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Photo of David L Kupfer, Psychologist in 22041, VA
David L Kupfer
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
12 Endorsed
Falls Church, VA 22041
If you want help in overcoming depression, anxiety, and relationship problems, I have over 30 years of experience working with people like you. I have been trained in a practical, compassionate, brand of cognitive-behavioral therapy, and have learned to add techniques such as EMDR and Mindfulness to the basic approach I have used. I have special training in treating anxiety problems, mood disorders, sleep disturbances, chronic pain, medical illness, and helping people deal with grief and loss. I was named a "Top Therapist" by Washingtonian Magazine in 2009 for my work with OCD, Panic, Phobias, and Generalized Anxiety Disorders.
If you want help in overcoming depression, anxiety, and relationship problems, I have over 30 years of experience working with people like you. I have been trained in a practical, compassionate, brand of cognitive-behavioral therapy, and have learned to add techniques such as EMDR and Mindfulness to the basic approach I have used. I have special training in treating anxiety problems, mood disorders, sleep disturbances, chronic pain, medical illness, and helping people deal with grief and loss. I was named a "Top Therapist" by Washingtonian Magazine in 2009 for my work with OCD, Panic, Phobias, and Generalized Anxiety Disorders.
(703) 468-8411 View (703) 468-8411
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Daniel J Roefaro
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Falls Church, VA 22041  (Online Only)
I believe that compassionate, science-backed therapy can help you overcome your problems and bring you closer to the life you want to lead. I specialize in the evidence-based approaches of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). This has allowed me to provide my clients with ways to manage their problems and life’s struggles that inevitably follow. I have experience in private practice, community mental health, and college counseling settings.
I believe that compassionate, science-backed therapy can help you overcome your problems and bring you closer to the life you want to lead. I specialize in the evidence-based approaches of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). This has allowed me to provide my clients with ways to manage their problems and life’s struggles that inevitably follow. I have experience in private practice, community mental health, and college counseling settings.
(703) 552-5319 View (703) 552-5319
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Patrick A Ryan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Falls Church, VA 22041  (Online Only)
Evening Openings! I specialize in helping parents, adults, teens, and their families lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. If you, feel like you are at wits end and are not sure what to do or your son, or another male in your life is struggling with social skills, ADHD, anger, anxiety, school or work stress, and/or depression, I can help. I also specialize in families including those living the expatriate lifestyle raising third culture children. I work to help families develop the necessary resilience and support to manage transitions and challenges. Currently, I am working with Foreign Service Families posted to U.S. Embassies.
Evening Openings! I specialize in helping parents, adults, teens, and their families lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. If you, feel like you are at wits end and are not sure what to do or your son, or another male in your life is struggling with social skills, ADHD, anger, anxiety, school or work stress, and/or depression, I can help. I also specialize in families including those living the expatriate lifestyle raising third culture children. I work to help families develop the necessary resilience and support to manage transitions and challenges. Currently, I am working with Foreign Service Families posted to U.S. Embassies.
(571) 200-0561 View (571) 200-0561
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Michelle Donovan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, CGP
Verified
Falls Church, VA 22041  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and received my Masters degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. I strive to help clients see a way forward from feeling stuck by forming a collaborative, therapeutic relationship. This is where clients feel empowered to maneuver life transitions in an authentic and honest way.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and received my Masters degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. I strive to help clients see a way forward from feeling stuck by forming a collaborative, therapeutic relationship. This is where clients feel empowered to maneuver life transitions in an authentic and honest way.
(703) 546-9610 View (703) 546-9610
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Grace Moore
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
Falls Church, VA 22041  (Online Only)
I believe that therapy is most effective when safety and trust are prioritized in the therapeutic relationship. I intentionally foster safety and trust so that I can provide a space where you grow and achieve your desire outcomes by gaining a deep understanding of self, societal, and trauma imposed limitations that hinder you from showing up in life the way you desire. Your session will become opportunity to explore beliefs and patterns, their origins, their impact, and a way forward. My ideal client is someone that is looking to transcend the imposed labels of life and reclaim their power to live and achieve balance.
I believe that therapy is most effective when safety and trust are prioritized in the therapeutic relationship. I intentionally foster safety and trust so that I can provide a space where you grow and achieve your desire outcomes by gaining a deep understanding of self, societal, and trauma imposed limitations that hinder you from showing up in life the way you desire. Your session will become opportunity to explore beliefs and patterns, their origins, their impact, and a way forward. My ideal client is someone that is looking to transcend the imposed labels of life and reclaim their power to live and achieve balance.
