Therapists in 78744

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Marissa Allen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78744  (Online Only)
Welcome! Thanks for viewing my profile! I have experience working with people who have struggled with their self-esteem, life transitions, depression, anxiety, school, existential crisis, and negative relationships. I can help you navigate your day to day and make connections that you may not have made before. I work with clients to recognize and change unwanted thinking patterns, manage their stress, and prioritize themselves. I want to help people feel better about the future and even the present again.
Welcome! Thanks for viewing my profile! I have experience working with people who have struggled with their self-esteem, life transitions, depression, anxiety, school, existential crisis, and negative relationships. I can help you navigate your day to day and make connections that you may not have made before. I work with clients to recognize and change unwanted thinking patterns, manage their stress, and prioritize themselves. I want to help people feel better about the future and even the present again.
(512) 668-7172 View (512) 668-7172
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Henry Jay Swedlaw
Counselor, LMHC, EdS
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78744
I have 17 years of experience in behavioral health, and seven of those through virtual platforms I am here to help you with whatever life has thrown your way, and I am in this journey to self-improvement with you. I specialize in helping individuals experiencing LGBTQ + issues, depressive disorders, anxiety, stress, and relationship related concerns.
I have 17 years of experience in behavioral health, and seven of those through virtual platforms I am here to help you with whatever life has thrown your way, and I am in this journey to self-improvement with you. I specialize in helping individuals experiencing LGBTQ + issues, depressive disorders, anxiety, stress, and relationship related concerns.
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Eugene Harvie
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78744
Throughout my 25 years of experience as a psychotherapist, I have found that everybody struggles with difficult challenges at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, life did not come with an instructional manual to guide us through these various struggles. Psychotherapy is a journey that can help support you, provide you with insight and clarity, and assist you in making positive steps towards your preferred future. Equipped with extensive training in various therapeutic modalities, I bring these tools to each session with my clients.
Throughout my 25 years of experience as a psychotherapist, I have found that everybody struggles with difficult challenges at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, life did not come with an instructional manual to guide us through these various struggles. Psychotherapy is a journey that can help support you, provide you with insight and clarity, and assist you in making positive steps towards your preferred future. Equipped with extensive training in various therapeutic modalities, I bring these tools to each session with my clients.
(512) 890-3763 View (512) 890-3763
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Rachel Stein
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, LCDC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78744
I'm passionate about helping people create and live their best life. I believe everyone can experience their dream life when they have support and a clear direction. I love helping people reconnect, or uncover, their life’s passions through exploring past experiences and identifying what brings them joy and purpose. I started Atomic Souls because I know so many people who believe therapy is boring, too clinical, and quite frankly unhelpful. I hope to challenge that narrative about counselors by bringing creativity, fun, and passion into counseling.
I'm passionate about helping people create and live their best life. I believe everyone can experience their dream life when they have support and a clear direction. I love helping people reconnect, or uncover, their life’s passions through exploring past experiences and identifying what brings them joy and purpose. I started Atomic Souls because I know so many people who believe therapy is boring, too clinical, and quite frankly unhelpful. I hope to challenge that narrative about counselors by bringing creativity, fun, and passion into counseling.
(512) 798-4796 View (512) 798-4796
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Come Alongside DBT Groups for Christian Women
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78744
Uncover or rebuild your strength! Even if daily challenges come, harness tactical and practical skills with a powerful DBT Daily Skills Group Program. Control anxiety, body-image concerns, dating issues, or reset your whole-person rhythm in one of these every-other week zoom based groups. Accelerate your growth in this season with other Christian women. All without compromising your own care, beliefs, or boundaries. Signature DBT Daily skills, CBT tools, and Christian Discipleship exercises to help you regain, build, or grow a life you love to share.
Uncover or rebuild your strength! Even if daily challenges come, harness tactical and practical skills with a powerful DBT Daily Skills Group Program. Control anxiety, body-image concerns, dating issues, or reset your whole-person rhythm in one of these every-other week zoom based groups. Accelerate your growth in this season with other Christian women. All without compromising your own care, beliefs, or boundaries. Signature DBT Daily skills, CBT tools, and Christian Discipleship exercises to help you regain, build, or grow a life you love to share.
