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Marie-Therese Musanga
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77042  (Online Only)
Getting started is a difficult decision to make. Feeling vulnerable can be unbearable. Not many of us want to be vulnerable with ourselves, let alone, with someone else. So, we have 2 choices: 1. keep things as they are or 2. work towards making a change. In my eyes, we are all elegant giraffes. Life comes with ups and downs, and often, this causes us to forget that we are capable of enduring it. Sometimes, what we need is hope. Let’s rise above, and keep our heads held high through all the pain, the suffering, the sadness and all the joy and love that life brings us.
Getting started is a difficult decision to make. Feeling vulnerable can be unbearable. Not many of us want to be vulnerable with ourselves, let alone, with someone else. So, we have 2 choices: 1. keep things as they are or 2. work towards making a change. In my eyes, we are all elegant giraffes. Life comes with ups and downs, and often, this causes us to forget that we are capable of enduring it. Sometimes, what we need is hope. Let’s rise above, and keep our heads held high through all the pain, the suffering, the sadness and all the joy and love that life brings us.
(346) 489-6115 View (346) 489-6115
Photo of Dan Caldwell, Licensed Professional Counselor in 77042, TX
Dan Caldwell
Licensed Professional Counselor, LMHC, LPC, LCDC, NCIP, SAP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77042
Substance use affects most areas of one’s life that can include educational, vocational, mental health, family and other relationships. Deciding on what path to take can be a daunting task and the early recovery process can be a very challenging time. I provide therapy for individuals, couples, and family members struggling with behavioral, emotional, or relational issues of any kind (not limited to substance use) or for someone who just wants a safe space to process the week's events. Facilitating change may require a variety of approaches to fit the individual(s) and their current situation.
Substance use affects most areas of one’s life that can include educational, vocational, mental health, family and other relationships. Deciding on what path to take can be a daunting task and the early recovery process can be a very challenging time. I provide therapy for individuals, couples, and family members struggling with behavioral, emotional, or relational issues of any kind (not limited to substance use) or for someone who just wants a safe space to process the week's events. Facilitating change may require a variety of approaches to fit the individual(s) and their current situation.
(321) 342-3347 View (321) 342-3347
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Dorothy Tiedt
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77042
We all have the ability to overcome the obstacles that keep us experiencing joy and from reaching our desired goals. I can help my clients work through issues of anger, anxiety, grief,depression, or just feeling stuck. I work with all ages and all relationship issues while providing a safe and nurturing enviornment. I try hard to listen to what my client's needs are and actually meet them where they are. That is where our journey begins.
We all have the ability to overcome the obstacles that keep us experiencing joy and from reaching our desired goals. I can help my clients work through issues of anger, anxiety, grief,depression, or just feeling stuck. I work with all ages and all relationship issues while providing a safe and nurturing enviornment. I try hard to listen to what my client's needs are and actually meet them where they are. That is where our journey begins.
(713) 338-9195 View (713) 338-9195
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Elnaz Afousi
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, LPC-A
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77042  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I bring comprehensive experience supporting individuals, couples, and families facing diverse challenges such as anxiety disorders, mood disorders/depression, trauma, PTSD, parenting strategies, relational issues, and specialized ADHD coaching and strategies. Acknowledging the significance of individuality, I approach each client as a distinct entity, ensuring that therapeutic models and relationships are customized to meet their specific needs.
I bring comprehensive experience supporting individuals, couples, and families facing diverse challenges such as anxiety disorders, mood disorders/depression, trauma, PTSD, parenting strategies, relational issues, and specialized ADHD coaching and strategies. Acknowledging the significance of individuality, I approach each client as a distinct entity, ensuring that therapeutic models and relationships are customized to meet their specific needs.
(281) 519-6192 View (281) 519-6192
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ClaytonLeeCounseling.com Private Alcohol Treatment
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, CHT, LCDC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77042
In my Private Practice, you will relax, grow & heal in a stress free atmosphere of true caring, respect, and nonjudgemental compassion. In this safe space you will become motivated and hopeful about your life & future. You will discover the joy of living free of stress & anxiety, alcohol, drugs, tobacco, resentments, anger, grief, and addictions. Your yearning for a life-changing miracle is closer than you may think possible. We will work together to create a more hopeful, meaningful and fulfilling life for you. Yes you can succeed in your search for freedom, success and happiness. God bless you today and all days.
In my Private Practice, you will relax, grow & heal in a stress free atmosphere of true caring, respect, and nonjudgemental compassion. In this safe space you will become motivated and hopeful about your life & future. You will discover the joy of living free of stress & anxiety, alcohol, drugs, tobacco, resentments, anger, grief, and addictions. Your yearning for a life-changing miracle is closer than you may think possible. We will work together to create a more hopeful, meaningful and fulfilling life for you. Yes you can succeed in your search for freedom, success and happiness. God bless you today and all days.