(703) 639-4042 View (703) 639-4042
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Melina Mora
Resident in Counseling, MS, NCC, LPC-R
Verified
1 Endorsed
Falls Church, VA 22041  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I facilitate safe spaces for individuals to access their innate curiosity and compassion for themselves, their loved ones, and our community. My vision is to support others in experiencing authentic connection and pleasure in all seasons of life. Like many of you, I come with a colorful life story full of love, betrayal, healing, failure, and transformation. I use a blend of life experience, integration of body, mind, spirit, circle process, and my degree in clinical mental health counseling to support you in accessing your inner healer.
I facilitate safe spaces for individuals to access their innate curiosity and compassion for themselves, their loved ones, and our community. My vision is to support others in experiencing authentic connection and pleasure in all seasons of life. Like many of you, I come with a colorful life story full of love, betrayal, healing, failure, and transformation. I use a blend of life experience, integration of body, mind, spirit, circle process, and my degree in clinical mental health counseling to support you in accessing your inner healer.
(571) 496-9686 View (571) 496-9686
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Amy Crawford
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Falls Church, VA 22041  (Online Only)
Are you you feeling lost, stuck, or overwhelmed? Are you self critical and wishing you could be kinder to yourself? Are you a people pleaser longing to have your needs met in relationships? Or struggling with chronic pain or your relationship with your body? Clients often seek me out because they want to experience more self compassion, have more fulfilling relationships, feel better in their bodies, and heal from trauma. If you're struggling, you don't have to figure it all out on your own. I can support you with figuring out who you are and what you need, so that you can show up differently for yourself and others.
Are you you feeling lost, stuck, or overwhelmed? Are you self critical and wishing you could be kinder to yourself? Are you a people pleaser longing to have your needs met in relationships? Or struggling with chronic pain or your relationship with your body? Clients often seek me out because they want to experience more self compassion, have more fulfilling relationships, feel better in their bodies, and heal from trauma. If you're struggling, you don't have to figure it all out on your own. I can support you with figuring out who you are and what you need, so that you can show up differently for yourself and others.
(571) 601-3270 View (571) 601-3270
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Lama Abu Odeh
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified
Falls Church, VA 22041
I like to work with children. My ideal client is 4-10 years old. Children tell you what irks them through play and they are much less complicated than adults. I like to provide them with a holding environment in which they feel safe. I like to offer them back their feelings articulated and watch the look of recognition and thrill on their faces. I am also particularly interested in working with Arab American families: with mothers and their children. I speak Arabic and I think there is much need for mental health counseling in this community.
I like to work with children. My ideal client is 4-10 years old. Children tell you what irks them through play and they are much less complicated than adults. I like to provide them with a holding environment in which they feel safe. I like to offer them back their feelings articulated and watch the look of recognition and thrill on their faces. I am also particularly interested in working with Arab American families: with mothers and their children. I speak Arabic and I think there is much need for mental health counseling in this community.
(703) 952-0570 View (703) 952-0570
Photo of Kelly Maio, Licensed Professional Counselor in 22041, VA
Kelly Maio
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Falls Church, VA 22041  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Now accepting new clients on a waitlist! Whether you’re new to therapy or have prior experiences, we will find approaches that work for YOU to take control of your life. Complexity is my specialty; our problems and experiences don’t exist in a vacuum. Making meaningful, lasting changes to our mental health can be difficult enough without factoring in a person’s experiences. Whether you’re dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, boundaries, life stressors, suicidal ideation, intrusive thoughts, or a combination of the above, we will untangle it together.
Now accepting new clients on a waitlist! Whether you’re new to therapy or have prior experiences, we will find approaches that work for YOU to take control of your life. Complexity is my specialty; our problems and experiences don’t exist in a vacuum. Making meaningful, lasting changes to our mental health can be difficult enough without factoring in a person’s experiences. Whether you’re dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, boundaries, life stressors, suicidal ideation, intrusive thoughts, or a combination of the above, we will untangle it together.
(571) 554-6416 View (571) 554-6416
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Johanna Williams
PhD
1 Endorsed
Falls Church, VA 22041  (Online Only)
Approaching therapy can be very scary and may feel like just another thing on your to do list. You may feel apprehensive about sharing intimate details of your life with a complete stranger or perhaps therapy isn't your first rodeo at all and you're seeking something specific. No matter the need, I believe therapy is for everyone. The difference between therapy and a friend is 1. You pay a considerable amount of money, give dedicated time to your concerns, have peace and quiet, and resources ready for you to grab at your own leisure instead of someone else telling you the shoulda, coulda, woulda's.
