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Juleen Chevalier
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-C, LICSW
Verified Verified
College Park, MD 20740
Email is the best way to reach me- Hi there! Sorting through therapists can be overwhelming, and the right fit is so important. Trust your instinct on who you're drawn to. If that includes me, let’s chat to see if the connection is there! I approach counseling/psychotherapy as a collaborative journey of discovery, healing, and connection. If we work together, I will support you in accessing and using your inherent strengths and resilience. Moments will be hard, but the overall experience will feel safe and restorative. Together, we will identify and resolve the barriers interfering with your life-satisfaction.
Email is the best way to reach me- Hi there! Sorting through therapists can be overwhelming, and the right fit is so important. Trust your instinct on who you're drawn to. If that includes me, let’s chat to see if the connection is there! I approach counseling/psychotherapy as a collaborative journey of discovery, healing, and connection. If we work together, I will support you in accessing and using your inherent strengths and resilience. Moments will be hard, but the overall experience will feel safe and restorative. Together, we will identify and resolve the barriers interfering with your life-satisfaction.
(301) 298-2492 View (301) 298-2492
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Jennifer Bevard-King
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
College Park, MD 20740  (Online Only)
I understand it takes a lot of courage to open up to the prospect of therapy, to uncover and take on personal challenges. I am focused on a client-oriented approach to understanding people as individuals, with various backgrounds and personal experiences. I recognize clients have diverse and unique visions, and my purpose is to be a facilitator of growth based on the client’s idea of physical, emotional, and mental well-being. I aim to help clients give voice to their experiences and work through present and past challenges using tailored interventions. I am informed by psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral theory.
I understand it takes a lot of courage to open up to the prospect of therapy, to uncover and take on personal challenges. I am focused on a client-oriented approach to understanding people as individuals, with various backgrounds and personal experiences. I recognize clients have diverse and unique visions, and my purpose is to be a facilitator of growth based on the client’s idea of physical, emotional, and mental well-being. I aim to help clients give voice to their experiences and work through present and past challenges using tailored interventions. I am informed by psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral theory.
(240) 820-2612 View (240) 820-2612
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Candita Hinds
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
College Park, MD 20740
Not all wounds are visible! We all wrestle with difficult emotions and mental struggles. Not to mention the pressures of life can seem considerably overwhelming at times. I am licensed in Maryland with 9 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with depression, stress and anxiety, lgbt-related issues, parenting issues, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I have had the privilege of working with adolescents, adults, couples and families while using an eclectic approach from modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and a Person Centered approach to help facilitate their healing.
Not all wounds are visible! We all wrestle with difficult emotions and mental struggles. Not to mention the pressures of life can seem considerably overwhelming at times. I am licensed in Maryland with 9 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with depression, stress and anxiety, lgbt-related issues, parenting issues, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I have had the privilege of working with adolescents, adults, couples and families while using an eclectic approach from modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and a Person Centered approach to help facilitate their healing.
(240) 692-3219 View (240) 692-3219
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Jessica Pickens-Phillips
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
College Park, MD 20740  (Online Only)
I'm a licensed clinical social worker, with experience in providing individual therapy to adults. I've worked primarily with individuals struggling with ADHD, depression, anxiety, relational issues, and various forms of trauma. I utilize a few modalities including narrative, person-centered, and relational therapy. My approach is one that is informed by compassion and the belief that everyone is equipped with internal resources to find their way to a life that feels healthier, happier, and more aligned with who they are and what they need.
I'm a licensed clinical social worker, with experience in providing individual therapy to adults. I've worked primarily with individuals struggling with ADHD, depression, anxiety, relational issues, and various forms of trauma. I utilize a few modalities including narrative, person-centered, and relational therapy. My approach is one that is informed by compassion and the belief that everyone is equipped with internal resources to find their way to a life that feels healthier, happier, and more aligned with who they are and what they need.
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Mike Hopkins
Counselor, LCPC, MEd, MPS, NCC, NCSC
Verified Verified
College Park, MD 20740  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Are you looking to have more positive and sustainable relationships with people in your life?  Are you dealing with sadness, anxiousness, fear, or disappointment?  Do you feel down on yourself?  Are you curious about how counseling or therapy might help?  Therapy can be the first step to lasting change.  By exploring thoughts, emotions, and behaviors we can gain insight into what’s holding you back and together make a plan to move forward towards a healthier and happier life. I am currently a resident of College Park and have a lengthy history studying and working at the University of Maryland, so I'm very much Terp-allied!
