Therapists in 34236

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Davenport Psychology
Psychologist
Verified
Sarasota, FL 34236
Welcome to Davenport Psychology, your trusted provider of evidence-based therapy in Sarasota and Venice, FL. Our experienced doctors of psychology are dedicated to helping you overcome mental health challenges, such as anxiety, depression, career stress, life transitions, and more. We also offer marriage counseling and individual therapy to help you achieve your goals and live life according to what matters to you.Our exceptional services have earned us the title of Best Psychologist in Venice, FL for 2021. When you call us, a licensed psychologist will either answer or return your call within 24 hours.
Welcome to Davenport Psychology, your trusted provider of evidence-based therapy in Sarasota and Venice, FL. Our experienced doctors of psychology are dedicated to helping you overcome mental health challenges, such as anxiety, depression, career stress, life transitions, and more. We also offer marriage counseling and individual therapy to help you achieve your goals and live life according to what matters to you.Our exceptional services have earned us the title of Best Psychologist in Venice, FL for 2021. When you call us, a licensed psychologist will either answer or return your call within 24 hours.
(941) 702-2457 View (941) 702-2457
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Stacey Calabro
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Sarasota, FL 34236  (Online Only)
Taking the first step to get help takes courage. It means being willing to be vulnerable and talk about personal things and experience uncomfortable feelings. We will work at your pace in a supportive, nonjudgmental and safe place to reach the counseling outcome you desire. My clients come to therapy with many life stressors and events that have led to such things as depression, anxiety and trauma. They want to feel better and regain control over their life. Approaching therapy as a collaborative working relationship helps my clients achieve their individual treatment goals.
Taking the first step to get help takes courage. It means being willing to be vulnerable and talk about personal things and experience uncomfortable feelings. We will work at your pace in a supportive, nonjudgmental and safe place to reach the counseling outcome you desire. My clients come to therapy with many life stressors and events that have led to such things as depression, anxiety and trauma. They want to feel better and regain control over their life. Approaching therapy as a collaborative working relationship helps my clients achieve their individual treatment goals.
(941) 267-4834 View (941) 267-4834
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Danielle Green
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MDiv, PhD
Verified
Sarasota, FL 34236
I provide a safe environment to explore and resolve beliefs, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that stand in the way of living a fully conscious and authentic life. Specialties include work with anxiety, depression, trauma, divorce, death, attachment ruptures, and ancestral/ inter-generational shame, and PTSD. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I have studied at the Graduate Theological Union - University of California, Berkeley, The Graduate School for Marriage and Family Therapy, Ca.Institute of Integral Studies (San Francisco), and The Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. I hold two Masters degrees and a Ph D in Psychology.
I provide a safe environment to explore and resolve beliefs, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that stand in the way of living a fully conscious and authentic life. Specialties include work with anxiety, depression, trauma, divorce, death, attachment ruptures, and ancestral/ inter-generational shame, and PTSD. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I have studied at the Graduate Theological Union - University of California, Berkeley, The Graduate School for Marriage and Family Therapy, Ca.Institute of Integral Studies (San Francisco), and The Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. I hold two Masters degrees and a Ph D in Psychology.
(941) 203-3351 View (941) 203-3351
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Stephanie Strahlman
Counselor, LMHC, RPT
Verified
Sarasota, FL 34236
Looking for an experienced and helpful child therapist? If you are wrestling with family power struggles, postpartum depression, disruptive behavior at school; or seeing your child consumed with excessive worry, eating problems, fearfulness, or sadness; I can help you imagine a more joyful, fulfilling and less stressful family life. I am a licensed counselor specializing in early childhood and parent-child relationships. As a Registered Play Therapist, my specialties include Trauma, Adoption, Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, Parent/Child Relationships, Sibling Rivalry, Body Image, Death, Divorce/Blended Families, Self-Esteem,& School Issues.
Looking for an experienced and helpful child therapist? If you are wrestling with family power struggles, postpartum depression, disruptive behavior at school; or seeing your child consumed with excessive worry, eating problems, fearfulness, or sadness; I can help you imagine a more joyful, fulfilling and less stressful family life. I am a licensed counselor specializing in early childhood and parent-child relationships. As a Registered Play Therapist, my specialties include Trauma, Adoption, Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, Parent/Child Relationships, Sibling Rivalry, Body Image, Death, Divorce/Blended Families, Self-Esteem,& School Issues.
(941) 300-0244 View (941) 300-0244
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Dr. Emily L. Robertson
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Sarasota, FL 34236
I specialize in children and adolescent ADHD, defiance/oppositional concerns (e.g., tantrums, anger, hitting), emotion dysregulation, and family conflict. I offer Parent Management Training and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), as well as therapy groups with parents who need support with challenging child behaviors. We require a complimentary 10-minute phone consultation with me for all services so that we can determine if our services are a good fit for your needs. Please schedule the complimentary consultation directly on our website. Check out our website for more information: www.centerforchildbehavior.com.
