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Debi Pickard
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Kinston, NC 28501
Hi, and welcome to my page. I'm glad you stopped by. My interest lies in helping people who are looking for real change. For 23 years I have had the privilege of witnessing adults and children gain insight, reduce unpleasant symptoms and improve functioning in all areas of life through the therapeutic process. Are you ready to take the journey to reach your goals? Peace and rest are often found in those places we've been avoiding or unable to access on our own.
Hi, and welcome to my page. I'm glad you stopped by. My interest lies in helping people who are looking for real change. For 23 years I have had the privilege of witnessing adults and children gain insight, reduce unpleasant symptoms and improve functioning in all areas of life through the therapeutic process. Are you ready to take the journey to reach your goals? Peace and rest are often found in those places we've been avoiding or unable to access on our own.
(828) 481-8553 View (828) 481-8553
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Fallon M Williams
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCASA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kinston, NC 28501
“Fake it til you make it” is a saying that many of us are familiar with and a motto that many of us unknowingly live by. Behind every smile is a story of a personal struggle. Have you ever wondered how your life would look if you didn’t have to fake happiness, joy, or contentment? What if you had the tools needed to not only survive but truly enjoy living?
“Fake it til you make it” is a saying that many of us are familiar with and a motto that many of us unknowingly live by. Behind every smile is a story of a personal struggle. Have you ever wondered how your life would look if you didn’t have to fake happiness, joy, or contentment? What if you had the tools needed to not only survive but truly enjoy living?
(252) 300-0461 View (252) 300-0461
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Monyetta Howell
LCMHC, LCAS-A, CGCS, CTMHP, CCATP
Verified Verified
Kinston, NC 28501
Are you in a place in life where you are experiencing anxiety, depression, adjustment issues or grief? Are you feeling overwhelmed by issues and need a genuine and supportive therapist to help you work through some hard places you’re experiencing? I have served in the helping profession for over 20 years in: public schools, universities, ministries, and in communities. My work experiences have informed and impacted the genuine person-centered approach that I provide to clients.
Are you in a place in life where you are experiencing anxiety, depression, adjustment issues or grief? Are you feeling overwhelmed by issues and need a genuine and supportive therapist to help you work through some hard places you’re experiencing? I have served in the helping profession for over 20 years in: public schools, universities, ministries, and in communities. My work experiences have informed and impacted the genuine person-centered approach that I provide to clients.
(984) 205-3717 View (984) 205-3717
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Venita Wiley Wright
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, RPT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kinston, NC 28501
First, congratulations on taking the first step toward healing. Recognizing a problem is the first step toward finding solutions. Depression, anxiety, insecurity, fear, doubt and other feelings can weigh you down. These feelings can stem from trauma such as any form of abuse, neglect, domestic violence, infertility, divorce, loss of loved ones, medical problems, and other forms of trauma. You want change and need someone to help. You need a partner that understands and will walk with you on the journey of growth and healing. You have made the first step and you are ready to take the next. How do you get your life back?
First, congratulations on taking the first step toward healing. Recognizing a problem is the first step toward finding solutions. Depression, anxiety, insecurity, fear, doubt and other feelings can weigh you down. These feelings can stem from trauma such as any form of abuse, neglect, domestic violence, infertility, divorce, loss of loved ones, medical problems, and other forms of trauma. You want change and need someone to help. You need a partner that understands and will walk with you on the journey of growth and healing. You have made the first step and you are ready to take the next. How do you get your life back?
(252) 775-8378 View (252) 775-8378
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Elizabeth B Saylors
Psychological Associate, MA, LPA, HSP-PA
Verified Verified
Kinston, NC 28501
I opened my practice, ENC Psychological Services, in 2009, and am committed to providing my clients a wonderful therapeutic experience. I work with all ages and am able to provide a full range of psychological testing, individual and family therapy, and behavior plans. I believe that taking the first step and seeking the help you need is often the most difficult part, and I am here to help you along your path to healing.
I opened my practice, ENC Psychological Services, in 2009, and am committed to providing my clients a wonderful therapeutic experience. I work with all ages and am able to provide a full range of psychological testing, individual and family therapy, and behavior plans. I believe that taking the first step and seeking the help you need is often the most difficult part, and I am here to help you along your path to healing.
(252) 509-0096 View (252) 509-0096
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Uyen Dinh
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSWA
Verified Verified
Kinston, NC 28501
My therapeutic approach encourages personal growth and provides opportunities for clients to learn information and skills to help them find a more balanced, meaningful life. I believe that the clients are the true experts in their lives, so I work with my client to establish a treatment plan that is specific to their identified needs and goals. I believe there is no “one size fits all” form of therapy. I pull from a variety of modalities so that I can tailor treatment to your specific needs. As a first-generation Asian American, I understand and have experienced mental health stigma.
