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Debra Nagy
Psychologist, PsyD, LP
Verified Verified
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Not accepting new clients
***********CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS*********** I believe that together you and I can discover your path for positive and lasting change. Collectively we will identify the problems that you are facing and work towards a solution. My approach in facilitating this journey is to help you learn how to uncover and capitalize on your individual strengths and make the most of your resources. In unison, we will discover what you want out of life and work towards the achievement of your goals.
***********CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS*********** I believe that together you and I can discover your path for positive and lasting change. Collectively we will identify the problems that you are facing and work towards a solution. My approach in facilitating this journey is to help you learn how to uncover and capitalize on your individual strengths and make the most of your resources. In unison, we will discover what you want out of life and work towards the achievement of your goals.
(734) 335-1730 View (734) 335-1730
Photo of Alix Bergstrom, Counselor in 33950, FL
Alix Bergstrom
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
I believe in an eclectic, empathetic, client-centered approach and utilize a wide variety of therapeutic techniques. I specialize in assisting children, adolescents, teens, and young adults develop and maintain effective coping skills, healthy relationships with family, friends, and peers, and increasing recognition of their self-worth. I believe humans are constantly learning to navigate the world around us and seek meaningful, authentic connections with others - that involves art, play, and many other creative endeavors, in and out of therapy.
I believe in an eclectic, empathetic, client-centered approach and utilize a wide variety of therapeutic techniques. I specialize in assisting children, adolescents, teens, and young adults develop and maintain effective coping skills, healthy relationships with family, friends, and peers, and increasing recognition of their self-worth. I believe humans are constantly learning to navigate the world around us and seek meaningful, authentic connections with others - that involves art, play, and many other creative endeavors, in and out of therapy.
(941) 213-5479 View (941) 213-5479
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Mitzi Brown
Counselor, LMHC, MA, NCC, CCTP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
For many people, faith is an integral part of their sense of wholeness. For clients who feel that way, I integrate faith into the experience of psychotherapy. Frequent issues that clients bring into counseling include relationships, depression, anxiety, life transitions, illness, and grief. But regardless the struggle, the integration of scientifically evidence-based practices alongside faith belief systems offer a holistic approach to therapy that many clients appreciate. Clients always have the option to exclude faith from their counseling experience.
For many people, faith is an integral part of their sense of wholeness. For clients who feel that way, I integrate faith into the experience of psychotherapy. Frequent issues that clients bring into counseling include relationships, depression, anxiety, life transitions, illness, and grief. But regardless the struggle, the integration of scientifically evidence-based practices alongside faith belief systems offer a holistic approach to therapy that many clients appreciate. Clients always have the option to exclude faith from their counseling experience.
(941) 919-2016 View (941) 919-2016
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Cora Taylor
Counselor, Psy, S, LMHC, PA
Verified Verified
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
No matter where you go, there you are! Change is often hard. Crossway Counseling & Learning Center was founded in 1998 by Cora Taylor, Psy.S., to bring hope and healing for many of the issues in life, both current and past, that keep individuals from becoming the persons they want to be. Some of those issues may be depression, relationships, marriage, divorce, anxiety, stress, trauma, and Long-Covid. My passion is healing. My goal is to help you develop better coping skills for dealing with whatever circumstances have gotten you stuck and unable to move forward in your life and relationships.
No matter where you go, there you are! Change is often hard. Crossway Counseling & Learning Center was founded in 1998 by Cora Taylor, Psy.S., to bring hope and healing for many of the issues in life, both current and past, that keep individuals from becoming the persons they want to be. Some of those issues may be depression, relationships, marriage, divorce, anxiety, stress, trauma, and Long-Covid. My passion is healing. My goal is to help you develop better coping skills for dealing with whatever circumstances have gotten you stuck and unable to move forward in your life and relationships.
(941) 740-8699 View (941) 740-8699
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Peace River Psychology Center
