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Paula Garcia
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCDC-I
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77008  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
It can seem difficult at times to seek help but it can also be the bravest move you make. Our stories are never finished and we can keep writing new chapters and going in new directions with a little bit of guidance. Whether we are stuck because of current stressors or struggling due to life-long obstacles, it is never a bad time to ask for help and work through them. My goals are to inspire clients to write a more meaningful story according to their values and beliefs.
It can seem difficult at times to seek help but it can also be the bravest move you make. Our stories are never finished and we can keep writing new chapters and going in new directions with a little bit of guidance. Whether we are stuck because of current stressors or struggling due to life-long obstacles, it is never a bad time to ask for help and work through them. My goals are to inspire clients to write a more meaningful story according to their values and beliefs.
(346) 361-1744 View (346) 361-1744
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Jorge Alberto Rodriguez
LPC-Associate, LPC-A
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77008  (Online Only)
If you are reading this you have made the decision to explore the option that you are ready for change. My name is Jorge A. Rodriguez and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. Currently I am a therapist working in tandem with psychiatrist to assist patients in their recovery. One of the aspects that many therapists seem to miss is medication management for clients. My goal working with clients is to bridge their psychiatrist's care with my psychotherapy care. Having both medication and therapy has been shown to have the greatest outcome for clients as opposed to only having one approach.
If you are reading this you have made the decision to explore the option that you are ready for change. My name is Jorge A. Rodriguez and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. Currently I am a therapist working in tandem with psychiatrist to assist patients in their recovery. One of the aspects that many therapists seem to miss is medication management for clients. My goal working with clients is to bridge their psychiatrist's care with my psychotherapy care. Having both medication and therapy has been shown to have the greatest outcome for clients as opposed to only having one approach.
(832) 400-4791 View (832) 400-4791
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McCayla Berry
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77008
Maybe you feel overwhelmed with juggling it all: work, relationships, your children/their needs, etc. Maybe it feels difficult to feel present or connected to yourself/others. Whether therapy is for you, your teen, or your child, trying to figure out how to feel "unstuck" or how to cope can be difficult. Sometimes life throws experiences that can leave a person feeling confused, hopeless, or discouraged. My approach in counseling is trauma-informed as I recognize that every person has had struggles that have made them question themselves or their direction in life.
Maybe you feel overwhelmed with juggling it all: work, relationships, your children/their needs, etc. Maybe it feels difficult to feel present or connected to yourself/others. Whether therapy is for you, your teen, or your child, trying to figure out how to feel "unstuck" or how to cope can be difficult. Sometimes life throws experiences that can leave a person feeling confused, hopeless, or discouraged. My approach in counseling is trauma-informed as I recognize that every person has had struggles that have made them question themselves or their direction in life.
(832) 219-7186 View (832) 219-7186
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Gabriella Mahan
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CEDS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77008
Do you ever feel like no matter how hard you try, you are unable to see yourself as more than a body? That diet culture is so deeply ingrained in our society that it feels impossible to escape? You are not alone. We live in a world that has convinced us that pursuing an unrealistic thin ideal is the key to happiness. That if we "work hard enough," that void we constantly feel, will eventually go away. That's why my goal is to help you reach a place of acceptance so that you can experience a more fulfilling life, free from diet culture and the toxicity that ensues.
Do you ever feel like no matter how hard you try, you are unable to see yourself as more than a body? That diet culture is so deeply ingrained in our society that it feels impossible to escape? You are not alone. We live in a world that has convinced us that pursuing an unrealistic thin ideal is the key to happiness. That if we "work hard enough," that void we constantly feel, will eventually go away. That's why my goal is to help you reach a place of acceptance so that you can experience a more fulfilling life, free from diet culture and the toxicity that ensues.
(832) 345-3407 View (832) 345-3407
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Kellie Klinck
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77008
Waitlist for new clients
I have a heart for busy, overworked professionals quietly battling anxiety, depression, PTSD, and/or relationship challenges. I am a great fit for those mid-lifers out there, suddenly in the throes of identity confusion, caretaking aging parents, grief and change, and other existential concerns. I can help anyone needing to slow down and be mindful (not judgmental) of barriers to life satisfaction.
I have a heart for busy, overworked professionals quietly battling anxiety, depression, PTSD, and/or relationship challenges. I am a great fit for those mid-lifers out there, suddenly in the throes of identity confusion, caretaking aging parents, grief and change, and other existential concerns. I can help anyone needing to slow down and be mindful (not judgmental) of barriers to life satisfaction.