My therapeutic approach encourages personal growth and provides opportunities for clients to learn information and skills to help them find a more balanced, meaningful life. I believe that the clients are the true experts in their lives, so I work with my client to establish a treatment plan that is specific to their identified needs and goals. I believe there is no “one size fits all” form of therapy. I pull from a variety of modalities so that I can tailor treatment to your specific needs. As a first-generation Asian American, I understand and have experienced mental health stigma.
(252) 231-3628 View (252) 231-3628
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Nicole Lewis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCAS, CCS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Kinston, NC 28501
How are you? What do you need right now? What are you carrying that feels to heavy? Have you been dealing with hurt and pain or do your emotions feel like that are overtaking you? If any of this sounds familiar, maybe you are in the right place to ask for what you need....a little support and a little help. We all need that sometimes. Take a deep breath and be assured that you have already taken the hardest step...looking for help and reaching out. So, if you are ready, let's get started helping you build more confidence in your ability to handle the unexpected events that have left you feeling shaken, defeated or alone.
How are you? What do you need right now? What are you carrying that feels to heavy? Have you been dealing with hurt and pain or do your emotions feel like that are overtaking you? If any of this sounds familiar, maybe you are in the right place to ask for what you need....a little support and a little help. We all need that sometimes. Take a deep breath and be assured that you have already taken the hardest step...looking for help and reaching out. So, if you are ready, let's get started helping you build more confidence in your ability to handle the unexpected events that have left you feeling shaken, defeated or alone.
(252) 594-8907 View (252) 594-8907
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L & B Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Kinston, NC 28501
If you or someone you love struggles with anxiety, work or school related stress, depression, life transitions, grief, substance abuse or other mental health concerns, our experienced therapists can help. We have a unique approach to counseling and strive to break the stigma of counseling. Let us help you find that growth you’re looking for.
If you or someone you love struggles with anxiety, work or school related stress, depression, life transitions, grief, substance abuse or other mental health concerns, our experienced therapists can help. We have a unique approach to counseling and strive to break the stigma of counseling. Let us help you find that growth you’re looking for.
(704) 459-5847 View (704) 459-5847
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Sarah Rabenold
Pre-Licensed Professional, LCSWA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kinston, NC 28501
Are you feeling defeated in your current phase of life? Are you a parent of a child who is experiencing depression, anxiety, or behavioral symptoms? Recognizing that you or a loved one needs help/guidance is the hardest and biggest step, but don't let the fear of the unknown keep you from accepting that help. I take pride in utilizing a person centered approach with my clients and building off their strengths and empowering them to be the best version of themselves. If we are a good match, together we can create the foundational skills necessary to navigate life's curveballs.
Are you feeling defeated in your current phase of life? Are you a parent of a child who is experiencing depression, anxiety, or behavioral symptoms? Recognizing that you or a loved one needs help/guidance is the hardest and biggest step, but don't let the fear of the unknown keep you from accepting that help. I take pride in utilizing a person centered approach with my clients and building off their strengths and empowering them to be the best version of themselves. If we are a good match, together we can create the foundational skills necessary to navigate life's curveballs.
(704) 237-6968 View (704) 237-6968
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Toni Bethea-Byrd
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Kinston, NC 28501
Hello! My name is Toni Bethea-Byrd and I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. During the last 14 years, I have worked with individuals with a wide range of concerns including depression, mood disorders, and family relations issues. I combine different therapeutic approaches based on the client's presenting concerns, goals, and motivation, such as cognitive-behavioral, brief therapy, mindfulness, client-centered, and solution-focused therapy. I would be a good match for anyone interested in a counselor who provides a safe space for all individuals.
Hello! My name is Toni Bethea-Byrd and I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. During the last 14 years, I have worked with individuals with a wide range of concerns including depression, mood disorders, and family relations issues. I combine different therapeutic approaches based on the client's presenting concerns, goals, and motivation, such as cognitive-behavioral, brief therapy, mindfulness, client-centered, and solution-focused therapy. I would be a good match for anyone interested in a counselor who provides a safe space for all individuals.
(980) 385-8816 View (980) 385-8816
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Tracy Nalory Fultz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Kinston, NC 28501  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Does childhood trauma or past traumatic experiences continue to cause you pain and disruption? Do you need help working through experiences of betrayal? Are you finding it hard to connect with others on an intimate level? Do you find yourself struggling with people pleasing and setting boundaries? If you answered yes to any of these questions it is my desire to come along side of you in order to help you navigate your healing and recovery journey. I know for some it is hard to connect through video that is why I work to create a space for you to feel safe, heard, and challenged in order to get to the place you desire to be.
