Therapists in 77018

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Houston Relationship Institute, Couples Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT-S
Verified
4 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77018
At HRI, all we do is couples. We have couples counselors starting at $75 and will match you with the best fit for your situation. We are trained in the science of couple dynamics and when it comes to your relationship, you want a specialist. We work with couples recovering from infidelity, disconnection, resentment, ambivalence about divorce, sex and intimacy and fighting over the same thing with zero resolution. Resolving conflict without it escalating is a learned skill. We offer a proven three phase approach designed to melt resentment, gain closure on past hurts and find agreement (or compromise) on chronic issues.
At HRI, all we do is couples. We have couples counselors starting at $75 and will match you with the best fit for your situation. We are trained in the science of couple dynamics and when it comes to your relationship, you want a specialist. We work with couples recovering from infidelity, disconnection, resentment, ambivalence about divorce, sex and intimacy and fighting over the same thing with zero resolution. Resolving conflict without it escalating is a learned skill. We offer a proven three phase approach designed to melt resentment, gain closure on past hurts and find agreement (or compromise) on chronic issues.
(281) 957-2874 View (281) 957-2874
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Jeannette Kolarik
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S
Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77018
I believe that psychotherapy is helpful to most everyone some time during their lives. There are seasons of life that we all go through which are difficult and challenging. A therapist is someone you can be honest without the worry of how what you say, think or feel will make them feel. A therapist is someone who will not judge you but rather be a part of your team to help you move closer to becoming your authentic and optimal self. I believe therapy is most productive and effective when the client and therapist are clear in what your goals are and are able to work collaboratively to help you reach those goals.
I believe that psychotherapy is helpful to most everyone some time during their lives. There are seasons of life that we all go through which are difficult and challenging. A therapist is someone you can be honest without the worry of how what you say, think or feel will make them feel. A therapist is someone who will not judge you but rather be a part of your team to help you move closer to becoming your authentic and optimal self. I believe therapy is most productive and effective when the client and therapist are clear in what your goals are and are able to work collaboratively to help you reach those goals.
(713) 636-5164 View (713) 636-5164
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Monica Starovic
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77018
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. I am also a Professional School Counselor with 26 years of experience working with children of all ages. In my practice I work with individuals of all ages and I have always made it my goal to create a safe and supportive environment to help individuals through hard times. Congratulations on starting your journey to better mental health and wellness! It is not easy to ask for help. I applaud you. I hope to hear from you soon!
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. I am also a Professional School Counselor with 26 years of experience working with children of all ages. In my practice I work with individuals of all ages and I have always made it my goal to create a safe and supportive environment to help individuals through hard times. Congratulations on starting your journey to better mental health and wellness! It is not easy to ask for help. I applaud you. I hope to hear from you soon!
(281) 506-0813 View (281) 506-0813
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Tolu Mejolagbe
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MA, LPC-A
Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77018
Accepting new clients! Tolu primarily works with individuals who experience anxiety, depression, stress, relationship issues and difficulties with communication. As well, Tolu has an interest in, supporting birthing people with pregnancy pre/postpartum disorders, and supporting BIPOC communities, and children of immigrants. With Tolu you will collaboratively work together to overcome obstacles that may impede you from living life to the fullest. Together you and Tolu work toward creating tools specific for you to thrive and away from the exhaustion of just trying to survive.
Accepting new clients! Tolu primarily works with individuals who experience anxiety, depression, stress, relationship issues and difficulties with communication. As well, Tolu has an interest in, supporting birthing people with pregnancy pre/postpartum disorders, and supporting BIPOC communities, and children of immigrants. With Tolu you will collaboratively work together to overcome obstacles that may impede you from living life to the fullest. Together you and Tolu work toward creating tools specific for you to thrive and away from the exhaustion of just trying to survive.
(832) 780-2378 View (832) 780-2378
Bonnie Byrne
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW206
Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77018
I am a Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist, and I have been in private practice since 2009. I focus on resiliency and recovery. I enjoy being with clients whether they be adults, children, or families as they travel to a place of self discovery and change. I use a variety of therapeutic interventions. I like to say I meet clients where they are, and develop an understanding of their hopes and dreams. I consider myself a compassionate witness to clients as they discover peace.
I am a Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist, and I have been in private practice since 2009. I focus on resiliency and recovery. I enjoy being with clients whether they be adults, children, or families as they travel to a place of self discovery and change. I use a variety of therapeutic interventions. I like to say I meet clients where they are, and develop an understanding of their hopes and dreams. I consider myself a compassionate witness to clients as they discover peace.
