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Adriana Mattingly
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW-CP
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29401
Feeling stuck in what seems to be a never-ending cycle of self-doubt, anxiety, sadness, depression, or stress? Unsure of how to move forward in a purposeful and meaningful way? I am passionate about helping individuals and couples navigate the complexities of life, loss and trauma. I value the unique strengths, life experiences, and insights that encompass you and your story. While I have specific expertise in treating sexual trauma, I am also skilled in working with individuals and couples who are experiencing a variety of difficulties, including anxiety, depression, grief, and life transitions.
Feeling stuck in what seems to be a never-ending cycle of self-doubt, anxiety, sadness, depression, or stress? Unsure of how to move forward in a purposeful and meaningful way? I am passionate about helping individuals and couples navigate the complexities of life, loss and trauma. I value the unique strengths, life experiences, and insights that encompass you and your story. While I have specific expertise in treating sexual trauma, I am also skilled in working with individuals and couples who are experiencing a variety of difficulties, including anxiety, depression, grief, and life transitions.
(843) 896-6290 View (843) 896-6290
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Ebony Wright
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW-CP
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29401
Ebony is a Licensed Independent Social Worker - Clinical Practice (LISW-CP) with a focus on working with children, adolescents, young adults, and adults. She has 8 years of experience with providing family, individual, and couple counseling. Ebony is enthusiastic about assisting military personnel and their families with individual, couples, and family counseling during pre- and post-deployment, reintegration, and reestablishing structure in life transitions. Ebony specializes in depression, anxiety, relationship issues, divorce, life transitions, careers, mental stress, grief, trauma, behavioral issues, and family conflict.
Ebony is a Licensed Independent Social Worker - Clinical Practice (LISW-CP) with a focus on working with children, adolescents, young adults, and adults. She has 8 years of experience with providing family, individual, and couple counseling. Ebony is enthusiastic about assisting military personnel and their families with individual, couples, and family counseling during pre- and post-deployment, reintegration, and reestablishing structure in life transitions. Ebony specializes in depression, anxiety, relationship issues, divorce, life transitions, careers, mental stress, grief, trauma, behavioral issues, and family conflict.
(843) 428-6657 View (843) 428-6657
Photo of Allison Moseley, Licensed Professional Counselor in 29401, SC
Allison Moseley
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CPsych
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29401
I believe that the journey to my client’s sense of well-being comes from an integration of work from both mind and body, self-care practices, rediscovering the self-relationship, social connectedness, and creating a life where your values, and a sense of meaning and purpose are your guides to life. There are many reasons you might seek wellness support or psychotherapy. I offer a safe space to explore and talk about your unique life experiences and identify what you want and need from yourself, the world, and others.
I believe that the journey to my client’s sense of well-being comes from an integration of work from both mind and body, self-care practices, rediscovering the self-relationship, social connectedness, and creating a life where your values, and a sense of meaning and purpose are your guides to life. There are many reasons you might seek wellness support or psychotherapy. I offer a safe space to explore and talk about your unique life experiences and identify what you want and need from yourself, the world, and others.
(843) 891-6267 x2 View (843) 891-6267 x2
Photo of Angie Engelke, Licensed Professional Counselor in 29401, SC
Angie Engelke
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29401
We can’t avoid pain or erase traumatic experiences but we don’t have to suffer. We suffer when our inner distress grabs hold of our decision making. We beat ourselves up and move further away from others. Sometimes we don’t recognize who we see in the mirror. I want to help people move closer to the person they want to be and the people they care about. I will try my hardest to help clients unhook from their painful thoughts and feelings and traumatic experiences so they can be engaged in the world in more meaningful ways. I love coaching families with young kids how to help their kids make positive changes very quickly using PCIT.
We can’t avoid pain or erase traumatic experiences but we don’t have to suffer. We suffer when our inner distress grabs hold of our decision making. We beat ourselves up and move further away from others. Sometimes we don’t recognize who we see in the mirror. I want to help people move closer to the person they want to be and the people they care about. I will try my hardest to help clients unhook from their painful thoughts and feelings and traumatic experiences so they can be engaged in the world in more meaningful ways. I love coaching families with young kids how to help their kids make positive changes very quickly using PCIT.
(843) 894-3859 View (843) 894-3859
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Norma Lynn Higgins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW-CP
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29401
Not accepting new clients
Having thoughts that are overtaking you? Is that negative voice in your head keeping you stuck? Feeling super stressed out? I am an experienced cognitive behavioral therapist with expertise in helping women get their thoughts, feelings and behaviors to match up. I think it is most important to click with your therapist so that you feel comfortable which is why I am happy to offer a free initial brief consultation to see if what you need matches with my areas of expertise.
Having thoughts that are overtaking you? Is that negative voice in your head keeping you stuck? Feeling super stressed out? I am an experienced cognitive behavioral therapist with expertise in helping women get their thoughts, feelings and behaviors to match up. I think it is most important to click with your therapist so that you feel comfortable which is why I am happy to offer a free initial brief consultation to see if what you need matches with my areas of expertise.
