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Emily Elizabeth Haddox
Marriage & Family Therapist, LIMFT-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kettering, OH 45429
Not accepting new clients
Relationships are complicated, parenting is hard and life is messy. Understanding these truths has given me the desire to help people who are struggling. No matter how overwhelming or insignificant you think the problem is, developing a counseling relationship can be beneficial. I will journey with you as you develop goals, coping strategies and communication skills. I honor that families are diverse in composition and adapt treatment to the individual needs of each client. I use a systemic approach and have a wide array of experience with grief counseling, anxiety, depression, women's issues, spiritual concerns, infidelity, life transitions, play therapy, infertility, elder concerns and self-esteem issues.
Relationships are complicated, parenting is hard and life is messy. Understanding these truths has given me the desire to help people who are struggling. No matter how overwhelming or insignificant you think the problem is, developing a counseling relationship can be beneficial. I will journey with you as you develop goals, coping strategies and communication skills. I honor that families are diverse in composition and adapt treatment to the individual needs of each client. I use a systemic approach and have a wide array of experience with grief counseling, anxiety, depression, women's issues, spiritual concerns, infidelity, life transitions, play therapy, infertility, elder concerns and self-esteem issues.
(937) 696-7137 View (937) 696-7137
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Shonda Jones
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CRC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dayton, OH 45429
Do you live with feelings of anxiety, depression, or being overwhelmed? Are you navigating conflict with a partner or family member? Do you experience difficulty with time management and organization? Whether you are going through a life transition, having relationship difficulties, or addressing issues from PTSD, I am here to help. I utilize structured and supportive modalities that create a thoughtful and safe counseling environment that empowers you to do the work and move forward on your path to healing and independence.
Do you live with feelings of anxiety, depression, or being overwhelmed? Are you navigating conflict with a partner or family member? Do you experience difficulty with time management and organization? Whether you are going through a life transition, having relationship difficulties, or addressing issues from PTSD, I am here to help. I utilize structured and supportive modalities that create a thoughtful and safe counseling environment that empowers you to do the work and move forward on your path to healing and independence.
(937) 872-2741 View (937) 872-2741
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Allison Newlin
Counselor, MS, LPCC-S
Verified Verified
Dayton, OH 45429
I like to compare Couples Therapy / Marriage Counseling to the process of outsourcing a Physical Trainer. Instead of aimlessly lifting random weights as you wander the gym, a trainer will be able to specifically coach you, usually making it more effective in both time and cost. As a Couples Therapist, I take a similar approach. I will prioritize a sense of comfort and trust for you and your partner, while ensuring that the techniques I use are evidence based (they work!), and tailored specifically to your relationship needs.
I like to compare Couples Therapy / Marriage Counseling to the process of outsourcing a Physical Trainer. Instead of aimlessly lifting random weights as you wander the gym, a trainer will be able to specifically coach you, usually making it more effective in both time and cost. As a Couples Therapist, I take a similar approach. I will prioritize a sense of comfort and trust for you and your partner, while ensuring that the techniques I use are evidence based (they work!), and tailored specifically to your relationship needs.
(937) 915-2636 View (937) 915-2636
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Natalie Grierson
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MS, LSW, LPCC-S
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Dayton, OH 45429
Welcome! My name is Natalie Grierson and I am a licensed mental health counselor. I enjoy supporting clients in navigating life transitions and stressors. I believe in providing a safe, non-judgmental environment for clients seeking guidance and support through a holistic, strengths-based approach. My approach to therapy is eclectic; therefore, I use a variety of evidence-based approaches depending on treatment needs. Collaboratively, we will set counseling goals and work to achieve them in a comfortable setting.
Welcome! My name is Natalie Grierson and I am a licensed mental health counselor. I enjoy supporting clients in navigating life transitions and stressors. I believe in providing a safe, non-judgmental environment for clients seeking guidance and support through a holistic, strengths-based approach. My approach to therapy is eclectic; therefore, I use a variety of evidence-based approaches depending on treatment needs. Collaboratively, we will set counseling goals and work to achieve them in a comfortable setting.
(937) 719-0613 View (937) 719-0613
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Bridget Petri
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPCC-S
Verified Verified
Dayton, OH 45429
Waitlist for new clients
My ideal client is focused upon personal growth and healing. I love helping women feel empowered and more self aware. I enjoy practicing from a holistic perspective, focusing on women’s physical, emotional, and social well-being and not just their symptoms. I am passionate about helping young women (ages 14-40) explore deeper into their problems and stressors to decrease anxiety, build trust in themselves and gain more insight and clarity. My true focus is creating an open and non-judgmental space for you to be able to breathe and feel safe.
My ideal client is focused upon personal growth and healing. I love helping women feel empowered and more self aware. I enjoy practicing from a holistic perspective, focusing on women’s physical, emotional, and social well-being and not just their symptoms. I am passionate about helping young women (ages 14-40) explore deeper into their problems and stressors to decrease anxiety, build trust in themselves and gain more insight and clarity. My true focus is creating an open and non-judgmental space for you to be able to breathe and feel safe.
