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Photo of Melinda Holliday, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 49506, MI
Melinda Holliday
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, CAADC
Verified
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Hello and welcome. I have been helping adults with various issues including stress, depression, anxiety, relationships, grief, and addiction over the past 13 years. I'm an independent master's level social worker (LMSW) and Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) . My training and work experience has included inpatient psychiatric care, outpatient mental health and addiction therapy, crisis care, and training supervision. I am also a licensed pilot and specialize in helping clients overcome anxiety associated with flying and supporting performance related stressors for pilots and other professionals.
Hello and welcome. I have been helping adults with various issues including stress, depression, anxiety, relationships, grief, and addiction over the past 13 years. I'm an independent master's level social worker (LMSW) and Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) . My training and work experience has included inpatient psychiatric care, outpatient mental health and addiction therapy, crisis care, and training supervision. I am also a licensed pilot and specialize in helping clients overcome anxiety associated with flying and supporting performance related stressors for pilots and other professionals.
(517) 994-1302 View (517) 994-1302
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Anna Kate Block
Counselor, MA, LLPC
1 Endorsed
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
If you're experiencing anxiety, depression, and burn-out, and looking for a different approach to therapy you've come to the right place. My name is Kate, and I practice body-based psychotherapy. This means that we approach your healing from both the top-down, traditional methods of processing your issues through talk therapy, as well as the bottom-up approach of releasing body held trauma and stuck emotions through breathwork and movement. I offer unique sessions that combine talk, breathwork, meditation, and movement.
If you're experiencing anxiety, depression, and burn-out, and looking for a different approach to therapy you've come to the right place. My name is Kate, and I practice body-based psychotherapy. This means that we approach your healing from both the top-down, traditional methods of processing your issues through talk therapy, as well as the bottom-up approach of releasing body held trauma and stuck emotions through breathwork and movement. I offer unique sessions that combine talk, breathwork, meditation, and movement.
(616) 344-4424 View (616) 344-4424
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Shelby Cavender
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Hello there! As a therapist, I am warm, open, encouraging, and direct. I consider myself an active therapist, combining experience, education, creativity, and sense of humor with a down-to-earth, realistic approach to counseling. I provide a safe space for clients to express themselves honestly, get to understand their true feelings, and working together to figure out how to use that information towards a journey of healing. I specialize in working with adolescents and young adults struggling with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, mood disorders, trauma, stress management, life transitions, and health/wellness.
Hello there! As a therapist, I am warm, open, encouraging, and direct. I consider myself an active therapist, combining experience, education, creativity, and sense of humor with a down-to-earth, realistic approach to counseling. I provide a safe space for clients to express themselves honestly, get to understand their true feelings, and working together to figure out how to use that information towards a journey of healing. I specialize in working with adolescents and young adults struggling with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, mood disorders, trauma, stress management, life transitions, and health/wellness.
(616) 426-6687 View (616) 426-6687
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Teresa Hultink
Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Waitlist for new clients
Life can throw us some curve balls. We can have extended stress and trauma that leads to depression and anxiety. There is treatment available to assist with these issues. Therapy can also relieve and possibly eliminate some somatic issues that include; chronic pain, migraines, and fatigue that often accompanies stress. Those who also suffer from traumatic injuries who now have chronic pain or phantom pain could benefit from EMDR therapy. First Responders and those in helping professions such as Teachers, Nurses, Doctors, and Therapists (To name just a few) can experience stress from being on the job. There is hope and healing!
Life can throw us some curve balls. We can have extended stress and trauma that leads to depression and anxiety. There is treatment available to assist with these issues. Therapy can also relieve and possibly eliminate some somatic issues that include; chronic pain, migraines, and fatigue that often accompanies stress. Those who also suffer from traumatic injuries who now have chronic pain or phantom pain could benefit from EMDR therapy. First Responders and those in helping professions such as Teachers, Nurses, Doctors, and Therapists (To name just a few) can experience stress from being on the job. There is hope and healing!
(616) 201-0720 View (616) 201-0720
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Kaitlyn Seiter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LLMSW
Verified
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Welcome! I am so glad that you are here. As your clinician I will work with you in a safe space to understand the route of your struggles and develop goals to effectively change patterns that no longer serve you. I understand that there are many different reasons people utilize therapy and am here to support your goals in whatever ways I can.
Welcome! I am so glad that you are here. As your clinician I will work with you in a safe space to understand the route of your struggles and develop goals to effectively change patterns that no longer serve you. I understand that there are many different reasons people utilize therapy and am here to support your goals in whatever ways I can.
(616) 319-2537 View (616) 319-2537
Photo of Megan M Coleman, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 49506, MI
