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Debbie G Ramirez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
5 Endorsed
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
Welcome to LatinxWellness! My name is Debbie Ramirez and have been in the field for over 18 years. I am passionate about building wellness and healing in communities of color and in particular the Latinx community. As a child of Central American immigrants, I have the experience of growing up in a bicultural world and having to navigate the values of both cultures. People tend to describe me as a calming and grounding presence. I use techniques such as mindfulness and Brainspotting to really integrate the mind-body connection as well as facilitating intergeneration healing. Please feel free to contact me for a free consult to see if
Welcome to LatinxWellness! My name is Debbie Ramirez and have been in the field for over 18 years. I am passionate about building wellness and healing in communities of color and in particular the Latinx community. As a child of Central American immigrants, I have the experience of growing up in a bicultural world and having to navigate the values of both cultures. People tend to describe me as a calming and grounding presence. I use techniques such as mindfulness and Brainspotting to really integrate the mind-body connection as well as facilitating intergeneration healing. Please feel free to contact me for a free consult to see if
(310) 504-1821 View (310) 504-1821
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Ann O'Brien
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSc
Verified
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
My clients are lovely people going through difficult things. Whether you are going through a break-up, loss, life transition or adjusting to the post-pandemic world, it can be a struggle to find your footing on your own. I have found that, in order to move forward with an empowered and clear mind, it is helpful to integrate the recent past into an evolving narrative that feels right for you. I offer a kind, nonjudgmental space where you can feel heard and find tools to quiet the noise, develop new perspectives and connect to your unique voice and path to self-fulfillment.
My clients are lovely people going through difficult things. Whether you are going through a break-up, loss, life transition or adjusting to the post-pandemic world, it can be a struggle to find your footing on your own. I have found that, in order to move forward with an empowered and clear mind, it is helpful to integrate the recent past into an evolving narrative that feels right for you. I offer a kind, nonjudgmental space where you can feel heard and find tools to quiet the noise, develop new perspectives and connect to your unique voice and path to self-fulfillment.
(424) 372-1560 View (424) 372-1560
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Sydney Selecky
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, AMFT, APCC
Verified
4 Endorsed
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
As human beings, we tend to shy away from pain. In order to heal the pain, we must first acknowledge it. When we take a closer look at our pain, a number of emotions can emerge. In therapy, I will provide a safe space for you to experience emotions and memories that are hard to face alone. In session, clients often experience me as attentive, compassionate, and genuine. By exploring and asking questions about your experiences, I will help you create a strong sense of self-awareness that will help you navigate the difficulties of life more effectively.
As human beings, we tend to shy away from pain. In order to heal the pain, we must first acknowledge it. When we take a closer look at our pain, a number of emotions can emerge. In therapy, I will provide a safe space for you to experience emotions and memories that are hard to face alone. In session, clients often experience me as attentive, compassionate, and genuine. By exploring and asking questions about your experiences, I will help you create a strong sense of self-awareness that will help you navigate the difficulties of life more effectively.
(310) 879-5281 View (310) 879-5281
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Susan Reichmann
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT, ATR-BC
Verified
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293  (Online Only)
When you find yourself at a Crossroads in your life, it is often the best time to come into therapy to address the issues that are troubling you. I am adept at guiding you to explore the feelings and thoughts that are weighing on you, assisting you in gaining insight that can help you shift your perspective and make positive changes that can lead to the realization of your most deeply treasured goals. Together, we'll come to understand your experience of depression, anxiety/stress and/or conflict in life, and we'll develop ways of making your desired changes.
When you find yourself at a Crossroads in your life, it is often the best time to come into therapy to address the issues that are troubling you. I am adept at guiding you to explore the feelings and thoughts that are weighing on you, assisting you in gaining insight that can help you shift your perspective and make positive changes that can lead to the realization of your most deeply treasured goals. Together, we'll come to understand your experience of depression, anxiety/stress and/or conflict in life, and we'll develop ways of making your desired changes.
(424) 294-8234 View (424) 294-8234
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Elaine Barrington
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are" (E.E. Cummings) It also takes courage to wade through this directory. And, courage to take the leap of faith to email, text, or call. So, I want you to know I am passionate about helping my clients grow and find out who you really are - and heal from what has kept you from yourself, and others. Becoming is the wondrous journey along the way. Think we may be a match? We may also be a match if you are highly sensitive, parenting a highly sensitive child, or navigating the world of adoption or later in life parenting.