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Therapy is all about the healing and growth translated through the relationships between the patient and the therapist. When I founded Peace River Psychology Center in 2000, I devised that the center's motto should be "a health spa for the mind" and I like to take a holistic approach to mental health. I am a licensed clinical psychologist treating children, adolescents and adults. My specialty is in internalizing disorders, specifically depression and anxiety.
Therapy is all about the healing and growth translated through the relationships between the patient and the therapist. When I founded Peace River Psychology Center in 2000, I devised that the center's motto should be "a health spa for the mind" and I like to take a holistic approach to mental health. I am a licensed clinical psychologist treating children, adolescents and adults. My specialty is in internalizing disorders, specifically depression and anxiety.
(941) 203-3911 View (941) 203-3911
Photo of Janie J Brynolf, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 33950, FL
Janie J Brynolf
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LMSW, CAC, CCHt, CTHt
Verified Verified
Punta Gorda, FL 33950  (Online Only)
The great poet Rumi wrote "out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing, there is a field. I'll meet you there." This quote really encompasses a therapeutic setting for me. A place where there is no judgement and you are heard with warmth and high regard. In my sessions you can be expect to be treated with kindness, empathy and be received with no judgement. This is my private practice, which means, you will not have a therapist turnover in a few months. I’m very personable and real. I will care about you.
The great poet Rumi wrote "out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing, there is a field. I'll meet you there." This quote really encompasses a therapeutic setting for me. A place where there is no judgement and you are heard with warmth and high regard. In my sessions you can be expect to be treated with kindness, empathy and be received with no judgement. This is my private practice, which means, you will not have a therapist turnover in a few months. I’m very personable and real. I will care about you.
(239) 230-1499 View (239) 230-1499
Photo of Jodi Walls, Counselor in 33950, FL
Jodi Walls
Counselor, LMHC, MA
Verified Verified
Punta Gorda, FL 33950  (Online Only)
Hi there I'm Jodi. I specialize in short-term cognitive behavioral therapy. I provide supportive, safe and non-judgmental environment assisting individuals who are suffering from depression, anxiety, relationship struggles and family issues. I consider myself to be the narcist whisperer. I can assist you with dealing with the difficult people in your life by setting boundaries, saying no assertively and conflict de-escalation.
Hi there I'm Jodi. I specialize in short-term cognitive behavioral therapy. I provide supportive, safe and non-judgmental environment assisting individuals who are suffering from depression, anxiety, relationship struggles and family issues. I consider myself to be the narcist whisperer. I can assist you with dealing with the difficult people in your life by setting boundaries, saying no assertively and conflict de-escalation.
(239) 899-6703 View (239) 899-6703
Photo of Fern Ridge Counseling, LLC & Wellness Center, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 33950, FL
Fern Ridge Counseling, LLC & Wellness Center
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
At Fern Ridge Counseling, LLC & Wellness Center we are dedicated to providing support as you navigate through life's difficult terrain. We are here to provide integrative support and acceptance in your journey to heal from personal struggles and emotional distress. Our counselors provide individual, marriage, and family therapy, and telepsychology, allowing us to serve you remotely. We offer true Wyoming wellness from Halotherapy, chromotherapy, red light therapy, infrared therapy, and neurofeedback. Don't do this alone, call today to schedule an appointment and allow our professionals to find solutions that are right for you.
At Fern Ridge Counseling, LLC & Wellness Center we are dedicated to providing support as you navigate through life's difficult terrain. We are here to provide integrative support and acceptance in your journey to heal from personal struggles and emotional distress. Our counselors provide individual, marriage, and family therapy, and telepsychology, allowing us to serve you remotely. We offer true Wyoming wellness from Halotherapy, chromotherapy, red light therapy, infrared therapy, and neurofeedback. Don't do this alone, call today to schedule an appointment and allow our professionals to find solutions that are right for you.
(307) 209-9262 View (307) 209-9262
Photo of Chrisanna G Harrington, Counselor in 33950, FL
Chrisanna G Harrington
Counselor, MA, RDN, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
