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Kathy McCrorie
Counselor, MS, LAPC
Verified Verified
Dunwoody, GA 30338
I believe life is about relationships. Everything we do in life revolves around getting along with others. I have spent years in the corporate world helping people work well together. Now I want to continue this passion in a counseling setting. I have sat where I will ask you to sit. I don't believe I can be effective for you if I have not been a client too. I welcome everyone who wants to become more aware of why they do what they do. There are always reasons for unwanted behavior. I can help you unravel this puzzle. I can help with anxiety, depression, trauma, communication, marital and professional issues.
I believe life is about relationships. Everything we do in life revolves around getting along with others. I have spent years in the corporate world helping people work well together. Now I want to continue this passion in a counseling setting. I have sat where I will ask you to sit. I don't believe I can be effective for you if I have not been a client too. I welcome everyone who wants to become more aware of why they do what they do. There are always reasons for unwanted behavior. I can help you unravel this puzzle. I can help with anxiety, depression, trauma, communication, marital and professional issues.
(770) 467-3483 View (770) 467-3483
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Lifebulb Counseling & Therapy
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Dunwoody, GA 30338
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.
(404) 941-1903 x1 View (404) 941-1903 x1
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David J. Ready
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dunwoody, GA 30338  (Online Only)
I specialize in evidence-based treatments for patients suffering from anxiety, OCD, Depression, and trauma related disorders. These treatments are more effective and efficient than traditional talk therapy because they directly target symptoms. I provide specific exercises aimed at breaking behavioral patterns that maintain symptoms. Traditional psychotherapy emphasizes gaining insight which in itself often does not lead to symptom reduction. I focus on changing behavior because only by changing what you do will you change how you feel. At the end of each session you will have specific instructions for the next step to go forward.
I specialize in evidence-based treatments for patients suffering from anxiety, OCD, Depression, and trauma related disorders. These treatments are more effective and efficient than traditional talk therapy because they directly target symptoms. I provide specific exercises aimed at breaking behavioral patterns that maintain symptoms. Traditional psychotherapy emphasizes gaining insight which in itself often does not lead to symptom reduction. I focus on changing behavior because only by changing what you do will you change how you feel. At the end of each session you will have specific instructions for the next step to go forward.
(470) 635-5058 View (470) 635-5058
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Marnie Ellis Fulton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CPRP, MAC
Verified Verified
Dunwoody, GA 30338
I'm passionate about working collaboratively with all of my clients, especially: clients of all ages with autoimmune, other chronic or potential life-limiting illness; teens/college students and parents with concerns related to academic and/or behavioral issues and in strengthening relationships; clients with mood, anxiety and addiction issues; clients with grief and loss issues and clients contemplating separation and/or divorce. I can objectively mediate a separation or divorce to each parties satisfaction.
I'm passionate about working collaboratively with all of my clients, especially: clients of all ages with autoimmune, other chronic or potential life-limiting illness; teens/college students and parents with concerns related to academic and/or behavioral issues and in strengthening relationships; clients with mood, anxiety and addiction issues; clients with grief and loss issues and clients contemplating separation and/or divorce. I can objectively mediate a separation or divorce to each parties satisfaction.
(404) 643-9889 View (404) 643-9889
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Tameika Cheek
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CPCS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30338  (Online Only)
I'm a down-to-earth, millennial therapist who specializes in helping young women develop healthier relationships with themselves and others. Together, we work through difficult experiences & life transitions with the lack of self-esteem, self-worth, and self-love being the root of the issue: depression & anxiety, the break-up you can’t get over, your overbearing parent, unhealthy expectations, feeling stuck in life, the killer of joy-comparison, boundary issues in relationships, self-defeating negative thoughts, poor self-care, or even just needing a mental health check up. Any of this sound familiar? I can help!
I'm a down-to-earth, millennial therapist who specializes in helping young women develop healthier relationships with themselves and others. Together, we work through difficult experiences & life transitions with the lack of self-esteem, self-worth, and self-love being the root of the issue: depression & anxiety, the break-up you can’t get over, your overbearing parent, unhealthy expectations, feeling stuck in life, the killer of joy-comparison, boundary issues in relationships, self-defeating negative thoughts, poor self-care, or even just needing a mental health check up. Any of this sound familiar? I can help!
(678) 671-5654 View (678) 671-5654
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Doug Paul
Counselor, LPC, LMHC, LCPC, CPCS, QS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30338
I work with a number of different presenting issues including men's issues, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, life changes, couples and those who are struggling with substance use.
I work with a number of different presenting issues including men's issues, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, life changes, couples and those who are struggling with substance use.
