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Kristin Jones
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCAS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wilmington, NC 28411
Feeling overwhelmed? By life, work or just in general? Things seem to be impossible at times. I am here to help navigate through these times. We can work on coping skills to help deal with things as they come up. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have specialized training in Substance Use. I work with both teens and adults experiencing issues related to depression and anxiety, mood disorders, as well as problems related to adjusting to life changes.
Feeling overwhelmed? By life, work or just in general? Things seem to be impossible at times. I am here to help navigate through these times. We can work on coping skills to help deal with things as they come up. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have specialized training in Substance Use. I work with both teens and adults experiencing issues related to depression and anxiety, mood disorders, as well as problems related to adjusting to life changes.
(910) 338-9511 View (910) 338-9511
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Courtney D Huffman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LCAS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wilmington, NC 28411
I believe that everyone, including you, is entitled to experiencing happiness. Whether it be needing to find more work/life balance, learning how to navigate through difficult relationships, or dealing with a MH/SA disorder, I want to help you achieve serenity. One of my main goals as a therapist is to empower, encourage, and support you in achieving your life goals. I know that counseling requires courage and strength, and I am here to make this process easier for you by assisting you along the way. I believe in you and I want you to believe in you too!
I believe that everyone, including you, is entitled to experiencing happiness. Whether it be needing to find more work/life balance, learning how to navigate through difficult relationships, or dealing with a MH/SA disorder, I want to help you achieve serenity. One of my main goals as a therapist is to empower, encourage, and support you in achieving your life goals. I know that counseling requires courage and strength, and I am here to make this process easier for you by assisting you along the way. I believe in you and I want you to believe in you too!
(704) 981-6087 View (704) 981-6087
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Jennifer N. Alfonso
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Wilmington, NC 28411  (Online Only)
Hi! I'm a Bilingual Mental Health counselor licensed in North Carolina. Are you facing some challenges in your life? Perhaps you're navigating through anxiety, depression, relationship hurdles, major life changes, heartbreak, loss, or past traumas. I want you to know that I am here to help. I have a strong belief in the transformative power of counseling and genuinely believe that it can provide you with the necessary tools to overcome these difficult moments.
Hi! I'm a Bilingual Mental Health counselor licensed in North Carolina. Are you facing some challenges in your life? Perhaps you're navigating through anxiety, depression, relationship hurdles, major life changes, heartbreak, loss, or past traumas. I want you to know that I am here to help. I have a strong belief in the transformative power of counseling and genuinely believe that it can provide you with the necessary tools to overcome these difficult moments.
(910) 776-2708 View (910) 776-2708
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Seth Boynton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Wilmington, NC 28411  (Online Only)
As a therapist, I am committed to providing a safe, non-judgmental space where you can explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences and I am honored to be your guide on your journey toward healing and personal growth. I believe in the power of therapy to facilitate profound change and help individuals overcome challenges they may be facing. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or simply seeking greater self-awareness and fulfillment, I am here to support you every step of the way. My approach to therapy is collaborative andcompassionate,
As a therapist, I am committed to providing a safe, non-judgmental space where you can explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences and I am honored to be your guide on your journey toward healing and personal growth. I believe in the power of therapy to facilitate profound change and help individuals overcome challenges they may be facing. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or simply seeking greater self-awareness and fulfillment, I am here to support you every step of the way. My approach to therapy is collaborative andcompassionate,
(910) 600-6152 View (910) 600-6152
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Mary Katherine Baran
Counselor, MA, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Wilmington, NC 28411
Not accepting new clients
Therapy is something that is intimate and personal for the person(s) who have decided that now is the time to get help with the areas of life that they wish to work on. That's why I opted for this profession. Therapy is incredibly important to me and those around me. The therapy office truly is a sacred space to work on what you, as a person, need to work on.
Therapy is something that is intimate and personal for the person(s) who have decided that now is the time to get help with the areas of life that they wish to work on. That's why I opted for this profession. Therapy is incredibly important to me and those around me. The therapy office truly is a sacred space to work on what you, as a person, need to work on.
(910) 698-8244 x228 View (910) 698-8244 x228
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Jessica Morman
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Wilmington, NC 28411