If you have struggled with your weight and tried every diet that comes online, you are my client! My clients are usually borderline diabetic and struggle with weight loss and belly fat. I treat my clients from a nutritional and coaching mindset. Now with new scientific research, we know that it takes more than just "saying no" to extra portions. We know it takes getting your body chemistry back in line, by righting the ghrelin and leptin systems. What's that? Become a patient and you will find out. Oh, and did I tell you I have a 100% success rate? And mental health improves as well! Good Food equals a Good Mood!
If you have struggled with your weight and tried every diet that comes online, you are my client! My clients are usually borderline diabetic and struggle with weight loss and belly fat. I treat my clients from a nutritional and coaching mindset. Now with new scientific research, we know that it takes more than just "saying no" to extra portions. We know it takes getting your body chemistry back in line, by righting the ghrelin and leptin systems. What's that? Become a patient and you will find out. Oh, and did I tell you I have a 100% success rate? And mental health improves as well! Good Food equals a Good Mood!
(239) 282-4681 View (239) 282-4681
Photo of Herschel N Pollard, Psychologist in 33950, FL
Herschel N Pollard
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Punta Gorda, FL 33950  (Online Only)
Most of my clients come to me in crisis, looking for immediate solutions. Others come with long term goals, a desire to make more of their lives, avoid mistakes, overcome negative emotions, make friends, survive losses. In most cases, after a period of history-taking, data analysis, diagnosis, it becomes possible for the client to develop insight into the causes of his or her distress, and to establish some stratagems and goals that lead to improvement or elimination of the problems. Put simply, in my clinic psychotherapy is aimed at helping the client exchange unproductive patterns of thought and behavior for a better life.
Most of my clients come to me in crisis, looking for immediate solutions. Others come with long term goals, a desire to make more of their lives, avoid mistakes, overcome negative emotions, make friends, survive losses. In most cases, after a period of history-taking, data analysis, diagnosis, it becomes possible for the client to develop insight into the causes of his or her distress, and to establish some stratagems and goals that lead to improvement or elimination of the problems. Put simply, in my clinic psychotherapy is aimed at helping the client exchange unproductive patterns of thought and behavior for a better life.
(423) 594-2669 View (423) 594-2669
Photo of Amy Telep Dibos, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 33950, FL
Amy Telep Dibos
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSW, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
I have had the privilege of having a thriving private practice for the past 24 years supporting individuals and families as they navigate life's challenges. I foster authentic, trusting relationships with clients to develop a personalized treatment plan and therapeutic approach to achieve the goals of the individual. I commit to providing clients a confidential, supportive and non judgmental environment to explore thoughts, feelings and behaviors, working in a solution focused manner towards attainable goals generated by you.
I have had the privilege of having a thriving private practice for the past 24 years supporting individuals and families as they navigate life's challenges. I foster authentic, trusting relationships with clients to develop a personalized treatment plan and therapeutic approach to achieve the goals of the individual. I commit to providing clients a confidential, supportive and non judgmental environment to explore thoughts, feelings and behaviors, working in a solution focused manner towards attainable goals generated by you.
(410) 494-8778 View (410) 494-8778
Photo of Catherine Bukovitz, Counselor in 33950, FL
Catherine Bukovitz
Counselor, EdD, LPC, LMHC, NCC, CAP
Verified Verified
Punta Gorda, FL 33950  (Online Only)
A happy life is your birthright. Together in a respectful and collaborative relationship we can determine what prevents you from the experience of life you want and were intended to have. I keep up to date with the latest research in psychotherapy and brain neurology and substance abuse, depression, anxiety, unstable personal or work relationships. I am trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing) which is the only non-medicinal therapy in effectively treating trauma and post traumatic stress disorder.
A happy life is your birthright. Together in a respectful and collaborative relationship we can determine what prevents you from the experience of life you want and were intended to have. I keep up to date with the latest research in psychotherapy and brain neurology and substance abuse, depression, anxiety, unstable personal or work relationships. I am trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing) which is the only non-medicinal therapy in effectively treating trauma and post traumatic stress disorder.
(941) 206-2480 View (941) 206-2480
Photo of Cristina F Finnegan, Counselor in 33950, FL
Cristina F Finnegan
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified Verified
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