(678) 329-8198 View (678) 329-8198
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Sarah Catherine Roux
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MS, LMSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dunwoody, GA 30338
I now have space for 2 additional clients as of April 1st- As a child, adolescent, college-aged, and adult therapist, my goal is always to first and foremost create a safe, authentic, and nonjudgmental space for you to be your true self. I believe that life struggles and transitions can feel completely overwhelming, and that the future may feel like a scary place.  I fully believe that every person is capable of building a life worth living if given the opportunity to learn the skills and techniques needed to work through the various difficulties that come with life.
I now have space for 2 additional clients as of April 1st- As a child, adolescent, college-aged, and adult therapist, my goal is always to first and foremost create a safe, authentic, and nonjudgmental space for you to be your true self. I believe that life struggles and transitions can feel completely overwhelming, and that the future may feel like a scary place.  I fully believe that every person is capable of building a life worth living if given the opportunity to learn the skills and techniques needed to work through the various difficulties that come with life.
(404) 476-8383 x404693 View (404) 476-8383 x404693
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Jasmine Kincaid
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sandy Springs, GA 30338  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
My ideal client would be willing to build a therapeutic alliance to develop new skills and insights into their life, because they are the experts. I encourage clients to grow and implement change not only for our one-hour session, but in day-to-day life where change matters. I hope to work on a one-on-one basis with each client to ensure they have the tools they need and that work best for them as an individual. My approach to therapy is a caring, warm conversation focused on helping clients grow in different and creative ways.
My ideal client would be willing to build a therapeutic alliance to develop new skills and insights into their life, because they are the experts. I encourage clients to grow and implement change not only for our one-hour session, but in day-to-day life where change matters. I hope to work on a one-on-one basis with each client to ensure they have the tools they need and that work best for them as an individual. My approach to therapy is a caring, warm conversation focused on helping clients grow in different and creative ways.
(678) 820-5206 View (678) 820-5206
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Pathways Behavioral Consulting, LLC.
MEd, BCBA
Not Verified Not Verified
Atlanta, GA 30338
Pathways is a premier provider of applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy and consultation services to individuals with autism and related disorders throughout the state of Georgia. We work with individuals ranging in age from birth to adult in home, school, and community settings. Services are provided by our highly trained staff of BCBA, BCaBA,RBT, and behavior therapists. We accept all major insurances. Our goal is to get you on the right path to taking steps to a brighter future!
Pathways is a premier provider of applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy and consultation services to individuals with autism and related disorders throughout the state of Georgia. We work with individuals ranging in age from birth to adult in home, school, and community settings. Services are provided by our highly trained staff of BCBA, BCaBA,RBT, and behavior therapists. We accept all major insurances. Our goal is to get you on the right path to taking steps to a brighter future!
(678) 498-5154 View (678) 498-5154
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Melanie Anderson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30338
I believe that all humans share a basic desire to be well and happy, and to avoid pain and suffering. Sometimes, we just don’t know how to do that. I also believe that connection is key for us as humans. Without it, we struggle to survive much less thrive. Having only one person in our lives we feel connected to and accepted by can open the doorway for healing. Whether you've experienced trauma, loss, or just a general sense of suffering or emptiness, I will use a compassionate, nonjudgmental approach to build that connection and create a space where you can work through the pain and toward a life worth living.
I believe that all humans share a basic desire to be well and happy, and to avoid pain and suffering. Sometimes, we just don’t know how to do that. I also believe that connection is key for us as humans. Without it, we struggle to survive much less thrive. Having only one person in our lives we feel connected to and accepted by can open the doorway for healing. Whether you've experienced trauma, loss, or just a general sense of suffering or emptiness, I will use a compassionate, nonjudgmental approach to build that connection and create a space where you can work through the pain and toward a life worth living.
(404) 882-3751 View (404) 882-3751
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Danielle E Mohie
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, BA, MFT-I
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30338
Growing up in a family marked by deep-seated intergenerational trauma, I developed a strong interest in helping couples who struggle to communicate and express themselves due to past hurts. I have noticed how this kind of trauma affects people's close relationships, especially the ones where they should feel most comfortable. I firmly believe that in any relationship, both partners should be able to speak up and feel safe sharing their thoughts and feelings. In my approach, I want to really know clients as individuals, not just the problems they are facing.