Approaching therapy can be very scary and may feel like just another thing on your to do list. You may feel apprehensive about sharing intimate details of your life with a complete stranger or perhaps therapy isn't your first rodeo at all and you're seeking something specific. No matter the need, I believe therapy is for everyone. The difference between therapy and a friend is 1. You pay a considerable amount of money, give dedicated time to your concerns, have peace and quiet, and resources ready for you to grab at your own leisure instead of someone else telling you the shoulda, coulda, woulda's.
(703) 420-5210 View (703) 420-5210
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Allison Medina
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Falls Church, VA 22041  (Online Only)
Hello. Life's journey often presents us with challenges, and having a supportive, nonjudgmental listener can make all the difference. As a compassionate therapist, I provide a safe space for individuals navigating various life transitions, whether it's embarking on a new career path, adjusting to a relocation, welcoming a new addition to the family, or navigating the complexities of separation and divorce.
Hello. Life's journey often presents us with challenges, and having a supportive, nonjudgmental listener can make all the difference. As a compassionate therapist, I provide a safe space for individuals navigating various life transitions, whether it's embarking on a new career path, adjusting to a relocation, welcoming a new addition to the family, or navigating the complexities of separation and divorce.
(571) 596-6207 View (571) 596-6207
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Regina Jones-Ogunsuyi
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LMSW
Verified
Falls Church, VA 22041  (Online Only)
My name is Regina and I’m glad that you took a moment to review my profile. I have over 15 years of professional experience and licensed in Illinois and Virginia. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.
My name is Regina and I’m glad that you took a moment to review my profile. I have over 15 years of professional experience and licensed in Illinois and Virginia. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.
(872) 260-6640 View (872) 260-6640
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Gus Nava
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Falls Church, VA 22041
Hi, I bring everything I can to my career as clinical psychologist. I got my work ethic from my parents who were immigrants to this country and who both worked in health care. I got my education from both the University of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University. I've gotten my experience from working with clients in a variety of settings including private practice, hospitals, community mental health centers and the DC Police Department. I will do my best to help you address the conflicts in your life that may be causing your anxiety, depression or relationship stress.
Hi, I bring everything I can to my career as clinical psychologist. I got my work ethic from my parents who were immigrants to this country and who both worked in health care. I got my education from both the University of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University. I've gotten my experience from working with clients in a variety of settings including private practice, hospitals, community mental health centers and the DC Police Department. I will do my best to help you address the conflicts in your life that may be causing your anxiety, depression or relationship stress.
(703) 372-9325 x304 View (703) 372-9325 x304
Photo of Kate Kelley, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in 22041, VA
Kate Kelley
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, RN, LPC, ImagoEd
Verified
1 Endorsed
Falls Church, VA 22041
I bring a wide range of life experiences as well as a significant depth of education in Imago Relationship theory to the couples I counsel. I promote and respect each partner's individual worldview. My hope is that my couples celebrate the differences that each partner brings to their union. I facilitate a dialogue process that can be incorporated into the couple's relationship toolbox. In trusting the process of dialogue, I find that the couple shifts from distance to connection when they learn the "real story" as to why their partner's behavior or reactive energy occurs.
I bring a wide range of life experiences as well as a significant depth of education in Imago Relationship theory to the couples I counsel. I promote and respect each partner's individual worldview. My hope is that my couples celebrate the differences that each partner brings to their union. I facilitate a dialogue process that can be incorporated into the couple's relationship toolbox. In trusting the process of dialogue, I find that the couple shifts from distance to connection when they learn the "real story" as to why their partner's behavior or reactive energy occurs.
(410) 995-9391 View (410) 995-9391
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Bonnie Becker
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Falls Church, VA 22041  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Are you missing out on all that life has to offer because of depression, anxiety, and/or relationship problems? If so, I can help. Through supportive, collaborative, and interactive sessions, I provide a safe environment in which to overcome the obstacles that prevent you from functioning at your best and connecting with others.
Are you missing out on all that life has to offer because of depression, anxiety, and/or relationship problems? If so, I can help. Through supportive, collaborative, and interactive sessions, I provide a safe environment in which to overcome the obstacles that prevent you from functioning at your best and connecting with others.
(703) 957-7821 View (703) 957-7821
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Joli Scorce Fekeci
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Falls Church, VA 22041
Not accepting new clients
If you are looking for a therapist with whom you can comfortably share your problems and everyday life issues that are interfering with your happiness, I can help address your concerns. I have worked in the mental health field for over 35 years. My undergraduate training at University of Virginia and graduate work at Catholic University focused on training in the psychodynamic approach. Today, I use a combination of that approach, which makes connections to previous experiences, with cognitive-behavioral techniques to help you think more positively and feel better in the future.