I offer Individual, Family, Couples and Group Counseling. I also accept many private insurances, as well as work on a sliding scale for all self-pay individuals. I look forward to having the opportunity to work with you and provide you with a safe and private environment during this time. We are approved through the Charlotte County Courts, probation, pre-trial services and Judges to help clients with court requirements for drug/alcohol testing or court mandated treatment. Please contact me to discuss your individual needs.
I offer Individual, Family, Couples and Group Counseling. I also accept many private insurances, as well as work on a sliding scale for all self-pay individuals. I look forward to having the opportunity to work with you and provide you with a safe and private environment during this time. We are approved through the Charlotte County Courts, probation, pre-trial services and Judges to help clients with court requirements for drug/alcohol testing or court mandated treatment. Please contact me to discuss your individual needs.
(941) 214-4953 View (941) 214-4953
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Dr. Diedre L Wade
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, PhD, LPCC-S, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Punta Gorda, FL 33950  (Online Only)
Do you have goals for your life but don't know where to start? Do you want to make positive changes but need help figuring out how to improve or stick with a plan of action? I specialize in Mental Toughness, which is the concept of not only being resilient but also seeking out challenges to improve even more.
Do you have goals for your life but don't know where to start? Do you want to make positive changes but need help figuring out how to improve or stick with a plan of action? I specialize in Mental Toughness, which is the concept of not only being resilient but also seeking out challenges to improve even more.
(502) 373-8234 View (502) 373-8234
Photo of Constance A Stegall, Marriage & Family Therapist in 33950, FL
Constance A Stegall
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Many people struggle with issues in their lives and can benefit from meeting with a trained professional. I help my clients identify problems and work toward a solution. Most problems can be solved with proper help and early treatment, which keeps small problems from becoming large ones that then seem unsolvable. I believe that each individual is unique, regardless if the issues are the same they are still different. Because of this belief, I provide an eclectic approach to therapy matching each individual needs with a specific therapuetic approach. If applicable and the client is interested hypno-therapy is available.
Many people struggle with issues in their lives and can benefit from meeting with a trained professional. I help my clients identify problems and work toward a solution. Most problems can be solved with proper help and early treatment, which keeps small problems from becoming large ones that then seem unsolvable. I believe that each individual is unique, regardless if the issues are the same they are still different. Because of this belief, I provide an eclectic approach to therapy matching each individual needs with a specific therapuetic approach. If applicable and the client is interested hypno-therapy is available.
(239) 494-5479 View (239) 494-5479
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Randall Crouch
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
I use a client-centered approach to treatment. I focus on your most pressing issues first, offering solution focused therapy to help you work through your most pressing needs. With over 19 years of experience treating everything from severe and persistent mental illness (Bipolar, Schizophrenia, PTSD) to addiction to relationship counseling, there is no need to look further for all of your counseling needs.
I use a client-centered approach to treatment. I focus on your most pressing issues first, offering solution focused therapy to help you work through your most pressing needs. With over 19 years of experience treating everything from severe and persistent mental illness (Bipolar, Schizophrenia, PTSD) to addiction to relationship counseling, there is no need to look further for all of your counseling needs.
(941) 960-7185 View (941) 960-7185
Photo of Lori Olson, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in 33950, FL
Lori Olson
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, MS, LCMHC, LMHC, CCHT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Punta Gorda, FL 33950  (Online Only)
Do you want long lasting and effective change? Did you know that hyper and/or hypo arousal of your autonomic nervous system due to developmental and other trauma can leave you feeling stuck? This is simply because words and willpower are not enough to make change. Now offering the evidenced-based Safe and Sound program based on polyvagal theory of Dr. Stephen Porges to help "reset" your autonomic nervous system so you are better able to benefit from talk and experiential therapies. You can participate in this program in the privacy and convenience of your own home.