I specialize in children and adolescent ADHD, defiance/oppositional concerns (e.g., tantrums, anger, hitting), emotion dysregulation, and family conflict. I offer Parent Management Training and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), as well as therapy groups with parents who need support with challenging child behaviors. We require a complimentary 10-minute phone consultation with me for all services so that we can determine if our services are a good fit for your needs. Please schedule the complimentary consultation directly on our website. Check out our website for more information: www.centerforchildbehavior.com.
(941) 213-8362 View (941) 213-8362
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Susan Albrecht
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, ACSW
Verified
Sarasota, FL 34236
My intention is to partner with you to overcome any challenges that prevent you from living your life in a joyful, creative totally involved way. Together we clarify issues that cause your distress; set goals, achieve results. How you'd like your life and relationships to look is the focus of a supportive counseling relationship. We pay attention to your mind, body and spirit as you take personal responsibility for your life and move towards conscious awareness. For 30 years I have worked with individuals, couples and families and a variety of problematic situations they present.. I look forward to your call.
My intention is to partner with you to overcome any challenges that prevent you from living your life in a joyful, creative totally involved way. Together we clarify issues that cause your distress; set goals, achieve results. How you'd like your life and relationships to look is the focus of a supportive counseling relationship. We pay attention to your mind, body and spirit as you take personal responsibility for your life and move towards conscious awareness. For 30 years I have worked with individuals, couples and families and a variety of problematic situations they present.. I look forward to your call.
(941) 270-9948 View (941) 270-9948
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Mary G Davenport
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Sarasota, FL 34236
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Certified Sex Therapist. I trained at the University of Pennsylvania and have been in practice for over 35 years specializing in both individual and couples therapy. I treat anxiety disorders, depression, relationship problems (including difficulties with communication and sexual functioning), body image issues, the challenges of life transitions (divorce, death of a loved one, relocation, retirement, health problems), as well as gay, lesbian, and gender identity issues.
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Certified Sex Therapist. I trained at the University of Pennsylvania and have been in practice for over 35 years specializing in both individual and couples therapy. I treat anxiety disorders, depression, relationship problems (including difficulties with communication and sexual functioning), body image issues, the challenges of life transitions (divorce, death of a loved one, relocation, retirement, health problems), as well as gay, lesbian, and gender identity issues.
(941) 366-3134 View (941) 366-3134
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Malinda Isaacs
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Sarasota, FL 34236
Dr. Isaacs is a Psychologist with Comprehensive MedPsych Systems (CMPS). She has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky. She has experience treating a wide range of psychological disorders with a passionate focus on eating disorders. She specializes in general psychotherapy and assessment services for adolescents and adults; eating disorders; pre-surgical bariatric psychological evaluations and follow-ups. Dr. Isaacs values providing an atmosphere of support, empathy, and trust so clients can explore the challenges they face and discover the strengths they can use for positive change.
Dr. Isaacs is a Psychologist with Comprehensive MedPsych Systems (CMPS). She has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky. She has experience treating a wide range of psychological disorders with a passionate focus on eating disorders. She specializes in general psychotherapy and assessment services for adolescents and adults; eating disorders; pre-surgical bariatric psychological evaluations and follow-ups. Dr. Isaacs values providing an atmosphere of support, empathy, and trust so clients can explore the challenges they face and discover the strengths they can use for positive change.
(941) 254-2834 View (941) 254-2834
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Hilary Hall
Counselor, MA, LMHC, NBCC
Verified
Sarasota, FL 34236
Not accepting new clients
SO MANY CHOICES LOOKING FOR A THERAPIST. IT CAN FEEL OVERWHELMING! HOW DO YOU DECIDE? First, look for a well trained therapist with a minimum of 10 years of experience. Second, find a therapist who has graduated from an advanced training institute after their graduate program. Third, find someone who has high professional and ethical standards. Fourth, find a therapist who has a warm and comfortable office environment. Fifth, talk to the person on the phone for a few minutes to get a "feel" for their personal "style" and answer your questions.
SO MANY CHOICES LOOKING FOR A THERAPIST. IT CAN FEEL OVERWHELMING! HOW DO YOU DECIDE? First, look for a well trained therapist with a minimum of 10 years of experience. Second, find a therapist who has graduated from an advanced training institute after their graduate program. Third, find someone who has high professional and ethical standards. Fourth, find a therapist who has a warm and comfortable office environment. Fifth, talk to the person on the phone for a few minutes to get a "feel" for their personal "style" and answer your questions.
(941) 203-3396 x2 View (941) 203-3396 x2
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Patti Thompson, M.A.
Counselor, MA, CAP, LMHC
Verified
Sarasota, FL 34236
