Photo of Oriel Romano, LPC, NCC, MS, Licensed Professional Counselor
Oriel Romano
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC, MS
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Elmwood, LA 70123
Not accepting new clients
Some of us hold immense pain resulting from isolation, shame, humiliation, oppression, and marginalization felt individually and collectively. My clinical work is rooted in anti-racism and informed by Relational-Cultural Theory. I utilize a variety of trauma informed techniques and approaches to meet my clients’ needs. Together, we will collaborate in identifying both individual and systemic elements that have impacted your well being and unlock your full potential by uncovering the strengths, courage, and solutions that are already inside of you. I believe healing happens when we are able to deeply connect to ourselves and others.
Some of us hold immense pain resulting from isolation, shame, humiliation, oppression, and marginalization felt individually and collectively. My clinical work is rooted in anti-racism and informed by Relational-Cultural Theory. I utilize a variety of trauma informed techniques and approaches to meet my clients’ needs. Together, we will collaborate in identifying both individual and systemic elements that have impacted your well being and unlock your full potential by uncovering the strengths, courage, and solutions that are already inside of you. I believe healing happens when we are able to deeply connect to ourselves and others.
(504) 386-3276 View (504) 386-3276
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Eric Dishongh
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC
Verified Verified
Harahan, LA 70123
As a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Private Practice, I serve individuals, couples, and families of all ages and backgrounds. Common concerns include depression, anxiety, anger management, marital issues, adolescent issues, family issues, etc. I have an "appreciative" approach to counseling, which focuses on strengths to create positive change. Principles utilized include thankfulness, forgiveness, hope, joy, and perseverance.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Private Practice, I serve individuals, couples, and families of all ages and backgrounds. Common concerns include depression, anxiety, anger management, marital issues, adolescent issues, family issues, etc. I have an "appreciative" approach to counseling, which focuses on strengths to create positive change. Principles utilized include thankfulness, forgiveness, hope, joy, and perseverance.
(504) 383-7528 View (504) 383-7528
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Catherine S Montz
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Harahan, LA 70123
Welcome! I look forward to helping you achieve your full potential! I view therapy as a collaborative effort between counselor and client. I place heavy emphasis on establishing a strong therapeutic relationship, and providing a safe environment that promotes client self-exploration, change, and growth. Together we will explore your presenting problem, develop counseling goals, uncover and build upon your strengths, and continually assess your progress toward wellness.
Welcome! I look forward to helping you achieve your full potential! I view therapy as a collaborative effort between counselor and client. I place heavy emphasis on establishing a strong therapeutic relationship, and providing a safe environment that promotes client self-exploration, change, and growth. Together we will explore your presenting problem, develop counseling goals, uncover and build upon your strengths, and continually assess your progress toward wellness.
(985) 236-4711 View (985) 236-4711
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Irena Schmidt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
New Orleans, LA 70123
Feeling overwhelmed? Want to make changes but not sure where to start? Do things feel out of control? Finding a good fit with a therapist can play a vital role in getting more of what you want in life. I see myself as someone who guides and facilitates a committed, compassionate and confidential space where we can clarify what is most important to you, and discover the blocks that get in the way of having the life that you want.
Feeling overwhelmed? Want to make changes but not sure where to start? Do things feel out of control? Finding a good fit with a therapist can play a vital role in getting more of what you want in life. I see myself as someone who guides and facilitates a committed, compassionate and confidential space where we can clarify what is most important to you, and discover the blocks that get in the way of having the life that you want.
(504) 290-0236 View (504) 290-0236
Photo of Lauren M Tucker, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Lauren M Tucker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Harahan, LA 70123  (Online Only)
Therapy can be instrumental in approaching and initiating change. Whether you are learning to identify and manage feelings or experiencing general challenges or a major life transition, we will work together to build a positive, therapeutic relationship that will help you accept and validate your authentic self.
Therapy can be instrumental in approaching and initiating change. Whether you are learning to identify and manage feelings or experiencing general challenges or a major life transition, we will work together to build a positive, therapeutic relationship that will help you accept and validate your authentic self.
(504) 233-6807 View (504) 233-6807
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J. Michael Bradley
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Elmwood, LA 70123
Dr. Michael Bradley is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been conducting private practice in the New Orleans area since 2004. He has extensive experience providing individual therapy for adult clients with a wide range of concerns, including depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress, relationship problems, adjustment difficulties, personal growth concerns, and later-life issues. He also conducts psychological evaluations covering a broad range of referral questions (including personality assessment, diagnostic clarification, adult ADHD, and pre-surgical evaluations for bariatric surgery patients.
