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Maritza Linebaugh
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA
Verified Verified
Corpus Christi, TX 78413  (Online Only)
Hi and welcome to my page, I'm so glad you are here! My name Maritza Linebaugh and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in trauma, depression, anxiety, life transition, attachment and grief. I began working as a counselor because of my own past traumas and hardships. Through my darkest days of depression and suicide ideations, I found Jesus. With God's grace, and other professional support, I learned the tools and skills to walk a life of freedom. That is the hope to desire for everyone I work with.
Hi and welcome to my page, I'm so glad you are here! My name Maritza Linebaugh and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in trauma, depression, anxiety, life transition, attachment and grief. I began working as a counselor because of my own past traumas and hardships. Through my darkest days of depression and suicide ideations, I found Jesus. With God's grace, and other professional support, I learned the tools and skills to walk a life of freedom. That is the hope to desire for everyone I work with.
(361) 266-0872 View (361) 266-0872
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Haven Christian Counseling
LPC Associate, MS, LPC-A
Verified Verified
Hello, my name is Natalie Maldonado MS, LPC-A Supervised by Lorena Mendez, MS, LPC-S, RPT-S, and I am the owner of Haven Christian Counseling: a safe place where God heals. In my practice, I create a welcoming and non-judgmental environment where clients can explore their concerns and struggles from both psychological and spiritual perspectives. I integrate Biblical principles and teachings into evidence-based therapeutic modalities to provide a holistic and comprehensive approach to counseling. As a Christian therapist, my faith serves as the foundation for my personal and professional life.
Hello, my name is Natalie Maldonado MS, LPC-A Supervised by Lorena Mendez, MS, LPC-S, RPT-S, and I am the owner of Haven Christian Counseling: a safe place where God heals. In my practice, I create a welcoming and non-judgmental environment where clients can explore their concerns and struggles from both psychological and spiritual perspectives. I integrate Biblical principles and teachings into evidence-based therapeutic modalities to provide a holistic and comprehensive approach to counseling. As a Christian therapist, my faith serves as the foundation for my personal and professional life.
(361) 470-5385 View (361) 470-5385
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Online Couples Therapy With Melica Wiley
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Corpus Christi, TX 78413  (Online Only)
Are silent treatments, passive-aggressive comments, or nights spent on opposite sides of the bed becoming all too common? Or maybe you feel as though shouting into a void in your relationship, with every word falling on deaf ears? I’m Melica Wiley, your dedicated couples therapist. I specialize in turning around relationships that feel "almost over" but aren't quite there yet. If you've found yourself Googling "how to fix our communication", “how to heal from infidelity” or "how to reignite the spark." then I may be the provider for you.
Are silent treatments, passive-aggressive comments, or nights spent on opposite sides of the bed becoming all too common? Or maybe you feel as though shouting into a void in your relationship, with every word falling on deaf ears? I’m Melica Wiley, your dedicated couples therapist. I specialize in turning around relationships that feel "almost over" but aren't quite there yet. If you've found yourself Googling "how to fix our communication", “how to heal from infidelity” or "how to reignite the spark." then I may be the provider for you.
(361) 304-5680 View (361) 304-5680
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Cathy Armstrong Gentle Spirit Addiction and Trauma
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS,LPCS, RN, Rev, CIMHP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hi! I’m Cathy Armstrong and offer a holistic multifaceted approach to inner healing, getting to the root cause of addiction, substance abuse, eating disorders and trauma. I address issues of spirituality and have both secular and nonsecular education and training. I have a non- related too counseling PhD in religious studies as an inner faith minister. I have studied spiritual mysticism and metaphysical practices in Christian, Catholic, and non-Christian religions. I am very open-minded when it comes to faith and spiritual care and I am here to accompany you on your individual path to healing, change and transformation.
Hi! I’m Cathy Armstrong and offer a holistic multifaceted approach to inner healing, getting to the root cause of addiction, substance abuse, eating disorders and trauma. I address issues of spirituality and have both secular and nonsecular education and training. I have a non- related too counseling PhD in religious studies as an inner faith minister. I have studied spiritual mysticism and metaphysical practices in Christian, Catholic, and non-Christian religions. I am very open-minded when it comes to faith and spiritual care and I am here to accompany you on your individual path to healing, change and transformation.
(361) 541-4564 View (361) 541-4564
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Tori Foss
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MS
Verified Verified
Not accepting new clients
Are you feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or unhappy? Is your anxiety starting to take over? Life can get hard sometimes and it is helpful to have someone to talk to who won't judge you. You should not have to ride the rollercoaster called life on your own. I am here to help and empower you to confront life's difficult moments.
Are you feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or unhappy? Is your anxiety starting to take over? Life can get hard sometimes and it is helpful to have someone to talk to who won't judge you. You should not have to ride the rollercoaster called life on your own. I am here to help and empower you to confront life's difficult moments.
(361) 266-3014 View (361) 266-3014