Does childhood trauma or past traumatic experiences continue to cause you pain and disruption? Do you need help working through experiences of betrayal? Are you finding it hard to connect with others on an intimate level? Do you find yourself struggling with people pleasing and setting boundaries? If you answered yes to any of these questions it is my desire to come along side of you in order to help you navigate your healing and recovery journey. I know for some it is hard to connect through video that is why I work to create a space for you to feel safe, heard, and challenged in order to get to the place you desire to be.
(423) 226-5663 View (423) 226-5663
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Gale Batts Shiver
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MS, LCAS, CCS, MAC, SAP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kinston, NC 28501
I am a highly experienced clinician, specialized in serving individuals with mental health and substance abuse issues, through individual therapy and DWI services. I would like to assist you in moving from a place of struggle to a place of victory in you life's journey. I'm committed to providing high-quality service in a supportive, non-judgmental, positive atmosphere as I support you in reaching your goals and increasing your quality of life. I am a License Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS), and Certified Professional Life Coach. I welcome the opportunity to work with you in moving forward in pursuing your life goals.
I am a highly experienced clinician, specialized in serving individuals with mental health and substance abuse issues, through individual therapy and DWI services. I would like to assist you in moving from a place of struggle to a place of victory in you life's journey. I'm committed to providing high-quality service in a supportive, non-judgmental, positive atmosphere as I support you in reaching your goals and increasing your quality of life. I am a License Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS), and Certified Professional Life Coach. I welcome the opportunity to work with you in moving forward in pursuing your life goals.
(252) 508-0131 View (252) 508-0131
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Nicole Bauer
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, MFT, LPC
Verified Verified
Kinston, NC 28501
Not accepting new clients
My passion in life has always been to help and encourage others. Regardless of where you're at or what you're dealing with, there is always a way to overcome the obstacles life puts in your way. If you are dealing with anxiety, depression, ADHD, marital distress or any other life impacting situation, I can help. I am extensively trained in marriage and family therapy and I specialize in working with adolescents, teens and adults dealing with ADHD, anxiety and depression.
My passion in life has always been to help and encourage others. Regardless of where you're at or what you're dealing with, there is always a way to overcome the obstacles life puts in your way. If you are dealing with anxiety, depression, ADHD, marital distress or any other life impacting situation, I can help. I am extensively trained in marriage and family therapy and I specialize in working with adolescents, teens and adults dealing with ADHD, anxiety and depression.
(919) 634-6095 View (919) 634-6095
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Peri Counseling, PLLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LCMHC, LCAS
Verified Verified
Kinston, NC 28501
If you're unable to reach your goals because of negative behaviors and your emotions are out of control, or if you simply want a safe environment to express your feelings, then professional counseling is the answer. With my support, clients learn to replace negativity with positivity and lead more serene and emotionally stable lives. I also help clients gain freedom by teaching actionable skills to change their detrimental core beliefs, strengthen relationships, and maintain healthy boundaries. An emphasis is placed on helping people learn to build resiliency by releasing shame and increasing self-esteem.
If you're unable to reach your goals because of negative behaviors and your emotions are out of control, or if you simply want a safe environment to express your feelings, then professional counseling is the answer. With my support, clients learn to replace negativity with positivity and lead more serene and emotionally stable lives. I also help clients gain freedom by teaching actionable skills to change their detrimental core beliefs, strengthen relationships, and maintain healthy boundaries. An emphasis is placed on helping people learn to build resiliency by releasing shame and increasing self-esteem.
(252) 368-8247 View (252) 368-8247
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Kirsten Sonstegard
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Kinston, NC 28501
I enjoy helping people become who they want to be and realize their potential. I offer sessions for individuals, couples and families. We'll work together to create an action plan to help you achieve your goals; to help you examine and change your thought patterns; and practice actions to find healing, growth and healthy relationships in your life.
I enjoy helping people become who they want to be and realize their potential. I offer sessions for individuals, couples and families. We'll work together to create an action plan to help you achieve your goals; to help you examine and change your thought patterns; and practice actions to find healing, growth and healthy relationships in your life.
(202) 697-2516 View (202) 697-2516
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Sarah Stein-Wolf
Counselor, MA, LCMHC-S, RPT
Verified Verified
Kinston, NC 28501
You’re exhausted from trying desperately to balance your needs with the demands of kids, school, or work. As a parent you’re struggling to understand where your child is coming from. Does the “parent guilt” creep in while you’re trying to keep all the plates spinning? Maybe you have a child who is anxious, worried, has difficulty sleeping or going to school, or expects perfection. Perhaps you are learning how to parent differently than how you were parented. Balancing caring for you vs. others is hard. Thoughts of anxiety, self-doubt, and concern that you aren't good enough can become a negative self-talk loop in your head.