You have many choices. One of which is with whom to work when seeking professional help. Selection of a psychotherapist is important and equal to the reasons for pursuing therapy. Safety and respect are of paramount importance in my practice and critical aspects of any therapeutic process. Your confidential and effective treatment is my highest priority. My training and experience will help you learn what you need to know so that you can move forward and attain the goals and changes you seek. Please call me to meet and discuss what you are looking for and how we may work together toward your success.
You have many choices. One of which is with whom to work when seeking professional help. Selection of a psychotherapist is important and equal to the reasons for pursuing therapy. Safety and respect are of paramount importance in my practice and critical aspects of any therapeutic process. Your confidential and effective treatment is my highest priority. My training and experience will help you learn what you need to know so that you can move forward and attain the goals and changes you seek. Please call me to meet and discuss what you are looking for and how we may work together toward your success.
(941) 584-5083 View (941) 584-5083
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Lauren Gavron
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Sarasota, FL 34236
Dr. Gavron performs neuropsychological testing for adults with such conditions as dementia, vascular disorders, movement disorders and other neurodegenerative disorders, traumatic brain injury, seizure disorders, learning disabilities, neuropsychiatric disorders, infectious disease affecting the CNS, neurodevelopmental disorders, metabolic disease and neurological effects of medical disorders or treatment. She also conducts attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) evaluations in the pediatric and adult populations and provides individual cognitive training and rehabilitation.
Dr. Gavron performs neuropsychological testing for adults with such conditions as dementia, vascular disorders, movement disorders and other neurodegenerative disorders, traumatic brain injury, seizure disorders, learning disabilities, neuropsychiatric disorders, infectious disease affecting the CNS, neurodevelopmental disorders, metabolic disease and neurological effects of medical disorders or treatment. She also conducts attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) evaluations in the pediatric and adult populations and provides individual cognitive training and rehabilitation.
(941) 213-7358 View (941) 213-7358
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Dr. April Brown - SW Therapists/Retreats
Counselor, EdD, LMHC, CST, NCC, BCTMHC
Verified
9 Endorsed
Sarasota, FL 34236
Are you wanting more intimacy? Are you and your partner constantly arguing and not connecting? Are you struggling with your mental health, your relationships, spirituality, and sex and you need someone to talk to and find some resources and solutions. If you need solutions, I can help. I offer TeleMental Health, Online Counseling, EMDR, Retreats and Gottman services for individuals, couples, and families. I specialize in anxiety, relationships, communication, intimacy, and sex. I offer free resources & information through my website, books, and through my podcast called "Bringing Intimacy Back".
Are you wanting more intimacy? Are you and your partner constantly arguing and not connecting? Are you struggling with your mental health, your relationships, spirituality, and sex and you need someone to talk to and find some resources and solutions. If you need solutions, I can help. I offer TeleMental Health, Online Counseling, EMDR, Retreats and Gottman services for individuals, couples, and families. I specialize in anxiety, relationships, communication, intimacy, and sex. I offer free resources & information through my website, books, and through my podcast called "Bringing Intimacy Back".
(239) 565-6921 View (239) 565-6921
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Asha Griffith
Counselor, MA, LMHC, QS
Verified
Sarasota, FL 34236  (Online Only)
Being a woman in today's society is no easy task! Are you tired of always having to be "strong"? If you are experiencing Depression, Frustration in your relationship, are facing a divorce, battling spiritual confusion, having trouble "fitting in", struggling with low self esteem, feeling as if you have no purpose, carrying the load of childhood trauma or you feel like you're just existing but not LIVING, Contact me NOW!
Being a woman in today's society is no easy task! Are you tired of always having to be "strong"? If you are experiencing Depression, Frustration in your relationship, are facing a divorce, battling spiritual confusion, having trouble "fitting in", struggling with low self esteem, feeling as if you have no purpose, carrying the load of childhood trauma or you feel like you're just existing but not LIVING, Contact me NOW!
(941) 260-2735 View (941) 260-2735
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Tamara Knapp
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, MA, NCC, REACE®
Verified
2 Endorsed
Sarasota, FL 34236
When adjusting to life's changes, feeling depressed or anxious, grieving a loss, or feeling stuck it is challenging to know where to begin. It helps to have someone to walk beside you as a compassionate witness to listen and support you on your healing journey. It can make all the difference in getting from where you are to where you want to be. I help clients on their journey to feel connected and restore wellness, to feel whole and access their most authentic life.
When adjusting to life's changes, feeling depressed or anxious, grieving a loss, or feeling stuck it is challenging to know where to begin. It helps to have someone to walk beside you as a compassionate witness to listen and support you on your healing journey. It can make all the difference in getting from where you are to where you want to be. I help clients on their journey to feel connected and restore wellness, to feel whole and access their most authentic life.
(941) 662-4998 View (941) 662-4998
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Leigh O'Rourke
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Sarasota, FL 34236
I have been a practicing psychotherapist for over thirty years. My practice consists primarily of individuals (adults and adolescents) dealing with depression, anxiety, loss and low self-esteem. I also work with couples and families struggling with relationship and transition issues.