"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are" (E.E. Cummings) It also takes courage to wade through this directory. And, courage to take the leap of faith to email, text, or call. So, I want you to know I am passionate about helping my clients grow and find out who you really are - and heal from what has kept you from yourself, and others. Becoming is the wondrous journey along the way. Think we may be a match? We may also be a match if you are highly sensitive, parenting a highly sensitive child, or navigating the world of adoption or later in life parenting.
(424) 294-8919 View (424) 294-8919
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Barbara Gani
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
It feels tough sometimes, doesn't it? You are not alone in your struggle. You are not the only one with an inner voice telling you you’re not good enough or you are unlovable. It is a challenge to deal with nagging thoughts that always tell you to look out for the worst case scenario. These feelings and thoughts have a tendency to get in the way of the things that you want to be doing. You feel too exhausted and unmotivated to sign up for a new workout class, join a book club, take surfing lessons, or put yourself in a situation to make new friends.
It feels tough sometimes, doesn't it? You are not alone in your struggle. You are not the only one with an inner voice telling you you’re not good enough or you are unlovable. It is a challenge to deal with nagging thoughts that always tell you to look out for the worst case scenario. These feelings and thoughts have a tendency to get in the way of the things that you want to be doing. You feel too exhausted and unmotivated to sign up for a new workout class, join a book club, take surfing lessons, or put yourself in a situation to make new friends.
(424) 672-3490 View (424) 672-3490
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Don Rubish
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
Sometimes when things go wrong, we don’t know exactly why. Problems at home or work, health issues, relationship struggles, and life transitions can all create a sense of deep disconnect. Being understood will often increase your personal satisfaction and improve your life on a deeper level. The ultimate goal of this work and my main interest is that you come to know yourself more deeply and live a more complete and satisfying life, thereby raising your level of functioning and returning to or discovering a life of gratification and vitality. I am a clinical psychologist with 35 years of experience, licensed in Calif. and Colorado.
Sometimes when things go wrong, we don’t know exactly why. Problems at home or work, health issues, relationship struggles, and life transitions can all create a sense of deep disconnect. Being understood will often increase your personal satisfaction and improve your life on a deeper level. The ultimate goal of this work and my main interest is that you come to know yourself more deeply and live a more complete and satisfying life, thereby raising your level of functioning and returning to or discovering a life of gratification and vitality. I am a clinical psychologist with 35 years of experience, licensed in Calif. and Colorado.
(310) 870-9472 View (310) 870-9472
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Dr. Malika Stewart-Bey
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, DMFT
Verified
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293  (Online Only)
You are welcome to positively change your life. Dr. Malika is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working with clients in the entire state of California. Dr. Malika offers a safe space of unconditional positive regard for you to totally be yourself, as you explore your thoughts and feelings. Dr. Malika has worked in the areas of child development, parenting, addiction treatment, couples therapy, premarital counseling, non-monogamous/Polyamory, LGBTQIA, foster-care/transitional aged youth issues, homelessness, issues pertaining to systemic racism, as well as joined alongside clients overcoming anxious and depressive symptoms.
You are welcome to positively change your life. Dr. Malika is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working with clients in the entire state of California. Dr. Malika offers a safe space of unconditional positive regard for you to totally be yourself, as you explore your thoughts and feelings. Dr. Malika has worked in the areas of child development, parenting, addiction treatment, couples therapy, premarital counseling, non-monogamous/Polyamory, LGBTQIA, foster-care/transitional aged youth issues, homelessness, issues pertaining to systemic racism, as well as joined alongside clients overcoming anxious and depressive symptoms.
(424) 233-1178 View (424) 233-1178
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Dr. Steven Werber
PhD
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293  (Online Only)
Life Coaching: I use my 20+ years of experience to help plan and elevate my clients’ lives to the next level. I help clients focus on their present life, make adjustments (big or small), and help them move toward positive goals in their personal and professional life. Whether going through a major transitional phase, or just needing some motivation and encouragement, I serve as a professional mentor. I work by asking the right questions and by providing creative exercises to derive insights, develop action plans and provide feedback needed to help clients discover and make positive changes for greater happiness and success.
Life Coaching: I use my 20+ years of experience to help plan and elevate my clients’ lives to the next level. I help clients focus on their present life, make adjustments (big or small), and help them move toward positive goals in their personal and professional life. Whether going through a major transitional phase, or just needing some motivation and encouragement, I serve as a professional mentor. I work by asking the right questions and by providing creative exercises to derive insights, develop action plans and provide feedback needed to help clients discover and make positive changes for greater happiness and success.
(310) 388-3423 View (310) 388-3423
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Nidia Hernandez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW, MPA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293  (Online Only)
I aim to support individuals dealing with personal and professional barriers impacting their well-being. In my clinical practice, I support issues such as depression, anxiety, anger management, emerging adulthood transitions, intergenerational trauma, past trauma histories, systemic oppression, and burnout. Some issues can impact our ability to reach our potential to live a fulfilling and enriching life. You are not alone, and together we can support your healing journey.
