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Marisa Byles
Psychologist, PsyD, CEDS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32258
I am a Licensed Psychologist, Certified Eating Disorders Specialist, and the Clinical Director at Restored Purpose Counseling. I am passionate about helping individuals improve their relationship with food and their bodies. In addition to treating eating disorders and body image concerns, I treat anxiety disorders, depression, other mood disorders, and adjustment disorders. I value an individual approach, being mindful of each person's unique experiences, needs, and goals.
I am a Licensed Psychologist, Certified Eating Disorders Specialist, and the Clinical Director at Restored Purpose Counseling. I am passionate about helping individuals improve their relationship with food and their bodies. In addition to treating eating disorders and body image concerns, I treat anxiety disorders, depression, other mood disorders, and adjustment disorders. I value an individual approach, being mindful of each person's unique experiences, needs, and goals.
(904) 664-3916 View (904) 664-3916
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Emem Williams
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, SAP
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32258  (Online Only)
Is life difficult at the moment? Then, Living in Hope Counseling can help. Living in Hope Counseling partners with you and creates a safe place as you work to improve your ability to effectively cope and deal with problems, gain clarity, self-confidence, and hope to improve your mental and emotional health. No need to leave the comfort of your home. Living in Hope Counseling provide video/phone counseling using a HIPPA compliant telehealth platform.
Is life difficult at the moment? Then, Living in Hope Counseling can help. Living in Hope Counseling partners with you and creates a safe place as you work to improve your ability to effectively cope and deal with problems, gain clarity, self-confidence, and hope to improve your mental and emotional health. No need to leave the comfort of your home. Living in Hope Counseling provide video/phone counseling using a HIPPA compliant telehealth platform.
(904) 585-2429 View (904) 585-2429
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Dishaun Davis Disu
Counselor, LMHC, NCC, MS
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32258  (Online Only)
I believe that in order for individuals to experience an extraordinary life (a life filled with peace, love, joy, and purpose) they must learn how to heal, protect, and strengthen all three parts of themselves - the soul (mind, will, & emotions), the body, and the spirit. I incorporate cognitive behavioral therapy with Christian, biblical principles to address a complexity of issues within an individual, family, couple, or group that may be preventing them from experiencing physical, mental, and spiritual wholeness. Also, my husband, Adewale Disu, a Certified Life Coach, provides life coaching services to men.
I believe that in order for individuals to experience an extraordinary life (a life filled with peace, love, joy, and purpose) they must learn how to heal, protect, and strengthen all three parts of themselves - the soul (mind, will, & emotions), the body, and the spirit. I incorporate cognitive behavioral therapy with Christian, biblical principles to address a complexity of issues within an individual, family, couple, or group that may be preventing them from experiencing physical, mental, and spiritual wholeness. Also, my husband, Adewale Disu, a Certified Life Coach, provides life coaching services to men.
(904) 414-3891 View (904) 414-3891
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Marler Counseling
Counselor, MA, EdM, LMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32258  (Online Only)
Finding the right therapist is a very important decision to make. In the right setting, therapy offers the potential to resolve issues, gain clarity and reach personal fulfillment in daily life. I offer a calm, compassionate, non-judgmental office space where I am committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment for you to feel supported and accepted. I utilize innovative and creative methods to explore the inner workings of the mind. During sessions, I work from various evidence-based therapeutic approaches to illuminate underlying issues and traumas. I offer individual, couples and group counseling.
Finding the right therapist is a very important decision to make. In the right setting, therapy offers the potential to resolve issues, gain clarity and reach personal fulfillment in daily life. I offer a calm, compassionate, non-judgmental office space where I am committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment for you to feel supported and accepted. I utilize innovative and creative methods to explore the inner workings of the mind. During sessions, I work from various evidence-based therapeutic approaches to illuminate underlying issues and traumas. I offer individual, couples and group counseling.
(904) 747-8988 View (904) 747-8988
Photo of Verlon Brickey, Counselor in 32258, FL
Verlon Brickey
Counselor, PhD, LMHC, CAP
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32258
I specialize in working with those who have become "disconnected" from life. The reasons for this disconnection can be anything from depression, life trauma, anxiety, addictions, to just feeling "stuck". If you are willing to work--because you know that therapy depends on a collaboration and the use of new tools--then you are a good candidate for life-changing therapy or coaching. You clearly have the courage to seek relief and guidance--you're here! Prepare now for the journey of your life. I look forward to joining together with you to find solutions for the issues you are facing.
I specialize in working with those who have become "disconnected" from life. The reasons for this disconnection can be anything from depression, life trauma, anxiety, addictions, to just feeling "stuck". If you are willing to work--because you know that therapy depends on a collaboration and the use of new tools--then you are a good candidate for life-changing therapy or coaching. You clearly have the courage to seek relief and guidance--you're here! Prepare now for the journey of your life. I look forward to joining together with you to find solutions for the issues you are facing.
(904) 297-3787 View (904) 297-3787
Photo of Dr. Danielle Sanchack, Psychologist in 32258, FL