(843) 639-5835 View (843) 639-5835
Photo of Jordan Rasmussen, Licensed Professional Counselor in 29401, SC
Jordan Rasmussen
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29401
Jordan is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of South Carolina. She obtained her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Arizona State University. Jordan worked in community mental health services in Arizona before moving to South Carolina. She primarily works with children, adolescents, and young adults, but has experience working with the lifespan. Jordan offers individual, family, and couples counseling.
Jordan is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of South Carolina. She obtained her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Arizona State University. Jordan worked in community mental health services in Arizona before moving to South Carolina. She primarily works with children, adolescents, and young adults, but has experience working with the lifespan. Jordan offers individual, family, and couples counseling.
(843) 790-5922 View (843) 790-5922
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Mary Nicole Cook
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW-CP
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29401  (Online Only)
Nicole Cook is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with 15 years of experience in the mental health field. She has worked in multiple school-based positions, hospital settings, and outpatient agencies. Nicole has experience working with all ages but is very passionate about helping adolescents and young adults work through challenges that arise during high school, college, and transitioning into the work world. She specializes in anxiety, depression, stress, self-esteem, motivation, focus/concentration, and life transitions.
Nicole Cook is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with 15 years of experience in the mental health field. She has worked in multiple school-based positions, hospital settings, and outpatient agencies. Nicole has experience working with all ages but is very passionate about helping adolescents and young adults work through challenges that arise during high school, college, and transitioning into the work world. She specializes in anxiety, depression, stress, self-esteem, motivation, focus/concentration, and life transitions.
(854) 946-4730 View (854) 946-4730
Photo of April L Cagle, Marriage & Family Therapist in 29401, SC
April L Cagle
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT, ACA, ACES
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29401
The couple subsystem is the very foundation to which the family system is built upon. If this foundation is weak or unstable, the family will fall apart. I believe that in order for a family to thrive, the couple must have a strong and healthy relationship. Couples work has the ability to impact other areas of therapy such as family work and work with children. The function or dysfunction of the family system is directly related to the functionality of the couple. The couple's relationship and communication style, effects their resilience or ability to work through or withstand crisis.
The couple subsystem is the very foundation to which the family system is built upon. If this foundation is weak or unstable, the family will fall apart. I believe that in order for a family to thrive, the couple must have a strong and healthy relationship. Couples work has the ability to impact other areas of therapy such as family work and work with children. The function or dysfunction of the family system is directly related to the functionality of the couple. The couple's relationship and communication style, effects their resilience or ability to work through or withstand crisis.
(843) 919-6094 View (843) 919-6094
Photo of Luciana Smalls, Licensed Professional Counselor in 29401, SC
Luciana Smalls
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29401  (Online Only)
Luciana Smalls is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who has 7 years of experience in the mental health field. Luciana enjoys working with individuals, families, and couples dealing with stress, life challenges, grief, and communication challenges. She has diverse experience working with individuals and families with addiction, self-esteem, anxiety, foster care, kinship care, military families, medical challenges, stress, and time management.
Luciana Smalls is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who has 7 years of experience in the mental health field. Luciana enjoys working with individuals, families, and couples dealing with stress, life challenges, grief, and communication challenges. She has diverse experience working with individuals and families with addiction, self-esteem, anxiety, foster care, kinship care, military families, medical challenges, stress, and time management.
(843) 428-5579 View (843) 428-5579
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Charles M Williams
Marriage & Family Therapist, EMDR, LMFT, LPC, CSAT, CTT
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29401  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients! - You long to feel loved and understood in your marriage, but that feels like a distant memory. The betrayals and hurt you've experienced seem insurmountable. You struggle to believe it's possible to find that "spark" again and wonder if its gone forever.
Accepting New Clients! - You long to feel loved and understood in your marriage, but that feels like a distant memory. The betrayals and hurt you've experienced seem insurmountable. You struggle to believe it's possible to find that "spark" again and wonder if its gone forever.
(501) 300-7354 View (501) 300-7354
Photo of C. Kirven Weekley, Psychologist in 29401, SC
C. Kirven Weekley
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29401
The exquisitely personal work we do in psychotherapy is one of the most challenging, and most richly rewarding efforts we can undertake. Seeking a deeper understanding of ourselves, healing pain from past relationships and pursuing a more energetic life are essential journeys to take. It is a privilege for me to accompany clients on this journey, holding the lantern that lights the way ahead and sharing in their struggle to find an invigorated life. This relationship is the foundation of healing and healthy change; a relationship with a therapist who is genuine, respectful, resourceful, compassionate, humorous and nonjudgmental.
