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Earthly Expression
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46236  (Online Only)
You have been searching for counseling which means you are searching for a way to address some issues you have already identified are there. You have taken the first step and you should feel proud of yourself for being here! I have been in the field of social work for over 20 years and I hold a license as a LCSW. I work from a strengths-based, solutions-focused, client-centered approach. Meaning that I firmly believe in the capacity for individuals to solve their own problems - they just may need a little push and direction in seeing the goals and how to obtain them.
You have been searching for counseling which means you are searching for a way to address some issues you have already identified are there. You have taken the first step and you should feel proud of yourself for being here! I have been in the field of social work for over 20 years and I hold a license as a LCSW. I work from a strengths-based, solutions-focused, client-centered approach. Meaning that I firmly believe in the capacity for individuals to solve their own problems - they just may need a little push and direction in seeing the goals and how to obtain them.
(463) 300-5690 View (463) 300-5690
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Amelia Leake
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46236
I specialize in treating adolescents and adults, as well as LGBTQ+ matters of all ages. I address issues such as anxiety and depression, life transitions, and substance abuse. I work with families on communication and focus on the family's overall happiness and how that can be achieved. I strive to create a safe, welcoming, and non-judgmental environment in order to help you meet your goals.
I specialize in treating adolescents and adults, as well as LGBTQ+ matters of all ages. I address issues such as anxiety and depression, life transitions, and substance abuse. I work with families on communication and focus on the family's overall happiness and how that can be achieved. I strive to create a safe, welcoming, and non-judgmental environment in order to help you meet your goals.
(317) 886-1147 View (317) 886-1147
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Jamie Slaughter
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46236  (Online Only)
It takes courage and strength to initiate and engage in therapeutic work. I respect and honor those seeking help and feel privileged for my role in their process. I work with adults to help relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression, improve their quality of relationships, heal past trauma and a variety of other human concerns. I have particular experience working with individuals who have experienced complex trauma. I help clients to become aware of beliefs, patterns, and behaviors that may be preventing them from living as fully as possible and help illuminate their range of possibilities.
It takes courage and strength to initiate and engage in therapeutic work. I respect and honor those seeking help and feel privileged for my role in their process. I work with adults to help relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression, improve their quality of relationships, heal past trauma and a variety of other human concerns. I have particular experience working with individuals who have experienced complex trauma. I help clients to become aware of beliefs, patterns, and behaviors that may be preventing them from living as fully as possible and help illuminate their range of possibilities.
(317) 342-0910 View (317) 342-0910
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Jennie Renee Collado
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46236  (Online Only)
If you are struggling with depression and anxiety or any other mental health disorder and it is affecting your family, work and relationships, Healing Paths Family Counseling is the place for you.
If you are struggling with depression and anxiety or any other mental health disorder and it is affecting your family, work and relationships, Healing Paths Family Counseling is the place for you.
(317) 434-1120 View (317) 434-1120
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Be Seen Therapy Solutions
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46236
Waitlist for new clients
Life is full of challenges, and as your Therapist, I would partner alongside you as you imagine new possibilities, consider your options, and move towards making meaningful change. I enjoy working with teens, young adults, and adults. Specialty areas include helping individuals with challenges related to transition into young adulthood, navigating relationship changes, career moves, infertility, depression, social anxiety, executive functioning, and affirming neurodiversity. I have a calm, reassuring therapy style, focused on recongizing the world needs who you are meant to be and I want to help you get there.
Life is full of challenges, and as your Therapist, I would partner alongside you as you imagine new possibilities, consider your options, and move towards making meaningful change. I enjoy working with teens, young adults, and adults. Specialty areas include helping individuals with challenges related to transition into young adulthood, navigating relationship changes, career moves, infertility, depression, social anxiety, executive functioning, and affirming neurodiversity. I have a calm, reassuring therapy style, focused on recongizing the world needs who you are meant to be and I want to help you get there.
(317) 483-8075 View (317) 483-8075
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Katy Merchant
Counselor, LMHC, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46236  (Online Only)
Virtual and Daytime Hours Only. Life doesn't come with instructions, and sometimes going through it on your own can be intimidating. Through a strengths-based and genuine approach to client needs, we can work together to navigate difficulties to help find balance and discover peace. I enjoy working with Adults and Older Teens presenting with anxiety and depressive disorders, coping with life transitions, addiction, relationship issues or conflict, finding personal authenticity, building self-esteem, or stress management.