(832) 384-8831 View (832) 384-8831
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Ivy Souter
Licensed Master Social Worker, MSW, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77008
Hello! I'm Ivy, I’m so glad you’re here seeking counseling and what a huge step! For me, being an eating disorder therapist and a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) has become my passion and purpose. I’ve walked alongside individuals struggling with eating disorders and body image issues for years and have also walked my own journey through the challenges recovery. I understand that sometimes eating disorder and body image recovery is messy, terrifying but it is also freeing and completely worth every hard day. As your therapist, I am here to empower you through this journey and guide you through the ups and downs of recovery.
Hello! I'm Ivy, I’m so glad you’re here seeking counseling and what a huge step! For me, being an eating disorder therapist and a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) has become my passion and purpose. I’ve walked alongside individuals struggling with eating disorders and body image issues for years and have also walked my own journey through the challenges recovery. I understand that sometimes eating disorder and body image recovery is messy, terrifying but it is also freeing and completely worth every hard day. As your therapist, I am here to empower you through this journey and guide you through the ups and downs of recovery.
(346) 553-9974 x701 View (346) 553-9974 x701
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Lauren Richardson
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, LMFT-A
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77008
You often care deeply for others but have difficulty giving compassion and space for yourself. You struggle to be vulnerable with your emotions and balance addressing the familial, societal, and cultural expectations that are placed upon you. Often it is easy to feel like no one could possibly understand your experience. However, relationships with friends, family, and partners have the power to connect us to something greater than ourselves. Unfortunately, relationships aren’t always easy to navigate, maintain, and understand.
You often care deeply for others but have difficulty giving compassion and space for yourself. You struggle to be vulnerable with your emotions and balance addressing the familial, societal, and cultural expectations that are placed upon you. Often it is easy to feel like no one could possibly understand your experience. However, relationships with friends, family, and partners have the power to connect us to something greater than ourselves. Unfortunately, relationships aren’t always easy to navigate, maintain, and understand.
(832) 558-8732 View (832) 558-8732
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Cassie Segerson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77008  (Online Only)
Sometimes our lives get the better of us and before we know it, we find ourselves longing to be heard, understood, and valued. The things you are going through matter. You matter. One of my favorite parts about being a counselor is that through providing a safe place for you to process your life, you can foster honesty and openness with yourself in new ways. I hope to be a relationship for you that allows you to feel accepted and cared for as you are, while encouraging you to gain the confidence to be the person you want to become.
Sometimes our lives get the better of us and before we know it, we find ourselves longing to be heard, understood, and valued. The things you are going through matter. You matter. One of my favorite parts about being a counselor is that through providing a safe place for you to process your life, you can foster honesty and openness with yourself in new ways. I hope to be a relationship for you that allows you to feel accepted and cared for as you are, while encouraging you to gain the confidence to be the person you want to become.
(512) 675-1828 View (512) 675-1828
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Elizabeth Wilmot
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77008
To be known and loved is something we all desire, but it can also be scary to be vulnerable enough to allow others to fully know and love you. In my role as your therapist, I would love to step into that space with you to allow you to understand who you are by unpacking your identity and purpose. My desire is to walk with you and guide you in your journey toward healing where you can begin to allow space and let others in so you can be seen, known, and loved as you are.
To be known and loved is something we all desire, but it can also be scary to be vulnerable enough to allow others to fully know and love you. In my role as your therapist, I would love to step into that space with you to allow you to understand who you are by unpacking your identity and purpose. My desire is to walk with you and guide you in your journey toward healing where you can begin to allow space and let others in so you can be seen, known, and loved as you are.
(346) 570-0164 View (346) 570-0164
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Julie Dugle
LPC Associate, MA, LPC-A
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77008
Many of us fear the idea of sharing our struggles or pain with others for fear of judgment or rejection. My goal for myself is to create an honest, open space for my clients. I will strive to help gain perspective, actively listen, nurse heart wounds, introduce new coping skills, challenge false beliefs/thought processes, and help my clients reach their goals. I desire that my clients be equipped with tools and the confidence to face the ups and downs in life. In the end, to work myself out of a job is a success and my goal.
Many of us fear the idea of sharing our struggles or pain with others for fear of judgment or rejection. My goal for myself is to create an honest, open space for my clients. I will strive to help gain perspective, actively listen, nurse heart wounds, introduce new coping skills, challenge false beliefs/thought processes, and help my clients reach their goals. I desire that my clients be equipped with tools and the confidence to face the ups and downs in life. In the end, to work myself out of a job is a success and my goal.