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Lorena Mendez
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC-S, RPT-S
Verified Verified
Hello, my name is Lorena Mendez, I am a dedicated and compassionate therapist with a deep understanding of trauma, anxiety, and the transformative power of therapy, I am committed to helping individuals of all ages find freedom from their past and lead fulfilling lives. I hold a Master's degree in Counseling and have undergone extensive training in trauma-focused therapy, EMDR, and play therapy. These specialized areas allow me to offer tailored interventions and techniques that promote healing and growth.
Hello, my name is Lorena Mendez, I am a dedicated and compassionate therapist with a deep understanding of trauma, anxiety, and the transformative power of therapy, I am committed to helping individuals of all ages find freedom from their past and lead fulfilling lives. I hold a Master's degree in Counseling and have undergone extensive training in trauma-focused therapy, EMDR, and play therapy. These specialized areas allow me to offer tailored interventions and techniques that promote healing and growth.
(361) 201-0976 View (361) 201-0976
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Stacy Hooper
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Are you feeling stuck, unmotivated, or confused? Maybe life’s circumstances are causing you to feel overwhelmed, anxious, or inadequate. Life can be complicated. Demands on our time and emotional resources increase daily. You don’t have to go through this alone. Personally, I know the relief of breaking free from thoughts and behaviors that keep us in the exhausting cycle of pain and confusion. If you are ready for a change, I would love to assist you with your needs. I am on this journey of wellness with you! I’m excited to get to know you and empower you to confront the uncomfortable and sticky things that life throws at us.
Are you feeling stuck, unmotivated, or confused? Maybe life’s circumstances are causing you to feel overwhelmed, anxious, or inadequate. Life can be complicated. Demands on our time and emotional resources increase daily. You don’t have to go through this alone. Personally, I know the relief of breaking free from thoughts and behaviors that keep us in the exhausting cycle of pain and confusion. If you are ready for a change, I would love to assist you with your needs. I am on this journey of wellness with you! I’m excited to get to know you and empower you to confront the uncomfortable and sticky things that life throws at us.
(361) 320-3742 View (361) 320-3742
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Amanda Brown
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
I help my clients find meaning, purpose, and hope in the face of hardship, as well as equip them with the tools to live a healthy, fulfilled life. My hope for each client is to feel like you have someone you trust to talk to in the midst of crazy life circumstances. If you feel yourself getting stuck, finding it hard to make sense of your current situation, and are struggling to feel hope in your life, we can work together to find the healing and hope you've been looking for. I also provide play therapy for children experiencing social, emotional, and/or behavioral problems, and support services for the grown-ups who love them.
I help my clients find meaning, purpose, and hope in the face of hardship, as well as equip them with the tools to live a healthy, fulfilled life. My hope for each client is to feel like you have someone you trust to talk to in the midst of crazy life circumstances. If you feel yourself getting stuck, finding it hard to make sense of your current situation, and are struggling to feel hope in your life, we can work together to find the healing and hope you've been looking for. I also provide play therapy for children experiencing social, emotional, and/or behavioral problems, and support services for the grown-ups who love them.
(361) 420-3318 View (361) 420-3318
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Peyton Lindgren
Counselor, MS, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
Not accepting new clients
My approach to therapy is to provide clients with empowerment and encouragement to conquer their problems by providing copings skills, processing and understanding emotions, and supporting them during difficult times. My hope is that clients can expect to leave a session feeling like they have someone they can trust and open up to. They can also expect to have more tools in their coping skill toolbox.
My approach to therapy is to provide clients with empowerment and encouragement to conquer their problems by providing copings skills, processing and understanding emotions, and supporting them during difficult times. My hope is that clients can expect to leave a session feeling like they have someone they can trust and open up to. They can also expect to have more tools in their coping skill toolbox.
(361) 266-3518 View (361) 266-3518
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Cynthia Faulkner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Corpus Christi, TX 78413  (Online Only)
I approach the helping relationship with respect, patience, acceptance and collaboration. My practice is client-centered, focusing on your immediate needs and problem-solving different ways to approach roadblocks that prevent you from achieving the quality of life that you deserve. You and I will work together towards solutions that may include learning new and better ways of thinking, feeling and behaving. My goal is to help you identify and reach your goals.
I approach the helping relationship with respect, patience, acceptance and collaboration. My practice is client-centered, focusing on your immediate needs and problem-solving different ways to approach roadblocks that prevent you from achieving the quality of life that you deserve. You and I will work together towards solutions that may include learning new and better ways of thinking, feeling and behaving. My goal is to help you identify and reach your goals.
(361) 603-3193 View (361) 603-3193
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Ky Hoelscher
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S
Verified Verified
