Therapists in 30294

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Tamika Veal
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ellenwood, GA 30294  (Online Only)
Hello, My name is Tamika Veal and I have over 6 years of experience counseling clients with a wide-range of issues such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, grief, family conflict, relationship issues, parenting, coping skills, women’s issues, job-related stress, anger management, relationship and partner issues, LGBTQ+ concerns, among many other issues. Whatever your concerns may be, Tamika at Love is Kind Counseling Services, LLC has a passion for serving children and adolescents 12-17 years old and adults ages 18-65+ by helping them gain insight to solving their issues they cannot readily solve themselves.
Hello, My name is Tamika Veal and I have over 6 years of experience counseling clients with a wide-range of issues such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, grief, family conflict, relationship issues, parenting, coping skills, women’s issues, job-related stress, anger management, relationship and partner issues, LGBTQ+ concerns, among many other issues. Whatever your concerns may be, Tamika at Love is Kind Counseling Services, LLC has a passion for serving children and adolescents 12-17 years old and adults ages 18-65+ by helping them gain insight to solving their issues they cannot readily solve themselves.
(678) 723-4161 View (678) 723-4161
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Positive Reinforcement Incorporated
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW , MSW
Verified Verified
Ellenwood, GA 30294  (Online Only)
Hello! Thank you for reaching out for therapeutic services. I will be taking on new clients beginning January 2nd, 2024. I am here to provide professional help! Together we will get you to your better place you don't have to do this alone. I am board-certified and I have over 20 years of counseling experience. I offer Psychotherapy Services in a confidential virtual setting. Your records are kept under lock and key.
Hello! Thank you for reaching out for therapeutic services. I will be taking on new clients beginning January 2nd, 2024. I am here to provide professional help! Together we will get you to your better place you don't have to do this alone. I am board-certified and I have over 20 years of counseling experience. I offer Psychotherapy Services in a confidential virtual setting. Your records are kept under lock and key.
(678) 940-7619 View (678) 940-7619
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Better Day Counseling Services, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Ellenwood, GA 30294  (Online Only)
As your therapist, it would be a privilege to help you through life's most challenging moments. I like creating a teamwork approach wherein I bring therapeutic knowledge to the session while my client brings self knowledge and the desire to grow. This collaborative approach seeks to help my client learn to learn, live and love the better within themselves.
As your therapist, it would be a privilege to help you through life's most challenging moments. I like creating a teamwork approach wherein I bring therapeutic knowledge to the session while my client brings self knowledge and the desire to grow. This collaborative approach seeks to help my client learn to learn, live and love the better within themselves.
(404) 341-0375 View (404) 341-0375
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Keisha Johnson
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Ellenwood, GA 30294
I am Keisha Johnson, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 18 years of clinical experience working with adults, adolescents, and children providing individual, group, and families that face Adolescents/Teens, Anger Management, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Family Conflict, and Grief. I utilize CBT, Family Systems Therapy, and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy concepts to help clients in the change process. I believe that counseling is here to help my clients discover their strengths, identify and cancel out their dysfunctional thought processes, and replace them with positive and realistic thinking.
I am Keisha Johnson, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 18 years of clinical experience working with adults, adolescents, and children providing individual, group, and families that face Adolescents/Teens, Anger Management, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Family Conflict, and Grief. I utilize CBT, Family Systems Therapy, and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy concepts to help clients in the change process. I believe that counseling is here to help my clients discover their strengths, identify and cancel out their dysfunctional thought processes, and replace them with positive and realistic thinking.
(678) 661-4487 View (678) 661-4487
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Lifebulb Counseling & Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Ellenwood, GA 30294
Working with us you'll get results. Because we believe you're best served by a clinician who's passionate about not only their work, but who they work with as well. That's why we started Lifebulb - We're committed to building an organization that truly allows therapists to get back to enjoying their work, so you, our client, can receive the highest quality therapy services, whether in person at one of our locations or online through telehealth. We hire only highly trained and educated, licensed clinicians dedicated to the therapy process. We're confident we can help you achieve your therapy goals.
Working with us you'll get results. Because we believe you're best served by a clinician who's passionate about not only their work, but who they work with as well. That's why we started Lifebulb - We're committed to building an organization that truly allows therapists to get back to enjoying their work, so you, our client, can receive the highest quality therapy services, whether in person at one of our locations or online through telehealth. We hire only highly trained and educated, licensed clinicians dedicated to the therapy process. We're confident we can help you achieve your therapy goals.