If you are looking for a therapist with whom you can comfortably share your problems and everyday life issues that are interfering with your happiness, I can help address your concerns. I have worked in the mental health field for over 35 years. My undergraduate training at University of Virginia and graduate work at Catholic University focused on training in the psychodynamic approach. Today, I use a combination of that approach, which makes connections to previous experiences, with cognitive-behavioral techniques to help you think more positively and feel better in the future.
(703) 468-8053 View (703) 468-8053
Photo of Michael Joseph Brenneis, Licensed Professional Counselor in 22041, VA
Michael Joseph Brenneis
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, LMFT
Verified
Falls Church, VA 22041
I am an interactive therapist who uses the therapeutic relationship as the entry point for exploring the thoughts, feelings, and habits that have become difficult for the client. I believe that people are natural learners who have become who they are through what they have learned from experience, and that psychotherapy is a focused and intentional way of continuing to learn about life, self, and relationship in ways that help a person move toward more effective and satisfying ways of living. I am optimistic, as I believe that as long as we are talking there is always hope for improvement.
I am an interactive therapist who uses the therapeutic relationship as the entry point for exploring the thoughts, feelings, and habits that have become difficult for the client. I believe that people are natural learners who have become who they are through what they have learned from experience, and that psychotherapy is a focused and intentional way of continuing to learn about life, self, and relationship in ways that help a person move toward more effective and satisfying ways of living. I am optimistic, as I believe that as long as we are talking there is always hope for improvement.
(703) 957-7419 View (703) 957-7419
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Angela J. Huebner
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Falls Church, VA 22041
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Huebner's approach is collaborative and experiential. She believes that clients have an innate ability to heal and strives to meet them where they are in a non-pathologizing way. She is certified as an Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapist and has completed advanced training in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) as well as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), all empirically validated treatment approaches for adult individuals and couples. She has also received additional training in mindfulness practice and interpersonal neurobiology, both of which she draws upon to inform her clinical practice.
Dr. Huebner's approach is collaborative and experiential. She believes that clients have an innate ability to heal and strives to meet them where they are in a non-pathologizing way. She is certified as an Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapist and has completed advanced training in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) as well as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), all empirically validated treatment approaches for adult individuals and couples. She has also received additional training in mindfulness practice and interpersonal neurobiology, both of which she draws upon to inform her clinical practice.
(703) 962-6218 View (703) 962-6218
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Kathleen E Hanagan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, TEP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Falls Church, VA 22041
Each of us is here with a unique gift to be named, claimed and celebrated. That gift is often hidden due to trauma and heartache. My work helps you discover and release whatever prevents the full expression of your power and joy, which resets an inner compass to your highest destiny. Trama informed transformational psychotherapy reconnects you with the exquisite wisdom of your Soul, and helps you co-create the life you deeply desire. I work with individuals, as well as couples who want to create a fulfilling and passionate relationship.
Each of us is here with a unique gift to be named, claimed and celebrated. That gift is often hidden due to trauma and heartache. My work helps you discover and release whatever prevents the full expression of your power and joy, which resets an inner compass to your highest destiny. Trama informed transformational psychotherapy reconnects you with the exquisite wisdom of your Soul, and helps you co-create the life you deeply desire. I work with individuals, as well as couples who want to create a fulfilling and passionate relationship.
(571) 253-7691 View (571) 253-7691
Photo of Shelley Fontanella, Licensed Professional Counselor in 22041, VA
Shelley Fontanella
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Falls Church, VA 22041
Life can be difficult and at times leave wounds, but with some work we can be restored. I am an interactive therapist who feels privileged to walk alongside of my clients through various life situations. I see counseling as a relationship where you set aside time to evaluate where you are in life and where you want to be. As the counselor, I see my job as helping you to problem solve difficult areas of your life and facilitate self investigation into your past and current behaviors and thoughts with the end goal of bringing you greater fulfillment.
Life can be difficult and at times leave wounds, but with some work we can be restored. I am an interactive therapist who feels privileged to walk alongside of my clients through various life situations. I see counseling as a relationship where you set aside time to evaluate where you are in life and where you want to be. As the counselor, I see my job as helping you to problem solve difficult areas of your life and facilitate self investigation into your past and current behaviors and thoughts with the end goal of bringing you greater fulfillment.
(703) 468-8168 View (703) 468-8168

