Therapists in 34229

Photo of Kara Bumgarner, Counselor in 34229, FL
Kara Bumgarner
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
Osprey, FL 34229
Not accepting new clients
It has been said "if you have a pulse, then you have problems." Sometimes, we encounter situations in our lives that challenge our ability to overcome them. Grief, life transitions, relationship struggles, depression, and anxiety are just a few of the issues we can experience throughout our lives. We all need someone who can give us sound, unbiased, and healthy advice to help us feel that we are able to cope and not allow our circumstances to dictate our mental health. We all want to live our best lives now. I am a solution-focused therapist and will work to give you the tools necessary to manage your problem situations.
It has been said "if you have a pulse, then you have problems." Sometimes, we encounter situations in our lives that challenge our ability to overcome them. Grief, life transitions, relationship struggles, depression, and anxiety are just a few of the issues we can experience throughout our lives. We all need someone who can give us sound, unbiased, and healthy advice to help us feel that we are able to cope and not allow our circumstances to dictate our mental health. We all want to live our best lives now. I am a solution-focused therapist and will work to give you the tools necessary to manage your problem situations.
(941) 803-7099 View (941) 803-7099
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Ethan Weiss
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MS, LCSW
Verified
Osprey, FL 34229
Since I don’t know you yet, I can’t say why you’re here. Maybe it’s about something you’re experiencing on the inside: you worry a lot or are intensely stressed out or feel really low or numb or angry or lost. Maybe it’s more on the outside: arguments with friends and family or having a hard time in school or having a tough time slowing down or feeling comfortable in your own skin. Whatever it is, my role is to create and protect a place where your feelings (1) are real, (2) matter, and (3) can change for the better.
Since I don’t know you yet, I can’t say why you’re here. Maybe it’s about something you’re experiencing on the inside: you worry a lot or are intensely stressed out or feel really low or numb or angry or lost. Maybe it’s more on the outside: arguments with friends and family or having a hard time in school or having a tough time slowing down or feeling comfortable in your own skin. Whatever it is, my role is to create and protect a place where your feelings (1) are real, (2) matter, and (3) can change for the better.
(813) 537-6650 View (813) 537-6650
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Scott Makowske
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Osprey, FL 34229
While my most extensive experience is in addictions treatment and substance abuse counseling, I have a passion for trauma, mental health, and family therapies as well. Even from my early beginnings in this career, my focus and ultimate goal has always been to help people from every walk of life, no matter their history or background. I prioritize getting to know my clients as individuals and tailoring my treatments specifically to each one. I take a “whole life” approach, focusing not only on personal issues, but taking a deep look into relationships with family and friends, ideas of value systems, and beliefs about oneself.
While my most extensive experience is in addictions treatment and substance abuse counseling, I have a passion for trauma, mental health, and family therapies as well. Even from my early beginnings in this career, my focus and ultimate goal has always been to help people from every walk of life, no matter their history or background. I prioritize getting to know my clients as individuals and tailoring my treatments specifically to each one. I take a “whole life” approach, focusing not only on personal issues, but taking a deep look into relationships with family and friends, ideas of value systems, and beliefs about oneself.
(941) 205-7341 View (941) 205-7341
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Elizabeth Payne
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
Osprey, FL 34229
No matter where you find yourself in life today, I am a firm believer in the power of a safe space to process, heal, and grow. Outside of my faith and family, serving as a source of encouragement and guidance to others is one of my greatest passions. Whatever the mess you're facing looks like today, there is hope for restoration and it would be my honor to partner with you in that journey.
No matter where you find yourself in life today, I am a firm believer in the power of a safe space to process, heal, and grow. Outside of my faith and family, serving as a source of encouragement and guidance to others is one of my greatest passions. Whatever the mess you're facing looks like today, there is hope for restoration and it would be my honor to partner with you in that journey.
(941) 451-5867 View (941) 451-5867
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Stacie M Herrera
PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Osprey, FL 34229
I am a licensed school psychologist in private practice. I provide psychological evaluations and therapeutic support for youth who are struggling academically, behaviorally and socially. I strongly believe in a holistic approach with the best interest of the child in mind. This includes creating a compassionate environment in which the time and care can be taken to evaluate and support the "whole" child. I own Herrera Psychology, a youth-focused private practice located in Osprey, Florida. We provide individual and group therapy, as well as evaluations. Please visit my website for further information: herrerapsychology.com
I am a licensed school psychologist in private practice. I provide psychological evaluations and therapeutic support for youth who are struggling academically, behaviorally and socially. I strongly believe in a holistic approach with the best interest of the child in mind. This includes creating a compassionate environment in which the time and care can be taken to evaluate and support the "whole" child. I own Herrera Psychology, a youth-focused private practice located in Osprey, Florida. We provide individual and group therapy, as well as evaluations. Please visit my website for further information: herrerapsychology.com
(941) 531-9713 View (941) 531-9713