(937) 807-3650 View (937) 807-3650
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Mary Judith Wilson, LPCC, LLC
Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
Kettering, OH 45429
My strengths are in acceptance of where you are as a developing human being and allowing you to grow and learn in your own unique ways; over 30 years of experience with lots of clients, issues, and situations; my honesty with you; and my high regard for the potential in every person. I work holistically, helping you to identify what you need cognitively, emotionally, physically, and spiritually to help yourself. I like helping people find that there are solutions in their lives that they had not thought or had not seen before. I feel that we all need a sense of purpose and community in our lives in order to live fully!
My strengths are in acceptance of where you are as a developing human being and allowing you to grow and learn in your own unique ways; over 30 years of experience with lots of clients, issues, and situations; my honesty with you; and my high regard for the potential in every person. I work holistically, helping you to identify what you need cognitively, emotionally, physically, and spiritually to help yourself. I like helping people find that there are solutions in their lives that they had not thought or had not seen before. I feel that we all need a sense of purpose and community in our lives in order to live fully!
(937) 203-4655 View (937) 203-4655
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Marisa M Badgley
Counselor, MS, LPCC-S, LICDC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dayton, OH 45429
Not accepting new clients
It is my belief there is no crisis or concern too insurmountable or insignificant where the presence of a supportive therapeutic relationship cannot be beneficial. Seeking counseling is the first step on the path toward gaining insight, meaning and healing. I support clients in understanding and shifting emotions, thoughts and behaviors that may be causing suffering and impairing healthy functioning. I am humbled to walk alongside you on your path to healing. I counsel adults who have struggles with relationships, depression, anxiety, alcohol or drugs, communication, life transitions, family dynamics, anger, stress, and trauma.
It is my belief there is no crisis or concern too insurmountable or insignificant where the presence of a supportive therapeutic relationship cannot be beneficial. Seeking counseling is the first step on the path toward gaining insight, meaning and healing. I support clients in understanding and shifting emotions, thoughts and behaviors that may be causing suffering and impairing healthy functioning. I am humbled to walk alongside you on your path to healing. I counsel adults who have struggles with relationships, depression, anxiety, alcohol or drugs, communication, life transitions, family dynamics, anger, stress, and trauma.
(937) 639-1308 View (937) 639-1308
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Ann Edwards
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dayton, OH 45429
Are you experiencing anxiety, depression, feeling overwhelmed in life? Are you feeling lost or confused while navigating through a life transition? When you’re experiencing feelings like these, being able to work through them in a safe environment that is free from judgement is important. Whether its relationship difficulties, work/school, or issues from past trauma, I’ll walk with you on this part of your life journey and together we will move towards helping you achieve the personal growth & inner strength you desire, finding solutions that work for you, and developing skills that can continue to help you throughout your life.
Are you experiencing anxiety, depression, feeling overwhelmed in life? Are you feeling lost or confused while navigating through a life transition? When you’re experiencing feelings like these, being able to work through them in a safe environment that is free from judgement is important. Whether its relationship difficulties, work/school, or issues from past trauma, I’ll walk with you on this part of your life journey and together we will move towards helping you achieve the personal growth & inner strength you desire, finding solutions that work for you, and developing skills that can continue to help you throughout your life.
(937) 230-7970 View (937) 230-7970
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Kelly Sierra
Counselor, MS, LPCC, CCTP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Kettering, OH 45429
Waitlist for new clients
My counseling approach is about collaborating with you and empowering you to identify and work through patterns that are negatively impacting daily life. Whether you have a history of anxiety or depression or perhaps you're going through a transitional period due to relocation, divorce, or just graduating from college, there are proven methods that can help you get back on track or even pursue a new track. Specializing in the following approaches/tools: EMDR, Brainspotting, Polyvagal Theory, SSP, IFS, CBT, and positive psychology.
My counseling approach is about collaborating with you and empowering you to identify and work through patterns that are negatively impacting daily life. Whether you have a history of anxiety or depression or perhaps you're going through a transitional period due to relocation, divorce, or just graduating from college, there are proven methods that can help you get back on track or even pursue a new track. Specializing in the following approaches/tools: EMDR, Brainspotting, Polyvagal Theory, SSP, IFS, CBT, and positive psychology.
(937) 387-7324 View (937) 387-7324
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Amanda Winfield
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Kettering, OH 45429
Do you want to change but despite your best efforts you’re feeling stuck? Like there’s something you're facing you just don’t understand? Maybe there are things you don’t talk about. Maybe it's your past, or parts of yourself you look away from in shame. If you’re longing to be reacquainted with yourself, your mind, your body, your whole self, you’ve come to the right place.