(346) 482-0594 View (346) 482-0594
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Bianca M. Joseph
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77008
Are you a teen trying to navigate through life or a young adult hoping to get a better handle on adulting? Do you feel like there’s a better version of yourself waiting to reveal itself or that there must be a better way of life beyond your symptoms? If your answer to either question is “yes,” then I am the therapist for you! My goal is to help you discover your best you and live your best life at home, school/work, amongst peers, or any place else where you frequent.
Are you a teen trying to navigate through life or a young adult hoping to get a better handle on adulting? Do you feel like there’s a better version of yourself waiting to reveal itself or that there must be a better way of life beyond your symptoms? If your answer to either question is “yes,” then I am the therapist for you! My goal is to help you discover your best you and live your best life at home, school/work, amongst peers, or any place else where you frequent.
(832) 303-3249 View (832) 303-3249
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Charisse Ferrer
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77008  (Online Only)
Meaningful connection is essential for every human being to belong and to feel safe. When you start to lose this connection, you may start to feel the pull of your anxiety carrying you away in its wave of damaging and critical thoughts. You start to feel overcome with too many conflicting emotions that it becomes harder to make any decisions. You may even feel disconnected with your loved ones, where you can no longer communicate, and you start to believe that you are no longer compatible, while still hoping and longing to be close to one another. It is an exhausting push-pull cycle.
Meaningful connection is essential for every human being to belong and to feel safe. When you start to lose this connection, you may start to feel the pull of your anxiety carrying you away in its wave of damaging and critical thoughts. You start to feel overcome with too many conflicting emotions that it becomes harder to make any decisions. You may even feel disconnected with your loved ones, where you can no longer communicate, and you start to believe that you are no longer compatible, while still hoping and longing to be close to one another. It is an exhausting push-pull cycle.
(832) 769-4917 View (832) 769-4917
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Andetria Hampton
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, RPT
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77008
Author Helen Keller once stated, "Only through experience of trials and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired and success achieved." I am passionate about helping individuals improve the way that they feel and take back total control of their lives. I'm able to offer you a safe space (online or in-person) to help you work through the difficult feelings and develop the necessary skills to improve your life. In all, I have a HUGE heart for people and value building connections that will ultimately lead to emotional growth.
Author Helen Keller once stated, "Only through experience of trials and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired and success achieved." I am passionate about helping individuals improve the way that they feel and take back total control of their lives. I'm able to offer you a safe space (online or in-person) to help you work through the difficult feelings and develop the necessary skills to improve your life. In all, I have a HUGE heart for people and value building connections that will ultimately lead to emotional growth.
(346) 226-2707 View (346) 226-2707
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Jonathan Kolmetz
Licensed Professional Counselor - Associate, MBA, MS, CFP®
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77008
Do you have relationship issues around money, sex, or communication? Let me help you gain insight into why you may be feeling stuck or challenged in these relationships. I am passionate about helping individuals and couples, who may not communicate well, work through differing values and beliefs to achieve healthier, stronger connections. Our goal is to build a more balanced self /couple able to respond to both the ordinary - and sometimes extraordinary - stressors related to relationships. Whether your stress stems from infidelity or the normal cycle of life, it’s time to get emotionally reconnected.
Do you have relationship issues around money, sex, or communication? Let me help you gain insight into why you may be feeling stuck or challenged in these relationships. I am passionate about helping individuals and couples, who may not communicate well, work through differing values and beliefs to achieve healthier, stronger connections. Our goal is to build a more balanced self /couple able to respond to both the ordinary - and sometimes extraordinary - stressors related to relationships. Whether your stress stems from infidelity or the normal cycle of life, it’s time to get emotionally reconnected.
(346) 423-3965 View (346) 423-3965
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Laura Collazos Spiller
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77008
Not accepting new clients
Strong, secure relationships are necessary for all of us to thrive. That's why it can be so distressing when we experience disconnection from the most important people in our lives. You can identify the stuck patterns and find new ways to relate so that you and your loved ones feel heard, understood, and safely connected. You and your loved one can develop a strong foundation from which you can take on any challenge. I specialize in using innovative couples therapy approaches that provide proven tools to help couples and families stop hurting each other and become a team again.
Strong, secure relationships are necessary for all of us to thrive. That's why it can be so distressing when we experience disconnection from the most important people in our lives. You can identify the stuck patterns and find new ways to relate so that you and your loved ones feel heard, understood, and safely connected. You and your loved one can develop a strong foundation from which you can take on any challenge. I specialize in using innovative couples therapy approaches that provide proven tools to help couples and families stop hurting each other and become a team again.
