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Caitlin Renee Brown
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lake Charles, LA 70605
Not accepting new clients
The initial phone call or email to a therapist can sometimes feel incredibly challenging, and I aim to greet you with warmth and compassion. I view therapy as a journey of self-discovery and a safe place to explore the relationship you have with yourself and others. I fully believe that each person is unique and has their own personal way of dealing with the difficulties life often brings on.
The initial phone call or email to a therapist can sometimes feel incredibly challenging, and I aim to greet you with warmth and compassion. I view therapy as a journey of self-discovery and a safe place to explore the relationship you have with yourself and others. I fully believe that each person is unique and has their own personal way of dealing with the difficulties life often brings on.
(337) 202-2631 View (337) 202-2631
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Ali Renee Thorne - Trauma - Life Transitions
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Lake Charles, LA 70605
I believe counseling is a collaborative process comprised of empathy, trust, and respect. My goal is to listen and guide clients toward their personal success. I prioritize creating a safe, trusting environment to help a client feel comfortable talking to me about his or her unique experiences. Using an integrative and trauma-informed approach, I meet clients where they are to create goals and teach valuable coping skills to improve their daily life.
I believe counseling is a collaborative process comprised of empathy, trust, and respect. My goal is to listen and guide clients toward their personal success. I prioritize creating a safe, trusting environment to help a client feel comfortable talking to me about his or her unique experiences. Using an integrative and trauma-informed approach, I meet clients where they are to create goals and teach valuable coping skills to improve their daily life.
(337) 509-1783 View (337) 509-1783
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Lisa Brune
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSW, LCSW, BACS
Verified Verified
Lake Charles, LA 70605  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience, Licensed in both Louisiana and Texas. A graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington with a Master's of Science in Social Work, I work with adolescents, adults, seniors, seeing individuals, couples, and families. I have particular interest in all areas of mental health, including grief, loss, trauma, eating disorders, domestic violence, sexual abuse, sexual assault, and parenting issues. I am a Certified Mediator and have a Certification in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM). In my free time, I enjoy working with my three pet therapy dogs.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience, Licensed in both Louisiana and Texas. A graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington with a Master's of Science in Social Work, I work with adolescents, adults, seniors, seeing individuals, couples, and families. I have particular interest in all areas of mental health, including grief, loss, trauma, eating disorders, domestic violence, sexual abuse, sexual assault, and parenting issues. I am a Certified Mediator and have a Certification in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM). In my free time, I enjoy working with my three pet therapy dogs.
(337) 447-4700 View (337) 447-4700
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Sara Pesic
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC, CCTP
Verified Verified
Lake Charles, LA 70605  (Online Only)
Clients come to see me when they feel stuck, unsure how to proceed, or how to move to that next level; when they need empathy and compassion but also a clear plan on how to resolve the presenting conflict/issue. Clients will explore different perspectives and come up with new insights and ideas. They will feel empowered. I am deeply committed to my own professional growth, constantly seeking opportunities for learning and development, to ensure that I bring the latest insights and techniques to my practice and provide the most effective support for my clients.
Clients come to see me when they feel stuck, unsure how to proceed, or how to move to that next level; when they need empathy and compassion but also a clear plan on how to resolve the presenting conflict/issue. Clients will explore different perspectives and come up with new insights and ideas. They will feel empowered. I am deeply committed to my own professional growth, constantly seeking opportunities for learning and development, to ensure that I bring the latest insights and techniques to my practice and provide the most effective support for my clients.
(337) 564-3301 View (337) 564-3301
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Sara Darling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Lake Charles, LA 70605
I'm a licensed clinical social worker living in Lake Charles, Louisiana, with my husband and two rescue dogs; Pip and Pierre. I attended graduate school at the University of Alabama in my 40's after careers in other fields. I, like so many of my clients, was searching for purpose and meaning in my life. Clinical social workers complete two years of post graduate clinical training and must pass a clinical licensing exam. It was at this point that I began working with clients across the spectrum of age, race, sexual identity and income. Yet most of us long for the same thing; to be loved, to belong, to feel satisfied and to be happy.
I'm a licensed clinical social worker living in Lake Charles, Louisiana, with my husband and two rescue dogs; Pip and Pierre. I attended graduate school at the University of Alabama in my 40's after careers in other fields. I, like so many of my clients, was searching for purpose and meaning in my life. Clinical social workers complete two years of post graduate clinical training and must pass a clinical licensing exam. It was at this point that I began working with clients across the spectrum of age, race, sexual identity and income. Yet most of us long for the same thing; to be loved, to belong, to feel satisfied and to be happy.