(512) 714-3540 View (512) 714-3540
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Edwardo S. Rodriguez Jr.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78744  (Online Only)
Do you often find yourself minimizing or ignoring feelings like anxiety or sadness because they’re too difficult to deal with? Or telling yourself you shouldn’t complain because you have good things in your life? Do you find yourself checked out? Avoiding people, events, and conversations? Feeling our emotions can be overwhelming and, without help, can lead us to get stuck in fight, flight, or freeze. To better understand your past and what brought you here, we’ll reflect on the role stress has played in your life. You’ll be equipped with the necessary coping skills to be present and enjoy your life. Let’s begin–I’m here with you.
Do you often find yourself minimizing or ignoring feelings like anxiety or sadness because they’re too difficult to deal with? Or telling yourself you shouldn’t complain because you have good things in your life? Do you find yourself checked out? Avoiding people, events, and conversations? Feeling our emotions can be overwhelming and, without help, can lead us to get stuck in fight, flight, or freeze. To better understand your past and what brought you here, we’ll reflect on the role stress has played in your life. You’ll be equipped with the necessary coping skills to be present and enjoy your life. Let’s begin–I’m here with you.
(737) 373-4066 View (737) 373-4066
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Aunre-Anna Tangney
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78744
Hi, I am Aunre-Anna Tangney. I am a licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. I enjoy utilizing CBT and person-centered therapy together to get you to a place of feeling whole again. I specialize in anxiety, depression, and relationship conflicts. I specialize in anxiety, depression, and relationship conflicts in adults. I also specialize in helping women develop a work-life balance and identify true levels of importance in their lives. Additionally, specialize in helping people of color with struggles that are unique to them.
Hi, I am Aunre-Anna Tangney. I am a licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. I enjoy utilizing CBT and person-centered therapy together to get you to a place of feeling whole again. I specialize in anxiety, depression, and relationship conflicts. I specialize in anxiety, depression, and relationship conflicts in adults. I also specialize in helping women develop a work-life balance and identify true levels of importance in their lives. Additionally, specialize in helping people of color with struggles that are unique to them.
(512) 812-8676 View (512) 812-8676
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Linda Elrafie
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, BA, LCDC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78744
To move confidently into our future, we must resolve the past while remaining grounded in the present. Everyone is capable recreating their lives and expanding upon their healing, but this process often requires deeper insight into who we are, what we’ve been through, and what beliefs we’ve accumulated because of these experiences. I’m here to help you manage the challenges that come with tackling a new life in recovery, guide awareness into what initiated the destructive cycle to begin with, and support you to reach new goals beyond just getting sober.
To move confidently into our future, we must resolve the past while remaining grounded in the present. Everyone is capable recreating their lives and expanding upon their healing, but this process often requires deeper insight into who we are, what we’ve been through, and what beliefs we’ve accumulated because of these experiences. I’m here to help you manage the challenges that come with tackling a new life in recovery, guide awareness into what initiated the destructive cycle to begin with, and support you to reach new goals beyond just getting sober.
(512) 270-7051 View (512) 270-7051
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Dr. Meredith McNiel
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78744
This is Non-Traditional Therapy > My Clients Often: Discover what’s at the root of their patterns so they can begin to re-pattern new and healthier choices, release expectations, and create a more ideal future - Process and alleviate past relationship trauma - Explore and understand themselves on deeper levels so they are able to more authentically relate to others - Learn the skills to create internal security within themselves - Understand how to create safety and trust in their relationships. We seek to understand trauma through the lens of the nervous system and attachment style to identify patterns of reaction and relating.
This is Non-Traditional Therapy > My Clients Often: Discover what’s at the root of their patterns so they can begin to re-pattern new and healthier choices, release expectations, and create a more ideal future - Process and alleviate past relationship trauma - Explore and understand themselves on deeper levels so they are able to more authentically relate to others - Learn the skills to create internal security within themselves - Understand how to create safety and trust in their relationships. We seek to understand trauma through the lens of the nervous system and attachment style to identify patterns of reaction and relating.
(831) 244-0689 View (831) 244-0689
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Mary M. Clarkson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78744  (Online Only)
I work with adults who want to improve their coping skills to manage mental health symptoms better. I enjoy working with clients interested in gaining information on their mental health diagnoses and symptoms. Please book an appointment with me for individuals looking for a counselor who will set realistic goals, expectations, and helpful information. I can be found on Headway (TX clients), and Grow Therapy (GA & TX clients). I offer virtual sessions on Saturdays & Sundays ONLY. Due to my current schedule, I do not offer consultations.
I work with adults who want to improve their coping skills to manage mental health symptoms better. I enjoy working with clients interested in gaining information on their mental health diagnoses and symptoms. Please book an appointment with me for individuals looking for a counselor who will set realistic goals, expectations, and helpful information. I can be found on Headway (TX clients), and Grow Therapy (GA & TX clients). I offer virtual sessions on Saturdays & Sundays ONLY. Due to my current schedule, I do not offer consultations.
