has a story that deserves to be heard and valued. Our goal is to provide a safe, supportive space where you can explore your experiences, understand your feelings, and work towards healing and growth.
(240) 754-2671 View (240) 754-2671
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Worthy of Healing
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Lexington Park, MD 20653  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I respond best to emails :) Hello! I am your fat, disabled, queer, neurodivergent therapist based in Maryland. Being a healer has come naturally to me since childhood and navigating my own healing has led me to become a licensed clinical social worker. I deeply care for my clients, so building genuine connections with them is essential. I show up to sessions as my authentic self: witty, warm, transparent, and a little awkward. I view each client as my equal and view therapy as a team approach to navigating pain and hope.
I respond best to emails :) Hello! I am your fat, disabled, queer, neurodivergent therapist based in Maryland. Being a healer has come naturally to me since childhood and navigating my own healing has led me to become a licensed clinical social worker. I deeply care for my clients, so building genuine connections with them is essential. I show up to sessions as my authentic self: witty, warm, transparent, and a little awkward. I view each client as my equal and view therapy as a team approach to navigating pain and hope.
(240) 540-5016 View (240) 540-5016
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Elizabeth G. Walker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, BSW, MSW, LMSW
Verified Verified
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou- Life can be a difficult journey that brings upon an array of emotions, some heavier than others.
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou- Life can be a difficult journey that brings upon an array of emotions, some heavier than others.
(240) 635-9492 View (240) 635-9492
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Julie Devine
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC, MA
Verified Verified
Are you looking for help for depression, anxiety, trauma, family or parenting issues? I can help. I treat children, teenagers, and adults. I work with individuals and families. Groups can be formed when the need arises. My unique and effective type of therapy can be helpful to many different issues.
Are you looking for help for depression, anxiety, trauma, family or parenting issues? I can help. I treat children, teenagers, and adults. I work with individuals and families. Groups can be formed when the need arises. My unique and effective type of therapy can be helpful to many different issues.
(240) 334-6234 View (240) 334-6234
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Dr. Ellen Bronder
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Lexington Park, MD 20653  (Online Only)
Offering help for depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, stress and burnout. Working with adults, college & grad students and professionals, including people in sensitive and high-profile roles for whom discretion & privacy are paramount. Here you will get a therapist that has a deep and unique understanding of suffering, a therapist that is skillful, knowledgeable, real, transparent and compassionate. A therapist that gets it and has expertise in diagnosis and treatment based on advanced knowledge of human development, psychotherapeutic treatment and advanced knowledge of research in psychology.
Offering help for depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, stress and burnout. Working with adults, college & grad students and professionals, including people in sensitive and high-profile roles for whom discretion & privacy are paramount. Here you will get a therapist that has a deep and unique understanding of suffering, a therapist that is skillful, knowledgeable, real, transparent and compassionate. A therapist that gets it and has expertise in diagnosis and treatment based on advanced knowledge of human development, psychotherapeutic treatment and advanced knowledge of research in psychology.
(216) 299-3810 View (216) 299-3810
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Therapy Café®
BS, ICF, Coach, DD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
I am a certified professional Spiritual/Life/Executive Coach and Ordained Minister who specializes in personal growth, relationship. romance, sex and career coaching. I am part of a private practice in Prince Frederick, Maryland. I serve as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. I am a collaborative, solution-focused Life Coach. Through this approach, I provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges.
I am a certified professional Spiritual/Life/Executive Coach and Ordained Minister who specializes in personal growth, relationship. romance, sex and career coaching. I am part of a private practice in Prince Frederick, Maryland. I serve as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. I am a collaborative, solution-focused Life Coach. Through this approach, I provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges.
(240) 237-8716 View (240) 237-8716
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Chesapeake South Therapeutic Group LLC
Counselor, LCPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Waitlist for new clients
Life is full of challenges and we are here to help you navigate through the tough times in your life. Our therapists guide children, adolescents, and adults in resolving personal, social and psychological difficulties. Our focus is on healing through life's transitions, trauma, depression and anxiety. We also assist couples to recognize and resolve conflict to improve their relationships.