Megan M Coleman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
5 Endorsed
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
I am a child and family therapist, offering child and adolescent individual and family therapy. Overall, I find the therapeutic relationship the most important piece of therapy, and use an integrative approach including evidence-based treatment. My goal is to provide a welcoming, open-minded, and supportive therapy environment focused on helping clients make the changes they want in their lives.
I am a child and family therapist, offering child and adolescent individual and family therapy. Overall, I find the therapeutic relationship the most important piece of therapy, and use an integrative approach including evidence-based treatment. My goal is to provide a welcoming, open-minded, and supportive therapy environment focused on helping clients make the changes they want in their lives.
(616) 288-2627 View (616) 288-2627
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Duriel Cohen
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Are you dealing with difficult life issues and need someone you can trust to help navigate through the frustrations, pain, uncertainty, and isolation that life's problems sometime bring? Do you know and believe that your present situation and circumstance isn't the end of your story but struggle to see the light at the end of the tunnel? Or maybe you see the light, but struggle with how to reach the light. I want to help you not only reach the light at the end of the tunnel, but celebrate, enjoy, and experience the freedom, joy, excitement, and relief of walking in that light.
Are you dealing with difficult life issues and need someone you can trust to help navigate through the frustrations, pain, uncertainty, and isolation that life's problems sometime bring? Do you know and believe that your present situation and circumstance isn't the end of your story but struggle to see the light at the end of the tunnel? Or maybe you see the light, but struggle with how to reach the light. I want to help you not only reach the light at the end of the tunnel, but celebrate, enjoy, and experience the freedom, joy, excitement, and relief of walking in that light.
(616) 441-3760 View (616) 441-3760
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Xuejing (Jing) Fan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LLMSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Sometimes, it can seem like there is a feeling or "voice" inside us throwing us off, pulling us in different directions. I am here to help you understand more about that emotional voice: where it comes from, why it’s there, and what it means. We will give you the best chance to succeed by focusing on the best of you and what works for you. We will gradually confront what challenges you, and do so together. If you are off balance in what feels like a hopeless or permanent way, just know you are not alone. I can help. You matter to me, and you deserve to be heard and seen. Let's start that journey together!
Sometimes, it can seem like there is a feeling or "voice" inside us throwing us off, pulling us in different directions. I am here to help you understand more about that emotional voice: where it comes from, why it’s there, and what it means. We will give you the best chance to succeed by focusing on the best of you and what works for you. We will gradually confront what challenges you, and do so together. If you are off balance in what feels like a hopeless or permanent way, just know you are not alone. I can help. You matter to me, and you deserve to be heard and seen. Let's start that journey together!
(616) 504-2420 View (616) 504-2420
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Lindsey Farlow
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
Grand Rapids, MI 49506  (Online Only)
Lindsey is a licensed social worker who has experience with various populations and challenges. She specializes in relationship building in regards to family, couple/martial, and sibling bonds. Lindsey utilizes individual and group training interventions in order for families to implement positive behavioral techniques for challenging behaviors and obtain psycho-education of various diagnoses and interventions. She is trained in evidence-based treatments including CBT, DBT, Positive Family Interventions, Zones of Regulation, Motivational Interviewing, TF-CBT, Empowerment Theory, Crisis and Suicide Preventions.
Lindsey is a licensed social worker who has experience with various populations and challenges. She specializes in relationship building in regards to family, couple/martial, and sibling bonds. Lindsey utilizes individual and group training interventions in order for families to implement positive behavioral techniques for challenging behaviors and obtain psycho-education of various diagnoses and interventions. She is trained in evidence-based treatments including CBT, DBT, Positive Family Interventions, Zones of Regulation, Motivational Interviewing, TF-CBT, Empowerment Theory, Crisis and Suicide Preventions.
(616) 585-0292 View (616) 585-0292
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Marie Wilson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, ACSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Grand Rapids, MI 49506  (Online Only)
The best outcome will occur if you choose someone who best matches your understanding of what the problem is and how to solve it. In a brief initial phone call, I can give some explanation of how I might approach your specific situation.
The best outcome will occur if you choose someone who best matches your understanding of what the problem is and how to solve it. In a brief initial phone call, I can give some explanation of how I might approach your specific situation.
(616) 691-5366 View (616) 691-5366
Photo of Monica M Smith, Licensed Professional Counselor in 49506, MI
Monica M Smith
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, RD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Grand Rapids, MI 49506  (Online Only)
I believe that individuals who have the insight to be able to say "I want something to be different in my life and I am willing to make changes to get there" are capable and wise humans. Needing to navigate feelings, ride the waves of emotion created by living and learning how our brains can hijack us are not character flaws. No one is born knowing how to regulate their neurological system! My role is to help you identify what isn't working, define what you would like your life to look like, then offer tools and support for your journey.