(678) 679-2361 View (678) 679-2361
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Sebastian Stubbs
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Ellenwood, GA 30294
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years of experience. My goal is to treat my clients the way that I would like to be treated.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years of experience. My goal is to treat my clients the way that I would like to be treated.
(678) 730-2074 View (678) 730-2074
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Omi Dobbins
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC, NCSC
Verified Verified
Ellenwood, GA 30294
I have been in the practice of assisting adults, children and families since 2000 with issues varying from school/academic problems to marital discord. As a doctorate level clinician I am more than equipped and trained to work with clients who are experiencing residual emotional/mental/behavioral effects from work issues, depression, anxiety, family conflict, marital discord, families in transition, current and past trauma (ie. childhood, sexual abuse, violence).
I have been in the practice of assisting adults, children and families since 2000 with issues varying from school/academic problems to marital discord. As a doctorate level clinician I am more than equipped and trained to work with clients who are experiencing residual emotional/mental/behavioral effects from work issues, depression, anxiety, family conflict, marital discord, families in transition, current and past trauma (ie. childhood, sexual abuse, violence).
(678) 701-1996 View (678) 701-1996
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Tonika Dew Evans
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC, CPCS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ellenwood, GA 30294  (Online Only)
I am committed to working with individuals and couples who are seeking to identify their strengths, discover skills to accomplish goals or recover from life challenges. My mission is to create an environment that encourages self-exploration, growth and positive change. This environment is maintained in a non-judgmental space that grants an opportunity to heal and thrive.
I am committed to working with individuals and couples who are seeking to identify their strengths, discover skills to accomplish goals or recover from life challenges. My mission is to create an environment that encourages self-exploration, growth and positive change. This environment is maintained in a non-judgmental space that grants an opportunity to heal and thrive.
(770) 629-0818 View (770) 629-0818
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Antionette 'tonie' Tate
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, ST, CAMSI
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ellenwood, GA 30294
With a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling, I have embarked on a journey fueled by compassion, empathy, and a fervent dedication to supporting individuals in their pursuit of psychological well-being. Central to my professional ethos is the belief in the transformative power of education, particularly through psychoeducational groups. Throughout my career, I have found immense fulfillment in facilitating psychoeducational groups, focusing on topics such as anger management and parenting. These groups serve as platforms for fostering resilience, enhancing coping skills, and nurturing healthy relationships.
With a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling, I have embarked on a journey fueled by compassion, empathy, and a fervent dedication to supporting individuals in their pursuit of psychological well-being. Central to my professional ethos is the belief in the transformative power of education, particularly through psychoeducational groups. Throughout my career, I have found immense fulfillment in facilitating psychoeducational groups, focusing on topics such as anger management and parenting. These groups serve as platforms for fostering resilience, enhancing coping skills, and nurturing healthy relationships.
(470) 517-8024 View (470) 517-8024
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Sunflower Counseling Center
Verified Verified
Ellenwood, GA 30294
Sunflower Counseling exists so that people seeking the highest quality of mental health services, at an affordable rate, can be counseled by professionals who train and specialize in multiple areas of mental health healing. Sunflower Counseling is committed to strengthening every individual, couple, child, and family in our community by providing care and therapeutic services to break the chains of mental and behavioral health stigmas.
Sunflower Counseling exists so that people seeking the highest quality of mental health services, at an affordable rate, can be counseled by professionals who train and specialize in multiple areas of mental health healing. Sunflower Counseling is committed to strengthening every individual, couple, child, and family in our community by providing care and therapeutic services to break the chains of mental and behavioral health stigmas.
(770) 746-6784 View (770) 746-6784
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DeEveria Lacy
Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Ellenwood, GA 30294
DeEveria Lacy is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia who has been practicing since 2014. She obtained her Master's degree Clinical Psychology from Alabama A&M University, and a Bachelor's in General Psychology from the University of Phoenix. DeEveria has worked with various populations including autism, homeless, community based, and impatient facility; just to name a few. DeEveria sees children/adolescents, adults, couples, family, and groups. She has experience working with depression, anxiety, ADHD, personality disorders, autism, LGBTQ, trauma, grief, and anger management.