The exquisitely personal work we do in psychotherapy is one of the most challenging, and most richly rewarding efforts we can undertake. Seeking a deeper understanding of ourselves, healing pain from past relationships and pursuing a more energetic life are essential journeys to take. It is a privilege for me to accompany clients on this journey, holding the lantern that lights the way ahead and sharing in their struggle to find an invigorated life. This relationship is the foundation of healing and healthy change; a relationship with a therapist who is genuine, respectful, resourceful, compassionate, humorous and nonjudgmental.
(678) 719-2916 View (678) 719-2916
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Elizabeth Trembley
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MA, LPCA
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29401
Elizabeth Trembley is a licensed clinical therapist. She believes effective psychotherapy fosters the path towards wholeness and connection and is committed to the healing process. Past hurts, societal and familial programming, the voice of the inner critic, emotional dysregulation, and traumatic experiences can fragment the self and break away our inner strengths and resources. She aims to relocate those strengths and inner resiliencies by facilitating connection, exploration, and implementing appropriate best-practice tools. Her aim is to navigate the psychological barriers that create disconnection and establish new patterns.
Elizabeth Trembley is a licensed clinical therapist. She believes effective psychotherapy fosters the path towards wholeness and connection and is committed to the healing process. Past hurts, societal and familial programming, the voice of the inner critic, emotional dysregulation, and traumatic experiences can fragment the self and break away our inner strengths and resources. She aims to relocate those strengths and inner resiliencies by facilitating connection, exploration, and implementing appropriate best-practice tools. Her aim is to navigate the psychological barriers that create disconnection and establish new patterns.
(843) 594-2736 View (843) 594-2736
Photo of Colleen Lehn DeGeorge, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 29401, SC
Colleen Lehn DeGeorge
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29401
Therapy is a mutual endeavor. I believe, after 20+ years of experience, that my primary responsibility as a psychotherapist is to help you to reconnect with your own intuitive wisdom, which can get clouded by life stressors and relationship influences. Our work together will be tailored to address your unique needs, whether it be issues associated with depression, anxiety, sexuality, substance abuse, or a traumatic history; anything that creates a barrier to your best self. I also work quite effectively with couples, always looking to improve communication, as well as discovering underlying issues that can create barriers.
Therapy is a mutual endeavor. I believe, after 20+ years of experience, that my primary responsibility as a psychotherapist is to help you to reconnect with your own intuitive wisdom, which can get clouded by life stressors and relationship influences. Our work together will be tailored to address your unique needs, whether it be issues associated with depression, anxiety, sexuality, substance abuse, or a traumatic history; anything that creates a barrier to your best self. I also work quite effectively with couples, always looking to improve communication, as well as discovering underlying issues that can create barriers.
(843) 905-2871 View (843) 905-2871
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Kerry Lassiter
Psychologist, PhD, LPC, NBCC
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29401
I have been a practicing Psychologist in the Charleston area since 1997. My office is located three blocks from the College of Charleston. Many of my client's are college students who display symptoms of anxiety and depression associated with difficulties adjusting to college life. I have been a college professor for many years, so I relate well to the challenges of college. It takes bravery and courage to seek help and I find that those who engage in treatment benefit when they put effort into developing skills to manage their emotional self.
I have been a practicing Psychologist in the Charleston area since 1997. My office is located three blocks from the College of Charleston. Many of my client's are college students who display symptoms of anxiety and depression associated with difficulties adjusting to college life. I have been a college professor for many years, so I relate well to the challenges of college. It takes bravery and courage to seek help and I find that those who engage in treatment benefit when they put effort into developing skills to manage their emotional self.
(843) 547-9764 View (843) 547-9764
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Shawna Crabill
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charleston, SC 29401
I have counseled children, adults, and couples with over 16 years experience. I draw from a variety of theories, and I work to help you take responsibility by shaping your life the way you want it to be. I firmly believe that although sometimes we can't change our circumstances, we can change what we do and how we react. I strive to create a supportive, safe environment where you can begin taking control and create positive changes in your life. By developing self-awareness and learning skills to be present and aware in your every day, you can begin to change your behavior. This can change your life in a profound way.
I have counseled children, adults, and couples with over 16 years experience. I draw from a variety of theories, and I work to help you take responsibility by shaping your life the way you want it to be. I firmly believe that although sometimes we can't change our circumstances, we can change what we do and how we react. I strive to create a supportive, safe environment where you can begin taking control and create positive changes in your life. By developing self-awareness and learning skills to be present and aware in your every day, you can begin to change your behavior. This can change your life in a profound way.
(843) 258-8417 View (843) 258-8417
Photo of Elizabeth Phillips, Licensed Professional Counselor in 29401, SC
Elizabeth Phillips
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29401  (Online Only)