Are you looking to have more positive and sustainable relationships with people in your life?  Are you dealing with sadness, anxiousness, fear, or disappointment?  Do you feel down on yourself?  Are you curious about how counseling or therapy might help?  Therapy can be the first step to lasting change.  By exploring thoughts, emotions, and behaviors we can gain insight into what’s holding you back and together make a plan to move forward towards a healthier and happier life. I am currently a resident of College Park and have a lengthy history studying and working at the University of Maryland, so I'm very much Terp-allied!
(443) 232-9150 View (443) 232-9150
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Nancy Sharpe
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-C, LICSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
College Park, MD 20740
Not accepting new clients
Limited spots available in person on Wednesday. Please e-mail me. Seeking support is a courageous act of self-love. I would love to explore the possibility of working together. Clients often come in with symptoms of depression and anxiety and feel disconnected from themselves and others. My hope is to build a trusting relationship where you can explore the emotional obstacles that are preventing you from reaching your goals, and to help you identify the underlying emotions motivating behaviors such as hurt, sadness, fear, loss, and loneliness. My clients report feeling listened to, understood, and empowered.
Limited spots available in person on Wednesday. Please e-mail me. Seeking support is a courageous act of self-love. I would love to explore the possibility of working together. Clients often come in with symptoms of depression and anxiety and feel disconnected from themselves and others. My hope is to build a trusting relationship where you can explore the emotional obstacles that are preventing you from reaching your goals, and to help you identify the underlying emotions motivating behaviors such as hurt, sadness, fear, loss, and loneliness. My clients report feeling listened to, understood, and empowered.
(240) 245-2761 View (240) 245-2761
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Jeanne Garrett
Counselor, NCC , LGPC
Verified Verified
College Park, MD 20740
Do you grapple with an unshakeable sense of discontentment, feeling that something vital is missing in life? Do you recognize a void within yourself despite your achievements that is driving you to seek therapy? Do you seek to unravel the complexities of your identity, motivations, and desires, hoping to uncover the root cause of your dissatisfaction? You may want to address surface-level issues and embark on a journey of self-exploration and understanding. I specialize in anxiety, depression, college mental health, ADHD, and life transitions, making me equipped to address a wide range of concerns.
Do you grapple with an unshakeable sense of discontentment, feeling that something vital is missing in life? Do you recognize a void within yourself despite your achievements that is driving you to seek therapy? Do you seek to unravel the complexities of your identity, motivations, and desires, hoping to uncover the root cause of your dissatisfaction? You may want to address surface-level issues and embark on a journey of self-exploration and understanding. I specialize in anxiety, depression, college mental health, ADHD, and life transitions, making me equipped to address a wide range of concerns.
(240) 262-4533 View (240) 262-4533
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Rebecca Austin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
College Park, MD 20740
I am a Licensed Social Worker with a passion for decreasing the stigma surrounding mental health and promoting the health and well being of my clients. For my undergraduate degree, I moved from Central Jersey (Yes! It exists!) to South Jersey to attend Stockton University. I received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work with a Minor in Behavioral Neuroscience from Stockton, and then moved on to attend graduate school in Philadelphia. I received my Master of Social Work Degree with a clinical concentration from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice in May of 2020.
I am a Licensed Social Worker with a passion for decreasing the stigma surrounding mental health and promoting the health and well being of my clients. For my undergraduate degree, I moved from Central Jersey (Yes! It exists!) to South Jersey to attend Stockton University. I received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work with a Minor in Behavioral Neuroscience from Stockton, and then moved on to attend graduate school in Philadelphia. I received my Master of Social Work Degree with a clinical concentration from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice in May of 2020.
(667) 256-7498 View (667) 256-7498
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Angela Mazer
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
College Park, MD 20740
My ideal client is ready to share, learn, and be curious about their wellness journey. They want to share their hopes and fears as a way to clarify what they want to gain from therapy. I have honed my skills of client connection, combined with clinical expertise, to learn & assess the client's current needs.
My ideal client is ready to share, learn, and be curious about their wellness journey. They want to share their hopes and fears as a way to clarify what they want to gain from therapy. I have honed my skills of client connection, combined with clinical expertise, to learn & assess the client's current needs.
(667) 256-7331 View (667) 256-7331
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Nancy L Harris
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
College Park, MD 20740
Not accepting new clients
I am interested in people and in helping them change. I respect the courage it takes to face fears and difficult situations. I offer an emotionally safe, non-judgmental space in which to explore the problem and together, come up with a solution. People find it easy to talk to me. I am warm, responsive, and kind. I am experienced in helping people with any type of anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, difficult childhoods, adjustment, grief and loss.