DeEveria Lacy is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia who has been practicing since 2014. She obtained her Master's degree Clinical Psychology from Alabama A&M University, and a Bachelor's in General Psychology from the University of Phoenix. DeEveria has worked with various populations including autism, homeless, community based, and impatient facility; just to name a few. DeEveria sees children/adolescents, adults, couples, family, and groups. She has experience working with depression, anxiety, ADHD, personality disorders, autism, LGBTQ, trauma, grief, and anger management.
(770) 407-6668 View (770) 407-6668
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Likedra Smith
Counselor, LAPC
Verified Verified
Ellenwood, GA 30294
Likedra Smith, LAPC Likedra Smith is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor in Georgia who has been practicing since 2020. She completed an Associate of Science in Psychology, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Master of Science in Clinical Counseling Psychology, and is currently working towards a Doctorate in Advanced Human Behavior. She is certified in Anger Management. "Not all storms come to disrupt your life, some come to clear your path. " -Anonymous. Likedra possesses more than 10 years of experience in clinical mental health.
Likedra Smith, LAPC Likedra Smith is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor in Georgia who has been practicing since 2020. She completed an Associate of Science in Psychology, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Master of Science in Clinical Counseling Psychology, and is currently working towards a Doctorate in Advanced Human Behavior. She is certified in Anger Management. "Not all storms come to disrupt your life, some come to clear your path. " -Anonymous. Likedra possesses more than 10 years of experience in clinical mental health.
(770) 214-4924 View (770) 214-4924
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Tavara Franklin
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CCATP, CAMS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ellenwood, GA 30294
Hello and thank you for considering me in joining you in your Healing! I believe Honesty, Openness and Transparency is the anchor for Hope. At Healing Grounds Therapy & Wellness Center LLC, I provide a nonjudgmental therapeutic safe space in order for you to discover your truth and live a life of authenticity unapologetically. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional. I use a combination of approaches incorporating elements of cognitive behavioral, reality, solution focused, acceptance and commitment therapy approaches. I offer individual, couples, family and group therapy
Hello and thank you for considering me in joining you in your Healing! I believe Honesty, Openness and Transparency is the anchor for Hope. At Healing Grounds Therapy & Wellness Center LLC, I provide a nonjudgmental therapeutic safe space in order for you to discover your truth and live a life of authenticity unapologetically. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional. I use a combination of approaches incorporating elements of cognitive behavioral, reality, solution focused, acceptance and commitment therapy approaches. I offer individual, couples, family and group therapy
(678) 771-6896 View (678) 771-6896
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Ammereta Gaskin
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Ellenwood, GA 30294
Ammereta Gaskin is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist who has been practicing since 2013. She is a proud alumna of Savannah State University and Mercer University with a Master's in Family Therapy. She has been practicing since 2013 working with individuals, couples and addressing family specific concerns. Ammereta believes in empowering clients through self-accountability and compassion in order to discover their own methods of coping, and helping them develop strategies to deal with their everyday challenges and trauma. She also believes in the importance of finding resources to help support client progress beyond the session.
Ammereta Gaskin is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist who has been practicing since 2013. She is a proud alumna of Savannah State University and Mercer University with a Master's in Family Therapy. She has been practicing since 2013 working with individuals, couples and addressing family specific concerns. Ammereta believes in empowering clients through self-accountability and compassion in order to discover their own methods of coping, and helping them develop strategies to deal with their everyday challenges and trauma. She also believes in the importance of finding resources to help support client progress beyond the session.
(770) 824-3495 View (770) 824-3495
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Susan Stewart
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Ellenwood, GA 30294
Acknowledge-Accept- Adapt has become my Mantra/Approach to helping others to heal or become the better version of themselves. I have worked with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life for more than 8 years in the mental health arena. My experience as a former educator in General (13yrs) and Special Education (2yrs) has afforded me experience with working with many different areas of the family dynamic. I seek to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized and positive approach.
Acknowledge-Accept- Adapt has become my Mantra/Approach to helping others to heal or become the better version of themselves. I have worked with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life for more than 8 years in the mental health arena. My experience as a former educator in General (13yrs) and Special Education (2yrs) has afforded me experience with working with many different areas of the family dynamic. I seek to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized and positive approach.
(770) 525-4398 View (770) 525-4398
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Kadi Hinely
Counselor, LAPC
Verified Verified
Ellenwood, GA 30294