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Ashleigh Lorenz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Osprey, FL 34229
I have more than 15 years of experience in varying areas of social work from early childhood development, family therapy, children and adolescents, and geriatrics. Through these experiences, I have developed a passion for women and children and have made it my mission to assist them in walking through and healing from the challenges of life. My goal is to provide a safe and healing environment for my clients while helping them identify the power that lies within themselves for change, growth and flourishing.
I have more than 15 years of experience in varying areas of social work from early childhood development, family therapy, children and adolescents, and geriatrics. Through these experiences, I have developed a passion for women and children and have made it my mission to assist them in walking through and healing from the challenges of life. My goal is to provide a safe and healing environment for my clients while helping them identify the power that lies within themselves for change, growth and flourishing.
(941) 269-3496 View (941) 269-3496
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April Sue Lambert
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Osprey, FL 34229
Waitlist for new clients
I believe that every person has intrinsic value and thus should be treated with great respect and positive regard. My overall approach is based on this premise and this attitude is maintained throughout therapy. My approach is direct, open, and relational. I do not hesitate to offer concrete direction once trust has been earned. I consider the "whole" person in developing a treatment plan, which to me includes their personal and family history, physical and emotional health, and current relationship support. I believe that the best therapy leads the client (both individuals and couples) towards increased well being.
I believe that every person has intrinsic value and thus should be treated with great respect and positive regard. My overall approach is based on this premise and this attitude is maintained throughout therapy. My approach is direct, open, and relational. I do not hesitate to offer concrete direction once trust has been earned. I consider the "whole" person in developing a treatment plan, which to me includes their personal and family history, physical and emotional health, and current relationship support. I believe that the best therapy leads the client (both individuals and couples) towards increased well being.
(941) 584-5629 View (941) 584-5629
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Dora Limoncelli
Counselor, MA, LMHC, NCC
Verified
Osprey, FL 34229  (Online Only)
What is the goal of Mental Health Counseling? To explore the client's own energy and determination to reverse a cycle of behaviors that are destructive to self and relationships. I strive to create a counseling relationship that is non judgmental, safe, secure, and accepting. You, the client, are unique, worthy and capable of change. You can move from a position of helplessness to a feeling of control and responsibility for your own behaviors and determine your own destiny. Call my office to discuss ways I can assist you in leading a happier and healthier life.
What is the goal of Mental Health Counseling? To explore the client's own energy and determination to reverse a cycle of behaviors that are destructive to self and relationships. I strive to create a counseling relationship that is non judgmental, safe, secure, and accepting. You, the client, are unique, worthy and capable of change. You can move from a position of helplessness to a feeling of control and responsibility for your own behaviors and determine your own destiny. Call my office to discuss ways I can assist you in leading a happier and healthier life.
(941) 677-8966 View (941) 677-8966
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Robert M Gordon
Psychologist, ABPP, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Osprey, FL 34229  (Online Only)
Most therapists can help you manage your symptoms. I would appeal to very bright individuals who could appreciate the deeper insights that come from my many years of post-doctoral training, board certifications in Clinical Psychology and in Psychoanalysis, teaching doctoral students and post-docs advanced assessment and treatment, and having over 100 scholarly publications. Hear my TEDx talk by clicking on "website." I'm certified to provide services in most states.
Most therapists can help you manage your symptoms. I would appeal to very bright individuals who could appreciate the deeper insights that come from my many years of post-doctoral training, board certifications in Clinical Psychology and in Psychoanalysis, teaching doctoral students and post-docs advanced assessment and treatment, and having over 100 scholarly publications. Hear my TEDx talk by clicking on "website." I'm certified to provide services in most states.
(941) 205-7047 View (941) 205-7047
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Michelle Rogers
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
Osprey, FL 34229
I am fully trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and trained in the Developmental Model of couple therapy. My experience spans almost 30 years working with men and women of all ages and walks of life using a variety of therapeutic approaches.
I am fully trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and trained in the Developmental Model of couple therapy. My experience spans almost 30 years working with men and women of all ages and walks of life using a variety of therapeutic approaches.
(941) 676-9842 View (941) 676-9842
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Lisiane Fidalgo
Counselor, LMHC, MA
Verified
4 Endorsed
Osprey, FL 34229
If you are reading this, it is because you are ready to reach out for help. My goal is to help you get relief as quickly as possible. I'm offering Trauma Intensives which help you find relief in a few hours as opposed to weeks and months. Many individuals have found the therapies I utilize to be life changing. As an example, clients have found relief utilizing Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) in one or two sessions. I'm also excited to be providing my clients with the option of Ketamine Treatment, possibly at the comfort of their own home, as well as Traumatic Incident Reduction and Psychedelic Integration.