(281) 825-3518 View (281) 825-3518
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SALT Christian Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC-S, NCC
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77042
It's your time! I sincerely believe that everyone deserves a productive and peaceful life. Having a knowledgable and compassionate therapist can help in this wonderful journey. I would love to be your thearapist! There is no more time for excuses. Just think of where you would like to be this time next year; what about next month? Begin today. You are totally worth it, and so are your loved ones who depend on you. Remember: God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power,love, and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
It's your time! I sincerely believe that everyone deserves a productive and peaceful life. Having a knowledgable and compassionate therapist can help in this wonderful journey. I would love to be your thearapist! There is no more time for excuses. Just think of where you would like to be this time next year; what about next month? Begin today. You are totally worth it, and so are your loved ones who depend on you. Remember: God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power,love, and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
(346) 222-4446 View (346) 222-4446
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Margarita Medina
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77042
Hi! My name is Margarita Yuri Medina, Ph.D. (c), LPC-S. My approach is humanistic. CBT, DBT, ACT, Play Therapy, and Art Therapy are used in all counseling and psychology schools. Focus areas of practice are mood disorders, ADHD, relationship issues, adjustment disorders, anger management, parenting, abuse, and trauma. The age range is from 5 to mature adults. Clients that work with me usually want to see some change in their life or in their children's lives. The conditions that I treat are mood disorders, ADHD, relationship issues, adjustment disorders, anger management, parenting, abuse, and trauma.
Hi! My name is Margarita Yuri Medina, Ph.D. (c), LPC-S. My approach is humanistic. CBT, DBT, ACT, Play Therapy, and Art Therapy are used in all counseling and psychology schools. Focus areas of practice are mood disorders, ADHD, relationship issues, adjustment disorders, anger management, parenting, abuse, and trauma. The age range is from 5 to mature adults. Clients that work with me usually want to see some change in their life or in their children's lives. The conditions that I treat are mood disorders, ADHD, relationship issues, adjustment disorders, anger management, parenting, abuse, and trauma.
(281) 688-6518 View (281) 688-6518
Photo of Micki Grimland, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 77042, TX
Micki Grimland
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, ACSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77042
My philosophy on what makes an effectual clinician is deep compassion along with a strong ability to confront what a client can not see, doesn't want to see, or runs from, in a way that is digestible. This leads to transformational changes that are permanent and life changing. In my opinion, Carl Jung said it best, "Every defeat of the ego is a victory for the soul."
My philosophy on what makes an effectual clinician is deep compassion along with a strong ability to confront what a client can not see, doesn't want to see, or runs from, in a way that is digestible. This leads to transformational changes that are permanent and life changing. In my opinion, Carl Jung said it best, "Every defeat of the ego is a victory for the soul."
(346) 553-9683 View (346) 553-9683
Photo of Matt Miller, Licensed Professional Counselor in 77042, TX
Matt Miller
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77042
I offer a man the opportunity to delve into the hinderances that are preventing him from living as the man he desires. These hinderances take on many forms that often result in a façade that is not real, nor does he know how to shed. My commitment, man to man is to help draw out and strengthen the best that is inside. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17 Check out my website at www.Abbapsych.com
I offer a man the opportunity to delve into the hinderances that are preventing him from living as the man he desires. These hinderances take on many forms that often result in a façade that is not real, nor does he know how to shed. My commitment, man to man is to help draw out and strengthen the best that is inside. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17 Check out my website at www.Abbapsych.com
(713) 388-6937 View (713) 388-6937
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Silvina Rearte Counseling, PLLC
Marriage & Family Therapist, LPC-S, LMFT-S
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77042
Are you feeling disconnected from friends and family, tired, sad, overwhelmed, confused, doubtful, anxious, stuck, like you need something different and better. Would you like to gradually start enjoying life, feel more connected, energized and start using your hidden potential for a more fulfilling life? I aim to work with you in a safe, warm and friendly environment while offering the necessary comprehensive care. In a soothing atmosphere and by combining the latest techniques with years of experience, I strive to provide my patients with excellence in treatment.
Are you feeling disconnected from friends and family, tired, sad, overwhelmed, confused, doubtful, anxious, stuck, like you need something different and better. Would you like to gradually start enjoying life, feel more connected, energized and start using your hidden potential for a more fulfilling life? I aim to work with you in a safe, warm and friendly environment while offering the necessary comprehensive care. In a soothing atmosphere and by combining the latest techniques with years of experience, I strive to provide my patients with excellence in treatment.