(512) 883-1983 View (512) 883-1983
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Maria Valentich
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78744
Hi, I'm Maria Valentich, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker located in Texas. I take a client-centered approach to therapy. My personal belief and goal is to make therapy easy to access for you. I can help you with common life stressors like symptoms of depression, anxiety, grief, relationship problems, and conflict resolution. I operate primarily through a cognitive behavioral approach, meaning as we work together, attention is focused on your thoughts, emotions and behaviors and how they impact your life. I also am skilled in other approaches and will adjust according to what you need.
Hi, I'm Maria Valentich, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker located in Texas. I take a client-centered approach to therapy. My personal belief and goal is to make therapy easy to access for you. I can help you with common life stressors like symptoms of depression, anxiety, grief, relationship problems, and conflict resolution. I operate primarily through a cognitive behavioral approach, meaning as we work together, attention is focused on your thoughts, emotions and behaviors and how they impact your life. I also am skilled in other approaches and will adjust according to what you need.
(737) 250-6584 View (737) 250-6584
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Brittany Burrus
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78744  (Online Only)
Beginning therapy can be a challenging first step to making desired changes in life. My goal is to help you learn lifelong coping skills that are necessary for making these desired changes. Exploring thoughts and feelings, practicing self-reflection, gaining greater self-acceptance, and learning ways to improve communication are some techniques I incorporate into therapy. I utilize a combination of collaborative and integrative therapy to aid you on your journey of self-healing, changed behaviors, and personal growth. I work hard to make sure that the client feels safe and supported during this journey.
Beginning therapy can be a challenging first step to making desired changes in life. My goal is to help you learn lifelong coping skills that are necessary for making these desired changes. Exploring thoughts and feelings, practicing self-reflection, gaining greater self-acceptance, and learning ways to improve communication are some techniques I incorporate into therapy. I utilize a combination of collaborative and integrative therapy to aid you on your journey of self-healing, changed behaviors, and personal growth. I work hard to make sure that the client feels safe and supported during this journey.
(512) 379-5952 View (512) 379-5952
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Laurie Pettis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCDC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78744
My name is Laurie Pettis and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker supervised. I am EMDR Trained. I began working with victims and survivors of sex trafficking in 2011 when I moved to China for a year. Then, I continued that work in Houston in 2017, which led me to graduate school for social work in 2019. After graduating in 2021, I have worked with both male, female, and LGBTQIA+ individuals recovering from substance use and other mental health disorders. I have worked with clients who have personality disorders, mood disorders, PTSD or emotional/sexual/religious trauma.
My name is Laurie Pettis and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker supervised. I am EMDR Trained. I began working with victims and survivors of sex trafficking in 2011 when I moved to China for a year. Then, I continued that work in Houston in 2017, which led me to graduate school for social work in 2019. After graduating in 2021, I have worked with both male, female, and LGBTQIA+ individuals recovering from substance use and other mental health disorders. I have worked with clients who have personality disorders, mood disorders, PTSD or emotional/sexual/religious trauma.
(512) 877-7094 View (512) 877-7094
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Homero Lopez
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78744  (Online Only)
I work with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, and stress related challenges. These include disorders like Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Social Anxiety. I also work with Major and Persistent Depression as well as Borderline Personality Disorder, Avoidant and Dependent Personality Disorder. This includes experiencing these challenges due to trauma or PTSD. I believe that everyone has the capacity to find who they are. I consider myself a relational therapist that uses Gottman methods in therapy and Strategic Family Systems with couples and polycules.
I work with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, and stress related challenges. These include disorders like Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Social Anxiety. I also work with Major and Persistent Depression as well as Borderline Personality Disorder, Avoidant and Dependent Personality Disorder. This includes experiencing these challenges due to trauma or PTSD. I believe that everyone has the capacity to find who they are. I consider myself a relational therapist that uses Gottman methods in therapy and Strategic Family Systems with couples and polycules.
(512) 722-7583 View (512) 722-7583
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Lorena Mendoza Gibson
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78744
Hi, I am Lorena Mendoza Gibson, a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas with over 17 years of experience. My focus is working with children, adolescents, and adults in areas such as trauma, sexual abuse, domestic violence, LGBTQIA+, and women's issues. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy along with Eclectic, Client-Centered, and Reality Therapy.