I am interested in people and in helping them change. I respect the courage it takes to face fears and difficult situations. I offer an emotionally safe, non-judgmental space in which to explore the problem and together, come up with a solution. People find it easy to talk to me. I am warm, responsive, and kind. I am experienced in helping people with any type of anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, difficult childhoods, adjustment, grief and loss.
(301) 861-0878 View (301) 861-0878
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Brenden Stinson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
College Park, MD 20740
For me, there is no ideal client. To some extent, everyone is on a spectrum of depression and anxiety, and I seek to work with clients who need assistance becoming oriented toward improvement. I have personal and professional experience and understand how difficult it is to find someone patient enough to grow alongside a client through the therapeutic process. I want to work alongside you to help you live a happy, meaningful life with these conditions.
For me, there is no ideal client. To some extent, everyone is on a spectrum of depression and anxiety, and I seek to work with clients who need assistance becoming oriented toward improvement. I have personal and professional experience and understand how difficult it is to find someone patient enough to grow alongside a client through the therapeutic process. I want to work alongside you to help you live a happy, meaningful life with these conditions.
(240) 589-5261 View (240) 589-5261
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Crafting Balance, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, LMSW, TFCBT
Verified Verified
College Park, MD 20740  (Online Only)
Now welcoming new clients! Sharlita specializes in supporting individuals in trauma processing, cultivating self-awareness, setting Mental Health S.M.A.R.T goals, and skillfully managing everyday stressors to foster holistic well-being. Her approach integrates active listening, role-playing, client education, and open discussion.
Now welcoming new clients! Sharlita specializes in supporting individuals in trauma processing, cultivating self-awareness, setting Mental Health S.M.A.R.T goals, and skillfully managing everyday stressors to foster holistic well-being. Her approach integrates active listening, role-playing, client education, and open discussion.
(240) 384-4980 View (240) 384-4980
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Beth Charbonneau
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
College Park, MD 20740
You want better than "fine". Even though you are (sometimes just barely) keeping your head above water, you hope there is a bigger, brighter life for you, maybe just out of sight. It's exhausting and dispiriting to feel stuck, going around in circles. You know you are ready for something to shift, to gain some real traction for lasting change and you need some help to get there. I'd love to help. Find more clarity & ease in your mind, more trust in your body, and learn to befriend all parts of yourself, especially the parts that have been challenging and that you'd usually prefer to just ditch. Get to way better than "fine".
You want better than "fine". Even though you are (sometimes just barely) keeping your head above water, you hope there is a bigger, brighter life for you, maybe just out of sight. It's exhausting and dispiriting to feel stuck, going around in circles. You know you are ready for something to shift, to gain some real traction for lasting change and you need some help to get there. I'd love to help. Find more clarity & ease in your mind, more trust in your body, and learn to befriend all parts of yourself, especially the parts that have been challenging and that you'd usually prefer to just ditch. Get to way better than "fine".
(240) 813-4449 View (240) 813-4449
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Joselyn Brown
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
College Park, MD 20740
My ideal client presents depressive symptoms related to trauma & grief. They express that they want to process unresolved childhood issues. They express that the issues have prevented close relationships with their adult children. They want forgiveness and help in creating better ties. The goal may be to explore & resolve issues related to traumatic events and improve overall mood. Interventions may include sharing details of the event and how it has affected their relationships, using positive self-talk, developing positive coping skills, and identifying effective strategies to communicate thoughts and feelings.
My ideal client presents depressive symptoms related to trauma & grief. They express that they want to process unresolved childhood issues. They express that the issues have prevented close relationships with their adult children. They want forgiveness and help in creating better ties. The goal may be to explore & resolve issues related to traumatic events and improve overall mood. Interventions may include sharing details of the event and how it has affected their relationships, using positive self-talk, developing positive coping skills, and identifying effective strategies to communicate thoughts and feelings.
(240) 693-5257 View (240) 693-5257
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Robert S. Seiler Jr.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
College Park, MD 20740
Are you suffering? Have you tried to change on your own but feel stuck? I can help by providing a safe, caring place where you can heal and grow. You can learn to feel and express your emotions without shutting down or acting destructively and to get your needs met.
Are you suffering? Have you tried to change on your own but feel stuck? I can help by providing a safe, caring place where you can heal and grow. You can learn to feel and express your emotions without shutting down or acting destructively and to get your needs met.
(240) 594-8559 View (240) 594-8559
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Jeri Boliek
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
College Park, MD 20740
I am a therapist who specializes in helping college-age people navigate life challenges whether they stem from within or from your environment. I have an open, accepting practice and work with people of all walks of life. I help people who experience anxiety, depression, low self esteem, grief and challenging childhoods. I use several approaches based on your needs, such as psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, mindfulness and relational therapy. Positive change in your life is so much more possible when you have someone to listen to you. I can be your ally. Prefer email.