(832) 648-2104 View (832) 648-2104
Photo of Lara Allen, Licensed Professional Counselor in 77042, TX
Lara Allen
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77042
My main purpose as a therapist is to help people overcome obstacles that are in the way of a happy, functional life. If you change your circumstances - whether that be a job, a new relationship, or you have started working out... And still find yourself generally unsatisfied, anxious, depressed or in the same relationship patterns, I'd love to help you. I can't promise it will be easy, but I do want to be a reliable, trustworthy resource for you in getting you where you want to be.
My main purpose as a therapist is to help people overcome obstacles that are in the way of a happy, functional life. If you change your circumstances - whether that be a job, a new relationship, or you have started working out... And still find yourself generally unsatisfied, anxious, depressed or in the same relationship patterns, I'd love to help you. I can't promise it will be easy, but I do want to be a reliable, trustworthy resource for you in getting you where you want to be.
(281) 845-2863 View (281) 845-2863
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Laquetta Wright
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77042
I decided to pursue a professional career in the sciences requiring the ability to treat and explore human beings. After careful consideration, I discovered Counseling/ Psychology to be a perfect avenue. Completing my education and mastering the professional licensure examinations has led to a fulfilling occupational advancement. Current therapy focuses on rural and urban areas. Experienced diagnoses difficulties including but not limited to autism, attention deficit disorder, conduct disorder, bipolar, learning disabilities, oppositional defiant disorder, mood disorder, adjustment disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
I decided to pursue a professional career in the sciences requiring the ability to treat and explore human beings. After careful consideration, I discovered Counseling/ Psychology to be a perfect avenue. Completing my education and mastering the professional licensure examinations has led to a fulfilling occupational advancement. Current therapy focuses on rural and urban areas. Experienced diagnoses difficulties including but not limited to autism, attention deficit disorder, conduct disorder, bipolar, learning disabilities, oppositional defiant disorder, mood disorder, adjustment disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
(281) 671-0773 View (281) 671-0773
Photo of Lynn Kamara, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 77042, TX
Lynn Kamara
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77042
As an experienced psychotherapist, I take a holistic approach to treatment to assist clients in working through challenges that are holding them back from living a life of vitality and connection. While clients see me for various concerns such as depression, anxiety, trauma, infidelity, parenting struggles, relationship conflicts, grief, and phase of life transitions, each situation presents itself as a true opportunity for sustained progress, healing, and growth. My job is to facilitate and effectively encourage that process as your journey unfolds and to provide you with top-notch and individually tailored clinical care.
As an experienced psychotherapist, I take a holistic approach to treatment to assist clients in working through challenges that are holding them back from living a life of vitality and connection. While clients see me for various concerns such as depression, anxiety, trauma, infidelity, parenting struggles, relationship conflicts, grief, and phase of life transitions, each situation presents itself as a true opportunity for sustained progress, healing, and growth. My job is to facilitate and effectively encourage that process as your journey unfolds and to provide you with top-notch and individually tailored clinical care.
(832) 261-1508 View (832) 261-1508
Photo of Brent LoCaste-Wilken, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 77042, TX
Brent LoCaste-Wilken
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77042
All of us want to be happy. Yet few of us appreciate just how much we can truly improve our happiness or know precisely how to go about doing it. You may have tried therapy in the past and have worked to unearth past traumas, correct faulty thinking and restore dysfunctional relationships, yet happiness still eludes you. Therapy isn’t easy work. Overcoming your challenges and becoming a happier and better you is possible. Whether your dreams are about professional or educational success, spiritual fulfillment, a sense of connection, or a purpose in life, you can achieve what will ultimately make you or your loved ones happier.
All of us want to be happy. Yet few of us appreciate just how much we can truly improve our happiness or know precisely how to go about doing it. You may have tried therapy in the past and have worked to unearth past traumas, correct faulty thinking and restore dysfunctional relationships, yet happiness still eludes you. Therapy isn’t easy work. Overcoming your challenges and becoming a happier and better you is possible. Whether your dreams are about professional or educational success, spiritual fulfillment, a sense of connection, or a purpose in life, you can achieve what will ultimately make you or your loved ones happier.
(281) 324-8153 View (281) 324-8153
Photo of Ossenia Jeff, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 77042, TX
Ossenia Jeff
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77042
Associated with Greater Houston Psychiatric Associates, PLLC. My treatment method involves helping you gain insight, take action, make changes, and accept if change is not possible. I will help manage your struggle with mental illness and will help you through the normal stressors that often accompany transitions in life. The hurt you feel after a separation. The emptiness you feel when your children leave home. The grief you feel from the loss of a loved one. The stress from the unbearable work demands. Whatever the cause, I help with the skills needed to either change the situation and/or the way you think about it.
Associated with Greater Houston Psychiatric Associates, PLLC. My treatment method involves helping you gain insight, take action, make changes, and accept if change is not possible. I will help manage your struggle with mental illness and will help you through the normal stressors that often accompany transitions in life. The hurt you feel after a separation. The emptiness you feel when your children leave home. The grief you feel from the loss of a loved one. The stress from the unbearable work demands. Whatever the cause, I help with the skills needed to either change the situation and/or the way you think about it.