Do you want to change but despite your best efforts you’re feeling stuck? Like there’s something you're facing you just don’t understand? Maybe there are things you don’t talk about. Maybe it's your past, or parts of yourself you look away from in shame. If you’re longing to be reacquainted with yourself, your mind, your body, your whole self, you’ve come to the right place.
(937) 871-2971 View (937) 871-2971
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Rebecca Clarke
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Dayton, OH 45429
I am committed to providing a compassionate, secure, reflective, non-judgmental space for individuals to process their pain, express their joy, align with values, and challenge fears. I bring authenticity to the environment and encourage you to show up as your whole self. It is courageous to want to confront our current mode of thinking and I am genuinely excited to provide a safe and welcoming environment to help guide those choosing to do so.
I am committed to providing a compassionate, secure, reflective, non-judgmental space for individuals to process their pain, express their joy, align with values, and challenge fears. I bring authenticity to the environment and encourage you to show up as your whole self. It is courageous to want to confront our current mode of thinking and I am genuinely excited to provide a safe and welcoming environment to help guide those choosing to do so.
(937) 915-0596 View (937) 915-0596
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Kara Schaefer
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dayton, OH 45429
Not accepting new clients
It takes courage to engage in therapy and share your struggles. Challenges in life, anxiety, increased alcohol use, not getting along with others and now you feel isolated? You don't want to do it alone anymore. You will receive individual attention recognizing you as a whole person. Together we will build on your strengths, utilize EMDR, and understand difficult life experiences. You'll have a safe environment where you can explore your choices and opportunities.
It takes courage to engage in therapy and share your struggles. Challenges in life, anxiety, increased alcohol use, not getting along with others and now you feel isolated? You don't want to do it alone anymore. You will receive individual attention recognizing you as a whole person. Together we will build on your strengths, utilize EMDR, and understand difficult life experiences. You'll have a safe environment where you can explore your choices and opportunities.
(937) 971-4618 View (937) 971-4618
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Karen L Nelson Counseling, LLC
Counselor, LPCC-S, CEAP, LICDC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dayton, OH 45429  (Online Only)
Insurance accepted for individuals through Headway. Welcome. People choose to speak with a counselor for many reasons. Perhaps one of these following reasons describes you: -I want to feel better -I keep repeating patterns that aren't good for me or my loved ones -We are struggling and considering marriage counseling -We want support for amicably redefining our relationship -I over-react and that is causing problems -I am grieving and my world has changed -I can’t get over something Does this describe you? If you want to explore what is possible, I invite you to be in touch.
Insurance accepted for individuals through Headway. Welcome. People choose to speak with a counselor for many reasons. Perhaps one of these following reasons describes you: -I want to feel better -I keep repeating patterns that aren't good for me or my loved ones -We are struggling and considering marriage counseling -We want support for amicably redefining our relationship -I over-react and that is causing problems -I am grieving and my world has changed -I can’t get over something Does this describe you? If you want to explore what is possible, I invite you to be in touch.
(937) 702-3281 View (937) 702-3281
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Melody A Brown
Counselor, MEd, PCC
Verified Verified
Dayton, OH 45429
Struggling to find peace or contentment in your life? You are not alone. So many issues in life can often keep us from the healthier state of mind we all desire. Counseling can help you identify the issues preventing peace and help you learn skills to maintain overall wellness. Therapeutic focus often involves supporting clients through processes of acceptance, healing, change, and decision making. Clients are then equipped to lead healthier, balanced lives even with life's challenges.
Struggling to find peace or contentment in your life? You are not alone. So many issues in life can often keep us from the healthier state of mind we all desire. Counseling can help you identify the issues preventing peace and help you learn skills to maintain overall wellness. Therapeutic focus often involves supporting clients through processes of acceptance, healing, change, and decision making. Clients are then equipped to lead healthier, balanced lives even with life's challenges.
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Scott Campbell
Counselor, LPCC-S, MSE
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kettering, OH 45429
My goal is to provide excellent client focused counseling to older teens and adults. My graduate training at the University of Dayton equipped me with a passion and the tools to serve our local population. I believe that every client is unique and that my approach aims to meet people where they are and help guide them to where they want to be. I hope that you will find me to be trustworthy, reflective, insightful, calming and safe. I hold the counseling relationship to be something special, it allows the client a place to explore, heal and grow and I am honored when I am included in this journey.
My goal is to provide excellent client focused counseling to older teens and adults. My graduate training at the University of Dayton equipped me with a passion and the tools to serve our local population. I believe that every client is unique and that my approach aims to meet people where they are and help guide them to where they want to be. I hope that you will find me to be trustworthy, reflective, insightful, calming and safe. I hold the counseling relationship to be something special, it allows the client a place to explore, heal and grow and I am honored when I am included in this journey.