Virtual and Daytime Hours Only. Life doesn't come with instructions, and sometimes going through it on your own can be intimidating. Through a strengths-based and genuine approach to client needs, we can work together to navigate difficulties to help find balance and discover peace. I enjoy working with Adults and Older Teens presenting with anxiety and depressive disorders, coping with life transitions, addiction, relationship issues or conflict, finding personal authenticity, building self-esteem, or stress management.
(463) 583-9164 View (463) 583-9164
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Kimtoiya O Sam
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, LCAC, CADACIV, MATS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46236
I am passionate about helping people achieve their highest potential. I believe that everyone has value and the capacity to transform their lives. It would be a pleasure to work alongside you to achieve your goals. I am compassionate, empathetic and down to earth.
I am passionate about helping people achieve their highest potential. I believe that everyone has value and the capacity to transform their lives. It would be a pleasure to work alongside you to achieve your goals. I am compassionate, empathetic and down to earth.
(317) 978-2659 View (317) 978-2659
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Tony M Talley
Counselor, MA, LMHC, LCAC, MAC
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46236
Do you find it difficult to stay positive sometimes? Do you want to hit the “reset” button on 2024 because you would like do things differently? Perhaps your personal relationships aren’t where you would like them to be, and you feel like you're the only person working on getting better. I’m here to let you know that I understand, and I'm here to help. I work to assist individuals and couples find their internal peace. Peace doesn't mean worry free, it just means manageable or content with life.
Do you find it difficult to stay positive sometimes? Do you want to hit the “reset” button on 2024 because you would like do things differently? Perhaps your personal relationships aren’t where you would like them to be, and you feel like you're the only person working on getting better. I’m here to let you know that I understand, and I'm here to help. I work to assist individuals and couples find their internal peace. Peace doesn't mean worry free, it just means manageable or content with life.
(317) 900-4082 View (317) 900-4082
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Kayla Honaker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46236  (Online Only)
Hello! All persons and abilities are welcomed here! I am so glad you have taken the first steps in bettering your mental health and taking time to prioritize yourself. I know therapy can be scary - but I am here to help you feel safe. I am a master's level, licensed clinical social worker in the state of Indiana. I have seven years of experience as a behavioral clinician specializing in supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities with co-occurring mental health diagnoses, their family unit, and caregivers.
Hello! All persons and abilities are welcomed here! I am so glad you have taken the first steps in bettering your mental health and taking time to prioritize yourself. I know therapy can be scary - but I am here to help you feel safe. I am a master's level, licensed clinical social worker in the state of Indiana. I have seven years of experience as a behavioral clinician specializing in supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities with co-occurring mental health diagnoses, their family unit, and caregivers.
(463) 223-9459 View (463) 223-9459
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Tommy Parry
Counselor, MS, MEd, BCBA, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46236
Not accepting new clients
What if your own worst thoughts weren't the enemy? What if nothing needs to be removed? My ideal client is someone who is working through some of the hardest phases of their life, someone who might be: going through a faith transition - receiving a new diagnosis - losing a job - suffering due to trauma - parenting a child with a disability - managing increasing anxiety or depression. I want to help increase the amount of space you have to live in. Often when our worlds crumble apart, it feels like we are confined to these small, unlivable corners. My goal is to help expand those spaces so you can move towards what matters.
What if your own worst thoughts weren't the enemy? What if nothing needs to be removed? My ideal client is someone who is working through some of the hardest phases of their life, someone who might be: going through a faith transition - receiving a new diagnosis - losing a job - suffering due to trauma - parenting a child with a disability - managing increasing anxiety or depression. I want to help increase the amount of space you have to live in. Often when our worlds crumble apart, it feels like we are confined to these small, unlivable corners. My goal is to help expand those spaces so you can move towards what matters.
(571) 536-7982 View (571) 536-7982
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Aj Spoerner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46236  (Online Only)
I like to focus on identifying your strengths and helping you to maximize them to overcome your obstacles. I'm here to help you sort through the things that are difficult right now, and offer you a safe place to be open and honest without fear of judgment.
I like to focus on identifying your strengths and helping you to maximize them to overcome your obstacles. I'm here to help you sort through the things that are difficult right now, and offer you a safe place to be open and honest without fear of judgment.
(317) 342-0620 View (317) 342-0620
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Jennifer Huerta Mindful Living Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LCAC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46236
Are you feeling stuck, trapped, overwhelmed, or exhausted? Do you find yourself escaping the stress of life in your phone, in your work, in caring for others, or in drugs or alcohol? Or are you impacted by a loved one's addiction? I provide a safe space to make sense of your story and clarify your goals for healing from past hurts and habits. I enjoy helping family and friends understand mental health symptoms and recovery so they can best support their loved ones and heal from pain themselves.