Dr. Michael Bradley is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been conducting private practice in the New Orleans area since 2004. He has extensive experience providing individual therapy for adult clients with a wide range of concerns, including depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress, relationship problems, adjustment difficulties, personal growth concerns, and later-life issues. He also conducts psychological evaluations covering a broad range of referral questions (including personality assessment, diagnostic clarification, adult ADHD, and pre-surgical evaluations for bariatric surgery patients.
(504) 732-0591 View (504) 732-0591
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Amanda M Giardina
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Harahan, LA 70123
Making the decision to look for a therapist to assist you, support your marriage, your family or your child can be extremely fulfilling. My objective is to utilize my varied experience to provide you with caring and individualized therapeutic support that is attuned to your specific goals. Learning to understand what has brought you to this moment and working collaboratively, we will build on your strengths and explore new tools to overcome obstacles that are hindering you in reaching your desired outcomes.
Making the decision to look for a therapist to assist you, support your marriage, your family or your child can be extremely fulfilling. My objective is to utilize my varied experience to provide you with caring and individualized therapeutic support that is attuned to your specific goals. Learning to understand what has brought you to this moment and working collaboratively, we will build on your strengths and explore new tools to overcome obstacles that are hindering you in reaching your desired outcomes.
(504) 217-2027 View (504) 217-2027
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Elizabeth Daray Cretin
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC, CTP
Verified Verified
New Orleans, LA 70123
Sometimes life becomes too difficult to battle on our own. Together, we can explore what inner turmoil, events, relationships and/or other factors may be causing distress in your life and develop tools and skills to overcome these hardships. I strive to provide a warm and cozy therapeutic environment and convey empathy and understanding in order to allow my clients to feel safe and validated during our sessions. I obtained my Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology at the University of Mississippi in 2008; I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a National Certified Counselor and a Certified Trauma Professional.
Sometimes life becomes too difficult to battle on our own. Together, we can explore what inner turmoil, events, relationships and/or other factors may be causing distress in your life and develop tools and skills to overcome these hardships. I strive to provide a warm and cozy therapeutic environment and convey empathy and understanding in order to allow my clients to feel safe and validated during our sessions. I obtained my Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology at the University of Mississippi in 2008; I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a National Certified Counselor and a Certified Trauma Professional.
(225) 351-9430 View (225) 351-9430
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Scott J Brothers
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
New Orleans, LA 70123
I have been practicing as a Clinical Psychologist for 31 years, addressing the needs of individuals, couples, families, and institutions. I have particular expertise in the treatment of sex addiction and compulsivity, as well as relationship and intimacy difficulties. Since 2004, i have served as Clinical Consultant for the sex addiction and compulsion programs at Pine Grove in Hattiesburg, MS. The program is internationally recognized and is based on the ground-breaking work of Dr. Patrick Carnes. Furthermore, for several years, I was the Chief Psychologist for the Masters and Johnson program in New Orleans.
I have been practicing as a Clinical Psychologist for 31 years, addressing the needs of individuals, couples, families, and institutions. I have particular expertise in the treatment of sex addiction and compulsivity, as well as relationship and intimacy difficulties. Since 2004, i have served as Clinical Consultant for the sex addiction and compulsion programs at Pine Grove in Hattiesburg, MS. The program is internationally recognized and is based on the ground-breaking work of Dr. Patrick Carnes. Furthermore, for several years, I was the Chief Psychologist for the Masters and Johnson program in New Orleans.
(504) 576-0260 View (504) 576-0260
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Tanya Manslank
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, BACS, MT-BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
New Orleans, LA 70123
These last few years have presented many challenges for everyone. Depression, anxiety, addiction, grief and other issues are on a rise. It is not always easy to make the decision to reach out for therapy. However, therapy can help and support a person through what they are experiencing. Change is not easy; it takes courage to change and you do not have to face it alone. I have worked in acute care for many years with adults, elderly, children and adolescents. I feel confident to work with many mental health issues.
These last few years have presented many challenges for everyone. Depression, anxiety, addiction, grief and other issues are on a rise. It is not always easy to make the decision to reach out for therapy. However, therapy can help and support a person through what they are experiencing. Change is not easy; it takes courage to change and you do not have to face it alone. I have worked in acute care for many years with adults, elderly, children and adolescents. I feel confident to work with many mental health issues.
(985) 238-3830 View (985) 238-3830
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Dr. Morgan A. Lirette
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
New Orleans, LA 70123
Waitlist for new clients
What if I told you that there is place where you can feel safe, understood, and in control of your life? Congrats, you came to the right place! In life, we can often feel lost, alone, and disconnected from the world around us. In therapy, you and I can work together to take the steps to reach the goals that you want to accomplish. My goal is to create a safe and empathetic environment that you feel accepted and comfortable in.