(937) 483-4294 View (937) 483-4294
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Justine Steele
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified Verified
Kettering, OH 45429
I am a Licensed Social Worker who is passionate about working with clients who need support navigating the difficult parts of life. Whether that is depression, anxiety, trauma, etc. I am here to support clients as they pursue their healing and personal growth.
I am a Licensed Social Worker who is passionate about working with clients who need support navigating the difficult parts of life. Whether that is depression, anxiety, trauma, etc. I am here to support clients as they pursue their healing and personal growth.
(937) 358-8788 View (937) 358-8788
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Ginger E. Rogers
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LISW
Verified Verified
Dayton, OH 45429  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
You are the expert in your own life and struggles. However, we all lose our way sometimes and can forget the unique strengths we all posses. Therapy can be a useful tool to help rediscover our strengths, regain balance in our lives, take control of the issues that are causing distress, and set new goals for the future. My approach is action-oriented; together we will re-orient you to your values and goals, while also seeking to understand and heal the past and what brought you to therapy. I also believe self-compassion is key; learning to forgive yourself, and accept yourself and where you are in the present moment.
You are the expert in your own life and struggles. However, we all lose our way sometimes and can forget the unique strengths we all posses. Therapy can be a useful tool to help rediscover our strengths, regain balance in our lives, take control of the issues that are causing distress, and set new goals for the future. My approach is action-oriented; together we will re-orient you to your values and goals, while also seeking to understand and heal the past and what brought you to therapy. I also believe self-compassion is key; learning to forgive yourself, and accept yourself and where you are in the present moment.
(937) 914-3813 View (937) 914-3813
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Holly St. Pierre
Counselor, MSEd, LPCC, SUPV
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Dayton, OH 45429
Are you or someone you love struggling with Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Children, OCD, Trauma, Self-worth, your past, your future, your spirituality? Your Struggles of today can be your victories of tomorrow. Holly utilizes different therapy styles (talk & neuro-based therapies) with her clients from the age of 4 to adult to empower them to work through their struggles in partnership with respect, encouragement, and integrity. She will equip and support you with skills to be utilized in your daily lives to reach your full potential all at your pace including Performance Enhancement: improve skill, mindset, athletics(YIPs, PR)
Are you or someone you love struggling with Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Children, OCD, Trauma, Self-worth, your past, your future, your spirituality? Your Struggles of today can be your victories of tomorrow. Holly utilizes different therapy styles (talk & neuro-based therapies) with her clients from the age of 4 to adult to empower them to work through their struggles in partnership with respect, encouragement, and integrity. She will equip and support you with skills to be utilized in your daily lives to reach your full potential all at your pace including Performance Enhancement: improve skill, mindset, athletics(YIPs, PR)
(937) 675-0128 View (937) 675-0128
James Sean Okolica
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified Verified
Dayton, OH 45429  (Online Only)
Courage isn’t the absence of fear. It’s being afraid and doing it anyway because it needs doing. Thank you for having the courage to do the work. Psychotherapists generally see you one hour per week. You are the one doing the work for the other 167 hours. You are the expert on your life. Psychotherapists may know a few skills you don’t. Psychotherapy is about working collaboratively to help with the problems you want to address. Common, normal issues include anxiety, depression, anger management, relationship skills, or facing past trauma.
Courage isn’t the absence of fear. It’s being afraid and doing it anyway because it needs doing. Thank you for having the courage to do the work. Psychotherapists generally see you one hour per week. You are the one doing the work for the other 167 hours. You are the expert on your life. Psychotherapists may know a few skills you don’t. Psychotherapy is about working collaboratively to help with the problems you want to address. Common, normal issues include anxiety, depression, anger management, relationship skills, or facing past trauma.
(937) 787-6112 View (937) 787-6112
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Tom Rathbun
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kettering, OH 45429
Many of us find ourselves feeling called to living a deeper and more emotionally fulfilled life. Whether you are struggling with managing stress, navigating life's transitions, looking for deeper meaning, exploring your identity, or trying to understand a mental health condition such as anxiety or depression, it's helpful to have a safe environment to explore what is and is not working for you. Using trauma-informed practices, I work with individuals ready to find lasting change in their lives. Special areas of interest include LGBT+ issues, navigating university, exploring spiritual identity, and healing from trauma.
Many of us find ourselves feeling called to living a deeper and more emotionally fulfilled life. Whether you are struggling with managing stress, navigating life's transitions, looking for deeper meaning, exploring your identity, or trying to understand a mental health condition such as anxiety or depression, it's helpful to have a safe environment to explore what is and is not working for you. Using trauma-informed practices, I work with individuals ready to find lasting change in their lives. Special areas of interest include LGBT+ issues, navigating university, exploring spiritual identity, and healing from trauma.
(937) 932-1183 View (937) 932-1183