(337) 434-3225 View (337) 434-3225
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Leigh Boyer
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Lake Charles, LA 70605
Not accepting new clients
I enjoy working with adults who are looking to gain freedom from emotional pain in order to experience a more satisfying life. I work to create a safe, nonjudgmental and warm environment for my clients – an environment where you can feel comfortable to engage in open conversation. I believe that therapy should be a collaboration in order for you to reach your goals and create sustainable changes. My clients also find they gain a greater sense of self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-confidence through our work together.
I enjoy working with adults who are looking to gain freedom from emotional pain in order to experience a more satisfying life. I work to create a safe, nonjudgmental and warm environment for my clients – an environment where you can feel comfortable to engage in open conversation. I believe that therapy should be a collaboration in order for you to reach your goals and create sustainable changes. My clients also find they gain a greater sense of self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-confidence through our work together.
(337) 508-0346 View (337) 508-0346
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Paul Gonsoulin
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Lake Charles, LA 70605
You’re stuck and don’t know what else to do. You’ve tried everything, but your anxiety, depression or coping with past trauma is still getting in the way of your work and relationships. The voices of self-criticism and self-doubt are getting worse and striving for perfection to feel better is stressing you out beyond what you can handle. You don’t want to burden family and friends with your problems, because what right do you have to complain? You feel so alone, and you know it’s time to make a change. I am trained in EMDR, CBT, ACT, and Gottman relationship therapy among others.
You’re stuck and don’t know what else to do. You’ve tried everything, but your anxiety, depression or coping with past trauma is still getting in the way of your work and relationships. The voices of self-criticism and self-doubt are getting worse and striving for perfection to feel better is stressing you out beyond what you can handle. You don’t want to burden family and friends with your problems, because what right do you have to complain? You feel so alone, and you know it’s time to make a change. I am trained in EMDR, CBT, ACT, and Gottman relationship therapy among others.
(337) 202-2527 View (337) 202-2527
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Danielle Shamsie Prejean
MA, BCBA, LBA, CTP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lake Charles, LA 70605
As a certified trauma professional, I am able to help individuals and families navigate life transitions and challenges. I am competent in adoption coaching and therapy for all stages with pre and post adoption. I am passionate in helping clients identify barriers in their functioning to help in creating growth. Helping clients grow in their coping skills and education of how life events can change our thought patterns, behavioral reactions, and and emotional responses. I am committed to the holistic approach and helping you become the version of yourself or your family. We can not change the past but grow our future.
As a certified trauma professional, I am able to help individuals and families navigate life transitions and challenges. I am competent in adoption coaching and therapy for all stages with pre and post adoption. I am passionate in helping clients identify barriers in their functioning to help in creating growth. Helping clients grow in their coping skills and education of how life events can change our thought patterns, behavioral reactions, and and emotional responses. I am committed to the holistic approach and helping you become the version of yourself or your family. We can not change the past but grow our future.
(337) 540-0713 View (337) 540-0713
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Jody M Davidson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Lake Charles, LA 70605
Are you coping with Grief, the loss a loved-one? Or, PTSD? Traumatic experience of any kind, whether it happened a long time ago, or recently? Do you get Triggered easily? Angry, Sad, Tearful, Guilt-Stricken, or other unpleasant feelings? Or, Neg. intrusive beliefs? I provide compassionate EMDR Therapy for survivors of Traumatic experiences & Loss. Certified as an Induced After-Death Communication therapist. IADC Tx. heals grief & loss through a powerful modified-EMDR process that reconnects a person to the Spirit of a deceased loved-one, or close friend. IADC Therapy can resolve old wounds and provided healing & closure.
Are you coping with Grief, the loss a loved-one? Or, PTSD? Traumatic experience of any kind, whether it happened a long time ago, or recently? Do you get Triggered easily? Angry, Sad, Tearful, Guilt-Stricken, or other unpleasant feelings? Or, Neg. intrusive beliefs? I provide compassionate EMDR Therapy for survivors of Traumatic experiences & Loss. Certified as an Induced After-Death Communication therapist. IADC Tx. heals grief & loss through a powerful modified-EMDR process that reconnects a person to the Spirit of a deceased loved-one, or close friend. IADC Therapy can resolve old wounds and provided healing & closure.
(337) 794-1141 View (337) 794-1141
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Oshe’ Lewis-Reese
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Lake Charles, LA 70605
Waitlist for new clients
I assist adult clients from various backgrounds and all walks of life. I believe that people experience many things in life that cause issues with self-esteem, perspective, and thought processes. As a result, this may require them to gain insight into their thinking and coping patterns to better understand themselves and improve their coping and decision making.
I assist adult clients from various backgrounds and all walks of life. I believe that people experience many things in life that cause issues with self-esteem, perspective, and thought processes. As a result, this may require them to gain insight into their thinking and coping patterns to better understand themselves and improve their coping and decision making.