Life is full of challenges and we are here to help you navigate through the tough times in your life. Our therapists guide children, adolescents, and adults in resolving personal, social and psychological difficulties. Our focus is on healing through life's transitions, trauma, depression and anxiety. We also assist couples to recognize and resolve conflict to improve their relationships.
(240) 297-7849 View (240) 297-7849
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Gersende Schleicher
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Are you a teen who feels like no one understands? Are you a person who needs help in coping with anxiety, depression, trauma, or family issues? Are you having trouble adjusting to a transition in life such as divorce or a new job? Life can be difficult and I'm here to help you cope with life's struggles without feeling alone.
Are you a teen who feels like no one understands? Are you a person who needs help in coping with anxiety, depression, trauma, or family issues? Are you having trouble adjusting to a transition in life such as divorce or a new job? Life can be difficult and I'm here to help you cope with life's struggles without feeling alone.
(240) 724-1101 View (240) 724-1101
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Dr. Daniel J. Meckel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
As you search for the right therapist, I recommend looking for certain essential qualities: Close and empathic listening - do you feel heard? Seasoned knowledge and technique - do you feel understood and responded to helpfully? A good "fit" - do you feel comfortable with this person? It is impossible to discern these qualities from a profile alone. You may need to allow yourself a couple of sessions with more than one therapist before deciding. It takes time to know, but there's a lot at stake and much to gain.
As you search for the right therapist, I recommend looking for certain essential qualities: Close and empathic listening - do you feel heard? Seasoned knowledge and technique - do you feel understood and responded to helpfully? A good "fit" - do you feel comfortable with this person? It is impossible to discern these qualities from a profile alone. You may need to allow yourself a couple of sessions with more than one therapist before deciding. It takes time to know, but there's a lot at stake and much to gain.
(240) 697-2469 View (240) 697-2469
Photo of Jennifer E Voorhaar - Hope and Healing Therapy and Wellness Center, LCSW-C, LCPC, PsyD, LMSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Hope and Healing Therapy and Wellness Center
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, LCPC, PsyD, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
We have immediate openings for private pay clients. Feeling ashamed, lost, afraid, alone? Reliving terrifying moments? Wondering when the dreams will stop? No matter what the road of life has put in your way, there is hope for recovery. By telling your story and learning skills for coping with life you can build hope and strength and finding healing. Our providers include: Jennifer Voorhaar, LCSW-C, Anastasia Newberry, LCSW-C, Meredith Drumm, LCPC, Alison Thir, PsyD, Kristen Wilson, LCSW-C, Erica Cavin, LCSW-C, Sara Smith, LCPC, Alexes Boutin, LMSW, Glori VanBrunt, LCPC, Anna Guy, LMSW.
We have immediate openings for private pay clients. Feeling ashamed, lost, afraid, alone? Reliving terrifying moments? Wondering when the dreams will stop? No matter what the road of life has put in your way, there is hope for recovery. By telling your story and learning skills for coping with life you can build hope and strength and finding healing. Our providers include: Jennifer Voorhaar, LCSW-C, Anastasia Newberry, LCSW-C, Meredith Drumm, LCPC, Alison Thir, PsyD, Kristen Wilson, LCSW-C, Erica Cavin, LCSW-C, Sara Smith, LCPC, Alexes Boutin, LMSW, Glori VanBrunt, LCPC, Anna Guy, LMSW.
(240) 808-2225 View (240) 808-2225
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Debbie Flerlage
Counselor, LCPC, LCADC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lexington Park, MD 20653  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Are you struggling with addiction or other behavioral health issue? Are you facing legal or family problems as a result of your behaviors? I have worked in the behavioral health field since 2000. I have worked with clients who are dually diagnosed with substance use and mental health disorders. I have extensive experience working with the criminal justice system and helping people meet the requirements that are placed on them as a result of behaviors associated with substance use. I also have extensive training in treating problem gambling disorder.