Growing up in a family marked by deep-seated intergenerational trauma, I developed a strong interest in helping couples who struggle to communicate and express themselves due to past hurts. I have noticed how this kind of trauma affects people's close relationships, especially the ones where they should feel most comfortable. I firmly believe that in any relationship, both partners should be able to speak up and feel safe sharing their thoughts and feelings. In my approach, I want to really know clients as individuals, not just the problems they are facing.
(678) 647-9931 View (678) 647-9931
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Neal Baker
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD
Verified Verified
Dunwoody, GA 30338  (Online Only)
Life can be difficult for us all, but does it seem tougher on you at times? Maybe there actually IS something making life more challenging. Do you sometimes have feelings of guilt, shame, hopelessness, or panic, but can't identify the causes of these? Do you suffer from sleep problems, low energy, stomach issues, or muscle tension that you can't explain? Do you have trouble concentrating or have racing thoughts that are impossible to control? These are just some of the ways that anxiety and depression affects us. Add in daily stress or unresolved trauma and it can become challenging or even impossible to cope with daily life.
Life can be difficult for us all, but does it seem tougher on you at times? Maybe there actually IS something making life more challenging. Do you sometimes have feelings of guilt, shame, hopelessness, or panic, but can't identify the causes of these? Do you suffer from sleep problems, low energy, stomach issues, or muscle tension that you can't explain? Do you have trouble concentrating or have racing thoughts that are impossible to control? These are just some of the ways that anxiety and depression affects us. Add in daily stress or unresolved trauma and it can become challenging or even impossible to cope with daily life.
(470) 274-3835 View (470) 274-3835
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Heather Wheeler
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
Dunwoody, GA 30338
Heather believes each person’s deepest desire is to be seen and known. Sometimes therapy is the first safe space to try this out. In therapy, Heather meets Adults (aged 18-80), Couples, Families, and Teens (12+) where they are in hopes to come alongside them and understand them holistically. She utilizes a Humanistic and Attachment-based approach to create a non-judgmental space, and to understand each person within their unique relational and systemic contexts. Heather hopes to see clients come to know themselves better, find hope and healing within their stories, and to encourage them to live within their values.
Heather believes each person’s deepest desire is to be seen and known. Sometimes therapy is the first safe space to try this out. In therapy, Heather meets Adults (aged 18-80), Couples, Families, and Teens (12+) where they are in hopes to come alongside them and understand them holistically. She utilizes a Humanistic and Attachment-based approach to create a non-judgmental space, and to understand each person within their unique relational and systemic contexts. Heather hopes to see clients come to know themselves better, find hope and healing within their stories, and to encourage them to live within their values.
(678) 893-5300 View (678) 893-5300
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Ula Zusman
Counselor, NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dunwoody, GA 30338
Not accepting new clients
I view counseling as supporting children, teens and adults in developing wellness throughout their lives. I focus on helping them to rediscover their unique skills, abilities and knowledge, and harness these to not only overcome their difficult life experiences, but thrive. I believe that a sense of safety and trust is essential to building the foundational therapeutic relationship.
I view counseling as supporting children, teens and adults in developing wellness throughout their lives. I focus on helping them to rediscover their unique skills, abilities and knowledge, and harness these to not only overcome their difficult life experiences, but thrive. I believe that a sense of safety and trust is essential to building the foundational therapeutic relationship.
(770) 677-9309 View (770) 677-9309
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Linda Davis
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCSW
Verified Verified
Dunwoody, GA 30338
Hello, my name is Linda Davis and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia. I have worked as a mental health professional for many years, working with adults and children. Most recently, I've worked with the elderly and provide crisis intervention in the community. I focus in areas including addiction, anger management, anxiety, coping skills, depression, grief, and relationship issues, amongst others.
Hello, my name is Linda Davis and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia. I have worked as a mental health professional for many years, working with adults and children. Most recently, I've worked with the elderly and provide crisis intervention in the community. I focus in areas including addiction, anger management, anxiety, coping skills, depression, grief, and relationship issues, amongst others.
(678) 336-6150 View (678) 336-6150
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Crystal Gillery
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30338
Relationships can be challenging when you don't feel felt by your partner. Sometimes you feel like you're in the twilight zone because the same argument just keeps happening. No matter how hard you try, you still feel the same: alone, unimportant, under appreciated or some other awful feeling. Many times your partner doesn't even know your pain; its just too much to say. My Advanced Emotionally Focused Couples therapy training will allow you space to take risks in a comfortable and supportive environment. I encourage an intimate connection that can withstand challenges. If you love him/her, you can tell him/her. All are welcome.