I am a therapist who specializes in helping college-age people navigate life challenges whether they stem from within or from your environment. I have an open, accepting practice and work with people of all walks of life. I help people who experience anxiety, depression, low self esteem, grief and challenging childhoods. I use several approaches based on your needs, such as psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, mindfulness and relational therapy. Positive change in your life is so much more possible when you have someone to listen to you. I can be your ally. Prefer email.
(240) 540-5987 View (240) 540-5987
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Maggie Blackburn
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, LICSW, CAIP, CTP, C-DBT
Verified Verified
College Park, MD 20740  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Are you having difficulty managing thoughts, emotions or behaviors? Are you feeling stuck, overwhelmed or unable to cope with your stress? Are you and your partner having difficulties in your relationship? Is your family having issues getting along or do you find yourselves fighting more often? Is your child having difficulties with emotions or behaviors at school? If your answers are yes to any of these questions, you are in the right place.
Are you having difficulty managing thoughts, emotions or behaviors? Are you feeling stuck, overwhelmed or unable to cope with your stress? Are you and your partner having difficulties in your relationship? Is your family having issues getting along or do you find yourselves fighting more often? Is your child having difficulties with emotions or behaviors at school? If your answers are yes to any of these questions, you are in the right place.
(240) 226-3103 View (240) 226-3103
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Kara Peters Veigas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
College Park, MD 20740
Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) is an approach to therapy that demands full and active collaboration between the patient and therapist. The patient is expected to bring a will to live as fulfilled and happy a life as possible. In using ISTDP I approach the patient's time as invaluable, and believe the wisest approach is to be up front with the patient immediately and continuously, to bring relief from suffering in the fastest and safest way possible. Therapy is typically conducted on a weekly basis following the initial evaluation until goals are achieved.
Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) is an approach to therapy that demands full and active collaboration between the patient and therapist. The patient is expected to bring a will to live as fulfilled and happy a life as possible. In using ISTDP I approach the patient's time as invaluable, and believe the wisest approach is to be up front with the patient immediately and continuously, to bring relief from suffering in the fastest and safest way possible. Therapy is typically conducted on a weekly basis following the initial evaluation until goals are achieved.
(240) 384-3588 View (240) 384-3588
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Ellen Leigh Iscoe
Psychologist, PhD, SEP
Verified Verified
College Park, MD 20740
Not accepting new clients
Hello, hey, welcome! My goal is to help people who have a sense of being ‘other’ feel more comfortable. Maybe you feel different because of your life experiences, your family, how you present to the world, how you process information, or a trauma you experienced. Maybe you feel stuck, or things don’t seem to go the way you think they should and you aren’t sure why. Whatever brings you to therapy, I will meet you with compassion for your pain, respect for how you got to your current situation, and a certainty that together we can help you make changes, feel better, and create the sort of life you want.
Hello, hey, welcome! My goal is to help people who have a sense of being ‘other’ feel more comfortable. Maybe you feel different because of your life experiences, your family, how you present to the world, how you process information, or a trauma you experienced. Maybe you feel stuck, or things don’t seem to go the way you think they should and you aren’t sure why. Whatever brings you to therapy, I will meet you with compassion for your pain, respect for how you got to your current situation, and a certainty that together we can help you make changes, feel better, and create the sort of life you want.
(240) 623-5353 View (240) 623-5353
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Taelon Um
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
College Park, MD 20740
My ideal client may need help with confidence, relationships, or learning who they are. They aim to reduce symptoms of clinical diagnoses and work with me to see progress in their lives. This client would want to learn more about themselves and improve their relationships with others and with themselves. They would be a motivated and insightful client who attends sessions regularly and comes prepared with topics to discuss. I would help this client by listening to them and their thoughts, offering support, and building a rapport with them.
My ideal client may need help with confidence, relationships, or learning who they are. They aim to reduce symptoms of clinical diagnoses and work with me to see progress in their lives. This client would want to learn more about themselves and improve their relationships with others and with themselves. They would be a motivated and insightful client who attends sessions regularly and comes prepared with topics to discuss. I would help this client by listening to them and their thoughts, offering support, and building a rapport with them.
(667) 802-2445 View (667) 802-2445

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 20740

90+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in 20740 who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
91% Depression
79% Self Esteem
76% Relationship Issues
73% Coping Skills
70% Trauma and PTSD
67% Stress

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% CareFirst
76% BlueCross and BlueShield
67% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in 20740 see their clients

55% In Person and Online
45% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
21% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 20740?

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.