(281) 399-4150 View (281) 399-4150
Photo of Janel C Wheeler, Licensed Professional Counselor in 77042, TX
Janel C Wheeler
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, CEAP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77042  (Online Only)
Deciding to begin therapy can be a difficult choice. I strive to create a place of safety and healing so that each family or individual I work with is able to fully benefit from the therapeutic process. I believe that the relationship between therapist and client is sacred and the foundation for therapy. I am grateful and honored to have the opportunity to assist people when they are experiencing difficult times. We can all feel stuck at times, and it is an honor to be able to assist someone in the process of becoming unstuck.
Deciding to begin therapy can be a difficult choice. I strive to create a place of safety and healing so that each family or individual I work with is able to fully benefit from the therapeutic process. I believe that the relationship between therapist and client is sacred and the foundation for therapy. I am grateful and honored to have the opportunity to assist people when they are experiencing difficult times. We can all feel stuck at times, and it is an honor to be able to assist someone in the process of becoming unstuck.
(346) 423-3133 View (346) 423-3133
Joy Couseling Services, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77042  (Online Only)
I believe anyone has the ability to change their mindset and heal their brokenness. I believe that if you change your mind you can changer your life and how you think truly controls the way you feel. I utilize an integrated approach to counseling drawing from solution focused techniques, person centered therapy, CBT, & family systems therapy.
I believe anyone has the ability to change their mindset and heal their brokenness. I believe that if you change your mind you can changer your life and how you think truly controls the way you feel. I utilize an integrated approach to counseling drawing from solution focused techniques, person centered therapy, CBT, & family systems therapy.
(346) 553-9816 View (346) 553-9816
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Mat Yelvington
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77042
Discover the transformative power of walk therapy! Step into a holistic approach that not only caters to your mental and emotional well-being but also invites you to embrace the benefits of being outdoors and moving.
Discover the transformative power of walk therapy! Step into a holistic approach that not only caters to your mental and emotional well-being but also invites you to embrace the benefits of being outdoors and moving.
(832) 841-4549 View (832) 841-4549
Photo of Cathleen Kimmel, Licensed Professional Counselor in 77042, TX
Cathleen Kimmel
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77042
Hi, my name is Cathleen Kimmel and I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 10 years of experience. I work with adults and adolescents in a very collaborative manner to help them find happiness and joy in life. My areas of focus include depression, anxiety, bipolar, low self-esteem, relationship issues, pregnancy/postpartum, grief, LGBTQ+ and other life adjustments. I use a person-center approach with a mixture of CBT, DBT, and Emotionally Focused Therapy to help clients meet their treatment goals. I work collaboratively with my clients to ensure that progress is made and that clients are getting what they need from therapy.
Hi, my name is Cathleen Kimmel and I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 10 years of experience. I work with adults and adolescents in a very collaborative manner to help them find happiness and joy in life. My areas of focus include depression, anxiety, bipolar, low self-esteem, relationship issues, pregnancy/postpartum, grief, LGBTQ+ and other life adjustments. I use a person-center approach with a mixture of CBT, DBT, and Emotionally Focused Therapy to help clients meet their treatment goals. I work collaboratively with my clients to ensure that progress is made and that clients are getting what they need from therapy.
(281) 559-7581 View (281) 559-7581
Photo of Timothy Alan Coleman, Licensed Professional Counselor in 77042, TX
Timothy Alan Coleman
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MS
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77042
I am in my 8th year counseling at-risk children, and my 19th year in the public school system facilitating change in the lives of my students, their parents, and my colleagues. I am very interested in languages and culture. I have been an exchange student in several countries. My experience abroad has sharpened my observation skills and sense of empathy. I have been supporting students and parents my whole career. As a licensed professional counselor, I look forward to putting my skill set to use in helping you find solutions to the issues that are causing you concern.
I am in my 8th year counseling at-risk children, and my 19th year in the public school system facilitating change in the lives of my students, their parents, and my colleagues. I am very interested in languages and culture. I have been an exchange student in several countries. My experience abroad has sharpened my observation skills and sense of empathy. I have been supporting students and parents my whole career. As a licensed professional counselor, I look forward to putting my skill set to use in helping you find solutions to the issues that are causing you concern.
(713) 636-5247 View (713) 636-5247

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 77042

90+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in 77042 who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
87% Depression
73% Self Esteem
72% Coping Skills
67% Relationship Issues
65% Grief
65% Stress

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% Aetna
87% Cigna and Evernorth
87% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in 77042 see their clients

74% In Person and Online
26% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 77042?

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.