You’re exhausted from trying desperately to balance your needs with the demands of kids, school, or work. As a parent you’re struggling to understand where your child is coming from. Does the “parent guilt” creep in while you’re trying to keep all the plates spinning? Maybe you have a child who is anxious, worried, has difficulty sleeping or going to school, or expects perfection. Perhaps you are learning how to parent differently than how you were parented. Balancing caring for you vs. others is hard. Thoughts of anxiety, self-doubt, and concern that you aren't good enough can become a negative self-talk loop in your head.
(252) 544-5309 View (252) 544-5309
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Herring Human Services, PA
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCAS, CCS
Verified Verified
Kinston, NC 28501
My approach to therapy is to assist individuals in accomplishing their goals in this journey we call life. I feel our expectations of others, ourselves and our environment create more stress than we often realize. The good news is we can tame those expectations in order to live a more purposeful life, less driven by stress and greatly assisted by the skills acquired in therapy.
My approach to therapy is to assist individuals in accomplishing their goals in this journey we call life. I feel our expectations of others, ourselves and our environment create more stress than we often realize. The good news is we can tame those expectations in order to live a more purposeful life, less driven by stress and greatly assisted by the skills acquired in therapy.
(919) 584-9306 View (919) 584-9306
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Moriah Cockerham
Counselor, LCMHCA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kinston, NC 28501
Feeling overwhelmed with negative thoughts, behaviors, or just not sure when life became so difficult? If you or your child are experiencing this, I will stand beside you as you work to process the impact on your day to day life. My goal is to support and hold space for you or your child on that journey. I have experience working with anxiety, ADHD, trauma, self-esteem, and social skills. I believe that counseling is a collaborative journey between client and counselor and to share a counseling space with another unique human being is something that is an honor and privilege to me. Asking for help is a brave step!
Feeling overwhelmed with negative thoughts, behaviors, or just not sure when life became so difficult? If you or your child are experiencing this, I will stand beside you as you work to process the impact on your day to day life. My goal is to support and hold space for you or your child on that journey. I have experience working with anxiety, ADHD, trauma, self-esteem, and social skills. I believe that counseling is a collaborative journey between client and counselor and to share a counseling space with another unique human being is something that is an honor and privilege to me. Asking for help is a brave step!
(704) 389-5157 View (704) 389-5157
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Joy's New Beginning Counseling Services, PLLC
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MS, LCAS, CCS, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Kinston, NC 28501
Stressed, tired and/or overwhelmed? Tired of feeling like your life is out of control? Tired of feeling like you don’t belong or that you will never be good enough. Tired of everyone asking what’s wrong? Tired of hearing it will be okay? Tired of trying to find the next best thing to numb the pain. Tired of being sick and tired of trying to same things with the same results?!?!?!? No worries!! You are not alone and it’s not time to give up!! Maybe it’s just time a little assistance!!!!!
Stressed, tired and/or overwhelmed? Tired of feeling like your life is out of control? Tired of feeling like you don’t belong or that you will never be good enough. Tired of everyone asking what’s wrong? Tired of hearing it will be okay? Tired of trying to find the next best thing to numb the pain. Tired of being sick and tired of trying to same things with the same results?!?!?!? No worries!! You are not alone and it’s not time to give up!! Maybe it’s just time a little assistance!!!!!
(252) 516-4218 View (252) 516-4218
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Tammy Whitten
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, CFLE, PLLC
Verified Verified
Kinston, NC 28501
Need help figuring out why your relationship just keeps doing the same thing over and over? Do you feel like no one is actually hearing what you? Is it hard to get past something that happened a while back? We often keep repeating things because we think if we just do it again or do differently we'll finally unlock the barrier that's held us back. My people come to see me after trying something over and over and they feel defeated. Often, the secret is a small tweak from a slightly different angle that helps with trauma, anxiety, depression, communication, and/or relationships.
Need help figuring out why your relationship just keeps doing the same thing over and over? Do you feel like no one is actually hearing what you? Is it hard to get past something that happened a while back? We often keep repeating things because we think if we just do it again or do differently we'll finally unlock the barrier that's held us back. My people come to see me after trying something over and over and they feel defeated. Often, the secret is a small tweak from a slightly different angle that helps with trauma, anxiety, depression, communication, and/or relationships.

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How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 28501

30+

Average cost per session

$147

Therapists in 28501 who prioritize treating:

97% Depression
97% Anxiety
87% Self Esteem
81% Coping Skills
81% Stress
77% Relationship Issues
68% Family Conflict

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% BlueCross and BlueShield
66% Aetna
62% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in 28501 see their clients

97% In Person and Online
3% Online Only

Gender breakdown

82% Female
18% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 28501?

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.