Elizabeth Philips is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Associate Counselor (LPC, LAC) who has over 7 years of experience working with adults suffering from depression, anxiety, PTSD, stress, family conflict, life transitions, grief, OCD, and more.
Elizabeth Philips is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Associate Counselor (LPC, LAC) who has over 7 years of experience working with adults suffering from depression, anxiety, PTSD, stress, family conflict, life transitions, grief, OCD, and more.
(843) 428-5749 View (843) 428-5749
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Maureen Burke Clayton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW-CP
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29401
Not accepting new clients
Do you find yourself sad or worried much of the time? Are you overwhelmed with the demands or losses in your life? Do you feel like you're having more bad days than good days? Has your grief overtaken your life. I invite you to come in and work with me to process and problem solve together in a safe, healing and client centered space. We will work together to overcome your challenges and improve your life. I work with adolescents, adults, couples and families on issues of trauma, anxiety, stress management and depression, grief, loss and relationship issues.
Do you find yourself sad or worried much of the time? Are you overwhelmed with the demands or losses in your life? Do you feel like you're having more bad days than good days? Has your grief overtaken your life. I invite you to come in and work with me to process and problem solve together in a safe, healing and client centered space. We will work together to overcome your challenges and improve your life. I work with adolescents, adults, couples and families on issues of trauma, anxiety, stress management and depression, grief, loss and relationship issues.
(854) 220-9440 View (854) 220-9440
Photo of Leah Boepple, Psychologist in 29401, SC
Leah Boepple
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29401  (Online Only)
Are you having a difficult time handling the struggles in your life? Could you use an expert opinion on what you’re going through, or a non-judgmental ear just to listen? If you’ve been feeling hopeless or lost, or struggling with a problem that feels unsurmountable, individual therapy can help. I enjoy working with clients who are managing health and medical concerns, such as disordered eating/body image concerns, cancer and/or autoimmune diseases. I also appreciate helping people undergo the process of adapting to a loss, or other major life transitions.
Are you having a difficult time handling the struggles in your life? Could you use an expert opinion on what you’re going through, or a non-judgmental ear just to listen? If you’ve been feeling hopeless or lost, or struggling with a problem that feels unsurmountable, individual therapy can help. I enjoy working with clients who are managing health and medical concerns, such as disordered eating/body image concerns, cancer and/or autoimmune diseases. I also appreciate helping people undergo the process of adapting to a loss, or other major life transitions.
(843) 396-5222 View (843) 396-5222
Photo of Sara delMas, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 29401, SC
Sara delMas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW-CP
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29401
Unsure of where to turn for help with anxiety, stress, depression, difficulty motivating, life transitions, or self-doubt? Confused about how to find a path forward? I recognize that seeking support and guidance through therapy can be one of the most difficult yet transformational experiences in life, and I am committed to helping you find your path toward hope and healing. I believe that you bring unique perspectives and life experiences to therapy, placing your self-determination at the center of our work together. I provide an authentic, nonjudgmental, safe space to navigate the complexities that come with your life experiences.
Unsure of where to turn for help with anxiety, stress, depression, difficulty motivating, life transitions, or self-doubt? Confused about how to find a path forward? I recognize that seeking support and guidance through therapy can be one of the most difficult yet transformational experiences in life, and I am committed to helping you find your path toward hope and healing. I believe that you bring unique perspectives and life experiences to therapy, placing your self-determination at the center of our work together. I provide an authentic, nonjudgmental, safe space to navigate the complexities that come with your life experiences.
(843) 417-9648 x701 View (843) 417-9648 x701
Photo of Adam Sachs, Licensed Professional Counselor in 29401, SC
Adam Sachs
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29401
Adam Sachs is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally-Certified Counselor (LPC, NCC) with more than 6 years of experience. He works with adults, couples, families, and children age 12 and older who are experiencing problems related to depression, anxiety, AD/HD, anger, substance abuse, relationships, work, parenting, and stress management. He especially likes working with people and couples who commit to their treatment and goals, show courage and persistence in their pursuit, and strive to see a big picture for their life and to feel fully alive.
Adam Sachs is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally-Certified Counselor (LPC, NCC) with more than 6 years of experience. He works with adults, couples, families, and children age 12 and older who are experiencing problems related to depression, anxiety, AD/HD, anger, substance abuse, relationships, work, parenting, and stress management. He especially likes working with people and couples who commit to their treatment and goals, show courage and persistence in their pursuit, and strive to see a big picture for their life and to feel fully alive.
(843) 203-9851 View (843) 203-9851

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 29401

300+

Average cost per session

$140

Therapists in 29401 who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
91% Depression
79% Relationship Issues
78% Self Esteem
74% Coping Skills
72% Stress
70% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

66% Aetna
65% BlueCross and BlueShield
64% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in 29401 see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

83% Female
16% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 29401?

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.