I believe that individuals who have the insight to be able to say "I want something to be different in my life and I am willing to make changes to get there" are capable and wise humans. Needing to navigate feelings, ride the waves of emotion created by living and learning how our brains can hijack us are not character flaws. No one is born knowing how to regulate their neurological system! My role is to help you identify what isn't working, define what you would like your life to look like, then offer tools and support for your journey.
(616) 208-4987 View (616) 208-4987
Photo of Arianna Michele Pittenger, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 49506, MI
Arianna Michele Pittenger
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LLMSW
Verified
Grand Rapids, MI 49506  (Online Only)
We have all been through things in life, and some items can be challenging to heal or talk about. Those are normal and validating feelings, but sometimes we need someone to talk to. To help navigate and conceptualize these experiences and gain coping skills. Communicating and healthily processing these emotions can be difficult, depending on our intersectional identities, to do out of fear of being stigmatized. That is why I am passionate about providing a safe space.
We have all been through things in life, and some items can be challenging to heal or talk about. Those are normal and validating feelings, but sometimes we need someone to talk to. To help navigate and conceptualize these experiences and gain coping skills. Communicating and healthily processing these emotions can be difficult, depending on our intersectional identities, to do out of fear of being stigmatized. That is why I am passionate about providing a safe space.
(517) 997-1422 View (517) 997-1422
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Anna Gerard
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, DSW, LCSW, LMSW
Verified
Grand Rapids, MI 49506  (Online Only)
I believe the most well-adjusted individuals have found contentment through the brave exploration of themselves. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Doctorate in Clinical Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. For over fifteen years, I have worked with a variety of populations, including children, adolescents, families and adults. My experience supporting clients through Substance Abuse, Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders, Grief and Loss, PTSD and OCD is vast. I also have specialized expertise working with adolescents and young adults.
I believe the most well-adjusted individuals have found contentment through the brave exploration of themselves. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Doctorate in Clinical Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. For over fifteen years, I have worked with a variety of populations, including children, adolescents, families and adults. My experience supporting clients through Substance Abuse, Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders, Grief and Loss, PTSD and OCD is vast. I also have specialized expertise working with adolescents and young adults.
(616) 577-7890 View (616) 577-7890
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Mark S Walstrom
Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
You've been there and done that. You've tried a variety of ways to jump-start your life and feel more alive but nothing has lasting results. Functional anxiety and depression have become a way of life - but you know there's more to life than what you experience day to day...a lot more. Every day you feel a struggle. You feel stuck. You feel depleted. You feel a longing for something more - and you’ve never felt more ready to step up and do whatever it takes to finally move beyond these challenges. You’re ready to experience freedom, aliveness, and soulful living.
You've been there and done that. You've tried a variety of ways to jump-start your life and feel more alive but nothing has lasting results. Functional anxiety and depression have become a way of life - but you know there's more to life than what you experience day to day...a lot more. Every day you feel a struggle. You feel stuck. You feel depleted. You feel a longing for something more - and you’ve never felt more ready to step up and do whatever it takes to finally move beyond these challenges. You’re ready to experience freedom, aliveness, and soulful living.
(616) 675-1548 View (616) 675-1548
Photo of Dan Slane, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 49506, MI
Dan Slane
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
3 Endorsed
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
I interlace myriad strategies for assuaging complex trauma, increasing vulnerability, improving emotional and physical intimacy, strengthening relationships, and decreasing the disconnecting symptoms of anxiety, depression, and personality disorders, specifically Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD).
I interlace myriad strategies for assuaging complex trauma, increasing vulnerability, improving emotional and physical intimacy, strengthening relationships, and decreasing the disconnecting symptoms of anxiety, depression, and personality disorders, specifically Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD).
(616) 207-8013 View (616) 207-8013
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Nicholas J Comai
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Grand Rapids, MI 49506  (Online Only)
I began my journey into the helping profession by directly reaching out to individuals experiencing chronic homelessness in the streets, camps, and surrounding areas of Grand Traverse County as a member of a local Street Outreach team. I continued by earning both bachelor and master degrees in clinical social work from Ferris State University, while gathering diverse experience in a range of settings and roles in the Kent County area; including community living supports, family case management, inpatient psychiatric hospitalization, crisis residential, home-based family therapy, outpatient individual therapy, and private practice.
I began my journey into the helping profession by directly reaching out to individuals experiencing chronic homelessness in the streets, camps, and surrounding areas of Grand Traverse County as a member of a local Street Outreach team. I continued by earning both bachelor and master degrees in clinical social work from Ferris State University, while gathering diverse experience in a range of settings and roles in the Kent County area; including community living supports, family case management, inpatient psychiatric hospitalization, crisis residential, home-based family therapy, outpatient individual therapy, and private practice.