(337) 329-9930 View (337) 329-9930
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Kelley Taylor
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, LAC
Verified Verified
Lake Charles, LA 70605
As a drug and alcohol counselor, my purpose is rooted in a deep passion for helping individuals overcome the grip of addiction and reclaim their lives. Witnessing the destructive power of substance abuse firsthand has driven me to dedicate my career to providing support, guidance, and hope to those struggling with addiction. Each day, I am committed to creating a safe and nonjudgmental space where my patients can heal, grow, and find their path to recovery.
As a drug and alcohol counselor, my purpose is rooted in a deep passion for helping individuals overcome the grip of addiction and reclaim their lives. Witnessing the destructive power of substance abuse firsthand has driven me to dedicate my career to providing support, guidance, and hope to those struggling with addiction. Each day, I am committed to creating a safe and nonjudgmental space where my patients can heal, grow, and find their path to recovery.
(337) 508-1540 View (337) 508-1540
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Julie Ireland
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Lake Charles, LA 70605
Not accepting new clients
Are you tired of feeling stuck and powerless? Do you hear a constant stream of negative thoughts about yourself and your life? I am here to help you cultivate the rich, full, meaningful life for which you were created. I work with individuals, couples, and families to identify and address the barriers to their life success. Through counseling, clients address the perfectionism, trauma, and old patterns that get in the way of authentic connection with themselves and others.
Are you tired of feeling stuck and powerless? Do you hear a constant stream of negative thoughts about yourself and your life? I am here to help you cultivate the rich, full, meaningful life for which you were created. I work with individuals, couples, and families to identify and address the barriers to their life success. Through counseling, clients address the perfectionism, trauma, and old patterns that get in the way of authentic connection with themselves and others.
(337) 607-0684 View (337) 607-0684
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Ryan Anderson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
Lake Charles, LA 70605
Are you feeling anxious and stressed? Do you struggle with negative thoughts or past trauma? Are you struggling with work-life balance? Are you having a hard time identifying your support system? Do you have goals you want to accomplish in life?
Are you feeling anxious and stressed? Do you struggle with negative thoughts or past trauma? Are you struggling with work-life balance? Are you having a hard time identifying your support system? Do you have goals you want to accomplish in life?
(337) 502-9570 View (337) 502-9570
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Marlaena Miller
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Lake Charles, LA 70605
Do you ever think you are the only one who hasn't gotten their life together yet? The truth is we ALL experience difficult and stressful life stuff at times. Life can be really tough. We all carry pain that is often exacerbated by new relationships and situations: psychological, emotional, and spiritual pain. If you have tried to "figure it out" on your own for too long, like so many of us think we must, and would like a relatable professional to work with you toward healing and growth, I would appreciate the opportunity and privilege to work with you on your journey toward a healthier, happier you. It's ok to need some help.
Do you ever think you are the only one who hasn't gotten their life together yet? The truth is we ALL experience difficult and stressful life stuff at times. Life can be really tough. We all carry pain that is often exacerbated by new relationships and situations: psychological, emotional, and spiritual pain. If you have tried to "figure it out" on your own for too long, like so many of us think we must, and would like a relatable professional to work with you toward healing and growth, I would appreciate the opportunity and privilege to work with you on your journey toward a healthier, happier you. It's ok to need some help.
(337) 246-5596 View (337) 246-5596
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Conquering Addictions LLC
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, LAC, AADC
Verified Verified
Lake Charles, LA 70605
Can you imagine a life free from addictions? Who would you be if you were able to release yourself from the shackles of substances? Substance use is often a coping mechanism used to deal with something going on inside of you. What would your life look like if you were able to manage your addiction while overcoming your internal struggles? Hi, I’m Arlo, a Louisiana native and Licensed Addiction Counselor. I specialize in various therapeutic techniques, such as 12-step, CBT, and DBT. Everyone is unique, and because of this, I tailor each treatment plan to fit your unique needs.
Can you imagine a life free from addictions? Who would you be if you were able to release yourself from the shackles of substances? Substance use is often a coping mechanism used to deal with something going on inside of you. What would your life look like if you were able to manage your addiction while overcoming your internal struggles? Hi, I’m Arlo, a Louisiana native and Licensed Addiction Counselor. I specialize in various therapeutic techniques, such as 12-step, CBT, and DBT. Everyone is unique, and because of this, I tailor each treatment plan to fit your unique needs.
(337) 473-2521 View (337) 473-2521
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Jamye Taylor
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lake Charles, LA 70605  (Online Only)