I love to work with couples and adult individuals. I specifically enjoy working with people who are at a transitional point in their life-whether that’s adjusting to a new baby, a new career, a divorce, a new relationship, children growing up, or just simply adjusting to a new understanding of themselves and others. Growth can be incredibly painful and it is helpful to have someone to help support you as you walk through it.
I love to work with couples and adult individuals. I specifically enjoy working with people who are at a transitional point in their life-whether that’s adjusting to a new baby, a new career, a divorce, a new relationship, children growing up, or just simply adjusting to a new understanding of themselves and others. Growth can be incredibly painful and it is helpful to have someone to help support you as you walk through it.
(910) 586-2702 View (910) 586-2702
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Insights-Center for Mindfulness and Psychotherapy
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MA, LCMHC, LCAS-A
Verified Verified
Wilmington, NC 28411
Hello, my name is Stacey Gobins and I am a licensed mental health counselor and addiction and trauma specialist. I offer my clients a sacred space to share feelings about their worries, setbacks, relationship struggles and traumatic experiences that are difficult to talk about. I will support you as we identify the problem, collaborate on choosing your goals "what is your treasure", and work through specific barriers to change and healing during the process of therapy.
Hello, my name is Stacey Gobins and I am a licensed mental health counselor and addiction and trauma specialist. I offer my clients a sacred space to share feelings about their worries, setbacks, relationship struggles and traumatic experiences that are difficult to talk about. I will support you as we identify the problem, collaborate on choosing your goals "what is your treasure", and work through specific barriers to change and healing during the process of therapy.
(910) 725-5840 View (910) 725-5840
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Alicia D. Montgomery
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, LCAS, CSI
Verified Verified
Wilmington, NC 28411  (Online Only)
I believe in evidence-based approaches as well as being empowering and non-judgemental. No one approach works for all clients. Building a therapeutic relationship with the client is key to being effective in meeting the client's needs. Please note that I specialize in substance use and for me to see you there must be a primary diagnosis of substance use.
I believe in evidence-based approaches as well as being empowering and non-judgemental. No one approach works for all clients. Building a therapeutic relationship with the client is key to being effective in meeting the client's needs. Please note that I specialize in substance use and for me to see you there must be a primary diagnosis of substance use.
(910) 537-6738 View (910) 537-6738
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Alisa Valente
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Wilmington, NC 28411  (Online Only)
Alisa Valente, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist with 17 years of experience in outpatient, inpatient, long-term care and forensic settings. Dr. Valente received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and she completed her undergraduate studies at Penn State, University Park Campus. Her current work focuses on individual therapy with adults in an outpatient setting.
Alisa Valente, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist with 17 years of experience in outpatient, inpatient, long-term care and forensic settings. Dr. Valente received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and she completed her undergraduate studies at Penn State, University Park Campus. Her current work focuses on individual therapy with adults in an outpatient setting.
(910) 446-6267 View (910) 446-6267
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Barbara Ivanko
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Wilmington, NC 28411  (Online Only)
Your distressing emotions may be what bring you to therapy, but they can also be a doorway to hope, curiosity, insight, and self-compassion. These emotions are an invitation to access the strength and worth that are also within you, providing an opportunity to heal and move forward with greater ease. I have the privilege of working with individuals that are experiencing the anxiety, sadness and confusion that arise from complex trauma. These show up as issues in relationships, feelings of overwhelm, "stuck-ness", low self-worth and difficulty finding joy in life.
Your distressing emotions may be what bring you to therapy, but they can also be a doorway to hope, curiosity, insight, and self-compassion. These emotions are an invitation to access the strength and worth that are also within you, providing an opportunity to heal and move forward with greater ease. I have the privilege of working with individuals that are experiencing the anxiety, sadness and confusion that arise from complex trauma. These show up as issues in relationships, feelings of overwhelm, "stuck-ness", low self-worth and difficulty finding joy in life.
(910) 957-2362 View (910) 957-2362
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Carol Kirby
MS, LCMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Wilmington, NC 28411
If you think about it, your mental health is probably the most important thing you have. Without it, there is not a lot left. I like to work collaboratively in helping others grow and deepen themselves and their self esteem to make a stronger, self empowered individual of your own design. I have found that with support, insight, and building a strong identity, people feel more free and happy, not depending on others for happiness. I mostly do Individual therapy with adults and older teens.
If you think about it, your mental health is probably the most important thing you have. Without it, there is not a lot left. I like to work collaboratively in helping others grow and deepen themselves and their self esteem to make a stronger, self empowered individual of your own design. I have found that with support, insight, and building a strong identity, people feel more free and happy, not depending on others for happiness. I mostly do Individual therapy with adults and older teens.
