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Kelsey Hall
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, SAP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Willow Park, TX 76087
Hi, I’m Kelsey Hall and I have a passion for working with Teens, Families, Moms, and individuals to help them reach their full potential. I believe that counseling is an effective tool for helping all individuals become the best version of themselves. I want to help you build confidence and self-esteem so that whatever life throws at you, it will be taken in stride.
Hi, I’m Kelsey Hall and I have a passion for working with Teens, Families, Moms, and individuals to help them reach their full potential. I believe that counseling is an effective tool for helping all individuals become the best version of themselves. I want to help you build confidence and self-esteem so that whatever life throws at you, it will be taken in stride.
(817) 769-7169 View (817) 769-7169
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Whitney Beard Akins Trauma Informed Christian Counseling
LPC-Associate, MA, LPC-A
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Weatherford, TX 76087
Are you a teen or adult navigating symptoms related to ADHD or CPTSD? Many of my clients are juggling the complexities of having a neurodivergent mind along with trauma responses that often make matters worse. They often tell me that they don't recognize themselves and get stuck in constant loops of poor choices, anxiety, and disconnection. My clients come to me for help with poor self-esteem, self-harm, and overwhelming emotions. I often use body based regulation skills, executive function skills, and Christian counseling to help each client reconnect with themselves and their faith.
Are you a teen or adult navigating symptoms related to ADHD or CPTSD? Many of my clients are juggling the complexities of having a neurodivergent mind along with trauma responses that often make matters worse. They often tell me that they don't recognize themselves and get stuck in constant loops of poor choices, anxiety, and disconnection. My clients come to me for help with poor self-esteem, self-harm, and overwhelming emotions. I often use body based regulation skills, executive function skills, and Christian counseling to help each client reconnect with themselves and their faith.
(682) 463-1752 View (682) 463-1752
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Quilted Hearts Marriage & Family Therapy, PLLC
Marriage & Family Therapist, MMFT, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Weatherford, TX 76087
I am so excited to have you visit me here and for giving me the chance to introduce myself! My name is Sarah Nickolson-Kemper and I'm a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). I am also a certified middle school teacher. After spending almost 10 years in the classroom, I recognized I wanted help in a different way.
I am so excited to have you visit me here and for giving me the chance to introduce myself! My name is Sarah Nickolson-Kemper and I'm a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). I am also a certified middle school teacher. After spending almost 10 years in the classroom, I recognized I wanted help in a different way.
(817) 893-6661 View (817) 893-6661
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14 Peaks Neurophysiological Trauma Treatment
SEP, EMDR, NMT, BASE
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Willow Park, TX 76087
When was the last time you felt your body was able to rest feeling 100% safe? When's the last time you felt flexible, curious and open for connection? If it's been longer than a week, we can help. We help you reset your nervous system, which is stuck in fight, flight, or freeze, to a state of flexibility, curiosity, and safety without years of therapy. We help traumatized clients resolve flashbacks, sensation issues, autoimmune issues, triggers, PTSD, trauma issues, and addiction issues without reliving your story over and over. Triggers will be our roadmap to healing, helping the nervous system reset to a state of safety.
When was the last time you felt your body was able to rest feeling 100% safe? When's the last time you felt flexible, curious and open for connection? If it's been longer than a week, we can help. We help you reset your nervous system, which is stuck in fight, flight, or freeze, to a state of flexibility, curiosity, and safety without years of therapy. We help traumatized clients resolve flashbacks, sensation issues, autoimmune issues, triggers, PTSD, trauma issues, and addiction issues without reliving your story over and over. Triggers will be our roadmap to healing, helping the nervous system reset to a state of safety.
(817) 623-4486 View (817) 623-4486
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Kelly Opgenorth
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Willow Park, TX 76087
In life we can experience many ups and downs that present challenges and hardships. Our stories are constantly being influenced by many different factors. I believe that healing and growth can come from healthy and safe relationships. In counseling I seek to provide a space where you can process your pasts, learn to live in the present, and moving closer to the future you desire. As a counselor I seek to walk alongside my client in their journey towards acceptance, understanding, and change in a safe and encouraging environment.
In life we can experience many ups and downs that present challenges and hardships. Our stories are constantly being influenced by many different factors. I believe that healing and growth can come from healthy and safe relationships. In counseling I seek to provide a space where you can process your pasts, learn to live in the present, and moving closer to the future you desire. As a counselor I seek to walk alongside my client in their journey towards acceptance, understanding, and change in a safe and encouraging environment.
(682) 297-3781 View (682) 297-3781
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Orlando Gabriel Lizardi
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
Willow Park, TX 76087  (Online Only)