Do you want long lasting and effective change? Did you know that hyper and/or hypo arousal of your autonomic nervous system due to developmental and other trauma can leave you feeling stuck? This is simply because words and willpower are not enough to make change. Now offering the evidenced-based Safe and Sound program based on polyvagal theory of Dr. Stephen Porges to help "reset" your autonomic nervous system so you are better able to benefit from talk and experiential therapies. You can participate in this program in the privacy and convenience of your own home.
(603) 287-1104 View (603) 287-1104
Photo of Heather Proctor, Counselor in 33950, FL
Heather Proctor
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Punta Gorda, FL 33950  (Online Only)
Welcome! I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor providing individual and couples therapy. Couples can run into some uncharted areas of their lives that can be a real hurdle to overcome. Best that we first meet individually to gain the unique perspective that each of you have in the relationship. You recognize that issues need to be addressed so take that time individually to speak your mind about what you feel is happening in the relationship. Then you as a couple can work together towards achieving a more satisfying relationship for both of you.
Welcome! I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor providing individual and couples therapy. Couples can run into some uncharted areas of their lives that can be a real hurdle to overcome. Best that we first meet individually to gain the unique perspective that each of you have in the relationship. You recognize that issues need to be addressed so take that time individually to speak your mind about what you feel is happening in the relationship. Then you as a couple can work together towards achieving a more satisfying relationship for both of you.
(941) 866-6478 View (941) 866-6478
Photo of Dr Jeanne Trifone -Challenges of Life Counseling , Psychologist in 33950, FL
Dr Jeanne Trifone -Challenges of Life Counseling
Psychologist
Verified Verified
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
I have enjoyed 29 years of helping others as a clinical psychologist. My mission is to provide high quality care to empower you to more effectively meet your life's challenges and to improve the quality of your relationships. We will work together to identify your specific therapy goals, comfort level for change, and need for session frequency. Ideally you will find my role to be a meaningful support to you during a difficult period. My office is a comfortable environment located at BMO Harris Premier Office Plaza - Suite 304. If you prefer, we can use Telehealth to meet virtually from your home or office.
I have enjoyed 29 years of helping others as a clinical psychologist. My mission is to provide high quality care to empower you to more effectively meet your life's challenges and to improve the quality of your relationships. We will work together to identify your specific therapy goals, comfort level for change, and need for session frequency. Ideally you will find my role to be a meaningful support to you during a difficult period. My office is a comfortable environment located at BMO Harris Premier Office Plaza - Suite 304. If you prefer, we can use Telehealth to meet virtually from your home or office.
(941) 740-2140 View (941) 740-2140
Photo of Linda Ann Weaver, Counselor in 33950, FL
Linda Ann Weaver
Counselor, LMHC, MA, CMHC
Verified Verified
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Do you worry a lot? Are you having trouble in your relationships? Do you have repetitive thoughts that interfere with your daily life? Maybe you are experiencing insomnia, or having a hard time focusing, or do you just need someone to talk to who will listen? My integrative, theoretical perspective is centered on your development. My primary goal is how to best meet your needs. I use an evolutionary approach which includes an exploration of where you are in the lifespan. I believe you and your unique life history deserve respect, sensitivity, and compassion.
Do you worry a lot? Are you having trouble in your relationships? Do you have repetitive thoughts that interfere with your daily life? Maybe you are experiencing insomnia, or having a hard time focusing, or do you just need someone to talk to who will listen? My integrative, theoretical perspective is centered on your development. My primary goal is how to best meet your needs. I use an evolutionary approach which includes an exploration of where you are in the lifespan. I believe you and your unique life history deserve respect, sensitivity, and compassion.
(941) 740-8510 View (941) 740-8510

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 33950

20+

Average cost per session

$125

Therapists in 33950 who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
89% Coping Skills
89% Self Esteem
86% Depression
82% Relationship Issues
82% Stress
75% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

17 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

83% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
74% Optum
70% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in 33950 see their clients

58% In Person and Online
42% Online Only

Gender breakdown

93% Female
7% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 33950?

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.