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Changing Directions Counseling & Consulting
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, BACS
Verified Verified
Alexandria, LA 71301  (Online Only)
Today you have decided to take a courageous step by exploring your therapy options. Today you have decided to CHANGE DIRECTIONS. Hi, I'm Traci Miller-Earl, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist. I specialize in treating various mental health concerns, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, women issues, life transitions, self-care, and stress management. I am passionate about empowering people of all ages to realize their full potential and establish healthy roles in their lives, careers, and relationships.
Today you have decided to take a courageous step by exploring your therapy options. Today you have decided to CHANGE DIRECTIONS. Hi, I'm Traci Miller-Earl, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist. I specialize in treating various mental health concerns, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, women issues, life transitions, self-care, and stress management. I am passionate about empowering people of all ages to realize their full potential and establish healthy roles in their lives, careers, and relationships.
(318) 333-3994 View (318) 333-3994
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James Nesmith
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA
Verified Verified
Alexandria, LA 71301
Life can be really hard and present many challenges. Whether those challenges be in the form of relationships, jobs, abuse, trauma, anxiety or depression, it is difficult to walk through them alone. It would be my privilege to walk alongside you on your journey of healing, and to provide support each step of the way. You can have the life you want, meet the goals you set for yourself, and live each day with peace and joy, and I would be grateful for the opportunity to join you on that journey.
Life can be really hard and present many challenges. Whether those challenges be in the form of relationships, jobs, abuse, trauma, anxiety or depression, it is difficult to walk through them alone. It would be my privilege to walk alongside you on your journey of healing, and to provide support each step of the way. You can have the life you want, meet the goals you set for yourself, and live each day with peace and joy, and I would be grateful for the opportunity to join you on that journey.
(318) 610-9013 View (318) 610-9013
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Christy Gough
Pre-Licensed Professional, P-LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Alexandria, LA 71301
Life can become overwhelming at times. In today's world, many of us are faced with more pressures and complicated circumstances than ever before. When facing these challenges, it affects many aspects of our lives, including relationships with family and friends, school and work, behavior and performance, and day-to-day functioning. It is my goal to provide you with a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental environment in which you feel comfortable in sharing and exploring different issues that you feel may be keeping you from functioning to the best of your ability in different areas of your life.
Life can become overwhelming at times. In today's world, many of us are faced with more pressures and complicated circumstances than ever before. When facing these challenges, it affects many aspects of our lives, including relationships with family and friends, school and work, behavior and performance, and day-to-day functioning. It is my goal to provide you with a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental environment in which you feel comfortable in sharing and exploring different issues that you feel may be keeping you from functioning to the best of your ability in different areas of your life.
(318) 668-2696 View (318) 668-2696
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Bayou Mental Health Services, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CGCS, MBA
Verified Verified
Alexandria, LA 71301
We commend you for making the right choice for you, to create the life that you desire by working through whatever concerns or challenges that you may be experiencing. We know that sharing intimate details about your life may be challenging, but it will be our pleasure to help you navigate your way through this process. We have over 30 years of combined experience. We have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, couples counseling, life skills development, parenting issues, career planning and coaching, ADHD, substance abuse, Military issues/concerns, sexual assault & PTSD.
We commend you for making the right choice for you, to create the life that you desire by working through whatever concerns or challenges that you may be experiencing. We know that sharing intimate details about your life may be challenging, but it will be our pleasure to help you navigate your way through this process. We have over 30 years of combined experience. We have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, couples counseling, life skills development, parenting issues, career planning and coaching, ADHD, substance abuse, Military issues/concerns, sexual assault & PTSD.
(318) 239-7635 View (318) 239-7635
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Freedom Therapy Center, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, BACS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Alexandria, LA 71301
What do you do when "LIFE" happens and throws you off course? How do you even begin to cope with the devastation that's left behind? If these are questions that you need help with answering, please feel free to give us a call. We will provide you with a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental environment to express your inner thoughts and feelings. You do not have to go through life feeling alone while facing these struggles on your own. You can receive the help you need and WE are here to assist. You're only one click away from discovering you're "Greatest LIFE!"
What do you do when "LIFE" happens and throws you off course? How do you even begin to cope with the devastation that's left behind? If these are questions that you need help with answering, please feel free to give us a call. We will provide you with a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental environment to express your inner thoughts and feelings. You do not have to go through life feeling alone while facing these struggles on your own. You can receive the help you need and WE are here to assist. You're only one click away from discovering you're "Greatest LIFE!"