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Number of Therapists in 22041

40+

Average cost per session

$177

Therapists in 22041 who prioritize treating:

92% Depression
88% Anxiety
76% Self Esteem
71% Relationship Issues
67% Coping Skills
61% Trauma and PTSD
57% Grief

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

83% BlueCross and BlueShield
74% CareFirst
65% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in 22041 see their clients

66% In Person and Online
34% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 22041?

Search for nearby therapists or counselors by inputting your city, town, or suburb; or zip code; or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or zip code into the search bar.

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Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors.

Many have been licensed by the country or state where they practice; providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some clinicians or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counselor?

Therapists, psychologists, and counselors are all licensed mental health professionals. In the US, psychologists have earned a doctoral degree. The terms “therapist” and “counselor” are used somewhat interchangeably, but generally therapists offer longer-term, mental health care, while counselors offer shorter-term care that may focus on one domain, such as marriage, career, or academic challenges.

Clients should consider factors such as insurance coverage and their primary reason(s) for seeking therapy to determine the type of professional best suited to their needs. Someone struggling with mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety, for example, may wish to seek out a clinical psychologist or therapist, while someone navigating career obstacles or marital upheaval may benefit from seeing a counselor who can offer short-term, targeted support.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the United States could cost between $100 and $200 or more. If you have insurance, the expense of mental health care is typically lower, but it varies based on your insurance plan details and whether you choose an in-network or out-of-network mental healthcare provider.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your zip code.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship. Therapists in the United States are bound by the regulations set out by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which aims to protect sensitive health information. With very few exceptions, a therapist will only discuss their client with others when the client has given their written permission. The instances in which a therapist would be required to disclose personal information are: if a client poses a danger to themselves or others, if the therapist suspects the abuse of a child or an elderly or otherwise dependent adult, or if they are legally forced to by court order. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed with a client before their first session.