(910) 400-1161 View (910) 400-1161
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James T. 'jim' Doxey
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, LCMHCS, LCAS, MAC
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Wilmington, NC 28411  (Online Only)
Relax. Take a deep, cleansing breath. It helps to breathe deeply when life gets overwhelming. Anxiety, depression, addictions, trauma, loss, physical and emotional pain take deep a toll on you and sometimes it feels like you just can't cope. If you're having issues like these and want help, we are here. Jim Doxey is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist with a profound respect for human suffering. My pledge is to hold you and your life issues with deep respect and caring. I will work hard in partnership with you to help you achieve success.
Relax. Take a deep, cleansing breath. It helps to breathe deeply when life gets overwhelming. Anxiety, depression, addictions, trauma, loss, physical and emotional pain take deep a toll on you and sometimes it feels like you just can't cope. If you're having issues like these and want help, we are here. Jim Doxey is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist with a profound respect for human suffering. My pledge is to hold you and your life issues with deep respect and caring. I will work hard in partnership with you to help you achieve success.
(910) 447-4469 View (910) 447-4469
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Megan Best
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCAS, LCSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Wilmington, NC 28411  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Have you ever avoided emotions because they’re uncomfortable? Have you ever had to face consequences for choices you made to survive? Do you feel like you’re repeatedly making poor decisions and you’re not sure why? Humans don’t like discomfort, and without training ourselves to deal with discomfort - we will do anything to get out of it. We will work on building self-confidence and trust in yourself. Having confidence to say no, feel emotions, connect your mind and body, find your purpose and be able to heal and break free from trauma. We will spend time learning, regulating, and connecting our emotions to FEEL. DEAL. and HEAL.
Have you ever avoided emotions because they’re uncomfortable? Have you ever had to face consequences for choices you made to survive? Do you feel like you’re repeatedly making poor decisions and you’re not sure why? Humans don’t like discomfort, and without training ourselves to deal with discomfort - we will do anything to get out of it. We will work on building self-confidence and trust in yourself. Having confidence to say no, feel emotions, connect your mind and body, find your purpose and be able to heal and break free from trauma. We will spend time learning, regulating, and connecting our emotions to FEEL. DEAL. and HEAL.
(910) 338-3779 View (910) 338-3779
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Dr. Josalin J Hunter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW, MSW MPH
Verified Verified
Wilmington, NC 28411
Life can be tough, but there is also joy! I stand with you- recognizing all we've been through as humankind and then, to help you work through your own personal life challenges. Whether you are experiencing stress, anxious thoughts, feeling low or depressed; ongoing conflict in your romantic relationship, and/or an end to a relationship or marriage; trouble managing friendships, or even working through some tough things that have happened in your past- I am here for you. I am committed to helping you unveil your best, most resilient self- showing up to cope through your challenges more empowered and head on.
Life can be tough, but there is also joy! I stand with you- recognizing all we've been through as humankind and then, to help you work through your own personal life challenges. Whether you are experiencing stress, anxious thoughts, feeling low or depressed; ongoing conflict in your romantic relationship, and/or an end to a relationship or marriage; trouble managing friendships, or even working through some tough things that have happened in your past- I am here for you. I am committed to helping you unveil your best, most resilient self- showing up to cope through your challenges more empowered and head on.
(910) 597-4337 View (910) 597-4337
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Morgan Lankford
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MS, LCMHC, CBIS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wilmington, NC 28411
Sometimes life’s burdens can seem too heavy; daily stresses too overpowering. Everyone needs a little guidance from time to time from someone who can help us see and use the deep reserves of the strength that lies within us. Recognizing a problem is the first step towards finding a solution. To seek help for the problem is a sign of courage, not weakness. The goal of therapy is to empower you and to provide you with the skills needed to independently solve your problem. I am here to provide support and help you in developing ways to cope with life's struggles.
Sometimes life’s burdens can seem too heavy; daily stresses too overpowering. Everyone needs a little guidance from time to time from someone who can help us see and use the deep reserves of the strength that lies within us. Recognizing a problem is the first step towards finding a solution. To seek help for the problem is a sign of courage, not weakness. The goal of therapy is to empower you and to provide you with the skills needed to independently solve your problem. I am here to provide support and help you in developing ways to cope with life's struggles.
(910) 294-5842 View (910) 294-5842
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Jennifer Upchurch
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Wilmington, NC 28411