What if I told you that there is place where you can feel safe, understood, and in control of your life? Congrats, you came to the right place! In life, we can often feel lost, alone, and disconnected from the world around us. In therapy, you and I can work together to take the steps to reach the goals that you want to accomplish. My goal is to create a safe and empathetic environment that you feel accepted and comfortable in.
(504) 285-2455 View (504) 285-2455
Photo of Catherine Gallagher, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Catherine Gallagher
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
River Ridge, LA 70123  (Online Only)
I believe one of the most courageous things you can do is begin to understand your own story. Many people see therapy as an intimidating situation. Often people envision a one-sided interaction with a distant therapist providing ambiguous feedback or over-generalized commentary. I am the opposite! I spend the time to gain get to know you and provide real, honest observations. I work to identify your personal strengths and utilize them to work towards your goals- I don't believe therapy has to be an emotionally painful process. Since 2014, I have helped individuals from a variety of backgrounds find meaning and purpose.
I believe one of the most courageous things you can do is begin to understand your own story. Many people see therapy as an intimidating situation. Often people envision a one-sided interaction with a distant therapist providing ambiguous feedback or over-generalized commentary. I am the opposite! I spend the time to gain get to know you and provide real, honest observations. I work to identify your personal strengths and utilize them to work towards your goals- I don't believe therapy has to be an emotionally painful process. Since 2014, I have helped individuals from a variety of backgrounds find meaning and purpose.
(504) 946-1403 View (504) 946-1403
Photo of Emily Hair, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Emily Hair
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Harahan, LA 70123
Life can be challenging, but it can also be wonderful and exciting. Challenge finds its way into our lives and we are not always equipped to manage life's demands, but I want you to know you are not alone in this. Feeling comfortable with your therapist is so important, and creating a strong bond with clients is my favorite part of the process. Whether you are struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem, or just feeling like life isn’t what you expected — my hope is that our work together will offer you a safe environment to process your experiences and to be truly seen and heard.
Life can be challenging, but it can also be wonderful and exciting. Challenge finds its way into our lives and we are not always equipped to manage life's demands, but I want you to know you are not alone in this. Feeling comfortable with your therapist is so important, and creating a strong bond with clients is my favorite part of the process. Whether you are struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem, or just feeling like life isn’t what you expected — my hope is that our work together will offer you a safe environment to process your experiences and to be truly seen and heard.
(504) 576-0264 View (504) 576-0264
Photo of Domonique Lemieux, PhD, LPC-S, MA, Licensed Professional Counselor
Domonique Lemieux
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC-S, MA
Verified Verified
New Orleans, LA 70123  (Online Only)
Are you experiencing personal and relational issues? Do you experience anxiety, insecurities, self-esteem, imposter syndrome and other issues? Or, are you self-assured but need support navigating non-traditional professional spaces. Are you experiencing issues within a traditional, non-traditional or blended family system? Do you need a non-judgement, confidential safe space to share your heart and experience healing?
Are you experiencing personal and relational issues? Do you experience anxiety, insecurities, self-esteem, imposter syndrome and other issues? Or, are you self-assured but need support navigating non-traditional professional spaces. Are you experiencing issues within a traditional, non-traditional or blended family system? Do you need a non-judgement, confidential safe space to share your heart and experience healing?
(504) 688-3490 View (504) 688-3490
Photo of Emily Hair, LPC, Counselor
Emily Hair
Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Orleans, LA 70123  (Online Only)
Life can be challenging, but it can also be wonderful and exciting. Challenge finds its way into our lives and we are not always equipped to manage life's demands. It can be hard to find hope in these moments - but I want you to know you are not alone in this. I work with many young adults and adults who are experiencing anxiety, relationship issues, and who are having difficulty finding balance in their lives. If you’re feeling less like yourself, experiencing anxious thoughts, depression, or just feeling like your life isn't what you expected, we can work toward a new path of healing and purpose.
Life can be challenging, but it can also be wonderful and exciting. Challenge finds its way into our lives and we are not always equipped to manage life's demands. It can be hard to find hope in these moments - but I want you to know you are not alone in this. I work with many young adults and adults who are experiencing anxiety, relationship issues, and who are having difficulty finding balance in their lives. If you’re feeling less like yourself, experiencing anxious thoughts, depression, or just feeling like your life isn't what you expected, we can work toward a new path of healing and purpose.
(802) 423-2884 View (802) 423-2884
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Angela L Centanni
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
New Orleans, LA 70123
Not accepting new clients
I invite you to an open space to hear your own voice. In a fast pace world one may often find themselves feeling a sense of 'separation from self'. As you practice noticing your experience, and listening to the messages of your emotions and physiological sensations, a deeper understanding develops. By ‘attending and befriending' ones pain and suffering it settles inside, and symptoms of stress, depression, and anxiety become integrated into healthier lifestyle patterns allowing for greater joy and overall well-being.