Therapy is a space that can help individuals navigate their stressors and difficult experiences. My goal as a therapist is to collaborate with clients to help them address their difficult experiences and create an action plan to address their particular obstacles. I provide a collaborative space that is open-minded and non-judgmental for clients to share their stories and experiences with me. I strive to create a therapy space that is collaborative where clients feel heard and respected.
Therapy is a space that can help individuals navigate their stressors and difficult experiences. My goal as a therapist is to collaborate with clients to help them address their difficult experiences and create an action plan to address their particular obstacles. I provide a collaborative space that is open-minded and non-judgmental for clients to share their stories and experiences with me. I strive to create a therapy space that is collaborative where clients feel heard and respected.
(817) 631-4912 View (817) 631-4912
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Audra Mathis, MA, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Weatherford, TX 76087  (Online Only)
When you're ready to make some changes in your life, I'm here to help. Maybe you're interested in finding ways to be a better "you", maybe find a more meaningful relationship with someone special or you'd like to get your family behaving, well, more like a family. I'll help you learn about the barriers that have been holding you back. Working together, we'll find new ways to help you move forward.
When you're ready to make some changes in your life, I'm here to help. Maybe you're interested in finding ways to be a better "you", maybe find a more meaningful relationship with someone special or you'd like to get your family behaving, well, more like a family. I'll help you learn about the barriers that have been holding you back. Working together, we'll find new ways to help you move forward.
(682) 305-3523 View (682) 305-3523
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Kristina R Quinn
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MEd, LPC - A
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Willow Park, TX 76087
Have you been in a state of unrest for a while? Do you notice that you are less connected and less grounded lately? Are you living in a state of flight, fight, freeze? I can help you build more capacity for compassion, curiosity, and safety, essentially getting unstuck. Triggers will be the roadmap to unsticking what is stuck and healing to a place a safety. I help clients who may have experienced trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, triggers, sensation issues, and attachment issues.
Have you been in a state of unrest for a while? Do you notice that you are less connected and less grounded lately? Are you living in a state of flight, fight, freeze? I can help you build more capacity for compassion, curiosity, and safety, essentially getting unstuck. Triggers will be the roadmap to unsticking what is stuck and healing to a place a safety. I help clients who may have experienced trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, triggers, sensation issues, and attachment issues.
(469) 564-5390 View (469) 564-5390
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Darla Johnson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Willow Park, TX 76087
Sometimes all the pieces just do not seem to fit. Asking for help can be difficult, even overwhelming. But, reaching out is the most courageous first step, a step that can literally change the trajectory of your life. I offer a safe, non-judgmental place for you to be heard, to explore all the pieces, and to sort through your thoughts and feelings. I recognize you as the expert on your own life and consider it an honor to walk with you through your story.
Sometimes all the pieces just do not seem to fit. Asking for help can be difficult, even overwhelming. But, reaching out is the most courageous first step, a step that can literally change the trajectory of your life. I offer a safe, non-judgmental place for you to be heard, to explore all the pieces, and to sort through your thoughts and feelings. I recognize you as the expert on your own life and consider it an honor to walk with you through your story.
(817) 934-5478 View (817) 934-5478
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Trish Watson
LPC-Associate, MA, MBA, EMDR tr
Verified Verified
Willow Park, TX 76087
Are you experiencing difficulty in feeling a sense of connection with yourself and others? Are you constantly putting your needs at the bottom of your to-do list? Do you find yourself questioning if life should be more fulfilling and happier? Many individuals are experiencing feelings of anxiety, being overwhelmed, and uncertainty in managing their relationships, careers, and overall lives. Neglecting your own needs and failing to allocate time for self-care can result in long-term consequences for your mental and physical well-being. We firmly believe that living a better life shouldn't be such a challenging endeavor.
Are you experiencing difficulty in feeling a sense of connection with yourself and others? Are you constantly putting your needs at the bottom of your to-do list? Do you find yourself questioning if life should be more fulfilling and happier? Many individuals are experiencing feelings of anxiety, being overwhelmed, and uncertainty in managing their relationships, careers, and overall lives. Neglecting your own needs and failing to allocate time for self-care can result in long-term consequences for your mental and physical well-being. We firmly believe that living a better life shouldn't be such a challenging endeavor.
(682) 204-9836 View (682) 204-9836
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Mary Kathryn Nader
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, PMH-C, EMDR-tr
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Willow Park, TX 76087