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 45429

70+

Average cost per session

$132

Therapists in 45429 who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
91% Relationship Issues
90% Depression
79% Coping Skills
79% Self Esteem
74% Grief
74% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

74% Anthem | Elevance
70% BlueCross and BlueShield
64% Aetna

How Therapists in 45429 see their clients

81% In Person and Online
19% Online Only

Gender breakdown

79% Female
21% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 45429?

Search for nearby therapists or counselors by inputting your city, town, or suburb; or zip code; or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or zip code into the search bar.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors.

Many have been licensed by the country or state where they practice; providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some clinicians or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counselor?

Therapists, psychologists, and counselors are all licensed mental health professionals. In the US, psychologists have earned a doctoral degree. The terms “therapist” and “counselor” are used somewhat interchangeably, but generally therapists offer longer-term, mental health care, while counselors offer shorter-term care that may focus on one domain, such as marriage, career, or academic challenges.

Clients should consider factors such as insurance coverage and their primary reason(s) for seeking therapy to determine the type of professional best suited to their needs. Someone struggling with mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety, for example, may wish to seek out a clinical psychologist or therapist, while someone navigating career obstacles or marital upheaval may benefit from seeing a counselor who can offer short-term, targeted support.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the United States could cost between $100 and $200 or more. If you have insurance, the expense of mental health care is typically lower, but it varies based on your insurance plan details and whether you choose an in-network or out-of-network mental healthcare provider.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your zip code.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship. Therapists in the United States are bound by the regulations set out by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which aims to protect sensitive health information. With very few exceptions, a therapist will only discuss their client with others when the client has given their written permission. The instances in which a therapist would be required to disclose personal information are: if a client poses a danger to themselves or others, if the therapist suspects the abuse of a child or an elderly or otherwise dependent adult, or if they are legally forced to by court order. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed with a client before their first session.