I aim to support individuals dealing with personal and professional barriers impacting their well-being. In my clinical practice, I support issues such as depression, anxiety, anger management, emerging adulthood transitions, intergenerational trauma, past trauma histories, systemic oppression, and burnout. Some issues can impact our ability to reach our potential to live a fulfilling and enriching life. You are not alone, and together we can support your healing journey.
(310) 928-2719 View (310) 928-2719
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Alyssa Smith
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293  (Online Only)
It shows a lot of strength to seek support when needed. Therapy is there to provide you with the space to heal and grow. I value the therapeutic relationship and believe that forming a positive connection with your therapist is a vital part of successful treatment. I offer a safe, compassionate, collaborative, and challenging space to support with improving quality of life and well-being. I have been trained to treat Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, and Depression. I have worked and treated various themes of OCD both in an intensive treatment center and in an outpatient setting.
It shows a lot of strength to seek support when needed. Therapy is there to provide you with the space to heal and grow. I value the therapeutic relationship and believe that forming a positive connection with your therapist is a vital part of successful treatment. I offer a safe, compassionate, collaborative, and challenging space to support with improving quality of life and well-being. I have been trained to treat Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, and Depression. I have worked and treated various themes of OCD both in an intensive treatment center and in an outpatient setting.
(310) 878-0032 View (310) 878-0032
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Shannon M. Kalberg
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
Everyone experiences challenges from time to time, but when the tough times are starting to outweigh the good times or you keep seeing the same patterns repeat over and over in your life, you may want to consider seeking help. I am here not to give you advice, but to help you learn to listen to and trust yourself deeply and fully so that you can live the kind of life you've always wanted.
Everyone experiences challenges from time to time, but when the tough times are starting to outweigh the good times or you keep seeing the same patterns repeat over and over in your life, you may want to consider seeking help. I am here not to give you advice, but to help you learn to listen to and trust yourself deeply and fully so that you can live the kind of life you've always wanted.
(310) 906-4176 View (310) 906-4176
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Kiara Bernhart
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, AMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293  (Online Only)
Behind each difficult emotion or experience, lies a valuable lesson about who we are. To get through life and its obstacles we need connection, compassion and acceptance. In the therapeutic space, I offer a non judgmental look into how you came to be, so that feelings can be felt and not shut out. By inviting these feelings in and processing them together, we challenge our avoidance/fear so you be seen right where you are at. This compassionate approach rebuilds the relationship with yourself and gets to the root of change. Change does not come from saying "this is where I want to be and I'm not there now."
Behind each difficult emotion or experience, lies a valuable lesson about who we are. To get through life and its obstacles we need connection, compassion and acceptance. In the therapeutic space, I offer a non judgmental look into how you came to be, so that feelings can be felt and not shut out. By inviting these feelings in and processing them together, we challenge our avoidance/fear so you be seen right where you are at. This compassionate approach rebuilds the relationship with yourself and gets to the root of change. Change does not come from saying "this is where I want to be and I'm not there now."
(424) 523-5862 View (424) 523-5862
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Sharon Z Berg
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
Feeling stressed and having trouble coping? Perhaps you have just experienced a loss or having trouble handling a transition. You have reached a point where you are tired of having difficulty functioning with day to day tasks without feeling down or anxious. A great predictor of making gains in treatment is having the motivation to make those changes necessary to feel better. It takes courage to look at old patterns of behavior that are no longer working for you. In order to do this, you need to work with someone with experience but also someone with whom you feel comfortable talking about personal issues and feelings.
Feeling stressed and having trouble coping? Perhaps you have just experienced a loss or having trouble handling a transition. You have reached a point where you are tired of having difficulty functioning with day to day tasks without feeling down or anxious. A great predictor of making gains in treatment is having the motivation to make those changes necessary to feel better. It takes courage to look at old patterns of behavior that are no longer working for you. In order to do this, you need to work with someone with experience but also someone with whom you feel comfortable talking about personal issues and feelings.
(310) 872-1947 View (310) 872-1947
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Kaitlyn Power
LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
Life, especially nowadays, comes with a lot of unparalleled challenges, and I hope to provide support and compassion to encourage my clients to feel safe in expressing their current thoughts and feelings about their unique life circumstances. I aim to help my clients make more more satisfying life choices through increased insight into how their mind works. This will in turn help my clients better tackle life's challenges, especially surrounding life transitions, relationships, and family issues.