Are you feeling stuck, trapped, overwhelmed, or exhausted? Do you find yourself escaping the stress of life in your phone, in your work, in caring for others, or in drugs or alcohol? Or are you impacted by a loved one's addiction? I provide a safe space to make sense of your story and clarify your goals for healing from past hurts and habits. I enjoy helping family and friends understand mental health symptoms and recovery so they can best support their loved ones and heal from pain themselves.
(317) 951-9943 View (317) 951-9943
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Erin Dickerson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCAC, RPT-S
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46236
(PLEASE NOTE: I have a long and slow-moving wait list) Hello! I have enjoyed working as a licensed clinical social worker and clinical addictions counselor for over 20 years. I have a wide range of skills that include, but are not limited to, improving coping skills, stress management, relationship enhancement and managing moods. In addition to these interests, my passion includes working with children, adolescents and their families. I use play and sand tray therapy to compliment the therapy process, allowing children to express themselves, while including the caregivers and siblings, to help the entire family reach their goals.
(PLEASE NOTE: I have a long and slow-moving wait list) Hello! I have enjoyed working as a licensed clinical social worker and clinical addictions counselor for over 20 years. I have a wide range of skills that include, but are not limited to, improving coping skills, stress management, relationship enhancement and managing moods. In addition to these interests, my passion includes working with children, adolescents and their families. I use play and sand tray therapy to compliment the therapy process, allowing children to express themselves, while including the caregivers and siblings, to help the entire family reach their goals.
(317) 661-2935 View (317) 661-2935
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Motive Wellness, LLC
Counselor, LMHC, LCAC, NCC
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46236  (Online Only)
Let's ignite your motive to unlock your potential! Catchy slogan huh? Okay but seriously, do you ever say “this is just me” or “this is just how I act”? Fun fact, there is a “motive” behind every action and behavior that you do. Our motives are a reflection of what we’ve been through, what we are going through, or sometimes what we fear for our future. All reasons to seek therapy to better understand yourself. Your first assignment is to sit in silence and ask yourself two questions: Why do I think I act/behave the way that I do? Am I ready to unlock the potential reasons why? Hint- reflect on your childhood.
Let's ignite your motive to unlock your potential! Catchy slogan huh? Okay but seriously, do you ever say “this is just me” or “this is just how I act”? Fun fact, there is a “motive” behind every action and behavior that you do. Our motives are a reflection of what we’ve been through, what we are going through, or sometimes what we fear for our future. All reasons to seek therapy to better understand yourself. Your first assignment is to sit in silence and ask yourself two questions: Why do I think I act/behave the way that I do? Am I ready to unlock the potential reasons why? Hint- reflect on your childhood.
(317) 489-6316 View (317) 489-6316
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James D Sanders
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, RBC, SFBT
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46236  (Online Only)
Congratulations for seeking therapy! I am taking referrals and can do so quickly. Many people feel reluctant to seek therapy because of the assumption that you should be able to deal with all problems yourself. Most people experience improvement in mood and anxiety problems as they work with a therapist. I believe I am easy to talk to and listen carefully. I also have over 40 years of experience and have developed skills in a variety of problem areas. If you see me and we establish a plan, you will be in the driver's seat as far as how much you need and how long you need it. AND YES - I offer weekend and evening appointments.
Congratulations for seeking therapy! I am taking referrals and can do so quickly. Many people feel reluctant to seek therapy because of the assumption that you should be able to deal with all problems yourself. Most people experience improvement in mood and anxiety problems as they work with a therapist. I believe I am easy to talk to and listen carefully. I also have over 40 years of experience and have developed skills in a variety of problem areas. If you see me and we establish a plan, you will be in the driver's seat as far as how much you need and how long you need it. AND YES - I offer weekend and evening appointments.
(463) 263-4318 View (463) 263-4318
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Raven Glaspie
Counselor, LMHC, LCAC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46236  (Online Only)
Hello there! My name is Raven and I am the founder of Motive Wellness, LLC. I am a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC), licensed clinical addiction counselor (LCAC), certified clinical trauma professional (CCTP) and a certified alcohol and drug abuse consultant (CADAC). I have 8 yrs experience in mental health, 3 years in the counselor role. I’ve worked in psychiatric settings, corrections, and rehabilitation centers (kudos to those in recovery!). For starters, congratulations to you and your willingness to give therapy a try.
Hello there! My name is Raven and I am the founder of Motive Wellness, LLC. I am a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC), licensed clinical addiction counselor (LCAC), certified clinical trauma professional (CCTP) and a certified alcohol and drug abuse consultant (CADAC). I have 8 yrs experience in mental health, 3 years in the counselor role. I’ve worked in psychiatric settings, corrections, and rehabilitation centers (kudos to those in recovery!). For starters, congratulations to you and your willingness to give therapy a try.