Dr. Danielle Sanchack
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32258
Waitlist for new clients
Dr. Sanchack is a Navy trained clinical psychologist with over 18 years of licensure, described by her clients as "warm, easy to talk to, and very nice." Her passion for helping others live life to their fullest potential is balanced with understanding how difficult life can be when mental health struggles occur. In working with Dr. Sanchack you will find a partnership with someone who is engaged and cares about your life. Her sessions are tailored to your needs, and communication is easy, in a safe and non-judgmental environment.
Dr. Sanchack is a Navy trained clinical psychologist with over 18 years of licensure, described by her clients as "warm, easy to talk to, and very nice." Her passion for helping others live life to their fullest potential is balanced with understanding how difficult life can be when mental health struggles occur. In working with Dr. Sanchack you will find a partnership with someone who is engaged and cares about your life. Her sessions are tailored to your needs, and communication is easy, in a safe and non-judgmental environment.
(904) 560-7923 View (904) 560-7923
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Lauren West - Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, EdS, MEd
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32258
In my practice, I work with a broad range of clients who are simply struggling with life's demands - coping with change and transitions, discovering identities and passions, grieving losses big and small, and understanding the complexities of relationships. I enjoy working from a systems perspective; that is, understanding how relationships impact an individual and bringing those relationships into the therapy process if necessary.
In my practice, I work with a broad range of clients who are simply struggling with life's demands - coping with change and transitions, discovering identities and passions, grieving losses big and small, and understanding the complexities of relationships. I enjoy working from a systems perspective; that is, understanding how relationships impact an individual and bringing those relationships into the therapy process if necessary.
(352) 290-2037 View (352) 290-2037
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Nicole Harshaw
Counselor, NCC, LMHC, RMFTI
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32258  (Online Only)
There is progress in the process of therapy. The first step begins with acknowledging the way you feel and becoming aware that your voice is the most important part of this process to heal, grow and change. My practice helps individuals (children, adults, seniors), couples & families handle unhealthy family dynamics, communication issues, stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, self-esteem challenges, ADHD, stages of life development struggles. Let us work together to help you make healthy adjustments to your mental, social and emotional well-being by providing you a space to talk and explore thoughts and feelings.
There is progress in the process of therapy. The first step begins with acknowledging the way you feel and becoming aware that your voice is the most important part of this process to heal, grow and change. My practice helps individuals (children, adults, seniors), couples & families handle unhealthy family dynamics, communication issues, stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, self-esteem challenges, ADHD, stages of life development struggles. Let us work together to help you make healthy adjustments to your mental, social and emotional well-being by providing you a space to talk and explore thoughts and feelings.
(904) 822-1351 View (904) 822-1351
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Julia Thompson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32258
I am a licensed clinical social worker in Florida, Iowa, Texas and Wisconsin specializing in eating disorders, trauma resolution and perinatal mental health. I am dedicated to exploring the role of diet culture and weight stigma in our lives and working to dismantle the "body shame system". I enjoy working in settings with teens, people dealing with transitions, grief, trauma, eating disorders and body image issues while also providing therapy with parents and families. In my sessions, I utilize various modalities as well as integrate expressive arts and neuroscience to help my clients enhance their power of healing.
I am a licensed clinical social worker in Florida, Iowa, Texas and Wisconsin specializing in eating disorders, trauma resolution and perinatal mental health. I am dedicated to exploring the role of diet culture and weight stigma in our lives and working to dismantle the "body shame system". I enjoy working in settings with teens, people dealing with transitions, grief, trauma, eating disorders and body image issues while also providing therapy with parents and families. In my sessions, I utilize various modalities as well as integrate expressive arts and neuroscience to help my clients enhance their power of healing.
(904) 474-3156 View (904) 474-3156
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Bailey Sheetz
MS, LMHC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32258  (Online Only)
Media & societal pressures have conditioned us to hate ourselves and our appearance. We speak to ourselves as if we are the bully and the victim. The only hope we have is to alter our appearance, until we realize that doesn’t help how we view ourselves. My experience is with people who struggle from eating disorders, OCD, body image, gender dysphoria, trauma, and co-occurring diagnoses. My heart goes out to those who are disillusioned about their lack of worth. In struggling with my own body image, learning to love myself was a huge transition. This journey prepared me to help others along with their own self-worth challenges.
Media & societal pressures have conditioned us to hate ourselves and our appearance. We speak to ourselves as if we are the bully and the victim. The only hope we have is to alter our appearance, until we realize that doesn’t help how we view ourselves. My experience is with people who struggle from eating disorders, OCD, body image, gender dysphoria, trauma, and co-occurring diagnoses. My heart goes out to those who are disillusioned about their lack of worth. In struggling with my own body image, learning to love myself was a huge transition. This journey prepared me to help others along with their own self-worth challenges.