(616) 427-1938 View (616) 427-1938
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Enlightened Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Waitlist for new clients
Are you battling anxiety or depression and feel like you're 'just getting through' the day? I'm here to guide you throughout your journey in finding and maintaining strength, hope, direction, and motivation to thrive in life. I started my own practice, Enlightened Therapy, because I had a vision for a therapeutic atmosphere of safety, support, and empowerment in order for my clients to meet their goals. I operate utilizing evidence-based practices that are customized to each individual’s needs. I believe in therapy that addresses all areas of a person's life, including family, relationships, work, school, and physical health.
Are you battling anxiety or depression and feel like you're 'just getting through' the day? I'm here to guide you throughout your journey in finding and maintaining strength, hope, direction, and motivation to thrive in life. I started my own practice, Enlightened Therapy, because I had a vision for a therapeutic atmosphere of safety, support, and empowerment in order for my clients to meet their goals. I operate utilizing evidence-based practices that are customized to each individual’s needs. I believe in therapy that addresses all areas of a person's life, including family, relationships, work, school, and physical health.
(517) 273-2028 View (517) 273-2028
Photo of Aaron George, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 49506, MI
Aaron George
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, CAADC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Not accepting new clients
How would your life look if your worries weren't in control? If you could plan each day to fit your dreams rather than your anxiety? I help people whose anxiety interferes with the life they want to live. We’ll begin where you are, helping you change your relationship with your emotions, allowing you more room to enjoy life. You might feel lighter when you learn to let go of the struggle. Activities become a little easier. Laughter may flow more freely. Best of all, you'll have more time for what matters. Contact me if you want to start suffering less and living more.
How would your life look if your worries weren't in control? If you could plan each day to fit your dreams rather than your anxiety? I help people whose anxiety interferes with the life they want to live. We’ll begin where you are, helping you change your relationship with your emotions, allowing you more room to enjoy life. You might feel lighter when you learn to let go of the struggle. Activities become a little easier. Laughter may flow more freely. Best of all, you'll have more time for what matters. Contact me if you want to start suffering less and living more.
(616) 259-5442 View (616) 259-5442
Photo of Madyson Sniecinski, Counselor in 49506, MI
Madyson Sniecinski
Counselor
Verified
Grand Rapids, MI 49506  (Online Only)
I am interested in working with adults, adolescents, and children ages 8 and up. I believe that no one knows you better than you know yourself. I will try my very best to understand your worldview, values, and beliefs so that we can work together on setting goals and creating effective change throughout the therapy process. I want to empower you to be able to navigate through the ups and downs of life. In order to accomplish that, I am interested in employing a wide range of theories in order to help you reach your goals such as Person-Centered, Strengths Based, Solution Focused, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
I am interested in working with adults, adolescents, and children ages 8 and up. I believe that no one knows you better than you know yourself. I will try my very best to understand your worldview, values, and beliefs so that we can work together on setting goals and creating effective change throughout the therapy process. I want to empower you to be able to navigate through the ups and downs of life. In order to accomplish that, I am interested in employing a wide range of theories in order to help you reach your goals such as Person-Centered, Strengths Based, Solution Focused, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
(616) 439-6725 View (616) 439-6725
Photo of Becky Lovell Turner, Licensed Professional Counselor in 49506, MI
Becky Lovell Turner
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Waitlist for new clients
I applaud your courage as you seek help. Having a child who is anxious/depressed can make your heart very heavy. I love providing a space for you and your children to grow and flourish. Working with young people is part of my life's work. I specialize in working with children ages 6 through 18. I also work with young adults. Seeking help from a therapist can be scary; I know what it feels like as I've been in therapy at different times in my life too. Looking back, it has been added so much value to my life. I enjoy helping people find their true purpose and work to their full potential. Please feel free to call/email.
I applaud your courage as you seek help. Having a child who is anxious/depressed can make your heart very heavy. I love providing a space for you and your children to grow and flourish. Working with young people is part of my life's work. I specialize in working with children ages 6 through 18. I also work with young adults. Seeking help from a therapist can be scary; I know what it feels like as I've been in therapy at different times in my life too. Looking back, it has been added so much value to my life. I enjoy helping people find their true purpose and work to their full potential. Please feel free to call/email.
(616) 236-5408 View (616) 236-5408

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Number of Therapists in 49506

300+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in 49506 who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
89% Depression
80% Self Esteem
79% Relationship Issues
74% Coping Skills
73% Trauma and PTSD
69% Stress

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

97% BlueCross and BlueShield
66% Priority Health
66% Blue Care Network

How Therapists in 49506 see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

76% Female
23% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 49506?

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.