Specializing in Women’s Mental Health (Postpartum Depression, Anxiety, Grief, Infertility, Mom Guilt, Perfectionism, Post Divorce, Perinatal Mental Health, Compassion Fatigue, Imposter Syndrome.) Taking care of ourselves as women can be hard. We take care of others, but we neglect to take time for ourselves. The problem with this is that if we don’t take time to care for ourselves, we lose our ability to care for anyone else. We suffer, and then those around us suffer as well. How is what you are dealing with affecting you, your children, your relationships, your work? How will it continue to affect you if you don’t seek help?
Specializing in Women’s Mental Health (Postpartum Depression, Anxiety, Grief, Infertility, Mom Guilt, Perfectionism, Post Divorce, Perinatal Mental Health, Compassion Fatigue, Imposter Syndrome.) Taking care of ourselves as women can be hard. We take care of others, but we neglect to take time for ourselves. The problem with this is that if we don’t take time to care for ourselves, we lose our ability to care for anyone else. We suffer, and then those around us suffer as well. How is what you are dealing with affecting you, your children, your relationships, your work? How will it continue to affect you if you don’t seek help?
(817) 668-3653 View (817) 668-3653
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Tonya Tai Pulis
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MS, LPC-A, EMDR-tr
Verified Verified
Willow Park, TX 76087
Frustrated? Unseen? Not heard? My goal is to walk alongside you in a safe space of support that everyone can be welcome, seen, heard and valued during your times of hurt and frustration. You deserve to heal. I work to make to help sort out complicated emotions and ultimately chart a course of action that helps bring the therapy relationship to a close. Come as you are & I meet you there. Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Weatherford Texas, but you can also call me a Life-Untangler, Listener, and a Thought Mediator. Tonya Tai Pulis, LPC Associate, Supervised by Camille Guillaume MEd, EdS, LPC-S
Frustrated? Unseen? Not heard? My goal is to walk alongside you in a safe space of support that everyone can be welcome, seen, heard and valued during your times of hurt and frustration. You deserve to heal. I work to make to help sort out complicated emotions and ultimately chart a course of action that helps bring the therapy relationship to a close. Come as you are & I meet you there. Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Weatherford Texas, but you can also call me a Life-Untangler, Listener, and a Thought Mediator. Tonya Tai Pulis, LPC Associate, Supervised by Camille Guillaume MEd, EdS, LPC-S
(682) 207-2522 View (682) 207-2522
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Natasha Faucher
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, LPC-A
Verified Verified
Willow Park, TX 76087
Your teenager is yelling at you and you find yourself yelling back at them - again. When she isn’t angry at you, she is sulking or hiding in her bedroom, ears and mind tuned out with music and video games. You wish you felt closer to your teen and less frustrated with her. Is she carrying a heavy burden you don’t know about or just being a teenager with attitude? You just don't know how to help her.
Your teenager is yelling at you and you find yourself yelling back at them - again. When she isn’t angry at you, she is sulking or hiding in her bedroom, ears and mind tuned out with music and video games. You wish you felt closer to your teen and less frustrated with her. Is she carrying a heavy burden you don’t know about or just being a teenager with attitude? You just don't know how to help her.
(817) 760-2430 View (817) 760-2430
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Empowered Living Marriage and Family Therapy, PLLC
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Willow Park, TX 76087
Hello! I specialize in therapy for individuals, couples, and families of various backgrounds inclusive of religion, identity, and history. I use a collaborative approach to tailor the therapeutic experience for your needs and goals. Recognizing that we are all connected to the people and systems in which we live I can help you reach your goals through a systemic approach. In therapy, all areas of your health (emotional, mental, physical and spiritual) will be addressed, allowing you to live an empowered life!
Hello! I specialize in therapy for individuals, couples, and families of various backgrounds inclusive of religion, identity, and history. I use a collaborative approach to tailor the therapeutic experience for your needs and goals. Recognizing that we are all connected to the people and systems in which we live I can help you reach your goals through a systemic approach. In therapy, all areas of your health (emotional, mental, physical and spiritual) will be addressed, allowing you to live an empowered life!
(817) 904-5139 View (817) 904-5139
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Linly Crawford
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Willow Park, TX 76087
I am eclectic in my counseling style, but favor CBT and psycoeducation. I work with all ages. I believe healing can occur when false beliefs are exchanged for truth. I offer a source of support during those difficult times in life. I am a compassionate and caring therapist. If you are struggling through a situation, why go through it alone?
I am eclectic in my counseling style, but favor CBT and psycoeducation. I work with all ages. I believe healing can occur when false beliefs are exchanged for truth. I offer a source of support during those difficult times in life. I am a compassionate and caring therapist. If you are struggling through a situation, why go through it alone?
(817) 646-2802 View (817) 646-2802
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Teresa Bartnicki
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Willow Park, TX 76087
Challenges, conflict and change are inevitable. Many of our thoughts, choices, behaviors and patterns develop as an adaptive response to our personal experiences and adversities. However, sometimes these same thoughts, behaviors and patterns stop working for us and become maladaptive. We feel "stuck." They become a great source of distress for us and for those around us. My goal is to provide a safe, warm, supportive environment for individuals to explore and gain insight into their thoughts, behaviors and patterns, reassess their usefulness and explore and establish healthier, more effective alternatives.