Life, especially nowadays, comes with a lot of unparalleled challenges, and I hope to provide support and compassion to encourage my clients to feel safe in expressing their current thoughts and feelings about their unique life circumstances. I aim to help my clients make more more satisfying life choices through increased insight into how their mind works. This will in turn help my clients better tackle life's challenges, especially surrounding life transitions, relationships, and family issues.
(310) 361-2707 View (310) 361-2707
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Jessica Gallo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293  (Online Only)
Together, we can make sense of the messiness of life. My treatment approach is strengths-based, authentic, holistic, collaborative & highly customized to each client. In sessions, you can expect to be equipped with practical tools, observations, insights and nurturing containment. You can expect an honest, connected relationship where both laughter and tears are welcomed. Our work will allow you to build on your innate resiliency. Connecting with a professional therapist can shed light on what may need to shift in order to heal and align with the healthiest version of you.
Together, we can make sense of the messiness of life. My treatment approach is strengths-based, authentic, holistic, collaborative & highly customized to each client. In sessions, you can expect to be equipped with practical tools, observations, insights and nurturing containment. You can expect an honest, connected relationship where both laughter and tears are welcomed. Our work will allow you to build on your innate resiliency. Connecting with a professional therapist can shed light on what may need to shift in order to heal and align with the healthiest version of you.
(424) 372-0962 View (424) 372-0962
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Noel Joy Plourde
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD
Verified
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
I have over 30 years of experience in helping people of all ages with a variety of presenting problems, including depression, anxiety, severe and chronic mental illnesses, etc. I have extensive experience in work with trauma, addictions, and adults from dysfunctional families. I also work with people who have chronic and terminal illnesses and their families, and in accepting losses of all kinds. I welcome children, adolescents, adults and families to experience the benefits of therapy.
I have over 30 years of experience in helping people of all ages with a variety of presenting problems, including depression, anxiety, severe and chronic mental illnesses, etc. I have extensive experience in work with trauma, addictions, and adults from dysfunctional families. I also work with people who have chronic and terminal illnesses and their families, and in accepting losses of all kinds. I welcome children, adolescents, adults and families to experience the benefits of therapy.
(424) 254-5532 View (424) 254-5532
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Saralyn Masselink
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CGP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
Many of us feel a longing for a more satisfying life but are unsure of how to get there, or feel stymied by anger, shame, anxiety, or grief.
Many of us feel a longing for a more satisfying life but are unsure of how to get there, or feel stymied by anger, shame, anxiety, or grief.
(310) 730-8158 View (310) 730-8158
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Marisa Faynsod
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
5 Endorsed
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
Not accepting new clients
***I AM CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS****** Uncertainty can bring up our unresolved issues and fear can keep us paralyzed. I can help you manage these feelings. Together we can identify what you can control and create concrete ways to overcome emotions that cause distress.
***I AM CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS****** Uncertainty can bring up our unresolved issues and fear can keep us paralyzed. I can help you manage these feelings. Together we can identify what you can control and create concrete ways to overcome emotions that cause distress.
(424) 383-5874 View (424) 383-5874
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Isabella Dutra
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, APCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
Hello! My name is Bella Dutra and I specialize in working with individual’s dealing with trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship challenges, and issues stemming from ADHD. I work with children, adolescents, and adults as well as couples and families. I also have extensive experience working with individuals with social anxiety and ASD. I strive to provide clients with a safe, compassionate, judgement-free space in which we work together to understand one's unique goals and deeper rooted needs. I welcome all my clients to show up as they are, my job being to meet you there and help you move forward.
Hello! My name is Bella Dutra and I specialize in working with individual’s dealing with trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship challenges, and issues stemming from ADHD. I work with children, adolescents, and adults as well as couples and families. I also have extensive experience working with individuals with social anxiety and ASD. I strive to provide clients with a safe, compassionate, judgement-free space in which we work together to understand one's unique goals and deeper rooted needs. I welcome all my clients to show up as they are, my job being to meet you there and help you move forward.
(310) 692-7980 View (310) 692-7980

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Number of Therapists in 90293

50+

Average cost per session

$175

Therapists in 90293 who prioritize treating:

98% Anxiety
91% Depression
89% Relationship Issues
78% Self Esteem
70% Trauma and PTSD
70% Life Transitions
69% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

78% Aetna
67% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
56% Optum

How Therapists in 90293 see their clients

69% In Person and Online
31% Online Only

Gender breakdown

88% Female
12% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 90293?

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.