(713) 766-4649 View (713) 766-4649
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Natasha Jones
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77008  (Online Only)
Dr. NaTasha C. Jones is an esteemed Marriage & Family Therapist with over a decade of exceptional experience in clinical practice. A Certified Attachment Therapist, she is a transformative force in the field, dedicated to fostering strong bonds and nurturing healthy relationships. With a steadfast commitment to excellence, NaTasha has spent ten impactful years in private practice, guiding individuals and families towards emotional well-being and lasting connection.A dynamic public speaker, Dr. Jones's expertise extends beyond the therapy room, captivating audiences with her insightful presentations on attachment, emotional wellnes.
Dr. NaTasha C. Jones is an esteemed Marriage & Family Therapist with over a decade of exceptional experience in clinical practice. A Certified Attachment Therapist, she is a transformative force in the field, dedicated to fostering strong bonds and nurturing healthy relationships. With a steadfast commitment to excellence, NaTasha has spent ten impactful years in private practice, guiding individuals and families towards emotional well-being and lasting connection.A dynamic public speaker, Dr. Jones's expertise extends beyond the therapy room, captivating audiences with her insightful presentations on attachment, emotional wellnes.
(737) 377-3964 View (737) 377-3964
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Mackenzie Balderaz
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77008
We all struggle at some point. We all feel as though we aren't achieving our goals. We all goes through the motions of day to day life at some point thinking "something has to change". One of the best (and hardest) things someone can do is recognize when they need a little extra support, and it seems as though you've reached that point. And that is okay!! What a wonderful step you are taking to regain control of your life, relationship, or overall well-being. You have the answers to your problems, we just have to dig and work a little to get you that point of realization.
We all struggle at some point. We all feel as though we aren't achieving our goals. We all goes through the motions of day to day life at some point thinking "something has to change". One of the best (and hardest) things someone can do is recognize when they need a little extra support, and it seems as though you've reached that point. And that is okay!! What a wonderful step you are taking to regain control of your life, relationship, or overall well-being. You have the answers to your problems, we just have to dig and work a little to get you that point of realization.
(281) 957-8219 View (281) 957-8219
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Elizabeth McIngvale
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77008  (Online Only)
I specialize in the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and anxiety disorders, working with patients who range in symptom severity and are looking for effective treatment to learn how to manage their OCD, anxiety and related symptoms.
I specialize in the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and anxiety disorders, working with patients who range in symptom severity and are looking for effective treatment to learn how to manage their OCD, anxiety and related symptoms.
(281) 800-3019 View (281) 800-3019
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Avant Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77008  (Online Only)
Hello from Avant Counseling, a therapy practice dedicated to helping individuals journey toward self-discovery, healing, and growth. It’s a practice that offers a safe space to delve into your thoughts, feelings, and experiences with the support of a seasoned therapist. Avant Counseling was created for people seeking virtual support from stress, anxiety, depression, life transitions and more.
Hello from Avant Counseling, a therapy practice dedicated to helping individuals journey toward self-discovery, healing, and growth. It’s a practice that offers a safe space to delve into your thoughts, feelings, and experiences with the support of a seasoned therapist. Avant Counseling was created for people seeking virtual support from stress, anxiety, depression, life transitions and more.
(832) 864-5633 View (832) 864-5633
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Jennifer Brown
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77008
Waitlist for new clients
Navigating the world around us, and in our current times, is tricky for a lot of us! I specialize in working with children and adolescents, as well as assisting the adults who love them in their parenting role. Every family system has strengths and struggles, and parents bring their own experiences (having once been children themselves!) which inform their parenting skills and feelings about parenting, now. Additionally, I also see adults for individual work, outside of the parenting role, and have assisted many adults in thinking through decisions on how to live their best lives.
Navigating the world around us, and in our current times, is tricky for a lot of us! I specialize in working with children and adolescents, as well as assisting the adults who love them in their parenting role. Every family system has strengths and struggles, and parents bring their own experiences (having once been children themselves!) which inform their parenting skills and feelings about parenting, now. Additionally, I also see adults for individual work, outside of the parenting role, and have assisted many adults in thinking through decisions on how to live their best lives.
(832) 981-7184 View (832) 981-7184
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Number of Therapists in 77008

300+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in 77008 who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
91% Depression
78% Relationship Issues
74% Self Esteem
73% Stress
69% Life Transitions
65% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

87% Aetna
78% Cigna and Evernorth
78% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in 77008 see their clients

64% In Person and Online
36% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
15% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 77008?

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.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

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.