Kadi has practiced as an LAPC since 2020 and previously interned with LifeStance Health. She earned her bachelor's degree from Georgia State University and her master's degree from Clayton State University. Kadi views therapy as an open and collaborative effort. She prioritizes each individual's comfort and seeks to promote understanding of the therapy process. She approaches care by providing concrete and practical exercises and skills to help each individual meet their goals. Her main areas of focus include concerns related to depression, anxiety, other mood disorders, and ADHD.
Kadi has practiced as an LAPC since 2020 and previously interned with LifeStance Health. She earned her bachelor's degree from Georgia State University and her master's degree from Clayton State University. Kadi views therapy as an open and collaborative effort. She prioritizes each individual's comfort and seeks to promote understanding of the therapy process. She approaches care by providing concrete and practical exercises and skills to help each individual meet their goals. Her main areas of focus include concerns related to depression, anxiety, other mood disorders, and ADHD.
(770) 874-1754 View (770) 874-1754
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David Hermecz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD
Verified Verified
Ellenwood, GA 30294
David works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. He seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. David believes that establishing a strong alliance with his clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, he partners with his clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
David works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. He seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. David believes that establishing a strong alliance with his clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, he partners with his clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
(770) 758-7167 View (770) 758-7167
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April Barnes
Licensed Professional Counselor, LMFT, LPC
Verified Verified
Ellenwood, GA 30294
April Barnes is an LPC, LMFT, NCC, MS, RPT. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Counseling, May 2009, from Shorter University. She earned a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling at Walden University in February 2015. She has also completed coursework to obtain an Marriage and Family Licensure. She became a Licensed Professional Associate Counselor in July of 2015. She later became a fully Licensed Professional counselor in September of 2018 and a Licensed Marriage and Family Counselor in December of 2018.
April Barnes is an LPC, LMFT, NCC, MS, RPT. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Counseling, May 2009, from Shorter University. She earned a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling at Walden University in February 2015. She has also completed coursework to obtain an Marriage and Family Licensure. She became a Licensed Professional Associate Counselor in July of 2015. She later became a fully Licensed Professional counselor in September of 2018 and a Licensed Marriage and Family Counselor in December of 2018.
(770) 691-2498 View (770) 691-2498
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Myngnon Walton
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Ellenwood, GA 30294
Mimi Walton, LPC Mimi Walton is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia who started practicing in 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Services and Psychology and a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology. Mimi believes everyone is unique. She offers interventions such as Christian Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Therapy, Parent Child Interaction Therapy, and Parenting Skills. In her spare time, Mimi enjoys chakras, aromatherapy, sound, and vibrations.
Mimi Walton, LPC Mimi Walton is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia who started practicing in 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Services and Psychology and a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology. Mimi believes everyone is unique. She offers interventions such as Christian Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Therapy, Parent Child Interaction Therapy, and Parenting Skills. In her spare time, Mimi enjoys chakras, aromatherapy, sound, and vibrations.
(770) 501-6157 View (770) 501-6157
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Cierra Davis
Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Ellenwood, GA 30294
Cierra Davis is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia who has been practicing since 2022. She has a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Play Therapy Certification. Cierra believes in a counseling approach that is educational, creative, and supportive. She strives to assist children, adolescents, and young adults with meeting their goals for overall growth in life. Cierra's treatment focus for mental health involves trauma focused therapy, play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy.
Cierra Davis is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia who has been practicing since 2022. She has a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Play Therapy Certification. Cierra believes in a counseling approach that is educational, creative, and supportive. She strives to assist children, adolescents, and young adults with meeting their goals for overall growth in life. Cierra's treatment focus for mental health involves trauma focused therapy, play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy.
(770) 758-5043 View (770) 758-5043

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Number of Therapists in 30294

20+

Average cost per session

$145

Therapists in 30294 who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
93% Anxiety
67% Grief
63% ADHD
63% Trauma and PTSD
52% Relationship Issues
52% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
96% Aetna
75% Anthem | Elevance

How Therapists in 30294 see their clients

86% In Person and Online
14% Online Only

Gender breakdown

92% Female
8% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 30294?

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.