Corpus Christi, TX 78413  (Online Only)
I collaborate with clients to resolve problems in living, promote emotional growth, and facilitate personal and professional success. I work with individuals, couples, and groups across the life cycle, addressing concerns including (but not limited to); anxiety/depression, interpersonal skills, work/life balance, parenting, chronic/acute illness, and relationships issues for heterosexual, queer, gay and lesbian couples.
I collaborate with clients to resolve problems in living, promote emotional growth, and facilitate personal and professional success. I work with individuals, couples, and groups across the life cycle, addressing concerns including (but not limited to); anxiety/depression, interpersonal skills, work/life balance, parenting, chronic/acute illness, and relationships issues for heterosexual, queer, gay and lesbian couples.
(361) 326-5237 View (361) 326-5237
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LIV Counseling, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Manuela Vargas is a Bilingual (Spanish/English) Licensed Professional Counselor. She congratulates you for taking action on your healing endeavors! Life experiences can leave lasting imprints on the mind, body, and soul. These impressions may leave you feeling confused, hurt, helpless, and hopeless. Are you tired of feeling stuck? Are you exhausted of fighting an internal battle? Are yesterday's circumstances or tomorrow's worries robbing you of joy? LIV Counseling, LLC offers EMDR, CPT, CBT, and IPT therapies to help you achieve your goals, so you are not only existing, but LIVing life to its fullest potential.
Manuela Vargas is a Bilingual (Spanish/English) Licensed Professional Counselor. She congratulates you for taking action on your healing endeavors! Life experiences can leave lasting imprints on the mind, body, and soul. These impressions may leave you feeling confused, hurt, helpless, and hopeless. Are you tired of feeling stuck? Are you exhausted of fighting an internal battle? Are yesterday's circumstances or tomorrow's worries robbing you of joy? LIV Counseling, LLC offers EMDR, CPT, CBT, and IPT therapies to help you achieve your goals, so you are not only existing, but LIVing life to its fullest potential.
(361) 738-5813 View (361) 738-5813
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Emma L Hopper
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MS, LPC-A
Verified Verified
Corpus Christi, TX 78413  (Online Only)
I primarily work with women ages 16+ on issues of anxiety, depression, sexual impulse control, addiction, trauma and spiritual exploration and growth. I have a heart for young and single mothers as well as those seeking to deepen their relationship with God. It is my hope that we can work to gain a deeper understanding of yourself, that you might regain purpose, fulfillment, and intimacy.
I primarily work with women ages 16+ on issues of anxiety, depression, sexual impulse control, addiction, trauma and spiritual exploration and growth. I have a heart for young and single mothers as well as those seeking to deepen their relationship with God. It is my hope that we can work to gain a deeper understanding of yourself, that you might regain purpose, fulfillment, and intimacy.
(361) 245-3808 View (361) 245-3808
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Julia LeClair
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC, CTP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Corpus Christi, TX 78413  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
There are many times in our life when we do not feel or think we are cared about or understood. It can be disheartening as it feeds into our negative self-talk and impacts multiple relationships. It isn't necessarily the "fitting in" part that gets to us...it's the "who is going to accept me for me, with all of my emotions, thoughts, behaviors, and lifestyle choices?" Whether it's the people we love, the career path we chose, the trauma we have encountered, or who we have become, we are all just trying to improve our situation while still respecting who we are as individuals.
There are many times in our life when we do not feel or think we are cared about or understood. It can be disheartening as it feeds into our negative self-talk and impacts multiple relationships. It isn't necessarily the "fitting in" part that gets to us...it's the "who is going to accept me for me, with all of my emotions, thoughts, behaviors, and lifestyle choices?" Whether it's the people we love, the career path we chose, the trauma we have encountered, or who we have become, we are all just trying to improve our situation while still respecting who we are as individuals.
(361) 264-4489 View (361) 264-4489
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Christopher Gilbert
Counselor
Verified Verified
Corpus Christi, TX 78413  (Online Only)
I'm the guy in your corner. Need to vent, let it out, want to brainstorm solutions, let's make it rain! I'm here for you and with that comes accountability, humor, and a lot of affirmation. I primarily counsel through REBT or Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy. I push for people to set realistic expectations for themselves and the people they allow in their lives. I've worked with adults and kids through trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship and marriage issues, job changes, and life transitions. If you have something you want to work on, take a chance and let's see what kind of work we can do together!
I'm the guy in your corner. Need to vent, let it out, want to brainstorm solutions, let's make it rain! I'm here for you and with that comes accountability, humor, and a lot of affirmation. I primarily counsel through REBT or Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy. I push for people to set realistic expectations for themselves and the people they allow in their lives. I've worked with adults and kids through trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship and marriage issues, job changes, and life transitions. If you have something you want to work on, take a chance and let's see what kind of work we can do together!
(361) 301-1356 View (361) 301-1356
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Holly Felts