(832) 956-1808 View (832) 956-1808
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Patience Simms
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LMFT-A, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77018
My goal is to create an environment for my clients where change and healing can happen. Many of my clients come to me because nothing else has worked and they're ready to give up. Whether I am working with a a couple trying to stay married or considering divorce or an adolescent struggling with self harm, I believe clients can surpass coping, heal from trauma and thrive. And, I believe that challenging marriages can grow into healthy connected relationships.
My goal is to create an environment for my clients where change and healing can happen. Many of my clients come to me because nothing else has worked and they're ready to give up. Whether I am working with a a couple trying to stay married or considering divorce or an adolescent struggling with self harm, I believe clients can surpass coping, heal from trauma and thrive. And, I believe that challenging marriages can grow into healthy connected relationships.
(713) 903-2764 View (713) 903-2764
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Erika Simon
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
7 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77018
I have a passion for working with clients of diverse ethnicity, age, and gender, my clients include children, individuals, couples and families. My therapeutic approach is collaborative, family therapy-based, culturally sensitive, and client-centered. I base my approach on the belief that the client is the expert on his or her life circumstances and that my job as a therapist, is not to dictate treatment, but to shape the process using the values, desires and needs of my clients.
I have a passion for working with clients of diverse ethnicity, age, and gender, my clients include children, individuals, couples and families. My therapeutic approach is collaborative, family therapy-based, culturally sensitive, and client-centered. I base my approach on the belief that the client is the expert on his or her life circumstances and that my job as a therapist, is not to dictate treatment, but to shape the process using the values, desires and needs of my clients.
(713) 678-0350 View (713) 678-0350
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Ron Saenz
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Houston, TX 77018
Who am I? What is my purpose? What does the science say? Where is the evidence? These are some of my favorite questions I hear as a counselor. My name is Ron Saenz and I'm an LPC passionate about exploring the mind-body connection through DBT, mindfulness meditation, flow, yoga and martial arts. I use my love for psychology and behavioral science to teach clients about how the brain works, while helping them integrate research-proven wellness practices into their everyday lives. I believe that therapy should be both fun and fulfilling, and have made it my mission to share this passion with every client I meet.
Who am I? What is my purpose? What does the science say? Where is the evidence? These are some of my favorite questions I hear as a counselor. My name is Ron Saenz and I'm an LPC passionate about exploring the mind-body connection through DBT, mindfulness meditation, flow, yoga and martial arts. I use my love for psychology and behavioral science to teach clients about how the brain works, while helping them integrate research-proven wellness practices into their everyday lives. I believe that therapy should be both fun and fulfilling, and have made it my mission to share this passion with every client I meet.
(832) 219-7618 View (832) 219-7618
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Jennifer Weatherly-Obani LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Houston, TX 77018
Ready to make a change,improve your communication skills, create more balance in your life? I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with 5+ years of experience working with: children,adolescents,adults,couples and families.
Ready to make a change,improve your communication skills, create more balance in your life? I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with 5+ years of experience working with: children,adolescents,adults,couples and families.
(713) 597-2213 View (713) 597-2213
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Christina Hidalgo
Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW
Verified
Houston, TX 77018
I would like to support your journey of finding a stronger connection to your true authentic self by exploring your concerns, strengths, limitations, background, beliefs, desires and goals. You are an expert on yourself and with my support we can facilitate a safe trusting space with curiosity and compassion. I provide individual and couples therapy from a trauma informed, anti-oppression, inclusive space. I support clients navigate through sexuality/sexual wellness, relationships, anxiety, depression, life transitions, trauma, and grief issues.
I would like to support your journey of finding a stronger connection to your true authentic self by exploring your concerns, strengths, limitations, background, beliefs, desires and goals. You are an expert on yourself and with my support we can facilitate a safe trusting space with curiosity and compassion. I provide individual and couples therapy from a trauma informed, anti-oppression, inclusive space. I support clients navigate through sexuality/sexual wellness, relationships, anxiety, depression, life transitions, trauma, and grief issues.
(713) 581-3564 View (713) 581-3564
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Faith Northern
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
Houston, TX 77018
The stories we tell ourselves are very important and often they are stories that others have told us or placed on us. I believe that there is power in taking back our story and living the truth that aligns with the core of who we are. I believe that you as the client are the expert of your life and I get to be a part of empowering you with the tools you need to navigate hardships and struggles.
The stories we tell ourselves are very important and often they are stories that others have told us or placed on us. I believe that there is power in taking back our story and living the truth that aligns with the core of who we are. I believe that you as the client are the expert of your life and I get to be a part of empowering you with the tools you need to navigate hardships and struggles.