Relationships can be challenging when you don't feel felt by your partner. Sometimes you feel like you're in the twilight zone because the same argument just keeps happening. No matter how hard you try, you still feel the same: alone, unimportant, under appreciated or some other awful feeling. Many times your partner doesn't even know your pain; its just too much to say. My Advanced Emotionally Focused Couples therapy training will allow you space to take risks in a comfortable and supportive environment. I encourage an intimate connection that can withstand challenges. If you love him/her, you can tell him/her. All are welcome.
(404) 907-3620 View (404) 907-3620
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Lydia Johnson
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30338
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, my goal is to help individuals to understand how all parts of their life are interrelated and to facilitate their individual journey in the healing and growth process. My specialty areas include emerging adults that are struggling to understand how the developmental and cognitive changes that are taking place impact their social and emotional well-being, individuals whom are in the midst of transition and need additional support through life's "ups and downs" and exploring how past events influence our sense of self and our relationships with others.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, my goal is to help individuals to understand how all parts of their life are interrelated and to facilitate their individual journey in the healing and growth process. My specialty areas include emerging adults that are struggling to understand how the developmental and cognitive changes that are taking place impact their social and emotional well-being, individuals whom are in the midst of transition and need additional support through life's "ups and downs" and exploring how past events influence our sense of self and our relationships with others.
(678) 723-3864 View (678) 723-3864
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DH Therapy LLC
Occupational Therapist, Damir Hecimovic, OTR/L
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30338
Welcome to our world of pediatric therapy, where we're all about nurturing children to blossom into confident, independent individuals. We offer services for children and adolescents with different developmental disabilities including Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Sensory Processing Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Learning Difficulties, Emotional Regulation, Motor Skills and Coordination, and Language Disorder. We provide Occupational, Speech, and ABA Therapy (children 1-6 years old) all in one place.
Welcome to our world of pediatric therapy, where we're all about nurturing children to blossom into confident, independent individuals. We offer services for children and adolescents with different developmental disabilities including Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Sensory Processing Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Learning Difficulties, Emotional Regulation, Motor Skills and Coordination, and Language Disorder. We provide Occupational, Speech, and ABA Therapy (children 1-6 years old) all in one place.
(770) 691-0424 View (770) 691-0424
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Meghan Gottung Carrington
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Dunwoody, GA 30338  (Online Only)
Hello, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with experience helping young adults and teens with a variety of mental health concerns such as: anxiety, trauma, depression, mood disorders, and crisis intervention. I also have experience working with chronic illness, chronic pain, and medical related trauma. My goal as a therapist is to create a safe and non-judgmental environment where you can feel better understood, supported, and confident.
Hello, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with experience helping young adults and teens with a variety of mental health concerns such as: anxiety, trauma, depression, mood disorders, and crisis intervention. I also have experience working with chronic illness, chronic pain, and medical related trauma. My goal as a therapist is to create a safe and non-judgmental environment where you can feel better understood, supported, and confident.
(678) 661-2975 View (678) 661-2975
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Rick Kilmer
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Dunwoody, GA 30338
Are you tired of not living fully? I want to help you to create your life worth living. A long time ago you made decisions about yourself and the world. It is possible to re-decide outdated beliefs. After over 30 years as a therapist I have pulled together what I have found to be the most effective methods to create change. My approach is interactive, respectful and down-to-earth. When we meet, I will listen carefully, help you clarify your feelings and help you figure out what you can do to make your situation better. I will share with you any ideas, tools or skills I believe might help you get to where you want to be.
Are you tired of not living fully? I want to help you to create your life worth living. A long time ago you made decisions about yourself and the world. It is possible to re-decide outdated beliefs. After over 30 years as a therapist I have pulled together what I have found to be the most effective methods to create change. My approach is interactive, respectful and down-to-earth. When we meet, I will listen carefully, help you clarify your feelings and help you figure out what you can do to make your situation better. I will share with you any ideas, tools or skills I believe might help you get to where you want to be.
(470) 431-5686 View (470) 431-5686

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 30338

200+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in 30338 who prioritize treating:

91% Depression
91% Anxiety
78% Relationship Issues
76% Self Esteem
74% Coping Skills
66% Stress
62% Family Conflict

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

84% Aetna
75% BlueCross and BlueShield
70% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in 30338 see their clients

73% In Person and Online
27% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
15% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 30338?

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.