(317) 497-0656 View (317) 497-0656
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Strength Renewed Counseling Services
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oaklandon, IN 46236  (Online Only)
Are you or your family member overwhelmed or experiencing despair? You are not alone. One in five people seek out therapy because they are dealing with emotional issues that are severe enough to interfere with their daily lives. I have 40 years experience in the Mental Health Field and know approaching therapy can be very intimidating. I first offer counseling with compassion. I will help you walk through the first step with a free phone consult hoping to gain your trust. We will work to find the best solutions to your issues, so you can find relief from your symptoms and feel renewed again.
Are you or your family member overwhelmed or experiencing despair? You are not alone. One in five people seek out therapy because they are dealing with emotional issues that are severe enough to interfere with their daily lives. I have 40 years experience in the Mental Health Field and know approaching therapy can be very intimidating. I first offer counseling with compassion. I will help you walk through the first step with a free phone consult hoping to gain your trust. We will work to find the best solutions to your issues, so you can find relief from your symptoms and feel renewed again.
(317) 489-5571 View (317) 489-5571
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Lisa Ferguson
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MA, LCAC, CADAC, CSAT, CCPS
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46236
Has your life become unmanageable? Getting the right help with pornography addiction, sex addiction, or substance abuse for yourself or a loved one can be the breakthrough that changes everything. LightSource Counseling offers expert therapy for the complex issues experienced by the addicted and their loved ones, by bringing to the forefront necessary strategies for recovery. Through a twelve-step program and a range of cutting-edge techniques, our program meets people where they are, and provides needed resources to put addictions into remission and lives back together. This healing and empowering process is facilitated by the compassion and expertise of someone who understands.
Has your life become unmanageable? Getting the right help with pornography addiction, sex addiction, or substance abuse for yourself or a loved one can be the breakthrough that changes everything. LightSource Counseling offers expert therapy for the complex issues experienced by the addicted and their loved ones, by bringing to the forefront necessary strategies for recovery. Through a twelve-step program and a range of cutting-edge techniques, our program meets people where they are, and provides needed resources to put addictions into remission and lives back together. This healing and empowering process is facilitated by the compassion and expertise of someone who understands.
(765) 276-0407 View (765) 276-0407
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Stephanie L Drescher
Psychologist, PsyD, HSPP
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46236
Not accepting new clients
I believe we are all our own expert; therefore, my job as a therapist is not to advise you on what to do, but to help you come to terms with what you are willing to do. We all have the power to make our lives better, and more often than not, even when we feel lost or stuck, we have some idea of the direction in which we need to travel. Together, we can explore the roadblocks to your living the life you deserve, and strengthen your resolve to achieve your goals.
I believe we are all our own expert; therefore, my job as a therapist is not to advise you on what to do, but to help you come to terms with what you are willing to do. We all have the power to make our lives better, and more often than not, even when we feel lost or stuck, we have some idea of the direction in which we need to travel. Together, we can explore the roadblocks to your living the life you deserve, and strengthen your resolve to achieve your goals.
(317) 659-7223 View (317) 659-7223
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Shanae Kelley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46236
Are you looking for an engaging, natural therapeutic experience? Look no further! I am an African American female licensed clinical therapist in the state of Indiana with more than 8 years of experience with adults, youth and families. I use cognitive behavioral therapy and other treatment modalities. My Experience: Anxiety, depression, ADHD, family conflicts, parenting issues, anger management, and trauma. My strength: building a safe therapeutic environment. You are the expert of your story and you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. I am here to guide you in that process.
Are you looking for an engaging, natural therapeutic experience? Look no further! I am an African American female licensed clinical therapist in the state of Indiana with more than 8 years of experience with adults, youth and families. I use cognitive behavioral therapy and other treatment modalities. My Experience: Anxiety, depression, ADHD, family conflicts, parenting issues, anger management, and trauma. My strength: building a safe therapeutic environment. You are the expert of your story and you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. I am here to guide you in that process.
(317) 406-4447 View (317) 406-4447

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How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 46236

50+

Average cost per session

$125

Therapists in 46236 who prioritize treating:

98% Anxiety
94% Depression
75% Trauma and PTSD
73% Relationship Issues
69% Coping Skills
61% Grief
61% Self Esteem

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% Anthem | Elevance
88% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
85% Aetna

How Therapists in 46236 see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

86% Female
12% Male
2% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 46236?

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.