If you are reading this, it is because you are ready to reach out for help. My goal is to help you get relief as quickly as possible. I'm offering Trauma Intensives which help you find relief in a few hours as opposed to weeks and months. Many individuals have found the therapies I utilize to be life changing. As an example, clients have found relief utilizing Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) in one or two sessions. I'm also excited to be providing my clients with the option of Ketamine Treatment, possibly at the comfort of their own home, as well as Traumatic Incident Reduction and Psychedelic Integration.
(941) 205-7244 View (941) 205-7244
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Charlton Cerbone
Counselor, DBH, LMHC
Verified
Osprey, FL 34229
Welcome to a compassionate space dedicated to your journey of healing and recovery. At the intersection of sex and substance addiction lies a profound opportunity for transformation and growth. As a seasoned counselor specializing in addiction, I am deeply committed to guiding individuals towards reclaiming their lives, fostering healthier relationships, and rediscovering a sense of purpose. In today's fast-paced world, the prevalence of addiction is a reality many individuals face. Whether grappling with compulsive behaviors, navigating intimacy issues, or combating substance dependency, the path to recovery can seem daunting.
Welcome to a compassionate space dedicated to your journey of healing and recovery. At the intersection of sex and substance addiction lies a profound opportunity for transformation and growth. As a seasoned counselor specializing in addiction, I am deeply committed to guiding individuals towards reclaiming their lives, fostering healthier relationships, and rediscovering a sense of purpose. In today's fast-paced world, the prevalence of addiction is a reality many individuals face. Whether grappling with compulsive behaviors, navigating intimacy issues, or combating substance dependency, the path to recovery can seem daunting.
(941) 877-5664 View (941) 877-5664
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Dr. Charles R. Davenport, Licensed Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Osprey, FL 34229
I offer a compassionate and non-judgmental approach to help you find ways to understand and change issues that may seem stressful, overwhelming, or even hopeless. It is important for the therapy process to be a collaboration where we work together to explore what is causing unhappiness or discomfort in your life. If you are ready to explore, and grow in a safe and supportive environment, call today for a confidential consultation: 941-321-1971 or visit: www.drcharlesdavenport.com. Interested in Psychology in the News? Visit my news Blog: http://drcharlesdavenport.com/wordpress/
I offer a compassionate and non-judgmental approach to help you find ways to understand and change issues that may seem stressful, overwhelming, or even hopeless. It is important for the therapy process to be a collaboration where we work together to explore what is causing unhappiness or discomfort in your life. If you are ready to explore, and grow in a safe and supportive environment, call today for a confidential consultation: 941-321-1971 or visit: www.drcharlesdavenport.com. Interested in Psychology in the News? Visit my news Blog: http://drcharlesdavenport.com/wordpress/
(941) 321-1971 View (941) 321-1971
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Anxiety & Trauma Resolution Associates
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Osprey, FL 34229  (Online Only)
Are fear, anxiety or traumatic experiences keeping you from achieving the happiness and success that you want?" Do you suffer from excessive worry, fear, anxiety or traumatic stress?" I have helped many people overcome these types of problems to live happier and more fulfilling lives and welcome the opportunity to help you identify and overcome your obstacles so that you can live the more fulfilling life that you deserve.
Are fear, anxiety or traumatic experiences keeping you from achieving the happiness and success that you want?" Do you suffer from excessive worry, fear, anxiety or traumatic stress?" I have helped many people overcome these types of problems to live happier and more fulfilling lives and welcome the opportunity to help you identify and overcome your obstacles so that you can live the more fulfilling life that you deserve.
(941) 357-7201 View (941) 357-7201
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Roxanne Permesly
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Osprey, FL 34229
As a therapist, it is my task to join with you to tackle your issues of concern. Sometimes these are situational. Other times you have become aware of a pattern or trend that continually gets in your way. The therapist must create an empathetic environment in which you can truly share and be heard. Then, the therapist can offer the insights and suggestions, so you may begin to unravel and solve the problems. It is a process. My work in Boston, Princeton, and Sarasota has focused on creating this environment and giving you the space to find your way.
As a therapist, it is my task to join with you to tackle your issues of concern. Sometimes these are situational. Other times you have become aware of a pattern or trend that continually gets in your way. The therapist must create an empathetic environment in which you can truly share and be heard. Then, the therapist can offer the insights and suggestions, so you may begin to unravel and solve the problems. It is a process. My work in Boston, Princeton, and Sarasota has focused on creating this environment and giving you the space to find your way.
(941) 623-4756 View (941) 623-4756
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Dori E Goldfarb
Psychologist, MS, MPhil, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Osprey, FL 34229
Our goal is to get you back to being you. Dr. Goldfarb is a Yale trained psychologist who offers psychological services for mood and anxiety disorders including depression, anxiety, addictions, ADHD/ADD, stress, grief and loss, infertility, self-esteem, relationship difficulties, and chronic pain. We work with individuals, couples, and families. We treat children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Goldfarb provides evidence-based treatment, including psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy. She has extensive training in working with clients with eating and weight disorders. She also specializes in conducting psychological evaluations/assessments for children and adults, including gifted testing and forensic evaluations.