(832) 841-4056 View (832) 841-4056
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Alexis Campbell, LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Houston, TX 77018
Life, relationships, and trauma can have an impact on the way you perceive yourself and/or the world. If you are interested in reaching goals of self-prioritization, getting the life and relationship you deserve, managing your mental health and healing from past and/or recent life transitions or trauma then start your healing journey today! Every relationship is a teaching relationship, especially the relationship you have with yourself. Your mental health matters. Let's figure out what balance and management means to you.
Life, relationships, and trauma can have an impact on the way you perceive yourself and/or the world. If you are interested in reaching goals of self-prioritization, getting the life and relationship you deserve, managing your mental health and healing from past and/or recent life transitions or trauma then start your healing journey today! Every relationship is a teaching relationship, especially the relationship you have with yourself. Your mental health matters. Let's figure out what balance and management means to you.
(832) 558-3109 View (832) 558-3109
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Erin Rasbeary
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd
Verified
3 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77018  (Online Only)
Deciding to start the journey towards mental wellness can be very daunting, yet here you are embracing the potential unknown and taking the first step for yourself. As you take these steps towards self-discovery, it’s vital to have key elements present, such as, a safe and trusting space that encourages growth, open-mindedness to the process, an understanding that the goal is not perfection but to make progress, and someone who walks with you along that journey with empathy, patience, non-judgement, humility, and respect of who you are, your beliefs and values, and what you want out of life.
Deciding to start the journey towards mental wellness can be very daunting, yet here you are embracing the potential unknown and taking the first step for yourself. As you take these steps towards self-discovery, it’s vital to have key elements present, such as, a safe and trusting space that encourages growth, open-mindedness to the process, an understanding that the goal is not perfection but to make progress, and someone who walks with you along that journey with empathy, patience, non-judgement, humility, and respect of who you are, your beliefs and values, and what you want out of life.
(281) 502-8750 View (281) 502-8750
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Dr. Meghan Roche
Psychologist, PhD, CCTP
Verified
Houston, TX 77018
I specialize in working with adults seeking to heal from relational wounds (divorce, betrayal, abandonment, family of origin trauma, abusive or problematic romantic relationships). My therapeutic philosophy is to increase awareness of your pain points, address them collaboratively, and empower you to move toward healing and resolution through engaged and active treatment. Across my decade experience, I have worked with clients to courageously address what they have been through to get to where they dream of being- a fulfilled, connected, rich, and dynamic life.
I specialize in working with adults seeking to heal from relational wounds (divorce, betrayal, abandonment, family of origin trauma, abusive or problematic romantic relationships). My therapeutic philosophy is to increase awareness of your pain points, address them collaboratively, and empower you to move toward healing and resolution through engaged and active treatment. Across my decade experience, I have worked with clients to courageously address what they have been through to get to where they dream of being- a fulfilled, connected, rich, and dynamic life.
(832) 536-9948 View (832) 536-9948
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Carleen Waller
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC-S
Verified
Houston, TX 77018
Welcome! My name is Carleen Waller and I am an LPC in Texas. I have over 12 years experience working in a variety of different settings. This has allowed me to develop a better understanding of where clients are in different areas of their life. I specialize in helping people with depression, anxiety, self esteem issues, major life changes, and stresses of daily life. In therapy, I create a safe space where you can explore your thoughts and feelings and begin overcoming obstacles. Together, we will identify the root cause of your challenges and create a plan that will allow you to learn and practice healthier ways of coping.
Welcome! My name is Carleen Waller and I am an LPC in Texas. I have over 12 years experience working in a variety of different settings. This has allowed me to develop a better understanding of where clients are in different areas of their life. I specialize in helping people with depression, anxiety, self esteem issues, major life changes, and stresses of daily life. In therapy, I create a safe space where you can explore your thoughts and feelings and begin overcoming obstacles. Together, we will identify the root cause of your challenges and create a plan that will allow you to learn and practice healthier ways of coping.
(832) 536-8208 View (832) 536-8208
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Daishia Holland
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77018
My name is Daishia Holland, LCSW. I have several years of experience in helping clients with grief, depression and anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, etc. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I believe in creating a safe space for clients. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. I employ a variety of approaches including cognitive-behavioral, John Gottman, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, etc. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling life. I am here to support & empower you in that journey!
My name is Daishia Holland, LCSW. I have several years of experience in helping clients with grief, depression and anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, etc. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I believe in creating a safe space for clients. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. I employ a variety of approaches including cognitive-behavioral, John Gottman, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, etc. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling life. I am here to support & empower you in that journey!