(318) 269-7441 View (318) 269-7441
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Brandy Chapman
PLPC
Verified Verified
Alexandria, LA 71301
Regardless of what stage of life we are in, we all face our unique challenges. My approach to therapy is routed in a person-centered approach where I implement congruence, empathy, and unconditional positive regard to enter my client's worldview and assist them with personal growth and development. I specialize in serving children and adolescents using a child-centered approach where I implement play, art, and sandtray approaches. I provide counseling to adults, as well. I am eclectic as I implement interventions based on what will best serve my clients' individual needs.
Regardless of what stage of life we are in, we all face our unique challenges. My approach to therapy is routed in a person-centered approach where I implement congruence, empathy, and unconditional positive regard to enter my client's worldview and assist them with personal growth and development. I specialize in serving children and adolescents using a child-centered approach where I implement play, art, and sandtray approaches. I provide counseling to adults, as well. I am eclectic as I implement interventions based on what will best serve my clients' individual needs.
(318) 493-8511 View (318) 493-8511
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Laura Ford
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-S, MAC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Alexandria, LA 71301
Often the first step in the process of healing and change is the decision to go to counseling. As a licensed professional counselor with over 25 years of experience, I have worked with people of all walks of life to facilitate change and healing. I work with adults and adolescents with issues that include depression, life changes, work stress, anxiety, relationship stress, mood disorders, addiction, feeling lost and many other difficult life circumstances. I am a provider for most private insurances and Medicare.
Often the first step in the process of healing and change is the decision to go to counseling. As a licensed professional counselor with over 25 years of experience, I have worked with people of all walks of life to facilitate change and healing. I work with adults and adolescents with issues that include depression, life changes, work stress, anxiety, relationship stress, mood disorders, addiction, feeling lost and many other difficult life circumstances. I am a provider for most private insurances and Medicare.
(318) 705-3575 View (318) 705-3575
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Lydia T Roy
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Alexandria, LA 71301
I am a licensed mental health therapist and am ready to assist anyone who may be struggling with managing a mental disorder or one addressing challenges with self-esteem, relationships, and managing emotions. My main methods include cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy. I believe in providing a supportive and non-judgemental atmosphere to assist clients in learning skills and knowledge that can be applied throughout a lifetime and help restore stability, meaning and purpose to their lives. My ideal client is one who is committed to making changes and is willing to trust the counseling process.
I am a licensed mental health therapist and am ready to assist anyone who may be struggling with managing a mental disorder or one addressing challenges with self-esteem, relationships, and managing emotions. My main methods include cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy. I believe in providing a supportive and non-judgemental atmosphere to assist clients in learning skills and knowledge that can be applied throughout a lifetime and help restore stability, meaning and purpose to their lives. My ideal client is one who is committed to making changes and is willing to trust the counseling process.
(318) 596-0312 View (318) 596-0312
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Robin N Arnold
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NBCC
Verified Verified
Alexandria, LA 71301
Do you feel "STUCK" in everyday life? Feeling STUCK is one of the main reasons individuals seek counseling. Family and friends are often biased when we turn to them regarding how to handle situations in our lives. Counseling can provide an unbiased view point that can help you figure out what is best for you. As a counselor I use an Anthetic therapy to help individuals get past their "stuckness" and take back control of their lives. For couples counseling I use Gottman Therapy. Both techniques can have phenomenal results and that's why I use them. If you would like to schedule an appointment please call me at 318419-6990.
Do you feel "STUCK" in everyday life? Feeling STUCK is one of the main reasons individuals seek counseling. Family and friends are often biased when we turn to them regarding how to handle situations in our lives. Counseling can provide an unbiased view point that can help you figure out what is best for you. As a counselor I use an Anthetic therapy to help individuals get past their "stuckness" and take back control of their lives. For couples counseling I use Gottman Therapy. Both techniques can have phenomenal results and that's why I use them. If you would like to schedule an appointment please call me at 318419-6990.
(318) 788-2117 View (318) 788-2117
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Sherry W. Perkins
Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Alexandria, LA 71301
I provide individual counseling for the purpose of empowering clients to function at an optimal level in all areas of their lives. I am experienced in working with persons who are struggling with PTSD, grief, esteem, family and relationship issues. I have extensive background in trauma, especially those who have suffered sexual abuse or assault. I also work in addiction counseling, working with those who exhibit co-dependency, boundary or anger issues.