Thank you for visiting my profile. In my 23 years as a therapist I have developed a passion in working with adults whom have experienced trauma or attachment wounds & are now struggling with anxiety, depression & repeating unwanted patterns. Recently I've added Equine Assisted Psychotherapy to my practice. I have received specialized training in EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.I am an Emdria Certified EMDR clinician and I have completed the level 3 AF-EMDR training through the Parnell Institute. This treatment has been enormously effective for individuals whom have experienced traumas or stress in their lives.
Thank you for visiting my profile. In my 23 years as a therapist I have developed a passion in working with adults whom have experienced trauma or attachment wounds & are now struggling with anxiety, depression & repeating unwanted patterns. Recently I've added Equine Assisted Psychotherapy to my practice. I have received specialized training in EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.I am an Emdria Certified EMDR clinician and I have completed the level 3 AF-EMDR training through the Parnell Institute. This treatment has been enormously effective for individuals whom have experienced traumas or stress in their lives.
(910) 565-4301 View (910) 565-4301
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Victoria Leonard
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Wilmington, NC 28411
I use a holistic approach to support and help get clients to where they want to be. My treatment approach and techniques are tailored to each client's goals and needs. I am passionate about helping people feel their best, and love having the opportunity to use my skills to help those who are experiencing depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. Additionally, I specialize in working with individuals with a history of trauma. I believe trauma is often the root cause of a multitude of symptoms more easily identified as distressing in everyday life.
I use a holistic approach to support and help get clients to where they want to be. My treatment approach and techniques are tailored to each client's goals and needs. I am passionate about helping people feel their best, and love having the opportunity to use my skills to help those who are experiencing depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. Additionally, I specialize in working with individuals with a history of trauma. I believe trauma is often the root cause of a multitude of symptoms more easily identified as distressing in everyday life.
(910) 356-8418 View (910) 356-8418
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Nicole Spence
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Wilmington, NC 28411
Accepting new clients with immediate openings. I have a friendly, direct style and foster a welcoming, non-judgmental relationship to explore challenges and collaborate on ways to live one’s most fulfilled life. I use an observational and intuitive approach to guide clients to develop the best possible relationships with themselves and others. My goal is to help individuals and families develop emotional strength, clarity, and confidence.
Accepting new clients with immediate openings. I have a friendly, direct style and foster a welcoming, non-judgmental relationship to explore challenges and collaborate on ways to live one’s most fulfilled life. I use an observational and intuitive approach to guide clients to develop the best possible relationships with themselves and others. My goal is to help individuals and families develop emotional strength, clarity, and confidence.
(910) 679-9214 View (910) 679-9214
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Elizabeth Gaylord, Coastal Psychology
Psychological Associate, LPA, LCMHCS, LCAS, HSP-PA
Verified Verified
Wilmington, NC 28411
Each one of us has our own areas of strengths and needs. Through the use of evidence-based assessments, I seek to help individuals learn more about themselves and their children. With magnified knowledge, you or your child may be equipped to navigate and thrive in this complex world.
Each one of us has our own areas of strengths and needs. Through the use of evidence-based assessments, I seek to help individuals learn more about themselves and their children. With magnified knowledge, you or your child may be equipped to navigate and thrive in this complex world.
(910) 696-6486 View (910) 696-6486
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My Reason Why Counseling Services PLLC
LCMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
Wilmington, NC 28411  (Online Only)
Hi! My name is Sharon Dickey. I enjoy working with children and adults ages 12 and older helping them develop skills to increase their ability to manage their mental health symptoms and handle challenging situations they may encounter in life. I am a trauma trained therapist and I utilize Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness Based Therapy techniques. I am also trained in Grief Counseling, and I provide grief therapy for those who have experienced a loss.
Hi! My name is Sharon Dickey. I enjoy working with children and adults ages 12 and older helping them develop skills to increase their ability to manage their mental health symptoms and handle challenging situations they may encounter in life. I am a trauma trained therapist and I utilize Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness Based Therapy techniques. I am also trained in Grief Counseling, and I provide grief therapy for those who have experienced a loss.
(910) 504-9748 View (910) 504-9748

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How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 28411

70+

Average cost per session

$125

Therapists in 28411 who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
95% Depression
90% Self Esteem
86% Relationship Issues
83% Coping Skills
78% Stress
77% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% BlueCross and BlueShield
74% Aetna
57% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in 28411 see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

89% Female
11% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 28411?

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.