(713) 804-2694 View (713) 804-2694
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Katelan Janik
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77018
Every emotion, thought, or feeling we experience is valid and has the potential to influence our lives. Feeling intense emotions, especially around feelings of grief, can be difficult to process and at times we need to seek clarity for what we are experiencing. I learned this during my own grief journey through the losses of loved ones. We will work together to create worthwhile, real change. I will offer my support in a nurturing and non-judgmental environment. I will offer a specialized approach to each session because every person is unique.
Every emotion, thought, or feeling we experience is valid and has the potential to influence our lives. Feeling intense emotions, especially around feelings of grief, can be difficult to process and at times we need to seek clarity for what we are experiencing. I learned this during my own grief journey through the losses of loved ones. We will work together to create worthwhile, real change. I will offer my support in a nurturing and non-judgmental environment. I will offer a specialized approach to each session because every person is unique.
(713) 843-7030 View (713) 843-7030
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Yesica Lemus
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Houston, TX 77018
I am a bilingual (English/Spanish) Licensed Professional Counselor dedicated to providing intentional and thoughtful support to individuals seeking insight and healing. I work with adolescents and adults experiencing anxiety, depression, difficulty adjusting to changes, generational trauma, self-esteem concerns, challenges in relationships, and grief. I enjoy working with clients who are seeking insight into their emotional and behavioral patterns. As a first-generation therapist, I bring a unique perspective to my work with clients. I understand what it means to exist between two cultures and navigate those nuances and stressors.
I am a bilingual (English/Spanish) Licensed Professional Counselor dedicated to providing intentional and thoughtful support to individuals seeking insight and healing. I work with adolescents and adults experiencing anxiety, depression, difficulty adjusting to changes, generational trauma, self-esteem concerns, challenges in relationships, and grief. I enjoy working with clients who are seeking insight into their emotional and behavioral patterns. As a first-generation therapist, I bring a unique perspective to my work with clients. I understand what it means to exist between two cultures and navigate those nuances and stressors.
(346) 644-7007 View (346) 644-7007
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Gardner Counseling Services
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, LCSW, LCDC, CSAT, EMDR-II
Verified
Houston, TX 77018
About the Facilitator - Doris Gardner-Wilson, LCSW, LCDC, CSAT is a professional speaker, educator, workshop facilitator, certified sex addiction therapist and trained EMDR therapist with years of experience in the field. She currently has private practices in Houston and Katy, Texas and specializes in helping reduce symptoms of panic attacks, past traumas, PTSD phobia, depression, grief, severe anxiety, substance additions, process addictions and other debilitating mental challenges. Previous experience includes Memorial Hermann Prevention & Recovery Center (PaRC), The Right Step, Fort Bend Council of Alcohol & Drug abuse,
About the Facilitator - Doris Gardner-Wilson, LCSW, LCDC, CSAT is a professional speaker, educator, workshop facilitator, certified sex addiction therapist and trained EMDR therapist with years of experience in the field. She currently has private practices in Houston and Katy, Texas and specializes in helping reduce symptoms of panic attacks, past traumas, PTSD phobia, depression, grief, severe anxiety, substance additions, process addictions and other debilitating mental challenges. Previous experience includes Memorial Hermann Prevention & Recovery Center (PaRC), The Right Step, Fort Bend Council of Alcohol & Drug abuse,
(832) 924-0432 View (832) 924-0432
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Rebecca Self
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, RPT
Verified
6 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77018
Your child or teen spends the morning getting nagged out the door or comes home from school completely drained. You're constantly reassuring them or soothing their worries. They’re arguing with you, crying, and having trouble sleeping at night. They always seem to see the worst in themselves and you know they’re capable of so much more. When you ask them what’s wrong or try to help, they can’t tell you what’s going on inside of them. You’ve read the parenting books and blogs, listened to the podcasts, and nothing is working. It’s exhausting! As a play therapist and mom myself, I get it!
Your child or teen spends the morning getting nagged out the door or comes home from school completely drained. You're constantly reassuring them or soothing their worries. They’re arguing with you, crying, and having trouble sleeping at night. They always seem to see the worst in themselves and you know they’re capable of so much more. When you ask them what’s wrong or try to help, they can’t tell you what’s going on inside of them. You’ve read the parenting books and blogs, listened to the podcasts, and nothing is working. It’s exhausting! As a play therapist and mom myself, I get it!
(832) 219-8438 View (832) 219-8438

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Number of Therapists in 77018

100+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in 77018 who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
89% Depression
78% Self Esteem
74% Relationship Issues
74% Life Transitions
71% Coping Skills
71% Stress

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

78% Aetna
78% BlueCross and BlueShield
77% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in 77018 see their clients

82% In Person and Online
18% Online Only

Gender breakdown

85% Female
13% Male
2% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 77018?

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.