Hi, I am Lorena Mendoza Gibson, a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas with over 17 years of experience. My focus is working with children, adolescents, and adults in areas such as trauma, sexual abuse, domestic violence, LGBTQIA+, and women's issues. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy along with Eclectic, Client-Centered, and Reality Therapy.
(512) 866-9696 View (512) 866-9696
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Zakira Duff
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78744  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Sometimes life happens in ways we may not be prepared for and navigating through the uncertainty can be challenging. Are you noticing a shift in your mood, feeling unaligned with your path, or feeling overwhelmed and stressed in one or more areas in your life? If you find yourself in any of these circumstances, I’m glad you found my profile – I want to help you work through it and thrive.
Sometimes life happens in ways we may not be prepared for and navigating through the uncertainty can be challenging. Are you noticing a shift in your mood, feeling unaligned with your path, or feeling overwhelmed and stressed in one or more areas in your life? If you find yourself in any of these circumstances, I’m glad you found my profile – I want to help you work through it and thrive.
(512) 846-9242 View (512) 846-9242
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Atomic Souls Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78744
We are passionate about helping people create and live their best life and we believe everyone can experience their dream life when they have support and a clear direction. We love helping people reconnect, or uncover, their life’s passions through exploring past experiences and identifying what brings them joy and purpose. There is never the right or wrong time to start working on yourself and creating a life that you personally feel is worth living. We are here to help you along that journey.
We are passionate about helping people create and live their best life and we believe everyone can experience their dream life when they have support and a clear direction. We love helping people reconnect, or uncover, their life’s passions through exploring past experiences and identifying what brings them joy and purpose. There is never the right or wrong time to start working on yourself and creating a life that you personally feel is worth living. We are here to help you along that journey.
(512) 298-6891 View (512) 298-6891
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Dr. Uriel Navarrete
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78744  (Online Only)
Are you looking for an inclusive, culturally aware, and relationally focused therapist? Many of the concerns that clients bring up in therapy often involve challenges related to their various identities (e.g., race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, body size, etc.) and/or the quality of their relationships. When describing their experiences with previous therapists, many clients have expressed things to me like, “my therapist just didn’t get me", and as a result, find themselves wanting to be understood and seen. As part of my practice, it’s important to me that I hold a deep understanding of your story, worldview, and experiences.
Are you looking for an inclusive, culturally aware, and relationally focused therapist? Many of the concerns that clients bring up in therapy often involve challenges related to their various identities (e.g., race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, body size, etc.) and/or the quality of their relationships. When describing their experiences with previous therapists, many clients have expressed things to me like, “my therapist just didn’t get me", and as a result, find themselves wanting to be understood and seen. As part of my practice, it’s important to me that I hold a deep understanding of your story, worldview, and experiences.
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Vanessa Jackson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MABC, LPC-S, CSAT, EMDR
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78744  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
When I meet with someone going through a difficult time in their life, I can't help but see hope for their future, and I believe it is my job as the counselor to facilitate the client's ability to see that hope as well. My ideal client is proactive, goal-orientated, and engaged in the process. I am here to walk by their side as they navigate this phase of life, preparing them for the future they want.
When I meet with someone going through a difficult time in their life, I can't help but see hope for their future, and I believe it is my job as the counselor to facilitate the client's ability to see that hope as well. My ideal client is proactive, goal-orientated, and engaged in the process. I am here to walk by their side as they navigate this phase of life, preparing them for the future they want.
(512) 686-0716 View (512) 686-0716
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Stormy Cloud
LPC Associate, MA, LPC-A
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78744  (Online Only)
My priority is providing a safe and non-judgmental space that fits your unique needs and goals. I have experience working with families and individuals, who were struggling/experiencing various life adjustments, grief and loss, processing trauma, stress and anxiety, depression, personal exploration related to spirituality and relationship conflicts. I’d love to support you in processing trauma, seeking personal development, and navigating life stressors.
My priority is providing a safe and non-judgmental space that fits your unique needs and goals. I have experience working with families and individuals, who were struggling/experiencing various life adjustments, grief and loss, processing trauma, stress and anxiety, depression, personal exploration related to spirituality and relationship conflicts. I’d love to support you in processing trauma, seeking personal development, and navigating life stressors.
(737) 200-5387 View (737) 200-5387

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 78744

40+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in 78744 who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
90% Anxiety
79% Coping Skills
73% Self Esteem
71% Relationship Issues
69% Stress
67% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

87% Aetna
83% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
73% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in 78744 see their clients

59% In Person and Online
41% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 78744?

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.