I provide individual counseling for the purpose of empowering clients to function at an optimal level in all areas of their lives. I am experienced in working with persons who are struggling with PTSD, grief, esteem, family and relationship issues. I have extensive background in trauma, especially those who have suffered sexual abuse or assault. I also work in addiction counseling, working with those who exhibit co-dependency, boundary or anger issues.
(318) 775-0624 View (318) 775-0624
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Kevin Boudreaux
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Alexandria, LA 71301
I am currently accepting new clients for individual counseling. I work with adults dealing with a variety of issues such as PTSD and trauma, depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, stress and anger management, substance abuse, relationship issues, grief, and spirituality. I believe the counseling process is based on a non-judgmental, accepting, and empathetic relationship. Within that relationship, you will have the freedom to explore and process whatever challenges you are facing. We will work together to develop solutions to help you achieve your goals.
I am currently accepting new clients for individual counseling. I work with adults dealing with a variety of issues such as PTSD and trauma, depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, stress and anger management, substance abuse, relationship issues, grief, and spirituality. I believe the counseling process is based on a non-judgmental, accepting, and empathetic relationship. Within that relationship, you will have the freedom to explore and process whatever challenges you are facing. We will work together to develop solutions to help you achieve your goals.
(318) 269-7702 View (318) 269-7702
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Karen Sollberger
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Alexandria, LA 71301  (Online Only)
Being a caretaker comes with numerous demands that can be quite challenging. Managing responsibilities can be overwhelming and can lead to increased stress across all areas of your life. Providing care for others can lead to burnout, which in turn can cause you to experience feelings of depression and anxiety.. Many caregivers tend to overlook their own personal needs, leading to a worsening of their symptoms.
Being a caretaker comes with numerous demands that can be quite challenging. Managing responsibilities can be overwhelming and can lead to increased stress across all areas of your life. Providing care for others can lead to burnout, which in turn can cause you to experience feelings of depression and anxiety.. Many caregivers tend to overlook their own personal needs, leading to a worsening of their symptoms.
(318) 712-8394 View (318) 712-8394
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Kimberly A Simms
Marriage & Family Therapist, LPC, LMFT, MAC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Alexandria, LA 71301
Life can be incredibly challenging. Often we have visions of the life we want to live, but we can't figure out why we're unable to realize our dreams. Better health, better relationships, increased stability, less worry, more happiness- all of these things can seem just outside of our reach. Life can be overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be.
Life can be incredibly challenging. Often we have visions of the life we want to live, but we can't figure out why we're unable to realize our dreams. Better health, better relationships, increased stability, less worry, more happiness- all of these things can seem just outside of our reach. Life can be overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be.
(337) 329-9279 View (337) 329-9279
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Melanie Roum
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Alexandria, LA 71301  (Online Only)
Are the symptoms of anxiety and depression beginning to creep in? Are you struggling to be content in your life? Are relationship challenges troubling you? Trauma that impacts your experience of life? Do you engage in activities or substances that interfere with your daily functioning? Find yourself self sabotaging? Trying to manage a blended family? Want to manage stress and get better sleep? Feel in control of your life? Have more peace in your life?
Are the symptoms of anxiety and depression beginning to creep in? Are you struggling to be content in your life? Are relationship challenges troubling you? Trauma that impacts your experience of life? Do you engage in activities or substances that interfere with your daily functioning? Find yourself self sabotaging? Trying to manage a blended family? Want to manage stress and get better sleep? Feel in control of your life? Have more peace in your life?
(504) 788-2077 View (504) 788-2077
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Amber N. Holmes
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, NCC
Verified Verified
Alexandria, LA 71301
Have you been feeling unlike yourself lately and yearning to get your enthusiasm back? Maybe you've been experiencing unexplainable mood swings or having a difficult time getting over that recent breakup. How about that feeling of overwhelm that resembles an elephant sitting on your chest? I provide individually-tailored treatments for those who are ready to be encouraged and empowered as they discover the head version of themselves as they make their mental health a priority.
Have you been feeling unlike yourself lately and yearning to get your enthusiasm back? Maybe you've been experiencing unexplainable mood swings or having a difficult time getting over that recent breakup. How about that feeling of overwhelm that resembles an elephant sitting on your chest? I provide individually-tailored treatments for those who are ready to be encouraged and empowered as they discover the head version of themselves as they make their mental health a priority.
(318) 431-8205 View (318) 431-8205
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Dwayne Jacobs
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-S, NCC, THCC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Alexandria, LA 71301  (Online Only)
I am a mental health professional with experience working in various settings; to include: residential addiction, correctional, community, and school based agencies. Those experiences have been rewarding in the opportunities they have provided for me to facilitate and witness client growth. My view of the therapeutic relationship is that of a process in which the client and the therapist build a therapeutic alliance to: explore and identify areas for improvement, develop goals, and work together realizing those goals and optimizing quality of life.