Have you ever thought that life is too tough? Have you lost someone or something very close to you recently? Do you currently struggle to see yourself in a positive way, and it is hard to maintain healthy relationships in your life whether it romantic or familial because of it? Well, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, wanting and waiting to help you. Everyone feels sad, lost, confused, hurt, or angry at times. Sometimes, those feelings can come from not feeling accepted or trauma from the past. Let's work together to help heal what those issues. You are strong for making the first step and reaching out for help.
Have you ever thought that life is too tough? Have you lost someone or something very close to you recently? Do you currently struggle to see yourself in a positive way, and it is hard to maintain healthy relationships in your life whether it romantic or familial because of it? Well, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, wanting and waiting to help you. Everyone feels sad, lost, confused, hurt, or angry at times. Sometimes, those feelings can come from not feeling accepted or trauma from the past. Let's work together to help heal what those issues. You are strong for making the first step and reaching out for help.
(337) 267-8837 View (337) 267-8837
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Tynia M Coleman
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lake Charles, LA 70605
Life transitions can be complicated! Are you a woman who is experiencing the stress of managing your life and the lives of those around you? Maybe you are pursuing career dreams and aspirations while parenting, managing romantic relationships, and working to overcome past trauma.
Life transitions can be complicated! Are you a woman who is experiencing the stress of managing your life and the lives of those around you? Maybe you are pursuing career dreams and aspirations while parenting, managing romantic relationships, and working to overcome past trauma.
(337) 509-1339 View (337) 509-1339
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Brooke Ferguson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Lake Charles, LA 70605  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker based in the state of Louisiana. With a passion for fostering personal growth and mental well-being, I am dedicated to helping individuals navigate life's challenges with empathy, support, & empowerment. I work collaboratively with clients to cultivate resilience, develop coping skills, and foster positive change. Together, we can embark on a journey towards healing and self-discovery. I have experience with a variety of populations and presenting stressors including individuals with PTSD, Substance Abuse, ADHD, and am an LGBTQIA+ ally!
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker based in the state of Louisiana. With a passion for fostering personal growth and mental well-being, I am dedicated to helping individuals navigate life's challenges with empathy, support, & empowerment. I work collaboratively with clients to cultivate resilience, develop coping skills, and foster positive change. Together, we can embark on a journey towards healing and self-discovery. I have experience with a variety of populations and presenting stressors including individuals with PTSD, Substance Abuse, ADHD, and am an LGBTQIA+ ally!
(504) 732-1701 View (504) 732-1701
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Paul M Friedberg
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Lake Charles, LA 70605
In my practice, I enjoy helping families whose children are having difficulties in the schooling process. When a child is not doing well in school, there are a multitude of factors that may be getting in the way. I begin with an appropriate evaluation of the child and provide feedback to parents about what I believe is interfering with the child's ability to succeed. From there, I can provide individual intervention with the child and consultation with the parents. Also, it is often important to provide information to the school and have them assist in our plan.
In my practice, I enjoy helping families whose children are having difficulties in the schooling process. When a child is not doing well in school, there are a multitude of factors that may be getting in the way. I begin with an appropriate evaluation of the child and provide feedback to parents about what I believe is interfering with the child's ability to succeed. From there, I can provide individual intervention with the child and consultation with the parents. Also, it is often important to provide information to the school and have them assist in our plan.
(337) 243-0266 View (337) 243-0266
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Dr. Chernika Leon
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdD, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Lake Charles, LA 70605  (Online Only)
You’ve decided to take the next step in bettering your mental health and I commend you! Therapy is a safe place to begin your process of healing and/or obtaining the necessary coping skills to maneuver through life's most difficult moments. I am dedicated to helping you get through those difficult seasons and am here to assist with processing your thoughts and feelings related to stressors. Learn the skills to thrive and not just survive.
You’ve decided to take the next step in bettering your mental health and I commend you! Therapy is a safe place to begin your process of healing and/or obtaining the necessary coping skills to maneuver through life's most difficult moments. I am dedicated to helping you get through those difficult seasons and am here to assist with processing your thoughts and feelings related to stressors. Learn the skills to thrive and not just survive.
(318) 496-3715 View (318) 496-3715
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Number of Therapists in 70605

20+

Average cost per session

$125

Therapists in 70605 who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
89% Stress
81% Depression
78% Relationship Issues
78% Grief
78% Coping Skills
74% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% BlueCross and BlueShield
67% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
58% Aetna

How Therapists in 70605 see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

77% Female
23% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 70605?

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.