Challenges, conflict and change are inevitable. Many of our thoughts, choices, behaviors and patterns develop as an adaptive response to our personal experiences and adversities. However, sometimes these same thoughts, behaviors and patterns stop working for us and become maladaptive. We feel "stuck." They become a great source of distress for us and for those around us. My goal is to provide a safe, warm, supportive environment for individuals to explore and gain insight into their thoughts, behaviors and patterns, reassess their usefulness and explore and establish healthier, more effective alternatives.
(817) 631-4290 View (817) 631-4290
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Cameron Wade Long
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, EMDR-t, CSAT-C
Verified Verified
Weatherford, TX 76087
Life heaps burdens on us, and many of them we are not meant to bear alone. It is my passion to help those going through pains they don't understand find healing. I currently work with clients of all backgrounds and enjoys working with those dealing with sexual addiction, pornography addiction, infidelity, depression, anxiety, trauma, relationships, grief, and abuse. I work with adult clients of all genders and backgrounds. My passion is helping individuals walk through the weight and shame of sex and porn addictions. I also have a heart for those who are suffering from trauma, especially betrayal trauma due to infidelity.
Life heaps burdens on us, and many of them we are not meant to bear alone. It is my passion to help those going through pains they don't understand find healing. I currently work with clients of all backgrounds and enjoys working with those dealing with sexual addiction, pornography addiction, infidelity, depression, anxiety, trauma, relationships, grief, and abuse. I work with adult clients of all genders and backgrounds. My passion is helping individuals walk through the weight and shame of sex and porn addictions. I also have a heart for those who are suffering from trauma, especially betrayal trauma due to infidelity.
(817) 969-3054 View (817) 969-3054
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Mike McGee
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Willow Park, TX 76087
It is my belief that we all have the capacity to experience freedom from whatever keeps us in bondage, be it anxiety, depression, guilt, grief, shame, addiction, or the lasting impact of traumatic life experiences. Whether it is a roadblock or simply a speed bump, my goal is to be able to come along side you, sit in the muck with you, and help you explore ways to overcome whatever you are struggling with.
It is my belief that we all have the capacity to experience freedom from whatever keeps us in bondage, be it anxiety, depression, guilt, grief, shame, addiction, or the lasting impact of traumatic life experiences. Whether it is a roadblock or simply a speed bump, my goal is to be able to come along side you, sit in the muck with you, and help you explore ways to overcome whatever you are struggling with.
(817) 783-4981 View (817) 783-4981
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Angela Nicholson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Willow Park, TX 76087
We all experience challenges in life that may come in the form of anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, life transitions, and endless others. At times, these challenges may begin to feel too difficult to navigate on our own. Sometimes we need someone just to listen. Sometimes we need encouragement and support. Sometimes we need new tools or help with different ways of thinking. Sometimes we even need to be challenged. All these things can happen in the safe space of our counseling relationship.
We all experience challenges in life that may come in the form of anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, life transitions, and endless others. At times, these challenges may begin to feel too difficult to navigate on our own. Sometimes we need someone just to listen. Sometimes we need encouragement and support. Sometimes we need new tools or help with different ways of thinking. Sometimes we even need to be challenged. All these things can happen in the safe space of our counseling relationship.
(817) 799-8887 View (817) 799-8887
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Dr. Kimberly Dunkin
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, SEP, BASE-P
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Willow Park, TX 76087
I help you reset your nervous system that is stuck in fight, flight, freeze, or appease without years of therapy. I give you concrete tools in the very first session. I help clients resolve somatic issues, flashbacks, sensation issues, PTSD, developmental trauma, attachment issues, phobias, medical trauma, autoimmune issues, and trauma without having to relive the story. My Neurophysiological Trauma Treatment protocol gives us the roadmap to healing and answers the question, “What makes this make sense?”
I help you reset your nervous system that is stuck in fight, flight, freeze, or appease without years of therapy. I give you concrete tools in the very first session. I help clients resolve somatic issues, flashbacks, sensation issues, PTSD, developmental trauma, attachment issues, phobias, medical trauma, autoimmune issues, and trauma without having to relive the story. My Neurophysiological Trauma Treatment protocol gives us the roadmap to healing and answers the question, “What makes this make sense?”
(817) 385-9129 View (817) 385-9129

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 76087

50+

Average cost per session

$140

Therapists in 76087 who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
85% Depression
74% Relationship Issues
72% Self Esteem
66% Grief
66% Coping Skills
66% Stress

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Aetna
75% BlueCross and BlueShield
75% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in 76087 see their clients

93% In Person and Online
7% Online Only

Gender breakdown

92% Female
8% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 76087?

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.