Our goal is to get you back to being you. Dr. Goldfarb is a Yale trained psychologist who offers psychological services for mood and anxiety disorders including depression, anxiety, addictions, ADHD/ADD, stress, grief and loss, infertility, self-esteem, relationship difficulties, and chronic pain. We work with individuals, couples, and families. We treat children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Goldfarb provides evidence-based treatment, including psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy. She has extensive training in working with clients with eating and weight disorders. She also specializes in conducting psychological evaluations/assessments for children and adults, including gifted testing and forensic evaluations.
(941) 256-7558 View (941) 256-7558
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Matthew Wiggins
EdS, MA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Osprey, FL 34229
Matthew Wiggins, Ed.S. specializes in Gifted testing including Pine View evaluations, testing for Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) / Academic Problems, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attentional Concerns or Hyperactivity / ADHD, and College and Board Test Accommodations.
Matthew Wiggins, Ed.S. specializes in Gifted testing including Pine View evaluations, testing for Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) / Academic Problems, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attentional Concerns or Hyperactivity / ADHD, and College and Board Test Accommodations.
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Katlyn Tobey
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW, RCSWI
Verified
Osprey, FL 34229
Hi I am Katlyn Tobey, RCSWI, Registered Clinical Social Work Intern with a passion for helping others achieve their full potential and live peaceful, prosperous lives. I offer a compassionate and judgement-free space for open communication, growth, and empathy. My goal is to help guide my clients through their therapy journey and be an additional support system. I utilize a person-centered approach emphasizing my client’s strengths. I practice using techniques such as, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Art Therapy, Play Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivation Interviewing, & Solution Focused Therapy.
Hi I am Katlyn Tobey, RCSWI, Registered Clinical Social Work Intern with a passion for helping others achieve their full potential and live peaceful, prosperous lives. I offer a compassionate and judgement-free space for open communication, growth, and empathy. My goal is to help guide my clients through their therapy journey and be an additional support system. I utilize a person-centered approach emphasizing my client’s strengths. I practice using techniques such as, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Art Therapy, Play Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivation Interviewing, & Solution Focused Therapy.
(941) 231-5031 View (941) 231-5031
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Phillip Hendra
LPC Intern, RMHCI
Verified
Osprey, FL 34229
Phil Hendra, is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern who prides himself on empathetic listening and allowing clients to share their thoughts feeling in a safe therapeutic and nonjudgmental environment while engaging in rational dialogue to bring out the positivity within the clients' narrative. I have a welcoming way to create a relaxed atmosphere during every session which allows the ease of collaborating on an individualized treatment plan. While building a therapeutic alliance, I will incorporate the use of multimodalities to discover which will offer the most progress toward successfully meeting the client's goals.
Phil Hendra, is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern who prides himself on empathetic listening and allowing clients to share their thoughts feeling in a safe therapeutic and nonjudgmental environment while engaging in rational dialogue to bring out the positivity within the clients' narrative. I have a welcoming way to create a relaxed atmosphere during every session which allows the ease of collaborating on an individualized treatment plan. While building a therapeutic alliance, I will incorporate the use of multimodalities to discover which will offer the most progress toward successfully meeting the client's goals.
(941) 265-8649 View (941) 265-8649
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Kalin Palmer - Healing Connections Therapy
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, MS, RMHCI
Verified
2 Endorsed
Osprey, FL 34229
The idea of therapy can be really scary, especially for children and young adults who are already feeling overwhelmed! I have a strong passion for working with youth - I tend to gravitate toward young clients struggling with history of trauma, anxiety disorders, and difficulties with regulating emotions and/or behaviors. I am especially passionate about helping individuals who have had difficulty enjoying therapy previously, as I believe sessions should typically feel empowering rather than upsetting.
The idea of therapy can be really scary, especially for children and young adults who are already feeling overwhelmed! I have a strong passion for working with youth - I tend to gravitate toward young clients struggling with history of trauma, anxiety disorders, and difficulties with regulating emotions and/or behaviors. I am especially passionate about helping individuals who have had difficulty enjoying therapy previously, as I believe sessions should typically feel empowering rather than upsetting.
(941) 344-2754 View (941) 344-2754

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How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 34229

20+

Average cost per session

$135

Therapists in 34229 who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
88% Depression
83% Relationship Issues
79% Self Esteem
75% Coping Skills
71% Trauma and PTSD
63% Parenting

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

75% Aetna
75% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
67% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in 34229 see their clients

84% In Person and Online
16% Online Only

Gender breakdown

70% Female
30% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 34229?

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.