I am a mental health professional with experience working in various settings; to include: residential addiction, correctional, community, and school based agencies. Those experiences have been rewarding in the opportunities they have provided for me to facilitate and witness client growth. My view of the therapeutic relationship is that of a process in which the client and the therapist build a therapeutic alliance to: explore and identify areas for improvement, develop goals, and work together realizing those goals and optimizing quality of life.
(337) 324-1902 View (337) 324-1902
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Nadra T DEMAGNUS
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Alexandria, LA 71301  (Online Only)
Greetings! My name is Nadra DeMagnus and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from New Orleans, Louisiana. I have been providing psychotherapy and relationship coaching for more than ten years. I have worked with large groups, military families, indigenous people of Alaska, youth and young adults in schools, agency, and private settings, adults, and geriatrics from across these United States of America. Approaches utilized: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution and Trauma-Focused Therapy.
Greetings! My name is Nadra DeMagnus and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from New Orleans, Louisiana. I have been providing psychotherapy and relationship coaching for more than ten years. I have worked with large groups, military families, indigenous people of Alaska, youth and young adults in schools, agency, and private settings, adults, and geriatrics from across these United States of America. Approaches utilized: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution and Trauma-Focused Therapy.
(504) 513-6841 View (504) 513-6841
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Marquita N Turner
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Alexandria, LA 71301  (Online Only)
Your authentic self is waiting to burst free. You don't have to figure everything out on your own. Problems will always present and often times pile on. Everyone needs a safe place to unpack and organize. We inhabit a full world where loneliness is at an all time high. Take this step for yourself. Life is challenging at best, but even when life's great there is room for growth. I am personally and professionally invested in the betterment of others. Whether you are seeking confidence, coping skills, better relationships, to process trauma or any life experience, It's my privilege to help you see how resilient and capable you are.
Your authentic self is waiting to burst free. You don't have to figure everything out on your own. Problems will always present and often times pile on. Everyone needs a safe place to unpack and organize. We inhabit a full world where loneliness is at an all time high. Take this step for yourself. Life is challenging at best, but even when life's great there is room for growth. I am personally and professionally invested in the betterment of others. Whether you are seeking confidence, coping skills, better relationships, to process trauma or any life experience, It's my privilege to help you see how resilient and capable you are.
(985) 202-9417 View (985) 202-9417
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Brittany D Brown
MA, NLP, BC
Verified Verified
Alexandria, LA 71301
My ideal clients are individuals with autism, intellectual disabilities, or other developmental disabilities seeking support in managing challenging behaviors and developing new skills. They encounter difficulties in communication, social interactions, and daily tasks. They require guidance, structure, and strategies to navigate their environment successfully. Their goals encompass improving social skills, increasing independence, and reducing problem behaviors. They aspire to enhance their quality of life, build meaningful relationships, and actively participate in their community. They seek assistance to overcome barriers.
My ideal clients are individuals with autism, intellectual disabilities, or other developmental disabilities seeking support in managing challenging behaviors and developing new skills. They encounter difficulties in communication, social interactions, and daily tasks. They require guidance, structure, and strategies to navigate their environment successfully. Their goals encompass improving social skills, increasing independence, and reducing problem behaviors. They aspire to enhance their quality of life, build meaningful relationships, and actively participate in their community. They seek assistance to overcome barriers.
(337) 448-4290 View (337) 448-4290
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Whitney Young
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Alexandria, LA 71301  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
365 Days...365 New Chances...this is the encouragement I hope you receive with each session. We are each a work in progress, and every day is a new opportunity to learn and develop into the person we're made to be. If you are feeling defeated, stuck, or discouraged, therapy can help you grasp the hope that right now feels out of reach.
365 Days...365 New Chances...this is the encouragement I hope you receive with each session. We are each a work in progress, and every day is a new opportunity to learn and develop into the person we're made to be. If you are feeling defeated, stuck, or discouraged, therapy can help you grasp the hope that right now feels out of reach.
(985) 545-3668 View (985) 545-3668
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Number of Therapists in 71301

20+

Average cost per session

$100

Therapists in 71301 who prioritize treating:

92% Relationship Issues
88% Depression
83% Anxiety
79% Coping Skills
79% Self Esteem
71% Stress
63% Parenting

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

72% Aetna
72% BlueCross and BlueShield
72% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in 71301 see their clients

63% In Person and Online
37% Online Only

Gender breakdown

87% Female
13% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 71301?

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.