Are you struggling with addiction or other behavioral health issue? Are you facing legal or family problems as a result of your behaviors? I have worked in the behavioral health field since 2000. I have worked with clients who are dually diagnosed with substance use and mental health disorders. I have extensive experience working with the criminal justice system and helping people meet the requirements that are placed on them as a result of behaviors associated with substance use. I also have extensive training in treating problem gambling disorder.
(240) 776-5436 View (240) 776-5436
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Dr. Carol Drury
Counselor, PhD, NCC, BCC
Verified Verified
I accept Gandhi's belief - the purpose of life is happiness, and everyone deserves to find it from the inside out. Life isn't a dress rehearsal - it's our responsibility to Live Full Out . . . We engage in self-defeating behaviors due to childhood conditioning. What we think creates our misery or joy; we act like every thought is fact & this brings us pain, anxiety, & depression. When not in the moment, we're unhappy; we learn from past; what we do in this moment determines the future. I help my people to that happy place.
I accept Gandhi's belief - the purpose of life is happiness, and everyone deserves to find it from the inside out. Life isn't a dress rehearsal - it's our responsibility to Live Full Out . . . We engage in self-defeating behaviors due to childhood conditioning. What we think creates our misery or joy; we act like every thought is fact & this brings us pain, anxiety, & depression. When not in the moment, we're unhappy; we learn from past; what we do in this moment determines the future. I help my people to that happy place.
(240) 808-2218 View (240) 808-2218
Photo of Tia Myers, MA, LCPC, Counselor
Tia Myers
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified Verified
Lexington Park, MD 20653  (Online Only)
Life is full of transitions and it can be difficult dealing with the day to day challenges of family, work, school, health concerns, loss of a friend/family, marriage, or divorce . The help of a Professional Counselor may be necessary to get through some of these moments. My passion is to work with individuals (children and adults) and families to cope with life's stressors. Whether you are looking to work through an unexpected difficult situation or need assistance with developing a short or long term plan to achieve your personal or family mental health goals, I am here to help.
Life is full of transitions and it can be difficult dealing with the day to day challenges of family, work, school, health concerns, loss of a friend/family, marriage, or divorce . The help of a Professional Counselor may be necessary to get through some of these moments. My passion is to work with individuals (children and adults) and families to cope with life's stressors. Whether you are looking to work through an unexpected difficult situation or need assistance with developing a short or long term plan to achieve your personal or family mental health goals, I am here to help.
(667) 660-4310 View (667) 660-4310
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Dr. Marybeth Heather
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, PhD, LCPC, ACS, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lexington Park, MD 20653  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Its not easy to maintain your health and mental wellness. It’s important to have a knowledgeable counselor you can trust. Feeling tired, annoyed and pulled in every direction by life is exhausting. Others might view you as a goal setter but you feel like your barely swimming above water each day you wake up. Dreading Mondays and lacking joy in day to day life. Not being your true self is no longer an option. You deserve to allow health back into your life. Being your best self involves setting goals not only for your career, family and education but for the balance your desire to thrive everyday. You can become the best you today!
Its not easy to maintain your health and mental wellness. It’s important to have a knowledgeable counselor you can trust. Feeling tired, annoyed and pulled in every direction by life is exhausting. Others might view you as a goal setter but you feel like your barely swimming above water each day you wake up. Dreading Mondays and lacking joy in day to day life. Not being your true self is no longer an option. You deserve to allow health back into your life. Being your best self involves setting goals not only for your career, family and education but for the balance your desire to thrive everyday. You can become the best you today!
(410) 609-9926 View (410) 609-9926
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How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 20653

20+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in 20653 who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
89% Depression
81% Self Esteem
78% Trauma and PTSD
74% Relationship Issues
74% Grief
70% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% CareFirst
79% BlueCross and BlueShield
58% Blue Cross

How Therapists in 20653 see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

93% Female
4% Male
3% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 20653?

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.