I invite you to an open space to hear your own voice. In a fast pace world one may often find themselves feeling a sense of 'separation from self'. As you practice noticing your experience, and listening to the messages of your emotions and physiological sensations, a deeper understanding develops. By ‘attending and befriending' ones pain and suffering it settles inside, and symptoms of stress, depression, and anxiety become integrated into healthier lifestyle patterns allowing for greater joy and overall well-being.
(504) 517-8374 View (504) 517-8374
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Jacosta Parker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Harahan, LA 70123  (Online Only)
Are you stressed, overwhelmed, tired, and ready to give up? Does it seem like your relationships are struggling or falling apart? Are you emotionally drained, ready for a change, and desire a better life? Those are all thoughts and emotions felt by many people at different times in their life. By developing a therapeutic relationship characterized by consistency and effort and helping you to develop a plan and vision for your life, I will help you get from where you are to where you want to be so you can begin living your best life.
Are you stressed, overwhelmed, tired, and ready to give up? Does it seem like your relationships are struggling or falling apart? Are you emotionally drained, ready for a change, and desire a better life? Those are all thoughts and emotions felt by many people at different times in their life. By developing a therapeutic relationship characterized by consistency and effort and helping you to develop a plan and vision for your life, I will help you get from where you are to where you want to be so you can begin living your best life.
(504) 226-6606 View (504) 226-6606
Photo of Michael J Barry, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Michael J Barry
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Harahan, LA 70123
I have 30 years experience working with ages 18 and older. I believe in the wholistic approach, working with an individual's mind, body, and spirit. I like to teach practical ways of coping with the outside world and empower my client to assert themselves to get their needs met. I have worked with various diagnoses throughout the years, including mood disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and dual diagnosis. I also work with relationship issues, grief, codependency, and work issues.
I have 30 years experience working with ages 18 and older. I believe in the wholistic approach, working with an individual's mind, body, and spirit. I like to teach practical ways of coping with the outside world and empower my client to assert themselves to get their needs met. I have worked with various diagnoses throughout the years, including mood disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and dual diagnosis. I also work with relationship issues, grief, codependency, and work issues.
(504) 517-8286 View (504) 517-8286
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Barry Pilson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified Verified
Harahan, LA 70123
I have been a psychotherapist for 25 years. I see adults and adolescents. I do not see children, 11 and under. Psychotherapy works best when the process seeks change. The focus of change needs to be delineated through a collaborative relationship between therapist and client. As a Ph.D. I understand the importance of applying evidence based methods and staying updated in relation to the current state of knowledge. This underlies your effectiveness as a therapist. Fees are reasonable and customary. I am on most major insurance panels. My office is in a safe location. I am the sole occupant.
I have been a psychotherapist for 25 years. I see adults and adolescents. I do not see children, 11 and under. Psychotherapy works best when the process seeks change. The focus of change needs to be delineated through a collaborative relationship between therapist and client. As a Ph.D. I understand the importance of applying evidence based methods and staying updated in relation to the current state of knowledge. This underlies your effectiveness as a therapist. Fees are reasonable and customary. I am on most major insurance panels. My office is in a safe location. I am the sole occupant.
(504) 315-1924 View (504) 315-1924
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NOLA Art Therapy and Counseling, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC , NCC, ICST
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Harahan, LA 70123
In life, there are many things that feel out of our control. The therapeutic process will help you put energy into the things that you can control. This is done by focusing on the counseling relationship, building trust and commitment in the process by being genuine and authentic with clients to help them successfully navigate through challenging situations. In a comfortable and supportive environment, we offer a highly personalized approach made to meet the needs of each individual client and/or family to help them achieve personal growth.
In life, there are many things that feel out of our control. The therapeutic process will help you put energy into the things that you can control. This is done by focusing on the counseling relationship, building trust and commitment in the process by being genuine and authentic with clients to help them successfully navigate through challenging situations. In a comfortable and supportive environment, we offer a highly personalized approach made to meet the needs of each individual client and/or family to help them achieve personal growth.
(504) 608-2683 View (504) 608-2683

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How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 70123

30+

Average cost per session

$122

Therapists in 70123 who prioritize treating:

97% Depression
97% Anxiety
83% Self Esteem
80% Relationship Issues
71% Stress
69% Trauma and PTSD
66% Grief

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% BlueCross and BlueShield
81% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
67% Aetna

How Therapists in 70123 see their clients

78% In Person and Online
22% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a therapist in 70123?

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.