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
I partner with the Holy Spirit to help heal hearts and minds, one session at a time. When we carry old and unhealed wounds, they leak poison into us and those around us. This is why hurt people, hurt people. Broken people, break things and other people. But, healed people, Heal People! I utilize evidence based best practices to help clients identify, explore, process, challenge, and heal from their past hurts and suffering. I greatly look forward to coming along side you on your journey to sound mental health and healing. Together, we can help you start living your best life, in the peace and joy we were created to receive.
I partner with the Holy Spirit to help heal hearts and minds, one session at a time. When we carry old and unhealed wounds, they leak poison into us and those around us. This is why hurt people, hurt people. Broken people, break things and other people. But, healed people, Heal People! I utilize evidence based best practices to help clients identify, explore, process, challenge, and heal from their past hurts and suffering. I greatly look forward to coming along side you on your journey to sound mental health and healing. Together, we can help you start living your best life, in the peace and joy we were created to receive.
(361) 201-1259 View (361) 201-1259
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Marisol Garza: EMDR/Brainspotting/IFS Intensives
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Are you wanting immediate relief from your grief and trauma symptoms? Or maybe you’ve been in therapy for a while, and you feel you can’t get unstuck. Having these painful emotions or images can leave you feeling overwhelmed and uncertain about the future. The pain can be isolating because others may not fully understand. Starting the healing process may feel daunting, given the range of intense emotions you're experiencing - from moments of numbness, fear, or even guilt to sudden outbursts of tears & anger. You need someone who understands and can help you put the pieces of your life back together. You want to feel like you again.
Are you wanting immediate relief from your grief and trauma symptoms? Or maybe you’ve been in therapy for a while, and you feel you can’t get unstuck. Having these painful emotions or images can leave you feeling overwhelmed and uncertain about the future. The pain can be isolating because others may not fully understand. Starting the healing process may feel daunting, given the range of intense emotions you're experiencing - from moments of numbness, fear, or even guilt to sudden outbursts of tears & anger. You need someone who understands and can help you put the pieces of your life back together. You want to feel like you again.
(361) 528-6245 View (361) 528-6245
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Traci Moreno
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Corpus Christi, TX 78413  (Online Only)
Welcome. I'm here to assist you through your therapeutic journey. You may be facing a new transition in life or beginning to face painful experiences from your past. We all have times of struggle and as a therapist, I am committed to helping you reach your personal goals.
Welcome. I'm here to assist you through your therapeutic journey. You may be facing a new transition in life or beginning to face painful experiences from your past. We all have times of struggle and as a therapist, I am committed to helping you reach your personal goals.
(361) 314-2932 View (361) 314-2932
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Esther Gonzalez-Powell
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, LPC
Verified Verified
Feeling alone and nervous in a relationship that once brought you excitement and joy? You may even be on edge to share your thoughts, feelings, and desires for fear of rejection or a big blowup. Sometimes we even lie to ourselves because we don’t want to deal with the uncomfortableness of it all. We feel like we have to keep it together for us, for our children, for family. 
Feeling alone and nervous in a relationship that once brought you excitement and joy? You may even be on edge to share your thoughts, feelings, and desires for fear of rejection or a big blowup. Sometimes we even lie to ourselves because we don’t want to deal with the uncomfortableness of it all. We feel like we have to keep it together for us, for our children, for family. 
(361) 201-1764 View (361) 201-1764
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Tania Pratt
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Hello and welcome! My name is Tania Pratt, and I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC) based in Texas. I specialize in working with individuals that come from diverse backgrounds seeking support and guidance to navigate through difficult life transitions, heal from past traumas, manage overwhelming emotions, and improve relationships. With a diverse experience working with clients of all ages, I customize my therapeutic approach to cater to each individual's specific needs.
Hello and welcome! My name is Tania Pratt, and I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC) based in Texas. I specialize in working with individuals that come from diverse backgrounds seeking support and guidance to navigate through difficult life transitions, heal from past traumas, manage overwhelming emotions, and improve relationships. With a diverse experience working with clients of all ages, I customize my therapeutic approach to cater to each individual's specific needs.
(281) 789-6341 View (281) 789-6341
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How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 78413

50+

Average cost per session

$122

Therapists in 78413 who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
94% Anxiety
78% Relationship Issues
76% Coping Skills
74% Trauma and PTSD
74% Stress
72% Self Esteem

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% Aetna
93% BlueCross and BlueShield
85% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in 78413 see their clients

73% In Person and Online
27% Online Only

Gender breakdown

85% Female
15% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 78413?

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.