I have been a practicing psychotherapist for over thirty years. My practice consists primarily of individuals (adults and adolescents) dealing with depression, anxiety, loss and low self-esteem. I also work with couples and families struggling with relationship and transition issues.
(941) 735-5959 View (941) 735-5959
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Heather D. Eslien
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
9 Endorsed
Sarasota, FL 34236
I have worked for almost 15 years as a therapist and advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community. I am especially passionate about my extensive work with trans and gender-expansive clients and their family members. My empathic, non-judgemental style allows my clients safety in navigating coming out, transitioning and understanding themselves better through a lens of self-compassion. I am well versed in writing letters of support for trans-affirming medical care and have an established resource referral network. Let me help to guide you on the path to your authentic self.
I have worked for almost 15 years as a therapist and advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community. I am especially passionate about my extensive work with trans and gender-expansive clients and their family members. My empathic, non-judgemental style allows my clients safety in navigating coming out, transitioning and understanding themselves better through a lens of self-compassion. I am well versed in writing letters of support for trans-affirming medical care and have an established resource referral network. Let me help to guide you on the path to your authentic self.
(941) 584-5091 View (941) 584-5091
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Kathleen Frank
Counselor, LMHC, LPC, NCC
Verified
Sarasota, FL 34236
You're looking for a therapist for a reason. You have likely been trying your hardest to pull things together, but regardless of the constant effort, life is becoming more and more about 'getting through each day'. It can seem like a constant struggle for you, and the hope that this will all just go away is fading. You may not believe it right now, but things can change - I've seen it first-hand. And if you find a therapist you truly connect with and trust, you can actually begin to break apart what's been dragging you down so you can focus on what's most important to you in your life.
You're looking for a therapist for a reason. You have likely been trying your hardest to pull things together, but regardless of the constant effort, life is becoming more and more about 'getting through each day'. It can seem like a constant struggle for you, and the hope that this will all just go away is fading. You may not believe it right now, but things can change - I've seen it first-hand. And if you find a therapist you truly connect with and trust, you can actually begin to break apart what's been dragging you down so you can focus on what's most important to you in your life.
(941) 336-7542 View (941) 336-7542
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Tanya A Barkley-Graham
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Sarasota, FL 34236
I have over 25 years of social work practice and experience working within government agencies, non- profit organizations, and in a private practice setting. I work with individuals, couples, and families to support them in identifying challenges and setting goals to design the life they desire.
I have over 25 years of social work practice and experience working within government agencies, non- profit organizations, and in a private practice setting. I work with individuals, couples, and families to support them in identifying challenges and setting goals to design the life they desire.
(941) 260-1921 View (941) 260-1921
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Jeffrey C Anglin
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MSW, CAP
Verified
Sarasota, FL 34236
Approval seeking, bad relationships and addictions keep us from living out our true potential, but they're not the real problem. Many practitioners provide a long list of conditions, diagnoses and symptoms they treat. Frankly, I'm not all that interested in symptoms: I want to help you figure out why you've been using the same strategies for years and expecting different results. If you want to stop waking up every morning and hoping that somehow - today - your life is somehow going to be different, you've got to DO something different.
Approval seeking, bad relationships and addictions keep us from living out our true potential, but they're not the real problem. Many practitioners provide a long list of conditions, diagnoses and symptoms they treat. Frankly, I'm not all that interested in symptoms: I want to help you figure out why you've been using the same strategies for years and expecting different results. If you want to stop waking up every morning and hoping that somehow - today - your life is somehow going to be different, you've got to DO something different.
(941) 586-0929 View (941) 586-0929
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Cari Tingen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Sarasota, FL 34236
Fear of the unknown can be scary and overwhelming ,Being able to adapt to the new world changes and life transitions can be very challenging. I can empower you and help you develop new skills and self-confidence in these uncertain times.
Fear of the unknown can be scary and overwhelming ,Being able to adapt to the new world changes and life transitions can be very challenging. I can empower you and help you develop new skills and self-confidence in these uncertain times.
(941) 229-7657 View (941) 229-7657

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How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 34236

100+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in 34236 who prioritize treating:

87% Anxiety
84% Depression
82% Self Esteem
81% Relationship Issues
77% Coping Skills
71% Trauma and PTSD
70% Grief

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

71% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
56% Aetna
51% Optum

How Therapists in 34236 see their clients

74% In Person and Online
26% Online Only

Gender breakdown

91% Female
9% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 34236?

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.