(863) 591-0275 View (863) 591-0275
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Chelsea Shea
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, MA, RMHCI
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32258
I believe that each person innately holds the answers to their own healing, yet healing can often be blocked by deeply embedded societal systems, stigmatization, oppression, and past trauma. I believe that each person can discover, trust, and give voice to their most authentic self with support. Therapeutically, I endeavor to co-create solutions with those experiencing unwanted effects of trauma which can be experienced and manifest in our lives in many ways. My experience in counseling and passion is in helping clients recover from addiction, unresolved trauma, and adverse childhood experiences.
I believe that each person innately holds the answers to their own healing, yet healing can often be blocked by deeply embedded societal systems, stigmatization, oppression, and past trauma. I believe that each person can discover, trust, and give voice to their most authentic self with support. Therapeutically, I endeavor to co-create solutions with those experiencing unwanted effects of trauma which can be experienced and manifest in our lives in many ways. My experience in counseling and passion is in helping clients recover from addiction, unresolved trauma, and adverse childhood experiences.
(904) 560-6198 View (904) 560-6198
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Walter McClinton RMHCI
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, MS, RMHCI
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32258
Ideally, I want the client to be willing to peel back those layers of pain through understanding, believing truly in themselves along with what they are looking to work towards. Painting a better version of themselves and their plans to accomplish it.
Ideally, I want the client to be willing to peel back those layers of pain through understanding, believing truly in themselves along with what they are looking to work towards. Painting a better version of themselves and their plans to accomplish it.
(904) 966-4707 View (904) 966-4707
Photo of Kimberley Rodriguez, Marriage & Family Therapist in 32258, FL
Kimberley Rodriguez
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CAP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32258  (Online Only)
I am a firm believer that YOU are the expert in your life. I'm just here to guide and support you through your recovery process! I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an Addictions Counselor with almost 24 years of experience. I have worked in a variety of settings, such as substance abuse facilities, mental health hospitals, manage care companies, and private practice.
I am a firm believer that YOU are the expert in your life. I'm just here to guide and support you through your recovery process! I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an Addictions Counselor with almost 24 years of experience. I have worked in a variety of settings, such as substance abuse facilities, mental health hospitals, manage care companies, and private practice.
(904) 675-1788 View (904) 675-1788
Photo of Sarah Berger, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 32258, FL
Sarah Berger
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32258  (Online Only)
I have worked with people of all ages ranging from children to the elderly, with more focus devoted to those in their late teen s - mid - life stages . I specialize in working with anxiety, anger management, ADHD, stress management, improving relationships and communication, navigating life transitions, and parenting challenges. I have considerable experience supporting LGBTQIA individuals and helping them to navigate the challenges they may encounter with family, friends, or community. I also have worked extensively with parents on navigating challenging childhood behaviors and teenage puberty.
I have worked with people of all ages ranging from children to the elderly, with more focus devoted to those in their late teen s - mid - life stages . I specialize in working with anxiety, anger management, ADHD, stress management, improving relationships and communication, navigating life transitions, and parenting challenges. I have considerable experience supporting LGBTQIA individuals and helping them to navigate the challenges they may encounter with family, friends, or community. I also have worked extensively with parents on navigating challenging childhood behaviors and teenage puberty.
(904) 822-9773 View (904) 822-9773
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Julie Mergl
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32258
Let me help you move beyond trauma, anxiety, and depression, as life can be too hard to do it alone. I am a non-judgmental therapist who will listen with compassion and care. I'll use my 20 years of eclectic experience (DBT/CBT/EMDR/Psychodrama/Hypnosis, etc.) to help you work life's challenges and find your inner peace. If you want someone to really hear you, to help you find a better way of living and improve the way you look at life, then I am the counselor for you. I can help you grow stronger and find inner peace in the midst of the most difficult situations
Let me help you move beyond trauma, anxiety, and depression, as life can be too hard to do it alone. I am a non-judgmental therapist who will listen with compassion and care. I'll use my 20 years of eclectic experience (DBT/CBT/EMDR/Psychodrama/Hypnosis, etc.) to help you work life's challenges and find your inner peace. If you want someone to really hear you, to help you find a better way of living and improve the way you look at life, then I am the counselor for you. I can help you grow stronger and find inner peace in the midst of the most difficult situations
(904) 441-6171 View (904) 441-6171
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Sarah Cozza
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32258
I am so glad you are reading this today because it means you might be considering reaching out for help. I was once in your shoes, needing help and things to change. I remember feeling scared and confused about where to go or if reaching out would even help. Let me assure you, there is hope, and there is help, people like myself want to help and are trained on how to. Here’s a little information about me for you to consider. I am a licensed mental health counselor. My experience is with those struggling with eating disorders, substance abuse, depression, trauma, dual diagnosis, and more.
I am so glad you are reading this today because it means you might be considering reaching out for help. I was once in your shoes, needing help and things to change. I remember feeling scared and confused about where to go or if reaching out would even help. Let me assure you, there is hope, and there is help, people like myself want to help and are trained on how to. Here’s a little information about me for you to consider. I am a licensed mental health counselor. My experience is with those struggling with eating disorders, substance abuse, depression, trauma, dual diagnosis, and more.
(904) 298-6796 View (904) 298-6796
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LaWanda Thomas
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32258  (Online Only)
Life is a GIFT. I believe in this life, we all have special assignments. It is with honor, gratitude, and appreciation that I have accepted my assignment of helping others via Nursing and Counseling. With the world in such chaos, it is a challenge to navigate our spiritual, physical, and emotional health and wholeness. It is my aim to connect with my clients at the point of their hurt. Clients are usually hurting or struggling with childhood emotional trauma, grief (loss of a loved one, a relationship, or loss of themselves), depression, overwhelming life events, anxiety, or self-esteem issues.
Life is a GIFT. I believe in this life, we all have special assignments. It is with honor, gratitude, and appreciation that I have accepted my assignment of helping others via Nursing and Counseling. With the world in such chaos, it is a challenge to navigate our spiritual, physical, and emotional health and wholeness. It is my aim to connect with my clients at the point of their hurt. Clients are usually hurting or struggling with childhood emotional trauma, grief (loss of a loved one, a relationship, or loss of themselves), depression, overwhelming life events, anxiety, or self-esteem issues.
(904) 694-5385 View (904) 694-5385
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Patricia Cross
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32258  (Online Only)
My perfect individual client is a person who wants to learn the connection of healthy body and healthy mind. They may have experienced a painful past such as childhood trauma, a specific traumatic event, struggling with the loss of a loved one, or experiencing life transitions such as moving, parenting, employment, divorce. My perfect couple(clients) will want to learn about safety within a relationship and how lack of safety raised the defenses and can hinder the connection. They will be motivated to practice and implement the tools of Imago Relationship Therapy.
My perfect individual client is a person who wants to learn the connection of healthy body and healthy mind. They may have experienced a painful past such as childhood trauma, a specific traumatic event, struggling with the loss of a loved one, or experiencing life transitions such as moving, parenting, employment, divorce. My perfect couple(clients) will want to learn about safety within a relationship and how lack of safety raised the defenses and can hinder the connection. They will be motivated to practice and implement the tools of Imago Relationship Therapy.
(904) 944-7923 View (904) 944-7923
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Kati Lambert
CCHt, CCIt, CTHt, MS, FACHE
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32258
My clients gain freedom from negative thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors through the process of hypnosis. It is a safe, evidence-based practice that utilizes natural states of mind to powerfully address issues. Hypnosis is not a cure for mental health or medical conditions. Rather, it can help with fears, phobias, and anxiety as much as it can help with confidence and self-esteem so you can get on with being even more magnificent than you already are.
My clients gain freedom from negative thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors through the process of hypnosis. It is a safe, evidence-based practice that utilizes natural states of mind to powerfully address issues. Hypnosis is not a cure for mental health or medical conditions. Rather, it can help with fears, phobias, and anxiety as much as it can help with confidence and self-esteem so you can get on with being even more magnificent than you already are.
(904) 439-7951 View (904) 439-7951
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Jacob Hatch
Counselor, MS, MDiv, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32258
I believe everyone wants to, and deserves to be loved. My goal is to help others learn how to love themselves best; whether it means learning how to assert needs with others, find that space for self-care or learn how to be more loving and accepting themselves. When it comes to couples, my expertise can help with improving communication, resolving conflict, and growing closer through empathy and understanding in order to get that love we are looking for in our most meaningful relationships.
I believe everyone wants to, and deserves to be loved. My goal is to help others learn how to love themselves best; whether it means learning how to assert needs with others, find that space for self-care or learn how to be more loving and accepting themselves. When it comes to couples, my expertise can help with improving communication, resolving conflict, and growing closer through empathy and understanding in order to get that love we are looking for in our most meaningful relationships.
(904) 602-8934 View (904) 602-8934

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 32258

80+

Average cost per session

$125

Therapists in 32258 who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
86% Depression
80% Self Esteem
79% Coping Skills
78% Relationship Issues
78% Trauma and PTSD
76% Stress

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Aetna
79% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
72% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in 32258 see their clients

69% In Person and Online
31% Online Only

Gender breakdown

82% Female
17% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 32258?

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.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

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.